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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, several young ladies were present to make their confession of faith. All were approved for membership except one who needed more catechetical instruction. This young lady, Garda Perendina Pfanstiehl, was even offered the opportunity to receive private instruction from the pastor. Members who were visited due to their lack of attendance at worship "found so many faults and shortcomings on the part of the congregation, consistory, and pastor, that they could no longer live in fellowship with the church." B. H. Ploeg was particularly a problem. Several members presented resignations from the church. Revs. Nijkerk and Zwemer agreed to accept preaching appointments at the church during the absence of the pastor in Pella, Iowa.
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Wakker, G.; Buursma, William; and Buursma, Althea, "Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church" (1861). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 85.