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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the pastor noted that he again dealt with H. Slag and his wife who are under censure. They apparently have a view of infant baptism that is not in line with the Reformed Christian doctrine and they oppose both the pastor and the consistory. The pastor explained the doctrine of baptism and a committee was appointed to deal with the Slags. Other discipline cases were discussed. It was noted that the pastor's salary was not "paid on a timely basis and is incomplete,..." Definite steps needed to be taken "so that this miserable practice for once and for all should come to an end."
The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.
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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. 99.
In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.
Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.
About the collection:
Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."
Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.