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At the very least, they hoped he would pastor them as a visiting minister. Kloppenburg came to Grand Rapids in August 1870 to preach to the new flock. Instead of promoting organization, he urged them to affiliate with the least objectionable denomination, but the immigrants were adamant in wanting their own pure church.
 
At the very least, they hoped he would pastor them as a visiting minister. Kloppenburg came to Grand Rapids in August 1870 to preach to the new flock. Instead of promoting organization, he urged them to affiliate with the least objectionable denomination, but the immigrants were adamant in wanting their own pure church.
   
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Kloppenburg decided to winter in Grand Rapids and pastor the new flock, and on October 30, 1870, the group formally organized as [[First Netherlands Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan|The Reformed Congregation of Grand Rapids]]. On Nov. 3, the church elected its first elders, and Kloppenburg's church in OudVosmeer, which had replaced him, freed him to accept the call to Grand Rapids.
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Kloppenburg decided to winter in Grand Rapids and pastor the new flock, and on October 30, 1870, the group formally organized as [file:///Users/dknight/Dropbox/reformed.net/nrc/mi/gr1st/index.shtml The Reformed Congregation of Grand Rapids]. On Nov. 3, the church elected its first elders, and Kloppenburg's church in OudVosmeer, which had replaced him, freed him to accept the call to Grand Rapids.
   
 
The congregation initially worshipped in the Swedenborgian Church on the comer of Division and Lyon, but it was eager to have its own building. The congregation purchased a house on Division between Bronson (now Crescent) and Bridge (now Michigan) in 1873; the church building would be constructed behind the home.
 
The congregation initially worshipped in the Swedenborgian Church on the comer of Division and Lyon, but it was eager to have its own building. The congregation purchased a house on Division between Bronson (now Crescent) and Bridge (now Michigan) in 1873; the church building would be constructed behind the home.

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