J3103

Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational, of Arcade, New York, to be celebrated on July...

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  • 28 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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J3103


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Arcade
United Church of Christ, Congregational, of Arcade, New York, to be
celebrated on July 13, 2013

WHEREAS, Religious institutions, and the many spiritual, social and
educational benefits they confer, play a vital role in the development
of the moral fabric of a responsible citizenry; and
WHEREAS, It is the tradition of this State and this Nation to pay
tribute to those institutions and individuals who have contributed to
the ethical and spiritual values of their communities; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body takes pleasure in commemorating the
200th Anniversary of Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational, to
be celebrated with an evening banquet on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the
Delevan Firefighters' Training Center, at which The Reverend Marian
Shearer, Associate Minister of the New York Conference will be the
speaker, and a special anniversary church service on Sunday, July 21,
2013, with The Reverend David Gaewski, the New York Conference Minister,
preaching; and
WHEREAS, The final event to mark the August bicentennial of the Arcade
United Church of Christ, Congregational will be a major church service
on Sunday, September 15, 2013, with The Reverend Geoffrey Black, Presi-
dent and General Minister of the United Church of Christ, preaching; and
WHEREAS, The Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational, one of
the oldest active congregations in Western New York, was organized on
July 24, 1813 by The Reverend John Spencer, who was sent by the Connec-
ticut Missionary Society to establish congregations on New York's west-
ern frontier; and
WHEREAS, The original church had six members, and was called the Shel-
don South Church due to its location in the settlement Town of Sheldon;
the congregation's name changed many times over the years, reflecting
the growth and change of its environs; its present name has been in use
since 1961, when it became part of the new United Church of Christ; and
WHEREAS, The Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational, has been
housed in its present structure since 1877; the sanctuary retains much
of the original furniture and four of its original windows; and
WHEREAS, Over its faithful 200 year history, the congregation of the
Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational, has reflected some of
the major social issues and tensions affecting this State and Nation;
and
WHEREAS, In the three decades prior to the Civil War, the church was
heavily involved in women's rights, the temperance movement, and the
abolition of slavery, hosting significant anti-slavery conventions in
1840 and 1844; in addition, some of its members were among the leaders
of the Liberty Party in New York State during the 1840s; and
WHEREAS, Today, the members of the Arcade United Church of Christ,
Congregational, engage in outreach to the community via monthly free
dinners and strong support of the local food pantry; support several
worthy causes in Western New York, as well as various national and
global missions of the United Church of Christ; and, since 1989, some of
its members have taken an active role in a mission project to provide
medical, nutritional and educational assistance to several remote commu-
nities in the mountains of north-central Honduras; and
WHEREAS, During its Bicentennial year, the main activities of the
Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational, include Bible study, the
church choir, the Far Cry praise group, the Godly Play Sunday School
classes, and an active youth program; and

WHEREAS, The Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational, stands on
the threshold of tomorrow, prepared to meet the challenges of the coming
decades while retaining that spiritual resolve which characterizes its
past; and
WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to take note of
enduring religious institutions and to bring such institutions to the
attention of the people of this Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Arcade United Church of Christ,
Congregational, of Arcade, New York, to be observed on July 13, 2013,
fully confident that this commemoration reflects the belief in those
values which enhance the dignity and purpose of life; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Arcade United Church of Christ, Congregational.

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