Resolution J3103-2013

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

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

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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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