Resolution J4310-2013

Commending the Church of God of East New York for its dedication to the community, and celebrating the opening of its new edifice

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  • Mar 31, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 31, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 27, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending the Church of God of East New York for
its  dedication to the community, and celebrating the opening of its new
edifice

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 commending the Church
of God of East New York for its dedication to the community,  and  cele-
brating  the  opening  of its new edifice on Sunday, April 13, 2014, and
Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Brooklyn, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Church of God of East New York began as a prayer  meeting
more  than  80 years ago; in addition to its primary mission of teaching
and reaching out to the community, the church has  provided  educational
workshops  in  the community on issues such as personal finances, insur-
ance, estate planning, family and marriage issues, funeral arrangements,
college and careers, and manhood training for boys, as  well  as  health
fairs, back to school block parties and community carnivals; and
  WHEREAS,  Committed  to sharing the love of God with the community and
the city, The Church of God of East New York will open its new  edifice,
located  at 905 Sutter Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, as a source of hope
for East New York; and
  WHEREAS, In November of 2006, excavation began for the construction of
the new facility; the 10 foot lighthouse cupola has been placed  on  top
of  the tower of the new building as a symbolic picture of the light The
Church of God of East New York will bring to its community; and
  WHEREAS, Spiritual guidance and nurturing are of great import  to  the
vitality  and well-being of all people and every community of this great
State and Nation; and
  WHEREAS, Instrumental in that deliverance are those men and  women  of
religious  commitment  who accept the responsibility of moral leadership
and render the wisdom of human understanding; and
  WHEREAS, April of 2014 will mark the 33rd year Reverend Clifton  McDo-
well,  Sr.  and  Lady  Deborah McDowell have served as Senior Pastor and
First Lady of the congregation; and
  WHEREAS, The success of the Church of God of East  New  York  and  the
promise  of future growth is a testimony of a Church that started from a
storefront with approximately 12 members, and has grown into  a  congre-
gation  of  over  250  men, women and children, who now call this church
their home; and
  WHEREAS, The Church of God of East New York 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
commend the Church of God of East New York for  its  dedication  to  the
community, and to celebrate the opening of its new edifice, fully confi-
dent  that  this  commendation 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 Church of God of East New York, Brooklyn, New York.

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