Resolution J4384-2013

Commemorating the 56th Anniversary of the Friendship Baptist Church of Ferndale, New York

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 2, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 56th Anniversary of the Friend-
ship Baptist Church of Ferndale, New York

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
56th Anniversary of the Friendship Baptist Church of Ferndale, New York;
this momentous occasion was honored with an Anniversary  Celebration  on
Sunday, October 27, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, The Friendship Baptist Church was organized in 1957 by Rever-
end Smythe who served as the church's first Pastor; and
  WHEREAS,  Since  its inception, the Friendship Baptist Church has seen
many dedicated Pastors, as well as  substantial  membership  growth  and
church upgrades; and
  WHEREAS, Under the luminous direction of Reverend Harry L. Brown, Jr.,
Pastor  since  April  10,  2011,  the Friendship Baptist Church has seen
significant spiritual growth and development, as well as the enhancement
of the quality of life of church members, their families, and the commu-
nity at large; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, a Pebbles of Hope Youth Ministry was instituted,
which trains and develops youth in positive communication and leadership
skills both in and out of the church community; and
  WHEREAS, Friendship Baptist Church holds annual Vacation Bible School,
Sunday School, Wednesday  night  Bible  Study  and  Prayer  Meetings,  a
Liturgical Dance Ministry for youth, monthly Holy Communion, Baptism and
New Members Training; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  in  an  effort  to give back to the community,
Friendship Baptist Church serves free dinner daily, as well  as  a  free
Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach and Christmas Caroling Outreach at Catskill
Regional  Hospital  and  throughout  the  community  during  the Holiday
Season; and
  WHEREAS, Friendship Baptist Church stands on the threshold  of  tomor-
row, prepared to meet the challenges of the coming decades while retain-
ing 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 56th Anniversary of the  Friendship  Baptist  Church  of
Ferndale, New York, 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 Reverend Harry  L.  Brown,  Jr.,  Senior  Pastor,  Friendship
Baptist Church.

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