Resolution J4697-2013

Commemorating the 95th Anniversary of the Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Patchogue, New York, to be celebrated on May 18, 2014

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 25, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 95th Anniversary of the Grace
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Patchogue, New  York,  to  be
celebrated on May 18, 2014

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
95th Anniversary of the Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of
Patchogue, New York, to be celebrated on Sunday, May 18, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, In the summer  of  1918,  a  group  of  interested  community
members  met  at  the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Joaquin of Patchogue,
New York, to discuss the possibility of organizing a church; members  of
the committee included Mr. and Mrs. Glenwood Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
P.  Yancy, Beatrice Joaquin, and the Host and Hostess; and
  WHEREAS,  Reverend  Carlup  Edwards and Reverend Harry Wilson, both of
New York City, shared the common interest of the group,  and  encouraged
their  organization  of  an African American Church in the area; until a
building was acquired, religious services were conducted at the home  of
Mr. and Mrs. William Joaquin; and
  WHEREAS,  The  following  persons  were elected officers of this newly
formed mission: trustee board members  consisted  of  Arthur  P.  Yancy,
President;  David  C. Joaquin, Secretary; and Arthur Joaquin, Treasurer;
stewardess board members consisted of Mrs. Arthur P.  Yancy,  President;
Mrs.  Glenwood E. Hunter, Secretary; and Mrs. Arthur Joaquin, Treasurer;
and
  WHEREAS, In the months to follow, numerous activities were held by the
group  to help reach their goal; a vacant lot at the corner of Cleveland
Street and Grant Place was purchased for the site of the new church;  in
1920, the cornerstone for the church was laid; and
  WHEREAS,  The  church was named Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion
Church of Patchogue, and had been entered into the New York A.M.E.  Zion
Conference the previous year under Bishop J.S. Caldwell; and
  WHEREAS,  The Patchogue Congregational Church helped the Grace African
Methodist Episcopal Zion  Church  of  Patchogue  by  contributing  pews,
pulpit furniture, and other useful articles; and
  WHEREAS,  Several ministers gave generously of their time, energy, and
travel to achieve many accomplishments of the  Grace  African  Methodist
Episcopal Zion Church of Patchogue; each in their own way, whether spir-
itually, physically, or financially, has added to the growth and success
of  the  Grace  African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Patchogue, in
beautification, strength, love, and fellowship; and
  WHEREAS, Through the years, the Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion
Church of Patchogue has experienced  many  changes;  today,  it  is  the
oldest  African  American Church in Patchogue, and continues to build on
the firm foundation of their forefathers with the cooperation  of  their
congregation and dedicated leaders; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Grace  African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Patc-
hogue stands on the threshold of tomorrow, prepared to  meet  the  chal-
lenges  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 95th Anniversary of the Grace African Methodist Episco-
pal Zion Church of Patchogue to be  observed  on  May  18,  2014,  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 Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Patchogue,
New York.

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