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NO. R-303. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF NEWFANE ON THE OCCASION OF THE CHURCH’S 225TH ANNUAL MEETING.

(J.R.H. 242)

Offered by: Representative Darrow of Newfane.

Whereas, on June 30, 1774, 14 families gathered on Newfane Hill to establish the First Congregational Church of Newfane and the 11th in Vermont, and subsequently, in 1775, this newly formed congregation held its first annual meeting, and

Whereas, during the congregation’s first quarter century, services and church meetings were conducted at various locations in the town, and

Whereas, by 1799, the congregation was ready for, and in need of, a larger more permanent structure, and

Whereas, the church’s membership, as was the custom in that era, requested the town to raise at public expense a fine new meeting house, whose purposes would be both secular and religious, and

Whereas, this new meeting house served as the First Congregational Church of Newfane’s first true place of abode, and

Whereas, the congregation continued to worship, and the town to conduct municipal business, atop Newfane Hill until the middle 1820s when, following the pattern set by many other Vermont communities, Newfane, by then the shire town of Windham County, relocated its village center to a lower elevation at Fayetteville, now Newfane Village, and

Whereas, in 1832, the First Congregational Church shared an edifice with other denominations in a building that is today known as Union Hall, and

Whereas, in 1839, the members of the First Congregational Church of Newfane determined that the time had arrived for the congregation to worship in a building that was truly its own, and raised a stunning new church on the west side of the Newfane Common, and

Whereas, this impressively beautiful and enduring church building has remained the congregation’s home for 160 years, and

Whereas, on June 25, 2000, the families of the First Congregational Church will convene for the church’s 225th annual meeting, and

Whereas, this is a special and joyous event in the life of this proud congregation, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the First Congregational Church of Newfane on reaching a historically significant milestone and extends best wishes for the future, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to David D. Van Pamelson, Moderator of the First Congregational Church in Newfane.