NO. R-303. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF NEWFANE ON THE OCCASION OF THE CHURCHS 225TH ANNUAL MEETING.
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 congregations 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 churchs 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 Newfanes 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 congregations home for 160 years, and
Whereas, on June 25, 2000, the families of the First Congregational Church will convene for the churchs 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.