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Churches plan Easter services

by Andrew Henderson

Local churches are planning their Passion Week and Easter services.

State Street United Methodist Church will be holding several services.

A Palm Sunday service will be held tomorrow, March 24 at 11 a.m.

From March 25 through March 27, there will be prayer and praise services at 7 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, March 28, there will be a traditional Tenebrae service with communion and an optional foot washing at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Methodist church.

March 30 at 7 p.m., there will be a prayer and praise service.

March 31, the Easter service will be at 11 a.m.

The congregation at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church will be holding a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. March 29.

“We will gather to remember the terrible sacrifice that was required in order to secure our redemption,” said Pastor David Grey. “For those who lived through that day it was a day of fear, of great disappointment and of unspeakable horror. We today call that Friday, “good” only in hindsight, because we know what was accomplished on that day.”

The church will also hold an Easter Sunrise Service March 31 at 7 a.m.

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State Street UMC nominated for state and national registers

by Andrew Henderson

State Street United Methodist Church has been recommended for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

“Our historic resources help establish New York’s distinctive quality, character, and sense of place,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Listing these unique landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places is a first step toward preserving, safeguarding and renewing these irreplaceable assets.”

The church included Fulton’s earliest settlers who mostly came here because of the benefits of trade along the Oswego River.

The church originally included the members of First UMC and was organized when the Rev. Isaac Teller of Cortland, a Methodist circuit rider, arrived in Fulton.

At that time, there were only 13 or 14 homes built along the Oswego Falls.

The church was built in 1894 at a cost of $2,500. Erwin R. Redhead, president of Victoria Paper Mill, and Forrest G. Weeks, president of Oswego Falls Pulp & Paper Company, gave a lot of 100’ x 200’ on State Street between Fourth and Park.

They then broke ground and built the chapel, designed by J.H. Seeber an Oswego architect. The work on this chapel, a room finished in Georgia Pine with two class rooms adjoining was done by George J. Emeny.

The opening service was held Sept. 30, 1894 with Rev. Dr. Sawyer, editor of the Northern Christian Advocate, which was printed in Syracuse, preaching the dedication sermon.

Listing these properties on the State and National Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, according to Harvey.

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