United Presbyterian Church
Johnstown

Golden Jubilee Celebration, 1914

    

PROGRAM
Golden Jubilee Celebration

of the Pastorate of James A Williamson, D. D.
of the United Presbyterian Church, Johnstown, New York.

Contributed by James F. Morrison.


Wednesday Evening, June 17
at 7:45 o'clock

the Congregation tender to
Dr. and Mrs. Williamson
a Public Reception at the Church

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Thursday Afternoon, June 18, 1914
at the United Presbyterian Church

Rev. James W. Best, of the United Presbyterian Church,
Troy, N. Y., presiding

Theme:  Dr. Williamson
I.  His Personality.
II.  His Influence in the Home s of Sorrow and Joy.
III. His Work in the Community.

2:45  ORGAN RECITAL.... Miss Grace Raymond, Organist
  
3:00  DEVOTIONAL SERVICES
          SOLO - There's a Beautiful Land on High....................Taylor
                         Miss Edna Crothers
  
3:20  I. ADDRESS
             Rev. C. H. Merrill, of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Gloversville, N. Y.
          SOLO - Judge Me, O God..............................................Wooler
                         Mr. Louis Fox
  
3:45  II. ADDRESS
               Rev. W. H. Washburn, of Ballston Spa, N. Y.
          SOLO  - Bow Down Thine Ear, O Lord..........................Frey
                Mrs. Harry Buseck
  
4:00  III. ADDRESS
                Rev. Wolcott W. Ellsworth, of St. John's Episcopal Church,
                Johnstown, N. Y., representing the Johnstown Ministerial
                Association.
  
CONGREGATIONAL SINGING
  
BENEDICTION
  
ORGAN POSTLUDE...........Miss Raymond

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Thursday Evening, June 18, 1914
at the Church

Rev. C. H. Merrill, presiding

Theme:  Dr. Williamson
IV.  In the Presbytery.
V.  In the Synod.

7:30  ORGAN RECITAL....... Miss Raymond
  
7:45  DEVOTIONAL SERVICES
          MAGNIFICAT.........................................................................Bruce Steane
                         By Choir
  
8:00  IV. ADDRESS
             Rev. James W. Best, representing the Albany Presbytery.
          DUET  - Forever With the Lord............................................Bartlett
                         Mrs. Buseck and Miss Fannie Theurer
  
8:20  V. ADDRESS
               William J. Martin, D. D., Fall River, Mass., representing the
               United Presbyterian Synod of New York.
          ARIA  - Be Thou Faithful Unto Death, fr. St. Paul...........Mendelssohn
                Mr. Arthur F. Kibbe
  
4:00  GOLDEN JUBILEE ADDRESS
                R. F. Maclaren, D. D., Los Angeles, California
          NUNC  DIMITTIS.....................................................................Bruce Steane
                         By Choir

  
CONGREGATIONAL SINGING
  
BENEDICTION
  
ORGAN POSTLUDE - Anniversary March, introducing
                 "Auld Lang Syne"....................................................... J. Lawrence Erb
                                           Miss Raymond

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Friday Evening, June 19, at 6:30

Banquet
to Dr. Williamson buy the Congregation, at
Kennedy Hall

Hon. J. Keck presiding

Speakers

George E. Dunham.... Utica, N. Y.
Dr. Maclaren... Los Angeles, Cal.
Andrew H. Calderwood... Schenectady, N. Y.
Rev. Herbert Finch Johnstown, N. Y.

    

Historical

The United Presbyterian Church at Johnstown, N. Y., was organized in March, 1898, with twenty members.

The following pastors have served:

Rev. J. G. Smart..............................................................1830-1837
Rev. Alexander Gordon...........July 1844, died August, 1844
Rev. Andrew Thomas...................................................1858-1863
Rev. James A. Williamson............................................1864-1914

At the beginning of the pastorate of Dr. Williamson the membership of the congregation
numbered.....................................................................................54
Present membership.................................................................213
Members received during Dr. Williamson's pastorate.....449
Members transferred, upon Certificate..............................102
Members died.............................................................................156
Baptisms........................................................................................269
Marriages......................................................................................212

During the first five years of the present pastorate the congregation occupied the old church structure, situated on South Market Street and now occupied for business purposes.  In 1869 the present church edifice was completed and has since been occupied by the congregation.  Since then extensive alterations have been made, no indebtedness allowed to accumulate, and $4,000.00 for a new parsonage contributed during the present year.

During Dr. Williamson's pastorate, and under his guidance, the congregation has also made great advance in an ever increasing sense of responsibility in the work of aiding to build up the Kingdom at large, its contribution to that cause for the year ending April 1, 1914, amounting to $2,915.00.

The present officers of the church are as follows:

ELDERS:  Leonard Argersinger, Frank Mahanna, Alexander W. Vosburgh, Fred W. Warren, and Arthur A. Walker.
TRUSTEES:  Judge J. Keck, chairman; Chauncey Argersinger, Jacob N. Shutts, Nicholas Veghte, and Henry B. Adams.
TREASURER:  P. McKie Wells.
CLERK:  Harold G. Pitman.

   

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