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File #: 2011-2297    Version: 1
Type: Proclamation Status: Adopted
File created: 11/14/2011 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 11/14/2011
Enactment date: 11/14/2011 Enactment #: 788
Effective date:    
Title: NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Pittsburgh City Council declares November 19th, 2011 to be Fairhaven United Methodist Church day in the City of Pittsburgh. SPONSORED BY COUNCILWOMAN NATALIA RUDIAK CO-SPONSORED BY COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARLENE M. HARRIS AND COUNCILMEMBERS REV. RICKY V. BURGESS, PATRICK DOWD, BRUCE KRAUS, R. DANIEL LAVELLE, WILLIAM PEDUTO, DOUGLAS SHIELDS AND THERESA KAIL-SMITH
Sponsors: Natalia Rudiak, All Members
Indexes: PROCLAMATION - MS. RUDIAK
Attachments: 1. 2011-2297.doc

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WHEREAS, this year, 2011, marks the 130th Anniversary of the Fairhaven United Methodist Church on Saw Mill Run Boulevard in Overbrook ; and
WHEREAS, the founder of the church, Richard Perry, was inspired to start a new congregation after attending religious meetings at the old Castle Shannon Meeting Grounds, which is part of present-day Arlington Park; and
WHEREAS, Perry organized a Sunday School in Overbrook, which was then called Fairhaven, with the help of his neighbors, William and Hannah Hibbs; and
WHEREAS, the Sunday School met every Sunday afternoon in an old school building at the bottom of Maytide Street; and
WHEREAS, in 1883, the Methodist Conference took interest in the Sunday School activities, and appointed a minister, Reverend Samuel Ferry Crowthers, to the newly created Fairhaven Mission; and
WHEREAS, the Mission was formally organized as the Fairhaven Methodist Protestant Church on August 31, 1884; and
WHEREAS, in 1890, Robert Thompson donated land on Glenbury Street, and the men of the congregation built a church that was used for the following seventeen years; and
WHEREAS, the congregation quickly outgrew the first church, and the current church building was constructed in 1907 on land donated by the Horning family, who also paid for the church bell and the stained glass windows; and
WHEREAS, the Fairhaven Church continues to serve the people of Overbrook and Carrick today, as an institution of faith, and a hub for community activities and organizations; and
WHEREAS, the Fairhaven Church is holding its annual Friends of Fairhaven Gala Benefit Dinner and Auction on Saturday, November 19th, 2011.
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NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Pittsburgh City Council declares November 19th, 2011 to be Fairhaven United Methodist Church day in the City of Pittsburgh.

SPONSORED BY COUNCILWOMAN NATALIA RUDIAK

CO-SPONSORED BY COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARLENE M. HARRIS AND COUNCILMEMBERS REV. RICKY V. BURGESS, PATRICK DOWD, B...

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