The First Day Celebration of our Two Hundredth Year
On the 22nd day of June in 1811, 209 people met and pledged $1588 to build the first Union Church building.
It was called union because it was the joining of seceder Presbyterians and other Presbyterian congregations.
Let me put this in historical perspective for you. James Madison was president. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson would not die for another 11 years. Napoleon had not yet met his Waterloo. And California would not be a state for 40 more years.
On February 25th, 1812 the first trustees of the Union congregation purchased 1.84 acres from Joseph Andrews for Ten Dollars.
A building committee was appointed, and had erected, a building 36 x 40 feet of stone construction in the parking lot across the road from where we are now.
Rev Ebenezer Dickey of Oxford Presbyterian Church preached the first sermon in the new sanctuary. There were about 20 charter members and each one provided their own wooden pew.
On Sept 24, 1816, The Union Presbyterian Church was granted a charter and elders were ordained by the New Castle presbytery.
Therefore, Today, September 27th, 2015 we celebrate the first Sunday of the 200th year of Union Presbyterian Church , and we will continue to celebrate throughout 2016 culminating with the observance on September 25th, 2016 of the completion of our 200th year.