A SENATE RESOLUTION to honor the First Baptist Church
of Aurora for the 185th anniversary of its founding.
, read first time and referred to Committee on
I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:
A SENATE RESOLUTION to honor the First Baptist
Church of Aurora for the 185th anniversary of its founding.
Whereas, On February 26, 1820, the First Baptist Church of Aurora was founded by Jesse L. Holman, Timothy Brown, Lydia St. John, Sophia Brown, Sallie Brown and William Hancock, the six charter members;
Whereas, Elder James Dicken was called as pastor and
received a monthly salary of $1.25;
Whereas, The first worship services were held in a private
log house residence on Fifth Street;
Whereas, Between 1825 and 1828, near the original log
house, the members built a brick meetinghouse with a small
belfry. However, a triangle was used to summon people to
services until a bell could be purchased;
Whereas, This first bell was later used as the ferry bell;
Whereas, The church membership continued to grow spiritually and in number of members;
Whereas, a new bell, weighing 1800 pounds, was
purchased by citizens exclusive of the church members and
hung in the belfry of the new church;
Whereas, in 1999, ten more acres of land was purchased as
the site of a future church building with more spacious
Whereas, today this church is the oldest building in Aurora and worship services are still held there every Sunday: Therefore,
That the Indiana Senate honors
Baptist Church of Aurora
on its 185th anniversary.
SECTION 2. That the Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to the Deacons of the church on behalf of all members and friends of the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Aurora.