City of Buffalo Executive Chamber Proclamation:
Whereas, First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, the oldest congregation in the City of Buffalo, was established on February 2, 1812; and
Whereas, the first two buildings were located on the same downtown lot and the congregation relocated between 1889 and 1891 to its present location at One Symphony Circle; and
Whereas, the church’s architecturally significant building on Symphony Circle features Tiffany-designed stained glass windows, two impressive pipe organs and a 168-foot tall tower which stands as a beacon of hope on the west side of the city; and
Whereas, First Presbyterian Church celebrated their first services in the newly built chapel on Symphony Circle on September 11, 1889 and on December 13, 1891 the first services were held in the newly constructed sanctuary. The new building was dedicated after the completion of the tower on May 16, 1897; and
Whereas, First Presbyterian Church is home to a diverse congregation of 300 members from Buffalo and as far away as Niagara County and Ontario, Canada; and
Whereas, the mission of the historic First Presbyterian Church is to bring diverse people of the City of Buffalo together to worship, foster spiritual growth, and serve the community.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Byron W. Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, do hereby proclaim February 2, 2012 as First Presbyterian Church Day in the City of Buffalo and join my fellow citizens in recognizing their bicentennial anniversary and faithful service to the community.
Signed and sealed: Byron W. Brown, Mayor