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Did Your Great-Great-Grandparents Pray for Us?

01. July 2007

Columns, Congregation of the Month,


Christ Church Reformed

Location:New Hartford, N.Y.

Presbytery:St. Lawrence

Organized:Mar. 4, 1999, as a daughter of Oswego RPC

Membership:31 communicant, 22 baptized

Pastor:Aaron Goerner


Are Our Roots Your Roots?

This Christ Church was organized in 1999, but the RP Church in New Hartford goes back to 1837. In October 1837, the Southern Presbytery of the Covenanter Church recorded that the societies of Utica and New Hartford were formed into one congregation. We do not know who the founding elders were or where the church was located. Robert More of Lisbon informs us that New Hartford was listed in 1838 as a “non-contributor” to the Synod travel fund.

For reasons unknown, in 1843 the New Hartford church was disbanded.

Is it possible there are some RPs reading this who had great-great-grandparents who prayed for the work in New Hartford? Is it also possible that one of the ways in which God answered their prayers of 160 years ago was by raising up another congregation in His proper season? “Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him” ...

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