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374th Founders Day Celebration

First Congregational Church of Greenwich Celebrates History

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Greenwich, CT | Added on July 20, 2014 At 01:34 PM

The founding of Town of Greenwich and the formation of the First Congregational Church are closely tied. 

"In early New England towns could not be incorporated until they had a church," said Reverend John Collins, Interim Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich.

Sunday the 20th marked the 374th Celebration of Greenwich Founders' Day and the First Congregational Church celebrated with a proclamation and history.

"We recognize our heritage and the people and organizations who preserve our town's past for the enjoyment of residents today and for our future," read First Selectman Peter Tesei during the beginning of Sunday's Founders Day service.

"I think it's important to look at what has happened the last 25 years and put an emphasis on that and bring forth the changes and highlight those changes and give young people the opportunity to learn," said First Selectman Tesei.

July 18th is the official date of the town's founding, and the church along with the Greenwich Historical Society is already working on plans for their 375th Founders' Day Celebration next year.

"One of the things about remembering our history every year is that we remember all of the history; the good things that happened and the bad things that happened. It gives us a foundation to walk into the future. It's really important to bring it up every year or people sort of take it for granted," said Reverend Collins.

Davidde Strackbein, Chairman of the Greenwich Historical Society Board is one of several residents working on the 375th Celebration. "It includes wars and poverty but also exhilaration and prosperity. The 375th celebrates the ability of this town to tell its story and to preserve its history in the minds and hearts of its residents."

For more information about the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, visit

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