1741Settlers petition General Court for "town privileges and liberty to imbody in church estate"1744The Church is formed and the Rev. Jonathan Lee installed as Minister in a log house 30 x 25 feet, which served as the Lee's home as well as the place of worship. 1750The First Meeting House was built for worship and town meetings where the Town Hall now stands: 45 long by 35 feet wide. Residents gathered at "sabba day houses" between services for lunch, warmth and socialization 1788The Rev. Jonathan Lee dies and is buried in graveyard behind Town Hall. 1796The Rev. Joseph Warren Crossman called as second Minister1800The present Meeting House was erected measuring 64x45. All town residents required to contribute money or building material. 1804Separation of Church and State - Ecclesiastical Society formed. 1812Rev. Crossman dies while ministering to the sick during an epidemic of typhoid pleurisy. 1837The Rev. Adam Reid begins 40 year ministry. "The spell binder" packs theMeeting House Sunday after Sunday1845First parsonage built.1850Square pews, high Pulpit and original Ionic pillars are "swept away by the modernizing wave"1853Present Bell weighing over 1,000 lbs. struck at Troy and placed in the belfry 1859Notable layman Dr. Henry M. Knight opens first institution for training of mentally retarded. 1867Church organ replaces use of stringed instruments. 1867John Calvin Goddard begins 60 years of service as Pastor and Pastor Emeritus 1889Organ and choir pews moved to front of Church.1892Preparatory School founded by Maria Hotchkiss. 1894One Hundredth and Fiftieth Anniversary attended by over 400
250th Anniversary Celebration Nov. 11, 1994
1913Church remodeled and organ installed in the balcony. 1922Upkeep Society came into being for fellowship and raising money for the upkeep of the Parsonage. 1948The Rev. Lawrence Stone begins 21 years of service as 12th Pastor.1959Parish Hall, designed by Norton Miner, is built.1965-66Meeting House renovated: cove ceiling and pillars from balcony to ceiling are restored, antique weather vane repaced by the whale. New Schantz organ is installed. 1970The Rev. Dr. Charles Ranson installed as Pastor.Albert Sly joins staff as organist/choir master. 1972Tom and Francis Wagner, members of this congregation, are instrumental in establishing Noble Horizons.1975The Rev. John Hay installed as Pastor.1981The Rev. Richard Taber begins 27 years of service as 15th Pastor. 1992The Rev. Lawrence Stone named Pastor Emeritus 1994250th Anniversary celebrated, (Video: "To Build the Faith Together" available for loan) Partnership with Iglesia Cristiana Adonay established.
Current Meeting House and Watering Kettle, Circa 1900
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2000Centennial Garden developed. (pictures above)Anniversary of raising of the Meeting House.2006Senior Youth Group trip to New Orleans.2008Search for Associate Pastor begins.2009Rev. Richard Taber retires after 27 years with the church.The Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Austin installed as Interim Pastor2010Celebration of Al Sly’s 40 years with the church.2011Jan. 9th, the Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Austin’s last Sunday in our pulpit.Jan. 16th, the Rev. Diane Monti-Catania’s first Sunday as our settled pastor.May 15th, Service of Installation of The Rev. Diane Monti-Cataniaas the Congregational Church of Salisbury’s 16th settled pastor. 2013Renovation of the Parish Hall2014December 31st, Albert Sly, Minister of Music retires after 45 years of service to the church. 2015March 9th, we welcomed Jack Bowman as our new Minister of Music.
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