Scranton, Pennsylvania. Concord United Church of Christ Church. Records, 1884-2003.

Collection Information
Title:

Scranton, Pa. Concord United Church of Christ Church records, 1884-2003.

Creator(s):

Concord United Church of Christ (Scranton, Pa.)

Providence Welsh Congregational Church (Scranton, Pa.)
Dr. Jones Memorial Church Congregational (Scranton, Pa.)

Puritan and Dr. Jones Churches United Church of Christ (Scranton, Pa.)

Dates:

1884-2003

Extent:

6 boxes: 5 record storage cartons, 1 flat storage (5.5 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

RG5204

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Concord United Church of Christ Church (Scranton, Pa.) records, RG5204. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Additional Resources:

The guide written by the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society is located in the collection file. Ask the archivist for access.

Language:

English, some Welsh

Processing information:

Processed by the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society.

Revision History:

Re-described by Jessica Steytler August 2014 using DACS Second Edition.

Abstract:

The church was established in 1855 with the name Providence Welsh Congregational Church and closed in 2003 as the Concord UCC Church. Types of material include annual reports, bulletins, newsletters, financial, legal, histories, committees, and auxiliary groups.

Acquisition Information:

Items originally held by the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society.

Donated to the Congregational Library & Archive in July 2014.

Description

Historical Note

The church was established in 1855 with the name Providence Welsh Congregational Church. It took them until 1860 to build their first church. As the name implied, the church was made up of Welsh immigrants and their services were in that language. In 1889 a separate church, Puritan Congregational, from Providence as an English-speaking congregation. In 1904 the church built its second meeting house. When then-pastor Dr. Jones died after serving for over thirty years weeks after the new church started construction, the congregation changed their name to Dr. Jones Memorial Church. In 1923, Rev. Hughes ended Welsh services. The church joined the United Church of Christ in 1960. In 1960, there are failed negotiations to merge back with the Puritan Congregational church, but succeeded in 1982. While the two communities were still in transition, they called themselves the Puritan & Dr Jones Memorial Church, United Church of Christ. Their final name-change that year was the Concord United Church of Christ. The 2002 annual report cites dropping attendance: averaging between 40-62 people. This was due to an aging population, families moving away, and "irreconcilable church conflicts", which plagued the church during its last eleven years.

Ministers

E.B. Evans 1860-1866   Robert Chamberlain 1955-1961
Daniel Parry 1867-1870   Kendall Link 1961-1965
R.S. Jones 1872-1904   Ralph Ludwig 1966-1970
James Williams 1906-1912   Peter Goguts 1971-1972
Isaac T. Williams 1913-1920   Wayne Strever 1973-1984
Enoch Hughes 1921-1928   Mary Jo Romberger 1984-1987
John Roberts 1929-1936   Patricia Dykstra 1987-1990
E. Daniel Hughes 1939-1943   Ronald E Kaufman 1990-1995
E. Earle Eaton 1945-1947   M. W. Beynon 1997-1998
L. Clarke French 1947-1955   T. Nalesnik 2001-2003

 

Scope of Collection

The church in its final state was the product of a merger between the Puritan Congregational Church and the Dr. Jones Memorial Church. However, the  Types of material include annual reports, bulletins, newsletters, financial, legal, histories, committees, and auxiliary groups. The bulk of the records are from the 1960s-1990s. There are some records in Welsh, but the transition from Welsh to English was in the 1920s, pre-dating the bulk of the records within this collection.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Church records and registers - Pennsylvania - Scranton.

Women - Societies and clubs.

Church membership.

Concord United Church of Christ (Scranton, Pa.)

Providence Welsh Congregational Church (Scranton, Pa.)

Dr. Jones Memorial Church Congregational (Scranton, Pa.)

Puritan & Dr. Jones Memorial Church United Church of Christ (Scranton, Pa.)

Ordination.

Welsh Americans - Pennsylvania - Scranton.

Christian Education.

 

Arrangement

The collection was arranged while it was at the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society. The first half of the collection is arranged in alphabetical order followed by Committees and Auxiliary Groups; its components are also in alphabetical order.

 

Contents

  Date Box/Folder
Annual Reports 1904 B1/F1
Annual Reports 1912-1914 B1/F2
Annual Reports 1928-1945 B1/F3
Annual Reports 1946-1953 B1/F4
Annual Reports 1954-1959 B1/F5
Annual Reports 1960-1965 B1/F6
Annual Reports 1966-1970 B1/F7
Annual Reports 1971-1975 B1/F8
Annual Reports 1976-1982 B1/F9
Annual Reports 1983-1989 B1/F10
Annual Reports 1990-1995 B1/F11
Annual Reports 1996-2002 B1/F12
Award, Certificates, Recognitions undated B1/F13
Bulletins 1966-1968 B1/F14
Bulletins 1969-1971 B1/F15
Bulletins 1972-1974 B1/F16
Bulletins 1975-1976 B1/F17
Bulletins 1977-1978 B1/F18
Bulletins 1979-1980 B1/F19
Bulletins 1981-1982 B1/F20
Bulletins 1983-1984 B1/F21
Bulletins 1985 B1/F22
Bulletins 1986 B1/F23
  Date Box/Folder
Bulletins 1987 B2/F1
Bulletins 1988 B2/F2
Bulletins 1989 B2/F3
Bulletins 1990 B2/F4
Bulletins 1991-1992 B2/F5
Bulletins 1993-1994 B2/F6
Bulletins 1995-1996 B2/F7
Bulletins 1997-1998 B2/F8
Bulletins 1999-2000, 2003 B2/F9
Bulletins undated B2/F10
  Date Box/Folder
Constitution and Bylaws 1941-1992 B3/F1
Financial Records, Sunday Diary 1884-1893 B3/F2
Financial Records, Annual Reports 1904, 1944 B3/F3
Financial Records, Ledger 1905-1939 B3/F4
Financial Records, Ledger 1940-1963 B3/F5
Financial Records, Memorial Fund 1969-1998 B3/F6
Financial Records, Offering 1983-1985 B3/F7
Financial Records, Receipts 1904-1985 B3/F8
Histories 1968-1982 B3/F9
History, Anniversary Celebrations 1905-1995 B3/F10
History, News Clippings 1929-1995 B3/F11
History. "One-half Century of Work…" 1897 B3/F12
Legal Records, Bequests. Briggs, Mary L. Estate undated B3/F13
Legal Records, Bequests. Luce, Mary E. Estate undated B3/F14
Legal Records, Bequests. Wagner, Helen J. Estate undated B3/F15
Legal Records. Providence Welsh Name Change 1969 B3/F16
Newsletters 1966-1980 B3/F17
Newsletters 1987-1988 B3/F18
Newsletters 1990 B3/F19
Newsletters 1991-1992 B3/F20
Newsletters 1993-1994 B3/F21
Newsletters 1995-1999 B3/F22
Pastors. Chamberlain, R.J. undated B3/F23
Pastors. Christmas, Henry undated B3/F24
Pastors. Eaton, E.E. undated B3/F25
Pastors. French, L.C. undated B3/F26
Pastors. Goguts, Peter undated B3/F27
Pastors. Hughes, E.D. undated B3/F28
Pastors. Kaufman, Ronald undated B3/F29
Pastors. Link, K. undated B3/F30
Pastors. Ludwig, Ralph and Sandra undated B3/F31
Pastors. Romberger, Mary Jo undated B3/F32
Pastors. Strever, W. undated B3/F33
Photographs undated B3/F34
Programs and Activities. 140th Anniversary and Pageant video 1995 B3/F35
  Date Box/Folder
Committees. Advisory Board Minutes, Official Board Minutes 1955-1962, 1929-1937 B4/F1
Committees. Advisory Board Congregational Meeting Minutes 1963-1967 B4/F2
Committees. Advisory Board Congregational Meeting Minutes 1968-1970 B4/F3
Committees. Advisory Board Congregational Meeting Minutes 1971-1973 B4/F4
Committees. Advisory Board Congregational Meeting Minutes 1974-1975 B4/F5
Committees. Advisory Board Congregational Meeting Minutes 1976-1977 B4/F6
Committees. Advisory Board Minutes 1978-1980 B4/F7
Committees. Building   B4/F8
Committees.By-Laws 1982-1983 B4/F9
Committees. Christian Education 1972-1984 B4/F10
Committees. Christian Education Confirmation Class 1972, 1982 B4/F11
Committees. Christian Education Nursery undated B4/F12
Committees. Christian Education. Vacation Bible School 1977-1986 B4/F13
Committees. Congregational Meeting Minutes 1905-1922 B4/F14
Committees. Congregational Meeting Minutes 1955-1962 B4/F15
Committees. Congregational Meeting Minutes 1963-2002 B4/F16
Committees. Congregational Survey 1974 B4/F17
Committees. Deaconess Minutes 1956-1976 B4/F18
Committees. Deacons Minutes 1915-1919 B4/F19
Committees. Deacons Minutes 1923-1931 B4/F20
Committees. Deacons/Deaconess Minutes 1955-1962 B4/F21
Committees. Deacons Minutes 1963-1966 B4/F22
Committees. Deacons Minutes 1973-1983 B4/F23
Committees. Finance 1957-1971 B4/F24
Committees. Finance Stewardship undated B4/F25
Committees. Finance Stewardship 1985-1987 B4/F26
Committees. Music undated B4/F27
Committees. Music Welsh Hymnal undated B4/F28
Committees. Music Welsh Hymnal undated B4/F29
  Date Box/Folder
Committees. Official Board Minutes 1984-1988 B5/F1
Committees. Official Board Minutes 1989-1993, 1996 B5/F2
Committees. Outreach undated B5/F3
Committees. Pastor-Parish Relations 1978-1983 B5/F4
Committees. Prayer Group undated B5/F5
Committees. Programs undated B5/F6
Committees. Property undated B5/F7
Committees. Self-Study 1962-1965 B5/F8
Committees. Self-Study 1971-1972 B5/F9
Committees. Spiritual Life 1981-1997 B5/F10
Committees. Trustees Financial Records 1929-1963 B5/F11
Committees. Trustees Minutes 1929-1955 B5/F12
Committees. Trustees Minutes 1964-1970 B5/F13
Committees. Trustees Minutes 1971-1985 B5/F14
Committees. Worship Acolytes undated B5/F15
Committees. Worship Ushers undated B5/F16
Committees. Worship Wedding Guidelines undated B5/F17
Correspondence 1915-1997 B5/F18
Auxiliary Organizations The Bread Basket undated B5/F19
Auxiliary Organizations Concord Women undated B5/F20
Auxiliary Organizations Ladies Aid Society 1953-1959 B5/F21
Auxiliary Organizations Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights   B5/F22
Auxiliary Organizations Senior Christian Endeavor Society 1910-1913 B5/F23
Auxiliary Organizations Sunday School Constitution Welsh Congregation 1886 B5/F24
Auxiliary Organizations Sunday School Dutch Gap 1896-1899 B5/F25
Auxiliary Organizations Sunday School Dutch Gap Junior Christian Endeavor Society 1896 B5/F26
Auxiliary Organizations Women's Fellowship 1971-1976 B5/F27
Auxiliary Organizations Women's Fellowship 1984-1985 B5/F28
Auxiliary Organizations Young Men's Club Constitution undated B5/F29
Auxiliary Organizations Young Men's Club 1912-1915 B5/F30
Auxiliary Organizations Youth undated B5/F31
  Date Box/Folder
Church Records Ledger book including baptisms, membership, marriages, deaths, officers, pastoral register (unbound) 1966-2003 B6/F1
Church Records Book of Remembrance 1955-1986 B6/F2

 

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