First Baptist Church
27 Broad Street, Hamilton, NY 13346 315-824-2780
American Baptist Churches USA American Baptist Churches of New York State
A word of farewell from Reverend Leon Oaks-Lee, Interim Pastor
This message appeared in the church's bulletin for the Sunday service on February 3rd:
Thank you for such a wonderful send-off this past Sunday. The worship service service was special. Thank you to each of the people who spoke. The singing, the choir, the sharing all reminded me what I have loved about being with you these past months. Thank you for the reception afterward. Not only were the food and cake delicious and the flowers beautiful, but the time gave me an opportunity to greet and connect with most everyone. Thank you for the ways you have always welcomed Rosey and for your warm welcome to my brother and sister-in-law this Sunday. I will forever be grateful for your generosity toward me and your faithfulness to the Gospel.
You will remain in my prayers as you move forward as a church. Especially, I will pray for you this weekend as you meet the candidate for pastor and discern God's call.
With love and gratitude,
Lucinda "Cindy" Martin is a member of First Baptist Church and has been serving as the director of both the Adult Choir and the Junior Choir since 2003.
Cindy received her Bachelor of Music degree with a certificate in education from Susquehanna University. She received her Masters in Reading from the State University of New York in Cortland. She was employed for over thirty years in the Morrisville-Eaton Central School District, where she taught K-6 General Music and directed the 5th and 6th Grade Chorus.
Peter "Pete" Prentice
Dr. Christopher C. Warren
Jean Keefe Chapin was born in Cooperstown NY, but her roots have been deeply placed in the village of Hamilton all her life. The oldest of four children she was raised on a dairy farm located within the town limits on Lebanon Street, next farm neighbors being Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Fisher (Arnold’s parents). She has fond memories of going to the Fisher farm to get a dozen eggs from Mrs. Fisher, going into their main barn to look in a water trough that was filled with huge goldfish; and as the years passed seeing houses built up on both sides of the farm; ice skating on the “feeder”, sledding on the hills on the back property, sneaking a swim in a muddy pond. All that remains of the Keefe Farm now-a-day is the house, leaving the corn crib, horse barn, grain barn, main cow barn and the round watering troth as cherished memories.
Meeting her husband, of 50 years, on the 4th of July 1962, Jean and Richard Chapin were married the next year in the “Little Brown Church” (as it was called then) in Randallsville. Since Dick was baptized at Old First in his teens, Jean eventually joined his beloved First Baptist Church Hamilton in April 1970 and has been an active member ever since.
After retiring from the Hamilton Strategic Management Group as Director of Administration, Jean had the opportunity to become secretary at First Baptist late in 1999. To date, Jean has hit the goal of working longer as secretary than Mary Grace’s tenure and now is working on passing Eleanor Ross, who was secretary for 15 years! She thoroughly enjoys the interaction with individuals that walk in and out of the church office for whatever reason on a daily basis. Jean has served on all but one of the four church boards over the years, chaired the women’s group, taught Sunday School and was assistant Sunday School superintendent.