South Carolina General Assembly
112th Session, 1997-1998

Bill 5199

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

                    Current Status

Bill Number:                    5199
Type of Legislation:            Concurrent Resolution CR
Introducing Body:               House
Introduced Date:                19980527
Primary Sponsor:                Govan 
All Sponsors:                   Govan 
Drafted Document Number:        dka\3015mm.98
Date Bill Passed both Bodies:   19980527
Subject:                        St. Paul's United Methodist Church
                                of Orangeburg, Resolutions


Body    Date      Action Description                       Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  _______________________________________  _______ ____________

House   19980527  Received from Senate
Senate  19980527  Introduced, adopted, returned
                  with concurrence
House   19980527  Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate

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Whereas, the sanctuary building of St. Paul's United Methodist Church was dedicated at services held on Sunday, January 2, 1898; and

Whereas, the congregation housed in that landmark fixture on the square in downtown Orangeburg began its centennial observance on Sunday, January 4, 1998; and

Whereas, the celebration honors a devout history of Methodism in general and St. Paul's Church of Orangeburg, specifically; and

Whereas, before the year 1790, there was no organization, common bonds of special doctrines, or discipline for Methodism, only mutually agreed to habits and usages, and early teachings were made through itinerate lay preachers; and

Whereas, the first Methodist church building in Orangeburg was constructed on the present site of St. Paul's in 1836. Even though Methodism had been active, that was the first evidence of a church building in the city of Orangeburg; and

Whereas, the congregation outgrew this first building, and a new building was dedicated at a dedication ceremony on July 22, 1860. Union troops occupied the second church building in 1865 and caused considerable damage to its interior; and

Whereas, the membership in the congregation grew from 41 in 1851 to 106 by 1871; and by 1892, the membership stood at 425, severely overtaxing the 1860 facility; and

Whereas, it was resolved in 1893 "to build a new church on the same lot on which St. Paul's now stands". Mr. W. L. Glaze was then appointed as the chairman of the building committee for this grand new church. Other members of the committee were The Reverend C. B. Smith, the current pastor, Andrew C. Dibble, Joseph P. Harley, George W. Brunson, John W. Fairey, and James L. Sims. The committee procured the plans for the new sanctuary through the Atlanta architectural firm of Golucke and Stewart, but due to the financial panic throughout the United States at the time, determined it best not to proceed any further; and

Whereas, in January, 1896, the then pastor, The Reverend E. O. Watson, called for a meeting of the original building committee, which submitted a new financial plan for raising the necessary funds for construction and to which the following members were added: Dr. A. S. Hydrick, Dr. J. G. Wannamaker, I. W. Bowman, Daniel H. Marchant, John A. Zeigler, W. Hampton Dukes, J. S. Albergotti, A. McQueen Salley, J. Frederick Brunson as secretary, and Frederick S. Dibble as treasurer; and

Whereas, the old church building, without its basement, was moved to the northeast corner of the church lot and for about five weeks, until the old church could be made usable again, church services were held in the county courthouse, which then was located on the town square; and

Whereas, the ladies of St. Paul's were the backbone of the fundraising efforts during the two years of construction of the new church building, constantly conducting fundraisers such as bazaars, ice cream and cake socials, straw rides, dinners, and oyster roasts; and

Whereas, after the completion of all construction, dedication of the new sanctuary was held on Sunday, January 2, 1898, led by Bishop W. W. Duncan; and

Whereas, the imposing edifice and the members who worship there have been physical and spiritual influences on the city of Orangeburg for one hundred years. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the General Assembly recognize St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Orangeburg on the occasion of the centennial observance of the building of its present sanctuary, a landmark fixture on the square in downtown Orangeburg.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Dr. W. Eugene Atkinson, II, Church Historian, on behalf of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.