CHATHAM, NJ - George Shepard Page came to Chatham in 1867 and bought hundreds of acres of land, which he named "Stanley."
That same year, the businessman built Hillside Mission Sabbath School on Hillside Avenue, followed by the permanent building named Stanley Hall in 1871. Two years later, the Stanley Church and Society were founded.
On Monday night, the Borough of Chatham Council will recognize the many contributions to the Chatham community by Stanley Congregational Church with a resolution in honor of its 150th anniversary.
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Chatham that they hereby offer their congratulations to the Stanley Congregational Church upon the celebration its 150th year anniversary serving our community, advocating for peace and social justice for all people and commitment to protecting our natural environment and celebrating the beauty of our earth, and extend their best wishes on this occasion.
Stanley Church will celebrate the occasion starting Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, beginning with a Community Reception and Art Show in the newly renovated church parish hall featuring oil painter Kris Kappmeier. The open house will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.
On Saturday evening, a gala dinner dance for former and current church members will be held. The Sunday Thanksgiving Worship Service is set for 10 a.m.