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Friday, January 1, 2016

DEDICATION MAY 25: For New Spire and Bell of The Second Congregational Church (1919)

Source: Greenwich News and Graphic. Friday, May 23, 1919. Page 1.

Sunday morning, May 25 is the date set for the dedication of the new spire and Victory bell of the Second Congregational church. The exercises will begin at 10 o'clock, and part of the program will be carried out on the church grounds. There will be addresses and music in the church edifice of an appropriate manner.

It is expected that the bell, which is being constructed at the Menelly Bell Foundry will arrive here in a few days. The head ringer has been in Greenwich during the past week making the necessary preparations for installing the bell in the belfry. It weighs 3000 pounds, is fifty-five inches across, and bears the inscription, "Glory to God in the Highest."

Later a bronze tablet will be placed in the vestibule of the spire in memory of six generations of deacons in the family of Charles N. Mead, the donor.

The new victory spire recently rebuilt at a cost of approximately $65,000 is a notable piece of architecture. As the old spire had for many years been a guide to seafaring men along Long Island Sound, so will the present one be regarded as a landmark for many generations to come. The church itself stands on the highest point of ground between New York and New London.

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