When I told three of our community service workers that they were a blessing to the church, someone remarked that they had not heard this in a long time. This may be true, but so was my remark.
In fact, the Intensive Supervision Program is a blessing both ways: We as the church get a lot of work done while the ISP participants spend their time in a meaningful way and with constant contact to members of the church. By functioning as an ISP site, we contribute to the participants reintegration in society. Therefore, this is a ministry.
Our latest accomplishment is the replacement of a wooden floor and sub-floor in the basement room that houses the entry of the gas line for our buildings. The wooden floor was rotted away and posed danger especially in cases of emergency. Can you imagine firefighters in full gear rushing down to shut off the gas and falling through the floor?
We put an end to this by demolishing the floor on one Saturday and then pouring a concrete floor on the next three Saturdays. Two of the ISP participants, John and Ty, knew masonry professionally. Together with our Property Committee, they made miracles happen. And, of course, Julius Fekete had it all planned out and served as our project manager.
In total, we used up 85 bags of cement, each 80 lbs. heavy! A great thank you to all the volunteers, who helped: Lauren, Gary and Josh Bernhofer, Lolly Schenck, Doug Carlen, Ben Berman, and Jim Hance who made the work lighter with his wonderfully absurd stories. Literally, we were building the church of Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile, we had also three brownstone windowsills on the Bayard-Street-side of the education building repaired. Enjoy the corresponding photograph. At this point, I would like to thank all our wonderful donors, whose generosity has made this work possible. Thanks to you, the church has again a presentable face as far as our glass door entrance is concerned!