On Friday, Oct 29th, our education building and our steeple underwent a special inspection: Margaret and Michael Westfield led the endeavor, followed by MPG project manager Brian Monteith, NJ Historic Trust representative Glenn Ceponis, city representative Tom Loughlin and me.
It was an ascent into dizzying heights. But I was impressed: together, we represented five levels of quality control. And the test was hard. Back on the ground, Margaret received us with a long questionnaire recording the answers in an extensive chart. It was especially helpful to have Glenn Ceponis as a state representative with us. After all, the State is spending as much money on the project as we are, and will have a natural desire for strict quality control. Similarly, it was good to have Tom Loughlin from the City of New Brunswick there. The City supports the project with $25,000 and restores the faces and hands of the clock in addition to this. Here, too, we can expect a natural desire for checking out the work.
Look also at the rest of the accompanying pictures. See how the steeple scaffolding dwarfs the two carpenters on it? Later, I took a close-up of the man. Too often, we pay respect only to the leaders of a project and not to those who are carrying out the physical work.
Then there is the aerial view of the education building. What looks imposing from street level is dwarfed from this perspective almost a parable on life itself when viewed from the perspective of eternity.
Then see Christ Episcopal Church. I had to grin when I took the picture: The British may have taken our Dutch colony in 1664, but we are still taller!
Finally, enjoy the area views. The new Route 18 in the distance, the American flag shining through our scaffolding, the cemetery and the church entrance from above.
I also want to point out the angel head and the capitals on the wooden pillars and other details of that heavenly realm. You could not see any of this from the ground. Perhaps, these features were not really meant for human eyes to enjoy, but represent something like a praise offering to God whose house this is.
We are blessed to be able to do something for its preservation.