As work proceeds to restore the exteriors of our buildings, the angels that have long graced the steeple are being tended, with some parts restored and others replaced. While we have been singing and reading of angels that heralded the coming of the Christ child, these particular angels have depended on your generosity in contributing to the historic preservation fund. The total of pledged and received gifts and grants as of December 6 was $316,397.
A very positive part of the project is that the city of New Brunswick has begun repairing the faces and hands of the “Town Clock.”
As we step into the new year, two special events are on the January calendar. First, on Jan 19th, the Board of City Market, the association of businesses and organizations that advocates for New Brunswick and works for improvements, will have their monthly meeting at First Reformed Church. As a member of the board, Pastor Hartmut has been invited to present the preservation project to the group. Sherri Novack has given him technical help with the PowerPoint presentation, and the whole Fund-raising Committee will prepare breakfast.
At the coffee hour on Jan 23rd, we as a congregation will say “thank-you” to a group of individuals who have helped the church substantially the last few years with everything from legal assistance to advice about fund-raising. We hope that many will be on hand to recognize these folks for their gifts of time, enthusiasm, and expertise.