It is just so contagious when young people take the initiative and come and volunteer at an old church like ours! And so it happened again on Saturday, October 23, under the leadership of Christine José when she brought 15 students to the church. They planted containers, weeded and pruned the front of the church, and built a curb to the sanctuary’s back patio where rainstorms had caused miniature mud slides in the past.
Members of our Property Committee accompanied the students. They replaced light bulbs, removed debris in the cemetery and reinstalled repaired storm windows. But most importantly: They passed on the story of First Reformed Church by talking about the founding of Rutgers University, the great overseas missions of the 19th century, and the meaning of socially involved faith today. The students were grateful for the experience, and we could not thank them enough for the beautiful work they provided for us.