February 8th brought the Rev. James Brumm to our church. James is an RCA pastor who served on the committee that prepared Sing! A New Creation, our green hymn book. James has also served the RCA Commission on History by editing a book about Reformed liturgy called Liturgy Among the Thorns. James offered to introduce the book to interested folks in our area and to give a portion of the proceeds from any sales of the book that day to our fund for historic preservation. The Education and Worship Committee provided lunch for the occasion. James also assisted in leading worship that morning, introducing the congregation to a number of the hymns in Sing! A New Creation. It was a joyful occasion.
We’re delighted to report that the church has $40,000 of the $50,000 grant awarded us by the NJ State Historic Trust over a year ago. In the intervening months, Pastor Hartmut completed many forms and assembled many documents to fulfill the requirements of the state. This money is to be devoted to the development of specific plans by Westfield Associates, our architectural firm, for the restoration work.