Early September swept over our church like a friendly little hurricane, and the resulting surge of volunteerism was simply beautiful. Where else but here at old First Reformed Church can you see a good part of the Christian Education Committee paint the outside of a breeze way – and all of this under the humorous leadership of Jim Hance, who organized the scaffolding and many of the necessary tools.
The picture shows Jim Hance and Gary Bernhofer, but Lauren Bernhofer, who took the picture, was just as much present as the two men. Teams like these make us who we are, a church that is very much alive and not afraid of heights.
On one of the painting days, Ellen, Julius and I happened to give a tour to a team of architects that might develop the general preservation plan for our church. Halfway through the breeze way, one of the architects looked at Jimâ€™s radio in the open window, at the tools, the buckets and ladders, and said, “There is something wrong in this picture.”
I looked up and defended, “Well, these are our own church members taking time off and painting!” The architect, however, just shook his head: “Thatâ€™s not what I mean. But have you ever heard Vivaldi being played at a construction site?”
Whatever we do at First Reformed Church, we do it with class!