It was a wonderful workday when, on Saturday, September 17, twenty-two Rutgers students and their leader came to our church in order to help with our property maintenance. Finally, long delayed projects had a serious chance to be accomplished. The students were part of a work force of 450, all engaged in various service projects in the community.
At the same time, Gary and I used the opportunity of a lunch break to tell the students the story of Rutgers University being founded by our once Dutch denomination. Since the students reflected an incredible scope of ethnic diversity, our presentation felt like coming to the world. It was met with great interest and a lot of questions.
Here is what we accomplished that day:
- Painting of the annex-entrance to the Randolph Room.
- Scraping of a part of the Sexton’s House to support Paul Nulton’s work there.
- Spraying herbicides around tombstones and covering sprayed areas with mulch.
- Complete painting of the upper parts of the rear stairwell in the education building.
- Hang curtains in much of the education building.
- Repair ceiling tiles in the kitchen.
- Remove two broken storm windows of the education building for repair.
- Prepare the replacement of the broken AC-unit in fellowship hall.
The whole day was a blessing, and I want to thank Gary, Lauren, Rod, Robert and Susan for helping supervise our volunteers. The church is a lot nicer for it.