Spiders in the Sanctuary!

When, on February 4th, I snuck into the sanctuary in the morning in order to water one of the plants in the chancel area, I could not trust my eyes! Every pew, all the chancel furniture and even the three microphones had been covered with what looked like white, fibrous spider webs. The entire sacred hall, it seems, had been turned into the vicious trap of some mean arachnid predator!

But where was the alien beast? Of course, there was none, only Rob “Smiley” Callahan and his wife, who had busied themselves painting the segments in the ceiling that had suffered mild water damage during the roof replacement of the previous weeks. The cobwebs were soon exposed as mere drop cloths, protecting whatever they covered.

The Callahan’s used long poles to reach the ceiling from the balconies. And, of course, they painted only parts of the ceiling that had suffered from the water, not the entire thing. Their work did not affect parts that will change in the coming reconfiguration.

Other activities related to the end of the current construction phase included

  • The setting of fence posts that had been removed to allow access for machinery and material.
  • The repair of the hand rails at the north entrance to the church.
  • The replacement of damaged tile in the roof of the breezeway.

The only thing remaining now is the installation of the interpretive sign by the main entrance door of the church.

Indeed, the end of Phase I of our Preservation Project has come very near indeed.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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