The pew removal was a sad task, and, understandably, many of us could not help to move the boards out of the sanctuary. But folks from the Suydam Street Reformed Church helped! This is what it’s all about when we say that we are sister churches. The event took place on October 11.
On October 19, we received help from the Princeton Athletic Club: Rugby. Their team members removed the two 18-feet pews that we will retain for display purposes later. We are so grateful for all this help from the near and far community without whose help we would never have gotten the job done.
I have heard now several voices cautioning against emphasizing the feelings of sadness and pain of that day. Rather than dwelling in negativity, it is better to look forward and to anticipate the great things the reconfigured church building will allow us to do. I agree wholeheartedly with this advice, but have some additional thoughts:
Maybe some of the sadness is good lest we forget that this is not a self-serving endeavor!
The grandeur of the Dina’s Dwellings project has it that there is not too much time for the more usual community activities of our church. We don’t offer the graveyard tour, and there is a host of other issues and causes in which we are currently not participating. But the reason is not that we have now turned self-serving, rather, we are pursuing something truly big: the provision of permanent supportive housing for a group of women and children who need it the most, because they are completely underserved in our state! And serving costs effort and pain. Otherwise it’s not serving. So, from this vantage point, it is better not to completely deny some of the blue feelings we have. It’s just part of what it means to take up the cross and follow the Lord.