In Touch – October 12, 2012
Posted on October 12, 2012 by under Touché,

A $60,000 Gift

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.  Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. (Psalm 84:1-3)

I hope the sparrows are gone by Sunday as we celebrate completion of painting the church.  Kevin Mulligan’s estimate of what it would have cost us to hire out the painting of the church was $60,000.  Three summers ago, as we helped paint the Flatbush Reformed Church in Saugerties, Ann Jackson said:  “If we can paint their church we should be able to paint our church.”  So instead of hiring a contractor, Kevin Mulligan led the teams, Norm Bell set up Charlie Mack’s scaffolding and for every Saturday of the summer of 2010, for many Saturdays of summer 2011, and in the summer of 2012, David Bushey and Norm worked from Wayne Neckles’ lift truck in finishing the job by replacing the “dominos.” The painting project was completed with volunteers: a sixty thousand dollar gift!

We painters started our work days with devotions that focused on the hope inspired by this building for generations as Civil War soliders headed off for the train and farmers brought their crops to the market.  We were blessed by lunches from volunteers who brought us everything from sushi to barbeque.  We got covered in white paint from head to toe as we had profound conversations on top of the world.  It was a great time.  Mark Boujikian, a social worker/sign painter, put the final touch on the project a couple of weeks ago as he painted “1757” on the circular architectural feature at the entrances.  Some had suggested that he should have painted 167, a good idea, but we decided the date of the founding of the church would be more appropriate.

So many people helped in so many ways. The names of those listed above played a big part, but we had over one hundred volunteers participate in many, many ways.  Ben Wang “rebricked” the outside patio, our handicap entrance, for an Eagle Scout project.  We will have a chance to thank him as well. This Sunday we will end our service outside for the benediction.  We will all get a chance to lift our heads to heaven and join in Psalm 84 and say, “How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts.”

In Celebration,