February 22, 2019

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY MORNING
All are invited!
All are welcome!

We are Handicap Accessible!

 

Please click the link to our Food Bank Sun. page for more info.

 

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SUN., FEB. 24th we will celebrate the
Sacrament of Holy Baptism!
All are welcome & invited to share in this
special service at 10 a.m.
 
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We wrap our prayers around the all victims of hatred & violence everywhere.

Love is Stronger than hate.

God help us.

   
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
All are Welcome on Ash Wednesday, March 6th
as we mark the beginning of Lent.
We begin with a pot-luck supper at 6:30 p.m. in our Parlor.
At 7:30 we hold our Ash Wednesday service and share the Sacrament of Holy Communion around the table.
Please join us for this special service.
(Don't forget to sign up!)
 
 
 


 
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Our Steeple & Clock Tower

When the German Reformed Church was built in 1775-76, the St. John's Lutheran congregation, in need of larger quarters, shared the cost and manpower of erecting the second largest building in Easton. The two congregations worshipped together at this Union Church for the next 56 years. Then, in 1831, the St. John's congregation decided to build their own edifice on Ferry Street. They purchased their share of the German Reformed Church for $1,600, built their own Church and have worshiped there happily ever since.

 

The German Reformed congregation decided to use the windfall to help renovate their own building, changing the Sanctuary completely and adding to the original storage area to form the Narthex and arranged for the building of the Steeple. To design the Steeple they contacted an important young architect named Thomas Ustick Walter. Mr. Walter was already showing his genius with many beautiful buildings done in the Greek Revival style, and would go on to design many more, including the extensions for the Capitol building in 1851, which more than doubled the size of the existing building, and adding the familiar cast-iron dome. This inspired architect produced a Steeple which still stands firm and strong 185 years later.

 

Accessed through the second floor of the Narthex, one goes through a small door, up a couple steps and around a narrow corridor. Passing the box which used to hold the rope used to ring the central bell by hand, you next come to a narrow stairway on the right. Climb the stairs and you are now at the level of the ceiling of the Sanctuary. Around to the right is a second stairway which brings you to a medium-sized room made small by the walk-in glass-fronted box holding the clock single bell 1works. Ahead of you is a small, steep stairway. Climb it, using your hands to balance, and push the overhead door up and behind you onto the floor of the next level. Climb out carefully and you will find yourself high above the city, surrounded by bells. The 2000 lb. Centennial Bell, placed in 1876, holds place of honor, hanging from an immense cradle in the middle of the ceiling. All around the edges are the eight smaller bells that make up the Chime of Bells, placed in 1902, that were originally played by hand using a Carillon and, since 1963, played electronically each Sunday before Worship. Over in one corner of this eyrie is a small, narrow door that leads to the clock tower portion of the Steeple. Balanced on top of this is the crown, which stretches up to a finial, making this the tallest church steeple in Easton.

 

There has been a clock in our Steeple on and off since the beginning. The original one from 1833 was removed "some years ago" as of 1885 and the innards given away to Zion's German Lutheran Church, though "the dial of the town clock" remained. The next time a clock is mentioned is 1916, when "a four-dial Clock was added to the Steeple." It's still there.

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This historic landmark has not been fully renovated since 1971 and now needs our attention. We are planning a three-stage restoration to repair the two ledges, replace the eight wooden finials which used to stand at the corners of both ledges, remove the aluminum siding put on in 1982 and repair the damage beneath before replacing it with wood siding, repair the masonry, restore the clock, and restore the dry wood in the bell tower and elsewhere in the Steeple. We will also clean, and polish the topping finial so that it will cast its' gleam over the city of Easton once more. Please consider donating to our project by using our On-Line Giving or PayPal links, both found below, or place your Steeple donation in our collection plate during our 10:00 A.M. Sunday service.

 

Thank you.


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