PNJ to meet with Ewing Church board; offers to acquire church to preserve it
Preservation New Jersey President John D.S. Hatch and two additional representatives of the organization meet today with the Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Ewing to discuss PNJ’s recent offer to take ownership of the historic church building in order to preserve it. (Only members of the congregation are allowed to attend the meeting.) President Hatch’s letter making the offer stated:
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Preservation New Jersey, Inc., (PNJ) the statewide nonprofit historic preservation education and advocacy organization, I am writing to offer our organization as the potential recipient of ownership of the historic 1867 Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Ewing in order to relieve your congregation of the financial obligations of either rehabilitation or demolition of the building.
A stated portion of our mission, as reflected in PNJ’s 501c3 nonprofit charter, is to own or hold historic properties in order to preserve and protect them. We believe, because of the broad level of public support in Ewing, in New Jersey and, indeed, across the country for the preservation of this landmark building, that our stewardship of the 1867 Sanctuary Building perfectly reflects that mission. The financial obligations PNJ will assume can be met, we believe, in trust for those many, many people who have come forward and asked to help preserve the sanctuary.
PNJ’s proposal resulted from the group’s recognition of the broad publc support for preservation of the iconic “church in the bend of the road,” and the support of the Township, national organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Partners for Sacred Places, the more than 600 donors to the recent fundraising drive to save the church and hundreds more potential donors who have recorded their love and support for the endangered landmark. A suggestion by a member of the Presbytery of New Brunswick’s Committee on Missions spurred the PNJ offer letter.
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