Ewing Church gets some time, a new review
Word today from the Partners to Restore Ewing Sanctuary (PRES) that the Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Ewing has called on the Presbytery to form an Administrative Commission to “deal specifically with the final disposition of the 1867 stone building and the disruption that has been caused by the situation.” If approved by the Presbytery at a Sept. 8 meeting, the action will call on “a group of elders and clergy from outside Ewing Church to review the entire decision making process, the engineering reports, the offer from PNJ [to take and restore the church], the many letters written directly or in the newspapers, and listen to the concerns of the congregation members and maybe even community members.” Uncertain of the precise “charge” or duties of the AC until it is formed, approved and defined when Presbytery meets on Sept. 8th, the folks from PRES are nevertheless hopeful that “it will look at all the information and make a reasonable decision one way or another as to how to move ahead – to restore or demolish. This process could take many weeks to months.”
Meanwhile, the many financial donations made to the church preservation effort during the past several months are safely “sequestered” in a separate and protected account, and PRES leaders Helen and Bob Kull assure donors that, when the AC is formed and charged, a decision will be made about return of the the donated funds.
Preservation New Jersey is thrilled to hear this news. It is surely thanks to the many letters, blog posts, op-ed newspaper articles, petition signatures and e-mails from all of you that has caught the attention and concern of the New Brunswick Presbytery. PNJ remains steadfast in our commitment to helping to preserve this remarkable landmark, including, if needed, our ownership and stewardship of the building. Thanks to you, our members and supporters, without whose partnership in PNJ we would be unable to preserve and protect New Jersey’s landmarks and historic places!
For more information on details of the Session’s decision, contact PRES at email@example.com.