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PNJ, community partners resume fundraising to save Ewing Church

October 10, 2009

While the New Brunswick Presbytery’s “Administrative Commission” continues to consider the fate of the endangered 1867 sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Ewing, Preservation New Jersey has announced that the statewide historic preservation organization is accepting contributions that will be specifically restricted to the preservation of the historic church “at the bend in the road.”Ewing_4_web

In partnership with members of the congregation, the Ewing community and preservation supporters nationwide, PNJ is accepting contributions in any amount that will be placed in the “Ewing Church Fund” and expended only on preservation of the 1867 sanctuary.  All contributions are fully tax deductible: PNJ is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation with its mission to preserve historic buildings and places as a sustainable strategy to protect and enhance the vitality and heritage of New Jersey’s richly diverse communities. PNJ is the only statewide private membership-supported historic preservation organization in New Jersey.  All donations will be expended for the purpose of preserving, maintaining, repairing and rehabilitating the historic church building, as well as the administrative costs directly associated with the church preservation project.  Should the campaign fail and restoration not be accomplished, unexpended funds will be returned to donors on request.

Preservation New Jersey offered in August 2009 to take the landmark building and rehabilitate it for community uses.  PNJ’s offer was rejected by the Ewing Church Session, its governing body.  Subsequently, the New Brunswick Presbytery was asked by the Ewing Church Session to establish the independent Administrative Commission to decide the final disposition of the historic sanctuary building and deal with the disruption in the congregation caused by the preservation controversy.  The Administrative Commission began its work on October 7 and are expected to spend several months in deliberations, including how to use or return funds already donated over the past year to the Partners to Restore Ewing Sanctuary.

Online contributions are accepted on the Preservation New Jersey website, here.  Or, checks payable to “Preservation New Jersey” with “Ewing Church Fund” in the memo field may be sent to:  Preservation New Jersey, 30 S. Warren St., Trenton, NJ 08608, attn: Ewing Church Fund.  Please consider an additional, unrestricted gift to Preservation New Jersey to help us carry out our programs and assistance efforts, like the Ewing Church preservation project.

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