August 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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HALLELUJAH! HE IS RISEN!
 
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Please click on the link to see the locations & times 
(also en Espanol)

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Many thanks to so many of our local Churches, Stores, Organizations and Individuals who helped make
Easton Area Shoe Drive
happen!
It takes our Community of Love to fulfill this important need for so many families and we could not do it without everyone's help!
God bless you all!

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THIS SUN., AUG. 25th
join us for "Cool Summer Worship" at 10 a.m.
We will be treated to Special Music
from the
Clarinet Ensemble
Everyone is welcome!
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NEXT SUN., SEPT. 1st is Labor Day Sun.
and FOOD BANK SUN.
Please join us at 10 a.m. and bring along an item or funds to help restock ProJeCt's Food Pantry.
Senior Choir will begin practices following worship!
All voices are welcome!

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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

Our Annual FALL RUMMAGE SALE
(Please note NEW DATES!)
Friday, Oct. 11th from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12th (bag day) from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m.
"Left over Rummage Give Away"
(2 bag limit) from 1:25-2:00

We will be accepting your gently used items until
Tues., Oct. 8th
Items may be dropped off when the Church Office is open
(please call 610-258-3361 to make sure someone is here) 
or on Sun. after Worship.

Accepting items that are clean & in good condition...
Clothing, Housewares, Kitchen Items, Small Appliances, Books, Videos, Lamps, Sporting Goods, Fashion Accessories, Bedding, New Items for our "New Table", Kid's stuff, etc.
Please NO TV's or COMPUTER MONITORS.

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Our Steeple, Clock Tower & Restoration Project

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 set of steps that lead 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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Our Current Restoration Project


This historic landmark has not been fully renovated since 1971 and now needs our attention. We are planning to repair the two ledges, replace the eight finials which used to stand at the corners of both ledges, sand, prime and paint the entire steeple, replace any rotted wood found, repair the masonry and restore the clock. The bells will get turned and new chime machinery will allow us to ring the bells more easily. 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.


NEW! PBS 39 Steeple Restoration Project Report

NEW! Steeple Restoration video


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