When you come to St. John’s for worship this Sunday or for any of the many events which take place throughout the church during the week within these red brick walls, you will notice that the scaffolding which we have been hosting since before Easter has now been removed.
Damaged bricks have been removed and replaced. Deteriorated mortar joints have been cut out and repointed. Precast elements, including decorative rosettes and the entire archway over the front doors, have been recast and reassembled. Whole exterior stair footings and brick balustrades have been replaced. Rotting wood tracery and louvers in the bell tower have been replaced. New steel supports for the bell hanger have been installed.
As a congregation, we are responsible for being good stewards of the gifts we have been given and St. John’s has been blessed with many resources to steward. This critical repair work was paid entirely through the generous gift of Alice Hanson. Consistent with this understanding, Alice’s gift was also used to support local and national needs (such as an educational fund for internships at St. John’s, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Ruth’s House, The HOPE Center, and Lutheran Disaster Response) and our partners in Tanzania and Sierra Leone (music scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, IAMBI secondary school project, IAMBI hospice program, MWANGAZA, evangelist training, and peace and awareness training in Sierra Leone).
We will celebrate Alice’s gift and the completion of the tuckpointing on this Sunday, August 17 at both services.