Halloween Party and Scavenger Hunt
The last of our 300th anniversary events in October included a Scavenger Hunt in the graveyard followed by a Halloween Party in the Parish Hall. While our interred friends might not have anticipated hosting such visitors, many of them have stories of their own to tell, as the hunters wandering from one grave to another they learned, following clues devised by organizers Andrew Brown and Lauren Birkmire.
GRAVESTONE CLEANING/RUBBING WORKSHOP
The second of three events celebrating October is Graveyard Month was held in the graveyard on Saturday Oct 12. The effort was led by Friend of Christ Church Jennifer Shamrock and parishioner Jenn Lovekin. There were about 12 participants most of whom are members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Some husbands came as well. Many granite gravemarkers were spruced up.
CROES FAMILY DESCENDANTS VISIT
The Reverend John Croes was our Rector from 1809 to 1824. He with his wife and two daughters are buried in a family grave plot in our graveyard. In conjunction with our gravestone restoration grant, we have restored these four gravemarkers, the perimeter stone post and steel rod border and have removed vines from then the plot and planted vinca. Descendants of Reverend Croes still live in New Jersey and many of them came to the graveyard tour. Ryan Radice and Bob Kelly told them of the plot and what we know about the family.
OCTOBER 5TH GRAVEYARD GUIDED TOUR
On October 5th Christ Church held another graveyard 300th anniversary event. The day was crisp and sunny. Ryan Radice led about 25 visitors through the graveyard telling about Notable Figures, Gravestone Artistry, and Special Features. Judi Buncher came as Louise Jost and Stuart Buncher as a WWI private. Judi also took some beautiful photographs. This was our third and last Guided Graveyard Tour of 2019.
300th GRAVEYARD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
On September 7th the parish and about 60 friends of Christ Church celebrated the graveyard’s 300th anniversary. There were numerous elements of this special event. First there were multiple sequential tours in the graveyard on a gorgeous late summer day. These included a discussion of Notable Figures led by Ryan Radice, Graveyard Artistry described by Dr. Richard Veit of Monmouth University, the role of gravestone condition assessment and restoration specifications elucidated by Lorraine Schnabel, our graveyard conservator, descriptions of specific gravemarker restorations by Stephanie Hoagland of Jablonski Building Conservation, special gravestone restorations by Peter Woolley of Peaceable Kingdom, and a description of the Heritage Rose Meditation Garden by Terese Blake.
During these tours Mother Lisa dedicated a special gravemarker for Judge John Faucheraud Grimke’. This was unveiled by Ms. Benay Lipstein who as a friend of Christ Church took a special interest in the Grimke’s and contributed to the marker.
After the outside activities the visitors repaired to the parish house for a reception hosted by Dianne and Dave Regiec. After the meal Dr. Veit gave his classic presentation about New Jersey graveyards.
Also in the parish house the church recognized the contributions of several individuals to our historic graveyard, The parish gave a set of HRMG notecards to each of the members of Edith’s Angels who have been faithfully tending that award winning garden: Terese Blake, Sue Berdahl, Robin Blair, Ellen Preissler, and Nancy Stewart. For his long term partnership with Christ Church, the parish gave Dr, Veit a lithograph of the church and graveyard drawn by Sanford Ross.
At the event we also announced the release of the Video version of the graveyard Self-Guided Tour that is available through our web site.
CHURCH BUILDING HISTORY PRESENTATION
As a key event in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of our church building, Joseph W. Hammond presented a comprehensive lecture on the architectural history of this iconic building. Mr. Hammond was instrumental in the 1995 listing of the church on the National Register of Historic Places. He was also the Clerk of the Works for the 1996-97 re-stabilization of the building due to the failure of multiple truss beams. The presentation was attended by about 40 history buff who also came to a reception afterwards where there was a display of images of the church throughout its history. The lecture was also attended by Diana Stevenson who is the 4th great-granddaughter of the Reverend Samuel Cooke who was the priest who was the driving force in the erection of this church building.
Joe Hammond’s presentation can be viewed here:
CHRIST CHURCH CELEBRATES A BAPTISM
On September 15th Jackson Lawrence Downs was welcomed into our Christian family. Jackson’s parents are Kristen and Stephen Downs. Kristen, who is the daughter of parishioner Elaine Feyereisen, grew up in this parish community.
CHRIST CHURCH CELEBRATES A BAPTISM ANNIVERSARY
Also on September 15th , Emma Downs was blessed on the second anniversary of her Baptism. Emma is the first child of Kristen and Stephen Downs.
Christ Church Donates Backpacks to local school
Pictured above is Elaine Feyereisen with Sean Brophy, the Vice Principal of the Joseph C. Caruso School in Keansburg.
As it does annually Christ Church has donated numerous backpacks full of school supplies to children in need. This year there were a record 48 such backpacks. These all went to the grade school in Keansburg. Once again Elaine Feyereisen coordinated this parish Outreach program and delivered the backpacks to the school.
THE CHURCH CEILING RESTORATION IS COMPLETE!
On August 30th the painters working on the church ceiling completed their work. They had been working since July 8th and we have held services in the parish house during that time. Our first service in the church with the restored ceiling will be September 8th. The workmanship was superb. Luis, the foreman, had a strong commitment to quality and thoroughness. This huge undertaking included removing many layers of lead infused paint, correcting damage and rust to the metal ceiling, and repainting with three coats of new paint. During the painting every inch of the nave was protected by plastic covering. This paint job should last for many decades since we treated the underlying paint peeling condition. Further the new paint reveals the details of the decorations on the metal ceiling as can be seen in these accompanying pictures.
Thanks to Guy Hembling, Luis and his son Kevin, Alan Binger for protection of the organ during the ceiling work, and Stephanie Hoagland for her invaluable consultation.