October 23, 2017

RUTHERFORD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

251 UNION AVE

RUTHERFORD, NJ 07070-1415

201-438-6324 

  

 

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Church History

 

Laying of the CornerStone  |   Easter Eggs  |   Ministry of the Sign 1976  |   Ministry of the Sign 2006

 

 

The following article was written by Harry Bingham in 1976.

 

Signboards along the highway or roadside are something we do not normally take very seriously.  In fact, we generally tend to consider the messages of sign-boards to be part of the mythology of  "Madison Avenue Land."  

 

Contrary to this general notion, a Rutherford, New Jersey woman took a chance on one sign in a time of need and found the results to be anything but impersonal or unresponsive.  Mrs. Dorothy Clifford watched with interest and fascination for several months the unending display of notices and sayings featured on an attractive signboard in front of the Rutherford Congregational Church.  She was convinced from the variety of community as well as church related activities being promoted that she had a good "neighbor" down the street.

 

Then one day while contemplating her urgent problem of locating ten blood donors to enable her husband to have open heart surgery she noticed that the new message on the signboard read "Life is for Sharing and Caring."  This prompted a call to the church office to see if this congregation would be willing to help a person from another church with a very special need.

 

The response to Mrs. Clifford's plea was immediate and gratifying.  Five parishioners offered their services within one day of the call.  Additional parties heeded the pleas along with several from the Episcopal Church where Mrs. Clifford is a member. The ecumenical supply of blood has seemingly proven to be a healthy prescription for Mr. Clifford as he has come through his operation with very satisfactory results.

 

The unusual signboard is the creation of Bill Collins, who is an avid "do-it-yourselfer" and had served a number of years as the Chairman of the Church  Administration and Maintenance Board.  Having been responsible for putting up and taking down signs for the Church's many activities he wanted to find a way to make the job easier for his Board as well as making the Church's presentations more effective in, the community.  The end result was a   4 ft. by 5 ft. lighted, clear plastic enclosed sign that  can carry a message on both sides.

 

The art work and letters are prepared by another talented parishioner, Bob Wesp, who cuts each letter and figure by hand, attaching magnets to each to enable placement on the metallic facing of the Board.                     

 

The duet of sign makers has found satisfaction in using an ever changing variety of signs as a means to provide a special kind of ministry to the community and the church.  As Bill and Bob have pointed out, the messages provide reminders for many community functions, such as voting, fund drives, paper and glass collections, Bicentennial  events, and others.  

 

In addition, Bob Wesp commented "This is a special opportunity to provide a lift or bring a smile to the passerby through a simple reminder, such as, 'Keep Your Sunny Side Up.'" Several other inspirational and commemorative messages have also been used.  The signboard is available to the community as well as the home Church to publicize civic, charitable, and governmental activities.

 

Collins and Wesp, both Wall Street executives, generally share the same Erie - Lackawanna commuter coach returning from New York City each working day.  In their westbound "conference room" they brainstorm to create the notices and sayings which will appear on the next signboard change--a change which takes place about once each week.

 

Numerous comments are heard in the general locale concerning the clever and informative sayings.  Persons riding the New York metropolitan buses look with the same kind of anticipation that prompted folks of yesteryear to be on the lookout for a new Burma Shave presentation.  One letter which came to the Church office states, "I just 

wanted to drop you this note to thank the creator and artist of the 'billboards' that are in front of the Church facing Union Avenue." New members have been attracted to the Church because they have seen in the sign a true attempt by the Church to reach out into the community to make its presence felt in the secular as well as the religious world.

 

It is not surprising to find the Rutherford Congregational Church employing an unusual technique such as that of a signboard inasmuch as they have a reputation for being an outreaching congregation.  For example, the 230-member Church owns and operates a day care center for 40 children five days a week.  It is a center operated as  a service for working parents, not one of which is a member of the congregation

 

Harry Bingham, a past President of the Rutherford Congregational Church reflects on the local Church's mission in Rutherford as follows:  "We are in the heart of one of the most densely populated and dynamic metropolitan areas in the world.  Times Square is just 9 miles to the east.  There is asense of urgency, or hustle-bustle, in much that we do in and around the Big City.  

 

Indeed there are many needs and problem areas for which we need efficient strategies and techniques to make effective impact.  In my judgment a judicious use of signboards and other paraphernalia usually relegated to the world of business are excellent tools for a church to use to demonstrate its awareness and contact with the realities of the 20th century.

 

Inside of me I applaud our "sign keepers" every time I see a new sign change on my way to work.  For me, Bob Wesp and Bill Collins have found a very special way to perform a lay ministry, while many of us are still groping to find our niche."