June 23, 2017

RUTHERFORD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

251 UNION AVE

RUTHERFORD, NJ 07070-1415

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Church History

 

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

 

 

Bob Wesp with the RCC sign board. Bob has created and posted over 3,000 signs in his 30 years operating the Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following article was written by Beth Porro - Freelance Reporter for The Leader.

 

If you live in Rutherford, or have ever traveled down Union Avenue, you probably have noticed the white sign board in front of the Rutherford Congregational Church. Perhaps you ride the 190 bus through town on your morning commute and you glance up from your paper to catch a glimpse of the sign. Or you walk or drive down Union Avenue to the Shop Rite or School and you pass by. Maybe the sign is important to you, maybe it isn’t. But for many of us, the sign has come to be a historical landmark in our community. Something that tells us we are in Rutherford, something that reminds us to vote, or announces a community event, or in many cases just brightens our day. In our hi-tech world full of gizmos and gadgets, this low-tech method of getting a message across, seems to be working just fine.

 

It was in the mid-seventies that Bob Wesp and Bill Collins, two parishioners at Rutherford Congregational Church, came up with the idea to create a message board in front of the church. The idea was born out of the signs that used to adorn the gas stations during the gas shortage. Service stations would hang green flags to let customers know they were open for business. Bill Collins, now deceased, was handy with tools and he built the church’s first sign. Bob Wesp the co-creator helped and the two of them came up with the first message “This Service Station Open on Sundays.” Immediately the sign board drew much attention from the community.

 

In an article written by Harry Bingham in 1976, a former Rutherford Congregational Church (RCC) council president, he recanted the story of one woman whose life was touched by the sign. Mrs. Dorothy Clifford watched for weeks as the different messages were displayed on the sign board, her husband who was in need of surgery, also needed blood donors. She saw the sign “Life is for Caring and Sharing,” spelt out in the shape of a cross, this prompted a call to the church, and a request for help. The church heeded her call, and many parishioners stepped up to do what they could to help. At the time Mrs. Clifford was a member of another church, but felt that her neighbor down the street was there to help.

 

Now some 30 years and 3000 signs later a lot has changed in Rutherford and the world. Church pastors and parishioners have come and gone, world leaders have changed, and tumultuous things have occurred. Bob Wesp has kept a journal of his sign’s for the past 30 years. One longtime Rutherford resident Ruth Decker, recently had a chance to look at the journal and she said “it is like reading a history of our church, and our town.” The book is truly amazing and anyone who looks at it can tell that the signs were a labor of love for Bob Wesp.

 

This January Bob was recognized by RCC for his Sign Ministry, however, he is quick to shrug off any praise and instead wishes to focus on the church and what they are doing now. Bob points out that the church was one of the first, if not the first to open its doors to the community by opening up a day care center. The church was also at the forefront of many environmental issues in the community, such as recycling. In fact the church organized one of Rutherford’s first aluminum recycling programs to aid American Indians. The program was such a success that it spurred on the development of our current recycling program.

 

Bob has served on the Rutherford Town Council, he has held virtually every office at the church, sometimes more than once, and should you happen by on any given Sunday, he is there at the door to shake your hand, ask your name, and give you a friendly hello. I guess you could say he is the church’s greeter, but it reaches far deeper than that, for Bob is as much a part of the church as the sign that stands outside. Bob’s favorite “Your no stranger, just a friend we haven’t met.” This message he says echoes the theme of the church “Reaching out, welcoming all.” After 30 years of sign ministry, Bob has chosen to hand over the torch so to speak to Gary Decker, RCC council president. He explained to me, that it’s just getting to be “too cold” for him on that hill on Union Ave.