El Sembrador; Walking Tour; Death in Extended Family
Today was the Newarkology walking tour of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, for which I arrived late but managed to catch up. I have many fotos and some notes to put together, and that will take some time. Besides, it's "Church Sunday" here at the Newark USA fotoblog.
As it happens, after the walking tour, some of us went to look inside the Jewish Museum of New Jersey at Ahavas Sholem (pronounced as if written "Shalom"), the oldest synagog in continuous use in Newark, and right next to it is a storefront church that was holding services as I passed, so I got a picture of the interior.
In the sign below, it appears that the full name of the church is "Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal El Sembrador c.l.a." But I found a church listing under only "El Sembrador" (the seed sower: 143 Broadway, 07104-3840; (973) 481-0403), which suggests that the remaining words merely describe it as a Pentecostal Church of God. (I have no idea what the "c.l.a." stands for.) I showed a wide view of this church on September 16th, 2007, but the doors were closed when I took that picture.
The preacher, his words amplified by microfone, seemed quite a firebrand (in Spanish) when I was passing today, so I delayed my entry into Ahavas Sholem nextdoor by a couple of minutes to take these two pix.
Death in the Family. I learned only a couple of days ago that Charles Ward, the husband of my cousin Nancy, whom (Charles) I had met on only a few occasions, died on September 30th. I was shocked, because my sister and I had dinner with them only a couple of years ago and he seemed in excellent health at the time. He was an older man (i.e., older than I am), but not by so very much. Sad. As the tour group walked thru Mount Pleasant today, I saw a Ward tomb, some smaller Ward monuments, and this elegant Ward obelisk. Charles was from South Carolina, not New Jersey, but it made me feel a little better anyway. Which is, I guess, part of what beautiful cemeteries are for.