Is Pulpit Rock held dear? You bet! Could be today, none of us worship our Creator God at Pulpit Rock. After all, we are so fortunate to have a heritage of forefathers and mothers who believed with their heads, hearts, and pocketbooks that preservation of heritage was a very worthy goal here in Warwick.
And today, I can only think of our most benign citizens, Mrs. Lewis of the Lewis Estate on Maple Ave. As just an ordinary citizen, she interfered with the possible demolition to eventual preservation of the Old School Baptist Church.
That was just her first preservation. Her benevolence went on and on and down through her children and inspired local citizens like the Hulls to join in her work. Today, we have the wonderful work of our Historical Society, which is such a worthwhile community resource and completely worthy of your generous monetary donations, participation, and energy.
And, we still have the earliest “little contraband,” the Dutch Reformed Church on Maple Ave. And their congregation is so generous that they share their beautiful church with a new Spanish congregation!
And church heritage is so obvious in Warwick and so is worship of our Creator. Just drive our beautiful country roads and you will see old places of worship preserved and maybe reused for other purposes, but they are still here.
And some of us do not go to churches or temples, but belong to faiths like the Bruderhofs on Gibson Hill Rd. who are doing God’s work in their everyday life. Just good citizens.
But most of us look up in gratitude at the sunrises and sunsets, the rolling pastures of fertile, rich soils, the ancient lake bed of Pine Island, which almost became an airplane landing runway when I was growing up. If it had not been for ordinary citizens who stood up to the powers that be in those days to say no! God blessed us with that black dirt! And we all did that together! Old people, new people and the beauty of those vegetables growing on that black dirt. Today, new migrant farmers are continuing in farming of that so very fertile soil.
So, we must continue in our “gratitude march” and worship of our Creator with the spirit of preservation. Most assuredly, our children will get that those blessings instilled in their hearts, just as the early preservationists, the Lewis’s and the Hulls have done to be a blessing to our Town.
Please join us at Spring Brook Farm, at 162 S. Rte 94 on Sat., Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. for an opportunity to help elect ordinary citizens with great ideas to help Warwick government run better into the 2020s. It’s up to us ordinary voting, thinking, reading, listening, worshipping, hard-working parents, grandparents, and students.