ROXBURY, NJ – Worshipers at the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna today offered thanks to all involved in the restoration of their church’s steeple, a long-awaited project that took place this summer.

The steeple dedication service, part of the congregation’s 10 a.m. Sunday Worship, included a special expression of gratitude, and a certificate of appreciation, to congregants Dan and Don Dyrness, of Main Street Custom Homes and Remodeling. The company volunteered the project management for the steeple dedication.

It also featured the reading of a “responsive steeple poem” written by church member Phyllis Guerrero:

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“Our steeple standing tall and straight, reaching to the heavens above

Main ages long gone attempting in his small way to touch his God

How could we leave it shabby and in need of paint and care?

Low now at its stately glow shining pure white and proud

Our thanks to the men of Main Street Custom Homes and Remodeling for a job well done

And to all those donating the funds needed to succeed

From the surrounding hills to be seen by all who may want to ask of the God of All for help in times of anguish or grief

A steady hand to lead them on the right path for the answers to the joy and pain of everyday living

Our steeple, a promise to always be there: A beacon to God!

Those who attended the ceremony were given a pamphlet that listed all who donated to a fundraising effort on behalf of the 165-year-old steeple. The church's pastor, the Rev. Carie Morgan, said she was in awe of the generosity. "The more that came in, the more my heart was just amazed," she said.

Morgan prayed that the iconic, white church long remain "as a gathering place for people of good will" and said the congregation dedicated the steeple "to God, in honor and glory."