First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains Holds Annual Splash Party

By Christopher Lotito

Families gather behind Friendly Manse
in the Summer sun, just as they did
100 years ago.
On Sunday July 25, the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains held their annual splash party, inviting members and the community at large to come dunk each other and Pastors Chad and Kathleen in a professional dunk tank.

The Hennings, a community tradition
onto them themselves came out to
join the festivities.
Over 150 attended from babes in arms to Harry Henning, one of Pequannock's more venerable residents, enjoying the sun, water, sloppy joes, and hot dogs.

A reluctant Pastor Chad
experiences one of the first stages of
the dunk tank: bargaining.
The First Reformed Church has worked hard to reach out to the non-church community, providing vital services throughout Hurricane Irene and 2011's Halloween Blizzard, but also seeking opportunities to interact with outsiders on a week to week basis.  The splash party, though a well-loved tradition among church-goers, demonstrated some of that success as friends and neighbors of members joined in the fun.

A world full of water on a hot Summer day for a little girl
whose whole world is her friends, family, and community.
Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District, Open Space, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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