West Jersey Presbytery
God provides for the hungry and homeless
April 15, 2016
God cares for the hungry and homeless—two major issues in the United States. The Presbytery of West Jersey has been able to assist our congregations and others in creative ways. During a Presbytery meeting we invited everyone to bring in canned goods and then we packaged meals for New Visions in Camden NJ, a homeless day shelter.
The Presbyterian Church at Hammonton sponsors a Food Pantry and a Clothing Ministry where families in need, including the growing Latino population, has both benefited and contributed to these ministries. Many other congregations also either have a food pantry or contribute to one in their area. At the same time congregations have become involved in prepacking food products to go to other areas of the world with groups such as “Feed My Starving Children.”
Still other congregations have taken this further by providing a monthly meal to anyone in the area. Some of our congregations have agreed to participate in New Jersey’s Code Blue and open their doors to the homeless when the temperature plummets to provide food and shelter. Monetary support is also provided to Your Food Shelf in Camden NJ and Friends of Jean Webster a kitchen providing meals in Atlantic City NJ, two of the pockets of poverty in our presbytery. We encourage participation in the Centsability program. Also, in Atlantic City, we are providing services to all the newly unemployed due to the closing of the casinos.
The youth in our Presbytery also hold a presbytery wide 30 hour famine collecting money for World Vision and packing meals for Stop Hunger Now. The mission committee of this Presbytery rejoices in all of these efforts.
Wendy Frisby, West Jersey Presbytery Mission Committee Chair
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Dr. Debby Brincivalli, Executive Presbyter
Rev. Wendy Boer, Stated Clerk
Cheryl Becker, Administrative Associate
Rev. Ellie Cowherd, Consultant for Congregational Life
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Anne Marie Mazzone, BOP
Tim McCallister, PMA
Norma McConahay, FDN
Let us pray
Lord, help us to see with your eyes the needs of others so we can assist. Amen.