On World Communion Sunday, back in October, a handful of congregations in Newton Presbytery participated in the special offering for Peace and Global Witness. From the PCUSA website: “Through the Peace & Global Witness Offering, congregations are encouraged and equipped to find and address the anxiety and discord that is prevalent throughout this broken and sinful world.” Although this offering occurs in October, it is relevant to this season of Advent as we light the second candle, the Candle of Peace.
Here is how one particular congregation in Newton Presbytery is seeking to bring Peace into this broken world as they address suicide in their local community. The Deacons, at the First Presbyterian Church of Boonton, saw a crisis in their local community. “Sadly, and tragically, our community has lost more people to suicide in 2020 then it has to COVID-19. In addition, suicides have been increasing in general due to the challenges the past 8+ months have created on so many of us.”
Therefore, the Board of Deacons thought it was only appropriate to support the NJ Chapter of AFSP (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention) by designating their local 25% of this special offering to them with the hope that they can spread peacemaking of not just our physical self, but our mental self as well. For more information on AFSP go to their website: https://afsp.org/
With tremendous support from the Board of Deacons, FPCB raised a total of $2,130 during the peacemaking offering/Peace and Global Witness campaign, with 25% ($532.50) being sent to the AFSP and the remaining to the PCUSA. This is an amazing feat during these times of financial strain for so many.