A small but energetic, group of children participated in our Vacation Bible School June 26-30. Our theme, Water All Around the World, was well received by parents, children, adult and teen volunteers as well as by all of you in the congregation. Children “traveled” to a different country each day to discover how many children suffer from disease because of lack of access to clean, drinkable water, something we take for granted each time we turn on the faucet. And they discovered that Living Waters of the World is providing simple, sustainable and affordable water filtration systems.
We tried a different format this year in order to complement the other churches who also offer VBS. We made a shift from morning to afternoon making it possible for most children to eat lunch and play together before the program started. Each day a different Bible story enhanced our theme which was then enriched through recreation, crafts, science projects and snacks, all made possible by an imaginative, enthusiastic group of volunteers.
One could sense God’s spirit at work throughout the week and we are indeed grateful to all who made it possible. ♥
The Deacons have had a very busy summer with organizing the delivery of, and preparing/delivering of meals to families who have had members recuperating from surgeries and/or other events. A huge thank you to Kim Riter, Leslie Smith, and Robin Gershaw for organizing and setting up the deliveries. The Deacons also wish to thank all who have volunteered and participated in providing and delivering these meals in a time when some relief and assistance was needed and greatly appreciated. These meals were a small way of easing another’s burdens.
Galatians 6:2: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”
The Deacons also continued to provide a monthly worship service to the members of the NJ State Firemen’s Home on the first Sunday of the month. Worship service, including a sermon and communion, are provided to the men of the home, as well as the care givers who work there. If interested in participating in this program, please feel free to reach out to one of the Deacons.
And as always, thank you to all who continue to donate and support all of our missions. It is with your help and assistance that the above services continue to happen and grow. We appreciate your donations and continued support. Many blessings. ♥