COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN

 

 

The Soup Kitchen is located at the Church of the Redeemer on South Street in Morristown.  This service provides a noontime meal seven days a week for between 125 and 185 working poor and homeless people and is available to any individual in need of a meal.  The kitchen is sponsored by a group of 34 area congregations whose members volunteer their time and food to support the program. 

 

A visiting nurse is available at the Kitchen on Tuesdays, 12 to 1 PM.  The Mental Health Association also has HOMI (Homeless Mentally Ill) counselors available at the kitchen.  Homeless Solutions representatives are available as needed to assist with shelter placement.  The new Resource Center provides job referrals, job counseling, and referrals to other social service agencies.

 

Although the Soup Kitchen receives very generous donations of food, there is a real need for monetary donations to pay for incidental items.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Shopping, cooking and serving the first Thursday of each month.

 

Agency Contact:        Teresa Connolly, Director

                            Church of the Redeemer

                         36 South Street

                            Morristown, NJ  07960

                          (973) 267-0709

                         www.cskmorristown.com

 

Church Contacts:        Judy Haase and Edna Henry


 

ERIC JOHNSON HOUSE

(AIDS RESIDENCE COALITION OF MORRIS COUNTY)     

 

 

This facility is located at the Church of the Redeemer on South Street in Morristown.  Its purpose is to provide shelter for homeless people who have been diagnosed as being HIV positive or who have full blown AIDS.  The people who live at Eric Johnson House are still able to care for themselves, although they may be too debilitated to work full time. 

 

The residence provides comprehensive services to its residents including assistance with employment, substance abuse treatment, buddy/companion services, transportation, money management and mental health counseling. 

 

In order to be eligible for admission, individuals must obtain a physician’s certification that verifies their ability to live independently and care for their daily needs. 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  MUMC youth cook and serve at the Eric Johnson House once a month.

 

Agency Contact:       Laurie Litt-Robbins, Executive Director

                                      44 South Street

                                     Morristown, NJ  07960

                                       (973) 326-9636

                                                 E-mail:  EJHouse1@aol.com

                                 http://redeemermorristown.org/ericjohnson.html

 

 

Church Contact:       Jimmy Lombardo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      


 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

 

 

Habitat is an international charitable organization with the sole purpose of providing housing to families with low income.  Habitat has affiliates in every state (13 in NJ) and in 92 foreign countries.  The unique aspect of the Habitat program is that the family does not need a down payment and pays no interest on the mortgage.  The house is sold to the family at cost.  Each adult in the family must contribute several hundred hours to the construction of their house or similar Habitat project.  The monthly mortgage payments are made to Habitat and are usually less than the family was paying for rent.  Habitat forms a bond with the families and assists them in overcoming the problems associated with home ownership.  For many low-income families in this expensive area, the Habitat program may be the only way to become homeowners.

 

Morris Habitat for Humanity was formed in 1985 under the leadership of Rev. W. James White of our church.  The first housing project, which built four new townhouses on Garden Street in Morristown, was begun in 1987 and completed in 1989.  Since that date, Morris Habitat has completed housing units for 18 other families in Morris County.

 

Morris Habitat for Humanity meets in our church on the second Monday of each month.  Financial support comes from individuals, corporations, foundations, churches, and monies raised by special events.  The projects are led by individuals with construction experience but are built primarily by volunteers with minimal prior experience. 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Several hundred volunteers are involved in each project, some for only short periods of time.

 

Agency Contact:     Blair Wilson

                                  51 South Street

                                  Morristown, NJ  07960

                                  (973) 605-5804

                                   www.morrishabitat.org

 

Church Contact:    Glen Stubaus

 


 

HOMELESS SOLUTIONS

 

 

The mission of Homeless Solutions is to alleviate the suffering of homeless people by providing emergency shelter plus access to services that lead to independent housing.  A range of services is offered to meet the immediate needs of homeless people while assisting them to become self-sufficient. 

 

There are programs for single men, single women, and families headed by single mothers.  Over 50% of those entering the Family and Women’s Shelter are victims of domestic violence.

 

Homeless Solutions provides shelter for 22 homeless men, 6 homeless women, and 20 families averaging a total of 60 family members, and 20 Safe Haven (homeless mentally ill) guests.  Guests receive services including case management, transportation to work and necessary appointments, money management and employment assistance, housing search assistance and daily living skills training.  Referral services for counseling, substance abuse intervention, and prevention are also provided.

                       

The transitional housing facility, which opened in 1996, houses up to 10 families and provides case management and referral services to help them reach their long-term goals.  Clients may stay in this facility up to 18 months.

 

In 1999, to address the lack of low-income housing, the mission was expanded to include the acquisition and development of affordable housing.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Cooking and serving, food shopping, kitchen organizing, reading to children, mentoring, and gardening.

 

Agency Contact:       Tamala Reynolds

                                     540 West Hanover Ave.

                                    Morristown, NJ 07960

                                      (973) 993-0833 x 13

                                   www.homelesssolutions.org

        

Church Contact:       Brenda Leary


 

INTERFAITH COUNCIL FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES

 IN MORRIS COUNTY

 

 

The Interfaith Council is a collaboration of churches in Morris County that provide short-term shelter for homeless families.  These homeless individuals move from church to church spending a week or two at each one.  There are two ways in which churches can participate.  Host churches provide actual physical space in which families live for a week at a time.  Support churches assist by preparing meals and providing overnight supervision at host churches.

 

To assist families in overcoming the problems that have contributed to their homelessness, the agency provides case management, counseling, health screening, transportation, relocation assistance and follow-up services.

 

Private sources, government funds and individual contributions fund the Interfaith Council.  MUMC regularly contributes as a support congregation and has also “filled in” as a host congregation.  For two weeks in December and two weeks in July, St. Mark’s Church hosts Interfaith families, and MUMC assists during those times.  The other support congregations are Temple B’nai Or, Morristown Jewish Center, and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities: Cooking/preparing part of a meal, serving dinner, bringing lunches, overnight supervision, transportation to showers and playing with children.

 

Agency Contact:        Anne Murphy, Executive Director  

                                       51 Washington Street

                                      Morristown, NJ  07960

                                                       (973) 644-2757

                                       www.ichfmc.org

 

Church Contact:       Ellen Zanetti

 

 


 

INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY

 

 

The Interfaith Food Pantry is located at 540A West Hanover Avenue in Morristown, and food donations can be brought to the warehouse there, Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 4 PM.  Nonperishable items can also be brought to the church and deposited in the Food Cart in the Narthex.

The Pantry began in 1994 by supporting five families and currently distributes almost 4 tons of food to more than 200 families every week.

Clients are primarily senior citizens on fixed incomes and low-income working families.  Recent job layoffs and reductions in work hours have increased the need for help.  The Delivery Program for housebound seniors and the disabled brings food, as well as the care and concern of the volunteers, to 55 client families in more than 20 towns throughout Morris County.

 

Volunteer Opportunities: Distribute food, make deliveries to the homebound, help restock the pantry with groceries from the warehouse, drive bags of groceries from the warehouse to the distribution center on weekends, supervise youth group tours and activities, or do repair and maintenance projects or clerical work.

 

Agency Contacts:        Rosemary Gilmartin, Executive Director

                                     or

                                    Elaine Britcher, Volunteer Coordinator

                                 540A West Hanover Ave.

                                        Morristown, NJ  07960

                                     (973) 538-8049

                                       www.mcifp.org

              

Church Contacts:        Jim and Barbara Morris


 

JERSEY BATTERED WOMEN’S SERVICE

 

 

Since 1976, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Inc. (JBWS) has provided valuable life-saving services to victims of domestic violence and their families.  Its mission is to prevent domestic violence through the protection and empowerment of the victim, to rehabilitate family members, and to educate the public about domestic violence and its consequences.

JBWS provides a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter for victims and their children, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, transitional housing, life skills education, vocational counseling, community education and professional training, teenage dating violence services, counseling for the abusers, and more.

JBWS is the mission project of the UMW Susanna Circle.  They organize the Angel Tree and Spring Shower and make donations throughout the year to help supply the shelter’s needs.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Developing the Angel Tree at Christmas and soliciting needed personal items during the year.

 

Agency Contacts:        Paula Miller, Donations

                                    Debbe Callaghan, Executive Director

                                     PO Box 363

                                    Morris Plains, NJ  07950-0363

                                     (973) 455-1256

                                    http://jbws.org

 

Church Contact:       Donna Motta

 


 

MARKET STREET MISSION

 

 

The program of the Market Street Mission is designed to help men recover from alcoholism and drug addiction through a six-month residential program.  Components of the program include daily work in a modern industrial center, Bible study, a daily chapel service, computer-assisted and classroom instruction, individual counseling and group therapy, and in-house and community 12-step programs and support groups.

 

Although this ministry is essentially for homeless men, it also provides short-term shelter, meals, clothing, furniture and referrals to women, children, and families in need.  There is a van outreach program that brings food, clothing, and blankets to homeless people.  The Mission also sponsors an annual coat giveaway and a special Thanksgiving dinner.

 

The Market Street Mission maintains a 25,000 square foot industrial center, which houses a Thrift Store and warehouse at 25 George Street off Martin Luther King Avenue.  Donations are tax deductible and all proceeds benefit the Mission.  The Thrift Store also has a program to sell selected items online via eBay and Half.com.  Mission trucks operated by men in the work therapy program collect donated items on a weekly schedule.  Donations of cars that are running are welcome.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Tutoring residents in basic skills, computer literacy and other areas as needed; helping with the annual Market Street Mission Dinner co-hosted by MUMC and the Presbyterian Church on the Green.

 

Agency Contacts:       George Moussab, Program Director

                                   9 Market Street

                                      Morristown, NJ  07960

                                     (973) 538-0431

                                       www.marketstreet.org

             

                                        John Buniewicz, Warehouse 

                                        (973) 538-0427

                                    25 George Street

                                       Morristown, NJ  07960

 

Church Contact:         Rev. Carletta Aston, Associate Pastor

 

 


 

UNITED METHODIST HOMES OF NEW JERSEY

 

 

United Methodist Homes of New Jersey (UMH-NJ) cares for the physical, mental and spiritual needs of about 1200 residents aged 65 or older in 11 communities throughout the state.  Join the Golden Circle of Friends of the Fellowship Fund with a gift covering the cost of one day of care or more.

 

Residents pay for their own care as long as they are able.  If they become unable to cover their costs, the Fellowship Fund supports them.  In 2002, over $7,000,000 in charitable care was used in meeting the financial needs of 240 residents.  Support for this ministry comes from members of churches throughout the Greater New Jersey Area, residents, auxiliaries, resident councils, foundations, businesses and individuals, and through planned gifts, wills and bequests.  Support through service is generously offered by auxiliary members and other volunteers, and by churches, community groups and schools.

 

UMH-NJ has an annual operating budget of over $47,000,000 and more than 800 employees.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities.  Each home has an associated auxiliary group.  New volunteers are always welcome.  Examples of volunteer activities include providing lap robes, holiday favors, serving during vesper services and music group performances.  There are United Methodist Homes in Collingswood, East Orange, Montclair, Newton, Ocean City, Ocean Grove, Pitman, Plainfield, and Red Bank.

 

Agency Contact:        Janet Carrato

                                    Advancement Dept.

                                       3311 State Route 33

                                   Neptune, NJ  07753

                                     (732) 922-9800

                                     www.umh-nj.org

 

Church Contact:        Myra Carpenter

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

He has shown you what is good; 

 

And what does the Lord require of you

 

but to do justly, to love mercy

 

and walk humbly with your God.

 

Micah 6:8


 

BISHOPS’ INITIATIVE ON CHILDREN AND POVERTY

(A Church for All God’s Children)

 

 

The Bishops’ Initiative on Children and Poverty invites all United Methodist congregations to respond to the needs and receive the gifts of children and the poor.  Becoming “A Church for All God’s Children” is one important and joyful way local congregations can respond in faithful discipleship.  Within MUMC this is not a separate program.  It is a unifying theme of the church’s approach to outreach and mission ministry.

 

The MUMC Administrative Council responded to the call to be “A Church for All God’s Children” in 1998.  We are involved in a number of the nine suggested activities listed below directed toward making a difference in the lives of children and the poor. 

 

ü      educating the congregation about the needs of children and the poor

 

ü      making church facilities safe and welcoming for children and families

ü      reducing the risk of child abuse

ü      helping children grow as faithful disciples

 

ü      involving children in the life of the church

 

ü      reaching out to children in the community

ü      advocating for legislation and public policies that improve children’s lives and lives of poor families

 

ü      relating to children around the world

ü      building administrative supports for ministry with children and the poor

                       

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Any program in this booklet qualifies.

 

Web site:        www.umc.org/initiative

 

Church Contact:   Rev. Carletta Aston, Associate Pastor

 

 

 


 

BOARDER BABIES AT UMDNJ UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

 

 

The Boarder Babies Unit of UMDNJ’s University Hospital in Newark serves infants from a few days to a few weeks old who are waiting to be placed in foster care.  Furnished with cribs, swings and rocking chairs, the nursery can accommodate up to 12 babies, and is staffed by two nurses on 12-hour shifts.  The babies receive excellent care, with all their physical and medical needs met by nurses, nurse practitioners and pediatricians, who keep a close watch on their health. 

 

About 30 babies per month are cared for in the nursery, each spending an average of 22 days there.  During the babies’ stay, volunteers help the nurses feed, rock and cuddle them to ensure that they receive plenty of emotional and mental stimulation.  The infants receive donations of clothing, toys and crib blankets, which they take with them when they leave.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteering time at the nursery to rock the babies (requires application, TB test, background check and interview); donating t-shirts, one-piece sleepers (with feet, newborn to 12 months), crib blankets (knitted, crocheted or stitched), soft crib toys, crib mobiles and D batteries for swings. 

 

Agency Contact:       Deirdre Watley 

                            Manager of Volunteer Services

                            UMDNJ – The University Hospital

                         150 Bergen Street

                            Newark, N.J. 07103

                          (973) 972-4064

 

Church Contact:       Suzanne Sidhu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

CHILDREN ON THE GREEN

 

 

Located in the United Methodist Church, Children on the Green is committed to quality, developmentally appropriate care for the pre-school (age 2-5) children of families living and/or working in the Morristown area.  It seeks to reflect the diversity of the community and is committed to partnerships with agencies that support children and families.

 

As a reflection of its commitment to the community, Children on the Green supports the child care needs of families from Homeless Solutions, the Jersey Battered Women’s Services and the Interfaith Council for Homeless Families of Morris County.  The program focuses on the individual needs of each child and supports those needs through a small group experience.  As of 2004, there are 60 children in the program, and 30% of the children are from low-income families. 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities: Reading and spending time with the preschoolers; answering phones, etc.

 

Agency Contact:       Rochelle Kelman, Director

                                     50 Park Place

                                    Morristown, NJ  07960

                                     (973) 984-0094

                                    www.biztech.stevens-tech.edu/childrenonthegreen                       

 

Church Contact:          Andrew Cattano


 

COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES

OF Morris AND SUSSEX CountIES, Inc.  (CASA)

 

 

In the United States over one half million children are in foster care because they cannot safely live with their families.  Nearly 70,000 National Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA volunteers, serve approximately 280,000 of these abused or neglected children every year.

 

It is up to a juvenile court judge to decide where these children will spend their future.  Sometimes that future gets lost in a child welfare system that is overburdened and understaffed.  As a result, many children spend a childhood in limbo, moving from one foster home to another until they reach 18.

 

CASA of Morris & Sussex Counties, Inc. is a private not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advocacy for the right of each abused, neglected, or abandoned child to a safe, permanent home.

 

CASA, a national program, recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who provide a voice in Court for an individual child or family of children who have been removed from their home and temporarily placed in foster care or a residential facility.

 

CASA volunteers speak up for these children in juvenile court.  They find the information necessary to help judges make more appropriate placement decisions – taking into account the special needs of each individual child.  The CASA volunteer's role is to thoroughly research the child's case history, interview anyone with knowledge about the child, and work with professionals to ensure that the child receives needed services and placement in a safe, permanent home.

                       

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Speaking up on behalf of abused and neglected children.

 

Agency Contact:       Barbara Ward, Executive Director

                                    Morris County Courthouse, Lower Level

                                     56 Washington St.  

                                         PO Box 264

                                        Morristown, NJ  07960-0264

                                    (973)-656-4330     

                                                 www.casa-mc.org

 

Church Contact:       Yvonne DeCicco

 


 

MORRISTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

(“THE NABE”)

 

 

The Neighborhood House is a non-profit agency offering educational, cultural, recreational and social services to the children and youth of Morris County.  It is their goal "to provide families and youth with a community-based support system which will strengthen their ability to cope in today's rapidly changing and complex society by providing a broad range of community services relevant to persons of all ages and from every socio-economic, ethnic and religious background."

 

To accomplish this goal, “The Nabe” provides the following services: pre-school and school-age child care programs, education enrichment, recreation enrichment, soccer, English/Spanish classes for adults, college scholarship program, and volunteers/community relations program. 

 

Each day more than 500 children attend Neighborhood House programs together with parents, volunteers, community organizations and local residents using the facility.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Tutoring.

 

Agency Contact:       Odetta Dumas, Volunteer Coordinator

                                    12 Flagler Street

                                      Morristown, NJ  07960

                                     (973) 538-1229

                                     www.neighborhood-house.org

 

Church Contact:        Rev. Carletta Aston, Associate Pastor

 


 

SOUTH AFRICA EDUCATION FUND

(SAEF)

 

 

In 1994 a group of six people met and formed the South Africa Education Fund (SAEF) to support educational opportunities for underprivileged black children in post-apartheid South Africa.  A commitment was made to the Manning Road Methodist Church in Durban to support the Makabongwe Pre-Primary School.  At that time, the school was housed in a trailer with no electricity or proper ventilation.  In 1999 the school was relocated to a renovated old building donated by the city.

 

In that same year, SAEF decided to also support the Phakamisa project of the Pinetown Methodist Church.  The main focus of the project at that point was a “Wandering Teacher Program” that trains and sends teachers to the country to conduct open air classes for children who otherwise would have no education.  This program was, and still is, supported by the MUMC Pre-K through second grade Sunday School children.  Phakamisa has now added other programs.

 

The “Caregivers” program has organized women and families to care for the thousands of children orphaned in South Africa, mostly by AIDS.  Phakamisa helps train these women, most of whom are unskilled and unemployed, to be self-supporting.  There are groups that make crafts to sell, and help is also provided to establish gardens to grow food for their families.

 

The core support for SAEF is from members who have pledged support weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually and the funds raised by the candle sale program and ADVENTure in Mission in December.

 

 

Church Contacts:        Nancy Frantz and Carol Ferraro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the King will answer and say to them,

 

Assuredly, I say to you,

 

inasmuch as you did it

 

to one of the least of these my brethren,

 

you did it to me.

               

Matthew 25:40


 

ADVENTURE IN MISSION

 

 

Each year the Christmas season becomes more and more commercial.  It is far too easy to forget that this season is a celebration of the birth of Christ.  Amidst the purchase and giving of gifts, we strive to respond to Christ’s message to us to love and care for “the least among us.”  ADVENTure in Mission is a way for us to put the Christ back into Christmas and to help others who are less fortunate than we are.

 

On each of the four Sundays in Advent, the Missions Ministry Team sets up a display in Fellowship Hall that provides many opportunities for our church members to give to those in need in lieu of or in addition to the traditional Christmas gifts.  Some of the opportunities for giving are to UMCOR, Heifer Project International, the Russian Initiative, Children on the Green, Appalachia Service Project, Eric Johnson House, United Methodist Homes, Homeless Solutions, and the Community Soup Kitchen.

 

For sharing Christmas cheer we also have an Angel Tree.  Each angel on the tree contains a wish of a needy child.  Church members can take an angel from the tree and buy a gift of a toy or clothing (or both) for a child from Children on the Green or the NJ Battered Women’s Shelter.

 

The South Africa Education Fund Children’s Mission Project offers candle jars and crafts made by our pre-K through second grade Sunday School classes.  These gifts support the ministry of the Pinetown Methodist Church to children in the poorest townships in South Africa.

                       

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  People are needed to set up, work at the tables and collect money before and after church services.

 

Church Contact:       Rolf Frantz


 

APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT

 

 

The Appalachia Service Project is a Christian home-repair and home-building ministry, open to all people, through which volunteers and staff repair and build homes for low-income families in rural Central Appalachia.  Our goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier, while offering transformational experiences for volunteers and homeowners alike.

Each year, ASP achieves its goals with the assistance of nearly 15,000 volunteers.  
ASP provides housing services to economically disadvantaged people in 24 counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.  All of these counties have poverty rates well above the national average, and many of these counties are classified as "distressed" by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

 

Founded in 1969 by a United Methodist pastor, ASP is affiliated with the Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.  Over 200,000 volunteers from across the nation have worked on thousands of homes and, in the process, both volunteers and these Appalachian families have been immeasurably blessed.


In 2003, ASP's 34th year, over 10,000 youth and adults spent a week of service to repair more than 330 homes.  Sixteen youth and 10 adults from Morristown United Methodist Church participated.  They earned approximately $8,000 from various fund-raisers and corporate donations, and each paid $100 to defray costs.  ADVENTure in Mission 2003 raised funds that went toward this mission trip.  The total budget for the 2003 trip (transportation, supplies, ASP fees, etc.) was approximately $11,000.

 

In 2004, 28 youth and 14 adults will participate in a week of mission, July 3 – 11, in Jonesville County, Virginia.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Accompanying youth on mission trips.

 

Agency Contact:        Susan Crow, Exec. Director

                                     4523 Bristol Highway

                                    Johnson City, TN 37601

                                     425-854-8800, x 241

                                     www.asphome.org

 

Church Contact:         Forrest Shue

                                       ASP trip information:  www.frest.net/ASP2004 

 


 

AUDIO AND VIDEO MINISTRY

 

 

Our church has been conducting outreach to the community and our own members by television since about 1982.  Every Sunday afternoon the prior week's church service appears at 4 PM on cable channel 21 as "Lift Up Your Hearts." 

 

Joe Replogle coordinates this ministry, assisted by teams of volunteers.  Three volunteers tape the 10:15 AM service on video and audiotape.  The video is professionally edited and delivered to Cablevision for broadcast on the following Sunday.  There is no charge for airtime.

 

Audiotapes are available for sale at $2.00; video tapes are $10.00.  The church maintains a permanent file of audio tapes.  Videos are not retained for long periods because of the cost of tapes.  Anyone requesting a videotape should do so within a short time after the service.

 

This ministry is funded by the general budget and by sales of tapes.  The equipment is also available for taping of weddings and other special events, with the proceeds going back into the video account to support this ministry.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities: There is often a need for volunteers to tape Sunday services. 

 

Church Contact:       Joe Replogle

 


 

CENTER FOR STUDENT MISSION

 

 

The Center for Student Mission (CSM) exists to bring students and adults to the inner city for ministry.  It is an experience in which students use their gifts to promote the Kingdom of God and come to know God in new ways.  By participating in people-to-people ministries, students make new friends and become involved in the lives of city dwellers.  Those from MUMC who have participated in CSM have found it to be all these things and much more.

 

CSM does not create its own projects, but rather partners with churches and agencies that have a long history of service in their neighborhoods.  Each student mission group provides invaluable assistance in the continuation of these local ministries.  Indeed, CSM provides to urban centers across North America more than 300,000 hours of volunteer work annually.

 

Ministry opportunities include: Rehabilitating apartments for low-income residents; serving food and building relationships with hungry men, women and children at soup kitchens and homeless shelters; planning and conducting weekend and week-long Backyard Bible Clubs for inner-city children; joining inmates for worship and Bible study in a prison chapel service; delivering meals to impoverished home-bound folks; joining street savvy urban Christians in evangelistic outreach into their local neighborhoods; worshipping with African-American, Latino, and other believers of color in their local churches; and much more.

 

In the summer of 2003, the CSM group from MUMC included nine junior high students, one high school student, and four adults.  They traveled to Washington, DC, for a five-day experience that introduced them to some of the challenges of the inner city and the people they affected.  And they experienced first-hand the importance of the CSM motto: being flexible, available, and teachable (FAT) to all people in need.

 

 

Web site:       www.csm.org

 

Church Contact:       Sharon Yarger, Director of Youth Ministries

 

                       

 


 

FIRST CALL FOR HELP

 

 

First Call For Help connects families and individuals in need of help to many community resources, such as financial assistance, emergency food assistance and shelter, affordable housing, abuse/neglect, child care, disability, education, emergencies, employment, health/medical care, mental health, special transportation needs, substance abuse treatment and prevention services. 

Using a carefully maintained, comprehensive database, First Call assists clients (and those organizations working to help them) to obtain proper help in a timely fashion.  First Call 2-1-1 is available to people of any socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical ability, or language. 

2-1-1 is the new telephone number to reach First Call.  Calls to 2-1-1 are toll-free.

 

First Call also has available for purchase a comprehensive Directory of Human Services in Morris and Passaic counties on CD.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  First Call is managed by a volunteer board of directors and welcomes new members to help with the oversight of the agency, fund raising, program development, etc.

 

Agency Contact:       Frances L. Palm, Executive Director

                                     1259 Rt. 26E, Bldg. #2

                                    Parsippany, NJ  07054

                                     1-800-435-7555

                                     Web:   www.firstcall.org

                                     E-mail:   fpalm@firstcall.org 

 

Church Contact:       Jane Long


 

GENERAL ADVANCE SPECIALS

OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

 

The Advance is an official, second-mile channel for designated giving in the UMC.  The Advance is called “second-mile” giving because the first mile, or priority, is for local churches to support their World Service and other apportioned funds and conference benevolences.  The Advance is called “designated” because it works through individuals, church groups, congregations, districts, and annual conferences, which select specific ministries to support voluntarily.  

 

There are 2,000 projects available for support in the United States as well as other countries around the world.  These projects include such efforts as many ministries to children, Africa Church Growth and Development, Global Refugee Response and Women’s Leadership Training Centers.   When you give to Advance, 100% of your gift goes to the ministry of your choice.  The catalog of General Advance Specials is available through the church office.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Available through the General Board of Global Ministries.

 

Agency Contact:       William T. Carter, Director, The Advance

                                    General Board of Global Ministries

                                     The United Methodist Church

                                     475 Riverside Drive, Room 1400

                                     New York, NY  10115

                                     (212) 870-3790

                                    http://gbgm-umc.org/advance

 

Church Contact:       Rev. Carletta Aston, Associate Pastor


 

HUNGER WALK

 

 

The Hunger Walk is sponsored by the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown.  It replaces the CROP WALK, a national program organized by Church World Service.  Held in the fall, the Hunger Walk covers a three-mile route through Morristown, beginning and ending at Church of the Redeemer.  By getting sponsors to give money in support of walkers, the event raises funds to support the Community Soup Kitchen.

 

In recent years Morristown United Methodist youth groups have walked as one of their local mission projects.  In 2003, six youth and four adults raised more than $500.  See COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN information on page 5 for more information.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Sponsor a walker with financial support or join the walk yourself and get friends, neighbors, family and coworkers to sponsor you.

 

Church Contact:       Andrew Cattano

 

 

 

 

 


RUSSIAN INITIATIVE

(Greater NJ Annual Conference Committee on the Russian Initiative)

 

Through the Greater NJ Annual Conference, our church participates in the Russian Initiative, founding new – and reviving previous – Methodist churches in the former Soviet Union.  Our connection began in 1992 when a 36-member MUMC delegation, led by Dr. W. James White, then Senior Pastor, traveled to Kerch, a city of 165,000 people at the eastern tip of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine.  Approximately 20 visitors from Kerch were hosted in Morristown that fall.  Nurtured by a series of visits by numerous smaller teams, the Kerch United Methodist church continued to grow and eventually became a member of the Annual Conference covering the states of the former Soviet Union.

 

The church in Kerch is now served by an ordained graduate of the United Methodist seminary in Moscow, Pastor Zhenya Kozarenko.  Over the years, support for the Kerch congregation has expanded to include other churches in the former Northern NJ Annual Conference, including Basking Ridge, Boonton, Caldwell, Cranford, and Wyckoff.  This ministry has also been shared with First UMC of Hershey, PA.  MUMC has also provided gifts of Bibles, Christian education and worship materials, medical supplies, shipments of clothing and food, and contributions by individuals to the Church Builders Fund that allowed the congregation to purchase a building and begin converting it into a house of worship.  We also help support current needs by contributions to ADVENTure in Mission.

 

With the formation of the Greater NJ Annual Conference, responsibility for the connection with Kerch moved to the Conference Committee on the Russian Initiative.  This Committee also oversees the work begun by the former Southern NJ Conference in the Russian city of Smolensk.  Working with a Bible Study group there, the former SNJ committee sends work groups from NJ to help refurbish a boarding school for at-risk children, hosts youth groups, and shares in Bible studies and outreach activities, eventually building toward the establishment of a United Methodist church.

 

Volunteer Opportunities:     Join a delegation visiting Kerch or Smolensk;

provide hosting, transportation, or other support for delegations from these

cities visiting New Jersey; knowledge of Russian language is frequently

needed to help translate letters or interpret for visitors.

 

Agency Contact:      Nancy Shervanick, Chair, GNJAC Committee on the      

                                  Russian Initiative

  (732) 846-8725

 

Church Contact:         Rolf Frantz or Jack Scharf, members of the Conference Committee, or any member of a past delegation

 

 

WORSHIP COMMITTEE MINISTRY FOR SPRING HILL ASSISTED LIVING CENTER AND MORRIS HILLS CENTER

 

 

Since 1961, MUMC, the Presbyterian Church on the Green, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church have provided ecumenical worship services to residents of what was originally the Morristown Rehabilitation Center.  This center was bought out, renovated, and renamed The Spring Hill Assisted Living Center of Morristown a few years ago.  The services are led by lay members of the churches and provide scripture, prayer, words of encouragement, and hymns.

 

In 1997, the original three churches invited Calvary Baptist Church to join in this ministry.  They accepted and we now have four churches involved in these services.

 

In addition, beginning in May and June of 2000, the Calvary Baptist and United Methodist Churches agreed to hold worship services at the Morris Hills Center on the first two Sundays of the month that follows the month they hold services at the Spring Hill Assisted Living Center.

 

At the Spring Hill Assisted Living Center of Morristown, we hold Sunday morning services at 9:30 A.M. in January, May, and September.

 

At the Morris Hills Center, we hold services on the first two Sundays in February, June, and October.

 

A brief history, from the late Hollis Richardson:

In 1961, Hal Terwilliger of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church talked with Al Raff, the Methodist Men Leader, about a joint mission to provide a lay worship service for the residents of the Morristown Rehabilitation Center.  An alternating monthly Sunday morning service was started in the following order: Morristown Methodist, Morristown Presbyterian, and St. Peter’s Episcopal. Ben White was coordinator of the Methodist worship leaders.  He was assisted by Ruth Resseler who coordinated the piano players and the pre-service musical program.  She would arrive early and sing and play some old favorite hymns on her harpsichord while the residents gathered for the service.  One of her favorites was “In the Garden”.

 

        

Volunteer Opportunities:  There is always a need for additional volunteers to either lead, assist, sing or play hymns during the worship services at either location.

      

Church Contacts:  Howard Leach and Carol Parkerson


 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the one who plants and the one who waters are one,

 

and each will receive his own reward

 

 according to his own labor. 

 

For we are God’s fellow workers;

 

you are God’s field;

 

you are God’s building.

 

I Corinthians 3:8-9


 

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OBSERVANCE

 

 

Since 1985 the Martin Luther King Observance Committee and the Morris Area Clergy Council have sponsored the Morris Interfaith Breakfast to honor the birth of this great American.  The Morristown community has long recognized and acknowledged the invaluable contributions Dr. King has made through his compassion, his love for peace, and his belief in the dignity and worth of all people.  Dr. King's use of nonviolent strategies to address the injustices existing in our nation has inspired many persons of good will to embrace these methods all over the world.

 

The breakfast is held on the Monday celebration of Dr. King’s birthday.  It is followed by an interfaith service at Calvary Baptist Church in Morristown.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities: Serving on the planning committee and helping with preparations for community events

 

Program Contact:       Dr. Felicia Jamieson

 

Church Contact:       Rev. Carletta Aston, Associate Pastor

 


MORRISTOWN ONE COMMUNITY

 

 

The mission of Morristown One Community is to bring the people of Morristown together to create a better community and improve the quality of life for all.  This non-profit, non-political organization seeks to do this through programs that foster discussion among a wide variety of groups and individuals.  They create forums where people are able to speak their minds, listen to each other, and discuss critical issues.

 

Morristown One community targets two elements of community building: community dialogue and citizen action.  Current programs and initiatives include:

 

-         Morristown 2020 Vision – An effort to engage the whole community in creating a vision for its future

 

-         Community Gatherings – gather feedback on the state of the town and input into programs

 

-         Community Builders – a network of townspeople to build stronger communication and collaboration

 

-         Conversations Dialogue Series – a safe, non-politicized domain to air concerns on critical issues

 

-         Community Connections Newspaper – a bilingual paper, published quarterly, featuring useful information and opportunities to get involved

 

-         Websites for the community – www.onecommunity.net and www.unacommunidad.net

 

-         Community celebrations, including the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and the Farmers’ Market

 

-         Community Resource Bank – including a Community Advisory Board, Speakers Bureau, and Internship & Volunteer Database

 

-         Small Sparks projects – initiated by individuals and neighborhood associations with funding from Morristown One and other partners

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:    Assisting with any of the above programs

 

Church Contact:       Rev. Carletta Aston, Associate Pastor

 


 

 

 

 

 

Here is my servant whom I uphold,

 

my chosen one in whom my soul delights.

 

I have endowed him with my spirit

 

that he may bring true justice to the nations.

 

Isaiah 42:1

 


 

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA,

MORRIS COUNTY

 

Literacy Volunteers of America believes that the ability to read and write and to comprehend and speak English is critical to personal freedom and the maintenance of a democratic society.  The Mission of LVA, Morris County, is to promote increased literacy and fluency in English for adult learners in this area through the effective use of volunteers, the provisions of support services for volunteers and learners, and through collaboration with individuals, groups and any organization desirous of fostering increased literacy.

 

LVA has been serving Morris County for over 20 years.  It is a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one or small group tutoring in Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language to adults in Morris County. LVA currently serves over 500 students.  Students meet with a tutor for one hour a week, for a minimum of one year.  There is no cost to the student for tutoring or materials.

 

In recent years, over 130,000 immigrants have settled in New Jersey.  For many, learning English is the chance to get a job, establish financial independence and to further their education.  For many of these people the one-on-one tutoring offered by Literacy Volunteers is their best chance to learn to read.

 

Volunteers work either with one student or a small group of students and help them to realize their goals.  Many of life’s simple achievements require proficiency in English.  Volunteers work to help students reach these milestones.  For example, passing a licensing exam, being able to visit a doctor, handling an emergency, or speaking with a child’s teacher depend on adequate English language skills.  Many volunteers have professional careers, while others are retired or working at home.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:      Literacy and ESL tutoring.

 

Agency Contact:      Debbie Leon, Executive Director

                                   36 South Street

                                   Morristown, NJ  07960

                                   973) 984-1998

                                   www.lvamorris.org

                                   email: lvamorris@yahoo.com

                       

Church Contacts:      Jim MacHale and Ginny Kelcec


 

NEW YORK METHODIST HOSPITAL

 

 

New York Methodist is a voluntary acute-care teaching hospital and was the first Methodist hospital in the world.  It is located on 6th Street, Brooklyn, between 7th and 8th Avenues (Park Slope neighborhood), and is affiliated with New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.  New York Methodist Hospital houses over 600 in-patient beds (with bassinets), and admits over 24,000 in-patients each year, including several thousand newborn admissions.  The hospital logs approximately 300,000 outpatient visits and services annually.

 

The annual Red Stocking campaign occurs during the Advent season.  All donations help cover the cost of charity care provided at New York Methodist Hospital. 

 

 

Special Requests/Needs:  Please contact the hospital directly.

 

Agency Contact:       Mary Oberman

                                    Director of Development

                                  506 Sixth Street

                                    Brooklyn, NY  11215-9008

                                  (718)-780-5342

                                    www.nym.org

 

 Church Contact:       Lauralee Barrett


 

UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF

(UMCOR)

 

 

UMCOR is the not-for-profit international humanitarian aid organization of The United Methodist Church, active in many parts of the world bringing hope, providing relief from hunger and disasters, and teaching peace.

 

UMCOR serves millions of people around the world.  It responds to catastrophic disasters such as flooding, civil unrest and violence, refugee crises, landslides, earthquakes, and famine.  When the emergency ends, recovery work begins.  UMCOR continues its ministry long after the media attention and public interest has faded.  These ministries are administered in the spirit of Jesus Christ and provide assistance without regard to religion, race, nationality or gender.

 

Funding for UMCOR projects includes gifts from individuals and organizations, proceeds of One Great Hour of Sharing, churchwide appeals and other sources.  Our church contributes to UMCOR through One Great Hour of Sharing and our December ADVENTure in Mission.

 

Volunteer Opportunities:  Available through the General Board of Global Ministries.

 

Web site:        www.gbgm-umc.org/umcor

 

Church Contact:       Marion Rapp

 

 


 

SHARING OUR SPACE

 

                       

One way our church supports and encourages other faith- and community-based organizations is by providing space for meetings and gatherings.  Among the programs that have called our church home are an outplacement support group, training for peer counselors at Morristown High School (church contact: Alicia Motta) and the Walk to Emmaeus (church contact: Jack Scharf). 

 

 

Church Contact for Sharing Our Space:  Mona Lindemann, Administrative Assistant