The United Presbyterian Church of Millstone is a proud supporter of the Kachere community in Zambia, South Africa. In 2014, our congregation committed to sponsoring a bore hole well to be drilled for the school to have fresh drinking water.
Prayer Shawl Project
Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of God!
Shawls can be used for: undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; prayer or meditation; birthing, nursing a baby; during an illness and recovery; ministering to others...there are endless possibilities!
If you, or someone you know, is a knitter or crocheter and is interested in helping our Deacon's Caring Ministry with their Prayer Shawl project, please contact the church office at 732-446-5350.
Caring Hearts Food Pantry
UPCM teamed up with the Food Donation Connection and a local WaWa in May, 2016. This has allowed us access to surplus food that WaWa has frozen and put aside for us to pick up and then distribute to people in need. These are frozen breakfast and lunch items that have been fully cooked and just need to be warmed in the microwave.
We have been delivering this food to several families in the township each week. We pick up the food on Wednesday mornings, sort, package, and deliver it. We could use some additional help with this so we can rotate. Please let Emma Palmer, Cathy Brown, or Barbara Truscinski know if you can help.
During the summer months, the Master Gardeners and some others from our Community Garden donated more than 800 pounds of fresh produce, which we also distributed to the community.
We have also donated food to our seniors in our community.
In addition, in November the Millstone Township Cub Scouts “scouted for food” and donated more than 1,000 pounds of non-perishable goods to our church, which has allowed us to set up a food pantry at the Ministry Center.
We are now offering this food to needy people in our community. The pantry at the Ministry Center has been open on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon beginning on January 21st. If people are in need and cannot come at that time, they can call the church office (732-446-2300) to schedule an Appointment.
We have been serving several local people already and hope to expand as the word gets out. There was an article in the Millstone Examiner and it is posted on Facebook and our website.
We are in need of volunteers to man the pantry and help keep things organized. Please contact Barbara Truscinski if you can help out on a Saturday morning for 2 hours.
We are asking for donations of the following non-perishable foods that need replenishing:
Peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna fish and chicken, fruit, powdered milk, mayonnaise, cake mixes and frosting, cookies and canned soups.
Donations may be dropped off in the church or at the Food Pantry.
The House that Faith Built
Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth is proud to announce that it will be launching a new crowdfunding campaign, The House that Faith Built, to help raise funds for the affiliate’s 42nd new home build in the service area. The campaign is an interfaith faith based fundraising project that engages the faith community from across the service area to raise funds needed to help the Quezada family obtain their dream of homeownership.
The Quezada family is a family of three that emigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic over 18 years ago in search of a better life. The family currently resides in a modest one bedroom apartment in Freehold, NJ. The head of the household George is a hard working man that has held down multiple jobs since coming to the United States to support his mom and his niece, a freshman at Freehold Township High School.
The project is the first traditional home for Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County, the newly merged affiliate serving northeast and western Monmouth, encompassing approximately 83% of the county and first since Hurricane Sandy hit the area in 2012. In addition to receiving a zero interest mortgage on their new home, the Quezada’s will put in “sweat equity”, an investment hours in time and labor, that all of our new families contribute as a partner in the program.
For more information on the campaign and to see ways you can support the Quezada family visit http://share.habitat.org/quezadahome
Deacon On Call Program
The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.
Through our Deacon on Call program, we provide service and assistance to those who most need our support. We seek to provide leadership in response to changes and emergencies in our local community and the world beyond it -- to be a relevant part of the world around us and not just a building on the corner.
Should you need to get on touch with one of our Deacons on Call, please click the email link below and someone will reach out to you promptly. Thank you.