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Your Gifts at Work through Presbytery Sponsored Mission Partnerships
Since the founding of its oldest congregation — Old Bergen Church of Jersey City in 1660 — Presbyterian congregations of Hudson, Passaic, and Bergen Counties have generously supported programs that address human needs — body, mind, and soul — with the compassion of Jesus. Here are examples from the last several years. We invite your church to make a gift to these mission partnerships, either sending it directly to the program or to the Presbytery of the Palisades to be sent on.

United Presbyterian Church in Paterson
Safe SpaceSafe Space: Summer Camp for City Kids
Six weeks of recreation, crafts, music, and field trips offer 50 to 60 Paterson youth a safe and caring environment to spend their vacation days. A team of nearly 25 volunteers teach teamwork, read to camp participants, provide character-strengthening exercises, and chaperone field trips throughout northern New Jersey to visit historical sites, experience the beauty of nature, and meet government officials. Current needs are for donations to support the budget, in which the cost of bus rental is one of the largest items.

United Presbyterian Church in Paterson
Senior Wellness Program
How could you not want to exercise? This low impact and intensity fitness program also offers discussion of spirituality, nutrition, and mindset.

United Presbyterian Church in Paterson
Sabbath Arts Academy
The Sabbath Arts Academy is a Bible-based, safe haven for the youth of Paterson on Friday nights. The program introduces the Word of God through music, games, dance, and great food. Current needs include donations to support program costs and volunteer help.

Loaves and Fishes at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Englewood
Loaves and FishesEnglewood, Teaneck, and Leonia churches come together to feed 45 persons every Monday from September through June. Each hot meal includes homemade soup, a main course, and dessert. A “brown bag” containing a sandwich, fruit, and snack is provided to each person for later in the day. Ongoing needs are food donations and supermarket gift cards for clients.

ESL Classes at Iglesia Presbiteriana Nueva Esperanza, Jersey City
Just as the Scriptures inspire us to love and welcome the strangers in our midst, Nueva Esperanza’s ESL program is an expression of love in Christ toward immigrants in need of the English language and a warm and welcoming place in a new culture. Current needs are volunteers to teach English and donations for materials and transportation costs.

Interfaith Parish Nursing and Training at the Wallington Presbyterian Church
“Touching Lives with God’s Healing Love …” This program provides ministry to the homebound, hospital visits, nursing assessments, referrals, a weekly prayer group, and grief counseling through trained parish nurses in churches of the Presbytery.

Community OutreachCommunity Outreach of the First Presbyterian Church of Ridgefield Park
Led by Commissioned Ruling Elders Guillermo Lopez-Acosta and Patricia Pastas, the First Presbyterian Church of Ridgefield Park has provided a Bilingual- worship service (Spanish-English), church school, and a variety of community outreach programs, including Vacation Bible School and Youth groups, workshops and seminars on issues of immigration , and English classes: basic and conversation. Referral services to other agency services as needed: Computer classes on how to navigate the internet, filling out of government and legal forms, job readiness training, support groups, child care, finance and family health services. Current needs are donations to fund the community outreach programs:

Faith Works at United Presbyterian Church, Paterson
Faith Works“Faith Works” is a new worshiping community that seeks to build the Kingdom of God by developing relationships with the unchurched, forming a community of believers out of those relationships, then shaping new believers into disciples through prayer and bible study. Faith Works provides meals, clothing, prayer, hair cuts, and a food pantry.
Ongoing needs: Financial donations to support the costs of “Wings and a Prayer” on Tuesday nights and Thursday night’s meal called “A Plate of Grace;” mission partnerships with other churches; and volunteers with professional services such as Web design, marketing, graphic design, e-commerce, business start-ups, and legal matters.
Faith Works has received two mission development grants from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Now we need to raise $14,000 in matching funds from the Presbytery and Synod of the Northeast.

Nueva VidaMisión Presbiteriana Nueva Vida at First Presby. Church, Moonachie
Misión Presbiteriana Nueva Vida is a new, Spanish-language worshiping community serving the Moonachie, Little Ferry, and South Hackensack communities. Commissioned Ruling Elder Guillermo Lopez-Acosta serves half-time as an evangelist and community organizer on behalf of the Presbytery of the Palisades. He is building a network of support in the community, working with the Family Success Center, the Bergen County Environmental Council, and Wind of the Spirit to provide OSHA and immigration assistance. This project has received funding from the national, synod, and local levels of the PC(USA). Current needs are for donations to help fund the ministry’s “Compassionate Service” efforts to repair mobile homes in two parks damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.