The good news of the Gospel is that all are members of the household of God and are invited to the Lord’s table. We carry out the mission of the church to extend God’s hospitality to a broken, fearful and lonely world.
PCIN Supports Family Promise of Bergen County
The Presbyterian Church in Norwood (PCIN) would like to express its gratitude to Family Promise of Bergen County, which has continued to shelter homeless families and individuals amid the COVID-19 crisis. On June 13, 2020, it was PCIN’s privilege to prepare dinner for the more than 150 people that Family Promise currently serves through its Walk-in Dinner Program. In the past we have been able to prepare meals for Family Promise as a community, gathering as a group and doing the preparation in our church kitchen. Next, we would transport the food and serve dinner to clients at the Family Promise shelter in Hackensack, NJ.
COVID-19 has changed everything. This time around, we could not gather as a group. Instead, members of our community prepared food individually in their homes — either meatballs, vegetables, fried rice or desserts. Next we consolidated everything at the church, wearing masks of course, and transported the food to the Family Promise facility. From there, Family Promise delivers meals individually to more than 105 clients that it is housing in area hotels. More than 45 people are also picking up dinners to go from the Family Promise facility in Hackensack.
Below is a photo showing the gathering and preparations for transport of this meal. It took considerable planning and preparation for PCIN to coordinate this single meal, so it is all the more humbling to realize that Family Promise coordinates the preparation and delivery of meals each and every night. That’s one reason why PCIN has included Family Promise in its mission donation plans. In light of the COVID-19 situation, we’re encouraging members of the community to support Family Promise and other organizations addressing food insecurity, such as Center for Food Action and the Norwood Food Pantry.
PCIN Shares Warm Clothes and Hot Soup in Paterson, NJ
Our partnership with the United Presbyterian Church in Paterson, NJ, is growing. For the second year in a row we led a warm-clothing drive and on February 10, 2019 shared hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, socks and more with local residents in need. UPC provided the hot soup, and our joint volunteer team served up more than 40 bowls to appreciative passersby over the course of a chilly afternoon in the UPC parking lot. Here are a few images of Pastor Timothy Son, Director of Children’s Ministry Rachel Crilley, and PCIN volunteers Jane Kim, Kathy Millstein, and Doug and Tommy Henschen enjoying the day.
PCIN Visits Puerto Rico
As part of our ongoing effort to serve the community and the world, a team of 11 members and friends of the Presbyterian Church in Norwood visited Bayamon Presbyterian Church, in Puerto Rico, October 29-November 4, 2018, to help with reconstruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The slide show below shows images of our team in action.
Below are just a few of the other causes that we actively support:
Center for Food Action, Bergen County, NJ, sharing food with the hungry.
CROP Walk, Global, CROP is Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty in the US and the World. We have walked for more than 40 years in support of this cause.
ESL Classes at PCIN, teaching beginner and intermediate English to non-native speakers.
Habitat for Humanity, Bergen County, NJ, donating labor and funds for affordable housing.
Harrison House, Paramus, NJ, supporting those suffering with HIV and AIDS.
Family Promise, Bergen County, NJ, temporarily housing and providing career counseling and training for homeless families in Bergen County.
On Our Own, Bergen County, NJ, supporting the mentally ill.
Mercy Center, Bronx, NY, supporting women and their families through education and skills training.
Meals on Wheels, Westwood, NJ, provides meals to people in northern Bergen County who are unable to shop of cook for themselves due to age or disability.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Global, donating food and funds to disaster victims.
The Presbyterian Church in Norwood, 701 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 07648