All aspects of our church are involved in serving our neighbors. From the children, to Deacons and our dedicated Mission Committee, see below our many efforts to help those in need and see how you might assist.
All our programs at First Presbyterian Church are a success only because of the people who recognize the value of their time and talents. We often need assistance in the many areas we serve. Please check back often to this page and see what mission opportunities and service opportunities are upcoming. We would love to explore how we may serve together. Thank you!
Parish Nursing is a non profit (501C-3) that provides assistance for managing health care. The Parish Nursing Program builds and strengthens the capacity of individuals, families, and congregations to better understand and care for one another in light of their relationship to God, to faith traditions, and to the broader society. All persons are sacred and must be treated with respect and dignity. In response to this belief, Parish Nursing assists and empowers individuals to manage their personal health care resources, and provide assistance with navigating the healthcare system and personal resources from a faith based perspective. Spiritual health is central to wellness which influences a person's entire being. Hence, it is possible for healing to occur without a physical cure. It is our hope that this program will help those in need by making their life more manageable through personal care, compassion, loving kindness, and understanding. If you would like to donate to parish nursing, a nurse who would like to volunteer, or just want to know more about the program, please visit:
The Mission Committee wishes to thank all those who participated in this project to give the children who attend Oasis a true holiday season. This year we had to think of an alternative way to present our toy drive to you. The committee had the idea of having a drive-up, drop-off toy drive. We started with our advertising in our Tidings and Sunday bulletins, compiled a comprehensive guide to help you through old and new logistics, made signs, and our tech savvy gals employed social media to also engage our Rutherford community in this endeavor. It all came together and our project was a huge and glorious success. As in past years, our congregation came out overwhelming to support us. We can’t thank you enough for your enthusiasm and generosity to once again give a joyous and wonderful holiday season to so many children. We anticipate a multitude of smiles. I wish I could say how many gifts were received, toys and clothing, there had to be over 300 items. We, on your behalf, will be proud to present your gifts to Oasis in the coming week. In closing, as you granted children a merry holiday, the ladies of the Mission committee wish all of you a wonderful and blessed Christmas.
REBUILDING TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY, with the benefit of Deacon funds, The Mission Committee contributed to this organization for a project in Teaneck. Dimitra and Kathy attended a “ribbon cutting” ceremony at the owner’s home on February 8th.
With the help of many volunteer laborers, union workers, and a grant from Lowe’s, the owner was provided a new “updated” kitchen along with other home renovations. The homeowner was immensely overwhelmed, totally humbled and extremely emotional by the good nature and willingness of strangers, who became friends, for their involvement.
Rebuilding has 11 new projects coming up this spring, so if you have a skill you would like to share or the willingness to forge a communication to those who are in need, this is a good place to start. You can further hear their story by talking with Kathy Kazalis or Dimitra Skenderi and will introduce you to this meaningful and dedicated organization.
Thank you for continuing to support the Rutherford Food Pantry with your generous donations.
If you have any questions about what may be needed, please visit here.
You may also place donations in the boxes next to the food baskets at the church doors.