Outreach, How We Serve the Community Around Us

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. Click here to view our volunteer opportunities and contact us to help. Make a Difference Today!

Community Alliance Banking Program

Boiling Springs Savings Bank, a long-time neighbor and friend of FPC, has provided us for a number of years with an unprecedented opportunity for fundraising. Through the Community Alliance Banking Program, Boiling Springs will make a quarterly donation, without cost to you, to FPC. The donation is based on the average balances in the participating member’s/friend’s designated accounts. Eligible accounts include checking, savings, CD’s, Premium Checking, Money Markets and Individual Retirement accounts. Both new and existing accounts are eligible.

When you open your new account at Boiling Springs, simply tell the customer service rep that you would like this account to be included as part of the Community Alliance Banking Program for First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford. If you already have an existing account with Boiling Springs, just visit one of their branches to fill out an enrollment form designating the account to be included in the Community Alliance Banking Program for FPC. It is very important to note that all of your account information is kept strictly confidential within Boiling Springs. No one from FPC will have any knowledge of the donor’s account information or account balance. To ensure complete privacy, when Boiling Springs makes their quarterly donation, they do not even provide a list of those who have named FPC for receipt of the funds. We encourage all members and friends of FPC to enroll because, to put is simply, the more members and friends that enroll the larger the quarterly bank donation becomes. For more information, please contact the Church office.

Rutherford World War I Centennial Committee

Honoring Veteran Richard Earle Locke

1st Lieutenant, Chaplain’s Corps

American Expeditionary Forces, Services of Supply, Base Section #3

Dr. Reverend Locke was called as our Minister from 1909 to 1922. During World

War I, Dr. Reverend Locke was granted leave by the Session to serve as chaplain

with the Army in France. He and Mrs. Locke were the first family to occupy our present manse at 80 Ridge Road. The floor plan of the house was completely designed and drawn by him. In 1922 Dr. Locke was called to a church in Albany, New York. His years were also memorable because it was he who founded and led the first Boy Scout Troop, Troop 1 in Rutherford, which was one of the first in America.

Reverend Locke’s picture hangs in the lounge and also view the Memorial and Service plaque in the narthex vestibule listing those in our church membership that served our country.

The Centennial Committee has designated Dr. Reverend Locke “Veteran of the

Month” for January 2018. His biography and picture will be on display in the main lobby of the Borough Hall for the month. Every month from April 2017 through November 2018 the committee features a man or woman from Rutherford who served our country. This time period represents the 20 months in which the United States fought in WWI 100 years ago.

Project Christmas Morning

Project Christmas Morning is supporting Oasis, an agency that assists women and children in changing their lives through programs designed to feed, clothe, educate and empower women and their children in need. They offer educational programs for GED exams, computer skills, and job training for women and youth development programs after school for children. They now serve 600 women and children daily. It is the hope of the Mission Committee that we again share our generosity this holiday season by giving gifts for children ages 5 to 12 years of age. Please stop by our table today during Fellowship so you can bring joy to a child on Christmas morning. Envelopes will be available through November 26th and will be dedicated on Advent Sunday, December 5th.

On November 6th, with help from the congregation and friends, the Mission Committee served meals for the Family Promise walk-in dinner in Hackensack. Pictured left to right below: Kathy Savino, Bing Qiang Lu, Dylan Cabri, Diane DeSantis, Kathy Kazalis, Luann Poch, Mary Hadrava, Fran Bowers, Dimitri Skendari. Not pictured - Carol Geragotelis.

Mission Committee News

The Mission Committee wishes to thank its member, Mary Hadrava, for cooking a dinner of beef tacos and chicken fajitas (which were a hit) and Dimitra Skenderi for assisting her in serving at the First Presbyterian Church of Lyndhurst on October 15th. Desserts were baked by local Brownie Troop 9689 including rice krispie bars and chocolate chip cookies. The troop also put together goody bags for the children for Halloween. The young children were delighted. We thank the Brownies for their community service and concern for others. We served three families of parents and 8 children plus the workers at the church. This is a Family Promise program where families spend one week in one location to get a sort of home feel until they have a permanent place to live. 

Family Promise also runs the Walk-In Dinner. We will serve dinner on November 6th in Hackensack with help from the congregation and friends.

We will be collecting toys for Oasis again this Christmas. Watch for announcements as we will be starting November 12, asking people to take an envelope with a suggested age of a gift for a boy or girl. Oasis in Paterson is a Haven for Women and Children. They provide training and education for women to obtain gainful employment, after school care, infant care plus clothing and seasonal items as needed. If you wish to know more about Oasis, you may speak to any Committee member.

Shave & Haircut for Veterans on Memorial Day

The Mission Committee asked for your support with our “shave and haircut” project and your response was generous and sincerely appreciated. Many organizations provide meals and clothing, but often personal appearance becomes a vital part of one’s outlook on life. We wanted to aid veterans with having the means to accomplish that goal. With the assistance of an active American Legion in Kearny who see veterans on a daily basis, this collection provided haircuts and other hygiene items to help the veterans returning to civilian life, seeking employment, aging veterans on fixed incomes, and those who find themselves homeless.

We want to thank the Sunday school children for their beautiful cards and thoughtful messages to our veterans for Memorial Day. Eight delightful girls with wonderful smiles and lots of enthusiasm from our Sunday school helped collect your gifts at the doors with patriotic red, white and blue baskets. We thank them for their participation in honoring our veterans.

On March 6th we served over 100 meals at Family Promise in Hackensack. It was a wonderful experience, which we offer several times a year. Thanks to our generous Mission Committee and kind volunteers who cooked and served the meal!