A Message From The Bishop
A Message from the Bishop
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
After a year of ministry with you, this is a Psalm that is very much in my heart. I praise God for the people of GNJ and the...
A Future with Hope Mission Fund Campaign Launches in GNJ
A Future with Hope Mission Fund Campaign has been launched with encouraging early results. This campaign, which is to raise $12 million to stop people from dying of malaria, assist survivors of Superstorm Sandy and support mission programs in our local churches, has already topped the $2 million in pledges and gifts received. Leading the effort is the commitment of our clergy – close to 75% of Greater New Jersey clergy have made a commitment totaling nearly $1...
District Days of Service Offer Hope for Sandy Victims
Each month a District of the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church will invite worshippers to join together for a day of service for A Future with Hope. The District will select one Saturday for volunteers to work from 8:30am to 4:30pm, helping rebuild homes destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and renew hope for families who have been devastated by the storm. Contact your District Office to find out when your District is scheduled and for instructions on how to sign up. Your...
Local Church News
A Day in the Park with Changewater Church
In an effort to be more visible in the community, members of the Changewater Church participated in the "A Day in the Park" family day in Lebanon Township, NJ, on September 14th. A booth was set up displaying a banner with the church's name and website address. Despite the day being cool and windy, attendance was very good. The public was greeted by coordinator, Peg Miskowitz, Pastor Andrew Paek and many church members. Various items were offered for...
ARISE Camp Blesses Children from Vineland
Thirty- Nine children from the Vineland Center City area attended a free camp called ARISE that has been provided by First Church in Vineland for the past seven years. Using the theme “Everywhere Fun Fair,” the children (ages 8 – 12) participated in academics, art, music, and Bible study. The all-volunteer leaders took them bowling, to Wheaton Village Arts and Cultural Center, Sahara Sam's and the Philadelphia Zoo. They also experienced a band, drums with Tony Mascara...
Atlantic City Church Offers Youth Career Exploration
It's a rigorous syllabus at the Future With Hope Learning Academy which offers programs in Biology, Engineering, Journalism, Political Science and more. But while the curriculum might read like a lot like a college course book, the age bracket is very different.
Over the course of two weeks, more than 30 Atlantic City youth, ages 6-12, got the chance to jump into almost any career they could imagine. A grant from the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference helped establish the...
Hightstown's Methodist Madness Instills Hope
HIGHTSTOWN -- When two Hightstown laymen caught a vision of turning the First Church parking lot into a basketball court two decades ago, they had no idea that their dream would not only come true, but that it would grow annually for the rest of the century and continue 13 years into the next.
But that’s exactly what Methodist Madness, the name they gave to their project, has done. In the intervening years, it has expanded to a community-wide endeavor that includes scholarship awards,...
St. John's Church joins the Fifty year Anniversary of the March on Washington
At 6:00 am, a chartered Coach Bus pulled up at St. John's Church in West Berlin, guided by the "Black History Scholarship" Committee, destined to introduce and relive the history of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement to 45 persons including 20 youth, their parents and adult chaperones.
The intent was to remind the children to keep "hope" alive and never stop "dreaming” because "dreams do come true when God is leading us," said...
St. Paul's Centenary Reaches out to the Surrounding Community
Walking into the parking lot of St. Paul’s Centenary Church in Newark, NJ on Sunday, August 11th, one was met with the sounds of laughter and music. There were people dancing, hamburgers cooking, and children playing all around the walls of the church.
In an effort to reach out to the surrounding community of Newark, the church was able to put together a day full of delicious food, good music, and wonderful people at their inaugural Hispanic Church Fair. The biggest part of the day was...