“Playing With Fire”
by Rev. Andrew Stehlik
1 Kings 17:1+1; 18:1-2+17-24+26-40...Download
The Rutgers congregation strives to fulfill the command of Jesus to “love your neighbor” through service and hospitality to neighbors in need; through education and advocacy around justice issues; and through financial support to mission projects of the PC (USA) and other organizations working for peace and justice. The Board of Deacons, the Peace and Social Justice Network, the Christian Education Committee and the Giving Network coordinate the activities listed below, but all are invited to participate. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Patricia Pastas, Executive Assistant to the Pastor.
The Peace and Social Justice Network conducts a number of letter writing campaigns each year, including the annual Bread for the World offering of letters. It also organizes community forums on pressing issues; recently, Representative Jerrold Nadler spoke on the situation in Iraq, and panel discussions were held on the crisis of AIDS in Africa and the Jubilee Campaign to eliminate third world debt. Members of Rutgers also march together – look for our banner in the next Pride parade or peace march.
Rutgers is a member of Upper Manhattan Together, an organization founded by the Industrial Areas Foundation to encourage congregations and other community organizations around issues of common concern, such as improved public schools, affordable housing and a fair and open voting process.
Rutgers is a strong advocate in the U.S Presbyterian Church for full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Church. Rutgers is part of the More Light Churches Network, a member of Presbyterian Welcome, and a supporter of the Covenant Network.
Thursday Night Meals. Every Thursday evening from September through June, Rutgers opens its doors to people in the neighborhood for a hot, home-cooked meal, fellowship, and—on most nights—a movie! Volunteers are welcome to both cook and serve: Contact Ulla Farmer, our meal program coordinator.
Three nights each week, working with Christ & St. Stephen Episcopal Church, Rutgers hosts ten men in need of shelter who have been screened by The Partnership for the Homeless. Volunteers from Rutgers and the community stay overnight—in a safe and pleasant environment—so that the men have a nourishing meal and a comfortable place to sleep while working toward permanent housing. Contact Dermonte, our shelter coordinator, to learn more or to volunteer for an upcoming Friday or Sunday evening.
Men’s Support Group meets weekly at the church house. The group is open to HIV+ men and men living with AIDS, regardless of race, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. For additional information please contact Douglas S. Rowan, HIV/PLWA Coordinator.
During Sunday worship, money and food are collected to support Broadway Community, Inc., a program of Broadway Presbyterian Church that provides assistance to the poor, the homeless, and recovering substance abusers.
Every November, members and friends of Rutgers work with the staff and residents of Euclid Hall – a residence for formerly homeless individuals – to prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner. Euclid Hall is sponsored by the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing.
We work in twelve countries with a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and disease. It is your generosity and belief in our mission that enables us to perform this work, and we are deeply grateful for your partnership.— , Partners in Health