Dear Friends and Family,
Park UMC, erected in 1901 in a beautiful, historic neighborhood of Weehawken, New Jersey, is located just across the Hudson River from New York City. The community is very diverse, fairly transient, and receives many visitors, so our congregation is very diversified and always changing. We currently have fewer than 20 members, including 9 children. However, we are very active and engaged with our community.
STILL, GOD IS DOING BIG THINGS THROUGH US! Besides having a Sunday worship service and Bible Study, we have held various events throughout the years from a Farmers’ Market benefit for UMCOR after Hurricane Maria, Music Jam Night, Christmas Caroling, VBS, to a Community Health Fair. However, The Light Family Resource Room is the best way in which Park UMC expresses its desire to be good disciples of Christ and our commitment to serve those in need. This community outreach program is open to the people of Weehawken and the surrounding areas every Thursday. Our inspiration comes from Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and Glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” With this motto, the volunteers at The Light provide help to any person in need, without discrimination, in anyway possible. In addition to basic computer services and resources for housing and employment, we offer a FOOD PANTRY, BABY ITEMS, a GARDEN, an ADULT EXERCISE CLASS, and a MOMMY & ME GROUP. All of this is achieved through the grace of God, private donations, and our dedicated volunteers.
BUT, WE ARE CALLED TO DO MORE! Our basement had major drainage problems, which we have already remediated for health and safety reasons, but we have not yet finished the kitchen and fellowship hall. WITH YOUR HELP, our basement could be transformed into a modern space with a commercial kitchen and an open, multi-use area that could provide The Light with more service opportunities, Park UMC with more fellowship activities, plus rental income to further all of our ministries. And in accordance with the Methodist Book of Resolutions, we wish to create a more energy efficient building as we update and use eco-friendly materials to replace deteriorating structures. The cost for such a renovation would be approximately $100,000.
Of course, as a small congregation we cannot afford these much needed renovations on our own. But why should we be limited by our numbers? Matthew 7:8 says “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
SO, WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP! We are sending letters to 100,000 recipients. If everyone gives only $1, we can easily achieve our goal of $100,000.
Help us revitalize our building and congregation! Help us continue our mission to serve those in need!
Ways to Give:
BY MAIL: Donations can be sent to Park UMC 51 Clifton Terrace Weehawken, NJ 07086 in the name of Park UMC with the memo Reno Fund.
IN PERSON: People who can give their time and talents as volunteers able to design, construct, provide food, or watch children for workers can call us at 201-867-9161 or email email@example.com.
PRAYERS: Our Council has allotted a Renovation Prayer Time. Please join us in prayer EVERYDAY @ 7AM. You can call 805-309-2350 Conf# 8587810 to pray with us. Written encouragement and prayers would also be greatly appreciated, and can be sent via mail or on our website Homepage Prayer Request.
Thank you for your time and prayers! We know God’s hand will guide us along this exciting journey. We hope that you will come along too!
Peace & Shalom,
Your Brothers and Sisters of Park United Methodist Church
Follow our progress at www.ParkChurchWeehawken.com
P.S. Your donation is tax deductible! The United Methodist Church has a strict procedure to manage funds in the local church that can be read in the United Methodist Church Discipline Book. Leaders from the local church, as well as the Greater New Jersey UMC Conference, supervise all financial activities. External audits are performed to assure that all procedures follow the discipline stipulations during the process.