Many gathered at the Bernhofers’ house for worship the first Sunday after the fateful Storm Sandy. The church was still without power, and rather putting folks through more cold, the decision was reached to offer all a warmer, kinder environment. A warm chili con carne meal was a generous fare provided by Lauren & Gary. Thanks so much, you two!!
As we all slowly regain electricity and thus some heat again in the ol’ bones, our eyes begin to wander to the shore areas of our state where many are left homeless. Speaking with the pastors of our sister Reformed Churches in Keyport, Hazlet, Brielle, and Mannehawkin, the devastation is severe. The need is great. Calls for gift cards to Target and Home Depot, and cleaning supplies including work gloves are high on the list. Highland Park Reformed Church is sending its church van filled with supplies down to these churches. We at FRC are willing to receive any such donations and will either bring it over to Highland Park or will deliver it firsthand ourselves.
Listening to the radio call-ins on the NJ stations, I was moved to tears as I heard one man report from Union Beach. He and his special needs son were still living in their cold house. “Why?” asked the radio commentator. “Because there are so many going around looting places,” replied the man. “And, if they find you have a generator, which has been chained up, then they try to destroy it.” Can you imagine this, folks?! Horrifying that people are that ruthless. All the more reason to support the good work that our sister Reformed churches are providing to these devastated communities.
Be well and give witness to the One who inspires us to do good!
With warm regards,