It‘s the cold season, and we once again will be helping out the Ozanam Men’s Shelter by providing temporary overflow shelter. They will be sleeping in Fellowship Hall each night during the week of Sunday, January 13 through the night of Saturday January 19, 2013.
First Reformed Church is able to have up to 15 men spend the night. Cots and bedding are provided. We also offer coffee, tea and snacks in the evening. In the morning, we offer orange juice, fresh fruit, Danish, coffee and tea.
Volunteers spend the night in the Randolph Room, watching over the flock of men. Each nightly shift begins at 7PM and ends at 7AM. Two volunteers are needed each night, although some nights there can be three. That means we need 14 volunteers in total. There is a signup sheet in Fellowship Hall or contact either the church secretary at 732-545-1005, or Joan Fekete at 732-254-4647.
We at First Reformed Church, as well as the men who stay the night in our warm Fellowship Hall, are grateful to be able to continue to do this ministry, so that the men do not have to spend the night out in the cold and snow. To volunteer means that you are tired the next day. However, we are inspired by these words found in Matthew 25:37-40:
“’Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’
And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”
Come, be a volunteer for this ministry of mercy.