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Stories from Our Congregations

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our congregations have found new ways to remain grounded in prayer, Scripture study, worship, caring for those in need, and seeking God’s justice and reconciliation in the world. Here are just a few of their stories.

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We have never been here before
Stories from Our Congregations | Aug 18, 2020
The unpredictability of what “school” will look like this year means flexibility is the key to that ministry, according to those in the midst of...
Martha's Pantry has taken over the parish hall at St. Clement's, Hawthorne. LINDA HEEREMA PHOTO
Stories from Our Congregations | Aug 5, 2020
When Martha’s Pantry first opened at St. Clement’s, Hawthorne in November 2019, nobody came. “We advertised all around town – the libraries, the...
Volunteer Joyce Ifill staffs a table at the Epiphany and Christ Church, Orange food pantry on June 20. GERALDINE STEMPER PHOTO
Stories from Our Congregations | Jul 22, 2020
On March 14, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down this entire feeding ministry for nearly three full months. They were finally able to reopen on June 6.
Clients line up outside the food pantry at St. Paul's, Paterson. ERIK SOLDWEDEL PHOTO
Stories from Our Congregations | Jul 8, 2020
Before the COVID-19 pandemic the food pantry at St. Paul’s, Paterson served 400 families a month, on average. This past June they served 933 families...
The COVID Creations Project
Stories from Our Congregations | Jul 2, 2020
Telling the stories of our time in pandemic helps us process what we are experiencing, gives us insight into what we have lost and learned, and...
The Rev. Margaret Otterburn (North Porch volunteer), Cynthia Moricz de Tesco (North Porch Director), Ann Hirsch (Lenten Outreach committee member), the Rev. Lynne Bleich Weber (District 9 Convener) and the Rev. Ellen Kohn-Perry (North Porch volunteer) gather outside St. John’s, Dover to give thanks for the 2020 Lenten Offering of $8,010.
Stories from Our Congregations | Jul 2, 2020
Each Lent for more than two decades, 12 congregations in northeast Bergen County have worked together to collect a Lenten Offering to support a...

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