important function of the Community Church is to provide a support in love
through many different organizations trying to make a difference in the world
we know. A partial listing follows:
on Church Boards:
- Church Council, the executive body overseeing the business of the church.
- Board of
Deacons acting as the "Caring Body" of the church and
assisting the Pastors. They provide Pastoral Care and deliver
Altar Flowers to members and friends in the area.
- Pastoral Elders who serve as worship leaders and also administer Holy Communion to those unable to attend church services.
in Interfaith events and assisting on the Board of the Interfaith
Its mission is to encourage and educate the congregation in its commitment
and giving for Christian Missions beyond the Rossmoor Community. Members
support social service concerns and establish priorities. They give
recommendations to the Church Council for the distribution of funds
to organizations/groups that promote Christian concepts in their missions
and work. The Committee also works to assure the congregation that
the process to determine the distribution of funds is not biased.
In 2015, $12,000 from the church membership was distributed by the Benevolence
and the Mission Committees to recipients they voted as the best places
to contribute our funds for
the most good. Recipients have included (not only the food
and clothing outreaches listed below) but also:
The Rossmoor Community Church
maintains financial participation in "Habitat
for Humanity." The Rossmoor Community Church works
specifically with the Trenton
Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity supporting
many of their renovation projects and contributing financial
as well over many years. "Habitat
for Humanity International is a nonprofit,
ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness
from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter
of conscience and
action . . . Habitat
invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions
to build houses together in partnership with families
in need. Habitat
has built more
than 150,000 houses around the world, providing more than
750,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with
HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his
wife Linda." [quoted from the Fact Sheet of
the Habitat for Humanity Website, 11/04]
Area Soup Kitchen
supports both physically and financially the outreach of The
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (known as TASK) This organization " .
. . provides free meals to people in need in the Trenton
more than 3,000 nutritious meals per week. TASK'S
activities are all directed towards helping patrons achieve healthier
increased self-esteem and self-sufficiency. . . ."
". . . The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen was
founded in the early 1980's by a small group of individuals from
organizations. Their goal was to feed the truly needy people
of Trenton five days a week. Since then, the activities of TASK have greatly
to include many outreach programs such as: adult education, computer
care counseling, screening and referrals, social services, children's
activities, arts and crafts . . ." [quoted from the TASK Website]
The name of this New Brunswick, NJ,
outreach refers to the Biblical account of Elijah who
starving widow that through God's grace her oil
and meal for bread would never be exhausted. (1Kings17:10-16) Over
time this organization — which received the Harry Chapin Award
for excellence in 2003 — provides meals for the needy and more.
The Rossmoor Community Church supports the group
annual financial contributions.
From their Website, here is a more detailed description of what they
Promise began in 1989 in New Brunswick,
NJ, we have been helping low-income people in the central
to social services and health screening, to culinary
arts job training and entrepreneurial training, to our
Promise has been moving people from hunger to wholeness .
. . twice a day during the week and once each day on weekends, the
soup kitchen serves free,
meals to those in need. Volunteers serve an average of 300
meals daily . . .
over 97 thousand meals were served in 2003. The Promise
Jobs Culinary School offers a 17 week full-time, intensive training program
that prepares participants for employment in the food service industry.
[The school has had] over 200
participants to date and a 95% job placement rate . . ."
Ebenezer Baptist Church Soup Kitchen
126 Lee Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Soup Kitchen: Tues 11am-1pm
Provides soup kitchen, non-perishable food and clothing.
Food needs: Non-perishables
Special needs: Seasonal clothing and funding