Sunday we held our Kingdom Assignment #1 celebration service.
Last year we started the idea of Kingdom Assignments. These were church projects that focused on our members Time, Talents, and Treasures. In this first project, the church distributed $100 to fifty members to try to increase by using their talents. The church chose two charities: Meals on Wheels from Rockland County and Zoe's Place in Bergen County. We also gave money to the Borough of Montvale in accordance with our mission to be a community of Christ-centered good neighbors. The money was to be divided evenly among the three organizations.
This service marked our celebration of the conclusion of the first Kingdom assignment. Jane Fiedler, the Executive Director of Zoe's Place, Susan Knowlton, the President of the Board of Directors of Zoe's Place, Barbara Kohlhausen, CEO and President of Meals on Wheels Programs and Services, and Roger Fyfe, Mayor of Montvale each were presented with checks. The church was able to distribute nearly $15,000 – almost $5000 per organization. Some projects were not completed and those monies will be divided and distributed at a later date.
Zoe's Place is a home and shelter for pregnant teens and teen mothers. They offer safe, supervised housing for the teens while providing them with an education and job skills that lead them into self-sufficiency. They also run Zoe's Cupcake Cafe (740 Chestnut Ave, Teaneck, NJ) as way to offer employment and training opportunities to the girls while also providing a sustainable funding for the center. The girls learn all aspects of the business and can take those skills with them in the future. Jane Fiedler, E attended to accept the donation on
Rockland Meals on Wheels is an organization that provides meals and services to the aging population of Rockland County, New York. According to their website, this year volunteers will deliver more than 200,000 meals to homebound Rockland residents. This service often makes the difference between a person being able to remain at home, living independently or being placed in a nursing home or a health care center. They also operate six senior centers around Rockland County to offer a "home away from home" for their participants.
The Borough of Montvale was represented by Mayor Roger Fyfe. The town was chosen as our third organization to which we donated because it represents our committment to our church vision – To be a Christ-centered community of good neighbors. The money was presented to the town with "no strings attached". It is to be used as the town sees fit and in whatever manner will benefit the borough the most.