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Missions

"Ask The Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field"   Matthew 9:38

Putting our faith into action is a strong conviction at Pluckemin Presbyterian Church. Serving in our own backyard and beyond through prayer, volunteering, and financial support, we encourage and aid the missions listed below:

UNITED MISSION SUPPORT

Presbyterians fund mission endeavors collectively through their regional bodies, presbyteries. Pluckemin Church participates in the efforts of the Elizabeth Presbytery. Some funds are used within the Presbytery, and some are distributed to the Synod and the General Assembly for mission purposes.

Elizabeth Presbytery supports ministries to the following:

  • Homeless (Habitat for Humanity, Brand New Day, Union County Homeless, Elizabeth Homeless, Friends of the Carpenter, Interfaith Hospitality Network)
  • Hungry (Agape Soup Kitchen, Elmora Church Soup kitchen, Food Pantries)
  • Prison inmates (Somerset County Jail Chaplaincy)
  • Immigrants (El Centro in Plainfield)
  • Elderly (Somerset Chaplaincy to the Elderly)
  • Youth (Family and Children's Services)
  • Mission Outpost (Elizabethport Presbyterian Center)

Medical Equipment Ministry

Pluckemin Church loans gently used medical equipment (such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, recliners, hospital beds, etc.) at no charge for those in need. Supplies are donated by the community for the community. To borrow, donate, or assist with the ministry, call 908-396-6057.

SOMERSET CHAPLAINCY TO THE ELDERLY 

In addition to being one of our Presbytery supported organizations, this mission was started by members of the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church! Somerset Chaplaincy to the Elderly provides regular chaplaincy services to residents in continuing care communities in Somerset County which are not being served by another agency. It also provides trained church volunteers in each facility and supports and enhances the role of those who care for the elderly. The Chaplaincy is supported by contributions from area congregations, organizations, and individuals.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County (IHN) is a non-profit organization which enables the religious community to unite to provide shelter, meals, and assistance for homeless families. Pluckemin Church is a founding member of IHN and one of the host congregations. We house up to 14 people for a week approximately 3 - 4 times a year. Other churches and synagogues in IHN provide overnight lodging for other weeks. IHN coordinates with social service agencies for screening and referrals, day programs and other homeless support services. 

Habitat for Humanity (Raritan Valley Chapter)

Raritan Valley Habitat For Humanity (RVHFH) is a non-profit, ecumenical, Christian ministry that builds affordable homes for low-income families in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Volunteers from churches and the community work side-by-side with the partner family. Volunteers also carry out a wide range of tasks, from family support to public relations and accounting. As one of the founding churches for RVHFH, Pluckemin Church provides prayer, volunteers, and financial support for Habitat's work.

Somerville Area FISH provides emergency help in the form of food or financial assistance for rent, utility bills, or other needs.  It is an all-volunteer organization whose volunteers serve one day a month fielding phone calls. Its Children's Clothing Pantry offers gently used children's clothing to clients as well. FISH works closely with social service agencies and the Somerset County Food Bank. Pluckemin Church collects food donations throughout the year.

The mission of The Somerset County Food Bank Network is to distribute food to less fortunate members of our community. Food is distributed through three food pantries located in Somerville, Bound Brook, and North Plainfield, in addition to a warehouse in Bridgewater. The Network's goal is to help people to become self-sufficient.

New City Kids Church is a ministry to the children and youth of Jersey City. The mission was started by Reverends Trevor and Linda (Rogge) Rubingh (Linda grew up in the Pluckemin Church). New City Church ministers to more than 600 kids through music and prayer, facilitated by teen leaders. The city of Jersey City approved New City Church's purchase of a warehouse, which has now been renovated to support the expanding mission with the help of volunteers from Pluckemin Church and many other groups.

Brand New Day, Inc. is a charitable, non-profit community development corporation that was formed in 1985 to provide affordable housing for low and moderate income families and individuals in the Elizabethport area. The corporation acquires and rehabilitates existing structures in addition to building new ones.  Brand New Day also empowers its residents to achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.

Founded in 1984, this Somerville-based organization is dedicated to helping the homeless and working poor secure needed services. These services include assistance with emergency interim housing, counseling and other support services aimed at getting SHIP's clients back on their feet and regaining self-sufficiency. It also sponsors a lunch program three days a week at St. John's Episcopal Church in Somerville throughout the year.

ECHO is a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to the fight against world hunger. Its primary mandate is to strengthen the ministries of missionaries and national churches as they assist small farmers or urban gardeners in the third world. It offers assistance to others doing similar work, such as Peace Corps volunteers and development workers.

Fort Defiance Presbyterian Church

The Fort Defiance Church, on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, serves many needs and proclaims the Gospel to people living with poverty, unemployment and hardship. The ministry continues with the ongoing support of the Presbyterian Church. The relationship between the two churches began more than 20 years ago with a Pluckemin Church Sunday School project.

Living Waters for the World trains and equips mission teams to share the gift of clean water with communities in need.  The organization has helped provide clean water to communities from rural Appalachia, to Latin America, Asia, and beyond.

The Pluckemin Church family has supported more than twenty children through Compassion International. Compassion exists as an advocate for children, releasing them from spiritual, economic, social, and physical disadvantages and enabling them to lead richer lives. Founded by Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean war orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 600,000 children in more than 20 countries. Learn how to participate by calling the church office at 908-658-3346.