On Sunday June 27, you may have heard from Marta Joy Quinn, Senior Director at HabCore, about the wonderful work they are doing in and around Monmouth County by providing long-term housing to residents in need. We believe that providing housing - and thus stability, dignity, and hope - is close to the very heart of God. As part of our mission, we are asking the Park community to take part in a month-long "HABcore Moving Day Drive" that will help fulfill the organizational wish list for new residents. Many of the HABcore families arrive at their new housing with only the clothes on their back, and the wish list helps ensure that every resident has their practical needs met from day one.
If you’ve seen the most recent update to New Jersey covid restrictions, then you know that as of this Friday, the mask mandate and the social-distancing mandate have been lifted for a number of venues, including churches.
Up until this point, the biggest barrier to moving indoors for Sunday worship has been kids. We simply haven’t had the space to responsibly provide Park Kids indoors while maintaining social distancing. But now the social distancing mandate has been lifted, which begs the question: What does this mean for Park?
It was great to see so many of you for yet another gorgeous Sunday morning of worship! It was especially fun to kick-off Park Kids for the first time since the pandemic hit. I want to give a big THANK YOU to all our staff and volunteers who are once again helping to create safe and fun environments where kids can learn to know and follow Jesus. The journey back to normalcy has been slow, which is why every single step forward is important.
Speaking of steps forward, the recent updates to the CDC and state guidelines are encouraging, and they also raise questions for Park’s own safety guidelines for worship. With this in mind, I’d like to share an update:
It is with great excitement and long-awaited anticipation that we will be opening the doors of Park Kids after being apart for 14 months! We are looking FORWARD - starting this Sunday! - when we will start host classes for 2 years old - 5th grade. Please read a brief description of what the morning will look like so you may choose the best option for your family at this time.
May we give you some important updates??? See what we did there? We hope you're having a great spring, enjoying the rain growing our flowers and trees, and taking a moment to soak up the sun on nicer days. We do want to make sure you check out the important updates in the video from Michael
Dear Park Family and Friends, I have a vivid memory of one morning last March. I was eating breakfast at Americana Diner with my family and in-laws who were about to leave after a brief visit. The news anchors on the flatscreen TVs were consumed with the rapidly spreading coronavirus. I was consumed with the question of what this would mean for Park. That upcoming Sunday became our first Park@Home. Despite the adaptability and excellence with which our staff were able to pivot (special shoutout to Matt Agresti), after making the decision to move worship online, I remember thinking to myself, “I hope this doesn’t last more than a month.” And nearly one year later, here we are.
Happy February! Now on with the updates...We hope you had a wonderful snowy week, and are gearing up for a super weekend. We want to keep you up-to-date on some of the big goings ons at Park, so here's a video update from Michael (click the video above). This month's update hits on:Park Kids and the Family Pastor search, Sunday gatherings, Community Groups. We hope this is helpful to keep you up to date on some big things happening at Park. Let us know what sort of updates you'd like in the future.
We hope you are having a wonderful beginning to this new year. 2021! Feels good, doesn't it?!? We want to keep you up-to-date on some of the big goings ons at Park, so here's a video update from Michael (click the video above). This month's update hits on: End of the year giving, Sunday gatherings and Park@Home, the Family Pastor search...
We hope you are having a wonderful beginning to this Christmas season. In this unique time of year with all of the busyness and stresses, please remember to pause this holiday season and focus yourself on Jesus...or, as we're saying in our Sunday series, we invite you to "Prepare Him Room".
This month's update hits on:
Sunday gathering and Park@Home update
the Family Pastor search - click here to see the Family Pastor job description