Emmaus Christian Community

Emmaus Christian Community
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The Shrine of St. Joseph

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Community Spirit Ministries

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Our Community Spirit ministries stem from the belief that developing community and responding to the needs of others is a cornerstone of our intentional community. Our faith in God and relationships within community are nurtured in serving others, both within our community and "off the hill". Whether we engage in projects addressing social justice, or care for members by providing coffee or home visits, we strive to serve all our community on their journey to deepen their faith.

Coffee (Sunday after Liturgy)
The Community welcomes all to enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or juice each Sunday immediately following Sunday Liturgy. This is a great time to converse, to socialize, and to meet new people. Beverages are provided by a Community member or team of members (commitment is for just one Sunday at a time) who prepares, serves, and cleans up afterwards. Expenses are reimbursed. New volunteers are always welcomed. See below for volunteer instructions. NOTE: THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO MEET PEOPLE!!
Ministry Administrator(s):
Chuck Koman

Community Weekly Bulletin
The Bulletin is published weekly by one or more Community member volunteers to inform community members about what's happening in the various ministries within the Community. The Bulletin also includes reports on Community meetings, requests for prayers, birthday and anniversary announcements.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Margaret Lorenzo

Community Service Project
The Community Service Project was a creation of the Transition Team in an effort to join all members of Community, young and old, in providing a service "off the hill". The project is held once a year and may include renovations, helping hands, beautification of spaces or as needed projects for a needy community. Our first project was held at the "Our Promise" drop-in facility for the chronically homeless in Morristown, NJ.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Tama Hampton

Family Promise Hosting
The objective of Family Promise is to share hospitality with families who are presently homeless and working toward independent living. Through the efforts of volunteers, shelter and meals are provided in a home-like setting for one week three times a year. This is accomplished with the help of The Shrine of St. Joseph that offers The Trinity House as shelter for the week. The following area churches assume responsibility for hosting the weekdays: All Saints Episcopal, Myersville; First Presbyterians; and St. Vincent's Catholic. Our Community prepares bedroom and living spaces for the guests and returns the house to good order at the end of the week. In addition, we provide meals and hospitality on the opening Sunday of the hosting week and on the closing weekend until the guests leave Sunday at noon. Our goal, as in all our ministries, is to be as Christlike to others as possible.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Marge & Alice Leonard

Help Feed The Hungry
Individuals and families from the Community donate nonperishable food items and household supplies (such as disposable diapers) each Sunday. The collected Food Pantry items are then delivered to the St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth NJ, which distributes the food to families in emergency situations whose only alternative is hunger.

Pastoral Care Ministry
Members of this ministry are notified of any person and family who is sick, is recovering from surgery or an accident, has a newborn baby or has lost a significant loved one. Services provided can include cards, phone calls, visits, a ride to a doctor, food shopping and meals and other services. Eucharist can also be taken to the home or hospital.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Ellie Redington

Sandwich Ministry
The Sandwich Ministry supports the Daily Bread Program at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth NJ. Along with its affiliation with the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, it serves the materially poor and homeless community of greater Elizabeth. The Emmaus Christian Community collects sandwiches monthly, which are delivered to the center and distributed to needy people. The center is a welcoming place to all with a goal to provide everyone with their basic human needs such as food, clothing, housing, and medications. In addition, the center offers a wide range of services to include support and guidance in finding employment, recovering from addictions, obtaining more permanent housing, children's day care and camps, and special Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.
Ministry Administrator(s): Joanne McAneny

Welcoming Ministry
The purpose of this ministry is to provide vehicles through which all members of the Community can take part in helping and supporting each other, as well as in welcoming newcomers. Members of this ministry coordinate a list of Greeters for Liturgy, provide name tags for Community Sunday (usually the last Sunday of the month), serve as hosts for welcoming coffees, distribute the Welcome Booklet, send cards, visit in hospitals, make meals, and drive for the sick and disabled.
Ministry Administrator(s):
Ellie Redington

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