11/04/2011 // MORRISTOWN, NJ, USA // LiquidChurch.com // Liquid Church
A pay-it-forward movement has erupted in New Jersey where over 500 people are mobilizing to do more than occupy the streets of the public square. On November 5, hundreds will rebuild a condemned transition residence of a homeless mission in Morristown and serve hot meals to the urban poor on the streets of Paterson.
“Our communities can’t wait for the government, FEMA, or Wall Street to eventually sort things out. We’re putting God’s recovery plan into action today,” said Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of Liquid Church, 2,000-member congregation in Essex, Morris & Middlesex counties. So far, over 5,000 hours of volunteer service by church members are involved in this pay-it-forward movement. “I love seeing our people move from their seats to the streets to make things happen now,” said Lucas.
On November 5, the church will deploy volunteers into Paterson to feed the hungry, onboard mobile resource buses operated by NYC Relief Bus. Volunteer service slots for the first six buses were oversubscribed immediately. Over 100 volunteers will be involved throughout 2011 and 2012.
On the same day, 150 volunteers will supply the labor to renovate a recently devastated transition home in Morristown for Market Street Mission.
Another 200 people volunteered in a recent outreach day in Manville with 600+ man hours of renovation construction for homes still devastated by Hurricane Irene, a 125-person Fun Run Fundraiser put on by grass-roots organizers and an all-city block party.
The church is also collecting details of individual pay-it-forward projects by churchgoers inspired by the church’s recent $30,000 Reverse Offering. Profits have ranged from twenty dollars to five thousand dollars for the dozens of projects reported.
“Government isn’t the source of recovery– God is,” said Lucas. “I’m thrilled to see our people actively occupying the streets of our cities with God’s love to demonstrate that fact.”
ABOUT LIQUID CHURCH
Liquid Church is one of NJ’s fastest-growing Christian churches. Founded in 2001 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, the church’s vision is to “take church to the people” with campuses in Morristown, New Brunswick, and Nutley. Over 2,000 people experience Liquid’s worship services each weekend in New Jersey and around the globe through Church Online. As a part of its global outreach Liquid provides clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor with dozens of completed projects in Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Haiti and El Salvador. More details are available at: http://www.LiquidChurch.com.
Members of the press are invited to join the volunteer crews on Friday onboard the Relief Bus in Paterson or Saturday at the Mission renovation site in Morristown. RSVP for arrangements:
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