January 18, 2013

Psalm 36:5-10
Jeremiah 3:19-25
1 Corinthians 7:1-7

Central Atlantic Conference Minister the Rev. John R. Deckenback said there are as many as 13 churches in New Jersey without power after the weekend following Hurricane Sandy. Union Congregational UCC in Montclair, NJ, held Sunday worship without lights.

Other New Jersey UCC churches became temporary shelters to families seeking hot meals, or to charge their mobile phones. "Many of them are doing it at the request of their local governments," Deckenback said. "But we know there are some communities not getting the kind of publicity as larger ones. There are small towns that don't make headlines and don't have churches. It has to be in the scope of our concern."

"Life will go on," Fleming said, "but we will most likely find that this storm has redefined and widened our mission and purpose."

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