History of Missions 2013-2014 at Harlingen Church

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For more information, contact the
Church office.


Mission Trips:

Our 2014 Mission Trip was June 29 - July 5 in Rochester, NY.

Our 2013 Mission Trip was July 14-20 in Keansburg, NJ. We helped our neighbors that have suffered devastation following Hurricane Sandy, or from their own personal storms.

2013 Mission Trip, Keansburg, NJ--Pictures

See more on our Youth Group page
IMAGE:Hat Glove & Mittens Drive
Help those in need this Christmas:
For Christmas we are collecting new scarves, mittens, gloves and caps for men, women and children supporting T.A.S.K.
 (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen). Please leave any of the requested items in the box located at the back of the sanctuary. Thank you for your generosity!

Our Mission Of the Month for December, 2014 is

Engineering Ministries International”. EMI is a non-profit Christian developmental organization with architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope. Jason Reinhardt , a young man who grew up in Hillsborough, is a missionary with EMI.

Read Article About Jason Reinhardt [our copy] [ web source ]

Our Mission Of the Month for November, 2014 is


Operation Christmas Child Sunday School project: Every shoe box we send is an opportunity to touch a child's heart with the love of Jesus Christ.
Our Sunday School filled boxes Oct 19.

This is a mission of Samaritan’s Purse International, which is headed up by Franklin Graham. In October our Sunday School children prepared shoeboxes filled with gifts to be sent to needy children around the world. Our mission offerings this month will assist Samaritan’s Purse with its mission of worldwide relief.

Our Mission Of the Month for October, 2014 is

IMAGE:Crop WalkCROP WALK — The Hillsborough-Montgomery Crop Walk has been set for Sunday afternoon, October 19th, 1:30 p.m. IMAGE:Crop Stop Sign Logo Registration will be at South Branch Reformed Church in Hillsborough for the 5 mile walk. If you would like to walk, please see Bill KCROP WALKS are sponsored by Church World Service, the charitable arm of 37 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations.

Our Mission Of the Month for September, 2014

in Honor of Hope Bertelsen isImage:Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childrens Cancer
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer

But who was Alex? And what does Alex’s Lemonade Stand seek to do?

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW ALEX:

Alexandra "Alex" Scott was born to Liz and Jay Scott in Manchester, Connecticut on January 18, 1996, the second of four children. Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer.

On her first birthday, the doctors informed Alex's parents that if she beat her cancer it was doubtful that she would ever walk again. Just two weeks later, Alex slightly moved her leg at her parents' request to kick. This was the first indication of who she would turn out to be — a determined, courageous, confident and inspiring child with big dreams and big accomplishments.

By her second birthday, Alex was crawling and able to stand up with leg braces. She worked hard to gain strength and to learn how to walk. She appeared to be beating the odds, until the shattering discovery within the next year that her tumors had started growing again. In the year 2000, the day after her fourth birthday, Alex received a stem cell transplant and informed her mother, "when I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand." She said she wanted to give the money to doctors to allow them to "help other kids, like they helped me." True to her word, she held her first lemonade stand later that year with the help of her older brother and raised an amazing $2,000 for "her hospital."

While bravely battling her own cancer, Alex and her family continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in her front yard to benefit childhood cancer research. News spread of the remarkable sick child dedicated to helping other sick children. People from all over the world, moved by her story, held their own lemonade stands and donated the proceeds to Alex and her cause. 

In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised more than $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex's family — including brothers Patrick, Eddie, and Joey — and supporters around the world are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

WHAT IS ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND?

Here is their Mission:

  • To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.
  • To encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of their founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott — a cure for all children with cancer.

 

Image:Alex Million Mile
Alex's Million Mile
Here’s another way you can contribute —

How far can you walk, run or ride (a bike) in the month of September? Go to the back of our sanctuary for postcards with additional information about this event to support children’s cancer research. It is in Memory of Hope Bertelsen. Her team is called ‘A Stand for Hope’.

By the way, did you know that September is “Childhood Cancer Prevention Month”?

Here’s something else — Alex’s Lemonade Stand has already raised $80 million to fight childhood cancer. Let’s join the effort!


In September, Megan Arguell will be leaving for The World Race; an 11 month mission trip to 11 different countries around the world. She will be living in a tent and out of a backpack as she travels to these countries to spread the love of Jesus Christ. This Sunday, August 3rd, Megan will be giving a short presentation at HRC to provide more information about her trip. Please join us to hear more about Megan's World Race journey!

Our Mission Of the Month for August, 2014 is
Megan Arguell’s Mission Trip with

Adventures in Missions
.
Your gifts will help to fund Megan’s trip

(see above)

Our Mission Of the Month for July, 2014 is
our Vacation Bible School.

VBS is set for August 11th – 15th. This year the children going into Kindergarten thru 6th grade will enjoy “Gangway to Galilee—Amazing Grace Adventure”. Your gifts will enable us to offer VBS to our community and congregation this summer.

Our Mission of the Month for June 2014 is
Our Mission of the Month for June is the “One Sunday” mission appeal of the Reformed Church in America. The RCA is asking every congregation across our denomination to take up a special offering on Pentecost Sunday, June 8th. We’re dedicating our entire mission giving in June to the “One Sunday” appeal. The purpose of this appeal is to raise millions of dollars for church growth. The RCA continues to plant new churches across the country. Our “One Sunday” offerings will help the RCA establish new congregations where Christ will be exalted and people will be blessed!



Our Mission of the Month for May is

Engineering Ministries International”. EMI is a non-profit Christian developmental organization with architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope. Jason Reinhardt, a young man who grew up in Hillsborough, is a missionary with EMI.


Our Mission of the Month for April is

World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine Campaign.
This is an international movement where students raise money to fight world hunger. The sponsoring relief organization for this campaign is World Vision. WV is a Christian relief agency that works in 100 countries to help children and their families worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. Our youth will participate in the “30 Hour Famine” this spring. Your gifts this month will support their ministry.

 The details are set for our Sunday, June 8th local service project fixing up Pastor Ruth's house in Rocky Hill.  Please bring: safety goggles, gloves, scrapers, paint brushes and ladders. Some of you may be on ladders so please no open toed shoes. We will on the job starting at 1 PM and wrap up by 4:30 PM.  Do your best to be there the whole time if possible but that's ok get there a little later or need to leave a little early.  Most importantly, make the best of your time for a great cause.  For the Mission Trip "newbees", Carl A. will hold a couple tools training sessions during the afternoon to get you all set for Rochester.


Our Mission of the Month for March is
Project Ruth

Spring 2014 we painted our beloved Pastor Ruth Robbins’ house. Before then there were some repair work on her house that we undertook. Your gifts this month helped to insure our efforts in the Spring. Ruth lives in Rocky Hill. Years ago she was the interim pastor at HRC.
We will have a crew of people working at Pastor Ruth’s house on
Sat May 31st 9:30am, Sun June 1st 1:00pm,
Sat June 7th 9:30am, Sun June 8th 1:00pm.
We will be painting her home.  Bring scrappers, goggles, and a paint brush, if you have any of these items.  Please see Eric H for additional information.


Food on the 1st of the MonthFood on the First

for March will be

Cleaning Supplies on the First”

On the first Sunday of each month members and friends of Harlingen usually bring non-perishable food to church that are delivered to local food banks.  But now until Sunday, March 2nd we will collect cleaning supplies in the Church House at the request of the Montgomery Food Bank for our one time “Cleaning Supplies on the First”.

Here are the items needed:

  • Paper towels
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Detergent
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Scouring Powder
  • Sponges
  • Steel Wool Soap Pads

 

Non-cleaning products requested:

  • Salad dressings
  • Hot and Cold cereals
  • Tea
  • Coffee

 

All donations in March will go to the Montgomery Food Bank.

Thank you to our Tuesday Evening Small Group who initiated these special donations.

Image:Words of HopeOur Mission of the Month for February is “Words of Hope”. For more than 60 years Words of HOPE has pursued a single, well-defined mission: To proclaim Jesus Christ through broadcasting in the languages of the world’s peoples, seeking with our partners in ministry to build the church by winning the uncommitted to faith in Christ and by encouraging Christians in the life of discipleship. Your support of this RCA mission will support this world-wide ministry.

February Mission “Words of Hope” donations totaled $695.
Thank you

Image:Reformed Church Home LogoOur Mission of the Month for January - the Reformed Church Home in Old Bridge, New Jersey: This nursing home suffered damage in 2013 because of a water break in a suppression system. Our gifts this month will help with their recovery.


SANDY RELIEF

October 2012 and going forward in the months ahead, we want to help with the Hurricane Relief effort. There are many different volunteering and giving opportunities:

  1. Project Hospitality, which is headed up by Jay Harsevoort, the director of Reformed Church World Service, is receiving volunteers. Volunteers are asked to help with general organization and crowd management and with ministries of compassion and care: listening, praying and providing a presence for clients. 4 hour shifts begin at 12 pm, 4pm, and 8 am and pm, and are needed on an ongoing basis. Contact Karen Jackson at 917-859-4535.

  2. Rev. Lou LaFazia of the church in Brielle RCA recommends a local partner for work groups coming to the Manasquan area. Jeff Jones is coordinating efforts at the Manasquan Presbyterian Church. There is immediate work to be done. Please call 219-921-4931 or email sandyrelief@fpcom.org to get involved.
  3. Saturdays in Keansburg.  Please contact the Church Office for additional information.   All volunteers are welcome!

Our Mission of the Month for December is “Project Ruth.” Next Spring we hope to paint our beloved Pastor Ruth Robbins’ house. Before then there may be some repair work on her house that we can undertake. Your gifts this month will help to insure our efforts next Spring. Ruth lives in Rocky Hill. Years ago she was the interim pastor at HRC. We raked her leaves 11/30/2013.

The name "Ruth" means "compassion." So "Project Ruth" might also mean the verb "to project" and what we are projecting is compassion, so "Project Ruth" might mean "to project compassion".

Operation Christimas Child

Our Mission of the Month for November, 2013 is Operation Christmas Child! This is a mission of Samaritan’s Purse International, which is headed up by Franklin Graham. In October our Sunday School children prepared shoeboxes filled with gifts to be sent to needy children around the world. Our mission offerings this month will assist Samaritan’s Purse with its mission of worldwide relief.

Crop Walk by Church World Service Our “Mission of the Month” for October, 2013, was “CROP: The Hillsborough-Montgomery CROP WALK will be held on Sunday, October 20th. Registration will be at Montgomery United Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m. for the 5 mile walk. If you would like to walk, please see Bill KCROP WALKS are sponsored by Church World Service, the charitable arm of 37 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations.

Here is a link for a couple of our church families that are participating in CROP Walk. Their goal is to raise $500:

http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/site/TR/2013FallCROPHungerWalk/TR-Fall2013?team_id=99220&pg=team&fr_id=17168


Our Mission of the Month for September, 2013 was New Brunswick Seminary:  This is one of two seminaries owned and operated by the Reformed Church in America. It’s the oldest Protestant seminary in the United States, founded in 1784. Our seminaries rely heavily upon freewill donations from local churches. Give as you can!





Our Mission of the Month for July and August, 2013 was ShelterBox:  This is an international relief program started by a small Rotary club in Cornwall, UK. They help families that lose everything after natural disasters or conflicts. A box is provided packed with survival gear for a family of 10. The worldwide network of Rotarian volunteers is used to deliver those boxes within days of when a disaster strikes. To learn more go to www.shelterbox.org or www.shelterboxusa.org. Your donations will be appreciated!


Our Mission of the Month for June, 2013 was World Vision:
World Vision is a global, Christian relief organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. They are also helping with relief in Moore, Oklahoma, after they were hit by a category 5 tornado on Monday, May 20th.


Mission of the Month -
Blanket Drive - Church World Service
 
We are part of 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. that are helping people in need all over the world through CWS Blanket Program.

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Missions Accomplished!

A local woman was at risk of losing her insurance unless she had her old house freshly painted and spruced up. Unfortunately, the woman was not able to do this herself. Members of the Harlingen Church went out on 2 cold December days to repaint this woman's house.
See Our History of  Missions