A full house enjoyed the three hour Jazz Vespers service at Townley Presbyterian Church which is located at 829 Salem Road in Union, New Jersey.
Admission was free to all but all were encouraged to make a free-will offering to benefit Monarch Housing Associates and its mission to end homelessness.
“The Jazz Vespers service at Townley Presbyterian Church was an opportunity for of us to focus on our neighbors who do not have a place to call home. it was a reminder that by working together we can and will end homelessness in our communities. It was also the first of several events including the Homeless Sabbath and Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil that we hope all of our friends and neighbors will participate in,” said Elder Cynthia Manno.
Carrie and Cynthia lead the service together.
They were backed up by The Jazzin’ All-Stars, a crew of talented professional jazz musicians that Carrie has assembled. They included:
Bob McHugh, piano
Takashi Otsuka, bass
Gordon Lane, drums
The musicians imbued the Vespers service with a jazz beat and spirit that it has rarely voiced before. Ecumenical and non-denominational, Townley’s Jazz Vespers brought people together with the universal language of music in a joyful and meaningful worship service.
“Since 1990, Monarch Housing has been working to end homelessness in New Jersey through sound planning, advocacy and partnerships and the creation of housing opportunities for all. Townley Presbyterian Church has been a longtime partner in helping us increase awareness that we can end homelessness,” said Richard W. Brown, CEO, Monarch Housing Associates. “Partnering with Townley Presybyterian Church and the Salem Roadhouse Cafe is always a joy and pleasure.”