First Presbyterian Church to Host December 21 Union County Homeless Sabbath Memorial Vigil
On December 6, 2017, TAPinto Cranford reported “Union County Multi-Faith Congregations Invited to Participate in 2nd Annual Homeless Sabbath Weekend.”
“A group of non-profit organizations and interfaith congregations are seeking multi-faith congregations across Union County to participate in the 2nd Annual Homeless Sabbath Weekend.”
The 2nd Annual Homeless Sabbath weekend will take place Friday, December 14, Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16.
“During the weekend, congregations will collectively pray for all homeless people and for an end to homelessness in local communities. Participation in the weekend includes prayers and readings as part of a service, holding a supply drive and incorporating the theme of homelessness into a holiday display or live scene.”
Last year, four organizations in Cranford participated in the weekend:
- Calvary Lutheran Church,
- First Presbyterian Church,
- St. Michael Church and
- Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim.
Twenty-five congregations from across Union County participated in last year’s Sabbath and the goal this year is to increase participation to 50 congregations.
December 21 is the longest night of the year and is a time to remember all homeless people who died in the past year due to their lack of shelter or care.
According to NJ Counts, 475 people experienced homelessness in Union County on Jan. 24, 2017. The Sabbath weekend and vigil aim to promote the belief that no one should be homeless on the holidays or at any time of year.
Organizers of the Homeless Sabbath weekend include:
- Community Access Unlimited,
- Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless,
- Family Promise Union County,
- Gateway Family YMCA,
- Iris House,
- Monarch Housing Associates, and the
- Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council.