Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church News
by BJ Snyder | October 13, 2018
CRESCENT AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CELEBRATES SOUP KITCHEN RENOVATION WITH GALA EVENT
The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church of Plainfield will host a “Kitchen Reopening Gala” to celebrate the renovation of its kitchen. The event will be held November 10th from 6-10 PM at the church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield. The public is warmly invited to enjoy and support this important and exciting event. Key participants in the church’s mission to feed the hungry will be recognized and the evening will be highlighted by dining and entertainment. Both the renovation and the fundraiser will allow the Soup Kitchen Mission to better meet the needs of the community and provide a commercial grade space for community projects and missions centering on food.
CAPC Soup Kitchen beginnings...
What started as a small way to care for the hungry and needy after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 blossomed over time into a bustling soup kitchen at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church (CAPC), serving hearty weekly meals to up to 150 guests and also giving out daily lunch bags. Clothing donations and “Blessing Bags” containing toiletries and essential items have also been regularly distributed as well as new winter coats, hats, gloves and socks. Most of this work was funded by the Keyes Foundation, a continued major donor towards this project.
“Our guests are treated with dignity, respect and nutritious food” says Reverend Lynn Santulli, CAPC pastor and instrumental part of the Soup Kitchen Mission. It has been reported that 14% of US households go hungry each day and the number of homeless is on the rise. Crescent Avenue Food Ministries offers hope to the Plainfields and seeks to expand the program's reach. Volunteers draw from the church, individuals from the community, local companies, corporations and businesses as well as youth groups and schools who seek to partner to build a stronger community. Costco has also been a regular contributor to our food ministries.
With the major renovation of this space, the community will have access to a fully updated and certified kitchen that will allow for expanded outreach and mission opportunities. Those who have toured the beautiful new facility agree that the outcome was well worth the wait and investment. Anticipation in the Plainfield community builds as the church now readies itself to once again open the Soup Kitchen doors.
Kitchen Reopening Gala
The November 10th “Kitchen Reopening Gala” will celebrate this major accomplishment and will recognize those who have helped make it possible. Dinner and dancing will highlight the evening. In keeping with a sense of community, music will be provided by Plainfield’s own popular and energetic “GBP Band.” “Stone Soup”, the catering arm of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, will offer delectable dinner selections. In addition, there will be a wide array of beautiful Tricky Tray baskets as well as a 50/50.
The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen and Food Ministries has been an essential Plainfield area mission and community outreach program. Now the renovated kitchen will enable the church’s vision to do more. With the renovation complete, there are now other opportunities to explore and to expand outreach and accommodate a larger spectrum of community needs.
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Kitchen Reopening Gala
November 10, 6-10 PM 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ
Ticket price: $75 per person
For tickets and further information please call 908-7567-2468 or visit at crescentonline.org