Parish News

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To read the February 2018 Parish News, please click here: February Parish News

Pastor’s Peace – Rev. Justin D. Karmann

The 2018 Famine

2018 Famine, formally known as 30 Hour Famine, is just a few weeks away. The committee is busy planning and we are excited to see how God once again works through our Youth this year. Last year, we focused on the issue of Food Insecurity and why our blessed country has so many famine regions in which our citizens do not know where their next meal will be coming from. We raised $12,000 and packed 10,000 meals for children in our area who do not have a meal between Friday’s school lunch and Monday breakfast. This year, we are continuing our theme of Food Insecurity by exploring issues of malnutrition and healthy eating.  We are raising the bar even higher with a goal of $15,000 and 12,000 meals packed. Proceeds from this event will go to the organizations Kids Against Hunger, World Vision, and our very own FPC Food Pantry.

In the meantime, we are asking for your help. Firstly, we ask you to pray for this event and that God moves through our Youth and all who volunteer their time. Secondly, we ask you to explore these issues on your own. There are excellent documentaries such as A Place at the Table and books available which highlight these unjust issues. Thirdly, we ask you to consider giving of your time and financial resources to support youth in our Youth Group who are participating in this year’s event. 1 John 3:16-18 says, “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” Let us, the church of Jesus Christ, care for others as he has cared for us.

WHAT: For 30 hours, we are going hungry to raise funds which will be used to empower local communities in their strive to eliminate poverty and hunger.

WHEN:  February 23rd and February 24th

WHY:  45 million Americans or 14.5% of  our population live below the poverty line. Many of these are Youth. The clock is ticking and we are taking action now!


GIVE – Sponsor one of our youth using the donation form in the Narthex after our service on January 28th; and it will be available right through February 18th. Please make your check out to First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen with Famine in the memo, insert it in the envelope provided, then place in the collection plate or send to the church office OR donate through this website:

VOLUNTEER – Join us for Friday and/or Saturday for an eye-opening Famine weekend; many hands make light work. We also need volunteers for “pre-famine” activities. To sign up go to:

DONATE GROCERIES – Place groceries on your front porch to be picked up by the Youth on Saturday. A form for this activity will also be provided on the Sundays of February 4th and February 11th.

PRAY – Ask God to bring us together and to help those in need every day.

OUR GOAL: We are trying to raise $15,000 which will assist local communities in their Anti-Poverty movements and it will feed over 10,000 people. After event expenses, funds will go directly to Kids Against Hunger, the FPC Food Pantry, and World Vision.

CONTACT: Reverend Justin Karmann — email: Please continue to check the church website for further updates.