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05 Aug 2015 - 02:45:21 am

Food pantry at Jersey City church to close once lease expires -

But if we obtain a big sufficient place, we are usually able to commence just about all over again."

"It created us stronger as well as brought us closer together," said Cathy Thomas, Thomas' wife. "We're fighters.

"We're likely to try and remain here until we are generally in a new position to obtain our funds together and also in the meantime we're going to become looking," the actual pastor added.

The congregation purchased the actual two-story building in 85 Ocean Ave. in the actual 1980s and also worshiped there until 5 years ago, when it moved to the bigger three-story location farther north. 

For now, members with the church, such as Betty Martin have been seeking towards the area pertaining to help, contacting council members and also asking if they are usually totally aware of just about any buildings they can lease as well as buy.

"We'd hate to shed that food pantry," said Pastor Phillip Thomas, 73, who's been using the church since 1973. but using a smaller house comes the loss of the actual church food pantry, which could be open up twice a month as well as feeds at least 200 people.

In the actual meantime, the church rented out its old home to an additional congregation, which moved to Bayonne in January. Using building right after building being condemned, the particular congregation were needed to worship out of your basement for approximately three months from 1 point again throughout 1979, he said. 

The church just were required to fix the rooftop with its old location concerning 2 months ago, generating its financial situation even tougher. We don't give up."

JERSEY CITY - the clock is actually ticking for that Thessalonians community Outreach Church's congregation, whose lease in 409-413 Ocean Ave. "Bayonne, it's open, however where we're required is how we wish for you to be."

In inclusion to the meals pantry, the particular congregation in addition provides out toys along with turkeys round the holidays, as well as it also donate backpacks along using other school supplies to youngsters inside the community.

To produce a donation to the church or to help them find a new home, contact Pastor Thomas with 201-780-1054 or even Mamie Addison from 201-434-5311.

When questioned if he wished to keep your church in the Greenville area, the particular pastor stated they have got to "be open-minded." Members wanted to try and remain in Jersey Metropolis though, rather than cross the actual border for you to Bayonne.. will expire through the finish involving this month.

A temporary answer is within place: shifting to become able to a smaller area from 85 Ocean Ave. "Because we're helping thus many people which have that. Now, using their lease ending, the Thessalonian congregation, which features at least one hundred members, plans about relocating again within until they're in the position to look with regard to a larger place.

The owner of the building where the congregation currently worships is receiving older and looking in order to sell, Thomas explained, and they've simply been leasing the location on the month-to-month basis.

The congregation is no stranger for you to strife though, extra Thomas, who's seen the positioning of the church transfer at least 5 times. The Actual cramped upstairs is in more serious condition, although the not enough room or even up-to-date appliances making it impossible to run the food pantry.

"There's a huge want here," said Rommi Addison, the member of the particular church since 1968

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