NEW JERSEY CHURCH INCITES PAY-IT-FORWARD MOVEMENT WITH HUNDREDS REBUILDING FLOODED SHELTER AND DISTRIBUTING FOOD TO HUNGRY

OVER 500 PEOPLE GO FROM “SEATS TO THE STREETS” TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE AID IN ESSEX, MORRIS & MIDDLESEX COUNTIES

MORRISTOWN, NJ, NOVEMBER 1, 2011 -- Liquid Church of New Jersey is responding to local groups’ dire needs by mobilizing hundreds of volunteers and injecting over $60,000 into immediate assistance projects in the Morristown, New Brunswick and Nutley vicinities. On November 5, hundreds will rebuild a condemned transition residence of a homeless mission and serve hot meals to the urban poor on the streets. Momentum of pay-it-forward projects on an individual basis is also mounting. This aid is in addition to $30,000 given out to over 2,000 people attending a recent church service.

“Our communities can’t wait for the government, FEMA, or Wall Street to eventually sort things out. We’re putting God’s recovery plan into action today,” said Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of the 2,000-member church. So far, over 5,000 hours of volunteer service efforts are involved in this pay-it-forward movement. “Some people are trying to Occupy Wall Street, but I love seeing our people move from their seats to the streets to make things happen now,” said Lucas.

On November 5, the church will deploy volunteers into Paterson to feed the hungry, onboard mobile resource buses operated by NYC Relief Bus. Volunteer service slots for the first six buses were oversubscribed immediately. The church is now facilitating an ongoing outreach schedule as well as injecting $20,000 toward operational funding. Over 100 volunteers will be involved throughout 2011 and 2012.

On the same day, 150 volunteers will supply the labor to renovate a recently devastated transition home in Morristown for Market Street Mission. Liquid has partnered with local organizations Habitat for Humanity and College Hunks Hauling Junk to help plan the project. Investors Charitable Foundation has issued a grant to help fund the restoration project.

Another 200 people volunteered in a recent outreach day in Manville on October 22. Activities included 600+ man hours of renovation construction for homes still devastated by Hurricane Irene, a 125-person Fun Run Fundraiser put on by grass-roots organizers and an all-city block party.

The church is also collecting details of individual pay-it-forward projects by churchgoers inspired by the church’s recent $30,000 Reverse Offering. Profits have ranged from twenty dollars to five thousand dollars for the dozens of projects reported.

“Government isn’t the source of recovery-- God is,” said Lucas. “I’m thrilled to see our people actively occupying the streets of our cities with God’s love to demonstrate that fact.”

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Liquid is donating an additional $60,000 for 3 different outreaches in Essex, Morris, and Middlesex County.

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Relief Bus FAQ

What is the Relief Bus?
The Relief Bus outreach is an organization located in Elizabeth, NJ that has converted former school buses into mobile resource centers to help the poor and homeless.

What happens on the Relief Bus?
Volunteers serve up a delicious, hearty vegetable soup, fresh rolls and hot chocolate or iced tea (depending on the season). Relief Bus volunteers talk and discover the needs in people's lives. The Relief Bus staff then go to work to actually help meet those needs. They connect people to shelter, job training, medical care, detox and faith-based drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers. This kind of helping hand can literally transform someone's future and can many times make the difference between life and death.

Where does the Relief Bus go?
The Relief Bus organization serves at five to six different locations in NYC and NJ. The area where Liquid will be going is in downtown Paterson, NJ.

Why Paterson?
Paterson is located only 9 miles from our Nutley campus. With our outreaches we’re looking to serve our local communities to have personal interactions and develop new relationships.

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Market Street Mission FAQ

Where is Market Street Mission?
Market Street Mission’s main facility is located at 9 Market Street, Morristown, NJ 07960 but Liquid Church will be renovating their “True Strength” facility located at 20 Lincoln Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.

What is the True Strength facility?
The “True Strength” facility is for graduates of the Market Street Mission’s rehabilitation program. Five to six men stay at the facility for three months. In this time, they learn life skills (interviewing & resume skills), study the Bible and volunteer at the Market Street Mission. Please visit the Market Street website to learn more details about this portion of their ministry.

What renovations are being done?
Moving the kitchen upstairs and creating a living room downstairs will increase the men’s living space. The gym will have completely new flooring and equipment.

What work will Liquid volunteers be doing?
They will be moving furniture, laying down rubber floor tiles, installing kitchen cabinets, sanding, painting and planting.

How was each partner involved in this project?

  • Liquid and College Hunks Hauling Junk are co-leading the renovations and acquiring donations from other companies.
  • The Shauger Group will be donating the materials and labor to do a patio, fence in the director’s home, level out the director’s yard and install raised garden boxes. Shauger will also be leading the volunteer efforts outside on Nov 5th.
  • NJ Trees donated two trees to be used in the landscaping of the facility.
  • Habitat for Humanity has donated the patio and kitchen furniture. Habitat designed the layout of the new kitchen and will be donating a foreman to help direct volunteers the day of the event.

Manville Community Can't Wait on Wall Street or Government to Rebuild Homes Destroyed By Hurricane Irene

Liquid Church in New Brunswick deploys hundreds of volunteers to refurbish homes and spend $20,000 to pay it forward and bring hope to a community 100% flooded out by Hurricane Irene

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, October 19, 2001 -- Bethany and Matthew Sytsema’s newborn baby has yet to fully know the meaning of "home sweet home." That is because the Sytsema family along with hundreds of other Manville, NJ households still do not have resolution nor restored homes to go home to since the carnage brought by the recent Hurricane Irene.  The entire Lost Valley section of the 2.5 square mile township in Middlesex County was completely flooded by the recent natural weather disaster. 

But Liquid Church is taking action on Saturday October 22 to bring hope into the community.  While hundreds patiently occupy Wall Street and residents wait through the FEMA process, Liquid Church Lead Pastor Tim Lucas declared, "Our people are eager to put their faith into action.  We want to be the answer to our hurting neighbors' prayers."

Lucas recently conducted a Reverse Offering, where the church handed out over $30,000 to people at its three locations -- Morristown, Nutley & New Brunswick.  He challenged church members to creatively invest the cash in building people up around them.  The New Brunswick community responded with an orchestrated "pay it forward" campaign and multiplied what they received in the offering plate to come to the aid of their neighbors in Manville.

On Saturday, October 22, 125 people will participate in a 1-mile Fun Run Fundraiser which has already raised over $3,000 in personal sponsorship donations.  Over 200 volunteers are being deployed for demolition, restoration and painting as groups of church members will adopt individual Manville homes to support.

A final all-city block party will end the day where all town residents are invited to gather as a community.  Lucas said, "Our church doesn't exist to serve people in the seats -- but to serve the people in the streets.  My prayer is that as the floodwaters recede, God's love becomes visible to our neighbors."

SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 EVENT DETAILS:
Members of the press are invited to visit the site to cover the three different programs running that day. Please RSVP to Kenny Jahng (973-500-8536) to arrange details.

8:30am-9:30am // Manville Fun Run Fundraiser
125+ participants have raised $3,000 in sponsorship donations for the 1 mile course

7:00am-1:00pm // Adopt & Restore Manville Homes
200+ volunteers and staff will be deployed to refurbish 15 homes with a week's worth of manpower in a single day

12:00pm-3:00pm // All-city Manville Block Party
Liquid Church is hosting a block party where all residents are invited to come together in a gesture of hope for the community

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Check out the story of Manville residents, Matthew & Bethany Sytsema.

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Liquid Church donated $20,000 to Manville, NJ to help restore and rebuild a community devastated by Hurricane Irene. 

On October 22, 2011, 250 staff & volunteers will throw a Block Party for the residents of Manville. The day will start with a one-mile Fun Run to raise funds for Manville families. After the Run, volunteers will be deployed across the Lost Valley section of Manville to help rebuild 15 homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

  • Fun Run
    • Saturday, October 22nd Registration begins at 7:30AM - Race start at 8:30AM
    • The 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will support Hurricane Irene recovery in Manville. 100% of registration fees will be invested back into Manville's families via Liquid Church events and through direct contributions to those rebuilding their homes.  The event is underwritten by a New Brunswick Life Group using their "reverse offering" funds.
    • To date, the Fun Run has over 125 participants and has rasied over $3,000.
  • Adopt A Home
    • 15 homes have been "adopted" and are allowing Liquid volunteers to do demolition, move furniture, prime and paint.
  • Block Party
    • Saturday, October 22nd @ 12PM
    • Will celebrate the courage and resolve of Manville residents during this season of recovery, Liquid Church will end the day by throwing a block party
    • The party will include food, music & fun for kids - http://liquidchurch.com/blockparty

Manville FAQ


Where is Manville?
Manville is a Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey located at 40°32'20"N 74°35'36"W (40.539003, -74.593450).

What is the Lost Valley section of Manville?
The Lost Valley section in eastern Manville is situated on the natural flood plain between the Raritan and Millstone Rivers, and bears the brunt of occasional flooding events which affect the river basins. The Lost Valley section is named so because it is generally disconnected from the rest of the borough with only a tunnel at Kyle Street and a bridge at Bridge Street crossing the railroad tracks to the neighborhood.

What is the Fun Run?
It is a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to support Hurricane Irene recovery in Manville. 100% of the registration fees will be invested back into Manville's families via Liquid Church events and through direct contributions to those rebuilding their homes.

Where is the Fun Run?
The route begins and ends at the corner of N Bridge Street and Boesel Avenue. The day of the event, maps & signage will be provided to indicate the runner/walker’s directions.

What is adopting a home?
Prior to the event, Liquid asked homeowners if they could provide labor to help them rebuild their homes. Fifteen homeowners said yes and have partnered with Liquid. Each home will be adopted by a group at Liquid. This group will meet with the homeowners prior to the event and then greet them on Oct 22nd when the work will be done.

What work will Liquid be doing?
Liquid will be providing some skilled but mostly unskiled labor. The skilled labor will be used to sheetrock, construct concerete steps and do some minor carpentry. The majority of Liquid volunteers will be moving furniture & appliances, power washing sheds and lawn equipment, removing decks and other parts of the home that were destroyed, bleaching walls, painting & priming, sealing basement walls and floors

Where is the Block Party?
We're asking that all non-residents park 0.5 miles away from the Block Party at the Rustic Ridge mall. This map shows the walking route from the parking lot to the event.

Who's invited to the Block Party?
All of Manville's residents, approximately 10,344 residents.

What's happening at the Block Party?
There will be a dj, bounce houses, face painting, sand art and face painting stations, a clown with balloon animals as well as station to decorate cookies. Liquid will also be grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and providing cotton candy and popcorn. Chick Fil-A is even donating chicken sandwiches and bringing the Chick Fil-A cow!


Pay it Forward Highlights

Hundreds of individuals and groups started their own Pay It Forward projects. You can see dozens of them on our IDEAS page.

Check out how Lauren, owner of A Sweet Passion used her Reverse Offering.

Check out how Manny, owner of Substance Salon in Lyndhurst, NJ used his Reverse Offering.


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About Liquid Church

Liquid Church is one of NJ’s fastest-growing Christian churches.  Founded in 2001 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, the church’s vision is to “take church to the people” with campuses in Morristown, New Brunswick, and Nutley.  Over 2,000 people experience Liquid’s worship services each weekend in New Jersey and around the globe through its Church Online.  As a part of its global outreach Liquid provides clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor with dozens of completed projects in Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Haiti and El Salvador.

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