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A Message from Pastor Tony

Hello Street Church Ministries partners and friends. I hope this newsletter finds you and your family doing well. First I want to begin with expressing our appreciation for your support and prayers for our ministry during this unprecedented time in our country.  As I write this letter I am struck with three words and a punctuation mark that God has impressed upon me. 
"Consider your ways!" Haggai 1:5

My hope and prayer for our ministry is that during this time-out, where the pause button has been hit on our lives, that we would indeed consider our ways, and our ways would coincide with God's ways for our lives and our ministries. I believe God has reminded his people during this pandemic that His Church and His Body is not comprised of four walls and a ceiling, but of human beings who have pledged their lives to follow Christ. I believe all of the virtual gatherings have reinforced this truth within the fellowship of believers.
Street Church Ministries has been meeting three times a week via Zoom online.  Our Church family gathers every Thursday evening for a group study where we also share our burdens with one another and minister to each others' needs.  On Sunday we meet together for a traditional church service which aside from not having the bagels and coffee, looks and feels much the same.  Our Leadership Team connects with each other every Friday to share ministry concerns, come up with ways to meet needs and to pray together. 

During this time, because of your faithful support, Street Church Ministries has been able to meet certain needs within the Trenton community. There has been several families that we have been able to provide with food and other supplies. We have been able to supply much needed hygiene products to others who might otherwise not have them.

Dave, a man whom we helped get into Teen Challenge 12 months ago, came home to Trenton in early March just before the lock down.  Having no place to go, we were able to help him secure temporary housing as well as a cell phone.  We helped him fill out several job applications and Dave recently had an interview with a food store where he was offered a part-time job!  This job could be the beginning of something great for Dave, and because of your support he has received a well needed head start.  

In the near future our ministry will continue to look for ways to support the needs within our Church community, most of whom rely on food pantries and soup kitchens to supply their needs during this time.  One way that we will look to support them is to provide health care products and basic supplies during the pandemic.  Your support will continue to enable us to share the love of Christ with the poor within our sphere of influence in tangible ways. 

In addition, I want to make you all aware of our plans to help a Edmund, a man we met at Teen Challenge.  He has been there over a year and will graduate in June or July. Having a good exit strategy is paramount to the success of a person who graduates from an addiction recovery program. Our ministry has committed to bringing Edmund to Trenton after he graduates.  We will meet him in the middle of his journey in recovery and help him get to the second mile by working with him to secure a job, a driver's license and ultimately housing. With your continued support and prayers we know God can help Edmund and others accomplish this.  Our ministry is considering pursing this effort of providing an exit strategy to people who have committed to changing their lives through addiction treatment.

If I could ask you all to pray one thing, it would be that God would put his vision for this ministry in the cross-hairs of our hearts and we would see it clearly.  

In closing, I want to reiterate our appreciation of our supporters and friends who have been a part of seeing lives transformed. The below passage is one in which I hope encourages your heart and reminds you that your Father in Heaven holds all the cards.
'As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!' For thus says the LORD of hosts,'Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.  I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD of hosts. 'The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,'declares the LORD of hosts. 'The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,' says the LORD of hosts, 'and in this place  I will give peace,' declares the LORD of hosts.

Haggai 2:5-9
Sincerely,

Tony Palumbo
 
REAL FAITH, IN A REAL GOD, FOR THE REAL WORLD!
Street Church Ministries is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit dedicated to seeing lives transformed by pouring out the life and love of Jesus to those living in crisis in Trenton, New Jersey.
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