PLAINFIELD, NJ - Members of the immediate community agree that their memories, for the past few years, of the corner of Clinton Avenue and Front Street in Plainfield, are of a vastly overgrown abandoned lot, filled with debris, and undesirable activity.
Faith Tabernacle Church, located across the street from the neglected lot, recently took the responsibility to keep it clean. On Saturday, the community was given the gift of a fun-filled festival that "changed the atmosphere" there. Those attending the festival were able to experience the tastes and smells of delicious barbecue, playful laughter of toddlers to teens, tables filled with beautiful handbags, scented gifts, and the sounds of good rockin’ music, instead of the previously neglected field. If the festival was intended to be a powerful demonstration to the community of what church ministry should look like, Faith Tabernacle Church of Plainfield, New Jersey, under the leadership of Sr. Pastor Antoine Thomas, succeeded.
The festival was the public launch of the church’s “Miracle of Faith” Capital Stewardship Campaign. Speaking of the some of the general missions of the campaign, Carlton Bynoe, the capital campaign chairman said, “We want to be able to empower the people of the community, and help to revitalize Plainfield.” Passionate and energetic about the church's mission, the 33 year old Bynoe was introduced to the church a few years ago by his wife of two years. The membership of approximately 200 is currently operating out of what used to be a bank building with an adjacent drive-thru window there at the corner of Clinton and Front. Faith Tabernacle has goals to rebuild the church facility, and build on their Bible College, among other things. “We especially want to impact the lives of the children of our community,” said Bynoe, pointing to the number of children at the festival.
Sr. Pastor Antoine Thomas is known for delivering powerful teaching messages, and it is no surprise that the church's capital campaign slogan is captured from Nehemiah chapter 2, verse 18, pointing to the importance of the church's work, which says, "Let us rise and build." The church describes its capital stewardship campaign as: a spiritual call to action to align our priorities and resources toward sacrificial giving of our time, talents, and financial resources to sustain and expand our church.
The Church has made a three year commitment to reach their financial goal.
Scheduled to speak at the festival event were Assemblyman Gerald Green, Mayor Sharon-Robinson Briggs, and Freeholder Linda Carter.