BASKING RIDGE, NJ - On Monday, August 24th, Confirmation students from the Somerset Hills Lutheran Church in Basking Ridge presented residents of Ridge Oak Senior Housing with homemade bookmarks to help raise their spirits during this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The 2020 Confirmation class had a portion of their instruction interrupted by social distancing, so the three students in the graduating class chose to forge ahead and get creative. “At Somerset Hills Lutheran Church our Confirmation, students study the Word of God from grades six to eight and have to formulate a service project with a mission to spread God's love throughout the community,” said Zaida Harrison of Somerset Hills Lutheran Church.  

Tate Harrison, Zack Kucerka and Caroline Schnarr, all residents of Basking Ridge, chose to create bookmarks with the intention of inspiring the residents as their service project. The bookmarks, featured phrases of hope, love and their favorite bible verses. ”The verses on them are exactly what we need. I’m thankful there are two, so I can share one with a friend,” said Ridge Oak resident Darlene Droege.  

 The lucky recipients that were present to accept the thoughtful gesture were Sherry Palmer, Nancy Dudding and her dog Chase and Suzanne Walczak. “We greatly appreciate the confirmation class presenting us with the bookmarks.  I loved the Bible verses they chose to get us through the pandemic with God's help!”  said Dudding.  Walczak added, ”Beautiful verses with heartfelt memories from caring kids”.