NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Twenty-six members of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence – 14 adults and 12 college and high school students – spent the week of Sunday, July 8 to Saturday, July 14 helping people of Cosby, an impoverished town in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. This was the twenty-first consecutive year that Faith Lutheran has visited Cosby.
The effort of Faith consisted of two initiatives. One was a day camp for children, ages three through 15, which provided Christian education, music, arts and crafts as well as recreation. The college and high school students led with these activities. Additionally, each day the children were given a nutritional lunch and healthy snacks. The second initiative was toward a woman, Dorothy, whose house needed assistance. The group from Faith removed a concrete porch and steps. The group then built a deck onto the house and a handicap ramp with railings. Dorothy was thrilled with her new porch and ramp. To show her appreciation, Dorothy made a peanut butter pie for the six members of the work group.
Planning and leading this mission outreach were Faith’s pastor, Rev. Jane McCready and members; Susan Nord of Basking Ridge and Cliff Auchter of Berkeley Heights.