NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Thirty-one members of Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence – 13 adults plus 18 college and high school students – spent the week of July 10 to July 16 helping people of Cosby, an impoverished town in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. This was the 19th consecutive year that Faith Lutheran has visited Cosby.

The effort of Faith Lutheran consisted of two initiatives. One was a camp for 50 children, ages three through 15, which provided Christian education, music, arts and crafts as well as recreation.  Additionally, each day the children were given a nutritious lunch and snacks.

The second initiative was directed toward a woman, who lives in a trailer. The five man work crew of Faith constructed a porch on her trailer.   The wood of the prior porch had rotted and become unsafe.  After completing the porch, the crew added a planter and filled it with flowers.  The woman now enjoys sitting outside, an experience she had not had in a long time. 

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Planning and leading this mission outreach were Faith Lutheran's pastors, Rev. Dr. Murdoch MacPherson and Rev. Jane McCready, plus Faith members; Susan Nord of Basking Ridge and Cliff Auchter of Berkeley Heights.

Faith Lutheran is located at 524 South St. in New Providence. The phone number is 908-464-5177.

Photo caption: Loading the bus before their thirteen hour ride to Cosby, TN are, from left, Lily Delatour of Berkeley Heights, Juli Porto of Berkeley Heights, Erika Pedersen of Madison, Jodi Porto of Berkeley Heights, Josie Kwan of Berkeley Heights, Laura Hays of New Providence.