EDISON, NJ – The town's Minnie B. Veal Recreation Center will get an all-expense-paid facelift, including fresh paint, minor repairs and new gardens, courtesy of the Liquid Church, one of New Jersey’s fastest growing Christian churches.

Restoration work at Minnie Veal, on Grove Avenue, is one of five ambitious summer outreach projects in five New Jersey counties that the Morristown-based Liquid Church has planned for the weekend of July 15-16th.

To accomplish this two-day feat, the Liquid Church is marshaling some 1,500 volunteers, including church members and enthusiastic area residents who will pitch in to help.

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“We are grateful to the Liquid Church for making this facility one of the beneficiaries of its summer outreach effort. Minnie Veal is a widely-used venue for many of our youth programs and it is a popular community meeting place,” said Mayor Thomas Lankey.

“It is gratifying for this Christian organization to take such a keen interest in our community and make such a generous investment of labor, time and materials,” Lankey said.

Meanwhile, the Township Administration is exploring options to rehabilitate the Stelton Community Center on Plainfield Avenue, or to relocate it's recreation programs and services to another site.

This weekend, Liquid Church will be repainting the interior of the Minnie Veal center, including the gymnasium, public areas and classrooms, and replacing broken or missing ceiling tiles. Outside, they will power-wash the building's exterior; repair a swing-set and basketball court; and weed, mulch and replant flower gardens.

“You’ll often hear us at Liquid Church say that serving others is the heartbeat of our church. We’re new members of the Edison community, and we want to serve our neighbors well. For this outreach, we are providing paint and supplies, bringing all the necessary tools and materials, supplying mulch and new plants and, of course, bringing volunteer manpower,” said Tim Lucas, the church’s lead pastor.

The volunteer effort represents a $12,000 investment in the recreation center, part of an estimated $95,000 contribution that the Liquid Church is making to various communities with its five outreach projects, Lucas said.

“Our summer outreach projects are an enormous undertaking, but this is our way of giving back to the communities we serve,” Lucas said.

The Liquid Church holds weekly Sunday services at the Sheraton on Raritan Center Parkway in Edison. The church also holds Sunday services in Essex, Morris, Somerset, and Union counties.

Liquid Church’s four other outreach projects slated for the weekend of July 15-16th are:

  • Essex County – Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark: Volunteers will renovate the chapel space and the women’s dining hall. Both spaces need a total refresh; new paint, lighting and décor. Volunteers will also distribute meals to the homeless and organize thrift shop donations.
  • Morris County – Summer Family Festival in Parsippany: Volunteers will serve children, teens, and young adults with special needs at a Summer Family Festival. The free, outdoor event will have a carnival atmosphere with bounce houses, a petting zoo, dunk tank, and much more.
  • Somerset County – Interfaith Hospitality Network’s Sunrise House in Bridgewater: Volunteers will renovate the main living spaces and resident bedrooms at this transitional home, replacing flooring, wall-coverings, doors, decor, and more. Outdoors, volunteers will garden and build a new outdoor patio space.
  • Union County – Garwood Municipal Building in Garwood: Volunteers will give the borough hall a facelift; painting the interior walls and replacing ceiling tiles. At a local park, they will garden and install a horseshoe pit. Lampposts along Center Street will be painted and flowers distributed to local homes.