The Bethany House of
Hospitality (BHOH) Community Garden
To All those Who Helped to Make
Bethany Presbyterian House of
Community Garden Dedication Event
A Memorable Event!
minutes before our event was scheduled to begin, an impending thunderstorm
created strong winds that nearly swept away the green tents, nutritious
refreshments and elegant table arrangements that the Crisis Ministry staff had
prepared and set up in the Bethany Garden. Our festivities were then
immediately moved into the Bethany House and as our guests arrived it quickly
became a packed house!
Regional Presbytery Executive, Wendy Baily, engaged all those who attended in a
brief discussion about gardens mentioned in the Bible, and then offered a
prayer of dedication. Urban Mission Cabinet, Inc. Executive Director, Jacque
Howard, thanked all of the Bethany Garden partners, funders and volunteers. He
also secured the services of a local professional video recording company, Exit
7A, to interview many of our guests including New Brunswick Presbytery’s Moderator
Jean Woodman, of Hamilton Square Presbyterian Church. Our five residents
offered tours of Bethany House and the staff of the Crisis Ministry offered
tours of their Food Pantry located inside of the former Bethany Church.
highlight of the afternoon was the Fender Blender provided by David Byers and
Linda Konrad-Byers, and through the pedal power of residents Jamie and Grant,
fruit smoothies were cranked out for the guests. The healthy fruit and juice
ingredients for the smoothies were provided by Crisis Ministry. Rev. Nina Reeder, pastor of Lawrence Road
Presbyterian Church, and President of the UMC, Inc. provided homemade chocolate
chip cookie packets as an expression of our gratitude to those who attended the
event. The guests also received vegetable seed packets.
Byers, a retired New Jersey Department of Transportation Landscape Architect,
and UMC, Inc. Board member, designed the Bethany House Community Garden and is
currently coordinating the efforts of the garden volunteers.
Please consider partnering with UMC,
Inc. in one or more ways!
1. Providing hospitality by joining with other New
Brunswick Presbytery churches to: prepare a meal for a maximum of 15 guests
and/or lead Vespers "only once every two months.”
2. Accepting Hospitality: schedule to have BHOH Residents
serve as your volunteers for your major church projects or events: September
2012 – July 2013
3. Donate to or volunteer to help with the BHOH Community
contact Rev. Karen Hernández-Granzen, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian
Church, and UMC, Inc.’s BHOH Chaplain/Coordinator, for more information: Karisuhg@aol.com or call 609-462-3063.
Bethany House of Hospitality (BHOH)
(Dedication Handout Wednesday, July 18, 2012)
The vision for
the Bethany House of Hospitality (BHOH) Community Garden became a reality
through partnerships between the Urban Mission Cabinet Inc., The Crisis
Ministry, and Isles. In addition, volunteer efforts from urban and suburban
congregations, businesses, and a number of supporting organizations played a
central role in the success of this garden project.
We also extend
thanks for funds provided by the Motel and Goldie Bass Fund through the Jewish
Center of Princeton as well as several individual donors.
The goal of the
Bethany House of Hospitality Community Garden is to assist in the efforts to
increase access to fresh produce within the local community. To accomplish this goal, residents of the
BHOH along with other volunteers will maintain the garden by planting, weeding,
watering and harvesting the fruits and vegetables. Harvested items will be distributed to the
Crisis Ministry and then shared with the immediate community through one of its
food service programs. The Isles
organization is also hoping to assist by providing urban agriculture
programming as the Urban Mission Cabinet Inc. manages the space, provides
administrative support and offers community events.
Cabinet Inc. would like to thank the following organizations, churches and
businesses as we celebrate this project:
Presbytery (PCUSA) Bethany
House of Hospitality Residents
Presbyterian Church Westminster
Presbyterian Church NRG
Heath Lumber PPM
Princeton Property Management
Ecological Facility CobraHead
are also extended to the individual donors who wish to remain anonymous.
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Please click here for the flyer for repairing East Trenton homes, coordinated by the residents of BHOH.
Urban Mission Cabinet