St. Stephan’s Grace Community ELCA, Newark

SYNODICAL MISSION PARTNER

Faith enjoys a partnership with St. Stephan’s Grace Community in the Ironbound section of Newark. St. Stephan’s Grace was organized in  March 2009 and was recognized as a full member of the New Jersey Synod of the ELCA in June 2009. The Rev. Moacir Weirich is the pastor of the congregation which includes members who speak English, Spanish and Portuguese.   The congregation celebrates their partnership with community partners and other synodical  affiliations annually with a shared liturgy each fall.

Faith’s backpack collection takes place over the summer and each August, we share more than 4 dozen backpacks filled with school supplies with the children and the community at St. Stephan’s Grace.  Faith also provides gifts from the Christmas Sharing Tree each year for the children of the congregation, as well as an invitation to attend Faith’s Confirmation Retreat with their confirmands each spring.  Each month, members of Faith provide Tutoring for children in first grade through high school, as well as English lessons for their parents and adults in the community.  The Knit, Purl and Pray group also makes Magic Reading Blankets, scarves and slippers for the children.