Category: Local NJ

We finished up our 8th year with our Maple Leaf students with a trip to the Point Pleasant boardwalk last week! While this year was definitely a different year, it was no less a blessing for both the students and volunteers. With a smaller group meeting at the Allenwood Church in Allenwood, we were able to do more with the students and build on our relationships!

A huge thank you to this year’s volunteers… Lori, Addie, Tom, Josephine, Caroline, Rachel and Matt

And likewise a huge thank you to Pastor Dave for letting us use the downstairs of their church each Wednesday!

We look forward to staying connected with the students during the summer! And we just found out that we can resume at the Maple Leaf Clubhouse in the fall!!

Making Christmas Cards

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Merry Christmas to All!

Last week a small group of volunteers blessed 7 students from Maple Leaf at our annual Christmas party! Even though it looked a little different this year with a much smaller group, it was no less fun for all!

[Click on the arrows above to see all the fun!]

A big thank you to Debra Stasiak founder of Aspiring Artists, who came and did two art projects with the kids so that they could gift them to their family. As well as Josephine S. from Calvary Presbyterian Church, who also did two projects with the kids, making Christmas cookies and a beautiful jar full of hot cocoa mix to either give or enjoy!

St. Paul’s Methodist Church’s knitting group knit beautiful hats again this year that were given as part of the kids Christmas gift after having some dinner and hearing a short devotional about the greatest Gift of all…Jesus Christ!

Thank you to all the volunteers and for Allenwood Church for allowing us to have a wonderful time this year on a very snowy day!








Over the past month or so, God put on the hearts of a group of people from Ocean and Monmouth County, to come together and combine their resources in order to bring a little Thanksgiving blessing to families in the Maple Leaf Community of Brick. The congregation at Calvary Presbyterian Church, in Allenwood, filled 15 Thanksgiving Bags full of all non-perishable fixings to make a Thanksgiving day meal extra special. When True Life Church of Brick heard what Calvary was doing for the families at Maple Leaf, the young adult group put together a bag along with two other families. We could have collected more, but we wanted to make sure that we had the families to give them out to…

Thank goodness for Ms. Addie! Addie has been living in the Maple Leaf Community for many years and knows a lot of families! She has also been volunteering with the afterschool program for many years. Between the program, her neighbors and the families that we were able to provide meals for over the summer, 17 families were contacted! Three of those families were through Justin, from True Life, who also lives in the community with his wife.

While the Thanksgiving bags were a huge blessing, we were also contacted over the weekend by Sean & JoAnn from Allaire Community Farm and they told us that they could get turkeys for all the families! The blessings just kept coming!

With Jack & Lori picking up the turkeys, Josephine and Pam bringing the bags from Calvary and True Life, and Ms. Addie’s front lawn acting as the distribution center, all the meals were given out on Tuesday! Family members after family members were showing up and receiving their Thanksgiving day meal!

One of neighbor’s in particular really touched our heart. She is an older lady who came over with a grateful heart and took her bag back into her apartment (while her son took in her turkey). Moments later her door swung open and from her upper front porch we began to hear, “Oh! Thank you! Thank you so much! This is so wonderful! Thank you, thank you!” The joy on her face made our day.

A huge thank you to all who came together to bring the love of Jesus to this community through a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!


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    Step of Faith Ministry, Inc.
    PO Box 805
    Brick, NJ 08723
    United States of America