Our Ministries - Community

This is a store operated by the Monmouth Community Outreach Group (COG) that sells gently used items and has a food pantry. Call 732-671-0550 if you would like to assist in this important ministry. If someone you know is in need of emergency assistance from COG, please call 732-671-8775.

Calico Cat

September Back to School Mission

        Do you remember that spiffy, new feeling on that all-important first day of school, when you arrived dressed in a new outfit of clothes and new shoes? Each one of us kidsanted to look our best as we started a new school year; it was so important to our self-esteem. It is just as important today.

Our Old First Church deacons support the Calico Cat Back to School Mission, which provides an outfit of brand-new clothing from head to toe, for children from low income families in our area. New clothes, underwear, socks and new shoes promote a child’s self image in a positive way, helping less privileged children “fit in” with their other classmates.

        If you would like to help us provide Back to School outfits for children in need through-out our local community, please make out a check to Old First Church, with Back to School written on the memo line. God bless you for your generosity! 


Mission Update

         On Thursday, August 9, our church delivered a truck load plus a car load of household and personal care items to the Calico Cat store. Twenty large bags of these supplies will be distributed to twenty local families in need. Our deacons shopped for and purchased personal and household cleaning supplies that cannot be purchased with food stamps. The good news is that in 2018, instead of our past, annual contribution of 14 bags, we were able to stretch and provide 20 bags of necessary cleaning items to financially challenged families. Each of the 20 bags Old First donated contained the following: hand soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, plastic wrap, toilet paper, tissues, all-purpose kitchen and bath cleaner, dish washing liquid and feminine personal care items. Each one of the bags provides a family with enough cleaning and personal care items to last a month.

       Special thanks go to Mary Pearson for help with the shopping and sorting of all the supplies, to our congregation for packing the bags, and to Peter Ahern for volunteering his truck and muscle help for the delivery to the Calico Cat.



AAUW Bookstore 

REOPENS Saturday, September 8:

Opening day preview: 8:30 am to 10:00 am $5 admission; followed by regular hours 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) operates the Book Store (used). Proceeds support scholarships for women at local colleges. 

God has told you, O mortal, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 NRSV