Our Ministries - Community

Calico Cat

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.

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Family Promise

Family Promise of Monmouth County, an affiliate of National Family Promise, is committed to advocating for innovative solutions to ending family homelessness. They provide shelter, comprehensive case management, transportation and food. Did you know on an average day in Monmouth County there are 200 children who are homeless?  Each year, Family Promise provides roughly 10,220 meals and 5,110 bed-nights for families in need. Referral calls from families seeking temporary housing continue to increase. Unfortunately, their capacity falls far short of the demand.


Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE)

Members and the pastor of Old First Church attended public hearings (January 25, March 29) on the so-called “Monmouth County Reliability Project” of JCP&L in response to its proposal to construct a 10 mile swath of 210-foot-high transmission lines along the NJ Transit line for ten miles, from Aberdeen-Matawan through Middletown and into Red Bank. Old First Church provided meeting space to RAGE., the organizing committee against this project as part of our concern for the effects of the lines on health and safety as well as stewardship of the earth. In addition, our congregation prepared a statement of our opposition to this project, which was handed to the judge at the first hearing.


Monmouth Center

for World Religions

and Ethical Thought 


Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought: The principle purpose (mission) of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) is to enhance the acceptance of religious and cultural diversity and the practice of understanding toward those different from ourselves through education, seminars, and community events


MOSAIC

Garden State MOSAIC is a multi-faith educational program for middle and high school youth which is centered in the Monmouth County area of New Jersey. The program is cosponsored by the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) and the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission (MCHRC).


MOSAIC enables students to learn about each other’s belief systems and practices through a series of sessions hosted by various faith groups at their places of congregation. The program also helps students develop leadership and dialog skills that are critical to becoming change agents in their own communities. During the program, students plan and conduct a community service project to allow them to practice some of the values that are common between all belief systems.  

AAUW Bookstore 

Open Saturdays: The perfect place to find a book! The American Association of University Women (AAUW) operates the Book Store (used). Proceeds support scholarships for women at local colleges. Hours: Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM (except holidays) from September throgh June. CLOSED DECEMBER 30.


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