The Eighth New Jersey "Celebrate Christmas • Provide Timely Help" Charity Concert concluded successfully on December 4. Conducted each year by New Jersey First Presbyterian Church, the concert aimed to encourage the community to generously offer their care for the disadvantaged groups through performance of sacred music. The funds raised will be used to support two organizations that care for the abused women and children with Christ's love.
The concert provided many exciting music programs, including the Chorus from The First Presbyterian Church Choir, worship songs from the Christ love neighbors Children choir, men and women treble solo, Christmas comedy, thought-provoking dramas and a variety of classical instruments performance, etc.. The church audience enjoyed the beautiful melody in the classic, elegant environment.
This year's Christmas concert supports two charitable organizations. One is New York Restore and the other is New York "Garden of Hope". Both are Christian institutions helping disadvantaged women and children. The difference is that Restore focuses on the reconstruction work of trafficked women and children, while the Garden of Hope helps the physical and spiritual healing of women and children affected by domestic violence.
During the meeting, representatives of the two organizations gave some startling figures which reveals the extremely large number of women and children who are trafficked or affected by domestic violence in this era. It urges the community to be more concerned and also to turn their love into the real action.
Finally, the director of First Presbyterian Church, Pastor Peng Rongren, made a brief response. He encouraged the participants to support the unfortunate women and children, and let them see a bright future as soon as possible.
Since 2003, on the first Saturday of every December, First Presbyterian Church of New Jersey has held "Celebrate Christmas • Provide Timely Help" Charity Concert.
Through sacred music performances, the concert has inspired the community to promote the love, support and assistance for the needs of vulnerable groups, and to raise money to help them feel the love of Christ. Therefore, Christmas season is becoming the days for First Presbyterian Church to show their love of the Lord towards many disadvantaged groups.
[Editor's note: Jamie Pan translated the article]