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    Friends of the Shelter Fundraiser

    by Gary Ingram

    Thirty years ago, members of BRPC saw the need for a safe location for families affected by domestic violence. Since their creation of Friends of the Shelter, the group has contributed over two million dollars to the cause, whose hotline number is 866-685-8881. One of the Friends’ fundraisers has been a fall Author/Luncheon. This year […]

    Young Adult Scholarships Available, Applications Due May 25, 2018

    by Gary Ingram

    Each year, the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Council offers scholarships for college juniors, seniors or graduate students. The scholarships are granted to aid education at an accredited college, university or seminary for individuals dedicated to working in “helping professions” such as the pastorate, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, nursing, law and social work. Church members and Somerset Hills residents are […]

    Lend a hand at the “Giving Gardens” at Ross Farm (135 North Maple Avenue)

    by Gary Ingram

    Several churches have partnered with The Friends of the Boudinot-Southard-Ross Estate and the Somerset County Parks Commission to grow fresh produce for families in need, donating to the Somerset County Food Bank and God’s Co-Op Food Pantry. Last year, volunteers delivered 1000 lbs. of fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, and the partners hope to donate […]

    Oak Tree Update

    by Bill Emmitt

    In our November 6th Celebration Service of the life of our Historic White Oak Tree, we outlined several areas that our Task Force would be dealing with as we prepare for the removal of our special tree and plan for memorials to ensure its place in our future. Although much of our activity has been […]

    Go Fund Me Page for the Oak Tree

    by Gary Ingram

    A HUGE Thank You to the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills for setting up this Go Fund Me page to raise money for the Old Oak Tree!   Click here to donate: <https://www.gofundme.com/baskingridgeoak>

    God’s Co-Op Pantry says, “Thanks!” to Crane’s Farm

    by Gary Ingram

    We would like to thank Crane’s Farm for their generous donations of fresh fruits and vege- tables to God’s Co-Op Pantry this summer. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to of- fer our clients fresh produce at no extra charge—for which they are extremely grateful and appreciative! We are so thankful for these blessings […]

    BRPC and the Old Oak In the News…

    by Gary Ingram

    You may have heard about or seen a link to the article in the Washington Post this week about our old oak tree.  That article has set off a flurry of attention from many media outlets about the story of our oak tree and its condition. Here are links to various stories, if you’d like […]