MIDDLETOWN, NJ – For the past fifty years, the Westminster Presbyterian Church has maintained a quiet existence.  The church, made up of approximately 200 members, sits nestled a hundred yards back from the bustling Tindall Road and across from Middletown High School North.  This year the church is moving in several new directions to integrate itself and positively impact the community.

In the fall of 2009, the community may have noticed the brilliant sunflower garden that bloomed on the church’s expansive front grounds.  This month that same garden is being transformed into a Community PAR garden.  The PAR Garden (Plant-A-Row For the Hungry) will be a community garden divided into individual plots and planted with vegetables allowing participants a sense of self pride and self worth while producing food for the needy.  The goal of the garden is to produce a minimum of 1000 pounds of organically grown produce to be supplied to community soup kitchens, food banks and/or needy families in our area.  Some groups that will be working in the garden include our congregation, local scout groups, and our own pre-school children.  We will be reaching out to our community, local churches and other organizations to join us in our lofty goal.

In honor of this undertaking, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 12 noon on the grounds of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Middletown.  Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, along with Reverend Hein and the Community PAR Garden Committee Chair will join in the ribbon cutting.  There will be food and refreshments available for attendees.  We invite you to bring your lawn chairs and Frisbees and come celebrate with us!

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Julie Bair or Bruce Forshee at 732-671-2585 or e-mail: [email protected]

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...