The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Zarephath, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Zarephath, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Free adult literacy programs for English-language learners of all skill levels are available this fall for residents of Somerset and Hunterdon counties.The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board’s Literacy Committee and its providers strive to share information as well as expand the effectiveness of these free programs in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Providers of these programs include Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), and the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission.Programs are f...
SOMERVILLE, NJ - Free adult literacy programs for English-language learners of all skill levels are available this fall for residents of Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
The Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board’s Literacy Committee and its providers strive to share information as well as expand the effectiveness of these free programs in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Providers of these programs include Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), and the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission.
Programs are funded by a federal grant through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which helps adults gain the necessary literacy and English skills they will need to participate in workforce training programs and employment.
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Raritan Valley Community College
RVCC offers free classes in literacy and English language skills to help individuals prepare for employment in the food service industry. Fall classes will be held remotely, via Zoom.
Integrated English Literacy classes and the Civics Education Program teach skills such as listening, speaking and writing. Class participants who complete the literacy program and 10 hours of training in the areas of appreciation, prevention, avoidance and reduction of health hazards and safety in the workplace are eligible to receive certifications for either ServSafe Food Handler or OSHA 10. These certifications are required by most entry-level restaurants and food service jobs.
Placement testing occurs in September, for 11 classes scheduled in October. Zoom classes are planned for the evening and day at different times throughout the week. Classes will accept 15 to 17 people and meet twice a week for 2.5 hours.
For more information about classes, visit https://www.raritanval.edu/literacy. To schedule a placement-testing session, email [email protected] or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8686.
Hunterdon County Education Services Commission
High school equivalency, basic computer skills and English Language Acquisition classes are offered by the HCESC at five in-person locations in both counties.
Eleven classes are planned to run two days per week at various times at the following locations:
Bound Brook, at the Bound Brook Library (evenings)
Flemington, at the Flemington Adult Literacy Center on Bartles Corner Road (mornings and evenings)
In the Somerset section of Franklin, at Franklin Middle School (evenings); at the Christian Center of Somerset (including a hybrid option) (evenings)
In Somerville, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (mornings)
HCESC Workforce Learning Link
The HCESC also operates two Workforce Learning Link sites offering adult literacy programs. These programs, offered through the Greater Raritan One-Stop Career Center and funded by the GRWDB, have virtual and in-person components. Visit www.hunterdonesc.org and click on the Adult Programs/Workforce Learning Link.
For more details, visit www.hunterdonesc.org and click on the links for Adult Programs/English classes or High School Equivalency classes, email [email protected], or call 908-237-5000, ext. 11, in Hunterdon County or 908-541-5781 in Somerset County.
OTHER LITERACY PROGRAMS
Hunterdon Helpline Volunteers at Hunterdon Helpline provide free literacy services through custom, one-on-one, barrier-free individualized instruction for low- to high English language levels. For more information, email [email protected], call 908-782-4357 or visit www.helplinehc.org.
Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County Volunteers at the Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County provide free English Language Acquisition lessons through one-on-one tutoring in which the student and tutor pick the time and place to meet, and sessions can be in-person or via Zoom. High-beginner through low-advanced levels will be accommodated, with the number of "seats" determined by the number of tutors. Enrollment is available through Sept. 11, and classes will run through Nov. 11.
The Literacy Volunteers also offer Intermediate Conversation Groups on Zoom and in person at the Manville, Bound Brook and Hillsborough libraries; these are drop-in groups, with no seating limits.
For more information, email [email protected], call 908-725-5430, or visit LiteracySomerset.org, which provides details about LVSC's year-long Cultural Connections initiative in which tutors and students explored the culture and how it affects communication.
Individuals can contact Literacy Volunteers or Hunterdon Helpline to learn how to become a tutor.
Hunterdon County Library
The Hunterdon County Library offers weekly online English conversation groups on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and Thursdays at 1 p.m. This group accepts low- to high levels of skill, and there is no seat limit. For more information, email [email protected] or call 908-713-7005.
Zarephath Christian Church Located in Franklin, Somerset County, the church offers English-language classes, group conversations and accent reduction. For more information, email [email protected] or call 732-560-4001.
Weekly text updates highlight career and job opportunities in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. Text “onestop” to 565-12 to sign up. Additional information on career-development programs offered by the partners of the Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board can be found at www.thegrwdb.org.
Questions? Contact GRWDB Board Director Paul Grzella at [email protected], or call 908-203-6044.
SOMERSET — Nearly two years ago, hope for Somerset Christian College's future was literally floating away.Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene had swamped the private college’s campus in the Zarephath section of Franklin Township. Fourteen feet of muddy water ruined 16,000 books in the school library and sent pieces of the campus floating down the nearby Delaware & Raritan Canal.Though things looked dire, the college’s president, Dav...
SOMERSET — Nearly two years ago, hope for Somerset Christian College's future was literally floating away.
Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene had swamped the private college’s campus in the Zarephath section of Franklin Township. Fourteen feet of muddy water ruined 16,000 books in the school library and sent pieces of the campus floating down the nearby Delaware & Raritan Canal.
Though things looked dire, the college’s president, David Schroeder, vowed that the century-old school would not shut down.
"There was no way we would go out of business," Schroeder said.
Two years later, the school has a new name — Pillar College — along with a new campus in Somerset, a thriving site in Newark and ambitious plans to expand into other parts of New Jersey. School officials say the storm may have been one of the best things to ever happen to one of the state’s smallest colleges.
"It was a big blessing," Schroeder said. "It gives us a chance for a new start."
The college was founded in 1908 as Zarephath Bible Institute, a school to train missionaries, preachers and teachers. It was an outgrowth of Pillar of Fire International, an evangelical Christian church based on the old campus. It took its name from a description of God as a "pillar of fire to give them light" in the Bible’s Book of Exodus.
The school, which eventually was renamed Somerset Christian College, was headquartered on the church’s riverside property off Weston Canal Road in Zarephath, a few miles from what is now Route 287. In 2001, the state licensed the college to begin offering two-year associate degrees. Though it only had a few hundred students, five years later the college was approved to offer four-year degrees as it continued to expand its focus to nonreligious majors.
The Zarephath campus was nearly destroyed when Tropical Storm Floyd hit in 1999 and 8 feet of floodwater devastated several buildings. The property, which included church and college buildings, underwent a nearly $3 million renovation, school officials said. But when Tropical Storm Irene brought in even more water in 2011, the school’s president knew it was time to leave.
With no main campus and enrollment dropping, some said they doubted whether the school would survive.
B. Keith Brewer, a professor of biblical studies, had been with the school since the days it was known as Zarephath Bible Institute. As the 2011 floodwaters subsided, he said he saw the staff and the school’s leadership step up to rethink the college’s future.
"I also trusted in the providence of God to continue the important work of the college," Brewer said.
The college sent students to a temporary facility at a church in Warren County and to the school’s new satellite campus in an office building in Newark. The college gave half of the insurance money it got for its damaged campus to the Pillar of Fire church, which also needed to rebuild but lacked adequate flood insurance, the president said.
Then the college took the rest of the cash, along with donations from benefactors and some of its tuition revenue, and began looking for a new home, the president said. It settled on an office complex off Apgar Drive in Somerset, a few miles from its old campus.
The office space, which was transformed into classrooms and student lounges, opened this year. The college’s second campus in a building near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark also expanded.
By the time Somerset Christian College renamed itself Pillar College in April, the school’s enrollment had bounced back to more than 450 students. School officials also were exploring finding dormitory space for students and opening additional locations in Rahway, Paterson, Phillipsburg, Rockaway and Passaic.
College officials said they do not expect to have difficulty finding students to fill new seats.
"There really seems to be a real desire for faith-based higher education," Schroeder said. "Part of it is just the lack of schools like us, particularly in New Jersey."
At the new Somerset campus, a large wooden cross stands in the student lounge where students hang out between classes. Classrooms, computer labs and offices line a brightly lit hallway in what once had been office space for an office supply company.
With no outdoor space at the new campus, students still go back to the college’s old campus in Zarephath to use the sports fields.
Freshman Faith Sanislo, 20, said she ended up at Pillar after an unhappy stint at Raritan Valley Community College.
"I told my parents how I felt, and my mother suggested that I look into Pillar. I decided to give it a try, and I fell in love with the school very quickly," said Sanislo, a business major from Somerset. "There is something about Pillar that you just do not experience anywhere else. You feel like you are part of a family.
"Everyone there wants to see you do your best and succeed," Sanislo said.
Many undergraduates say they ended up at the school through recommendations from their local churches. The college’s mission statement says it is "rooted in and committed to Christian faith and love." Students say religion does not dominate their courses, but faith has a prominent role.
"Most of us will start the class off with a prayer," said Josue Cruz, 23, a senior from New Brunswick majoring in psychology and counseling.
Cruz learned about the college through his church, enrolled and stuck with the school while it regrouped after the storm. He said there were mixed feelings among the students when the college decided to move to Somerset and change its name to Pillar. At a meeting where students voiced their concerns, Cruz said he advised his classmates the changes were for the best.
"Change may not be the easiest thing, but sometimes it’s necessary," said Cruz, president of the student government on the Somerset campus.
Though the school was founded to train ministers, religious training is now Pillar’s smallest division. Psychology, counseling and business administration and management are the school’s top majors. Tuition and fees for full-time students are about $17,000 a year. In the next three years, Pillar plans to add two undergraduate majors and two graduate programs, including a possible master’s in business administration degree, campus officials said.
Both the college and Pillar of Fire International long ago disavowed the church’s early ties to white supremacy, anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism movements. Pillar now stresses its racial diversity and global focus when recruiting potential students, campus officials said.
The college is investing in a new bilingual program that allows students to earn an associate degree in classes taught in Spanish while taking noncredit classes to learn English.
The school also is developing relationships in China. During the summer, Pillar’s Somerset campus is hosting several sessions for Chinese students who are paying to come to New Jersey for multiweek English-language programs that include classes in American culture, baseball and learning how to cook a Thanksgiving dinner.
Meanwhile, a group of 22 Pillar students and professors is spending part of the summer in China teaching English to teenagers at a summer camp. Brewer, the biblical studies professor who also serves as head of the college’s global learning program said the U.S. students are taking Chinese-language courses, tai chi lessons and weekend trips around the country.
"A great time is being had by all and we expect this program to continue in the future as an annual event," Brewer said via e-mail from Jinhua in southeastern China.
Back home, Brewer said he sees a renewed spirit at the school.
"I am very excited about the future of Pillar College," Brewer said. "The new name will give us a broader connection with students beyond Somerset County."
With the school’s expansion continuing, Pillar College might consider applying to the state for university status one day, Schroeder said.
"That’s down the road a way," the school president said with a smile.
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Despite Gov. Phil Murphy ordering a virtual lockdown last Saturday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a number of local churches are still working to bring people together — even as they remain physically separated.Those interested in continuing to ...
Despite Gov. Phil Murphy ordering a virtual lockdown last Saturday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a number of local churches are still working to bring people together — even as they remain physically separated.
Those interested in continuing to quarantine uninterruptedly from their own residences can tune into virtual services available at a variety of churches throughout New Jersey.
Liquid Church, which has several locations across the state, has long featured an online service that streams at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sundays. Emergence Church, which similarly has sites in numerous areas throughout New Jersey, is offering Sunday streaming services on its website as well as on Facebook and YouTube.
The Episcopal churches of New Jersey are dually offering an assortment of online worship resources, as is The Life Christian Church, which has locations in both West Orange and Paramus. In addition to live-streaming services at 9 and 11 a.m. on Sundays, The Life Christian Church has created new services to serve the community during this time including virtual small groups, live-streamed prayer times, a Prayer Line and a Help Line monitored by the Pastoral Team.
The Chapel, which has locations in Lincoln Park, Wayne, and Montclair, is offering a Sunday classic service at 8:45 a.m. and two Sunday Modern services at 10 and 11:15 a.m. with live worship and a message from senior pastor Dave Gustavsen. In addition to that, children and adults can visit the church’s website for Sunday morning online classes, as well as for online groups that meet during the week.
Here’s a breakdown of other churches throughout the Garden State that are offering online worship services, by county:
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Pharmacies are often critical touch points for health care in the community, and pharmacists are among the most visible members of the health-care system. With this in mind, Michelle Chin made it her mission to get involved in service throughout her six years as a Pharm.D. student in St. John’s University’s ...
Pharmacies are often critical touch points for health care in the community, and pharmacists are among the most visible members of the health-care system. With this in mind, Michelle Chin made it her mission to get involved in service throughout her six years as a Pharm.D. student in St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Like many students, the native of Hillsborough, NJ, participated in University Service Day each year, and was involved in countless outreach activities in the community surrounding St. John’s Queens, NY, campus. She also lived St. John’s Vincentian mission in her home state, volunteering as a medical assistant at Zarephath Health Center, which provides free health care to the poor and uninsured in Somerset, NJ, and as a member of Somerset County’s Prescription Work Group, which hosts programs that educate the public on issues of prescription drug abuse and misuse.
“Pharmacists have to be engaged with members of the community,” she said. “That’s why altruism is an important characteristic of a good pharmacist. My service work allowed me to gain a better understanding of the needs of the communities I served, and to connect with people.”
As a student in the University’s rigorous Pharm.D. program, Michelle benefited from a diverse mix of classroom, laboratory, and abilities-based learning exercises, and the mentorship of world-class faculty, including Vibhuti Arya, Pharm.D., Clinical Professor, Clinical Health Professions.
“Naturally, Dr. Arya inspires her students to do their best, but she goes above and beyond her role as a pharmacist and professor to contribute great work to advance the profession,” she said. Dr. Arya is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association and was recently elected to the association’s Board of Trustees. “My long-term goal is not only to become a clinical professor, but also to become a leader in pharmacy, just as Dr. Arya has done.”
When she wasn’t in the classroom or volunteering her time in the community, Michelle gained valuable practical experience through a wide range of internships, including positions with the US Food and Drug Administration and Bristol Myers Squibb.
Over the summer of 2019, Michelle was also fortunate enough to land a coveted internship in the Global Quality Assurance Department of Celgene, a subsidiary of Bristol Myers Squibb. “I learned about the product development process and the importance of research and development in discovering and manufacturing new drugs,” she explained. “This experience was very special to me because it was my first one in a nontraditional pharmacy role.”
As Michelle is now set to start the next chapter of her life as a resident pharmacist at Walgreens in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, she offered sage advice for students who will enter St. John’s this fall.
“Get involved on campus,” she said. “I was able to become very involved in campus activities and had the opportunity to experience virtually almost every aspect of University life. There is a sense of family in the community, regardless of your major. One of the best things about St. John’s is the friendly nature of students.”
Zarephath Christian Church announces plans to construct a new ministry center in Franklin Township, NJ, allowing the ministry to expand in order to meet the growing needs of their congregation and the community they serve.After a season of faith, including a lot of prayer and meticulous planning, we are deeply grateful to the Lord for providing the funds necessary to break ground and to begin construction of the first stage of the new “ZAREPHATH MINISTRY CENTER....
After a season of faith, including a lot of prayer and meticulous planning, we are deeply grateful to the Lord for providing the funds necessary to break ground and to begin construction of the first stage of the new “ZAREPHATH MINISTRY CENTER.
Zarephath Christian Church has announced plans to construct a 56,000 square-foot, multi-purpose ministry center in Franklin Township, across the street from its current location and next to the Children’s Ministry Center, located at 595 Weston Canal Road. A Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held Sunday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. following a special “Everyone Under the Tent” Sunday Worship Service, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Both events are open to the public.
Over the course of the last eight years, Zarephath Christian Church, a ministry of The Pillar of Fire, has grown from 200 congregants to over 1,500 with three services held each weekend. In addition, their sister ministry, Urban Impact, an outreach to inner city young men and women, has also experienced significant growth. These ministries have outgrown their present facilities and, according to ministry leaders, it is necessary to expand the walls of their tent to increase the impact on the community they serve.
The new ZAREPHATH MINISTRY CENTER, a 2,200 occupant-capacity facility, is projected to be completed in the fall of 2014. The Center’s features will include a gymnasium, which will also serve as the location for Sunday worship services, as well as church and Urban Impact offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, a café, kitchen and small health and wellness center. It is important to note that the site for the new Zarephath Ministry Center is outside the current flood zone. This is significant, since the current facilities have been increasingly impacted by recurring flood devastation in recent years.
When asked to reflect on Zarephath Christian Church’s new facility, Pastor Rob Cruver, Senior Pastor of the church, stated, “After a season of faith, including a lot of prayer and meticulous planning, we are deeply grateful to the Lord for providing the funds necessary to break ground and to begin construction of the first stage of the new “ZAREPHATH MINISTRY CENTER.”
Zarephath Christian Church (ZCC) is a multicultural, multigenerational congregation. While it operates under the auspices of The Pillar of Fire, founded in 1901 as an offshoot of the Wesleyan Church, ZCC's Sunday services feel more like a non-denominational expression of faith. The teaching/preaching by Pastor Rob Cruver is presented in a relevant, authentic style, and music is featured in the contemporary Christian rock genre with a full band.
Urban Impact, ZCC's sister ministry, reaches out to inner city youth from Queens, the Bronx, New Brunswick, Jersey City, and Long Island. Through summer camps, monthly programs, individual mentorships, and work in conjunction with local church youth groups, Urban Impact has positively influenced some of the community’s most at-risk teens.
Zarephath Christian Church continues to welcome visitors to worship with their growing congregation. For more information, visit Zarephath Christian Church’s website at http://www.zarephath.org. Additional information on Urban Impact may be obtained by visiting their website at http://www.urban-impact.org.