There are a lot of organizations that do good and we have written about many. I’m going to focus on this particular Church located in Frankford at the foot of Oxford Avenue under the shadow of the El train.
Pastor Elaine Rivera often contacts us with information about events, gatherings and offerings that the Church is doing for the community. There are many people in need in Frankford and they count on many of the life-giving Churches and community groups just to survive. Each service group tries to meet the needs of the people as best as they can.
What I have noticed over the years is that Pastor Elaine and her volunteers do what they do in a quiet, humble fashion. They go about the business of serving God’s people, as much as they are able counting, on other good people to help them with their needs. We know and believe that the Lord will provide but sometimes it takes more faith than we might have at the moment. But I don’t think Pastor Elaine’s faith falters – her life experiences have prepared her well for her ministry to society’s forgotten people.
Elaine Rivera grew up in Philadelphia but her call to ministry would not come until later in life. After she graduated from college, she served her country as a member of the United States Air Force for 8 years. Following an honorable discharge, she chose to study Law Enforcement and her career took her to New Mexico for 5 years. Feeling a call to further service for the Lord, Elaine became a licensed and ordained Minister of the Gospel in March 2011 at True Life Bible Church in Sicklerville, NJ. Serving in various servant leader roles, Elaine became an Assistant Pastor. Launching Crossroads Empowerment Ministry in Blackwood, NJ, Elaine would become a Senior Pastor. Pastor Elaine now serves as the Founder and Senior Pastor of Come As You Are Community Church. Her congregation are those marginalized by society – the homeless, the drug addicted, those who are challenged either socially or economically. Pastor Elaine is praying for guidance regarding the establishment of traditional housing for the homeless.
Come As You Are Community Church can be found on Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/CAYAFCC/ and the Internet right here – cayachurch.org.
The Frankford Gazette recently posted that the Church needs volunteers. Please consider getting involved and helping them. Also, plans for Christmas Eve follows. Please help Pastor Elaine continue the work that she and the Church does so well.
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The Frankford CDC is returning to remote work until further notice.
With the uptick in COVID cases, and the new Omicron variant, the Frankford CDC will be temporarily be returning to remote work. Services will continue to be provided via phone and email. Drop-offs for paperwork will be available.
Holiday Hours: Frankford CDC will be closed from December 24 until January 3 for the winter holidays.
There is a tree up on the hill that sets itself apart,
From the daffodils and other trees that flourish in the park.
This tree has lost all of its leaves, and its will to live on in the park.
A tree that has stood tall for many years, and now it’s losing its outer bark.
But yet, there were times when it stood tall all through the day, and shadows in the dark,
and turned its branches to the sky in all kinds of weather – “leaning one way then the other – when the wind continues to blow.”
A tree that stood on the hilltop with branches trying to reach the morning sun. When it was young, people would come, and sit beneath its cooling shade, and lean upon its trunk.
But now it’s old, and there is no shade to hold back the sun’s heat waves. One day the men will come and take the tree away.
When everything seems to be okay, they will plant another tree. Hoping that it will grow, and cover the hilltop with lots of lovely shade, and maybe a swirling breeze to make it a wonderful day.
“Then People will come – play and run – under the shade of the newly planted Belmont tree.”
By Lenny Jaynes
The tree may have been planted as part of a tribute to World War 1 veterans.
Follow this link to story.
From Sgt. Joe Fraioli
We had the honor and pleasure of leading off the Pulaski Day parade and presenting both the Polish and American colors at the opening ceremony on October 3rd.
Frankford High School JROTC color guard presenting the Polish and American colors at the playing of the national anthems
Frankford High School Pioneer Color Guard with members of the Polish-American Veterans of America Post