The 44th Annual Anchor House Foundation Ride for Runaways rolls through Orange on July 10th. About 80 cyclists will journey 500 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia to Trenton, New Jersey. And one of their first rest stops will be at OPC!
What is OPC's involvement?
Orange Presbyterian Church is providing space and facilities for a scheduled rest stop Sunday morning, July 10.
The ride's support team will set up in the church parking lot with rehydration stations. Our restrooms will be available to the riders.
What does that mean for me?
The lower church lot will be sectioned off for the riders. When you come to church, plan to park in the side unpaved lot. After worship, please exit through Brooking Street
What is Anchor House?
Anchor House Foundation is a shelter for runaway and/or abused teenagers. The Foundation has been a safe space for teens in Trenton, New Jersey since 1979.
Today Anchor House offers several programs, including safe housing, street outreach, and counseling. They also provide life skills and education assistance. They also provide opportunities for youth to participate in community and civic service.
How else can I help?
Bottled water is always welcome! Or you can donate directly to the Anchor House Foundation.
Not long ago I received the book, “Beautiful on the Mountain.” I was given it with just a few hints as to what I was about to find. My curiosity became very active.
One hint was that I might see a comparison to the current life of OPC. It did not hurt my curiosity that the events took place not far from Orange at Graves Mill in Madison County.
The author, Jeannie Light, shares firsthand her challenge to get a church in the community active once again. She does a great job of giving the reader a good feel about those who lived in the area.
She is not a minister, but in all the challenges she encountered she walked hand in hand with God – prayer, study, meditation – each second of each day. She was allowed to preach in the church, but only after much doings. I leave you to find out what I mean by “much doings.”
I could not put the book down. It is an easy read, and very inspiring. I encourage everyone to get a copy and read the book. I will loan mine.
I am hoping that after reading the book, you will feel more optimistic about the future of OPC. I am now inspired to be more hopeful and to strengthen my prayer life, my time with God, and my reading of the Bible. The book is just that good.
Blessings, Anne S.
Beautiful on the Mountain by Jeannie Light
Tyndale Momentum, 2014
Many folks work behind the scenes here at OPC. But those efforts don't go unnoticed! - ed.
To all those "grounds" worker bees. I don't know who you are, but I have noticed your work. I'm lifted up when I see it. Keep up the hard work! Thank you!
- Anne Somerville