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Morristown-based Liquid Church has been making a lot of noise about its fifth anniversary.
Hammering, sawing and drilling noise, mostly.
About 375 volunteers from the evangelical church spent the Memorial Day Weekend renovating Morristown’s Eric Johnson House, a transitional home that has served more than 220 homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS since 1994.
“At Liquid, we believe the best way to demonstrate our love for God is by loving our neighbors in need. We want to challenge Christians to put their faith into action by helping the homeless, the hungry, and the hurting all across New Jersey this spring,” Tim Lucas, lead pastor of Liquid Church, said in a statement.
The church, known for its gas and cash giveaways and a global singalong last Christmas, ponied up an estimated $20,000 in materials and services for the Eric Johnson House. Church members also serve meals there once a month.
During last week’s holiday, volunteers installed a new dishwasher and dryer, replaced light fixtures and mattresses, reupholstered furniture, painted, and removed junk from the basement and garage. Similar projects were scheduled for a New Brunswick soup kitchen and a Nutley food bank, as part of the church’s yearlong celebration of year five.
“Liquid Church has done much more than give the Eric Johnson House a facelift, they have lifted the spirits of the people who call EJH home,” said Joann McEniry, chief operating officer for New Jersey AIDS Services, the nonprofit that runs the South Street facility.
“It is amazing what simple touches, such as replacing the downstairs curtains, have brought to the people we serve. We are very grateful to the Church for investing in us and to the people who gave up their Memorial Day barbecues to make a difference,” Joann said via email.