Rutgers football team to worship with Somerset congregation

By Jacob Trimmer
Inside the Pew

Members of the Rutgers University football team will worship with the flock at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens at 11 a.m. onRutgers Scarlet Knights Aug. 18, according to a press release from church representatives.

The Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., said the Scarlet Knights will fellowship with the church and the community in celebration of a new season. Prayers will go up especially for the team.

“As parents of college athletes, my wife, Donna, and I experienced many emotions,” Soaries said. “Through it all, however, we supported their endeavors, cheered them to victory, and consoled them during defeat. This Sunday we plan to do the same for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights football team; I’d like these young men to look across our congregation and see a ‘red sea’ of support.”

The Rutgers football team, led by Coach Kyle Flood, not only strives for excellence on the field but excellence in academics and in service to the community. The Scarlet Knights (5-2, 9-4) tied Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Louisville for the 2012 Big East Football Championship, while Flood was named the 2012 Co-Big East Coach of the year.

Soaries said the service is open to the public. Along with the recognition of the Rutgers football team, praise and worship will take place. The church and community are being asked to wear the color red in honor of the Scarlet Knights.

Founded in 1937, First Baptist of Lincoln Gardens is a vibrant community-focused, multi-cultural and historical African-American church rooted in Baptist doctrine. The church is located at 771 Somerset St. in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, N.J.

Rutgers opens its 2013 campaign Thursday, Aug. 29 at Fresno State.

For more information on the church and its ministries, visit

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