New Hempstead Church is a proud sponsor of the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Celebration. The event takes place this year at Ramapo High School (400 Viola Road), on Monday January 18th. It’s a day of remembrance and celebration, featuring food, entertainment and inspirational speakers. Doors open at 3:00pm. Come visit us at our table, and learn more about our outreach and service to the local community.
We’ll be hosting our next Safe Havens in Murchison Hall on January 27-29th, and are in need of volunteers to help cook and serve dinner on those evenings. We also need overnight chaperones for those nights. Contact Pam Fink or Laura Metallo-Bidon if you’re available to help out. We’re also in need of toiletries to provide to our guests — personal size items are best. Drop them in the bin in the Colonial Room. Remember your neighbors in need by volunteering or donating to this effort.
All are welcome. Join us!
We are collecting MEN’S GLOVES to be delivered to clients of the Salvation Army Canteen Food Program in Spring Valley. Men’s gloves are most in need, since most of the individuals served by the Canteen program are young immigrant men looking for work. Purchase a pair of warm winter gloves and bring them to Church by Sunday, December 13th, so they can be delivered in time for Christmas. Contact Laura Bidon with any questions.
Our Youth Group is carrying on the proud NHPC tradition of assembling Thanksgiving Baskets for distribution to families in need this holiday season. Whether you can contribute an entire “basket,” a few items from the list, or prefer to make a monetary contribution, all donations are welcome! Be sure to bring your donations to church by Sunday, November 22nd so that we can distribute them in time for Thanksgiving. Items needed include: Stuffing mix, boxed potatoes, gravy, canned vegetables, canned sweet potatoes, corn bread mix, cake/brownie mix, cake frosting, applesauce, canned cranberry sauce, canned soup. Bring frozen turkeys and bread no earlier than November 22nd, so we can store them safely.
Your votes have been counted, and we are proud to announce that the Church World Service (CWS) office in Jersey City will be the recipient of our local portion of the ‘Peace & Global Witness Offering.’ The CWS Refugee Re-Settlement Program works around the world, and locally in Jersey City, New Jersey, to provide assistance to men, women and children fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. They were recently featured in an article in The New York Times. Read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/nyregion/syrian-refugees-in-jersey-city-are-among-few-to-start-new-life-in-us.html?_r=0
Have you completed your Mission Survey yet? Responses from these surveys will determine who receives our local portion of the ‘Peace & Global Witness Offering’, and which mission activities we participate in for the coming year. Drop your completed survey in the box in the Colonial Room, or give it to Laura Bidon, Mission Chair, no later than Sunday, October 11th. Let your voice be heard!
The faithful fulfillment of our mission requires us to preserve, restore and maintain our buildings and grounds, so that we may continue worshiping, serving and growing in community. Your support is needed in our Capital Campaign to bless our house, and keep it safe. Mark your calendar with these important dates:
- Saturday, June 13, 2015 Congregational Dinner
- Sunday, June 14, 2015 Commitment/Pledge Sunday
Members of the 4-Church Youth Group will be “Homeless for a Night” on Saturday, April 25th, to benefit Helping Hands of Rockland County. You can sponsor them now—for more info, speak to one of our youth group members or one of their fearless leaders (Mark Zacheis and Howard Whitehouse). All proceeds benefit Helping Hands Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless of Rockland County.
Our final Safe Havens of this season will be on April 15th, 16th and 17th (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights). Volunteers are needed to cook, serve dinner, and clean up. Overnight chaperones are also needed for these nights. Contact Laura Bidon if you have questions, and be sure to put your name on the sign-up sheet in the Colonial Room!