NHPC Supports Church World Service Refugee Re-Settlement Program

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


Mission Surveys due Sunday, October 11th

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!

“Bless this House…and Keep it Safe”

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

Homeless for a Night – Saturday, April 25th

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.

Safe Haven at NHPC – April 15th, 16th and 17th, 2015

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!

‘Feed the Hungry…Feed the Soul’

Our “Feed the Hungry…Feed the Soul” Special Lenten Offering will benefit the Presbyterian Hunger Program and People to People, Rockland County’s largest food pantry.  The single mother…the senior citizen…the veteran…your neighbor…someone you know may need assistance providing food for themselves and their family.  Please give to this Special Offering, now through Easter 2015. Contact Laura Bidon to find out more.

Safe Haven at New Hempstead – February 5th & 6th, 2015

We will be hosting our first Safe Havens of this season on Thursday, February 5th and Friday, February 6th. Volunteers are needed to cook, serve dinner, and clean up. Overnight chaperones are also needed for both nights. Contact Laura Bidon if you have questions, and be sure to put your name on the sign-up sheet in the Colonial Room!

Socks for the Homeless!

To help make the holidays a little bit brighter (and warmer) for homeless men and women in Rockland County, we’re having a sock drive!  Drop off your donation of NEW warm socks in the Colonial Room by Sunday, December 21st, 2014, and they’ll be delivered to the men and women of Helping Hands in time for Christmas!

Peacemaking Offering to Benefit Local Veterans

The local portion of this year’s Peacemaking Offering will benefit “Homes for Heroes of Rockland County,” a not-for-profit organization that is working to build affordable housing for homeless and disabled veterans on the former Camp Shanks site in Tappan, NY.  Fifty-two apartments – all handicapped accessible – are planned for the 14.5-acre site. Eight apartments have already been constructed, and were dedicated on Veteran’s Day last November. The second phase calls for 20 additional apartments to be built. You can help support this effort by giving generously to the Peacemaking Offering, through October 5th. Thank our veterans by giving them a home!

NHPC Supports the People’s Climate March – 9/21/14

Climate change poses an enormous threat to God’s creation, and people of faith must respond. Several members of NHPC will be participating in the People’s Climate March in NYC on 9/21/14.  This is an opportunity to stand with people from different faith traditions to let world leaders know we are watching as they meet in NYC to develop a plan for addressing climate change.  Contact Mission Chair Laura Bidon or Pastor Lori for more information.