Pentecost Offering to Support the Children of our Community

Members and friends of our congregation were recently asked to select a local agency to be the recipient of our annual Pentecost Offering.  Your votes have been counted, and the winner is…..too close to call!  As a result, your Pentecost gifts will be shared equally by the Center for Safety & Change (formerly Rockland Family Shelter), Nyack Center and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center in Spring Valley.  All three organizations work to support families and nurture children in our community.  What a great way to let our Pentecost spirit shine in the community! It’s not too late to give!

Join us at the “Unity Celebration” – Monday, January 16, 2017

New Hempstead Presbyterian Church is once again a proud sponsor of the Unity Celebration, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This annual event celebrates the life of Dr. King by showcasing community groups, performers and speakers who carry on Dr. King’s dream to create the beloved community.  Doors open at 3:00pm on Monday, January 16th at Ramapo High School, located at 400 Viola Road, Spring Valley, NY.  Stop by and see us at the NHPC table!

Safe Haven Update

Thank you to all our volunteers who shopped, cooked, served and provided overnight chaperone for our recent Safe Haven nights at NHPC.  Thanks to your efforts, over 25 homeless men and women had hot meals and safe, overnight shelter on the cold nights of December 28-30th. Special thanks to our friends from Germonds Presbyterian Church, who provided meals and served our guests on Thursday night!

It has already been a tough season for our homeless neighbors.  Already, several have been hospitalized with bouts of pneumonia–just one of the health hazards of life on the streets. NHPC is proud to partner with Helping Hands Interfaith Coalition of Rockland County, to provide warm meals and overnight shelter to men and women in need.  Helping Hands also offers other support services to assist in ending the cycle of homelessness–case management, housing and job search assistance.  Learn more about Helping Hands at http://www.helpinghandsofrockland.org.

Thanksgiving Baskets 2016

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but for 50 needy Rockland families the holiday was a little better. Through donations from our congregation and the St. George Church, we were able to assemble 50 Thanksgiving baskets complete with turkeys. On November 20, six of us shopped at ShopRite for the basket items. Seeing the mountain of food that we were buying and hearing the reason why, one kind shopper even gave us a $20 donation. Once we got back to the church, we made an assembly line to pack the bags with food. Since the turkeys had to be kept cold, Percy donated the use of his van to store the turkeys – a freezer on wheels since the night temperature was fairly cold.

On Monday morning, Carmen came to the church with a bag of bagels and her list of basket recipients. The baskets were ready to go and by 11 AM, they had all been picked up. Thanks to everyone who contributed donations, shopped, assembled the baskets, and distributed them. You made a difference to our neighbors in need.

Baskets awaiting distribution

Baskets awaiting distribution

Our Thanksgiving basket makers

Our Thanksgiving basket makers

Donated Thanksgiving turkeys

Donated Thanksgiving turkeys

Help make Thanksgiving a little brighter for a needy neighbor.  New Hempstead Church has a long tradition of donating “Thanksgiving Baskets” to local families in need. Be sure to bring your food items to church on Sunday, November 20 so that we can distribute them before Thanksgiving.   You can also sponsor a basket, and we’ll do the shopping for you.  We’ll need volunteers on November 20th to shop and assemble the baskets.  Contact Laura Bidon with any questions, or Carmen Bermudez if you know a family in need.

Special Guest on Sunday, August 21st

Pastor Lori will be away for continuing education on Sunday, August 21st.  In her absence, Toney Earl, Jr. will be our special guest at worship that day.  He’ll be sharing his personal story, and telling us more about the work of his organization–MADE (Making a Difference Everyday)–bringing hope and change to formerly incarcerated individuals. All are welcome!  Join us Sunday at 10AM.