Mission at New Hempstead

The mission of New Hempstead Presbyterian Church calls us to partner with community organizations to help those in need, and to promote social justice. Here are some of the organizations and efforts we have participated in over the past several years:

Deacons’ Mission

The Deacons’ ongoing “Change-in-a-Jar Program” supports many causes, including:

Support for PC(USA) Missions

NHPC also actively supports national and international mission activities of the Presbyterian Church, USA:

  • One Great Hour of Sharing – sharing resources with people in need around the world through programs providing disaster assistance, hunger relief, and self-development of people;
  • Pentecost Offering – supporting ministries with children, youth and young adults at the local and national level;
  • Peacemaking Offering – gifts are used to advocate peace and justice around the world;
  • Christmas Joy Offering – supports students at racial ethnic schools and colleges, and supports the needs of families who have devoted their lives to the mission of the PC(USA).

Facility Users

New Hempstead Presbyterian Church has allowed community groups which fill a social need to use our facilities in exchange for a donation. Among these ongoing relationships are:

Thanksgiving Baskets 2017

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 19 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 19 to shop and assemble the baskets.

Here’s the list:

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing mix
  • Boxed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Canned vegetables (2-4 cans)
  • Canned sweet potatoes/yams
  • Corn bread mix
  • Cake/Brownie mix
  • Cake frosting
  • Applesauce
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Soup (2 cans)
  • Loaf of bread

 

Baskets awaiting distribution

Baskets awaiting distribution

Our Thanksgiving basket makers

Last Year’s Thanksgiving basket makers

Donated Thanksgiving turkeys

Donated Thanksgiving turkeys

 

Peacemaking Offering to Benefit “Habitat for Humanity of Rockland”

Our Peacemaking Offering this year will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Rockland, in support of its efforts to give low-income families an opportunity for home ownership in Rockland County. Habitat has already built houses in Haverstraw, Hillburn and Spring Valley, and they’re currently working to renovate a home in Haverstraw that will soon be ready for occupancy.  Special thanks to Executive Director Keith Albert and his wife Joanne who joined us in worship on Sunday, October 1st, to tell us about the good work Habitat is doing in our community!

All Are Welcome Here!

Our mission calls us to tend to the spiritual needs of members and friends, worship inclusively, and work for justice in our community.  Living our mission, New Hempstead Presbyterian Church proudly supports the Rockland County Pride Center.  Click on the photo below to see our ad in the Center’s 2017-2018 edition of the “Pride Guide.”

New Hempstead Presbyterian Church

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.