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:
- Youth Group Food Drive to benefit the food pantry of People to People of Rockland County (ongoing)
- Helping Hands of Rockland County – hosting the homeless in our fellowship hall, preparing hygiene kits and serving meals to safe haven clients
- School supplies to benefit the children of the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley
- “Walk to Feed the Need”, sponsored by Germonds Presbyterian Church, to benefit Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Meals on Wheels of Rockland County, Interfaith Breakfast Program in Spring Valley, and the food pantry of People to People of Rockland County
- Thanksgiving Baskets to local missions and individuals in need
- Pajama Program – Rockland County Chapter, providing pajamas and books to homeless children
- Warm clothing for day laborers in Rockland County
- Ramapo High School Multicultural Club, to benefit Young Haitian Refugees
- College Care Packages for youth away at College
- “Gift Angels for Seniors” program of Rockland Home Aides
- Peru Pilgrimage and Partnership with the people of La Oroya, Peru
- Supplies for families in need at Rockland Center for Safety and Change
- Hygiene Kits for Victims of Natural Disaster through Church World Services
- Soup Angels – support and volunteers
- Red Hands Peace Project, to create awareness of the use of children as soldiers in armed conflict
- Peace Prayer Board to emphasize our role as peacemakers during A Season of Peace
- Habitat for Humanity
- Presbyterian Prison Ministry
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).
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:
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!
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!
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.
On December 28–30, New Hempstead Presbyterian Church will again be hosting Safe Haven—providing a hot meal and overnight shelter to homeless men and women of Rockland County. To make their holiday season a little bit brighter (and warmer), we’re collecting … Continue reading
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
Our Thanksgiving basket makers
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.
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.
In Spring Valley on Saturday, August 6, starting at 10:30 AM, there will be a solidarity walk for peace and justice for communities of color. People of all faiths, cultures and ages who wish to strengthen the fight against injustice … Continue reading
Our deacons will be hosting a table at the Spring Valley Community Resource Day this Saturday, July 16th. It will be an afternoon featuring community agencies, international cuisine, live performances, games and more! Noon until 4 pm. on East Church Street in Spring Valley. Stop by our table and say hello!
Update: a second vigil has been scheduled in Nyack for Thursday. The Village of Nyack in collaboration with the Rockland County Pride Center will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. June 16. Meet at Nyack’s Village Hall and walk in solidarity with our … Continue reading
Mary Wollstonecraft said, “It is Justice, not charity, that is wanting in this world.” For years, the New Hempstead Presbyterian Church and its members have provided charity for the homeless of Rockland County, often through Helping Hands of Rockland County, … Continue reading