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
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.
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.