NEW COMMUNITY CENTER AND MISSION DEDICATION
Dedication of the Hope and a Prayer Center by the Sea will be Wednesday, October 29th at 11 AM at 25-17 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway. Light Refreshments will be served.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
THE HOPE AND A PRAYER CENTER BY THE SEA
25-17 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY
With SMP Vicar Tom Cusanelli, Local Leaders Catherine Molyneux and Sharon Sessing, I am grateful to God for bringing about, after two years of sojourning, the dedication of The Hope and A Prayer Center By The Sea just a block from the ocean in Far Rockaway.
Since Superstorm Sandy, we have remained a constant presence at PS/IS 43, "The School By the Sea," and have brought resources to bear for those still dramatically affected by the results of the storm. This summer a Vacation Bible School and an End-of-Summer Party and Blessing on the Beach brought joy to children and families in Far Rockaway. The donations of so many and the fine partnership with LC-MS Disaster Response have kept us going right on through the renovation of the site.
But there is much to do as we prepare to open our doors to the community. The need is great:
Vicar Cusanelli, Atlantic District Sandy Recovery Coordinator, went to the site recently to check on the construction progress at the Center. As he approached, he overheard a woman say to her two little children, "They are putting a church there. The hooligans in this neighborhood need to get saved." So the word is out on the street that we are going to be there and the Gospel will be spread!
So first of all, please PRAY for us as we engage a tough neighborhood with a powerful Lord! Include the Hope and a Prayer Center in your congregation's weekly and your personal prayers.
Beyond your prayers, your PRESENCE would be deeply appreciated. We need volunteers for service projects and will be looking for evening volunteers as programs begin later in the fall.
Thirdly, your FINANCIAL AND RESOURCE SUPPORT is needed. Here's how we can work together to bring this mission and ministry center to hit the ground running:
If you are interested in naming the Center through a generous donation of $100,000, or would like to make a special gift of one month's rent = $5,000, half a year =$30,000, or a full year's rent = $60,000, please call 914-337-5700 x 2 and leave a message for me with Kristen Schulz.
There are, of course, many other ways to participate. Here's what's needed to complete and furnish the Center:
3 desks (for 2 offices and a reception area) @ $250 each
3 desk chairs @$150 each
2 file cabinets @ 100 each
2 chairs for office visitors @$100 each
Conference table & 8 chairs @$1000
15 folding chairs @$40 each
3 folding tables @ $50 each
2 waiting room chairs and waiting room bench @$300
A Phone system of 5 sets @$3000
alarm and surveillance system @$1500 gift from Redeemer, Garden City, Pastor Browning
3 Book Shelves @$150 each gift of Martin Luther School, Maspeth
8 computers (2 offices, reception, conference room, 4 in great room) @$500 each
3 computer printers @$250 each one printer, gift from Kay Charon
Smart board in conference room @$4500 gift from Redeemer, Garden City, Pastor Browning
two flat screen televisions (1reception area, 1 in great room) @$1000 each
Copy machine with fax and scanning ability Lease @$2000 per year
$1,600 from Good Shepherd, Laurelton
If you would like to make a gift of one or more of these items, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, Vicar Cusanelli, at email@example.com , and put "Hope and Prayer Wish List" in the subject portion of the email, or contact me by phone for further assistance.
To make a donation online, please visit our secure site at http://www.ad-lcms.org/index.php/donate-online and designate your gift to the Hurricane Sandy Fund
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
The Rev. Dr. David H. Benke,
President/Bishop of the Atlantic District LC-MS
As news coverage attests, unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied children from Central America are arriving in the United States without parents or guardians with them. They are children who make a long, dangerous journey to seek refuge from violence, gangs, traffickers, and other traumas.
After coming into contact with Department of Homeland Security immigration officials at the border, they are placed in federal care to determine what action is in their best interests. Some are deported and more are released to family members in the U.S. while awaiting their immigration court date.
Communities across the country are welcoming these children as they reunite with family or are placed in federal foster care. Schools, health care providers, and other community leaders will be in a position to support, guide and assist many of these children and families as they work towards a safe and stable future. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) created this resource to share insights and recommendations for care based on research conducted with the University of Maryland and more than 30 years' experience working with unaccompanied children and their caregivers across the country. For program details and information about our network of service partners, please visit www.lirs.org/children.
March 8th was a beautiful day at the Concordia College-NY campus in Bronxville and the Atlantic District's event attracted 380 participants, a record for Festival of Workshops.
Innovative workshop titles included a three-part Teen Track and workshops led by special presenters, Social Media specialist, Rev. Matthew Peeples, The Point, Knoxville, TN and "Next Generation Advocate," Michelle Thompson. Ms. Thompson was the keynote speaker. Videos of the opening session include the SRO crowd singing along with Blake Flattley, Worship Leader, Our Saviour New York.
View some video of the event...
Congratulating the Atlantic District’s Coalition of the Willing representatives District President Rev. Dr. David Benke (pictured on the left), and Disaster Relief Coordinator Vicar Tom Cusanelli, of St. Luke Lutheran, Dix Hills, N.Y., and Rev. Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy, are LCEF President/CEO Rich Robertson (second from left) and LCEF Board of Directors Chair Randy Peterson (right). LCEF honored the coalition with the 2013 Fred E. Lietz Mission Project Award on Nov. 22. The award totaled $14,230.
The link below will take you to the LCEF Awards Presentation video. At the 5 minute mark begins the AD Coalition of the Willing award.