Important Message about EBOLA
“Engaging the World with the Gospel of Hope”
- Fighting Ebola with Food -
Ebola is a disease that has captured the attention of the nation and most of the world. We hear stories of the thousands that have been affected in West Africa and have watched it play out in our own country.
Rev. Philip Saywrayne of Christ Assembly Lutheran Church, Staten Island is working to provide food to those directly affected by Ebola. He will work through a series of Liberian churches he had a hand in planting.
This disease has taken the lives of 14 of his family members. There are many working on containing the outbreak, but many Liberians and other nationals continue to suffer.
You can help by:
- Praying for an end to this outbreak
- 2.Donating to the Atlantic District Fights Ebola Fund. Send a check payable to the Atlantic District LC-MS, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, NY 10708. In the memo portion of the check, indicate it is for the Atlantic District Fights Ebola Fund.
These funds will be used to purchase rice and other food to be disbursed to those in need.
The Atlantic District has been given a challenge grant of $25,000 from the LC-MS if we can raise another $25,000.
Can you help us?
Click here for important messages from Rev. Derek Lecakes, Atlantic District Disaster Response Coordinator, Vice-President, Region 1, Atlantic District, and from Rev. Philip Saywrayne, Pastor, Christ Assembly, Staten Island
Worshipers speak many different languages at Christ Lutheran Church, located in Woodside, New York, in the borough of Queens. Despite any lingual ebb and flow at this multicultural congregation, the 11 a.m. service always includes sign language, READ MORE....
Hope and Prayer by the Sea
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Dr. Benke acknowledged a leadership gift from Kenneth Ko in memory of his wife Karen and dedicated the Center in Far Rockawy as the Kenneth and Karen Ko Hope and a Prayer Center by the Sea. Click here for a video of the Dedication on October 29, 2014 of the Center at 2517 Seagirt Avenue --2 years to the day after Superstorm Sandy hit coastal New York and surrounding states.
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 Resurrection, 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 Resurrection, 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
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
The 41 students in the Chapel School Select Choir, led by their Director, George Heath, entertained over 200 guests at the Atlantic District's premier event, the Witness in the Public Square benefit luncheon. The children were led in towards the end of the afternoon and sang with such heart that the audience were moved to a standing ovation. It was a rousing end to a rousing afternoon.
This article on St. Matthew's 350th Anniversary appeared in the Manhattan Times on October 8, 2014. It was written by Gregg McQueen.
“We’ve managed to persevere,” says Peter Deebrah, Pastor of St. Matthew’s Church.
Not many organizations can claim to have been in existence for 350 years, especially in so young a nation.
But that is the case for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, which celebrates its 350th anniversary this year.
St. Matthew’s traces its origins to a historic charter given by the first British Governor of New York on December 6, 1664, marking it as the oldest Lutheran church in the United States. By Governor Richard Nicoll’s hand and seal, the charter gave early Dutch Lutheran settlers the right to “freely and publicly exercise divine worship according to their consciences.”