June 2015 Archive for Media Room

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A listing of when and where Metropolitan New York congregations and members appear in the media. For more information or to share an article with us, contact Rebekah Thornhill.

Commemorating 300 Years of Worship with Christ Lutheran Church of Airmont

Jun 12, 2015

Former Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo Commemorates 300 Years of Worship with Christ Lutheran Church of Airmont

Church has served Rockland and Mahwah communities for three centuries.

Former Bishop states, "For three centuries this faith community has given witness to God's love, present in worship and service, and will continue to do so with faith and vitality." 

Pastor Michael A. Dickson added, "Today, as we celebrate 300 years of worship and service, we surely treasure and honor the past, but are very excited about the present and future of this ministry."



Read the full article from the Mahwah Patch here.


Service dog Figo deserves a medal, owner says

Jun 10, 2015

figobrewsterOn Monday, Stone and Figo were on their way back from their "usual daily walk" into Brewster, headed to their home across from the firehouse on North Main Street. When the pair reached Michael Neuner Drive, "I gave him the command to cross the street," Stone said.


"I said, 'Forward.' And we were in the middle of the street and it happened so quickly, but people said he just jumped at the bus," Stone said. ... 


Pastor Jennifer Boyd was visiting Stone's hospital room Tuesday, and fielding calls from well-wishers and the national media. Boyd said Stone is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and so is Figo, who goes up at communion time but does not take Communion.


Read the full article from Lohud here.


St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church to commemorate 300th anniversary

Jun 05, 2015

"I am pleased and honored to join the people of the Lutheran Parish of Northern Dutchess in marking the 300th anniversary of St. Paul’s, Red Hook," Rimbo said in a press release. "For three centuries this faith community has given witness to God’s love present in worship and service, and will continue to do so with faith and vitality."


The church dates to the emigration of Palatine German refugees of 1710 who in 1715 established the joint-Reformed Lutheran Church that would later become St. Paul’s.


Read the full article from the Daily Freeman here


Pastor restores theater in his Williamsburg church

Jun 03, 2015

MckelahantheatreA Williamsburg pastor will reopen a long-forgotten theater inside his church to the public this weekend, after working for years to restore the abandoned performance space back to its former glory.


The churchman says he felt compelled to save the old playhouse for the sake of both his own flock and the community at large, as so many of the neighborhood’s arts venues have recently closed due to skyrocketing rents.


"Part of a church’s mission is to help people express what it means to be human, and the arts are an important part of that," said Pastor Ben McKelahan, who is the head of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on S. Fifth Street at Rodney Street. "Also, there are so many small venues that have shut down in Williamsburg and artists need more places to show off their work."


Read the full article in The Brooklyn Paper here.


Lutheran synod votes to divest from fossil fuels

Jun 02, 2015

The Assembly of the Metropolitan New York Synod, a large division of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, voted last week to divest the church from its fossil fuel holdings, church leaders said Monday.


Only about $289,000 of the synod's $12 million portfolio will be immediately reallocated, but the church voted to refrain from any future investment in fossil fuel companies and is petitioning the national church to do the same. The divestment vote comes amid growing pressure from environmental groups to "strand" fossil-fuel assets as well as growing concern among religious organizations over the effects of global warming.


"We don't know what the national church is going to do but I think they will be paying attention to the fact that at least three synods have voted to divest," said Gerard Falco, chairman of the New York Synod's environmental stewardship committee. A synod is akin to a diocese, and the New York Metropolitan Synod encompasses roughly 200 churches in the region with about 64,000 congregants.


Synods in New England and Oregon have taken similar divestment votes. Local church leaders said they will make a push next year for the national Lutheran assembly to drop fossil fuels as well.


The trend toward environmentalism among religious groups has made news in recent months.


Pope Francis is expected to deliver an "encyclical," a papal letter sent to all bishops of the Roman Catholic church, this summer and some Catholic groups have begun mobilizing in advance.


"[Environmental stewardship] is a firm belief for Christianity and the Lutheran catechism," Falco said. "We shouldn't be profiting from something that's destroying."


Read the article from the Capital New York here


Musical Saw Festival At Trinity Lutheran Church

Jun 01, 2015

trinitylicsawfestQueens Borough President Melinda Katz opened the 11th NYC Musical Saw Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Island City, remarking how great it was, that despite repeated invitations for the festival to move to Manhattan or Brooklyn, the festival calls Queens its home, bringing visitors from all over the world, the USA and the city to Astoria.


Read the full article from the Queens Gazette here.