August 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.

Repairs to Immanuel Lutheran Church's Leaky Roof Nearly Complete, Rev. Says

Aug 25, 2015

ImmanuelAt roughly 60 years olf, the Immanual Lutheran Church's roof had leaks, but none like the leak near its altar. 


When congregants came forward for communion, a bucket was put in place to catch the water, drip by drip.   "That made it kind of easy to realize something had gone wrong with the roof," said the Rev. Gregory Fryer.


"When we first started, the estimate of a new roof was $1.1 million. That's an awful lot of money for our congregation, though we had known this was on horizon."  


Read the full article from DNAinfo New York here



County to Host Patriot Day Sept 11th Remembrance Ceremony

Aug 21, 2015

Orange-County-Seal-6-2015Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commissioner Richard L. Rose Jr. have invited the community to attend the September 11 Patriot Day ceremony to be held at the Orange County Arboretum at Thomas Bull Memorial Park on Friday, September 11. The procession will begin at 5:55 p.m. followed promptly by the 6 p.m.


Highlights from the ceremony will include a patriotic performance by guitarist Rich Pell. United States Military Academy Band vocalist Army Master Sergeant MaryKay Messenger will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. Rose will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain, Major John Torres, United States Air Force 105th Airlift Wing will offer the Invocation and Pastor Peter Rustico, St John’s Lutheran Church, Middletown will provide the Benediction.


Read the full article from the Hudson Valley News Network here

Half-Day Pre-K Gets a Lifeline in New York City

Aug 19, 2015

New York City will offer 4,500 half-day prekindergarten slots this year, addressing concerns from some parents that their young children weren’t ready for more intensive full-day classroom experiences.


Programs were notified this week whether they were approved to offer half-day slots, leaving some parents hurrying to shift plans three weeks before school starts on Sept. 9.


"Now that we got it, a big scramble is about to get under way," said Alice Mulligan, executive director at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Preschool in Bay Ridge, which was waiting to hear whether it had been approved to offer half-day slots in addition to its full-day program. She said she received the approval Tuesday night.


"It’s definitely good news for our families—we could fill our seats this second."


Read the full article from The Wall Street Journal here.

Dance of the Conchord

Aug 19, 2015

ClementatMessiahBrooklynJemaine Clement was early for the dance in the church basement. The gap-toothed actor and mainstay of the tongue-in-cheek band Flight of the Conchords had put on a loose shirt and shorts and grown a broody, two-day beard in preparation for the unlit "No Lights, No Lycra" jam at a Lutheran church in Greenpoint.


That church is The Park Church Co-Op. Read the full article from The New Yorker here

Resurrection of Long-Absent Church Bells Gets High Praise in Park Slope

Aug 08, 2015

parsonsdnainfoarticleIn a city where residents can feel like they're under assault from the blare of sirens, the bleat of cell phones and the boom of delivery trucks, it's not often that people welcome new noises into their environment.


But that's exactly what happened recently when the St. John-St. Matthew-Emanuel Church on Prospect and Sixth avenues starting ringing its bells again after a five-year hiatus.


Pastor David Parsons was "pleasantly surprised" to get a flurry of emails from locals applauding the return of the melodious chimes, which now ring daily at noon and 6 p.m., and on Sundays 15 minutes and one minute before services.


Read the full article from DNAinfo here.

New Parsonage Delivered To White Plains' Trinity Lutheran Church

Aug 06, 2015

whiteplainsparsonageTrinity Lutheran Church of White Plains accepted delivery of a new, prefabricated parsonage on Monday.


Photos of the construction of the foundation and the hoisting of the two halves of the parsonage are available on the church's official Facebook page.


The church will hold a dedication ceremony after the landscaping is finished in early autumn.


Read the full article from The White Plains Daily Voice here.

Reverend Foster Moving On

Aug 06, 2015

fostermovingFive years after her arrival on the South Fork, the Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster, pastor of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett and Incarnation Lutheran Church in Bridgehampton, has heeded a call to take on a new charge.


Ms. Foster, enormously popular among her flocks and credited with revitalizing the churches she leads, has accepted a post at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. She will begin her new post at the beginning of September.


"What’s important to me and to my family is that we follow wherever God is calling us," she said on Monday. "We felt called out here to be a force to help rebuild the membership at Incarnation and get it on a more solid foundation, and, especially, to come and build the housing at St. Michael’s."


She described St. John’s as "a very small congregation in a building that’s very big." Like many urban churches, "their buildings are kind of an albatross," she said. "We’ll decide what to do with the building — redevelop it, fix it, at very least paint the interior — and grow the congregation. I think Jesus has a future for that place, just as Jesus has a future for the church. My job is to go there and help them figure out what that future is, but I have no doubt that we’re going to go there and have fun, and have really good services, and be an open, inviting community for people who are looking for community and for a connection with God."


Read the full article from The East Hampton Star here