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September 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.

Salam Arabic Lutheran Church has high hopes for annual blood drive

Sep 29, 2015

The gift of life is alive and well at Salam Arabic Lutheran Church, where, on Sunday, October 4, Ridgeites are invited to take part in the house of worship’s annual blood drive.


"We do this every year," said Reverend Khader El-Yateem, noting that this year’s collection will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the church, located at 414 80th Street. "We encourage members of the church and the community to come out and donate blood – to give the gift of life."


Read the full article from the Home Reporter here

Church will raise funds for Tanzanian school

Sep 20, 2015

The congregation of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 72 Spring St., will host "Udugu" on Sunday, Sept. 20.


Udugu is the Swahili word for "companionship." The event celebrates the "companionship" of the Metropolitan New York Synod’s partnership with the North Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Africa. Hosting a month-long fundraising event, Trinity will raise funds for the Kibeta English Medium Primary School in Tanzania.


Church members will host guest speaker Lois Rimbo. She will share the history and stories of the "companionship" at the 10:30 a.m. worship service and during a lunch to follow that will feature Tanzanian dishes.


See the full article on The Daily Freeman here

Review: Attacca Quartet Continues Its Haydn Project

Sep 18, 2015

Beethoven’s 16 string quartets are often played in a single season; the vibrant Attacca Quartet is taking six to play Haydn’s 68. As they showed during Thursday’s self-produced, deservedly popular concert at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Central Park West, you can pick any three of those 68 and get a balanced diet of formal ingenuity and musical wit. No single body of work could be a stronger education for a young quartet, and the grins that appeared on the faces of Amy Schroeder, Keiko Tokunaga, Luke Fleming and Andrew Yee while they were playing suggested, too, that there couldn’t be anything more fun. 


Read the full review from The New York Times here.

'To live not in darkness'

Sep 17, 2015

9/11 ceremony at Arboretum offers message of hope amid danger


"We must appreciate the freedoms we have," state Senator William J. Larkin Jr. told an assemblage of families, survivors and caring residents who came to the Orange County Arboretum for the Patriot’s Day ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11.


More than 200 spectators came out to remember and honor the 44 Orange County lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 11 members in the Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terrorism.


Read the full article from The Photo News here.


Lutheran expected to merge fully with NYU by November 2016

Sep 16, 2015

DSC_7032-624x418-624x418After announcing plans to move toward a full-asset merger early last month, Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) and NYU Langone have finalized their partnership in what will culminate in LMC becoming the Brooklyn Campus of NYU as of November 1, 2016.


President and CEO of Lutheran Medical Center Wendy Goldstein took to the front of the room at a Community Board 11 meeting on Thursday, September 10, to present the hospital’s plans to community members and discuss reasons for the merger along with future plans.


"When you feel something is right, it’s just right," said Goldstein about the merger. "It is very exciting news."


Read the full article from The Brooklyn Spectator here

T City Guides: New York

Sep 11, 2015

11tmag-cityguide-slide-Z9K3-jumbo"My favorite pit stop when I find myself in midtown, the church was designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, the powerhouse duo responsible for the subway signs that are engraved in every New Yorker’s mind. The building carries a bold elegance by subtracting basic religious motifs and emphasizing shapes and functionality. If I’m lucky, I get to bask in the space all by myself, making it all the more special." --Sabrina De Sousa, Co-owner, Dimes


Read the full article from the New York Times here

Region honors those we lost

Sep 11, 2015

EP-150919781.jpg_MaxW_650_MaxH_650Speaking at Orange County’s Sept. 11 commemoration, County Executive Steve Neuhaus said we mourn with two groups every year – those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, and those who lost loved ones in the war on terror that followed the attacks.


In his benediction, the Rev. Peter Rustico, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Middletown, said, "Even after 14 years, the day we call 9/11 still fills us with emotion. We resolve never to forget those who were lost."


Read the full article from Middletown Record Online here

Everett Quinton on Life, Ludlam, Lutheranism

Sep 09, 2015

QuintonGraceandstpaulsEverett Quinton, an undoubted New York theatrical treasure and character actor extraordinaire, has had quite the busy year... 


"[Charles Ludlum] died on May 28, 1987. I observe that day by praying for him in church. I’m Lutheran now, out of the fire back into the frying pan [laughs]! It just happened. The pastor of my church was a friend before I went there. One day, I just decided to go."


Read the full article as Everett Quinton, member of Grace & St. Paul's, reflects in The Villager

Altar-ed states: Greenpoint church re-brands as co-op

Sep 09, 2015

KienzleparkcoopTalk about community spirit!


A Greenpoint Lutheran church has re-branded itself as a co-op, offering membership to locals of any — or no — religious persuasion, and allowing them to add their own activities the house of worship’s services — including secular dance parties and exercise classes.


The makeover has ruffled a few feathers in the church’s small flock, but the pastor says the order came from the top.


"The vision for the co-op is to be able to serve our neighbors, which is a command that Jesus gave for the church," said Amy Kienzle, who re-named the Lutheran Church of the Messiah on Russell Street as the Park Church Co-op in June.


Read the full story from The Brooklyn Paper here

Seaford, Wantagh to commemorate Patriot Day

Sep 09, 2015

Patriot Day services will be held in Wantagh and Seaford to honor local residents killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001... Honored guests will include family members of lost Seaford High School alumni as well as officers of numerous community organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Seaford Fire Department, the Seaford Historical Society, the Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the Seaford Wellness Committee, members of the Seaford Public Library, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Seaford United Methodist Church, Maria Regina Parish and St. William the Abbot Church.


Speakers will include U.S. Rep. Peter King, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Sweeney, Superintendent of Seaford Schools Brian Conboy, the Rev. Robert L. Hayden of St. William and the Rev. Ronald Klose of Our Redeemer. The Rev. Frank Nelson of Maria Regina Church, along with the Rev. Steven Knutsen from the Seaford Methodist Church, will ring the bell.


Read the full article from the LI Herald here

The Secret Christians of Brooklyn

Sep 08, 2015

stlydiastheatlantic"A friend of mine [had] come to worship once or twice, and somebody said to her, ‘Oh, St. Lydia’s, that’s like the hipster church,’" Pastor Emily Scott laughed. "She was like, ‘That’s not what I just went to at all.’ It really doesn’t come across as a place where cool people hang out."


You’d be forgiven for assuming that St. Lydia’s, tucked into the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, is a church for hipsters. The 1,000-square-foot congregation is a co-working space for freelancers by day. The regular Sunday and Monday night services are staged as dinner parties. By Scott’s own description, a lot of early career writers and creative types attend, and the church actively draws on the "beauty culture" of Brooklyn.


But much of what happens at dinner church is counter-cultural, Scott argued in a phone interview. For one thing, there aren’t many places in New York where people can have dinner parties—only the rich people tend to have apartments that can fit multi-leaf dining-room tables. The environment is designed to be the opposite of the typical, anonymous New York experience, full of jammed subway rides and crowded streets, she said.


Read the full article from The Atlantic here.


Pope's visit has Argentine community hoping to fight the crowds to see symbol of national pride

Sep 02, 2015

Catholic and Hispanic communities are predictably eager to welcome Pope Francis to the Big Apple later this month -- but the city's 15,000 plus Argentinos are over the moon.


While Pope Francis, who was born in Buenos Aires as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, hasn't substantially altered the dogma of the Catholic church, "he's changed the culture to one of compassion," said the Rev. Fabian Arias, an Argentine who converted from Catholicism and who is now a pastor at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in midtown.


Arias compared Francis's change-agent powers to those of Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King and praised the pontiff's commitment to interfaith dialogue, mercy and understanding, and "love."


Read the full article from AM New York here

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