February 2016 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.

PIX Financial Fix: Colleges with the best bang for your buck

Feb 23, 2016

Paying for college is a feat in itself — but paying the least amount is like hitting the jackpot.


Robert Franek, co-author of "Colleges that Pay You Back," has a few local colleges that will help you get the best bang for your buck.


See how Wagner College ranked in Pix 11's video.

Grace Lutheran Church celebrates Boy Scouts

Feb 23, 2016

GraceGreenwoodlakeboyscoutsserviceA special Boy Scout Sunday service was held at Grace Lutheran Church in Greenwood Lake on Feb. 7. The service was hosted by Cub Scout Pack 121 which is chartered by the Church.


Scouts from the Pack assisted with the service by singing patriotic songs and helping with the offertory procession. Webelos Scouts conducted the weekly bible readings, Gospel and Psalms.


Read the full artcile in the Warwick Advertiser here.


Head of Port Jervis animal shelter says facility is making progress

Feb 22, 2016

AR-160229849.jpg_MaxW_650_MaxH_650With animal adoptions expedited and 400 feral and stray cats and kittens spayed this past year, Susan Beecher feels some satisfaction with progress at the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark. ... Several collaborations with volunteers and organizations have also helped.


The shelter’s partnership with St. Peter’s Pet Pantry in Port Jervis and other pet food pantries may be helping more people to keep their animals, Beecher said.


"We funnel our surplus food contributions to pantries who help needy pet owners, and that keeps pets out of the shelter," she said.


Read the full article from the Times Herald-Record here


Leading like Lydia

Feb 19, 2016

Emily Scott, pastor of St. Lydia’s in Brook­lyn (ELCA), was chatting with a group of church-planting women on Twitter. She wrote, "I’d be interested in hearing about methods for planting used by women." When she exhausted her 140-character limit, she started another tweet. "I know the way I’ve planted church has been different from my male colleagues’ approach." Other women on the stream concurred.


Read the full article from The Christian Century here



'We Walk Together' Service to Affirm Belief in Religious Freedom

Feb 18, 2016

A multi-faith service to bring awareness to victims of religious extremism will take place Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck. ...


"As the world witnesses extremist attacks on religious and ethnic communities and random terrorist attacks, please join us to affirm our belief in religious freedom for all," organizers said in a prepared statement.


Read the full article about this event, sponsored in part by the Metropolitan New York Synod, from the Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch here. 

Wife, Minister Who's Performed More than 1,000 Weddings Share Keys to Happy Marriage

Feb 14, 2016

20160256bf50a9d2f56Carl Weaver, a Lutheran pastor, has officiated at more than 1,000 weddings —and his wife of 58 years, Marilyn, a teacher, has shared the journey.


"I’ve done weddings on the beach in winter, hospitals, lighthouses, at catering halls, at churches and with rabbis," he said.


But the wedding that’s set the foundation for all that was to come is Carl’s own union with his beloved wife Marilyn. 


Read the full article from the North Fork Patch


Commuters Take Ash Wednesday ‘To Go’

Feb 11, 2016

Brandt_Ash_Wednesday_2016Commuters at the Huntington Long Island Railroad Station Wednesday morning may have noticed Rev. Joel Brandt holding a bible on the platform as he stood next to a sign that read "Ashes To Go."


"Many people won’t have time today to run into a church to get ashes at the beginning of this holy season," said Brandt, referencing Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Western Christian Church. "And so we come to them."


Brandt, of the Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church in Huntington Station, said Ashes To Go is a worldwide movement that started in St. Louis in 2007, but has since "been catching on" in other areas. He said he brought the movement to the Huntington train station three years ago, and plans to continue doing so on a yearly basis.


Read the full article from the Long Islander News here

Rare Revival of ORPHEUS DESCENDING to Open at St. John's Lutheran Church This Spring

Feb 08, 2016

A rare revival of Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams will run for a limited engagement, April 23-May 14, at St. John's Lutheran Church, one of the oldest buildings in Greenwich Village. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the production features a 16-person cast lead by Irene Glezos, Thomas Beaudoin and Beth Bartley. 


Read the full article from BroadwayWorld.com here