2007-08-15 / Features

Steinway Reformed Church Hosts Mission Group

Volunteers from Steinway Reformed Church, the Shin Poong Korean Methodist Church, which shares the church building at 41st Street and Ditmars Boulevard, a group of South Korean church youth from Seoul visiting the Shin Poong Church, and a team of volunteers from the New Paltz Reformed Church as well as members of the First Reformed Church of Astoria celebrated a successful conclusion to the New Paltz Reformed Church Mission Week with a barbecue in the Steinway Reformed Church garden. Volunteers from Steinway Reformed Church, the Shin Poong Korean Methodist Church, which shares the church building at 41st Street and Ditmars Boulevard, a group of South Korean church youth from Seoul visiting the Shin Poong Church, and a team of volunteers from the New Paltz Reformed Church as well as members of the First Reformed Church of Astoria celebrated a successful conclusion to the New Paltz Reformed Church Mission Week with a barbecue in the Steinway Reformed Church garden. Members of the congregation of Steinway Reformed Church, the congregation of the Shin Poong Korean Methodist Church, which shares the church building at 41st Street and Ditmars Boulevard, a group of South Korean church youth from Seoul visiting the Shin Poong Church and a team of volunteers from the New Paltz Reformed Church as well as members of the First Reformed Church of Astoria (where the volunteers slept) joined in a week-long session of cleaning and repairing the more-than-century old church, founded in 1879. The cleanup, part of the New Paltz Reformed Church Mission Week, also involved discarding the contents of storage areas throughout the church. "We put it all out and had kind of a sidewalk sale- we encouraged people to come and take what they liked and they gave us donations," the Reverend Jeanne Marie Boland, pastor of Steinway Reformed, said.

The week ended with a barbecue in the garden of Steinway Reformed on Saturday, July 28 that most of the participants attended. "Having almost everyone there so clearly shows the friendship across the several faith communities involved," Boland said. "I can truly say I'm proud of our small but lively and growing congregation. On our end of things, a great deal of work went into both planning and executing the plans, for the work on the building, meals and accommodations for the team, encouraging participation from all the groups who use our building, and the fun and fellowship activities (even the plans for the fun were ambitious- and even more successful than we could have hoped). Overall, the breadth and depth of participation in all aspects of the mission week, across the whole congregation- young, old and everywhere in between, long-time members and folks who are brand-new participants in the church- was truly impressive and profoundly heartening!"

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