Mission News

& Opportunities

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

OPPORTUNITIES

TO VOLUNTEER

In November

English Tutoring for Nazifa Hadizada
Wednesday/Thursdays, 9:00-10:30am, Children’s Library
Nazifa Hadizada, whose family fled Afghanistan in 2021, will be at RCB for English tutoring while her youngest child, Nada, attends the morning 2’s class at RCNS. Please reach out for more information to to sign up to meet her.
Community Conversation with Refugee Moms
Fridays, 9-10:30am, Children’s Library 
Expand your world by speaking with refugee moms on topics of adjusting to the US and parenting. Young children welcome.

No RSVP necessary

Clothing Closet Sale

Saturday, November 4th, 9am-2pm, Congregational Hall

Come to support the sale or volunteer to work a shift!

“How to Draw a Lion”- An event in memory of Stoddard Platt

Sunday, November 12th, 11:30-12:30pm, Edwards Room

Stoddard Platt’s son, John, founder of the not-for-profit, How to Draw a Lion, will show works of art created by children in East African schools where he teaches painting. Art will be for sale to support John’s organization in expanding its work, including in Crossing Thresholds’ schools in Kibera, Kenya.

No RSVP necessary

Transport Thanksgiving Meal to Homebound Adults

Wednesday, November 22nd, 10am – 11am Congregational Hall

Pick up bags with Thanksgiving meals and deliver to homebound adults in the Congregation.

No RSVP necessary

New neighbors Tash and Zarmina

Strangers are Neighbors

By Mary Mackintosh

A special thing is happening at RCB on Friday mornings. A handful of congregants comes together with some of our newest, most isolated neighbors to welcome them, help with basic English and share as best we can a bit of our lives. Last Friday, Carol Giangola, Vandy Walker, Carissa Jaksa and Colin Balfe joined me in welcoming Tash and Zarmina, a couple who arrived over the summer from Afghanistan with four of their six children. Claudia Wallis, a dedicated Hearts & Homes for Refugees volunteer, brought Tash and Zarmina from their home in Mount Vernon and helped communicate some of their story. Tash and Zarmina speak no English, so it is, to say the least, difficult to know where to begin in teaching! We tried to make it fun by acting out various welcoming interactions and then having them participate. For instance, I left the room and knocked to come back in while others greeted me and engaged in dialogue. We then repeated the act with Tash leaving the room. It was a rudimentary start, but one filled with warmth, welcome and lots of laughter.

Our friend, Nazifa Hadizada, is also with us on most Friday mornings, as are Artem and Anna from Ukraine. In the coming weeks, we hope to welcome additional refugees to our Friday morning coffee and conversation. Despite different native languages, different cultures and religions, and different levels of English proficiency, these conversations are proof that as God’s children, we are all part of one family, we are all neighbors, and we all share the same desire to enjoy fellowship, laughter, and love.

May this little group of congregants and refugees be the embodiment of a world in which we see no strangers, only neighbors to be welcomed into our community. And if you find yourself with a free hour on any given Friday morning, please join us. You do not need to bring anything beyond a welcoming smile, a warm heart, and a willingness to laugh.

Broadway Manor Homeless Shelter

Wednesday, November 29th, 12:00-1:00 pm, 101 North Broadway, Yonkers

Serve pizza, fruit and cookies to homeless men and sit with them in fellowship.
Westhab Mobile Food Pantry

Thursday, November 30th, 11:30am-1pm, Dayspring Community Center, 320 Walnut Street, Yonkers

Help to unload pallets of food from Feeding Westchester and distribute to families in need in the Yonkers community. This is held outdoors, so dress warmly!

Planning Meeting for Spring Mission Weekend

Sunday, December 3rd, noon, Copenhaver Room

This trip will visit the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice and take part in local project work, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Learn more about a mission trip together with graduates of the Bard Prison Initiative to Montgomery, Alabama in April on a weekend to be decided.

No RSVP necessary

SERVICE TIME THIS SUNDAY

Regular Service Hours

Two services: 8:30AM +10:30AM (livestream)

* NOTE * The 8:30AM service is only 45 minutes long.

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