Mission News

& Opportunities

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

OPPORTUNITIES

TO VOLUNTEER

In October

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

Sip ‘n Shop at J. McLaughlin to benefit Asylum Seekers at the Ramada Inn, Yonkers

Thursday, October 5th, 4:00– 7:00pm, J. McLaughlin Store, 75 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

Join members of the Mission Council for sips and snacks while you shop the fall collection. 15% of sales will benefit the Immigrant Relief Fund at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, working to ease the transition for asylum-seeking families living in Yonkers.

No RSVP necessary

Reconciliation Workshop with Sarah Snyder of the Rose Castle Foundation

Wednesday, October 11th, 4:00-7:00pm, Copenhaver Room (Light Supper will be served)

Canon Sarah Snyder is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation. Sarah’s role focuses on supporting the Anglican Church in contexts of violent conflict or post-conflict and helping the Church to be an agent of reconciliation and conflict-transformation. The workshop will include strategies for resolving conflict on many levels, from within families and communities to national and international conflicts.

First Reformed Church of Mount Vernon Soup Kitchen

Sunday, October 29th, 12:00-1:00pm, RCB Lower Kitchen

Join a team to cook and prepare salad and dessert.

Monday, October 30th, 3:30-5:00pm, serve meals at 135 South 6th Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York

The Story and the Opportunity

By Mary Mackintosh

Throughout the Bible, we read that all of us, men and women, master and servant, and people of all races are created in God’s image. Proverbs 22:2 says it very simply, “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.”

When I think about what we all have in common, I always wonder where and why there are so many divisions among us. As I think, two mission topics come to mind this month, one a story and the other an opportunity.

The story relates to the children we support in Crossing Thresholds’ schools in Kibera, Kenya and to a quote I heard recently: “all children have talent, but only a fortunate few have the opportunity to realize their potential”. Kibera is the largest slum in Africa and one of the poorest settlements in the world. It is a challenge for families to pay the school fees and purchase uniforms so their children can attend school. About two years ago, a former teacher helped to bring internet into the schools supported by Crossing Thresholds in Kibera, and soon thereafter, he began virtually to teach them to play chess.

Fast forward to three weeks ago when six of the chess students who qualified for the Pan Africa Chess Tournament after winning in the Kenyan National Tournament traveled to Cairo. For the first time, these students boarded a plane, stayed in a hotel with bathrooms and running water, ate in a restaurant and visited the Pyramids. They returned to national acclaim and on September 23, the students were interviewed on national television. God gave these children talent; people who believe in them gave them opportunity.

The special opportunity we have been given is to host a late afternoon workshop on October 11 led by Canon Sarah Snyder, formerly the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation, and now founder-director of the Rose Castle Foundation in England. I had the honor of spending time this summer with Sarah at a Youth Leadership Training where she brought together Christian, Muslim and Jewish youth to learn about each other’s faith, speak about their differences, and establish lasting connections. The skills she teaches are habits we all can incorporate into our daily lives to better relationships in our families, our communities, our nation and our world.

Sarah will be joined by Dr. David Ford, Professor of Theology at Cambridge Divinity School, and author of numerous books on Christian theology and inter-faith scriptural reasoning. If you can set aside three hours of your week, this workshop will surely change the way you listen and speak across the many areas of conflict in our lives today.

I wonder if the story and the opportunity are in fact, connected. When we take the time to recognize talent and potential in people very different from us, we also open up the possibility of increasing understanding between us and build connections that transcend difference and build bridges of reconciliation.

Broadway Manor Homeless Shelter

Wednesday, October 25th 12:00-1:00 pm, 101 South Broadway, Yonkers

Serve pizza, fruit and cookies to homeless men and sit with them in fellowship.

Westhab Mobile Food Pantry

Thursday, October 26th, 11:45-1pm, 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.

Crossing Thresholds Mission Trip Information Session

Sunday, October 29th, 12:15-1:00pm, Copenhaver Room

Meet with Director and former RCB pastor Carter Via and participants from the mission trip in July to learn more about the trip, the work, and the life-changing experience of establishing deep connections with children and staff of schools in the Kibera Slum of Nairobi.

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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