Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 1

VIM Teams

February 21, 2013

Today was our first day doing vacation bible school with the kids. I was so excited! We had already met some of the kids from the church service on Sunday, and I saw them coming in as I was finishing my job today. When we walked in after my team completed our job, I saw some new faces and some from the church service, and we began saying our names and ages to introduce ourselves in Spanish. Soon a 7 year old girl named Victoria came in and sat next to me with a huge smile and was such a ...


Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 2

VIM Teams

February 21, 2013

The bus ride from the hotel to the church is long but worth it. You are able to see all of the different scenery, mountains and rock formations. When you think of beautiful scenic countries, you don’t really think about Ecuador. After the ride, we got to work on three different jobs. One job was to pick stone. Another job was to shovel dirt. The last job was to carry dirt filled wheelbarrows to Pastor Jessica and Elizabeth (The Bishop’s Secretary) down the road. The dirt was used to fill holes ...


Youth Ambassadors (YAMS) Ecuador 2013, Day 3

VIM Teams

February 21, 2013

Today was the second day of work at the church. We were broken down into teams and given different assignments to work on. I was put on the #trenchteam and we were to build a long trench in the road next to the church. The work was really hard, but my team was fantastic. Gaius would take the pick axe to the ground and break up the dirt and concrete, and then Stefanie, Kyshaun and I would shovel it away. Pastor Oscar thought the project would take us the entire day, but with lots of effort we ...


Hurricane Sandy: Support Groups Help Heal Invisible Scars

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

February 19, 2013

While homes damaged in Superstorm Sandy are being repaired and renovated, homeowners and their families must also deal with the psychological damage the disaster may have left behind.


Volunteers Come to Help From Far and Wide

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

February 19, 2013

Out-of-state volunteer teams continue to help in the local relief effort. Here are thoughts from three teams about their time in New York:


Youth Ambassadors 2013 in Ecuador / Report #1

VIM Teams

February 18, 2013

Youth Ambassadors in Mission, representing the six districts of the NYAC, are in Ecuador February 16-24.


Church Archives and Records Management Workshop

Beth Patkus

February 12, 2013

The Christman Archives and the Commission on Archives and History will present a workshop on organizing local church records on March 9, 2013 at St. Paul's UMC in Northport, NY.

Click here for more information or to register online for this event.


Life Review Reinforces Worth for Elderly

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

February 01, 2013

I grow old . . . I grow old . . . I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. Since my days in college, where I majored in English, there are certain lines of poetry that suddenly pop into my head. Long after I’ve forgotten the details of a specific poem, the words simply reappear, almost daring me to recollect their setting and their meaning. These words from T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” did exactly that the other day. I knew the words came from this poem. I even ...


Disaster loans to aid homeowners, renters and businesses

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

January 30, 2013

Don't let the word "business" in our name mislead you. Following major disasters, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the primary source of Federal funds for long-term recovery assistance. Click title to read more.
 


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