Please donate to the
Christmas Restoration Fund
This year the sanctuary will not be decorated because of the
Restoration Project. Your donations (please use the envelope provided
and place in offering plate) will be given to the Christmas Restoration
Fund in lieu of fresh poinsettias and evergreens. The 2005 Offering envelopes
are available. We pray you will use these envelopes faithfully and donate
generously. Information on the restoration effort can be found at
Saturday, December 18: Living
The Bensonhurst community is invited to The Living
Nativity, Saturday December 18th, 3-6 PM at New Utrecht Reformed Church,
located on 18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets.
We will need help with costumes, refreshments, greeters and actors. We
need YOU at 1:30 sharp to help set up the Living Nativity! Please come and
help, next Saturday the 18th, in this important witness to our
For more information
please call (718)236-0678 or e-mail
Flyer for Living Nativity
Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve Worship
On Friday, December 24 at 10 PM New Utrecht Reformed
Church, along with Mirral Church, will hold an English-Korean Christmas
service in the Parish House. All are welcome.
Thanks to the Thanksgiving volunteers!
Michelle Paredies, coordinator of the Thanksgiving Dinner, gave a special
thanks to all the volunteers at service today. She said that 18 people,
including several Boy Scouts, participated and that all the volunteers enjoyed
contributing or serving at the dinner on Wednesday, November 24 at
Project Hospitality's two
locations on Staten Island.
Advent Giving Tree
Michelle also needs your help in providing gifts to 11 homeless men living
in a shelter on Staten Island. Their pictures and their clothing sizes are
posted at the Parish House during service. We ask that you sponsor one of these
men for Christmas. Or a couple of people can sign up as a team to sponsor their
gifts. Suggested gifts: one significant gift - a sweater (cardigan or
pull over), a pair of pants or a pair of shoes ($10 - $15).
And then a couple of smaller gifts (pick two of the following
suggestions): a package of socks, T-shirts, gloves, wallet, toiletry set,
sweat shirt ($10 in smaller gifts). Total spent for each individual: $20 -
$25. We ask that you bring the gifts along with a card to the
individual on Sunday, December 19th! For more information please call (718)
448-1544, fax (718) 720-5476 or e-mail
This will be their only Christmas gifts!
Advent drive for the homeless
Please see Deacon Deborah Siciargo during service on how you can help the
homeless this Advent!
Study series for new believers
This week we begin an education series for new believers! Join us after
church at 12:30 PM for a half hour study time.
The commissioning event on October 17 celebrating the Rev. Terry Troia's 10th
anniversary as minister of this church has been postponed until May 2005.
Extra envelopes for the Restoration Fund
Extra envelopes will be provided for the New Utrecht Reformed Church
Fund at each Sunday service. Please contribute generously.
Ongoing food drive
Deacon Debbie Siciargo has started a ongoing Food Drive. The donations are
somewhat less than expected. Please buy a little
extra of nonperishable food for the needy and bring the items to the collection
basket at the Parish House before service.
Marion Hodgman who is seriously ill;
Fr. Jack Ryan's mother;
Debbie Siciargo and
the Rev. Bob Peterson, our organist, who suffers
from Parkinson's Disease.
Nearer and closer to our hearts be the Christmas sprirt, which is the spirit
of active usefulness, perseverance, cheerful discharge of duty, kindness, and
- Charles Dickens
Faith came singing
Faith came singing into my room
And other guests took flight
Grief, anxiety, fear and gloom,
Sped out into the night
- Elizabeth Cheney in
The Christian's Treasury