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Christ, Woodside Celebrates its 120th Anniversary: Launches Campaign to Complete Orphanage in Dominican Republic

Christ Woodside 120th ClergyOn Sunday, April 17th, Pastor Joshua Hollmann and his congregation celebrated 120 years of God's blessings at Christ Lutheran Church in Queens with President/Bishop Derek Lecakes, Rev. James Roy, Rev. Dr. Johnson Rethinasamy, Rev. Paul Sauer and many, many others. Here is a message posted on Christ Church and Child Care Center's Facebook Page:

Today as we celebrate 120 years at Christ Church we are launching a campaign to help complete the Orphanage in Batey Santana, Dominican Republic. Consider giving $120 in honor of Christ Church's 120 years of service in Christ to those in our community and around the world. Any amount is greatly appreciated! Help spread the word by sharing this.

Batey Santana is a Haitian refugee camp in the Dominican Republic. The refugees include a number of orphans who do not receive any services from the Dominican Republic.

You can find additional information about this mission at Haitian Refugee Orphanage Women and kids

Resurrection, Garden City, Café Ablaze Christian Coffee House Event June 20, 2015

GARDEN CITY, NY – Café Ablaze Christian Coffeehouse, live music and dessert café at Resurrection Lutheran Church where the hungry leave satisfied in more ways than one, offers Reason 4:13 for attending its “Café Lite” event Sat., June 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Reason 4:13 is the musical duo comprised of Tom Golly and Debra Soto. They take their name from Bible Scripture; specifically, Philippians 4:13, part of The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians. It reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Golly and Soto often lead worship at The First Presbyterian Church of Babylon and blend powerful praise and worship, classic hymns, and riveting testimonies. They appear at many Christian venues and lead “sing-alongs.”

Seating at Café Ablaze is at reserved candlelit tables before the stage. Self-service offerings include specialty coffees, teas, and scrumptious desserts. Intermission offers still more to enjoy with fellowship, ice cream, and chances at Christian door prizes. At this “Café Lite” event, gift baskets will also be raffled off.

Reservations are suggested and can be made via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets for “Café Lite,” sold at the door, are $5 each. Singles, couples, families with children (12 and under free), and groups of friends are welcome. A separate “freewill” offering is collected for the talent.

Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 420 Stewart Avenue in Garden City. The entrance to Café Ablaze ( is on the Emmet Place side of the church. Parking is on the streets around the church or in the semi-circular parking lot by the Fire House at the end of Emmet Place. All are invited to worship at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday mornings, with Christian Education at 10 a.m. For more information, call 516-746-4426.

Important message about EBOLA

“Engaging the World with the Gospel of Hope”

- Fighting Ebola with Food -

Ebola is a disease that has captured the attention of the nation and most of the world. We hear stories of the thousands that have been affected in West Africa and have watched it play out in our own country.

Rev. Philip Saywrayne of Christ Assembly Lutheran Church, Staten Island is working to provide food to those directly affected by Ebola. He will work through a series of Liberian churches he had a hand in planting.

This disease has taken the lives of 14 of his family members. There are many working on containing the outbreak, but many Liberians and other nationals continue to suffer.

You can help by:

  1. Praying for an end to this outbreak
  2. Donating to the Atlantic District Fights Ebola Fund. Send a check payable to the Atlantic District LC-MS, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, NY 10708.  In the memo portion of the check, indicate it is for the Atlantic District Fights Ebola Fund.

These funds will be used to purchase rice and other food to be disbursed to those in need.

The Atlantic District has been given a challenge grant of $25,000 from the LC-MS if we can raise another $25,000.

Can you help us?


Click here for important messages from Rev. Derek Lecakes, Atlantic District Disaster Response Coordinator, Vice-President, Region 1, Atlantic District, and from Rev. Philip Saywrayne, Pastor, Christ Assembly, Staten Island

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Niskayuna featured in local upstate paper

  BY BILL BUELL Gazette Reporter

     NISKAYUNA — Putting a modern label on something that’s been around for more than 100 years is going to be problematic. For example, take the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Niskayuna.

   The congregation, which will be 113 years old in 2015, is affiliated with the Missouri Synod branch of the Lutheran denomination, but that doesn’t mean you can draw any conclusions about the membership, according to the Rev. Derek Lecakes.

   “There are quite a few different Lutheran bodies out there, and of the top three we’re somewhere in the middle,” he said, referring to the generally more liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the more conservative Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

   “We’re the second largest group behind the ELCA, but while they may be a bit more liberal, you can’t really use terms like that with us. We all agree that Christ is our lord and savior, and that he rose for our sins. As Christians that’s what we agree on.  

   “When it comes to politics, you’re dealing with a person’s conscious. What I teach is Scripture. It’s up to the individual person to listen to what I say and make their own implications. They make the decisions about how they live their daily lives.”

   Lecakes, who is married with three daughters, grew up in West Albany and went to Colonie High School. He has been senior pastor at Immanuel Lutheran for 14 years since graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.   


Pastor Paul and Deaconess Jessica Sauer

Pr and Dcs Sauer November 2014 Consecration of Deaconess Sauer

Pastor Paul and Deaconess Jessica Sauer on November 23, 2014--The Feast of Christ the King--the day of Deaconess Sauer's consecration as a Deaconess at The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in The Bronx, New York. (photo credit: Dcs. Raquel A. Rojas)

Peace and hope in Christ Jesus, 
The Rev. Dr. Dien A. Taylor


Dedication of the Hope and a Prayer Center by the Sea will be Wednesday, October 29th at 11 AM at 25-17 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway. Light Refreshments will be served.



25-17 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY

With SMP Vicar Tom Cusanelli, Local Leaders Catherine Molyneux and Sharon Sessing, I am grateful to God for bringing about, after two years of sojourning, the dedication of The Hope and A Prayer Center By The Sea just a block from the ocean in Far Rockaway.

Since Superstorm Sandy, we have remained a constant presence at PS/IS 43, "The School By the Sea," and have brought resources to bear for those still dramatically affected by the results of the storm. This summer a Vacation Bible School and an End-of-Summer Party and Blessing on the Beach brought joy to children and families in Far Rockaway. The donations of so many and the fine partnership with LC-MS Disaster Response have kept us going right on through the renovation of the site.

But there is much to do as we prepare to open our doors to the community. The need is great:
Vicar Cusanelli, Atlantic District Sandy Recovery Coordinator, went to the site recently to check on the construction progress at the Center. As he approached, he overheard a woman say to her two little children, "They are putting a church there. The hooligans in this neighborhood need to get saved." So the word is out on the street that we are going to be there and the Gospel will be spread!

So first of all, please PRAY for us as we engage a tough neighborhood with a powerful Lord! Include the Hope and a Prayer Center in your congregation's weekly and your personal prayers.

Beyond your prayers, your PRESENCE would be deeply appreciated. We need volunteers for service projects and will be looking for evening volunteers as programs begin later in the fall.
Thirdly, your FINANCIAL AND RESOURCE SUPPORT is needed. Here's how we can work together to bring this mission and ministry center to hit the ground running:

If you are interested in naming the Center through a generous donation of $100,000, or would like to make a special gift of one month's rent = $5,000, half a year =$30,000, or a full year's rent = $60,000, please call 914-337-5700 x 2 and leave a message for me with Kristen Schulz.

There are, of course, many other ways to participate. Here's what's needed to complete and furnish the Center:
3 desks (for 2 offices and a reception area) @ $250 each
3 desk chairs @$150 each
2 file cabinets @ 100 each
2 chairs for office visitors @$100 each
Conference table & 8 chairs @$1000
15 folding chairs @$40 each
3 folding tables @ $50 each
2 waiting room chairs and waiting room bench @$300
A Phone system of 5 sets @$3000
alarm and surveillance system @$1500 gift from Resurrection, Garden City, Pastor Browning
3 Book Shelves @$150 each gift of Martin Luther School, Maspeth
8 computers (2 offices, reception, conference room, 4 in great room) @$500 each
3 computer printers @$250 each  one printer, gift from Kay Charon
Smart board in conference room @$4500 gift from Resurrection, Garden City, Pastor Browning
two flat screen televisions (1reception area, 1 in great room) @$1000 each
Copy machine with fax and scanning ability Lease @$2000 per year
$1,600 from Good Shepherd, Laurelton

If you would like to make a gift of one or more of these items, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Vicar Cusanelli, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and put "Hope and Prayer Wish List" in the subject portion of the email, or contact me by phone for further assistance.

To make a donation online, please visit our secure site at and designate your gift to the Hurricane Sandy Fund
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
The Rev. Dr. David H. Benke,
President/Bishop of the Atlantic District LC-MS

The Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica Padilla Receives Lutheran World Relief Champion Award

Media Contact: Emily Sollie, 410-230-2802 office, 443-220-3269 cell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Baltimore, October 9 -- At its September meeting in Chicago, the Lutheran World Relief board of directors presented the Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica Padilla with the LWRL Champion award, formerly known as the Friend of LWR award. A former LWR board member, Malpica Padilla is currently executive director of the Global Mission program unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Based in Chicago, he also serves as the ELCA advisor to the LWR board.

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