Written by Christy Hinko, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00
St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church of Floral Park delivered its annual Ashes To Go program on Wednesday, March 5 on the train platform at Floral Park’s station.
This year, more than 70 local residents received ashes from the ministers at St. Elisabeth’s.
Ashes To Go has been offered nationwide; in New York, congregations upstate have previous participated. St. Elisabeth’s is possibly one of the first Long Island parishes to offer the “to go” service.
In 2013, Ashes to Go went international – in Canada, the UK and South Africa.
Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. From the Middle Ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. The reminder that we are dust turns our attention to the creative power of God, and God’s ability to heal the brokenness in our lives when we offer that brokenness to God. That turning to God is the work of Lent, preparation for the celebration of Easter.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
When a young woman named Elizabeth McFarland died of breast cancer, a group of women gathered together for a small meeting and Liz’s Day was born.
On Sept. 27, the 16th annual Liz’s Day took place at the Floral Park Recreation Center. The event featured a used book sale, a Chinese style auction raffle, foods, drinks and music. All of the money raised from the event went to breast cancer research.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
A Village of Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting turned into a lesson in the values of community engagement on Oct. 6. The regularly scheduled village meeting was attended by a group of Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge who witnessed new laws enacted and speeches from Fire Chief Tom Skinner and members of the Elmont School District Board of Education.
Members of Troop 134 attended the meeting to gain an Eagle Scout-required merit badge for Citizenship within the Community. They were required to go to a town hall-style meeting and witness a little democracy in action.