Written by Paige McAtee Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00
Dressed in their Sunday best, churchgoers came to the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown to take part in the biggest celebrated Sunday in the Christian year.
A special holiday calls for a special service, which was led by Reverend Terri Yvette Cissé-Ofori. There were flowers decorating the inside of the church as well as musicians playing their instruments throughout the service.
“Today is Resurrection Sunday,” said Cissé-Ofori. “Normally people call it Easter, but we celebrate the rising of Christ. We believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and he’s still alive.”
To celebrate the rising of Christ, Cissé-Ofori had the church decorated with flowers, and had music playing throughout the service. The choir sang songs and hymns such as “Have you seen the Lord?”, “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” and “Come Thou Almighty King”.
There were refreshments and snacks available to everyone who came out to Church for Easter Sunday. “Today is generally when most people come to church,” said Cissé-Ofori. “It’s just a very festive day, and very exciting.”
Cissé-Ofori was accompanied in the Easter Sunday service by her husband, Dr. David Ofori Jr., who is the Moderator of the Presbytery of New York City.
Besides the church service, Easter is a time to participate in Easter egg hunts, to eat copious amounts of chocolate, and to open Easter baskets filled with chocolate bunnies. Easter is also a time to spend with family, which is exactly what deacon Joyce Senior will be doing after the Sunday service. “When I get home from here, I will pop the port roast in the oven, and we’ll eat it later in the afternoon,” she said.
Cissé-Ofori is the first reverend of color at the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, and she wants everyone in the community to know that people of all demographics are welcome to be a part of the church.
“We’re just hoping to welcome anyone in the community who wants to be here,” she said. “We’re open to everyone.”
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:29
A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.
“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua.
For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:28
Thirteen years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, hundreds of residents flocked to Town Park Point Lookout, to witness a compelling new memorial tribute honoring all those who lost their lives that day.
At the center of the ceremony were two 18-foot-tall, sand-crafted tribute towers set against a 35-foot-long “Wall of Heroes” mural, which depicts the Manhattan skyline, and a reflecting pool at the base of the memorial display.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:34
The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally.
The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:33
As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”