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Update Sat: Gather at the end of New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue on Saturday 11/3 at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be dispatched from there. Volunteers should bring what tools they can — rakes, shovels, push brooms — and work gloves
In a move with no precedent in Staten Island history Mayor Michael Bloomberg will shut down after today the worship services of 2 religious groups.
In 1978 the number of evangelical church plants jumped to three times greater than the average number planted per year for the previous decades. Since then, the number of successful evangelical church plants has averaged 1.7% per year. By 2000 the church planting ratio translated into 80-100 evangelical churches and ministries planted per year. 50% [...]
There are surprises around every corner of the NYC Religious Census. Many times, it is we journeyers who are surprised by the warm welcomes. We are unannounced visitors like long lost relatives that only today decided to visit. Yet, invariably, people are warm and friendly. Some people, of course, are not at the church on the [...]
In the West Brighton Housing Projects in Staten Island, New Hope Community Church is working hard to live up to it’s name. I had trouble keeping up with Rev. John Saldanha, their executive pastor, as he itemized all the programs his church has or hopes to develop for the children in their community. Rev. David Beidel is the church’s senior pastor. The projects [...]
There’s a running joke from the 1930s and 40s of how Staten Island received its name. The joke goes like this: The Dutch explorers came into New York harbor and spotted land. One of them yelled, “s dat en island?” (Is that an island?”) Staten Island has a long history spanning to the year 1609. [...]
North Staten Island Community District 1 is big! And it’s geographical size, complexity and diversity reminds us Flushing, Queens.
A pastor in Staten Island lamented that little churches like his own are looked down upon. Yet, they form a significant portion of evangelical Protestant churches in the city. We recently talked with this pastor during our NYC Religious Census in north Staten Island. Hitting the streets in the island, we found many jewels like this pastor [...]
Hi, I am Debbie. I call and interview religious leaders after our census crew has mapped their sites. Two weeks ago, while I was interviewing Rev. Thomas Abraham of New York Pentecostal Assembly of Staten Island (www.nypasi.org), a predominantly Indian American church, I was happily surprised to learn that he not only knows someone who lives in my [...]