Let’s share the love of this holiday giving season by donating toys to children who don’t get elaborate visits from Mr. Claus on Christmas. Donate an unwrapped toy for infants to teenagers at Greenpoint Church (126 Milton St) starting on Wednesdays from 4-7pm and Thursdays from 8am-noon through 12/12.
So let’s keep ALL of our neighbors full and plump this Thanksgiving, too. That’s what it’s all about, right? Sharing and caring…
If you make one click on your computer today – consider making a donation in ANY amount – $5, $10 to Greenpoint Soup Kitchen, a local non-profit that feeds the hungry not just on Thanksgiving but every week of the year!
Have a wonderful restful day and weekend!
Last year I sat in a community meeting at Greenpoint Church on Milton St and listened to neighbors argue for and against the 10 bed homeless respite that had opened in the basement after Hurricane Sandy hit and the weather was getting down to freezing temperatures.
After the controversy it created, the church decided to shut it down and it moved to Ascension Church a few block north. But the respite did not reopen this winter season. Continue reading
Each first Sunday of the month we have a Sunday Supper at a new location in Greenpoint with a new chef and each first Sunday Supper of the month I am nervous! There is a lot to do and a lot of unknowns. Like will it rain? Do we have enough utensils? Will the chef be on time?
Sunday Supper #7 was particularly more stressful because I was the chef and I suffer from Food Anxiety – which is a clinical neurological condition that involves worrying about making enough food for your guests. One of the symptoms is making way too much food! Everyone in my entire crazy family has this problem – it’s a genetic mutation on the Sicilian strand of DNA I inherited from my father Rocco. Continue reading
It’s alarming and disheartening to receive daily emails, tweets and facebook messages from Greenpoint residents who are scared because of the recent violent events that have taken place in the area, including a rape, a missing woman and yesterday’s pistol whipping in broad daylight.
Tomorrow – Tuesday August 13, 2013 at 7pm there will be an Anti-Violence Project Training (AVP) at Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St) on street safety and hate violence. If you identify as a woman or an LGBTQ person, make sure to attend.
AVP’s “trainings and workshops provide participants with information on the impact of hate motivated violence, safety planning strategies, tips on preventing or reducing the impact of violence, information on how to create LGBTQH [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV+] inclusive organizations, and how to support the needs of LGBTQ survivors of violence.”
For more information visit www.avp.org and feel free to email cb at greenpointchurch.org with any questions about the event.
This Sunday July 14th is Sunday Supper #7, a Big Fat Sicilian and Vegan menu, prepared by me at Greenpoint Church (136 Milton St) from 7-10pm. Proceeds benefit Greenpoint Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry!
This is going to be a lot of fun!
Fresh Fava Bruschetta, Olives
Pasta,“Red” Sauce, Fried Eggplant
Fennel, Watercress, Grapefruit Salad
Fresh Cashew Ricotta Cannoli
Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream
Sailor Jerry Rum “Blood Orange” Cocktails
*tickets are non-refundible
You might know her as Pastor Ann Kansfield from Greenpoint Reformed Church but on Greenpointers she is known as “El Padre” and is ready to give her expert advice on life, love and God.
Anything goes, there is no question too weird or out there.
Still wetting the bed at thirty? Wondering if your girlfriend is gay? Is your dog an atheist? Do you have a real problem?
Update: Cancelled. Will be rescheduled to a TBA date.
The recent sexual assault in Greenpoint has many Greenpointers saddened, confused and scared. While the police are still conducting an investigation, reports have been made that the rape was a hate crime. Many residents have mentioned forming neighborhood watches or bike patrol programs to prevent future crimes.
Tomorrow – Wednesday June 25th, 2013 at 7:30pm at Greenpoint Church (136 Milton St) there will be a Community Forum on Sexual Violence. It is FREE, open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Hosted by Greenpoint Church Associate Minister C.B Stewart, Council Member Stephen Levin and Brooklyn Community Gay Pride Center, the recent sexual assault in Greenpoint will be discussed as well as ways to create a community-based strategy for staying safe in Greenpoint – with a focus but not limit to the LGBTQ community here.
Don’t you want to sing some old school gospel music in a grown-up choir? Come join us! All you need is a love of singing, the ability to clap, shout and just a pinch of soul. No prior experience or religious affiliation necessary. Not sure? Come to a rehearsal and try it out. You’ll be singing “Halleluyah!” before you know it!
REHEARSALS: every other Sunday, 1-3 PM at Greenpoint Reformed Church, 136 Milton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
PERFORMANCES – during Sunday worship service at Greenpoint Reformed Church and other related events
CONTACT: Choir Director Beth Price at pricebeth99 (AT) gmail.com.
All are welcome!
On Thursday 1/24, a crowd of nearly forty Greenpointers gathered at Greenpoint Church to discuss the recently opened Homeless Respite. Pastor Ann asked that all press and bloggers reveal the publication and keep off the record comments off the record. It was a neighborly forum and while the night had some very difficult and uncomfortable moments, important progress was made.
(For the record, no one spoke off the record, but I did not directly quote or identify residents.)
First and most importantly, ten homeless men, our neighbors, would sleep in warm beds on an 18 degree night without the risk of freezing to death. This is a good thing.
Second, issues of communication, a big concern for Milton St residents, was discussed (loudly, with some yelling) and promises were made for improvement. More open meetings to discuss the impact of the church’s services on the residents of Milton St will be scheduled.
When it was my turn to introduce myself, I said, “I am in attendance first as a member of the church and next representing Greenpointers.” I write this blog post from the same position. I am not an unbiased reporter. I openly support the efforts the church makes to care for those who would otherwise be left to go hungry or sleep in the cold. That being said I will do my best to be sympathetic to the residents of Milton St who are opposed to the shelter and share the burden as well. Continue reading