October 26, 2015

Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

E-mail Caitlin at outreach@heavenlyrest.org with any questions about outreach ministries at Heavenly Rest.

Turkey Drive for P.S. 192!

It’s Turkey time! The Outreach team is collecting donations that will go towards grocery store gift cards for families of our partner school, P.S. 192, who need Thanksgiving turkeys. You can donate in increments of $25 via WeShare by following this link. Donations are accepted through Sunday, November 18. Questions? email Caitlin:

Grace to Go Christmas Wish Packing!
This Christmas season we are being called to prepare 400 Grace-to-Go meals for our partner school, P.S. 192, in Harlem. Please join us after services on Sunday, November 25 at Noon in the Undercroft as we begin packing meals towards this goal. Grace-to-Go is a simple but impactful act of service that anyone can do, regardless of age or experience, and no registration or RSVP is necessary. Questions? Email Caitlin at outreach@heavenlyrest.org.

Outreach Service Day Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who participated in Outreach Service Day last Sunday! We had over 100 parishioners sign up to serve in the Marcus Garvey Park cleanup. It was a great day of working together and building bridges to the community. Thank you for your hard work and to everyone who helped with planning! To get involved in our Outreach ministries, please email outreach@heavenlyrest.org. You can see photos of the day here!

Monthly Visits to Fortune Society
Our Prison & Re-entry partner organization, Fortune Society, maintains a unique residence called The Castle for people transitioning from prison who are enrolled in Fortune programs. As we continue to build a relationship with Fortune, we have been invited to their community meetings. Starting November 15, one clergy member and three parishioners will attend Fortune community meetings on the third Thursday of every month. We will depart from Heavenly Rest at 5:30pm (returning at 8pm). To sign-up, email Caitlin at outreach@heavenlyrest.org. Questions? Email Richard: gemstoner@msn.com.


CHR’s MetroCard program provides the gift of free public transportation to our friends and neighbors in need. With the rising cost of public transportation, many New Yorkers struggle to get around. Whether it’s a formerly incarcerated person trying to get to a job interview or a senior trying to get to a doctor’s appointment, the gift of public transportation is transformative.  New and partly used MetroCards can be placed into the donation boxes, as well as cash and checks. Donation boxes are located at the 5th Avenue entrance of Heavenly Rest (90th Street and 5th Avenue) The church’s select Outreach partners will be distributing the MetroCards. Donate online here.

Volunteer Opportunity with Harlem Grown
Church of the Heavenly Rest’s nourishment efforts have recently expanded to a new partner, Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown provides mentoring to inner city youth through urban farming experience. Currently, they are working with 6 schools in Central and East Harlem.  Tony Hillery, the founder of Harlem Grown, spoke on January 29th during the Rector’s Forum; click here to see a video about Harlem Grown.
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Open my lips, O Lord,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence
and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.