Hempstead Happenings December 2010 Cheesecake Factory Gives Back on Thanksgiving INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Cheesecake Factory Gives Back on Thanksgiving 1 Hempstead Decorated at “Hanging of the Greens” 1 Frank & Allison Hunter Inducted into NCC Sports Hall of Fame 2 Corps Cadet Lesson Learned 2 Pastoral Letter 3 Angel Tree Program 4 50th Anniversary flyer 4 December Prayer List 4 Silver Bells Then & Now 5 Greeting from Captain Kisser 5 Corps Schedule 6 Preaching Calendar 6 The Salvation Army Mission Statement 6 Volunteers from The Cheesecake Factory‟s Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation served a very special „Cheesecake Factory‟ style holiday meal to 365 guests at Hempstead Citadel on Thanksgiving Day. As they listened to the musical talents of The Blessed Generation Mass Choir, guests enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal which included a slice of The Cheesecake Factory‟s seasonal Pumpkin Cheesecake. Excerpt from www.CheesecakeFactory.com “The mission of our Thanksgiving Day Feast is to offer staff members the opportunity to give back to their local communities by donating their time and energy in preparing and serving a fine-dining Cheesecake Factory experience to those less fortunate. In addition to providing exceptional food and service, the dinner offers personal fulfillment for our staff member volunteers and our Salvation Army guests.” Hempstead Decorated at “Hanging of the Greens” On Sunday November 28, the Hempstead congregation learned the history of many traditional Christmas carols during the annual Hanging of the Greens ceremony. By the end of the program, the garlands were hung and the tree was decorated, all by the hands of the congregation. Scenes from Jesus‟ birth in Bethlehem were reenacted by Stephen Ditmer and Sarah Rader as Joseph and Mary, along with Kyle Brown, Jacob & Joshua Rader, and CJ & Chibueze Ezenyilimba. Leah Rader shared a beautiful piano rendition of What Child Is This? and Rebekah Kisser organized the placement of the poinsettias. A great effort was made by Deputy Songster Leader Lois Rader to bring the entire program together and by Bandmaster Christopher Ward for leading the band. The final carol sung was O come all ye faithful. As Major Mrs. Mack explained this carol‟s history, she asked the congregation to focus on the final verse: “Yea, Lord, we greet thee, Born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given; Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing: O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord!” To God be the glory for the gift of Jesus, the Word in flesh! Let us adore Him and celebrate Him as we enjoy our own long-lasting traditions this season. The corps’ Christmas concert, featuring the Music Sections of the corps, will take place Sunday, December 19th at 6:00 pm. HEMPSTEAD HAPPENINGS Page 2 Frank and Allison Hunter Inducted into NCC Sports Hall of Fame by Yvonne Granby I was so privileged to attend the Awards Program at nd Nassau Community College on October 2 . The following are Mike Candel‟s words on the ceremony: Sixty-two athletes and coaches became charter members of the Nassau Community College Sports Hall of Fame recently and it was a wonderful evening for the Hunter Family. Both Allison Hunter and her deceased father, Frank Hunter, were among the 62 charter members inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame on October 2. Allison Hunter was selected because she was the school’s only female individual national champion during the college’s first 42 years. She won the National Junior College Athletic Association allaround competition. “From 1960, when the college’s athletic program began, until 2002, when Claudia Arteaga won the NJCAA tennis championship, Allison Hunter stood alone as the only woman to win a national title,” said athletic director Mike Pelliccia. Frank Hunter, who passed away in 1999, was characterized as the most beloved person in the college’s athletic program. He was the school’s athletic trainer for three decades and during that time he had an impact on more than a thousand students. “More teaching about life went on in that training room than in any course I ever took,” said former athlete Peggy Dinan. “Frank was a surrogate father to hundreds of athletes.” It was also pointed out that Hunter was an historical figure at Indiana University where he was in the first group of African American football players to integrate the Hoosiers program. He later played for the old Boston Patriots in the American Football League. Hunter’s other two daughters, Dana and Leslie, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque for their father. It was a great pleasure being in the company of so many people who loved Frank as I did. As I was sitting with the Hunter family, I was bombarded with words of endearment and love for Frank from former students, many of whom looked up to him as a father figure. I enjoyed being reminded of the wonderful times that I spent with Frank and the rest of the Hunter family. In fact, I consider Frank to be the big brother I never had. Corps Cadet Lesson Learned by Francilla Saul Corps Cadet class is a Bible Study and leadership training course. My favorite lesson has been about Jesus and the Samaritan woman. This lesson taught me that no matter who I am or whatever my sins are, God will forgive me. John chapter 4 tells the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Jesus was sitting by a well when a Samaritan woman walked by. Jesus asked her if she would give him some water. She was shocked because Jews and Samaritans didn‟t associate. In verse 10 Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” He also said in verse 14, “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman asked if she could have some of that water. Jesus told her to go and get her husband. She replied that she had no husband. In verses 17-18, Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” This is my favorite parable so far because it shows that Jesus is trustworthy and compassionate to all. Jesus knew information about the Samaritan woman without her telling him anything, which shows that God knows everything that‟s on our minds and in our hearts whether we say it aloud or not. Jesus has compassion for all, not just for his disciples and fellow Jews. Two ways I learned how to apply the lesson of this parable to my life are to show compassion to all no matter the differences and to listen to others so I can become trustworthy. It‟s been great to learn how lessons from the Bible can still be applied to my life today. HEM P ST E AD C IT AD E L 65 ATLANTIC AVE, HEMPSTEAD, NY 11550. (516) 485-4900 Captains James C. & Deborah L. Kisser, Corps Officers / Captains Jairo & Raquel Ramirez, Assistant Corps Officers. Annabel do Santos, Editor. E-mail: AnnabeldS@verizon.net HEMPSTEAD HAPPENINGS Page 5 Silver Bells Then and Now “City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air there's a feeling of Christmas. Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile. And on every street corner you'll hear: Silver bells. Silver bells. It's Christmas time in the city. Ring-a-ling. Hear them sing. Soon it will be Christmas day.” Silver Bells, a classic Christmas tune heard on radios throughout the holiday season every year, was originally written in 1950 by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. It was inspired by Salvation Army bell-ringers. But how did this fund-raising tradition become such a staple in the city‟s landscape? In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. He committed to serve a free Christmas dinner for the poverty-stricken even though he had no ideas on how to fund the project. Captain McFee decided to place a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing with a sign beside it that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas. The kettle idea spread across the country. In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden; a tradition which continued for many years. Captain McFee‟s kettle idea launched a tradition that has spread not only throughout the United States, but all across the world. Everywhere, public contributions to kettles enable the Salvation Army to continue its year-round efforts at helping those in need. According to The Salvation Army Greater New York 2009 Annual Report, the Salvation Army‟s Red Kettle donations soared to a new high in 2009, $139 million. That‟s $9 million more than its previous record, which was set in 2008. Christmas Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords! So, what is your favorite Christmas carol? One of the favorites in the Kisser household is #101 in The Song Book of The Salvation Army (NHQ, 1987), sung to the tune „Margaret‟, the first verse of which reads: “Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown when thou camest to earth for me; But in Bethlehem’s home was there found no room for thy holy nativity. O come to my heart, Lord Jesus; There is room in my heart for thee.” (Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott, 1836-97) One cannot help but think of the Christmas story found in the second chapter of Luke‟s gospel. We are reminded of the 80 mile journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem endured by Joseph and the very-pregnant Mary. We are also reminded of the lack of adequate housing which forced the Holy Family to accept any lodging available. The accommodations were most primitive. Travelers were responsible for their own provisions; all that the innkeepers of that day were obliged to provide was food for the animals and a fire on which to prepare the family‟s food. We are told that Bethlehem was over-crowded due to the census which was being taken. I always get a mental picture of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, when all the Salvationists arrive for our annual camp meetings. “OOB” swells from a sleepy little sea-side town of about 6,000 during the off-season to a bustling metropolis of perhaps hundreds of thousands throughout the summer months. If you don‟t book your vacation lodging well in advance, you will be hard pressed to find even a room available. The lack of a room in Bethlehem for Jesus‟ family was symbolic of what would happen some 33 years later, where the only place where there would be room for Him would be on a cross at Calvary. Christ came to gain entry into the over-crowded hearts of people, and He was rejected…and still today, there are those who reject Him. But for those who have opened their hearts to Him…those who claim the name of “Christian” as their own…there is joy and gladness year-„round for those who have accepted the Babe in the manger as their Savior from sin. th “When you [consider] the devastation of natural disaster, addiction, human trafficking, and other tragedies, the amount of need in this country is truly amazing. And yet the generosity of our donors has been even more amazing. …As always, we have worked diligently to do the most good with every single penny. And we will continue to do so as we move forward, surrounded and illuminated by the light of your generosity.” -The Salvation Army GNY 2009 Annual Report. In our house, we love the triumphant 4 verse and chorus of Song #101, and must admit to singing it with a grateful trembling in our voices and a thankful tear in our eyes: “When Heaven’s arches ring, and her choirs shall sing, at thy coming to victory, Let thy voice call me home, saying: Yet there is room, there is room at my side for thee!And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, When thou comest and callest for me.” We pray that this will be your experience this Advent Season as you celebrate not only the birth of Jesus, but your own re-birth into God‟s family by accepting Him as Lord of your life. th Kettle season lasts until December 24 . Hempstead Citadel is still in need of more bell-ringers and kettle counters. Contact the corps officers with your availability and help The Salvation Army continue its long standing tradition of helping others by ringing their “Silver Bells”. May God bless you! Captains James C. and Deborah L. Kisser, Corps Officers HEMPSTEAD HAPPENINGS Page 6 Corps Schedule Sunday: 9:45 am 11:00 am 11:30 am 12:30 pm 5:00 pm Sunday School & Corps Cadets Morning Worship Junior Soldiers Coffee & Fellowship Prayer & Praise Meeting / Bible Study 194 Front Street, Hempstead A.R.C. Monday: 9-4:30 pm Seasonal Activities (Kettles, Toy Shop, LOM, etc.) Social Ministries/Community Care Ministries Pastoral Care – Corps Officers Available Officers‟ Councils – Quarterly Noon Nassau County Women‟s Division (Bi-Monthly) Evening Visitations Tuesday: 9-4:30 pm Seasonal Activities (As scheduled) Social Ministries/Community Care Ministries Corps Finances Pastoral Care – Corps Officers Available 4:00 pm Sunbeams Evening Visitations Wednesday: 9-4:30 pm Seasonal Activities (As scheduled) Social Ministries/Community Care Ministries Pastoral Care – Corps Officers Available Sermon & Worship Service Preparation Evening Visitations Thursday: 9-4:30 pm Seasonal Activities (As scheduled) Social Ministries/Community Care Ministries Pastoral Care – Corps Officers Available 10:00 am Home League 4-10 pm Junior & Senior Music Rehearsals/ Gospel Arts/Timbrels Sermon & Worship Service Preparation Nassau County Advisory Board (Bi-Monthly) Evening Visitiations Friday: 9-4:30 pm Seasonal Activities (As scheduled) Social Ministries/Community Care Ministries Staff Meetings (As scheduled) Pastoral Care – Corps Officers Available Sermon & Worship Service Preparation Divisional Events (As scheduled) Friday, December 3 & 17: 7:00 pm Young Adult Bible Study at Captain Ramirez residence. First Saturday of every month (Sept – June): Women‟s Breakfast Venus Restaurant on Hempstead Ave Second Saturday of every month (Sept – June): Men‟s Breakfast, Venus Restaurant on Hempstead Ave Preaching Calendar December 5 ADVENT II – “Spend Less” (Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 20:35) 12 ADVENT III – “Give More” (2 Corinthians 9: 1-15) 19 ADVENT IV – Christmas Sunday “Love All” (Isaiah 9: 16; Matthew 5: 14-16) 26 “Carrying Christmas Into Life” (Matthew 1:18 – 2:12 & Luke 2:1-20) 31 Watch Night Service – “Resolutions for the New Year” THE SALVATION ARMY HEMPSTEAD CITADEL 65 ATLANTIC AVENUE HEMPSTEAD, NY 11550 THE SALVATION ARMY MISSION STATEMENT THE SALVATION ARMY, AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT, IS AN EVANGELICAL PART OF THE UNIVERSAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH. ITS MESSAGE IS BASED ON THE BIBLE. ITS MINISTRY IS MOTIVATED BY THE LOVE OF GOD. ITS MISSION IS TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST AND TO MEET HUMAN NEEDS IN HIS NAME WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION.