Thanks to Kate C. here are some wonderful pics showing our Calvary family creating desks for this project.
Kate C has been busy with letting our light shine! Here are a two of the resulting articles.
The Times Herald Record put the story on the front page on April 5, 2021.
To see on the THR site click image or text.
From the Presbyterian News Service, April 14, 2021:
My D.E.S.K. Mission
Click text or image to read the article.
AND watch for more on the upcoming Hearts of Heroes coverage!
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release
Newburgh’s Calvary Presbyterian Church to Build and Donate Desks to Aid with At-Home Learning
Construction starts this week on 30 desks to be donated to families at our neighboring school Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School in coordination with their Parent-Teacher Organization.
Calvary’s sanctuary will be turned into a make-shift workshop.
This is the first time our sanctuary will be used since a devastating fire gutted our adjoining Fellowship Hall building last March 5, 2020 and the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Love Thy Neighbor (in action), Jim Ferguson and Peter Surgenor were inspired with this idea and are coordinating the efforts.
Desks will be built by a limited number of volunteers to ensure proper social distancing and COVID-safe precautions can be maintained.
The Horizons-on-the-Hudson PTO will donate books for scholars with each desk.
Desk materials have been purchased out of Calvary’s Mission budget. We also wish to thank Heights Lumber in Newburgh for their help, Belfor Property Restoration for additional materials, and McNeilly Wood Products of Campbell Hall for cutting all the plywood desktops for us.
Construction on desks begins Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 9 am at 120 South Street, Newburgh, NY. Volunteers will be working in our sanctuary at the corner of South and Grand Streets.
In this time of virtual learning, we recognize that some children in our community may be in need of a better place to work from home. We have created the My D.E.S.K. (Dedicated Education Space for Kids) Mission to build and donate simple wood desks for our young neighbors. We started by reaching out to our neighborhood school, just a block away from our church, Horizons-on-the-Hudson Magnet School. Families immediately responded with the need for almost 30 desks.
The desks measure 30 inches wide by 18 inches deep.
About a month ago, I came across a recording of the Calvary Ringers playing “Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace” by Kevin McChesney and thought it might be a good choice for an Easter piece. Little did I realize the significance of this piece that serendipitously came to me. The dedication of this piece is to the victims of the shooting at Columbine High School and other acts of senseless violence, this original composition’s mood is based upon the 13th century prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. I sure did not know only a month ago just how pertinanent this piece is right now.
I created this video montage to accompany the piece that includes some of the many flowers and animals in our area that are our gifts from God. I hope everyone has a beautiful Good Friday and Easter Sunday and has a chance to enjoy this beautiful, touching handbelll piece. It is longer than we can include in our Sunday Facebook service, so please enjoy it before or after the service.