â€œFinding Communityâ€ â€“ our church retreat in May, 2007, finally has firm dates: Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th. During this period, we will be spending time with the congregation of the First Reformed Church of Astoria, a true community church in Queens (27-26 12th Street, Long IslandÂ City., NY 11102). As in previous years, we will also organize opportunities for sightseeing and fun things, especially our children.
I know these dates, May 18-20, are not equally convenient for everybody. However, between our own busy church schedule and the schedule of our hosting pastor, Rev. Dwayne Jackson, there was not much choice. The next available date would have been a weekend in June.
Soon there will be more information, especially how to register for the trip. Our Christian Education Committee is preparing all this. I hope that many of us will be able to go, despite the inevitable date conflicts. To experience First Reformed in Astoria will be worthwhile because this is an integrated church of many backgrounds with most people living in the immediate neighborhood. As we work towards greater integration and better ties with our own community, we want to learn from First Astoria.