After ten years of much happiness with Evergreen Church of New York, Queensboro Hill Community Church now has new tenants! Rev. Seungno Kim heads the Sharing Presbyterian Church of New York, and he is pictured here with Pastor Bill.
Flags! Sunday 24 March 2013
QHCC recently added a very special feature to their fellowship hall, one that highlights the amazing diversity of its congregation: flags! And although twenty were initially selected, another twenty could easily have been added to the mix - and we're trying to figure how to do that next! Our Pastor Bill had long had the idea, and we're so happy that finally his vision was realized in the colorful string of banners above.
Can you figure out all the differing countries represented here?
Sam's special prayer of thanks
Holy Thursday 2015
Pastor Bill on Easter Sunday 2017
Pastor Lynn conducting our Holy Thursday Fellowship Meal at QHCC's Fellowship Hall
Christmas Decorating at QHCC
Our New Sign! Sunday 6 July 2014
Our church is located right on the Horace Harding Expressway and the Long Island Expressway - and now we have a brand new sign overlooking it all! Many thanks to Charles Silver for his generous donation given in memory of his mother Jean. Without a doubt just like all of us at QHCC, she would have been delighted at the sight!
Pastor Bill preaching!
Celebrating the season!
Rev. Lynn Hanousek, better known to as as Pastor Lynn, is the director and tireless champion of QHCC's Sunday School!
Renewing their vows!
Eun Byoul Oh, who we know as Bright Star, was featured in a recent New York Times article about her exceptional academic accomplishments. Click here to read more about her inspiring story!
Like Father, Like Son! Friday 27 December 2013
Here our friend Charlie proudly stands by his son as he graduated from the New York Police Department! The ceremony transpired a few days ago, and was conducted in Madison Square Garden. Christopher will be following in his father's footsteps as one of the city's Finest, and we wish them both - and their whole family - the very best! Congratulations!!
Sunday School pride!
Young Josef here, had grown his hair past his shoulders so it could be used to make a wig for a child suffering from cancer. After church not too long ago, he made a big surprise visit to Eleanor in her home - with his new look - cheering her up to no end!
One of our many beautiful stained glass windows
Joe. Wednesday 10 April 2013
Sometimes life throws us gut punches, and this is exactly what happened to our congregation when we lost Joseph Morda last weekend. Joe was a social worker, with a faith that managed to carry him through a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis - a faith that will remain an example to all those who knew him. He found the love of his life in Soo Jin, who he met three years ago. Last summer they were married at QHCC by our Pastor Bill, with a large and festive reception following the ceremony. Needless to say we will miss this exceptionally patient and kind man. We express our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to his wife, his mother Janice, his sister and brother, and to his extended family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and also to QHCC. You may also sign a virtual guestbook by clicking here. Rest in heaven, dear friend.
Flowers at Easter
A Much-Needed Makeover! Sunday 11 August 2013
We have a brand new kitchen in our church! Renovating the old space - a remnant from the 1930's - was quite an undertaking as could be imagined. The success of this project hinged on the significant efforts of some of our church members, most especially Ailsa and Joe Illigasch, and Eleanor Hausman who supervised the project. We are ever so grateful to them - and many others - for all of their help!
With direct roots dating back to 1657, the people of this area predated the First Amendment of the Constitution by nearly 150 years - and insisted on celebrating religious tolerance in the New Netherland. The citizens of Vlishing signed a remarkably eloquent document for its time now called the Flushing Remonstrance. Our own church had its humble beginnings in 1928, first at Pastor Ralph Anderson’s home, and then soon after at a storefront. The present sanctuary was built in 1930. It was the last - until the 1980’s - of the Dutch Reformed churches to be built in the greater New York area.
New York Daily News Feature! Sunday 18 September 2011
QHCC was featured in The Daily News as part of their Faith in the City column, which is published every Sunday. We would like to extend our thanks to Maxine Simpson for supporting our church!
Baby Kyle's Christening
Coming together to celebrate Bright Star and Josef's birthdays!
The Magnolia in bloom!
A Happy Surprise! Sunday 18 August 2013
We were thrilled by the arrival of a special guest during Sunday Services last week - a young man on his way to serve our country! An infantryman in the U.S. Army, Dorian will soon be headed out to El Paso, Texas. We thank him for stopping by - and wish him and his family all the best, with many blessings!
Lifelong friends -
Celebrating Jennifer's birthday!
Photo op on Easter Sunday
Jean Silver Day! Sunday 25 March 2012
We celebrated the life of Mrs. Jeannette Silver, just before she relocated to Virginia to be closer to her son. Born in Yorkville, Manhattan and raised in Astoria, Jean faithfully attended QHCC since moving to Flushing in 1987. After her beloved husband Murray passed away, she began volunteering at the Queens Center for Progress, a responsibility she cherished for over twenty years.
Although many people don't know it, Jean's greatest claim to fame is her having named the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Astoria, which is renowned for its beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows. (The photo featured here is her standing in front of the church which she named.)
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Sadly, Jean passed away less than a year after her move. An only child herself, she leaves behind one son, one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter. We at Queensboro HIll will miss her dearly.
Feasting in our Fellowship Hall with Evergreen Church
Chuck's Annual Chili Fest! Sunday 17 February 2013
Every year, our dear friend cooks up the most incredible chili for our entire congregation, and this recent Sunday was no exception! A gentleman through and through, Chuck Wade has been attending services at QHCC for decades. Right after the service everyone headed downstairs for this delicious feast - and a great time was had by all. Thank you Chuck for your kindness, generosity and fellowship!
Handbell Surprise! Sunday 23 December 2012
Michael Kim of Evergreen Church of New York surprised us at QHCC by conducting an impromptu performance with their new handbell choir! We had just spent a half hour singing carols during our fellowship hour, when all of a sudden we were presented with flowers and then a magical rendition of Carol of the Bells. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Evergreen - who have been leasing out our facilities for years - for their kindness and generosity. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season together!