The Church-in-the-Gardens

The Church-in-the-Gardens

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I need to drive to work this morning. To ensure I arrive alive, I won't take public transit (Oscar Grant). I removed all air fresheners from the vehicle and double-checked my registration status (Daunte Wright), and ensured my license plates were visible (Lt. Caron Nazario). I will be careful to follow all traffic rules (Philando Castille), signal every turn (Sandra Bland), keep the radio volume low (Jordan Davis), and won't stop at a fast food chain for a meal (Rayshard Brooks). I'm too afraid to pray (Rev. Clementa C. Pickney) so I just hope the car won't break down (Corey Jones).

When you run errands today, be sure not to dance (Elijah McClain), stop to play in a park (Tamir Rice), patronize the local convenience store for snacks (Trayvon Martin), or walk around the neighborhood (Mike Brown). Once home, don’t stand in your backyard (Stephon Clark), eat ice cream on the couch (Botham Jean), or play any video games (Atatiana Jefferson).

I guess I’ll watch a movie around 7:30pm, I won’t leave the house to go to Walmart (John Crawford) or to the gym (Tshyrand Oates) or on a jog (Ahmaud Arbery). I won't even walk to see the birds (Christian Cooper). I’ll just sit and remember what a blessing it is to breathe (George Floyd) and I definitely won’t go to sleep (Breonna Taylor).

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Throwback Thursday! This photo was taken in 2001 at Helen Woolery's celebration! Many in this photo are no longer with us.
https://www.facebook.com/TheCITG/photos/a.176016652441730/176016942441701
A huge thank you to the members, friends and neighbors of the Church-in-the-Gardens. With your generosity, our World Service Committee was able to deliver over 200 toys and gifts to the children and young people at the Briarwood Shelter in Queens. We'll miss the party this year, but are happy we can bring some much needed joy to families that are temporarily homeless.
Those were the days my friends....
Good Morning Everyone and Happy Easter from the west coast. I am at my house in southern Washington state right across the Columbia river from Portland, Oregon. I have made a 100 percent recovery from COVID. I got sick on March 21st a day after I arrived out here and have been recovering at home. I did have to go to the hospital once and they gave me oxygen but I was not admitted. Recovered on my own. I have hardly been flying so I believe I came down with it either on a 4 day cruise to Cozumel I took the beginning of March out of New Orleans or from 5 days spent in New Orleans after the cruise. The city and airport were still packed as it was right after Mardi Gras. Please as hard as it may be practice social distancing and definitely wear a mask if you venture out. Have a good Easter everyone. My cell number is listed in the Church directory I believe and starts with 646. That's the best way to get in contact with me. Enjoy the day!
Does anyone have the zoom password for the 10am service today?
By far the best church I've ever encountered, in terms of spirituality and people.
If anyone is looking for a place to worship tonight in Forest Hills, The Church-in-the-Gardens has two services: the contemporary family service at 6 pm with praise band and the traditional 11 pm service with choir, both led by Pastor Bonnie Olson and yours truly, Music Director. Join us if you're so inclined!

Lynn Durante passed away on Thanksgiving. Please share the arrangement information.
The Church of the Gardens hosts two events this Saturday:

"Everything Must Go" Thrift and Bake Sale
- and -
2018 Forest Hills Food Drive

Non-perishable food donations accepted in support of the Queens Interfaith Hunger Network

When?
Saturday, June 23
10am-4pm

Where?
The Church in the Gardens
50 Ascan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375
I love CITG's. My two boys were baptized there and made their confirmations there as well. I was spiritually filled as time went by which got me through some tough times. The recent departure of our beloved yet not beloved Rev. Steve has left us divided apparently? I'm a firm believer in "there's always 2 sides to every story." I recently heard the other side which is why I post this. Please, let us come together in peace and make this Church the best ever! We can do this! With respect, understanding and a vision for our future, it can be done!
Lori :)
I am so excited to be singing in your sanctuary tomorrow night, particularly after the greening. It really feels like holiday, but not the hustle-and-bustle kind.

I am not Christian but I read the Bible, and being in a church always helps me feel safe and in peace. It is a privilege to be spreading love through music in this community, and we hope many will stop by to connect with the music from far away in time & place.

I finally figured out how to upload our poster, and here it is. Please do take advantage of the pre-sale tickets, which are $5 off online:)

CITG is currently holding hybrid services, both in person and online (via Zoom) simultaneously at 10 am every Sunday We are Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ serving the Forest Hills community since 1912 and we continue to reach out and join in mission and ministry with our neighbors.

Operating as usual

10/10/2021

Help us make today’s Blood Drive a success. We will be at the Community House from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Help us make today’s Blood Drive a success. We will be at the Community House from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

10/09/2021

Sound-checking for the free 7 pm concert tonight

10/04/2021

After 18 months… it’s so great to see and hear our choir perform in our sanctuary this past Sunday service!❤️

October 3, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson 10/03/2021

October 3, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson

We were so blessed to have Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson as our guest minister today. Such an uplifting spiritual Sunday service we had today!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAwHtTZgReU

October 3, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

10/01/2021

Help us save lives on October 10 from 9:30 to 3:30 at our Blood Drive in the Community House gym.

Help us save lives on October 10 from 9:30 to 3:30 at our Blood Drive in the Community House gym.

September 12, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Ruby Wilson 09/13/2021

September 12, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Ruby Wilson

Rev. Ruby Wilson in the house! We had church!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyNU3xzyxU8&t=1496s

September 12, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Ruby Wilson www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

09/07/2021

Help us make our Food Drive successful this coming Saturday 9/11 from 10am to 4pm. We will be outside of The Natural Market, Vitelios Marketplace and The Church-in-the-Gardens accepting food and monetary donations.

Help us make our Food Drive successful this coming Saturday 9/11 from 10am to 4pm. We will be outside of The Natural Market, Vitelios Marketplace and The Church-in-the-Gardens accepting food and monetary donations.

09/04/2021

Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary to our Music Director Sunny Knable and beautiful wife, Valentine Biollay! May God continue to bless your lives with love and happiness! We love you both!

Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary to our Music Director Sunny Knable and beautiful wife, Valentine Biollay! May God continue to bless your lives with love and happiness! We love you both!

09/03/2021

Help us give back to our community and people in need. We are doing a food drive next Saturday September 11 from 10am to 4pm. Look for us outside your local grocery stores or you can drop it off at our church!

Help us give back to our community and people in need. We are doing a food drive next Saturday September 11 from 10am to 4pm. Look for us outside your local grocery stores or you can drop it off at our church!

June 13, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Dr. Ruth M. Shaffer 06/13/2021

June 13, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Dr. Ruth M. Shaffer

Thank you Rev. Dr. Ruth M. Shaffer for leading our service the last 2 weeks. Here is a link to today's service...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEsltCvOOpo

June 13, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Dr. Ruth M. Shaffer www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

The Church-in-the-Gardens - World Wide Knit in Public Day 06/09/2021

The Church-in-the-Gardens - World Wide Knit in Public Day

Do you like to knit or crochet? Join us this Saturday on June 12, from 1pm to 4pm out on our church lawn.

http://www.wwkipday.com/the-church-in-the-gardens/

The Church-in-the-Gardens - World Wide Knit in Public Day Date: June 12th, 2021. Time: 1 pm - 4 pm The Church-in-the-Gardens Forest Hills - New York - United States. Read more...

05/03/2021

Been over a year since we’ve had a minister in our sanctuary. We thank God for our many blessings and to be able to worship again with one another in our sanctuary... with social distancing of course:)

Been over a year since we’ve had a minister in our sanctuary. We thank God for our many blessings and to be able to worship again with one another in our sanctuary... with social distancing of course:)

April 11, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard 04/11/2021

April 11, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard

Join us every Sunday on Zoom or our in person hybrid Sunday services at 10am. Go to our website www.thecitg.org and click on the zoom link or if you prefer to go in person you will need to RSVP by clicking on our RSVP link on our website.

Here is a link to our service from today April 11, 2021.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRsrIGfBR6A

April 11, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

The Church in the Gardens Choir - Oh Happy Day 04/05/2021

The Church in the Gardens Choir - Oh Happy Day

Our virtual choir sang "together" on Easter Sunday:) Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QRgAOs_WEc

The Church in the Gardens Choir - Oh Happy Day www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

April 4, 2021 - EASTER SUNDAY Service - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard 04/04/2021

April 4, 2021 - EASTER SUNDAY Service - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard

He has Risen! Happy Easter everyone. If you missed our Easter Sunday service, here is the YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CVc9dsOr_w

April 4, 2021 - EASTER SUNDAY Service - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

04/04/2021

CITG Praise Band - Lord I Lift Your Name on High

Happy Easter! It was great seeing families back in our pews today (with social distancing of course). The music was spiritually uplifting today, here was our closing hymn... Lord I Lift Your Name on High with a little Handel mixed into it... enjoy!

04/02/2021

Good Friday, April 2 at 7 pm

Join in a solemn Good Friday virtual service tonight, April 2 at 7 pm with Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard, Dr. Sunny Knable and multiple liturgists.

Go to our website and click on the Zoom link for tonight’s service.

www.thecitg.org

Good Friday, April 2 at 7 pm

Join in a solemn Good Friday virtual service tonight, April 2 at 7 pm with Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard, Dr. Sunny Knable and multiple liturgists.

Go to our website and click on the Zoom link for tonight’s service.

www.thecitg.org

March 28, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Palm Sunday - Rev. Elizabeth Perry 03/28/2021

March 28, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Palm Sunday - Rev. Elizabeth Perry

Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest! Lord we lift up your name with hearts full of praise.

Our Palm Sunday Zoom service.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnWNpz1KMKA

March 28, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Palm Sunday - Rev. Elizabeth Perry www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

03/28/2021

Join us this morning for Palm Sunday on our Zoom Sunday service, link is on our website. Here a little sneak peak....

http://thecitg.org/

03/22/2021

Reminder! Today starts our fund raiser for Queens Community House. Stop by Aigner Chocolates this week, mention The Church-in-the-Gardens when you purchase an item and 20% will be donated to Queens Community House.

Reminder! Today starts our fund raiser for Queens Community House. Stop by Aigner Chocolates this week, mention The Church-in-the-Gardens when you purchase an item and 20% will be donated to Queens Community House.

03/15/2021

Reminder for next week...

Help Queens Community House by shopping at Aigner Chocolate from 3/22-3/26 and mentioning “The Church-in-the-Gardens.” 20% of sales will be donated to Queens Community House’s Food Pantry.

Reminder for next week...

Help Queens Community House by shopping at Aigner Chocolate from 3/22-3/26 and mentioning “The Church-in-the-Gardens.” 20% of sales will be donated to Queens Community House’s Food Pantry.

March 14, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Elizabeth Perry 03/14/2021

March 14, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Elizabeth Perry

March 15, 2020, we had out first Zoom online worship service. One year later (almost to the day) we have restarted in-person worship service in our sanctuary. We had 15 people people today to test the waters and it was a success... Hallelujah!
If you would like to worship with us in-person every Sunday, you must call and reserve a seat: 718-268-6704. In addition there will be a form you must fill out and certain safety protocols you must follow.
Here is a link to today's worship service Rev. Elizabeth Perry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w8kXhsJr8Q

March 14, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Elizabeth Perry www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

March 7, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Elizabeth Perry 03/07/2021

March 7, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Elizabeth Perry

On March 8, 2020 due to the pandemic we had our last in person Sunday service and we had to worship via Zoom as a congregation ever since. It reminds us that we do not need to be in the building in order to worship and have church. We the congregants, wherever we may be, are the church! We thank God for blessing us with the technology we have in order to keep our Sunday services going and connect with one another. Check out our Sunday service from today with Rev. Elizabeth Perry...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hQ-JFu5wGo

March 7, 2021 - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Elizabeth Perry www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

03/04/2021

Help Queens Community House by shopping at Aigner Chocolate from 3/22-3/26 and mentioning “The Church-in-the-Gardens.”

Help Queens Community House by shopping at Aigner Chocolate from 3/22-3/26 and mentioning “The Church-in-the-Gardens.”

03/04/2021

Help Queens Community House by shopping at Aigner Chocolate from 3/22-3/26 and mentioning “The Church-in-the-Gardens.”

Help Queens Community House by shopping at Aigner Chocolate from 3/22-3/26 and mentioning “The Church-in-the-Gardens.”

03/04/2021

Don’t forget to sign up for this weekend’s blood drive!

https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/278555

Don’t forget to sign up for this weekend’s blood drive!

https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/278555

03/01/2021

Let’s help one another in our community. Donate blood, it will help save lives.

https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/278555

Let’s help one another in our community. Donate blood, it will help save lives.

https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/278555

02/17/2021

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Hi Folks! If you are planning on joining us tonight at 7:30pm for our "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me" an Ash Wednesday Meditation With Sunny Knable, we have CHANGED the streaming link from YouTube to Zoom. Below is the Zoom link for tonight @ 7:30pm.

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7997357682?pwd=QlovQzU2bW1Ha2hyRmgrMld3ZXJDQT09

Meeting ID: 799 735 7682
Passcode: CITG2020

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02/17/2021

Join us tonight at 7:30PM!

"I Want Jesus to Walk with Me" - an Ash Wednesday Meditation with Sunny Knable
February 17, 2021 at 7:30-8 pm

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7997357682?pwd=QlovQzU2bW1Ha2hyRmgrMld3ZXJDQT09

Meeting ID: 799 735 7682
Passcode: CITG2020

As today marks the beginning of the Lenten season, there will be a musical meditation accompanied with scripture tonight led by Music Director Sunny Knable. You may watch on The Church-in-the-Gardens YouTube channel. If you are unable to join at that time, the meditation will be recorded. Blessings to you in this Lenten season.

Join us tonight at 7:30PM!

"I Want Jesus to Walk with Me" - an Ash Wednesday Meditation with Sunny Knable
February 17, 2021 at 7:30-8 pm

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7997357682?pwd=QlovQzU2bW1Ha2hyRmgrMld3ZXJDQT09

Meeting ID: 799 735 7682
Passcode: CITG2020

As today marks the beginning of the Lenten season, there will be a musical meditation accompanied with scripture tonight led by Music Director Sunny Knable. You may watch on The Church-in-the-Gardens YouTube channel. If you are unable to join at that time, the meditation will be recorded. Blessings to you in this Lenten season.

The CITG presents "Love Songs" Concert with Jen McDonald 02/14/2021

The CITG presents "Love Songs" Concert with Jen McDonald

If you missed our "Love Songs" concert last night with Jen McDonald check out our link and enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFsfR757c3M

The CITG presents "Love Songs" Concert with Jen McDonald www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

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We Shall Overcome - The Church in the Gardens - January 17, 2021

A very moving performance of We Shall Overcome by our Praise Band today as we remember and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjKHL6mYUn8

youtube.com www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

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January 3, 2021 - Epiphany - The Church in the Gardens - Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard

Epiphany Sunday - From Darkness to light... may we, as Christians share that light with the world!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfV0SRw8KC4

youtube.com www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

01/01/2021

Wishing you a happy new year and a blessed year ahead. May God’s light guide you in the new year.

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Silent Night - Candle Light Service - The Church in the Gardens

It's been an annual tradition at The CITG that we hold a candle light service on Christmas Eve. Even the pandemic could not stop that tradition. We filled the sanctuary with candle lights at last night's service representing each and every member and congregant of the church. May the light of Jesus Christ live within us and may we share that light with the world. Merry Christmas and God bless us all! Here is a video of how we ended last night's 11pm service...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJdm3p3riww

youtube.com www.thecitg.orgThe Church-in-the-Gardens is an exciting, stimulating, and challenging place to grow your faith. We invite “seekers” new to exploring faithful...

12/25/2020

Christmas blessing to all. Merry Christmas!

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CITG Praise Band - Lord I Lift Your Name on High
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A very moving and spiritually filled ending to our service today, as we hold each other in solidarity! We shall over com...
Kicking off Holy Week with our choir on Palm Sunday! Hosanna!Join us Good Friday 4/19 @ 7pm Followed by Easter Sunday 4/...
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Choir at Safe Haven UCC
Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams at Safe Haven UCC

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50 Ascan Ave
Forest Hills, NY
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