2003-01-18 / Community

New Challenges For Minister Heyward

New Challenges For Minister Heyward

No less anticipated than the dramatic countdown of the brightly lit ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Minister Cornelius Heyward, of the Far Rockaway Church of Christ, was counting down the days until his long-awaited retirement in January 2003. Always busy with the business affairs of the Church, overseeing the various ministries, developing his weekly sermons, as well as his teaching responsibilities, he was anxiously looking forward to jump-starting his full-time work as minister.

In the midst of his daily hectic schedule, his concern and compassion for those struggling with setbacks in life due to unemployment, illness and despair, took him to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital South Shore, where he donated bags of toys that were given to the children in the pediatric unit and local vicinity.

"People are suffering in the community, and even more so since 9/11. The Church of Christ in Far Rockaway will be instrumental in addressing their spiritual needs, as well as assisting them in other areas within the congregation’s capacity via our medical ministries," Minister Heyward said. "The donations of the toys to Saint John’s was but a small way in which we felt we could give to the community," he continued. Margaret O. Carpenter, Vice President, Board of Managers, Episcopal Health Service of St. John’s Hospital and Renae C. Carr, Development Coordinator, were on hand and graciously received the Christmas Eve bundles from Mister Heyward.

Jeremiah C. Gaffney of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, in Inwood, N.Y., recently paid a visit to the Church to present a generous contribution to Minister Heyward, for the Cornelius Heyward Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in honor of Minister Heyward in the fall of 2002. In addition to his full plate as a full-time minister now, the initial work involved in planning for the construction of a new edifice, will be one of Minister Heyward’s primary focuses in the New Year.

2002 was a blessed and exciting year for the energetic, outspoken minister of the gospel, who was honored with a gala tribute, for his 26 years of dedicated service in the Far Rockaway Church of Christ. The honorable Malcolm Smith, New York State Senator, recently made a special trip to the Church to present Minister Heyward with a senatorial resolution. And the honorable United States Congressman, Gregory Meeks, will soon visit to present him with a Proclamation from the U.S. Congress.

Thankful for all of the special recognitions and honors bestowed upon him in 2002, Minister Heyward, fondly referred to as a hard-fighting soldier throughout the brotherhood, is even more grateful for the record number of souls who were baptized during the year.

"New Year’s always brings about new challenges. Our first challenge of the year came to fruition with the first airing of our new television program, "Behold The Pattern," said Minister Heyward. "We are pleased to inform the Queens community that the program will run for one hour on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on QPTV-Queens Public Television Channel 35 and on Friday Afternoons at 4 p.m. on Channel 34.

"This is a New Year and God has certainly blessed the Far Rockaway Church of Christ immensely in the past. We are looking forward to his guidance and continual goodness, as we labor to work, on the new challenges before us," Minister Heyward concluded.

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