2004-12-10 / Community

Bike Club Helps Clean up Far Rockaway Church

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Pastor Eloise Jones joins members of Da Rock AllStarz as they pose for The Wave’s camera.Pastor Eloise Jones joins members of Da Rock AllStarz as they pose for The Wave’s camera. Members of the Da Rock AllStarz bike club led other locals in a massive, daylong cleanup of the 146 year-

old Beth-El Temple Church of God

in Christ in Far Rockaway on December 4.

Pastor Eloise Jones told The Wave that the church asked for the AllStarz help. The bike club, aided members of the church in removing leaves, cutting down trees and bushes and performing other jobs that gave the outside area of the church a fresh look.

Members of the church lend their hands in cleaning up the outside of the old church. Pastor Jones stopped by to give encouragement.Members of the church lend their hands in cleaning up the outside of the old church. Pastor Jones stopped by to give encouragement. The church has been declared a national and state historic site, and it will soon be undergoing a renovation to bring it back to the way it was in years past. The New York Landmarks Conservancy gave the church a $1,500 grant in June, of which the church must match half.

The church, which is used for giving food and clothes to the residents in the area, is also available to the community for christenings and funerals of any faith.

Timber! Two members of the AllStarz work to cut down one of the trees in the back of the church.Timber! Two members of the AllStarz work to cut down one of the trees in the back of the church. Pastor Eloise Jones and representatives of the church hope that the community will help with the renovation through donations.

Donations can be sent to Beth-El Temple Church of God in Christ, P.O. Box 584, Far Rockaway, N.Y. 11691. Services will continue during renovations, which are expected to begin in February.


Cleaning up the fallen leaves is the first order of the day for the AllStarz. Several bags were filled in the first hour of work. Cleaning up the fallen leaves is the first order of the day for the AllStarz. Several bags were filled in the first hour of work.

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