Anniversary Celebrations at GC Community Church

Rev. Lynn Sullivan

The Garden City Community Church (GCCC) observes the sanctity of the Lenten season with Bible studies, musical choral meditation, Lenten retreat, yoga meditation, Lenten show, worship and prayer services. In our time together as the community of God, we do not fail to celebrate the moments that mark the passage of time, especially birthdays. April 3rd, GCCC celebrated the birthday of Reverend Lynn Sullivan, the senior pastor, with cakes and other treats. But Reverend Lynn’s birthday celebration also coincided with the commemoration of homeless children and their families.

GCCC held a service event called Birthday in a Box to benefit the Birthday Wishes organization. Birthday Wishes brings the joy of a birthday party into the lives of homeless children and their families. Each packed box was filled with everything needed to celebrate a birthday: plates and napkins, baking supplies and birthday decorations. The event was a great success and we were able to fill 16 boxes for the organization. The adults wrapped the boxes in festive birthday wrapping paper, while the children filled the boxes with the requested items. What a perfect birthday party to share the moment with church families to make another child’s birthday as perfect as Reverend Lynn’s birthday party.

This week, GCCC continues the observance of Lent by preparing us for Holy Week. Church members spend time in prayer, fasting and giving which can make Jesus’ sacrifice on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter even more meaningful. All are invited to participate in the life of our church at the following times:

  • Palm Sunday – April 10and at 10.30 a.m.
  • Lenten Book/Bible Study, “Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week” by Amy-Jill Levine. – Wednesday, April 13and at 8:00 p.m. in the lounge.
  • Maundy Thursday – April 14and at 8:00 p.m.
  • Good Friday – April 15and at noon and a family service at 4:30 p.m. in the chapel
  • Easter Sunday – April 17and – Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. on the church lawn, services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary
  • Easter egg hunt after 9:00 a.m. Service on the church lawn

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome at GCCC. We have services, events and programs for all ages. We have many ways to participate in the life of our church, virtually or through limited in-person activities. Our Sunday worship is in person and streamed live. In light of relaxed state and local school district mask-wearing policies, congregants will no longer be required to wear a mask when attending church, but may do so on their own.

For more information on how to attend our services virtually or in person, please contact the church office at [email protected] For information on our other 2022 virtual worship services and programs, visit our website at www.theGCCC.org.

Garden City Community Church is part of the United Church of Christ and is an open and assertive congregation that welcomes people of all ages, races, gender identities, and sexual orientations to participate in the life of our community. We are located at 245 Stewart Avenue between Whitehall Blvd. and Kensington Road. For more information, email [email protected] or call (516) 746-1700. And as mentioned before, you can also visit our website www.theGCCC.org.

Norma P. Rex