Catch up on the sermons of Seminarian Jabe Ziino

Catch up on the sermons of Seminarian Jabe Ziino

“The history of God’s chosen people is a history of movement, of saying goodbye to your beloved home at a time of pain and broken hopes, of entering an unknown and dangerous new land, of longing for the true home that God has promised to you.” Seminarian Jabe Ziino, July 24. This Summer, as Pastor Daniel Meeter has been away for his vacation and reading […]

Why I Volunteer: Michael Bagnulo

Why I Volunteer: Michael Bagnulo

I have been asked to speak about why I volunteer at Old First, keeping in mind the theme of Volunteer Sunday: “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?” Let me start by describing what I do as a volunteer. I am one of the many volunteers that support our summer shelter program. For several years now, Old First has served […]

Jeffrey Mandelbaum: A Countertenor’s Beginnings

Jeffrey Mandelbaum: A Countertenor’s Beginnings

“They said, ‘Do the scariest thing in the world for you.’ For me, it was singing in front of other people. But I think that experience propelled me.” That prophetic statement comes from our favorite countertenor, Jeff Mandelbaum, as he recalls his early days at a Wesleyan summer program at The Center for Creative Youth. Yep, he faced his fear and the rest is history. […]

It’s A Big World, Baby: Read All About It In Jenny Burrill’s New Book

It’s A Big World, Baby: Read All About It In Jenny Burrill’s New Book

Old First Vice President (and resident yoga instructor) Jenny Burrill has written Baby’s Big World: Yoga, for the popular Barnes & Noble children’s book series. The books in this collection — which include subjects like music, chemistry, and even the U.S. government! — are meant to be read to babies (however, don’t let that stop you if you are in a more advanced stage of life). […]

Old First Welcomes Adelheid Duhm As She Prepares for Ministry

Old First Welcomes Adelheid Duhm As She Prepares for Ministry

Seminary intern Adelheid Duhm is spending four weeks in Brooklyn and at Old First as she participates in a practicum on her way to the ministry. She’s currently a student at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and a candidate in the Badische Landeskirche there. She explains that her practicum is a voluntary internship, which supplements her initial experience, in Mannheim, Germany. There she participated […]

Old First Respite Shelter Volunteers Honored

Old First Respite Shelter Volunteers Honored

Old First respite shelter co-manager Michael Bagnulo repped us at the recent appreciation dinner for our volunteers on September 29th. The Plymouth Church of the Pilgrim, located in downtown Brooklyn, and was once the church of controversial preacher and abolitionist Beecher Ward. Each year, it shares a celebratory dinner (Michael had the delicious curry chicken!) as a chance to recognize the people who help run […]

Respite Shelter Completes Another Successful, Loving Season

Respite Shelter Completes Another Successful, Loving Season

Cynthia Ponce has just completed her second year of managing the Old First respite shelter, which serves meals and provides beds to homeless men during the summer months. The biggest lesson she’s learned so far: a gift is often more for the benefit of the giver than the receiver. “During dinner with the guys, one gentleman came over and kept replenishing my orange juice,” Cynthia […]

Wednesdays at Noon – Slow Yoga With Jenny Burrill

Wednesdays at Noon – Slow Yoga With Jenny Burrill

Jenny Burrill’s weekly yoga class at Old First (Wednesdays at 12 noon) is informal, fun and everyone is invited to drop in (no reservations or yoga experience needed). The method: “slow yoga,” which focuses on alignment and breath. Jenny feels this is the best way to get in touch with your body; when you align your body, you also align your mind. Slow yoga involves […]

Aleeza Meir’s New York Life in Music

Aleeza Meir’s New York Life in Music

Aleeza Meir – Old First’s organist and pianist for the last decade – contends that musicians who come to New York to make a living must have more than just talent; they also have to have a little bit of luck. Looks like she’s been blessed with both: she is able to keep herself busy – actually extremely busy – working as a full-time musician. In addition […]

Cecilia Whittaker-Doe: First SRO Gallery Exhibit Runs To May 26

Cecilia Whittaker-Doe: First SRO Gallery Exhibit Runs To May 26

The artwork of Brooklyn-born painter and muralist Archie Rand is the first showing at Cecilia Whittaker-Doe’s SRO Gallery (1144 Dean Street). His work: Eugenio Montale: Men Who Turn Back is based on the work of Montale, an Italian poet. Archie created a painting for every line of the poem  — all 24 of them — fitting perfectly into the showing space. Cecilia says the gallery […]