THREE KINGS CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
St. George’s annual Three Kings pageant is traditionally presented by the church’s children. Sunday school coordinator Monique Tucker creates a different script each year for her enthusiastic group.
The angel Gabriel announces the gift of bearing Jesus to the virgin Mary.
The angel proclaims the good news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds in the fields.
Joseph, Mary, and the shepherds rejoice in the Holy Child.
The Three Kings offer their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus. MEMORIAL FOR ALICE PATRICIA MOORE (April 4, 1933 – Sept. 14, 2022), Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
Deputy Town of Hempstead Supervisor Dorothy L. Goosby delivered the first talk at the 10 a.m. period of personal reflections. She left a commendatory citation to be placed with the display of Pat’s citations and awards that was set up in Regan Hall.
Hempstead Village Trustee Clariona Griffith and Hempstead Village Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, Jr. spoke of Pat’s many years providing support and legal counsel for the vilage government and the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce. They also presented a commendatory citation.
Former Hempstead Mayor and lifelong village activist Don Ryan recalled Pat’s wit. “Whenever she encountered me,” Ryan said, “she’d say, ‘Oh, the people you run into when you don’t have a gun.'”
Brother Bernard Delcourt of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY, told of Pat’s participation in monastery activities and of her steady spirituality.
David Williams, second from left, provided 24-hour care for Pat during the last years of her life. Behind him stood neighbor Nino Perdomo, with wife Charmaine, caring neighbors for more than 20 years. In the front pew stood Virginia “Ginny” Harding and James “Jim” Harding. Jim was Pat’s law firm partner and colleague for nearly 50 years.
Organist Kevin Gray led the St. George’s choir, augmented by members of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. The steel pan was played earlier by St. George’s congregation member Abeni Tucker, recalling Pat’s participation in the steel band led by Fr. Allister Rawlins over a decade before.
Pat’s cousins from Newfoundland and Ontario flew down to join the memorial service: Mark Vaughan-Jackson and his sister Sarah Vaughan-Jackson stood at either side of their father, Julian Vaughan-Jackson.
Paul Lalljee of St. George’s read the Old Testament and led the congregation in the reading of Psalm 139:1-12.
Neville McFarland, Esq., Lay Readers Chair at St. John the Evangelist in Lynbrook, read Revelation 21:2-7.
The participants at the memorial service demonstrated the diversity and reach of Pat’s commitment to her village and beyond.
Christina Lightbourne, warden at St. John the Evangelist, gave her personal reflections on Pat at both the 10 a.m. hour and the 11 a.m. service, reminding listenrs of Pat’s dedication to encouraging people to vote in elections as well as to live out a spiritual life.
Ena Taylor, a pillar of St. George’s for over four decades, also spoke at both the 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.
James Harding described Pat’s unfailing integrity and determination to fight for equality, politically and in her legal practice, across nearly five decades.
Rev. Ajung Sojwal, rector of St. George’s, read out the Gospel, John 6:37-40: “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away …”
Brother Aidan Owen of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY, detailed the ways in which Pat lived out her spiritual life, drawing renewal from the monastery and living out the scriptures in her daily life.
Rosalind Whitehall of St. George’s led the Prayers of the People.
Mark Vaughan-Jackson spoke for Pat’s cousins in Canada and England as he described Pat’s frequent visits to family members, calling Pat “my favorite grand-cousin.” He honored Pat’s literary knowledge by reading a beautiful poem that included the lines, “With the Lord of the dance we shall form a ring / and there in love’s pavilion / hand in hand we shall say Amen / and we shall dance and we shall sing / with Love, with Love for companion.”
Fr. Bernard, Rev. Ajung, and Br. Aidan concelebrated communion.
Reine Bethany, St. George’s warden, read Pat’s obituary, which Bethany had written and published in the Hempstead Beacon on Sept. 22.
Rev. Ajung commended Pat’s spirit to God, reading the words over the urn containing Pat’s cremains.
As the choir ended the service by singing “Lord of the Dance,” congregation members headed toward Regan Hall for the repast, which was provided by both St. George’s and St. John the Evangelist.
Antonio Kelley, a well-known videographer in Hempstead and Freeport, produced a photo montage with music that was played during the repast.
Eileen Benes, a secretary of many years for Harding and Moore, accompanied Ginny and Jim Harding to the memorial event.
Mark, Sarah, and Julian Vaughan-Jackson became acquainted with Christina Lightbourne and many of Pat’s friends from the Hempstead area.
Prayer Breakfast, Saturday, May 28, 2022
A full house at the St. George’s Prayer Breakfast on 5/28/22 in Regan Hall.
Fr. Adam Bucko spoke to the crowd at the prayer breakfast about gaining freedom from Soviet-controlled Poland over 40 years ago, about working with homeless children in Delhi, India, and in New York, and about the contemplative prayer life that has sustained him through it all. On Sunday, May 2, 2021, the Right Reverend R. William Franklin confirmed Isaiah Goodrich, Adriana Henrickson-Slack, Iana Hendrickson-Slack, and Leah A. Steadman into the Episcopal Church. He also received Kisa Valenti into the Episcopal Church.
Bishop Franklin and Reverend Ajung Sowal in processional.
Bishop Franklin censes the altar.
Isaiah Goodrich reads Acts 8:26-40.
Iana Hendrickson-Slack leads Psalm 22:26-40.
Leah A. Steadman reads 1 John 4:7-21.
Reverend Ajung reads the Gospel.
Bishop Franklin delivers the sermon.
Adriana, in white, stands with family to affirm her commitment to Christ.
Janet Gordon, in white, prays for the candidates.
Monique Tucker and daughter Abene sing “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” with Abene accompanying on steel drum.
Isaiah Goodrich is confirmed by Bishop Franklin with Rev. Ajung ministering, while Janet Gordon prays.
Kisa Valenti is received.
Adriana receives communion.
Leah receives communion.
Kevin Gray, guest organist.
Leah, Isaiah, Bishop Franklin, Adriana, and Leah in Regan Hall with celebratory cake.
PALM SUNDAY SERVICE, March 28, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
Pat Moore attends St. George’s in person for the first time in months during the pandemic. Welcome back, Pat!
Palm Sunday processional — Rev. Ajung Sojwal and young parishioners — masked and socially distanced to meet COVID-19 protocols.
Vestry Warden Bill Johnson distributes the palms, Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021.
After delivering a wonderful teaching, Rev. Ajung begins communion, Palm Sunday 2021.
Paul Lalljee plays and sings for the Palm Sunday offertory.
Reverend Ajung administers communion to a parishioner.
Parishioners returning to their seats after Palm Sunday communion.
Yvan plays clarinet for the voluntary, with organist Kevin Gray accompanying.
St. George’s new cedar wood fence is complete! Photo taken Jan. 10, 2021. Thanks be to God!
First day of reopening on Oct. 4, 2020: masks, social distancing, no more than 25 people total allowed in the building. Rev. Ajung celebrates communion in one kind.
New York State Senator Kevin Thomas joined us for the October 4 reopening service.
Organist Dan Mason has returned to St. George’s to bless the 9:00 a.m. services with live music.
Oct. 11, 2020: Communicants move toward Rev. Ajung in a pattern guided by the ushers.
May 27, 2020: L-R Janet Gordon, Linda Burgess, Janeane Gordon accomplish their yearly renewal of St. George’s garden areas. They wear face masks for protection against the coronavirus that causes the disease called COVID-19. St. George’s at this point is still closed for face-to-face services. Two Newly Baptized Parish Children
Rev. Ajung stands with newly baptized Kristan Kaden Riddick and Kya Imani Riddick, February 9, 2020
Children’s Three Kings Pageant, Sunday, January 12, 2020
The children participating in the Three Kings Pageant on January 12, 2020, pose for a photo during a rehearsal. The Three Kings Pageant is a St. George’s tradition.
Institution of Rev. Ajung Sowal, September 28, 2019
Percussion group prelude to the Institution of Reverend Ajung
Reverend Ajung wit Bishop Lawrence Provenzano (to her left), visiting clergy, and parishioners
St. George’s Wardens Michael Hunte and William Johnson
Reverend Ajung at foot of altar steps
Reverend Ajung with husband Milind Sojwal, daughters Senti and Anjali, and extended family
Long Island Diocesan Bishop Lawrence Provenzano delivers the word.
L-R Milind Sojwal, Anjali Sojwal, Senti Sojwal, Rev. Ajung Sojwal
Reverend Ajung Sojwal announces the peace
Guest pastors sing
St. George’s choir with guest singers, guest organist, and former St. George’s music minister Veselin Evgeniev
Communion ceremony viewed from the Seabury gallery
Reverend Ajung administers communion to family and parishioners
Reverend Ajung with family members and Bishop Provenzano
Guest bishop with Reverend Ajung and Bishop Provenzano
Recessional viewed from the Seabury gallery
Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe (left) attends the ceremony
Hempstead Village Trustee with parishioners including Lisa Hunte (second from right) and Beverly James (right)
Steel band teacher and students from the Dejah Joyner Youth Center, which meets in Mulford Hall in St. George’s
Earlier Parish Events
St. George’s high school and college graduates, June 30, 2019.
Altar Good Friday 4.19.19
Venerating the Cross on Good Friday 4.19.19
St. George’s altar prepared for the Easter Vigil 4.20.2019
Rev. Ajung reads the Easter Vigil Gospel 4.20.2019
St. George’s altar prior to Easter Sunday Service
Easter Sunday 10:15 a.m. processional
St George’s Easter Sunday 10:15 a.m. processional
St. George’s Easter Sunday 10:15 a.m. processional
St. George’s Easter Sunday 10;15 a.m. processional
St. George’s Easter Sunday 10:15 a.m. processional
St. George’s Easter Sunday 10:15 a.m. processional
St. George’s Easter Sunday 10:15 a.m. middle and western sections of sanctuary
St. George’s eastern side of congregation Easter Sunday 10:15 a.m.
St. George’s — Janet Gordon leads the Prayers of the People on Easter Sunday 4.21.2019
Reverend Ajung raises the Cup and Host at Easter Sunday Eucharist, 10:15 a.m. April 21, 2019
Choir in choir loft Easter Sunday, 4.21.2019
Organist Dr. Albert Stanek with part of choir in loft, Easter 4.21.2019
Incense on the altar — Easter Sunday 4.21.2019 at 10:15 a.m. service at St. George’s
St. George’s–Dr. Stanek plays the closing organ solo Easter 4.21.2019
St. George’s sanctuary after the 10:15 a.m. Easter Sunday service–view from the choir loft, 4.21.2019
On Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the 10:15 a.m. service, Rev. Ajung Sojwal baptized Matthias Rodney Reid
5.11.2019: The seven young confirmation candidates stand as their confirmation sponsors recite their names.
Saturday, May 11, 2019: Seven young people of St George’s were confirmed by Bishop Lawrence Provenzano at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY.
5.11.19 Rev. Ajung Sojwal helps minister communion at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.
5.11.19 Seven confirmed St. George’s members inside the Cathedral of the Incarnation
5.11.19 The confirmed candidates with Bishop Provenzano and Rev. Ajung outside the Cathedral of the Incarnation after the confirmation ceremony.
The crew of the May 18, 2019, event — St. George’s Men Can Cook!
Pat Moore and Joan Pinard w others at St. George’s Men Can Cook
Lining up to eat at St. George’s Men Can Cook!
June 30, 2019. l-r: Warden Michael Hunte, St. George’s graduates receiving awards, Rev. Ajung Sojwal, Joan Oxford, Janet Lindo
June 30, 2019 St. George’s graduates with a kindergarten graduate
St. George’s Annual Barbecue on June 30, 2019
Local archivist Steven Rung (third from right) of Hempstead Public Library delivered a “History of St. George’s” workshop to interested attendees.
A distance view from the back of the sanctuary 10/13/18.
Our rector, Reverend Ajung Sojwal, in the Palm Sunday processional from Regan Hall to St. George’s Sanctuary