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Concordia’s Good Shepherd Award Honors Student Who Does the Most for Others with Given Abilities PDF Print Email


By Guy S. Longobardo, Member, Good Shepherd Committee, Concordia College

May 25, 2016:  For forty years I've enjoyed Concordia College’s presence in Bronxville. In winters with other members of the Bronxville Field Club, I play at the Meyers Tennis Center. And like many Bronxville residents, I enjoy the cultural offerings in music and art, the business breakfasts, and the lectures.

But one Concordia activity in which I take particular pride is serving on its Good Shepherd Committee.

The Good Shepherd Award honors the student who has done the most with his given abilities "to encourage others to follow his or her example of Christian witness and service to Christ."

On May 3, I was at the Concordia Sommer Center when graduating students were receiving awards for their contributions to academic and student life. The Good Shepherd awardee is not announced in advance and he or she is always greeted with loud whoops and applause.

Clarence J. Meyers established the award in memory of his son Alan Meyers and Alan's wife, Justine, who died in a crash while landing a plane in a severe storm at Westchester County airport in 1983. They were a kind, talented couple caring for students, faculty, and friends inside and outside Concordia. In short, they were good shepherds.

Typically, the Good Shepherd awardee gives service to the community through student organizations and to fellow students serving in such roles as members of student government, tutors, mentors, or resident advisors. They are very well known to their classmates.

The award this year went to Davin Thompson-Williams. Davin, who just graduated from Concordia, was very active in the Concordia community, holding a number of leadership roles. He was the spiritual life and outreach coordinator for student government, he led homeless runs, he worked on Habitat for Humanity projects, he volunteered at soup kitchens, he was president of the Concordia Tour Choir and Gospel Knights Choir, he served as an active member of the service fraternity Omega Psi Eta, and he worked in a food pantry during the Hurricane Sandy crisis.

Pictured here:  Top photo: President Viji George at graduation with Davin Thompson-Williams, 2016 recipient of the Good Shepherd Award; bottom photo (L to R): Neil Tarangioli, Concordia men's tennis coach; 2015 Good Shepherd Award winner Dagyeong Yang; and Guy S. Longobardo.  

Photos by Chris Pope

 

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The byline for this article is incorrect, as the article was not written by me, Bronxville Trustee Guy A. Longobardo, nor do I serve on the Good Shepherd Committee. That honor belongs to my father, Guy S. Longobardo, a long-time member of that committee and also a dear friend of the late Al Meyer whose father established the award.
It is clear from reading this article that my dad and his fellow committee members picked an outstanding awardee in Davin Thompson-Williams.
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By Staff, Village Lutheran Church Oct. 11, 2017:  Concordia College and Village Lutheran Church will hold a concert on Sunday, October 29, at 4:00 pm in the church in...

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Christ Church Bronxville

Christ Church Bronxville, or "CCBNY" as it's known in the community, is the village's Episcopal church, whose beginnings date back to 1898. The current church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was completed in 1926 and was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, who also designed St. Bartholomew's in New York City and the Chapel at West Point.

CCBNY offers a wide array of programs to its parishioners, who live throughout southern Westchester. The acclaimed music program boasts five choirs; international outreach efforts to Cuba; and education and service programs for family members of all ages. CCBNY is also home to the renowned children's music program Young at Arts (http://www.youngatartsny.org), and Eliza Corwin Frost (www.elizafrostschool.org), a nursery school for children ages 1 to 5.

Our services are as follows:
8:00AM Rite I Spoken Eucharist
10:00AM Family Choral Eucharist
5:00PM Informal Eucharist

"No matter where you are on your spiritual journey there is a home for you at Christ Church. Our worship, music, education and outreach challenge us to embrace holiness and fearlessly share Christ's love."

The Rev. Michael A. Bird, Rector
17 Sagamore Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3544

http://www.ccbny.org/


First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church was organized in 1854. Its mission is “to reach out as a caring and Christ centered Church to people of all culture and races, helping them to know God and find fellowship with each other through Jesus Christ to the glory of God.”

Sunday Services are at 11:00am from September to the second Sunday in June. Summer Services are Sunday at 10:00am

Rev. Lamont Granby
407 New Rochelle Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-2560

http://www.firstbaptistchurchbronxville.com/


Reformed Church of Bronxville

The Reformed Church of Bronxville is the community church in the heart of the village. We welcome people of all faiths and persuasions to be a part of our church family. We have exciting programs to meet your interests including music and the arts, service and outreach, children's ministry and a wonderful Nursery School.

Starting Sept. 7th, we have three Sunday services held at 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 5:00 pm. A Fellowship Coffee Hour is offered after the 10:30 am service. Childcare is available during our 10:30 am service along with Church School classes for children from 2 years old through the 8th grade.

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Ruge, Senior Minister

Rev. Cari Pattison, Associate Minister

Rev. Samuel Clover, Assistant Minister

The Reformed Church
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-6776
www.reformedchurch.org
 


St. Joseph’s Church

St. Joseph Church, which opened its doors in 1925, is the Catholic Church in Bronxville. It offers services on Saturday, Sunday, weekdays and Holy Days. It offers a religious education program for K - 8th grade which takes place on Wednesday during the school year. It also offers a myriad of opportunities for parishioners to meet, share ideas and experiences and help others. The St. Joseph’s School offers classes for K – 8th grade.

Saturday Services: 5:00pm Sunday Services: 7:15am, 8:15am, 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:00 noon, 1:00pm, 5:00pm Weekday Services 6:45am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 12:00 noon Holy Day Services Vigil Mass 5:00pm 6:45am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 12:00 noon, 7:30pm Daily Morning Prayer: 8:45am

Father Peter McGreory

15 Cedar Street
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-1660

http://www.saintjosephsbronxville.org/


Village Lutheran Church

The Village Lutheran Church “is a ministry of word and sacraments. This ministry gives opportunities for witness, nurture, fellowship, stewardship and service.” The Chapel School, which goes from pre-school three-year olds through 8th grade, is an integral part of the Church’s ministry for children.

Weekend services are on Saturday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 9am and 10:45am.

Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell
172 White Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-0207

http://www.vlc-ny.org/


West Center Congregational Church

West Center Congregational Church is a member of The United Church of Christ. It welcomes “all who seek to find, know and serve the living God better in all they are and do.”

Sunday services are at 11am, followed by a coffee hour at noon. During the Sunday service, they offer child care for infants and Christian education for elementary school children.

Rev. John M. Barrett
101 Pondfield Road West
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3829

www.Westcenterchurch.org


 Sinai Free Synagogue

Sinai Free Synagogue is Westchester`s "newest" Reform congregation but its roots go back almost 100 years. Formed in 1999 by a merger of Mount Vernon`s Sinai Temple (founded in 1906 and the first Reform congregation in Westchester County) and the Free Synagogue of Westchester (founded in 1927), the 250-member congregation has a long, distinguished history.

Friday evening Shabbat services are held weekly. The Oneg following the service offers congregants and visitors an opportunity to linger and chat over coffee and desserts. Rabbi Barzilai conducts a Saturday morning service that meets every Saturday when there is no Bar or Bat Mitzvah. (The service follows Torah Study.) This service lasts one hour and is very participatory.  Services are also held on High Holy Days  Baby sitting is available during some of these services and there are special children`s services.

Please check the Calendar for dates and times.

Rabbi Barzilai is Sinai Free Synagogue`s spiritual leader.  Prior to the Sinai Free Synagogue, he served as rabbi at the Free Synagogue of Westchester, after having served as associate rabbi at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck.

550 North Columbus Avenue
914-664-1727

http://www.sinaifreesynagogue.org/pages/homepage.php

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