This "Church Sunday" at Newark USA I offer pix and such little info as I was able to find on the Internet about a large, handsome church catercorner to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in the Roseville section of north Newark: First Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church (525 Orange Street, Newark 07107; (973) 485-8100). There is some confusion about the church's correct name, because, as this foto shows, there are apparently two names, one shown on a wooden sign on the left and one on a bronze plaque on the right.
A Google search for the "Missionary" version of the name produced the church without the word "Missionary" as part of it. Links there show that it is active in social services to the poor, including meals and emergency housing. The emergency-housing site erroneously places First Hopewell in East Orange, however.
I also found this intriguing note at a Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development webpage about homeless shelters:
Newark homeless services - Dial 211 or (800) 696-7063What do I know? Last I knew (when I lived in NYC), 211 was the number you called to get credit for misdialed calls. Not any longer. The Wikipedia article on 2-1-1 contains this interesting info, given the present weather situation in the Gulf Coast region:
In Texas, particularly in the Coastal Bend area, 2-1-1 is also the number to call for elderly and handicapped people needing evacuation assistance in the event of a pending disaster such as a hurricane.The Old Newark website has a page with scant information about this church, save that it was "Formerly the home of Roseville Methodist Church." But it does include a great foto by Jule Spohn of the church under repair in 2003.
I thought this row of windows in the middle of a sloped roof an unusual feature worth noting.
First Hopewell is not to be confused with Hopewell Baptist Church, at MLK Boulevard and Muhammad Ali Avenue, pix of which I showed here May 20th and 21st, 2006.
First Hopewell is one of innumerable churches in Newark that need a website. Can't local colleges that teach website design encourage each of their web-design students, as a term project, to create a website for a Newark church, nonprofit organization, public school, or small business? They could even link up fotografy or art students with web designers to take pix or make drawings, paintings, or pastel renderings of the subject entity for the website, and find a low-cost or free webhost onto which to place their website. The new college term starts very soon. How about it, students and faculty?
Note from Web Designer. Speaking of web designers, I got a very nice note of appreciation from Priscilla Sanabria, pastor of the Fountain of Life Church / Iglesia Fuente de Vida, for my mention of their splendid website November 11, 2007. I also received, July 23rd, an email offering some info about the history of Union Gospel Tabernacle, a foto of which I had shown May 28, 2006. On the August 10th Newarkology walking tour of MLK and lower Broad Street (which I have yet to deal with comprehensively, tho I have shown a few pix), I took another foto of that church so may do another blog entry incorporating that emailed info when I have time.
Fortunately this blog tends to come up within the first 30 or 40 results in many searches on many things plus "newark", so people who have info to offer sometimes see my open queries and get back to me, albeit months or even years later. For instance, a Google search for "fuente de vida newark" produces two links to my post in the top 8 results. A Google image search for the same search string produces two entries to this blog, as results 1 and 2, because I mentioned it twice, saying sliltely different things about it. A Google search for "union gospel tabernacle newark" produces my blog entry as result No. 2, after only the Google maps result. Curiously, a Google image search on the same string does not produce that picture in the first 100 results, but does show three others of my pix on the first screen, of different things. The same kind of thing happens with image searches on lots of other strings. For instance, "basilica newark" shows 5 of my pix (not all of the basilica) in the first 20 results; "cathedral basilica of the sacred heart newark" shows 7 of my fotos among the top 20 results, including fotos 1-4 (the last of which is not the Cathedral but Sacred Heart of Vailsburg; but still my picture). I once did an image search on something that showed 17 of my fotos in the first 40 results.
The moral of this story is, if you want to know if there's a picture of something from Newark that you hope to see in this blog, you can do a Google image search or a search in the box on the top left of this blog. To quote the old Alka-Seltzer commercial, "Try it. You'll like it." (Did you know that the 1971 commercial that introduced that catchphrase was recreated in June of this year by "the Bayer Consumer Care division of Bayer in Morristown, N.J."? Golly.