The members of Bay Ridge United Church had something to celebrate about when ordained church elders Gabriel Benitez and Anthony Maguire were presented with the “Jim Gillies Memorial Scholarship Award,” by Sunday School teachers Lisa Suzuki and Julie Lin at a special joint mass with members of the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Gabriel is studying nursing at Kingsborough Community College and Anthony is at Brooklyn College studying to be a special-education teacher.
The scholarship was established in memory of Jim Gillies, a long-time member of the church who passed away in 2011, and is managed by the Sunday School staff at the church.
Upon the presentation of the check Gabriel explained that, “This scholarship will help me concentrate on obtaining the knowledge I seek to help me advance doing what the Lord wants me to do.” Anthony added that the award, “Will aid him to be a better teacher in the changing classroom of today’s schools.”
Good deeds equal great Standing Os.
Bay Ridge United Church [636 Bay Ridge Pkwy. between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Bay Ridge, (718) 836–4978].