The congregation of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Newburgh, led by the Rev. George H. Smith, senior pastor, continues to receive blessings for its generosity to foreign missions.

The congregation of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Newburgh, led by the Rev. George H. Smith, senior pastor, continues to receive blessings for its generosity to foreign missions.

Last year a check for $20,000 was given, an amazing amount for a small congregation that also supports local charities and needs. This year when the Rev. William B. Moore, chairman of the Foreign Mission Board for the National Baptist Convention, visits the church on Sunday to deliver his annual appeal, the congregation is expected to have a check ready for $25,000.

Church members, their family and friends have been raising money since April 22. Chairing the drive is Deacon Edward Winfield Jr., who is still receiving funds and welcomes more. Checks can be made out to the Foreign Mission Board and mailed to him at 23 Marion Drive, Newburgh 12550.

Winfield said this year's donation will help in many ways. Money is still being used to help people in Somalia who were affected by the tsunami in December 2004 by providing fishing boats and nets, procuring wells for sanitary drinking water and providing psychological services. Another area of need is in Swaziland where the Mission has a clinic. Recently the Mission sent a husband-and-wife team there to provide general health care and immunizations as well as to fight HIV and AIDS with counseling, testing and outreach.

"We care about our brothers and sisters all over the world," Winfield said. "We give from the heart, sometimes until it hurts. But we give because it's needed."

For information, call the church office at 562-1168 or Winfield at 562-0904.

A benefit that includes a line dance will benefit the Pedro Cuevas Encephalitis Fund to help a teenage father who became paralyzed after developing viral encephalitis following an appendectomy. Pedro cannot verbally communicate, is fed through a tube and cannot care for himself. He has State Medical Insurance, but it doesn't provide for his total care. The benefit has been arranged by his family and friends.

It will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the Napanoch Firehouse on Plank Road off Route 209 heading toward Ellenville. Tickets are $15 and include a burger or hot dog, fries and a soda. For information, call 888-0906.

A tricky tray and penny social Saturday will benefit Our Lady of the Valley Church in Walker Valley. The event will be conducted at the mother church, Infant Saviour on Route 302 in Pine Bush. Doors open at 6 p.m.; calling is at 7:30. The Port Jervis Free Library and the River Valley Artists Guild will team to offer free art programs for youths ages 8-12 on the first three Saturdays in August. They will be conducted from 2-4 p.m. at the library. For information, call 856-7313. Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties is hosting a golf tournament for amateurs, with lawyer Glen Heller as the chairman. On Aug. 21, golfers will play at Grossinger Country Club in Liberty, and on Aug. 22 they can play either morning or afternoon at the Golf Club at Mansion Ridge in Monroe. Proceeds will benefit the Hospice home-care program and the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence. Sponsors include Smith, Seaman, Quackenbush Funeral Home, which is owned by Janet and Tom Sullivan, longtime Hospice supporters. Other sponsors are Walden Savings Bank, whose president, Dave Cocks, is a Hospice board member, and Clough, Harbour & Associates.

Committee members include Chuck Seliga, Gloria Ann Alisandrello, Karen VanHouton, Mary Ann Butler, Carol Smith, Tom Sullivan, Michelle Klugman Resnick, Fred Dana and Joanne Menendez.

For information, call Rachael Martucci at 561-5362.

Tryouts for the Hudson Valley Renegade 13U baseball team will be in early August. For information, call coach Mark Sacchi at 695-0693.

Co-pastors of the Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church in Middletown, the Rev. Kenneth "Ken" Wonderland and the Rev. Susan "Sue" Faye Wonderland, have been transferred. They've served the community for 16 years and have been popular leaders who have inspired people of all faiths. The move is part of Presbytery's "need to merge congregations." Sue has moved on to an interim executive position at Lackawanna Presbytery. Ken will be the interim minister for the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon. His last service at Webb Horton will be Sept. 1. The family will still reside in Middletown for a few years, but we'll see them less as they tend to their new responsibilities. We wish them well and thank them for being part of our lives.

Barbara Bedell's column appears daily. Call her at 346-3125.