The Art Page

Leonia Church is made up of many talented and gifted people. This page is showcasing painting, photography, poetry, prose, music and other works of art by Leonia Church. Sunday morning isn’t the only time to share your artistic gifts! If you want to share something, email what you’ve got to us at




Bergen Poetry Workshop

Facilitated by Yevgeniya Przhebelskaya
One Thursday per month at 7:30 p.m. (Next Meeting is Thursday, May 17)
Leonia Church Office

The focus of group is the world of poetry – poems by master poets and novices alike. For each workshop, participants are invited to bring one poem that they wrote and one poem from another poet who has inspired them in some way. Lively discussion, ideas for revision, analysis of traditional and contemporary poetry are some of the highlights of the workshop. Tea, Coffee and Light Refreshments are provided.  Please contact Yevgeniya at if you are interested in joining.

Artistic Baskets by Rosemary Zander

I began basket making a year ago, signing up for the winter semester class offered at the Art School at the Old Church in Demarest.  All my life, I have worked in the areas of knitting, crocheting, embroidery, needlepoint.  My thirty-year-long professional career was in the field of psychiatric social work:  first as a clinician and then as the Chief Psychiatric Social Worker at what was, at that time, Bergen Pines County Hospital in Paramus.  A major element in such a profession is the absence of closure.  Very seldom does such work include a tangible beginning, middle, or end of a specific goal.  People don’t live their lives in such dimensions.  Working with my hands and creating objects was a helpful way to achieve “touchable” results – whether successful or not.

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Writing by Marina Firestone

Marina Firesone was born in Italy in 1927, came to the U.S.A. after the war and studied at Illinois Wesleyan Un. and later at the Columbia School of Social Work.  I got married to Nat Firestone in October 1951, had two children and now 4 grown grandchildren.  Nat died in 2007. I have been a member of the LUMC since early 2004 or 5.

The Story of La Befana

In a far away country in the east, there lived a very old woman. She loved children but did not have any because she had never married – she had always been too busy: she took good care of her house that was spotless and of her garden where she planted her vegetables and where she also kept a couple of chickens so she could have an egg for supper once in a while.

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Poetry By Yevgeniya Przhebelskaya

Yevgeniya Przhebelskaya has been writing poetry since she was 15. Her first poems were in Russian, and she transitioned to writing English poetry when she immigrated to the USA in 2001. Yevgeniya’s poems have been published in Ancient Paths, Anti-Heroin ChickA Blind Man’s Rainbow, Times of Singing and The Penwood Review. Yevgeniya works as the Administrative Assistant of Leonia Church.


of Love and other Gifts

Inspired by writings of Emily Dickinson and archimandrite Victor (Mamontov)


I prayed for Love and Peace and Faith

in Doubt and Distress.

I cried, I called, I knelt, I wept

and asked for Holiness.

I was Confused, Alone and Lost –

but never Lost for long.

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Poetry by Floran Cazeau

About Floran: “I am an electrical engineer militating in the aeronautical industry as an NDT inspector. I love sport and science; and I am enchanted by any being with a smile and a sense of humor. I do love people, I love life and, of course, I love God the Supreme Being.” – Floran Cazeau

To learn more, visit his website:

Youth Age
We had no wings
But flew
In all seasons!
Only the heavens
Limited our dreams
And our passions!

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