Vote for Best House of Worship

Where in Long Valley do you go?

Where can you find the best house of worship in the Long Valley area?

Patch asked for your nominations, and you answered. Now we're asking for you to put it to a vote. 

Our voting period ends Aug. 17, and we'll announce the winners on Aug. 24.

All you need to do is vote in the poll below to choose your favorite, and see who comes out on top!

To browse all the polls in one place, go here.

To see all of our categories, go to our Readers' Choice Topics Page.

DXJ July 27, 2012 at 03:28 AM
These "vote for" series are increasingly more ridiculous.
LV Resident July 27, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I think this is an odd category to have. I don't feel that it's the same as voting on the "best burger" or "best cup of coffee".
Hookerman July 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The best house of worship, of course, is the one I attend. The rest are just filled with hell-bound pagans.
cv July 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Ha Ha Hookerman.
GiGi Richards July 27, 2012 at 02:52 PM
You forgot the library. If people would read books and be freethinkers we wouldn't need these drains on our tax dollars. At least libraries provide an education. Churches just fill people full of nonsense and hate.
Thomas Lotito July 27, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Have you ever attended a church service? How does a church drain our tax dollars?
GiGi Richards July 27, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Of course I have attended church services; several different denominations. Churches are businesses, therefore they should be taxed.
GiGi Richards July 27, 2012 at 09:40 PM
http://taxthechurches.org/ that site can explain it much better than I can. Happy reading!
LH July 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Absolutely ridiculous survey. Agree with DXJ, these "vote for" surveys are getting more and more preposterous. That and the "what should go here".
Jon July 28, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Imagine for a moment that YOUR religion is the only "right" one, and all of the others really did get it wrong. Doesn't that make you feel good? Now imagine that everybody else in the world also reads this same statement and does the same thing. So now they are thinking about you in the same way that you were thinking about them just a moment ago. Does that make you a little upset? Statistically speaking, what are the odds that the religion YOU chose to follow is the "right" one? (Yes, that's a rhetorical question.) OK, that comment was off topic. To answer the question of which house of worship is the best, you first have to think about what is the product or service that they are providing, right? Because the best one is the one that provides the best product or service. But... oops, they don't produce a product or a service. They just take your money and your time. What do you get for that investment? Just a way to meet people, really. Perhaps you do volunteer work through the church, and do good things for the community or extended community. If so, that's great. But you can do that directly, without the middle man. It's probably more efficient without the middle man, because 100% of what you give would go directly to the recipient that way. Try it and see.
Hookerman July 28, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The only thing this poll proves is that there's a lot of Catholics in Washington Twp. St. Marks, St. Lukes, and Our Lady make up almost 60 % of the vote collectively.
Joseph Keyes July 28, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Is Catholic Jesus better than Lutheran Jesus or Mohammad? Does Moses even care? Will Vishnu destroy the world for being omitted—for that matter, will a Unitarian Fellowship ever be included in such surveys? Does the library really count as a place of worship—or is it just a place of peace and quiet that’s not open on Sundays. The most curious place of worship I’ve ever attended in the township (sorry, won’t reveal the place), ended and exiting, the congregation greeted the minister and his wife who sported a mink jacket—go figure. I agree with the poster who viewed this as an “odd category.”
Jon July 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Wouldn't a business or residence on the same piece of property provide more tax revenue to the town?
cecile marie July 30, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Is the best place to worship the one that does the most good? or any good at all? Apparently this no longer matters. It may sound like sour grapes to some of you, but last year when my home was destroyed by a flood and nearly everyone in the township knew about it (at least they all came by to take photos), not a single person representing a single "place of worship" offered us any help, not one, not even a word of sympathy. So, what do those "places of worship" actually do? In the church which I was raised in, the church leaders routinely made the members aware of people in the church and in the surrounding area in need of help. I guess that isn't done anymore and houses of worship are purely to "praise god" as a group. FYI, two neighbors representing themselves offered help with tears in their eyes. All others who offered help wanted payment in return.
LV Resident July 30, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Cecile Marie, I'm very sorry to hear about your home. I can't imagine the devastation you experienced. I know that you say that "nearly everyone in the township knew about it", but it's possible that you could be mistaken. I did not know of it, and no doubt there are others like me. I'm surprised that no churches helped you out when you reached out to them.
cecile marie July 30, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Dear LV Resident, it never occurred to either my husband or I to contact a place of worship to request help, rather we realized a couple weeks later that none had thought to offer us help. That is my point - the churches and religious organizations I am familiar with would reach out and offer help. It is not my intention to take this poll sideways, but I do want to know what criteria people are basing their votes on. The beauty of the building? The number of services offered? The fellow worshippers? If it were me, I would base it upon what the church, synagogue, or mosque actually does for Long Valley residents and other people.
Claire July 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Cecile, not everyone knows your problems, I was busy too with no electricity, toilets for over 10 days, so sorry i was not up on your news. There are many churches in town who help families in need. Through food pantry stocking, monetary support, and many other ministries. Maybe you need to reach out and let them know you need help. I think many churches in our area do a tremendous amount of community work. Maybe if you were actually involved with one, you would know the good things they do.
cecile marie July 31, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I am regularly reminded why I do not belong to any church in this community. The saying "god helps those that help themselves" has become my motto since moving here. While my husband and I are used to helping others, the one time we could have used help and it was visible for others to see, none was offered. Instead we are criticized for not ASKING for help. My point is being made with each response.
Hookerman July 31, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Cecile, when the hurricane came through last year, there were many houses in the valley that were flooded out. If you remember, the whole village was underwater. I drive by your house every day and with the shrubbery you have on the west side of your house, there’s little chance that those travelers on Naughtright had any clue that your house was flooded (I only knew because I read about it here). To say that everyone in the township knew about your particular house is ridiculous. Everyone knew that a number of homes in the township were flooded due to the hurricane, but to blame all the residents and houses of worship in this township for not singling you out is nothing but self-pity.
KS August 08, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Cecile, It is sad to hear how disillusioned you are. Did you go to the "Nominate" section and read the comments that those who nominated their house of worship made so maybe you could understand what makes these places of worship stand out to them? Who knows, maybe, something someone said will be interesting enough for you to try that house of worship and you can build a relationship there and establish a support network among the congregation. No one should feel so alone and neglected.


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