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The Pastoral Staff Letter

The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson - June 14, 2012

A Look at this Week’s Events

 
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Thursday, June 14 – Psalm 26; Matthew 16:13-20
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Shelter Dinner, 6:30 pm, Parish Hall
Recovery Group, 6:30 pm, Hood Library

Friday, June 15 – Psalm 25; Matthew 16:21-28
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

Saturday, June 16 – Psalm 125; Matthew 17:1-13
Families with Young Children, 10 am, Roof Garden

Families with Young Children, Saturday, June 16, 10 am to Noon

Families with Young Children will meet on the Roof Garden this Saturday, June 16. We’ll have the wading pool and sprinkler set up for water play, so come prepared to get wet!! Kids can wear bathing suits (be sure to bring swim diapers if your child needs them) and enjoy splashing in the wading pools and sprinkler. Bring a towel and dry clothes, and waterproof shoes for both kids and grownups. The surface of the Roof Garden is quite slippery when wet, so we ask that all children wear water shoes. Families with children ages 5 and under are invited to this time of play and conversation–older siblings can come, too! We’ll have bagels, toppings, fruit, snacks, juice, coffee and tea, and lots of fun! RSVP to Guillermo Catalan in the church offices at ggc@mapc.com, or 212-288-8920 x271.
 

Worship has Changed
to Summer Schedule:
10:30 am & 7:30 pm
 

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Worship Schedule

Worship at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm
Infant Nursery – 4th Floor Phillips Building, 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
Toddler Nursery – 4th Floor Church House, 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

Worship: This Sunday the Rev. Donald B. Wahlig will be preaching at both services. His sermon is entitled “Seeing by Heart” and is based on 1 Samuel 15:34-16:30; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 and Mark 4:26-34.

Children’s Worship at 10:45 am: Following the Lesson for Young Christians, the children 3-8 are invited to go with Millie Tourtelot and her support teachers, to Children’s Bible Study in the Phillips Lounge. They return to their parents during the singing of the Doxology, so that they may participate in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. When there is a baptism, the children return earlier than the Doxology in order to be a part of the baptism. Millie would be glad to have parents join their children if they are interested in seeing what takes place in this important program.

Summer Choir Rehearsal, 9:30 am, Choir Room (see below)

Fellowship Hour, 11:45 am, Church House Lobby

No Adult Education Class

Alice Craemer Memorial Service, 12:30 pm, Sanctuary

Shelter Orientation, 1 pm, Shelter Space

Memorial Reception, 1:15 pm, Parish Hall

Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

This Sunday

Dr. Anderson Preaching at the Dune Church in Southampton this Sunday, June 17

Dr. Anderson has again been asked to preach at the Dune Church in Southampton, Long Island, and will be doing so this Sunday, June 17. If you are in the Hamptons that Sunday, join him and the many MAPC folks who summer there, for morning worship at the beautiful Dune Church, next to the Beach Club, on the shoreline between the coast and Lake Agawam. Worship is at 11 am. In addition to worship, you will be able to enjoy the church’s wonderful collection of stained glassed windows.

Shelter Training, Sunday, June 17 at 1 pm –
A Terrific Family Mission Experience!

There will be an orientation on homelessness and the MAPC-St. James’ Homeless Shelter on Sunday, June 17, at 1 pm in the Shelter space. Want to learn more about homelessness in New York and what you and your family can do about it? Come to this orientation and learn how you can become part of this life-changing ministry. If you/your family are looking to get involved as a host, this is the first step! RSVP to Leeanna Varga at lvarga@StJames.org.

Welcome Andrew and Claire Ruth

Andrew D. Ruth, recent graduate of Duke Divinity School, our 2012-2014 Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellow and his wife Claire, have joined us to begin their summer preparation of reading, mission orientation and paperwork necessary for them to enter and work in Zambia. Andrew is scheduled to be examined by Presbytery for ordination July 28, and “if the way be clear”–Presbyterian-speak for “if approved”–his ordination is scheduled for the next day, Sunday, July 29, at the Sunday evening service. You can read more about Andrew on the MAPC website. Please join us in praying for and welcoming Andrew and Claire into the MAPC circle of prayer for our Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellows. Andrew will be the sixth Fellow to serve with TEEZ in Zambia. Fellow Molly Dowell Baum and her husband Ryan have completed their tenure here at MAPC and are in the midst of moving to Sioux City, Iowa, where Ryan will take up a new pastorate July 1, as Molly searches for another call in that area. Rebecca Jones continues her work at TEEZ and can be followed at her blog here on our site.

Hood Library Summer Checkout

It’s June–that means the Hood Library collection is available for summer checkout. Books borrowed during this month are not due until after Labor Day! So, be sure and stop in the Hood Library on Sunday mornings (or any other time the building is open) and browse the shelves for your summer reading. The Library Committee will be adding more books through the month, so come see the wealth of reading material our library offers! On Sunday mornings members of the Library Committee are there to assist you. At other times, you may borrow books by signing them out on the honor system.

MAPC’s Summer Worship Schedule Has Begun

Our summer worship schedule is in effect with one morning service at 10:30 am, and professional childcare will be available from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm. Our Sunday evening worship services at 7:30 pm will continue through the end of July. Our full service schedule of two morning services and an evening service resumes on Sunday, September 9.

Our monthly Healing and Wholeness services will resume in October, and although our services of Daily Prayer have ceased for the summer months, members of the Pastoral Staff will continue to pray for those on our prayer list on a daily basis!

Summer Choir Has Begun

You’re invited to sing on Sundays during the summer at MAPC! Our Summer Choir provides an opportunity for church members and friends to sing some beautiful choral music together as leaders of worship. From now through Sunday, July 29, the Summer Choir will meet on Sunday mornings for a rehearsal at 9:30 am in preparation for our 10:30 am service. This is a great way to join in on the music-making at MAPC on an informal level; just come as you can! Further information and the music list can be found on MAPC’s website. Please contact Andrew Henderson at aeh@mapc.com for more information.

Future Events and Other News

Mid-Timers Outing to the Staten Island Yankees Game, Wednesday, June 20

We’ve bought a block of 20 tickets for the Staten Island Yankees game on Wednesday evening, June 20. If you’ve never been, it’s great fun! The ball field is a five-minute walk from the ferry terminal; the view of New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan is worth the price of admission alone, and the stadium is small enough that there’s not a bad seat to be had. These games are very family-friendly and we encourage those of you with children still at home to bring them.

The cost of the game, which starts at 7 pm, is $15, which includes a voucher for a hotdog and beverage. Reserve your seat now, contact Guillermo Catalan at ggc@mapc.com. For those who have signed up already, plan to meet at 6:15 pm at the Staten Island Ferry. The West Side #1 train takes you right there. Please RSVP as soon as possible for planning purposes. PS: There will be fireworks that night!

Training Session for Teaching English as a Second Language to Asylum Seekers, Asylees and Refugees
Saturday, June 23, 10 am

Join this new hands-on ministry opportunity! Curious about what is involved in MAPC’s new hands-on ministry offering English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to Asylees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees? Now is the time to find out. An orientation and training session for prospective teachers will be held Saturday, June 23 at 10 am in the Phillips Lounge. If you cannot make this session, another session will be held on August 18.

What do you need in order to be an ESL teacher? Just the desire to teach and compassion for immigrants who are trying to establish a new life here in New York–that’s it. Scheduling is flexible, as teams of teachers will work with each level of students throughout the fall and spring semester. Knowledge of a second language is NOT necessary to be a volunteer teacher. If you are interested, please speak with Don Wahlig at dbw@mapc.com or speak with our ESL coordinators, Anne Connor or Audrey Brown, or Immigration Ministry Team chairperson Sharon M. Davison.Join us–it could change everything!

Mormon’s Appeal, Sunday, June 24, 12:15 pm

This three-week class comes to a conclusion, Sunday, June 24. Having looked at the history and theology of Mormonism, this class will focus on why it is growing as it is. Why is a “home grown” American religion, that believes that the Garden of Eden was in Independence, MO, and that it is where the Second Coming will occur, so popular outside the United States? What difference might it make if a Mormon were to be elected President (note: this is not the first time a Mormon has run for that office!). This will also be a time for some extensive Q & A. Lunch will be available from 12 pm in the Parish Hall. The presentation will begin at 12:15 and continue until 1:45 pm. Join us, whether for lunch or simply the presentation.

Next Inquirers Class & Breakfast, Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1

Have you been thinking about membership at MAPC, or wondering what kind of commitments that might involve? Then join the Rev. Don Wahlig for the upcoming Inquirers class offered on Saturday, June 30, from 9 am-2 pm, followed by an Inquirers breakfast on Sunday, July 1, at 10:10 am. Those wishing to become members may join as early as Sunday, July 8.

Saturday, June 30: The Saturday class will be held in Room 503 (on the 5th Floor of the Church House), beginning at 9 am. The class will conclude by 2 pm. A light breakfast and lunch will be served and dress is casual.

What will we cover? The class begins with some brief introductions and then moves on to explore the meaning of the confession: “Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.” From there, we shift our focus to the 16th century Protestant Reformation, and specifically to Presbyterianism as it emerged from Geneva to Scotland and then to the United States. Then, while we take a walking tour of the Church House, we will discuss MAPC and our rich history, and the many ministries that emerge as we try to make Jesus Christ Lord in our lives. We will conclude with lunch and a brief review of our expectations of members.

Sunday, July 1: Over coffee and bagels, inquirers will gather in the MAPC Shelter Space at 10:10 am to get to know other members of the congregation in a fun, interactive format. The emphasis is on building relationships and gaining a better sense of how you can become engaged in the life of the congregation. For those who are ready to do so, an invitation will be offered to unite with the congregation, as well as instructions for being welcomed into membership as early as the following Sunday, July 8.

If you would like to attend or have questions, please contact Don Wahlig, Associate Pastor for Outreach and Evangelism, at dbw@mapc.com or 212-288-8920 x242.

Save the Date: Mid-Timers Philharmonic in van Cortlandt Park, Tuesday Evening, July 17

Mid-Timers, mark your calendars! On Tuesday evening, July 17, we’ll go to van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to enjoy a picnic and the Philharmonic in the Park concert. It is easy to get to by the #1 train and much less crowded than the concert in Central Park. We’ll post more details in the coming weeks, but please save the date!

The New York City Children’s Chorus at MAPC

We are pleased to announce a new program as a part of MAPC’s music ministry: the New York City Children’s Chorus! The NYC Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Associate Director of Music, Mary Huff, will offer a graded choral program for young singers aged 4 to 18 beginning this September. You will be hearing more about the plans for this program in the coming weeks. Auditions are being held until June 30. Brochures are available in the Narthex and Church House Lobby, and you can find more information, schedule an audition, and watch a promotional video of Mary’s work with children’s choirs at MAPC on the NYCCC website. Please e-mail Mary Huff at mwh@mapc.com with any questions you may have about this exciting new program!

Reflection on Daily Lectionary on Facebook!

This Pastoral Staff Letter’s calendar includes the gospel lesson and one of the psalms appointed for the day by the Daily Lectionary. Beginning the first week of Easter, Dr. Anderson has been writing a brief daily reflection on several or all of the lessons and posting them on the church’s open Facebook page. Posted early in the morning of each day, here is a convenient way for you to begin your day with scripture and reflection. Then “pray” the psalm as your morning prayer and you will be set for the day.

Flowers for the Sanctuary

Is there someone you would like to honor or remember through a gift of flowers for Sunday worship? If so, please contact the Office Manager, Arabel Bello, at aeb@mapc.com, or 212-288-8920 x245. The cost for Sunday flowers is now $85. We will only have flowers on the Chancel Steps on those Sundays when someone is being memorialized or honored.

Thank You for Filling the Yorkville Common Pantry Grocery Carts...and Let’s Keep Yorkie Fed!

The Yorkville Common Pantry thanks all who offered assistance in recent months. This month YCP is requesting 1 or 2-pound bags of brown rice, canned tuna or salmon, whole wheat pasta and tomato sauce, granola bars and cereal bars. You can drop items off with “Yorkie” in the grocery carts in the Church House Lobby or the Sanctuary Narthex, or you could even order groceries to be delivered through one of your grocers. (8 East 109th Street, New York, NY, 10029, Phone: 917-720-9700). Thank you for taking literally and seriously Christ’s command to “feed my sheep!”

Clothing Donations Needed for Men–and now Women–too!

The Homeless Outreach Program at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, one of MAPC’s long-term outreach partners, continues to see a dramatic increase of homeless persons seeking assistance. Both casual and business clothing for men and women, as well as new undergarments, are among their most urgent needs. If you have clothing items in clean and neat condition, we encourage you to take them to the Jan Hus Clothes Pantry at 351 East 74th Street at 1st Avenue. The clothes pantry is open Monday through Saturday from 7 am-8:30 pm. If it is not possible to bring clothing to Jan Hus directly, they may also be left in the coatroom off of the MAPC Church House Lobby. Please be sure to notify the receptionist. Thank you for remembering those whom Jesus called “the least!”

Hands-On Ministries

Ways to get involved at MAPC with hands and hearts!

“Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” The following opportunities to participate in hands-on ministries are provided by the Outreach Committee. If you are interested in exploring any of these opportunities, e-mail Don Wahlig at dbw@mapc.com. Let’s put our faith into action!

New! Teach English as a Second Language to Asylum Seekers, Asylees and Refugees

Get involved in MAPC’s new hands-on ministry, offering English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to Asylees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees! Knowledge of a second language is NOT necessary to be a volunteer teacher. If you have the desire to teach and compassion for immigrants who are trying to establish a new life here in New York, then you can do this! Scheduling is flexible, as teams of teachers will work with each level of students throughout the fall and spring semester. The first teacher training session will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 10 am – 3 pm in the Phillips Lounge. For those who can’t make that session, another training session will be held on Saturday, August 18. If you are interested, please speak with our ESL coordinators, Anne Connor or Audrey Brown, or Immigration Ministry Team chairperson Sharon M. Davison, or e-mail Don Wahlig (dbw@mapc.com).

After-School Tutoring in Spanish Harlem

Looking to engage your older teens in hands-on outreach? Do you have weekday afternoons free? This may be for you! The After-School Program at Booker T.  Washington Learning Center serves more than 60 children in grades K-6 each afternoon, Monday-Thursday, through a tutoring program that provides homework help to children who do not have those resources in their homes. Many of their parents speak little or no English and look to volunteers like you at BTW for the support that is necessary for their children’s academic success.

Can You Host at MAPC’s Shelter This Month?

If you are already trained and actively participating as a shelter host, a big “Thank you!” You know firsthand what a blessing it is to provide hospitality for the 12 homeless men who call our shelter home 6 nights a week. Please contact Leeanna Varga (lvarga@stjames.org) for scheduling.

Search and Care

Can you spend an afternoon with an elderly person on the Upper Eastside to walk their pet, go with them to a doctor’s appointment, help them shop, balance their checkbook or even just offer them the gift of companionship? If so, contact Robin Strashun at SandC@searchandcare.org.

Yorkville Common Pantry

Yorkville Common Pantry offers opportunities for volunteers to help pack and distribute food to the working poor on Saturday mornings and other times each week. MAPC has supported this very well organized and effective organization since its inception 30 years ago. This is a wonderful way to follow Christ’s command to “feed my sheep!”

Further Program Calendar

Monday, June 18 – Psalm 82; Matthew 17:14-21
Mothers of Young Children, 9:30 am, Phillips Lounge
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellowship Meeting, 6 pm, Phillips Lounge

Tuesday, June 19 – Psalm 102; Matthew 17:22-27
Day School Committee Dinner, 6 pm, 8th Floor
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Congregational Nurture Committee, 7 pm, Phillips Lounge
Stewardship & Development Committee, 7:30 pm, Rm 503

Wednesday, June 20 – Psalm 1; Matthew 18:1-9
Trustees Meeting, 7:45 am, Parish Hall
Session Packets Due, 5 pm
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Cocaine Anonymous, 6 pm, 5th Floor
Mid-Timers, 6 pm, Staten Island Yankees

Thursday, June 21 – Psalm 16; Matthew 18:10-20
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Shelter Dinner, 6:30 pm, Parish Hall
Recovery Group, 6:30 pm, Hood Library

See you in Church!

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