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The Pastoral Staff Letter

The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson - August 2, 2012

A Look at this Week’s Events

 
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Thursday, August 2 – Psalm 81; Matthew 27:55-66
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Shelter Dinner, 6:30 pm, Parish Hall
Recovery Group, 6:30 pm, Hood Library

Friday, August 3 – Psalm 6; Matthew 28:1-10
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

Saturday, August 4 – Psalm 100; Matthew 28:11-20
CHURCH CLOSED
 

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Worship Schedule

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

Worship: This Sunday the Rev. Beverly A. Bartlett is preaching at the 10:30 am service. Her sermon is entitled “Piecing It All Together” and is based on 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-16 and John 6:24-35.

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. Millie would be glad to have parents join their children if they are interested in seeing what takes place in this important program.

Fellowship Hour, 11:45 am, Church House Lobby

Shelter Orientation, 1 pm, Shelter Space (see below)

Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

This Sunday

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

There will be an orientation on homelessness and the MAPC-St. James’ Homeless Shelter on Sunday, August 5, 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.

Future Events and Other News

7:30 pm Sunday Service in Recess until After Labor Day

The Sunday evening worship service will be suspended for the month of August through Labor Day weekend. Our regular worship schedule with services at 9 am, 11:15 am and 7:30 pm will resume on September 9.

Mothers of Young Children Group in Recess until September 10

The Monday morning Mothers of Young Children group will take the month of August off, and resume their weekly gatherings on Monday, September 10, at 9:30 am in the Phillips Lounge.

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to Asylees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees! Training Saturday, August 18, 10 am to 3 pm

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 was held on Saturday, June 23. For those who couldn’t make that session, another training session will be held on Saturday, August 18 from 10 am to 3 pm. This session will focus more on teaching mechanics, which will guide us as we proceed with our student sessions. 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).

Filling up Fast–The New York City Children’s Chorus at MAPC

We are delighted with the response to the New York City Children’s Chorus from the congregation at MAPC and from the larger community. MAPC Associate Director of Music Mary Huff has heard over 80 auditions from many talented children. Our three preparatory division choirs are at capacity, and our elementary choirs are nearly full. We still have some spaces in our Concert Choir (ages 10-14) and In Harmony (ages 14-18), so please share a brochure or direct your friends and colleagues to the NYCCC website soon! Mary will hear auditions again on August 13-17 and September 6-7, or until all spaces are full. Please e-mail Mary at mwh@mapc.com with any questions you may have about this exciting new program. If you would like to make a contribution in support of this program or for our scholarship fund for choristers & families in need, please visit http://www.mapc.com/giving/donation.

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. They are now also posted on the church’s website. 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 bags of beans or dry rice, 32oz shelf-stable milk, i.e., Parmalat, canned tuna or salmon, and 100% fruit juices. 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 was held on Saturday, June 23. For those who couldn’t make that session and for those who would like further training, 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).

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, August 6 – Psalm 73; John 1:1-18
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

Tuesday, August 7 – Psalm 36; John 1:19-28
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

Wednesday, August 8 – Psalm 132; John 1:29-42
Cocaine Anonymous, 6 pm, 5th Floor
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

Thursday, August 9 – Psalm 26; John 1:43-51
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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