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The Pastoral Staff Letter

The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson - March 8, 2012

A Look at this Week’s Events

Thursday, March 8 – Psalm 126; Mark 4:21-34
Daily Prayer, 12 pm, Dana Chapel
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Shelter Dinner, 6:30 pm, Parish Hall
Recovery Group, 6:30 pm, Hood Library
Christian Education Youth Subcommittee, 7 pm, Rm 503
Saint Andrew Chorale Rehearsal, 7 pm, Sanctuary
Church Choir Rehearsal, 8:30 pm, Choir Room

Friday, March 9 – Psalm 105; Mark 4:35-41
Daily Prayer, 12 pm, Dana Chapel
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

Saturday, March 10 – Psalm 31; Mark 5:1-20
Families with Young Children, 10 am, 5th Floor
LEAP, 10 am, Booker T. Washington Learning Center

Families with Young Children, Saturday, March 10,
10 am to Noon

Our next Families with Young Children gathering is this Saturday! If you have children ages 5 and younger (older siblings can come, too), please join in this relaxed time of play and conversation. We begin at 10 am and end at noon, and you can come and go as your, and your children’s, schedule allows. We always have bagels, fruit, coffee, tea and juice, and of course, lots of play, a craft activity and good fellowship! Though it’s not necessary to respond in advance, we do need to have an estimate of how many to plan for, so please let us know if you are coming by responding to Guillermo Catalan in the church offices: ggc@mapc.com, or 212-288-8920 x271.

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Third Sunday in Lent

Daylight Savings Time begins.
Move your clocks forward one hour
on Saturday night.

Worship Schedule

Worship at 9 am, 11:15 am and 7:30 pm
Infant Nursery – 4th Floor Phillips Building, 8:30 am – 1 pm
Toddler Nursery – 4th Floor Church House, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Worship: This Sunday Dr. Anderson will be preaching the two morning services. His sermon is entitled “Holy Foolishness” and is based on Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; and John 2:13-22. The Rev. Donald B. Wahlig is preaching at 7:30 pm; his sermon is entitled, “Getting Relationships Right.”

Children’s Worship at 9 and 11:15 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.

Confirmation Class, 9:30 am, Community Services Room

Inquirers’ Class, 10:10 am, 8th Floor (See Below)

Adult Education Class, The Genius, Wisdom, and Faith of Hildegard von Bingen with Beverly Bartlett, 10:10 am, Parish Hall (See Below)

Church School/Youth Bible Study, 10:10 am, 5th Floor/6th Floor

Church Choir Rehearsal, 10:30 am, Choir Room

T(w)een Choir Rehearsal, 12:45 pm, Choir Room

Lenten Book Study, 1 pm, Parish Hall (see below)

Youth Conversation with Don Wahlig, 1 pm, 5th Floor

Shelter Orientation, 1:15 pm, Shelter Space (see below)

Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

This Sunday

Adult Education

The Genius, Wisdom and Faith of Hildegard von Bingen
Sundays, March 11, 18 & 25, at 10:10 am in the Parish Hall
The Rev. Beverly A. Bartlett
 
Come spend the latter part of Lent with the 12th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen. In addition to her role as abbess, Hildegard was a theologian, Biblical scholar, preacher, mystic, writer of music, poetry, and plays, scholar of herbal medicine and more. During these three Sundays, we’ll look at Hildegard’s life, work, the role she played in her world and the legacy she left us. We’ll listen to some of her music, read some of her visions, see some of her illuminations, and through them hope to find inspiration for our Lenten journeys.

New Inquirers Class Begins This Sunday, March 11, for 4 weeks

If you are wondering whether MAPC is the place to continue your spiritual journey, then we invite you to join us for this series of 4 informal Sunday morning discussions with other inquirers and MAPC members. We will meet on the 8th Floor of the Church House, for conversation, coffee, tea and cookies and discuss a different topic each week. All discussion groups begin at 10:10 am. Inquirers are asked to attend at least 3 of the 4 sessions (a missed session can be made up on the corresponding Sunday in the next cycle of classes) and to worship with us at either the 9 or 11:15 am service on those days. Topics will be:

March 11 – MAPC’s People and Past: You’ll meet staff, other inquirers and current members, as together we review MAPC’s rich history in the Reformed tradition, tracing our Presbyterian roots from Scotland to America, and from lower Manhattan to 73rd Street and Madison Avenue.

March 18 – Worship at MAPC: This is the time to ask questions about why we worship in the manner we do. We’ll discuss why the proclamation of God’s Word in scripture, song and preaching, and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper is at the very heart of our worship, and how we respond to God’s Word.

March 25 – Outreach and Community at MAPC: Together we’ll connect what we believe about being disciples of Jesus Christ and the many opportunities for engagement in hands-on ministry and fellowship here at MAPC.

April 1 – Stewarding our Gifts: We will explore the uses of the wide variety of gifts–talents, time and money–we have each been given and their source in God’s abundant grace. We will talk about how our members put their gifts to use here for the glory of God and the benefit of the congregation, as well as our expectations of our new members.

Following the 4th session, for those who are interested and feel that God is calling them to unite with this congregation, we will discuss the logistics of becoming a member of MAPC. To reserve a spot in this series of discussions, contact Don Wahlig at dbw@mapc.com.

Lenten Book Study “Simply Christian” at 1 pm

The Pastoral Staff continues to lead our Lenten book study group, using N.T. Wright’s Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. Written for non-Christians, skeptics, novices as well as for those who have been Christian for many years, Simply Christian looks at the issues of justice, spirituality, relationships and beauty as central to the life of faith and the mystery of who God is and what God wants from us. N.T. Wright is one of the most prominent contemporary Biblical scholars and theologians of our day. He is known for writing about Biblical and theological issues in a way that is accessible for those who do not have a formal theological education. The remaining schedule for the five-week study is as follows:

March 11, Chapters 7-10 (Jesus and the Spirit), Fred Anderson, leader
March 18, Chapters 11-13 (Worship, Prayer and Scripture),
        Millie Tourtelot, leader
March 25, Chapters 14-16 and Afterword (The Church and Discipleship),
        Fred Anderson, leader

A limited number of copies of the book will be available for the subsidized price of $10 in the Church House Lobby after the morning services this Sunday. If you will not be here to purchase your copy, (or if we run out!) you may order it or the Kindle® version from Amazon. (Please note, there is also a Kindle® version that is only available to those in the UK, but if you follow this link, you will be able to download the book.)

A lunch of soup, salad, sandwiches and beverages will be served for $10. Come observe a Holy Lent by sharing this spiritual discipline of reading and reflection with other MAPC members.

Youth Conversation with the Associate Pastor
this Sunday at 1 pm, 5th Floor

All Middle and High School Youth are invited to a lunch and informal conversation with Don Wahlig, MAPC’s Associate Pastor for Outreach and Evangelism, this Sunday at 1 pm on the 5th Floor. Come with your questions about how we serve Christ through hands-on ministry.

Serve Him

RSVP by March 8, 2012 to Beth Wahlig at bethwahlig@yahoo.com or 908-313-5241.

MAPC-St. James’ Homeless Shelter Orientation–
This Sunday at 1:15 pm in the Shelter Space

Interested in learning more about how you can help address homelessness in New York? Come to an orientation for the MAPC-St. James’ Homeless Shelter this Sunday at 1:15 pm in the shelter space! If you are looking to get involved as a host, this is the first step! RSVP to Don Wahlig at dbw@mapc.com.

Future Events and Other News

Seniors Unlimited, Monday, March 12 at 3 pm in the Sanctuary
Mort Gerberg, “Last Laughs”

We have a real treat for our March Seniors Unlimited Gathering! Cartoonist Mort Gerberg will share cartoons from his book “Last Laughs: Cartoons About Aging, Retirement and The Great Beyond,” which includes his own work and that of 25 other New Yorker cartoonists.He will also talk about his sources for his cartoons, demonstrate the cartooning process and perhaps even take our ideas and draw some on-the-spot improvised cartoons! Who couldn’t use an hour of laughter in the middle of what can be a dreary month?

Mort Gerberg is best known for his magazine cartoons, which have regularly appeared in the New Yorker, Harvard Business Review and other publications. He was voted Best Magazine Cartoonist of 2007 and 2008 by the National Cartoonists Society. He is the author of several books, has taught cartooning, has edited and/or illustrated 40 books for adults and children, and drawn several nationally-syndicated newspaper comic strips. Mr. Gerberg is a popular public speaker, particularly on the subjects of creativity and positive aging. He will bring a few copies of his book for purchase and signing.

And, of course, we will have tea, coffee, and our wonderful MAPC cookies during a time of conversation after the presentation. Please let us know you are coming! We’d hate to run out of cookies! RSVP to Arabel Bello at 212-288-8920 x245, or aeb@mapc.com.

Music on Madison: Gila Goldstein, piano

On Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm, pianist Gila Goldstein will perform the Saint Andrew Music Society’s Music on Madison series concert. Ms. Goldstein has been described as “a charismatic performer who plays with great flair,” and has performed internationally and throughout the United States in such venues as London’s Purcell Room and the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago. Her program includes works by J. S. Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1. Admission is by suggested donation at the door: $15 ($10 - Students/Seniors); Children 12 & under: free!

Trip to Zimbabwe, April 26-May 5: just 2 Spots Left!

Last chance to go to Zimbabwe until 2014; $300 deposit due this Sunday.

If you haven’t yet been to visit our brothers and sisters in Christ at the Synod of Harare, this will be your last chance until 2014! Two spots are available on this life-changing journey to witness firsthand the vibrancy of the church in the global south through the eyes of our fellow Presbyterians and partners in ministry and discipleship in Zimbabwe. Trip cost is $2,300. Your $300 deposit is due this Sunday, March 11, so that we can purchase airfare. See the blogs/pictures from past trips here.

General Trip Itinerary:

Thursday, 4/26: Depart MAPC at 7 am.

Friday, 4/27-Sunday, 4/29: Harare – Meet with Synod Leadership, Bible Study with Congregations, deliver gifts in honor of the Synod’s 100th Anniversary to be celebrated later this fall, worship with Harare congregations, stay with host families.

Monday, 4/30-Wednesday, 5/2: Bulawayo – Visit congregations, conduct Bible Study with members, stay in guest house. Travel to Victoria Falls Wednesday evening.

Thursday, 5/3: Victoria Falls – visit falls and game park. Rafting and bungee-jumping optional!

Friday, 5/4: Group reflection on experience. Depart afternoon and arrive JFK Saturday morning, 5/5.

Some financial assistance may be available. If you have questions, contact Allison MacEachron, chair of the Zimbabwe Partnership Committee at amaceachron@aol.com or Don Wahlig at dbw@mapc.com.

Faithful Friends Immigration Ministry, Sunday, March 25

Join the Immigration Ministry Team in a new ministry to Asylum Seekers and Refugees! On Sunday, March 25, there will be a luncheon and outing to the New York Historical Society, where we will participate in a special guided tour of their newly renovated exhibits. The luncheon will be held on the 5th Floor of the Church House at 1 pm. This is the second event in this new hands-on ministry. Our goal is to get to know these folks who are making a new life here in New York, in anticipation of assisting them with spiritual, vocational and educational needs. Interested MAPC members should RSVP to Arabel Bello at aeb@mapc.com.

If you missed the orientation in January, contact Don Wahlig (dbw@mapc.com) or Sharon M. Davison (sdav54@verizon.net). We will review with you the material covered in the orientation session by representatives from the Bellevue/NYU Medical Center’s Program for the Survivors of Torture and the Sojourners Program for Immigrants Released from Detention, the two groups who refer clients to us.

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
To Be Received Palm Sunday, April 1

OGHS logoSince 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with those in need. Your generous gifts assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and help build strong communities. On Palm Sunday, April 1, MAPC will receive the OGHS offering during all 3 worship services. Children received their coin boxes last week and are encouraged to bring them to worship on Palm Sunday. You can participate in this important offering by making an online gift anytime. Thank you!

Palm Sunday Brunch and Relief Kit Assembly,
April 1, 10 am and 12:45 pm

There will be a congregational brunch after both morning worship services on Palm Sunday, April 1. Regardless of which service you regularly attend, please come downstairs afterwards for fellowship and food. You will also have an opportunity to assemble a health kit or two, with basic hygiene items essential for the survivors of natural disasters like the recent tornadoes in the mid-west. The cost of the meal is $13 and children under the age of 12 eat for free.

Report on Cost of the Organ Renovation

We are especially grateful for the 127 families and individuals who have made a contribution or pledge to date, and we were pleased that a number of donors made new or additional gifts following our recent services and concerts that featured the newly restored instrument! However, we are approximately $17,000 away from reaching our goal of $320,000 to pay for the organ restoration and its related costs. If you have not yet made a pledge or contribution in support of the Casavant Organ Restoration Fund, we ask that you consider supporting this crucial project in the life of this congregation. We will continue to make pledge cards are available in the Narthex and Church House Lobby, and gifts using a credit card can be made at any time online. Thank you!

Thank you for the Food Offering on March 4

Thanks to all who supported the monthly food offering received on Sunday, March 4. The $1,383 received will be used to support the various feeding programs here at MAPC, including the weekly Shelter Dinner, which feeds up to 120 homeless and near-homeless folks each week. Thank you for your faithfulness!

Easter Flowers

Saturday, April 7, is the day members of the Board of Deacons and others come together to decorate the Sanctuary for Easter. Central to these decorations are lilies and other festive flowers donated by members and friends of the congregation in memory or honor of loved ones and friends. The names of those being remembered and honored will be listed in the bulletin for our services on Easter Day. The suggested donation for each name is $35. If you would like to participate, please send your check to the Church Offices (attn. Arabel Bello) or place it in the offering plate, along with the names of those to be honored/remembered, no later than Monday, April 2.

Holy Week Schedule

Click here to view the schedule for this year’s Holy Week and Easter services at MAPC.

Mark Your Calendars–Two Future Congregation-Wide Events

There are two congregational events coming up after Easter that the Congregational Nurture Committee encourages you to put on your calendars now:

Friday, April 20, Longtime MAPC member, actress and storyteller Margaret Dawson will present her one-woman theatrical piece, Hecuba Remembers. Dinner will be available at 6 pm for $15, and Margaret will begin her presentation at 7 pm. Many MAPC folk have already seen Margaret perform Hecuba, and were so moved by her work that we want to make this event available to the whole MAPC community. Margaret is offering Hecuba this evening as a gift to the church, and those attending are asked to make a donation to the MAPC Outreach Ministries above and beyond their regular pledge.

Sunday, April 22, is the date for the annual Hood Library Committee’s Literary Luncheon. The theme of this year’s program is Friends and Friendship. The Luncheon will begin at 1 pm in the Parish Hall. Come enjoy a wonderful meal, and hear members of the MAPC community share readings on this year’s theme from books in the library’s collection. This is always an enriching event, and if you’ve never been, several MAPC members have remarked that this is their favorite church event. Come find out why! The cost for lunch is $25.

LEAP Learning Enrichment Program Needs Your Help!

Do you have a heart for working with disadvantaged children, but can’t spare time during the week? This is for you!

Spend Saturday morning helping students age 5-12 in Spanish Harlem learn to read and develop their creative talents at the LEAP program held at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center at the Church of the Resurrection at 325 E. 101st Street.

Sessions are from 10 am until 12 noon and provide an opportunity for caring adults to interact individually with a small group of children from Spanish Harlem, many of whose families are from Mexico. The thematic program is based on an hour of reading, followed by songs, storytelling and an art project that relates to a specific theme. The theme for this fall will be early cultures of Latin America. Contact Don Wahlig at dbw@mapc.com for more information!

MAPC is on Facebook!

In addition to information on our website, http://www.mapc.com, you can stay up-to-date on all the doings here at MAPC by joining the church’s Facebook group page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/8627900358/. See you there!

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 diapers, baby formula, baby food, baby powder, baby lotions and baby clothes. 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!

LEAP on Saturday Mornings

Can you help tutor a child in reading on Saturday mornings, or help them with their homework after school for an hour or two? Opportunities exist now for MAPC members and friends (including Senior High youth!) to work with at-risk youth at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center on East 101st Street in Spanish Harlem. This is a wonderful and well-run program that is appropriate for a wide range of folks.

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 Nina Maldari (nmaldari@stjames.org) for scheduling.

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, March 12 – Psalm 6; Mark 5:21-43
Mothers of Young Children, 9:30 am, Phillips Lounge
Daily Prayer, 12 pm, Dana Chapel
Seniors Unlimited, 3 pm, Sanctuary & Church House Lobby
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Women’s Bible Study, 6:30 pm, Phillips Lounge

Tuesday, March 13 – Psalm 25; Mark 6:1-13
Daily Prayer, 12 pm, Dana Chapel
Day School On-Going Schools Night, 6 pm, 8th Floor
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Worship & Music Committee, 6:30 pm, Pastor’s Study
Immigration Ministry Team, 7 pm, Rm 503

Wednesday, March 14 – Psalm 51; Mark 6:13-29
Parents Prayer Group, 8 am, Phillips Lounge
Bible Study Fellowship, 9:30 am, DC, Lib, Phillips Lounge & Sanctuary
Daily Prayer, 12 pm, Dana Chapel
Kids’ Club & Wee Kids, 3:45 pm, PH, Gym, 5th Fl, RG, Youth Lounge
Children’s Choir Rehearsals, 4 pm, Choir Room
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Cocaine Anonymous, 6 pm, 5th Floor
Day School Campaign, 6 pm, 8th Floor
Outreach Ministries Committee, 7 pm, Phillips Lounge

Thursday, March 15 – Psalm 102; Mark 6:30-46
Daily Prayer, 12 pm, Dana Chapel
Day School Classroom Night, 5:30 pm, 4th Floor
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Shelter Dinner, 6:30 pm, Parish Hall
Recovery Group, 6:30 pm, Hood Library
Saint Andrew Chorale Rehearsal, 7 pm, Sanctuary
Church Choir Rehearsal, 8:30 pm, Choir Room

See you in Church!

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