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The Pastoral Staff Letter

The Rev. Dr. Fred R. Anderson - April 26, 2012

A Look at this Week’s Events

Thursday, April 26 – Psalm 68; Matthew 4:1-11
Zimbabwe Trip Departure, 7 am, Church House Lobby
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
Saint Andrew Chorale Rehearsal, 7 pm, Sanctuary
Church Choir Rehearsal, 8:30 pm, Choir Room

Friday, April 27 – Psalm 49; Matthew 4:12-17
Daily Prayer, 12 pm, Dana Chapel
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space
Church Family Night, 6 pm, Parish Hall

Saturday, April 28 – Psalm 23; Matthew 4:18-25
LEAP, 10 am, Booker T. Washington Learning Center
Presbytery Called Meeting, 1 pm, Brick Presbyterian Church

This Friday, April 27

Church Family Night, at 6 pm

Church Family Night is this Friday, April 27! If you’ve been to one of these events, then you know how much fun they are; if you haven’t–please come! We always have a wonderful meal prepared by Chef Ray, with items that appeal to both young and more mature palates, a movie that is appropriate for young children, popcorn, board games for those who would rather play than watch, and relaxed conversation for the grown-ups. You don’t have to have children at home to attend–but it is helpful to have a tolerance for happy noise and mild chaos! The cost is $15 for adults, and we ask that you give a donation for your child(ren) based on their appetite and consumption. RSVP to Guillermo Catalan in the Church offices, ggc@mapc.com, or 212-288-8920 x271.

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Easter

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 the Rev. Beverly A. Bartlett will be preaching. Her sermon is entitled “The Risen Emmanuel” and is based on Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; and John 10:11-18.

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

Adult Education Class, 10:10 am, Christian Responses to Global Poverty, 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

Youth Sunday Rehearsal, 1 pm, Community Services Room

Shelter Training, 1 pm, Shelter Space

Music On Madison: violinist Setsuko Nagata, pianist Peter Vinograde, and The Malinconia String Quartet, 3 pm, Sanctuary (see below)

Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

This Sunday

Adult Education Series Concludes:
Christian Responses to Global Poverty
This Sunday April 29, at 10:10 am,
Led by the Revs. Molly and Ryan Dowell Baum

What can we do about global poverty? How does our Christian faith inform our action? How do we avoid doing more harm than good?

April 29: Evaluating Anti-poverty Initiatives Based On Our Christian Principles
This is where the rubber meets the road. In this session, we will examine the work of secular and faith-based anti-poverty initiatives such as Microlending, the Fair Trade movement, the World Bank & IMF, Christian Aid (UK), Church World Service, Bread for the World, and PovertyCure (a project of the Acton Institute), evaluating them based on the Christian principles we developed during our last session. This session will give participants tools for critically evaluating the many anti-poverty initiatives clamoring for our attention and charitable gifts.

Shelter Training, Sunday, April 29 at 1 pm

There will be an orientation on homelessness and the MAPC-St. James’ Homeless Shelter this Sunday, April 29, at 1 pm in the Shelter space. Want to learn more about homelessness in New York and what you can do about it? Come to this orientation and learn how you can become part of this life-changing ministry. If you are looking to get involved as a host, this is the first step! RSVP to Leeanna Varga at lvarga@StJames.org.

Music on Madison: Sunday, April 29

This Sunday, April 29 at 3 pm, violinist Setsuko Nagata, pianist Peter Vinograde and The Malinconia String Quartet will perform the next concert on our Saint Andrew Music Society’s Music on Madison series. The program includes Camille Saint-Saëns’ Violin Sonata No. 1, Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in E major, and Ernest Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano & String Quartet. Dr. Vinograde has been a frequent performer on our concert series, both as a brilliant solo pianist and an innovative collaborator with other musicians. Admission to SAMS concerts is by suggested donation at the door: $15 ($10 – students & seniors); children 12 & under: free!

Future Events and Other News

Zimbabwe Delegation Visiting Our Partners at Synod of Harare, April 26-May 5

As you pray this week, please remember the team of 6 travelers who are in Zimbabwe April 26-May 5 to be in fellowship with our partners in the Synod of Harare. Questa Anderson, Kathy Hoffman, Nancy Ost, Beth Wahlig, Fred Anderson and Don Wahlig will meet with the Synod leadership, stay in the homes of CCAP congregation members, help lead worship services and conduct Bible study with Congregations from Harare to Bulawayo to Hwange. We will also deliver gifts in honor of the Synod’s 100th Anniversary. The team will conclude their trip with a visit to Victoria Falls and a nearby game park.

MAPC’s New Global Ministry Fellow: Andrew Ruth

Andrew D. Ruth, third year student at Duke Divinity School, has been selected as the 2012-2014 Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellow. Andrew and his wife Claire will be joining the staff at MAPC in June of this year, following their graduations. Claire is a candidate for the Masters of Arts degree in Christian Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s campus in Charlotte, NC; she and Andrew live in Durham. Though she is not seeking ordination, she will be a most valuable team member with the TEEZ staff, and participate fully in its programs of instruction. Andrew is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA) under the care of New Harmony Presbytery (South Carolina) and is certified ready to receive a call. He will begin meeting with the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of New York City in May, to prepare for examination and complete the parts of trial for ordination.

The Associate Dean for Academic Programs at Duke Divinity School wrote, in nominating Andrew for the position, “Andrew is distinctively qualified for this opportunity both because of his good standing as a student and scholar as well as his strong vocational commitments. Andrew is deeply interested in the Global South and what the church in America might learn from Christianity and its leaders there. ...[He] is committed to learning, but also to contributing. His calling includes a deep desire to teach Scripture and theology to the church, so that the church may be more equipped to teach one another.”

In his application, Andrew wrote, “I long to see lay leaders rise up as teachers, preachers, and evangelists in their communities both in Africa and here in the United States. This is the nature of our Christian vocation–to see all of life as ministry opportunity to love God by loving our neighbor.”

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 are completing their tenure here at MAPC and will move to Sioux City, Iowa, in June, as Ryan takes up a new pastorate there and Molly searches for another call. Rebecca Jones continues her work at TEEZ and can be followed at her blog here on our site.

$10,500 still needed to Purchase Bibles
for Synod of Harare Congregations

Thanks to all who have participated so far in the annual Easter Offering. To date, $9,326 has been received. On behalf of our partners in Christ in the Synod of Harare, for whom these funds will be used to purchase Shona-language Bibles, thank you for your generosity.

$11,000 is still needed to purchase a sufficient quantity of Bibles for all 21 congregations in the Synod!

  • $1,000 buys 125 Bibles, enough for one congregation
     
  • $100 buys 12 Bibles, enough for a small group
     
  • $25 buys 3 Bibles, enough for an extended family

Gifts may be made anytime at the MAPC website, selecting “Easter Offering” in the drop-down list. We invite you to be as generous as you can in helping our partners share God’s word throughout Zimbabwe. Thank you!

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 from April 15 to June 15. 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!

Special Midweek Adult Education Series Begins May 2
Our Continuing Quest: Foundations for Social Justice

Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
7:30 pm in the Dana Chapel
Udo Middelmann

 
This special, midweek series brings together two central propositions from the Bible: the unity of one human race, and the realization of an imperfect, unfair and wounded creation after the Fall. As neighbors for each other, we have a mandate from God to reduce the unfairness, pain and frustration present in everyone’s life from what an impersonal Nature, and people in their exchanges, leave unfinished and imperfect for everyone. Social Justice is not a euphemism for Socialism with its disregard for personal effort. It is also not coercion by a state in order to reach equality of outcome. Justice requires the pursuit of fairness towards people, situations and genuine possibilities. A social dimension lies in the fact that we are not alone and should bear each other’s burdens, whether they are educational, emotional, financial or spiritual/intellectual. Social justice addresses issues of human rights: not by governmental attribution, but owned by nature of being people in the image of God, who intended for us a fuller life, greater knowledge and genuine responsibility for people.

We will consider theories of social justice from various contexts, both secular and Christian, as well as efforts to find ways to fulfill our call from God to seek justice, fairness, and reasonable improvements in what, for now, still remains a needy situation.

Light refreshments will be provided for this event, and participants are welcome to bring in a brown bag dinner if they wish.

Adult Education Class: Hildegard von Bingen, May 6

Sunday, May 6
10:10 am in the Parish Hall
the Rev. Beverly A. Bartlett

 
Hildegard von Bingen was a 12th century theologian, Biblical scholar, preacher, mystic, writer of music, poetry, and plays, scholar of herbal medicine and more. Join us this week as we examine some final illuminations from her visions recorded in Scivias, even if you were not able to attend the previous sessions on Hildegard back in March.

Youth Sunday, May 6

MAPC’s annual Youth Sunday, the day when our children and youth lead Sunday morning worship services, will be Sunday, May 6. Children and youth in third grade and up are invited to participate, and our confirmands are strongly encouraged to participate.

If your child is interested in participating, please contact Millie Tourtelot at mat@mapc.com as soon as possible. In your e-mail, please indicate whether your child will be able to lead at the 9 am service, the 11:15 am service, or both, on May 6. We will be having rehearsals on Sunday, April 29, after the 11:15 am worship service (from about 1 to 2 pm).

Music on Madison: Music for Harp & Organ

Next Sunday, May 6 at 3 pm, harpist Michelle Gott will join our Director of Music & Organist, Andrew Henderson, in performing works for this unique and effective combination! They will perform Canadian composer Rachel Laurin’s Fantasia for Organ & Harp, Chris DeBlasio’s God is Our Righteousness (originally written for guitar and organ, but easily adaptable for the harp), and the premiere of Roderick Gorby’s Elevation for Harp & Organ. Michelle and Andrew will also perform solo works. If you have attended our Carol Sing or Candlelight service on Christmas Eve in the last few years you have already experienced Michelle’s consummate artistry! Admission to SAMS concerts is by suggested donation at the door: $15 ($10 – students & seniors); children 12 & under: free!

Next Inquirers Class & Breakfast, May 12 & 13

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, May 12 from 9 am-3:30 pm, followed by an Inquirers breakfast on Sunday, May 13 at 10:10 am. Those wishing to become members may join as early as Sunday, May 20.

Saturday, May 12: The Saturday class will be held in the Phillips Lounge (behind the Sanctuary), beginning at 9 am. The class will conclude by 3:30 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 to explore the meaning of the confession: “Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.” From there, we move on to a brief history of the development of the church from Pentecost to the Reformation, and then specifically to Presbyterianism as it emerged from Geneva to Scotland to the United States. We will talk about MAPC and our rich history, how we are organized and governed, and the many ministries that emerge as we try to make Jesus Christ Lord in our lives.

Sunday, May 13: 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. At the end of the class, for those who are ready to do so, an invitation will be offered to unite with the congregation, as well as instructions leading to doing so and being welcomed as early as the following Sunday, May 20.

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.

Moms’ Night Out!! Monday, May 21 from 7-10 pm
Save the Date!!

MAPC Moms, please save Monday evening, May 21, for a Moms’ Night Out. Venue is still being decided upon, but we hope that all mothers with children from infancy through young adulthood will come enjoy this time of fellowship and the opportunity to relax and get to know more MAPC Moms. Watch the usual channels for more details to come soon!

Save the Date: MAPC Youth – LEAP Event, June 2

Mark your calendars for a special outreach event between MAPC youth and members of our LEAP program! It will take place Saturday, June 2, from 10 am to noon. More information to follow.

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 are 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 $15,000 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. Gifts of securities can be arranged by contacting the business office of the church. 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!

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!

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 one or several 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!

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 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, April 30 – Psalm 124; Matthew 5:1-10
Mothers of Young Children, 9:30 am, Phillips Lounge
Daily Prayer, 12 pm, Dana Chapel
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

Tuesday, May 1 – Psalm 66; Matthew 5:11-16
Daily Prayer, 12 pm, Dana Chapel
Library Committee, 5:30 pm, Hood Library
Overnight Shelter, 6 pm, Shelter Space

Wednesday, May 2 – Psalm 118; Matthew 5:17-20
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
Service of Healing and Wholeness, 6 pm, Dana Chapel
Deacons Meeting, 7 pm, 8th Floor
Adult Education Class: Foundations for Social Justice, 7:30 pm, Phillips Lounge & Dana Chapel

Thursday, May 3 – Psalm 113; Matthew 5:21-26
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
Saint Andrew Chorale Rehearsal, 7 pm, Sanctuary
Christian Education Adult Subcommittee, 7:30 pm, Rm 503
Church Choir Rehearsal, 8:30 pm, Choir Room

See you in Church!

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