Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church


The Pastoral Staff Letter - August 24

08.24.17 | News | by The Pastoral Staff

    A look at upcoming events.

    Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
    In The Pastoral Staff Letter - August 24, 2017


    This Week at a Glance

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    Sunday, August 27, 2017
    12th Sunday after Pentecost

    Service of Word & Sacrament at 10:30 am
    Infant & Toddler Nursery – 4th Floor, 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

    Worship: This Sunday, Rev. Paula A. Cooper will be preaching. Her sermon, entitled “But Who Do You Say Jesus Is?” is based on the lectionary texts: Exodus 1:8 - 2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; and Matthew 16:13-20. Preview this Sunday’s bulletin or listen to sermons and service highlights from previous Sundays on MAPC’s website.

    Soloist Rehearsal, 9:30 am, Sanctuary

    Children’s Worship: 10:45 am, Phillips Lounge

    Fellowship Hour, 11:45 am, Lobby

    ESL Classes, 12 pm, Fifth Floor

    Overnight Shelter, 6:30 pm
    , Shelter Space



    This Sunday  

    Soloists during August & Labor Day Weekend

    During the month of August and on Labor Day weekend, soloists from our professional octet will provide solos during the offertory and communion at our 10:30 am worship services. This Sunday, August 27, tenor Marc Molomot will sing solo works by Felix Mendelssohn and Charles Villiers Stanford. Marc enjoys an international career in opera and on the concert stage, with a special affinity for Baroque and contemporary works, and has been a member of MAPC's octet since 2011.

    The Church Choir will return on Sunday, September 10, when the full schedule of Sunday morning services resumes.


    Paula Cooper's Commissioning and Departure for Africa

    Please join us for worship on August 27 when our preacher of the day will be 2017-2019 Global Ministry Fellow, Paula Cooper. During the service, we will also commission Paula as she prepares to depart August 27 for Kitwe, Zambia, to begin her service at Theological Education by Extension Zambia (TEEZ). Please join us for worship as we commission Paula and wish her safe travels and faithful service in Zambia!


    In Our Father's House 

    Last week, we received news that long-time member, Ruth Shoemaker Jervis died Tuesday, August 15, at the age of 95. Ruth joined MAPC in 1953 and was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. George A. Jervis. She is survived by her children Laura, George, Andrew and Gabrielle among others. The family has chosen to hold a private, graveside service at the Shoemaker family cemetery.


    Other Events and Announcements

    CROP Walk

    This year's CROP Walk will take place on October 15, 2017 with registration beginning at 1:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for youth, families, and our larger church community to come together to support the fight against hunger in our neighborhood. If you would like to participate in this year's event, you may register directly on the Crop Walk website, and choose MAPC as your team. For more information, feel free to contact Christina Cosby, .

    Singing at MAPC

    The Church Choir will resume singing for our 11:15 am services on Sunday, September 10, when the full Sunday worship schedule resumes. The full-season schedule of choral music is now available in the Narthex and Church Lobby literature racks as well as online. Are you interested in singing with the Church Choir, or our choral society, the Saint Andrew Chorale? The Church Choir sings anthems and provides musical leadership for our 11:15 am services and special liturgies from September through May. The Saint Andrew Chorale sings concerts as a part of the Saint Andrew Music Society concert season, often joined by orchestras and accompanied by professional instrumentalists. Rehearsals for both the Church Choir and Saint Andrew Chorale resume on Thursday, September 7. If you are interested, visit the Choirs page on our website, or contact Andrew Henderson: or 212-288-8920.

    Saint Andrew Music Society: Announcing our 53rd Season

    The Saint Andrew Music Society's 53rd Season brochure has been printed and mailed. Plenty of extra copies are available for you to pick up from the narthex and Church House Lobby for you to distribute to your friends! You can also peruse all fifteen concerts taking place this season on our website, ranging from performances by our very own choral society - the Saint Andrew Chorale & Orchestra; MAPC's community children's chorus program - the New York City Children's Chorus; students from The Juilliard School, Mannes College, and the Manhattan School of Music; and a host of recitals featuring pianists, violinists, and chamber ensembles.

    Tickets and Choral Subscriptions can be purchased online in advance for Saint Andrew Chorale concerts; and this year advance "Will Call" reservations will be available for all other Music on Madison concerts.


    Thursday Shelter Dinner Program and Men's Shelter Need Your Help

    As many members take vacations in August, our regular outreach programs are struggling to find sufficient volunteers.

    Due to the decline in available volunteers, our Shelter Dinner program will be serving bag lunches starting next week and through the end of August, unless we have several new volunteers come forward. Would you be willing to help setup and to serve a meal to those who are food-insecure in our community? Volunteers are asked to arrive on Thursday nights at 6 pm. Please contact Kathy Hoffman at to sign-up, or for more information.

    Our shelter program is also struggling to find sufficient volunteers. Last summer, we were forced to close for about half the summer and reduce the days we were open for other parts of the summer; our leaders are working hard to keep the schedule filled. Would you be willing to provide evening hospitality to up to twelve homeless men or to spend the night with them? Guests are screened before arrival, and our overnight host has a locked room in which to sleep. If you would be willing to serve in this way, please contact Andy Smothers at or 212-288-8920.

    Hood Library Summer Checkout

    Remember you can check books out of the Hood Library for the duration of the summer! They are not due until the Sunday after Labor Day, September 10. Please come browse the shelves and check out some summer reading! You may check out books whenever you are in the building, signing them out in the notebook on the desk. The Hood Library is sure to have something for everyone--fiction, biography, history, current events, and religious/spiritual books.


    Save the Date! All-Church-Retreat at Camp Holmes, October 6-7

    Please mark your calendars and plan to join in this year's all-church retreat at Camp Holmes. We'll begin with dinner on Friday evening, and finish by 4 on Saturday. This retreat is for MAPC folk of all ages and an opportunity for us to have conversation and time to relax and play together. If you cannot come up on Friday, you can come for the day on Saturday. More details will be coming out in the fall.


    Children and Family Ministries in 2017

    Children's Worship
    Children's worship will continue over the summer for our 10:30 am services. This opportunity is for children 3rd grade and under.

    Youth Worship
    Youth Worship will resume on September 10, 2017. All children 4th grade and up should remain in the Sanctuary during worship throughout the summer.

    Kids Club
    We hope that each of you will consider signing your children up for this fall for Kids Club. The program will mirror previous years. The time is designated for grade school children from Kindergarten through fifth grade to form valuable relationship with friends and mentors that center around God's Word. Through the course of the afternoon, kids will have the opportunity to: enjoy a nutritious snack with friends, engage in bible study taught by a pastor, make a joyful noise in choir, participate in recreation, and share a meal with other churh families! Kids Club this year will take place on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45-6:00 pm, beginning on September 13, 2017.

    In addition a modified program, Wee Kids, is offered for younger children ages 4-5 years old from 4:45-6:00 pm.

    We hope you will faithfully consider this educational opportunity for your family!

    If your family wishes to participate in this year's program, please fill out the registration form which can be found on the website and return it along with a check containing your contribution, to the attention of Wendy De Los Santos .

    Church School
    Church School will resume in full-swing on September 10, 2017. This time is designed for elementary-aged children to join together in song and bible study. To register, please fill out the children ministries' form that can be found here on the website. We look forward to seeing you in September!


    Middle and High School Ministries

    T(w)een Club
    This after-school program is designed with Tweens in mind. The first half hour of the program is a time to focus on homework while enjoying a healthy snack. Through the remainder of the afternoon, we will enjoy fellowship, games, make a joyful noise in choir, and conclude by sharing Bible study over dinner. This program is for students in 6th through 8th grade. To register, please fill out the registration form that can be found on the MAPC website, and return it along with a check containing your contribution to Wendy De Los Santos, .

    This year's confirmation classes will take place on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm from October 15, 2017 to May 13, 2018. This is a course for students in eighth grade or older to discern what it means to be a member of Christ's body, the Church. If your child is in eighth grade and would like to participate in this year's confirmation classes, please reach out to Christina Cosby for more information. She can be reached by phone at 212-288-8920 x8480 or by email at .


    Bible Studies at MAPC

    Looking for a place to read Scripture together and get to know people at MAPC? Come to one of our Bible Studies; newcomers are always welcome! For more information, go to

    Reading Through the Bible:
    Reading Through the Bible will resume in September.

    20s/30s Group: (Next Meeting is Today, August 24)
    6-8 pm, in the Youth Lounge on the 5th Floor of the Church House
    If you are in your twenties or thirties, join us for a time of food and fellowship as we welcome Christina Cosby, our new Director of Christian Formation.

    Women’s Bible Study: (Next meeting is Monday, August 28)
    2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:00 pm, Phillips Lounge
    Currently, we are studying Paul's letters. Come join us for an enriching conversation of Paul's letters to the Thessalonians! We welcome all to a time of fellowship beforehand beginning at 5:30 pm. Bring your dinner and engage in conversation as we learn more about faith and each other.

    Men’s Bible Study:
    The Men's Bible Study will resume in September.


    Adult Education

    This October marks the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing 95 Thesis onto the door of Wittenberg Castle in Germany, which sparked the Protestant Reformation. This year MAPC will commemorate the last 500 years of the church, discuss the church's work in the world today, and look at the trajectory of the Reformation going forward! We hope you will join us this fall from 10:10 am to 11:00 am as we celebrate the ways God has moved throughout history, is at work today, and calls the church into the future!


    Stay Connected to Worship at MAPC

    Did you know that even if you’re away or unable to make it to church that you can listen to Sunday worship services at MAPC? Sermons and service highlights (including scripture lessons, hymns and anthems) are uploaded afterwards, and are permanently accessible. They can be downloaded to your electronic device or listened to directly on MAPC’s website: peruse this valuable online resource today! Once ready for print, our Sunday bulletins are also uploaded to our website on Thursday afternoons and are made permanently available for download. 

    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 Lissette Perez-Erazo at or 212-288-8920. The cost for Sunday flowers is $110.


    Thank You for Filling the New York Common Pantry Grocery Carts

    The New York Common Pantry, the city’s largest private food pantry and long-time MAPC outreach partner,is asking for your continued support through the summer: canned or dried beans, canned chicken/salmon/tuna, rice, dried pasta, fresh or canned vegetables, and peanut butter. Please–no glass containers. You can drop items off 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 seriously Christ’s command to “feed my sheep!” 

    Clothing Donations Needed for Women and Men

    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 available to take donations Monday through Saturday from 8 am-8 pm and on Sunday from 9 am-3:30 pm. NOTE: Please bring all clothing to Jan Hus directly–clothing may no longer be left in the coatroom off of the MAPC Church House Lobby.   

    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 Andy Smothers at . Let’s put our faith into action!


    The Thursday Shelter Dinner Needs YOU!

    Can you spare 2 hours on a Thursday evening from 6-8 pm? If so, then you can help feed 120 hungry neighbors a hot meal, offering them Christian hospitality. Please contact Kathy Hoffman at .


    Host at the Shelter

    Hosts are needed for the Shelter! The Shelter is comfortable and the experience of helping these men get their lives back on track is one that will change your heart. Two shifts are offered each evening. Early evening hosts volunteer from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm; overnight hosts volunteer from 8:30 pm to 7 am. Contact Andy Smothers at for more information.

    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 .


    New York Common Pantry

    The New York 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!”

    See you in church!
    The Pastoral Staff


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