Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church


The Pastoral Staff Letter - August 3

08.03.17 | News | by The Pastoral Staff

    A look at upcoming events.

    Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
    In The Pastoral Staff Letter - August 3, 2017


    This Week at a Glance

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    Sunday, August 6, 2017
    9th Sunday after Pentecost

    Worship Schedule
    Worship at 10:30 am
    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. Andrew D. Smothers will be preaching. His sermon, entitled “For the Sake of Others,” is based on the lectionary texts: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 63; Romans 9:1-5; and Matthew 14:13-21. This being the first Sunday of the month, prayers for Healing & Wholeness will be offered during communion. Preview this Sunday’s bulletin or listen to sermons and service highlights from previous Sundays on MAPC’s website.

    Summer Choir Rehearsal, 9:30 am, Choir Room

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

    Fellowship Hour, 11:45 am, Lobby

    Shelter Orientation, 12 pm, Shelter Space

    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 6, soprano Katherine Wessinger will sing solo works by Antonín Dvořák and César Franck. Katie has been a member of MAPC's professional octet since August 2005, and is in high demand as a soloist, ensemble singer and voice teacher in the NYC area.

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


    Other Events and Announcements

    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, or plan to attend our next orientation at 12 pm on Sunday, August 6 in the shelter.


    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 as the fall approaches.


    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 in the Fall. All children 4th grade and up should remain in the Sanctuary during worship.

    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, we offer a modified program, Wee Kids, 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 , or the church office. If you have any questions, please reach out to Christina Cosby. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 212-288-8920 x8480.

    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's ministry form that can be found here on the website. We look forward to seeing you in September!


    Middle and High School Ministries

    Youth Group
    Youth Group will resume in the Fall. Have a great summer!

    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 eighth grade students 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 August 10)
    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 August 14)
    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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