This Week at a Glance
Sunday, July 9, 2017
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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. Dr. Eric O. Springsted will be preaching. His sermon entitled “I Would Prefer Not To” is based on the lectionary texts: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17; Romans 7:15-25a; and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. 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/Farewell to Tyler Orem, 11:45 am, Lobby (see below)
ESL Classes, 12 pm, 5th Floor
Overnight Shelter, 6:30 pm, Shelter Space
Farewell to Tyler Orem
This Sunday, following worship, the Coffee Hour will be a reception honoring and saying farewell to Tyler Orem. Tyler returned to MAPC this last December from Africa as the most recent PTGMF. Graciously, he accepted a number of the duties of working with the Youth, upon the departure of Chris De La Cruz, including overseeing the Youth Mission Trip this week. Please come and say thank you for all his good work!
You're invited to sing on Sundays during the summer at MAPC! Our Summer Choir provides an opportunity for church members and friends to sing some beautiful choral music together as leaders of worship. Continuing through Sunday, July 30, the Summer Choir will meet on Sunday mornings for a rehearsal at 9:30 am in preparation for our 10:30 am services. This is a great way to join in on the music-making at MAPC on an informal level; just come as you can. To peruse this summer's choral music repertoire, and further information, click on this link to MAPC's website. Please contact Andrew Henderson at
for more information.
Other Events and Announcements
Yoga for Every Body, Friday, July 14, 9 am on the Fifth Floor
We will have one more yoga class this summer, then take a break until the fall. Please join us for yoga on Friday, July 14 at 9 am! Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience, flexibility, level of physical fitness or spiritual enlightenment. Bring a mat if you have one, though we do have a few mats available to borrow. We ask for a $20 donation to help cover the fee for the teacher.
Sign Up Now fror the Summer Roof Garden Party!
Monday, July 17, beginning at 6:30 pm
If you have not signed up for the Roof Garden "Cocktails by the Sea" party, now is the time! Our MAPC member cooks need to know how much food to prepare!
We have a delicious menu of seaside appetizers planned for "Cocktails by the Sea", the theme for this summer's Roof Garden Party--we are, after all, living on an island! We'll begin at 6:30 pm, and once again, will offer childcare on the 5th Floor. The suggested donation for the evening is $35, and we ask parents to contribute $15 for each child to help cover the cost of childcare. You can purchase tickets for the event here now or sign up with Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices,
. When you respond, please indicate whether you will need childcare!
Hood Library Summer Checkout
With summer beginning, remember you can check books out of the Hood Library for the entire 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.
And if you are doing some spring cleaning, the Hood Library Fellowship welcomes your book donations. They ask that the books be current--published within the last five years.
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 will continue over the summer for our 10:30 am services. This opportunity is for children 3rd grade and under.
Youth Worship will resume in the Fall. All children 4th grade and up should remain in the Sanctuary during worship.
Kids' Club will resume in the Fall. Have a great summer!
Church School will resume in September! Have a great summer!
Middle and High School Ministries
Youth Group will resume in the Fall. Have a great summer!
2017 Mission Trip Here in New York City
This year MAPC is hosting our partners from Iowa in NYC. Youth aged 14 and up, mark your calendars for July 5-10. You will participate in all programming with the groups from Iowa, including spending nights at the church, so it is a mission trip for you as well! Activities will include work projects with our outreach partners, daily devotions, a full day of entertainment on the town, and more! Check out http://sentbylove.com/ to see how this great partnership has worked in the past. It's going to be a blast!
Highlights of the June Session Meeting
The Session met for its regular meeting on June 27, the first meeting of the new session. It elected Kate Baier as clerk. It approved several grants recommended by the Outreach Committee, and took up several items from the Personnel Committee. These included approval of the selection of insurance plans for the coming year that non-clergy employees may choose from. Session also approved the renewal of the interim contracts with the Rev. Dr. Eric Springsted and with the Rev. Andy Smothers. The next regular meeting of Session will be in September.
Thank You for the Food Offering!
Thanks to all who participated in the Food Offering on July 2! We collected $264, which will be used to offset the rising costs of our various feeding ministries here at MAPC. The next Food Offering will be received Sunday, August 6. If you missed this opportunity to donate, you can also make an online gift anytime by selecting "Food Offering" beside the gift amount you designate. Thank you!
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 http://www.mapc.com/christian-ed/adultclasses/.
Reading Through the Bible: (Next meeting is July 12)
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm, Phillips Lounge.
All are welcome!
20s/30s Group: (Next meeting is July 13)
6-7 pm, Offsite
If you are in your twenties or thirties, join us for food, fellowship, and a rich discussion about expressions of faith.
Women’s Bible Study: (Next meeting is July 10)
2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30 pm, Phillips Lounge. We are now studying Paul's letters. If you can, bring dinner and come at 6 pm to chat.
Men’s Bible Study:
The Men's Bible Study will resume in September.
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.
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
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue (at East 73rd Street)
New York, NY 10021
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