Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church


The Pastoral Staff Letter - May 11

05.11.17 | News | by The Pastoral Staff

    A look at upcoming events.

    In The Pastoral Staff Letter

    Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
    In The Pastoral Staff Letter - May 11, 2017



    This Week at a Glance  

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    Sunday, May 14, 2017
    5th Sunday of Easter

    Worship Schedule
    Worship at 9 am and 11:15 am
    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. Eric O. Springsted will be preaching. His sermon entitled “From Here to There” will be based on the texts: Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31; 1 Peter 2:2-10; and John 14:1-14. Preview this Sunday’s bulletin or listen to sermons and service highlights from previous Sundays on MAPC’s website.

    Children’s Worship: 9:15 am & 11:30 am, Phillips Lounge

    Youth Worship: 9:15 am & 11:30 am, Dana Chapel

    Fellowship Hour, 10 am & 12:30 pm, Lobby

    Adult Education, 10:10 am, Dana Chapel, (see below)

    Church School, 10:10 am, 5th Floor

    Youth Sunday Rehearsal, 10:10 am, Sanctuary

    Church Choir Rehearsal, 10:30 am, Choir Room

    ESL Classes, 1 pm, 5th Floor

    Music on Madison: New York City Children's Chorus, 3 pm, Sanctuary

    Overnight Shelter, 6:30 pm, Shelter Space


    This Sunday  

    Adult Education, led by Dr. Eric O. Springsted, "Simone Weil: Some Reflections on Love and Justice", May 14

    Simone Weil (1909-1943) was one of the most remarkable thinkers of the twentieth century. Educated at the elite Ecole Normale in Paris, she also spent a year as a factory worker to understand what workers' lives are like. Following a religiuos conversion, she wrote numerous works of a deep and penetrating spirituality until her early death in 1943.

    The series is presented by Dr. Eric Springsted. Co-founder of the American Weil Society and its president for thirty-three years, he has written extensively on Weil, including half a dozen books and several articles.

    May 14: Rootedness: Life in Community - Dana Chapel

    Other Events and Announcements  

    MAPC Book Club, Tuesday, May 16, 4 pm in the Hood Library

    The book selection for May's meeting of the MAPC Book Club is The Whistler, by John Grisham. The Book Club would love to have additional participants and is open to all!


    Spiritual Growth and Faith Sharing Group, Thursday, May 18, 1 pm in the James Lenox House Library

    This group is always open to new members who would like to come spend time reflecting on a passage of scripture and sharing their insights. Different from a traditional Bible Study, this ia a more "formational" approach to scripture--focusing on what God is saying to us, listening for the Spirit together, and sharing our insights and faith experiences as they relate to the passage chosen for the day. Beverly Bartlett facilitates this group, which consists of MAPC members and James Lenox House residents. The June dates for this group are June 1 and 15th.


    Yoga for Every Body, Friday, May 19, 9 am on the 5th Floor

    Come enjoy an hour of yoga on the 5th floor! This is an open, welcoming, yoga class, meant for everyone, regardless of age, level of experience, ability, or shape! We ask for a $20 donation to help pay the instructor.

    The June yoga dates are June 9 and 23.


    Memorial Service for Earl Holkeboer, Saturday, May 20, 3 pm in the Sanctuary

    The memorial service for the Rev. Earl Holkeboer will be on Saturday, May 20 at 3 pm in the Sanctuary, with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Earl's honor to World Renew,, the relief and development agency of the CRC.


    Youth Sunday and Confirmation Luncheon, May 21

    Join us for our usual 9 am and 11:15 am worship services and experience the leadership of the brilliant young Christians of MAPC. All church members, visitors, and guests are invited to a luncheon after the 11:15 am service to celebrate and welcome this year's confirmands. This is a wonderful opportunity to support and get to know these present and future leaders of the congregation!


    Handel's Israel in Egypt: Sunday, May 21

    On Sunday, May 21 at 3 pm, the Saint Andrew Chorale and Orchestra will conclude their 52nd Season with one of G. F. Handel's most virtuosic oratorios, Israel in Egypt. With its evocative word painting and energetic choruses, this work is among the greatest and most virtuosic choral works of all time. Admission to Saint Andrew Chorale concerts is $30 ($25 - Students/Seniors 62+). Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door beginning at 2:15 pm on the day of the concert.


    Thank You for the Food Offering!

    Thanks to all who participated in the Food Offering on May 7! We collected $434, which will all be used to offset the rising costs of our various feeding ministries here at MAPC. The next Food Offering will be received Sunday, June 4. We ar ein the process of verifying the online giving section for the congregational website. Watch soon for ways to give online. Thank you!


    Photos Needed for New MAPC Photo Directory by June 15!

    We need as many members as possible to be included in the new MAPC Photo Directory--the more photos we have, the more useful the directory will be! If you did not have your photo taken during fellowship hour in recent weeks, you can still be included. Please submit your photo to Arnold Pitre in the church offices, . We request a plain background if possible, so your photo will fit in with the other photos. An updated photo directory will be a great help to our new pastor as s/he gets to know the congregation--and it will help all of us put names and faces together! As a last resort, if we have a photo of you and/or your family on file, we will use that!


    Upcoming Congregational Nurture Events

    --Church Family Night, Friday, June 2, 6 pm in the Parish Hall. This will be our last Church Family Night until the fall, and in celebration of summer we are planning a Parish Hall Beach Party! RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices at .

    --Families with Young Children, Saturday, June 10, 10 am to noon. Water play on the Roof Garden!

    --MAPC On the Town, Friday, June 16, Philharmonic, Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Join MAPC OTT Friday, June 16 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The New York Philharmonic will be playing various pieces including Ravel's "Tzigane" and Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" and "Symphony No. 9, From the New World." The concert begins at 8 pm. The group will meet outside the F train stop exit at 15th Street/Prospect Park (parkside corner of PP West and PP Southwest) at 6:15 pm and then walk into the park together at 6:30. Remember, the new Q train intersects with the F at 64th Street/Lexington. The A/C trains are across the platform from the F at Jay St-Metrotech. RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices, .

    --The July Roof Garden Party is Monday, July 17! A delicious menu of seaside appetizers is already being planned! We'll begin at 7 pm, and once again, will offer childcare on the 5th floor.

    --The All-Church-Retreat at Camp Holmes is October 6 and 7, beginning with dinner on Friday and ending mid-to-late afternoon 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. Please put this on your calendar now!


    Children and Family Ministries in 2017

    Youth Sunday Rehearsals
    Youth who have signed up to be part of Youth Sunday on May 21 are required to attend two rehearsals in the sanctuary. Two rehearsals are remaining: May 14 at 10:10 am, and May 17 at 4 pm (during Kids' Club).

    Kids' Club
    Wednesdays at 4-6 pm, starting in the Parish Hall.
    May 17th will be the final Kids' Club and Wee Kids of this school year!

    Church School
    Sundays at 10:10 am, 5th Floor. Please make an effort to have your children join us. Rich, relevant learning is happening every Sunday!

    Middle and High School Ministries

    Youth Group
    Wednesdays, for 6th grade and up: 4:00 pm Fellowship and Discussion in Youth Lounge; 5:00-5:30 pm Choir; 5:30-6:15 pm Dinner in the Parish Hall
    Come for fellowship and to talk about faith and life. Youth choir is an option. Join others for dinner at 5:30. May 17th will be the final regularly scheduled youth group of the year!

    2017 Mission Trip Here in New York City

    Any youth 7th grade and up who would like to participate and any adult who would like to help out must let me know by May 15th at .

    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 to see how this great partnership has worked in the past. It's going to be a blast!


    Auditions for NYC Children's Chorus now open!

    Children ages 4-18 may now sign up to audition for the New York City Children's Chorus at MAPC. We anticipate hearing over 200 auditions and re-auditions this spring, so we recommend that you register your child for an audition as soon as possible, due to the high volume of auditions. If your child is a fine singer, please consider auditioning for this outstanding program  at


    Summer Choir Begins May 28

    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. Beginning next Sunday, May 28, and 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. Please contact Andrew Henderson at for more information.


    Global Ministry Fellowship Update

    The Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellowship (PTGMF) Committee has been working hard to select a candidate for the fellowship. We are very pleased to announce a new fellow has been selected and that that fellow has indeed accepted the fellowship. Watch here for an introduction to the fellow soon after she/he is able to make appropriate notifications to others. We expect the new fellow to move to the church on June 10. As we have requested Tyler and Andy stay beyond their original fellowship period and our housing at the church is in transition, we are short of some critical items. If you would have a bed, TV, dresser, or loveseat or comfortable chair for a living room that you could loan for 1.5 - 3 months starting around June 1, we would love to use that. Please contact Andy Smothers at 212-288-8920 or if you could loan those items.


    MAPC Hosting Presbytery, May 16

    MAPC is hosting the May meeting of the Presbytery of New York City, on Tuesday afternoon, May 16. We are happy to be able to serve our presbytery in this way.


    Highlights of the April Session Meeting

    The Session met in regular session on April 25, 2017. Click here for more information.

    Tuesday Morning Prayer

    You are welcome to join the pastoral staff for a half-hour service of prayer, scripture reading and hymns on Tuesday mornings at 9 am. It is an uplifting way to begin the day and to worship God.


    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: (Next meeting is May 17)
    Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm, Phillips Lounge.
    We will start at Job Chapter 7 for our next meeting. If you would like to join this group, this would be a good time to jump in!

    20s/30s Group: (Next meeting is May 11 - Today)
    6:00-7:30 pm, Youth Lounge
    If you are a twenty-something or a thirty-something, join us for food, drinks, fellowship, and real talk. Our running theme is Expressions of Faith.

    Women’s Bible Study: (Next meeting is May 22)
    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: (Next meeting is May 17) 
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7 pm, Phillips Lounge. May 17: Hebrews 4-6


    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, appreciates donations of food to help those who are food-insecure in the city. The month of May is National Salad Month! Of particular use this time of year are fresh produce items--fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. They promise to pick up the items the day of drop-off so the items are served fresh. 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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