This Week at a Glance
Sunday, May 28, 2017
7th Sunday of Easter
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. Eric O. Springsted will be preaching. His sermon entitled “The Once and Future King” is based on the lectionary texts: Acts 1:6-14, Psalm 68; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; and John 17:1-11. 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
Overnight Shelter, 6:30 pm, Shelter Space
Remember, Summer Schedule Begins This Sunday! One Service at 10:30 am.
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 this Sunday 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. 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.
NYCCC on Tour to Nashville
This weekend 45 choristers from the In Harmony & Concert Choirs of our New York City Children's Chorus, along with 20 parent chaperones and staff, will be on tour to Nashville, TN. They will be singing concerts at a Veterans' Home, on a riverboat cruise and they will be at West End United Methodist Church to sing for the 11 am worship service on Sunday, including a collaboration with WEUMC's excellent choir, in addition to sight-seeing and enjoying Nashville's cultural and historical sites. Please keep Mary Huff, Andrew Henderson, and all of the tour participants in your prayers.
In My Father's House
Longtime MAPC member Joan Collier died May 18. Joan joined MAPC in 1956, served as an elder, and among other activities, headed up the thrift shop and helped with the Christmas Angel project. Joan moved to California several years ago, and was 95 years old at the time of her death. A memorial service will be held at MAPC on Saturday, June 24 at 1 pm.
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, says the Spirit. They will rest from their labors, and their deeds will follow them." Rev. 14:13
Other Events and Announcements
Church Family Night, Luau/Beach Party in the Parish Hall!
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! Come enjoy a good meal, fellowship, play (including limbo!) and a movie (rumors are that we are going to show Moana). The suggested donation is $20 for adults, and a donation for your child based on their appetite. We need to know how many to prepare for, so please let us know if you are coming: Respond to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices,
Learn about MAPC through the Next Inquirers' Class on Saturday, June 10 at 9 am
Have you been thinking about membership at MAPC or been wondering what kind of commitments that might involve? Are you not interested in membership, but want to know more about the congregation and our faith?
Join Rev. Andy Smothers for the upcoming Inquirers' class on Saturday, June 10, from 9 am to approximately 2 pm in the Phillips Lounge.
The classes are informal and interactive--the perfect way to find out more about MAPC! Light refreshments and a light lunch will be served; dress is casual.
What will we cover? We will explore the beliefs of our faith through our creeds shared with the church universal and with other reformed denominations. We'll recall the history of the Christian Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Our journey will continue with MAPC's history, its current programs, and a tour of our facilities. Finally, we'll talk about our church governance and how we live our lives together as a church and as a people sent out into the world.
If you would like to attend or have questions, please contact Andy Smothers, Interim Associate Pastor fo Outreach and Evangelism, at
Families with Young Children, Saturday, June 10, 10 am to noon
Families with children ages 5 and under are invited to this Saturday playdate on the Roof Garden, with water play! Older siblings are welcome, too. Come enjoy a relaxed Saturday morning splash party--please make sure the children have water shoes on, as the Roof Garden floor can be very slippery when wet. And be sure to bring a towel and dry clothes! We'll have coffee, tea, juice, and bagels. RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices,
Senior Fellowship Lunch, Sunday, June 11, 12 pm in the Parish Hall
MAPC Seniors, come enjoy lunch and conversation together in the Parish Hall, after the 10:30 service and fellowship hour. The suggested donation for lunch is $10.
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!
MAPC On the Town, Friday, June 16, NY Philharmonic, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Join MAPC OTT Friday, June 16 in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The New York Philharmonic will be playing various pieces including Ravel's Tzigane and Dvořák’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,
. Bring picnic fare and something to sit on!
The July Roof Garden Party is Monday, July 17, beginning at 6:30 pm
We have a delicious menu of seaside appetizers planned for this year's Roof Garden Cocktail Party--we are, after all, living on an island! And, no worries, there will be plenty of options for those who don't eat seafood. We'll begin at 6:30 pm, and once again, will offer childcare on the 5th Floor. RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices,
. 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. When you respond, please indicate whether you will need childcare! Our MAPC member cooks need to know how much food to prepare, so please let us know you are coming! RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices,
We need a few more cooks for this event! If you enjoy cooking and would be happy to prepare one of the items on the menu, let Beverly Bartlett know,
. We will reimburse you for the cost of ingredients!
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
Youth Sunday and Confirmation Thank You
Our worship services and confirmation celebration went beautifully. We truly worshipped God! Thank you to everybody who helped to make it work, especially all of our youth participants. You put in a lot of work, and it showed. Please continue to greet our newest members: Ella Cook, Morgan Hollanda, Hunter Hoogkamp, Mary John, and Augustus Plagemann.
We had our final Kids' Club of the school year on May 17. Thank you to everybody for a great year!
Church School will resume in September!
On behalf of our entire congregation, the Christian Education Committee gives public thanks for the wonderful team of volunteers who have staffed the Church School from 10:15 to 11:00 each Sunday this school year. Our appreciation goes to Kate Baier, Sharon Boersma, Yvonne Doherty, Carrie Hinrichs, Barbara Iverson, Ruth Schroeder, and Emily O'Brock. These teachers have sung, taught, mentored, and indeed 'fed the lambs' of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. Thanks be to God.
Middle and High School Ministries
Middle School and High School Service at the Shelter Dinner
Thursday, June 1, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Parish Hall
Middle school and high school students will help with set-up, serving food, and spending quality time with dinner guests. Please RSVP to
We had our final Youth Group meeting of the school year on May 17. Stay tuned for fellowship events during the 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!
Christina Cosby Is the New Director of Christian Formation
Over the last several months, after Chris De La Cruz left, we have been searching for a new Director of Christian Formation. Upon recommendation of the search committee, Christina Cosby was approved by the session for that position. A native of Lynchburg, VA, and a graduate of Queens University in Charlotte, NC, Christina first came to MAPC as a seminary intern from Princeton Seminary in 2015-2016. When Chris left, she was invited to return to take on the duties of coordinating Sunday children's and youth worship, as well as teach the Youth Sunday School. As the new DCF she will be responsible for overseeing the entire Christian Education program, including adult education and will work closely with the youth groups. She begins officially on July 15, although she will be with us this Sunday. Congratulations are in further order, as she graduated from Princeton last Saturday! Please welcome Christina to her new position here.
Highlights of the May Session Meeting
The Session met in a regularly scheduled meeting on May 23. It took several actions. It received the annual audit report, which was presented by Gordon Shearer of the Trustees and Chair of the Audit Committee. It then examined the elected candidates for elder and deacon and approved them for ordination and installation on June 4. It also approved the selection of the Rev. Paula V. Cooper as the 2017-2019 Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellow, and approved the recommendation of the Search Committee for the Director of Christian Formation, Christina A. Cosby. Finally, the members of the Ad Hoc Committee for Long Range Financial Planning, which has been established in April, were named. They are Bill Welsh, Chair; Sharon Boersma; Laura Burg; Yvonne Wang Doherty; Curtis Field; Ed Herrold; Vicki Schmelzer; and Francois Silatchom. Committee assignments for the new session which begins after ordination were also handed out, and Carol Kechulius and Bill Hinrichs, who go off session, were thanked for their service.
Rev. Paula Cooper Starting as Global Ministry Fellow June 12
The Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellowship (PTGMF) Committee is happy to introduce Reverend Paula Cooper, who will be the next fellow to serve at MAPC, teach in Zambia, and explore the Global South. Born in Beckley, West Virginia, Paula was raised in Philadelphia, PA. As an elder, she served as chair of the Worship Committee and the Christian Education Committee, organized a multi-aged choir, and was a youth director for well over twelve years at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Paula has two brothers and two sisters and is the single parent of a 40 year-old daughter, Goodness Cooper. She graduated in 2010 with her Master of Divinity degree with a graduate certificate in Urban Ministry and in 2013 with a Master of Sacred Theology degree. She has served as a designated pastor at Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church for the past three years.
She writes, "I am humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to continue to serve God as the Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellow for Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. As I stated in my essay answer, I expect to be used by God to bring the Word of Reconciliation to those whom God has given ears to hear and eyes to see. I expect to learn as well as teach leaders who have been called, and have willingly answered that call to the ministry. In addition, I expect to be a witness for Christ even in the remotest part of the earth: Acts 1:8."
Update from Theological Education by Extension in Zambia
We continue to support Reverend Mbondo and his family as Rev. Mbondo serves with TEEZ in place of a fellow through the beginning of September. Rev. Mbondo recently reported on their training program in Mbala and Kasama (Northern Province) held April 26 through May 5. Thirty-two students attended in Mbala and forty-four attended in Kasama; all students were from the United Church of Zambia, one of the nine TEEZ partner denominations. Due to the cost and challenge of gaining a permit to send his 5-year old son, Esau Barnabas to public school in Zambia, Rev. Mbondo and his wife, Judith, have chosen to send him back to Zimbabwe for the duration of Rev. Mbondo's service. We invite your continued prayers for Rev. Esau Mbondo, his wife, Judith, and their son, Esau Barnabas. Rev. Mbondo also forwards photos of the two classes.
Interested in Advocating on Peace, Justice, Immigration, and Other Issues?
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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 http://www.mapc.com/christian-ed/adultclasses/.
Reading Through the Bible: (Next meeting is May 31)
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm, Phillips Lounge.
We will start at Job chapter 28 for our next meeting. All are welcome!
20s/30s Group: (Next meeting is today, May 25)
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 31)
Every other Wednesday, 7:00 pm, Phillips Lounge.
Currently reading: Hebrews 7-9:10
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.
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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