Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church


The Pastoral Staff Letter

04.20.17 | News | by The Pastoral Staff

    A look at upcoming events.

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    Yoga for Every Body, Tomorrow, April 21, 9 am, Fifth Floor

    Please join us for yoga tomorrow at 9 am. This is designed to be yoga for “every body”—no matter your experience, age, body-type, or (in)ability to assume a pretzel pose. We do have a few mats available, but please bring your own if you have one. The suggested donation is $20 to help pay the instructor.

    Church Family Night, Tomorrow, April 21, 6 pm in the Parish Hall

    Please join us for dinner, fellowship, a movie and gym time. This is a relaxing evening—you don’t have to worry about cooking dinner, and both children and grownups can enjoy time with their MAPC friends! We need to know how many to cook for, so RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices, . The suggested donation is $20 for adults, and a donation of your choosing for your child, based on their appetite.

    Sunday, April 23, 2017
    2nd 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. Tyler W. Orem will be preaching.  His sermon entitled “From Resurrection to Resuscitation” will be based on the texts: Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; and John 20:19-31. Preview 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, Parish Hall, (see below)

    Church School, 10:10 am, 5th Floor

    Youth Hour, 10:10 am, Youth Lounge

    Church Choir Rehearsal, 10:30 am, Choir Room

    Teen Brunch, 12:45 pm, Youth Lounge

    ESL Classes, 1 pm, 5th Floor

    Senior Fellowship Lunch, 1 pm, Parish Hall

    Confirmation Class, 4:30 pm, Youth Lounge

    Overnight Shelter, 6:30 pm, Shelter Space

    This Sunday

    Adult Education, led by Nancy De Bono – “Israel in Egypt – From Joseph to Moses”, 10:10 am in the Parish Hall

    The story of the exodus from Egypt explains the moment in history when the tribes of Israel unite to shake off the yoke of slavery and take possession of the land promised to them by the Lord. But how did the people of Israel end up in Egypt in the first place? This presentation will explore the significance of the biblical account from a historical and religious perspective, and will consider how it aligns with the archeological record.

    Senior Fellowship Lunch, This Sunday, April 23 at 1 pm in the Parish Hall

    MAPC seniors and friends are invited to come downstairs to the Parish Hall to enjoy a light lunch and conversation this Sunday, April 23 at 1 pm. The suggested donation for lunch is $10.

    Memorial Service

    A Memorial Service for former member and elder Janet Saint Germain is this Saturday, April 22 at 1 pm in the Sanctuary. Elders, please gather in the Church House Lobby at 12:45 to process.

    Other Events and Announcements

    Music on Madison: Juilliard415

    On Friday, April 28 at 7:30 pm, musicians from The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program will perform “A Musical Banquet: Virtuoso German Chamber Music of the Baroque.” The program includes chamber works by Telemann, Fasch, Brescianello & Abel, along with violin sonatas by J. S. Bach & Franz Ignaz von Biber, and Bach’s Toccata in C minor for harpsichord. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Admission for our Music on Madison concerts is $20 ($15 – Students/Seniors 62+); children 12 & under: free.

    Families with Young Children is Back! Saturday, April 29, 10 am on the Roof Garden

    Our monthly Families gathering took a hiatus over the winter months. Now that it is warm enough to enjoy a Saturday morning on the Roof Garden again, we are starting back up. Families with children ages 5 and under (older siblings are welcome, too!) are invited to join in this Saturday morning play date. Come enjoy bagels, coffee, juice and time for conversation and play. It is a wonderful way to catch up with MAPC friends and get to know other families. RSVP (we need to know how many bagels to get) to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices,

    Annual Hood Library Literary Luncheon, Sunday, April 30, 1 pm
    Please sign up now!

    The annual Hood Library Literary Luncheon is right around the corner! Come enjoy good food and fellowship, and readings about our beloved city—the theme this year is New York, NY!  The luncheon and program will conclude in time for you to attend the John Weaver 80th birthday celebration concert in the Sanctuary at 3 pm!  RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos, .  The suggested donation for the luncheon is $25.

    Music on Madison: Celebrating John Weaver’s 80th

    On Sunday, April 30 at 3 pm, please join us for a concert honoring the 80th birthday of Dr. John Weaver, MAPC’s Director of Music & Organist from 1970-2005, featuring favorite organ and choral works performed by his students and successors: Paul Jacobs, chair of the Organ Department of The Juilliard School; David Enlow, organ faculty, The Juilliard School; and Andrew Henderson, Director of Music & Organist, MAPC, with members of the Choir of MAPC and the Saint Andrew Chorale. The proceeds from this concert will benefit the 50th Anniversary Fund of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians in honor of Dr. Weaver’s distinguished career. Admission is by suggested donation at the door: $20 ($15 – Students/Seniors 62+); children 12 & under: free.

    Men’s Fellowship--Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Monday, May 1, at 7 pm on the Roof Garden

    MAPC men and Day School Dads—come enjoy a Cinco de Mayo feast—complete with Coronas and margaritas on the Roof Garden. And, in case you haven’t discovered it yet—we were given a pool table, which has recently taken up residence on the 5th floor! We anticipate forays to the 5th floor for games of pool will be part of the evening. The suggested donation is $25. We need to let Jim know how many to cook for, so please make your reservation with Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices,

    Moms’ Night Out, Monday, May 8, 7 pm

    We have one more Moms’ Night Out on the calendar before summer. MAPC moms, with children of any age, are invited to this time of fellowship.  We will meet at 7 at an Upper East Side Restaurant—to be determined when we know how many plan to attend. RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices,

    Thank You for Contributing to One Great Hour of Sharing

    Thank you for contributing on Palm Sunday to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering!  This offering raises money to assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and help build strong communities.  Through Palm Sunday, we have collected a total of $1,850 including $202 from the children’s fish boxes.  If you did not get a chance to contribute to this offering, you can still do so online by choosing “One Great Hour of Sharing.”  You may also still bring coin boxes or contributions to the church in One Great Hour of Sharing envelopes or designated for “One Great Hour of Sharing.”

    New Ways to Volunteer in the Shelter

    Our Men’s Shelter has a need for a couple of new volunteers to help keep the shelter running smoothly. We have a married couple who regularly inventories, orders, and puts away our food in the shelter.  We would like to train another person to fill this role when they are outside New York City and/or to share this role with them.

    We have also newly created a position to make sure other shelter supplies are stocked, to address host concerns, and to complete a weekly inspection of the shelter for any developing issues.  We would like to have another person as a backup in this role.

    If you would be willing to serve in any of these roles, please contact Andy Smothers at or 212-288-8920. We appreciate your interest in serving the homeless within our community!

    Children and Family Ministries in 2017

    Youth Sunday is in the Works!

    Youth Sunday will be May 21st this year. We would love for children 3rd grade and up to participate! If you or your child wishes to be involved, please contact Tyler Orem at or (212) 288-8920 ext. 8478. When you do so, indicate if you would like to be involved in the 9 am service, 11:15 am service, or both. Please confirm by April 28thAll participants will be asked to attend rehearsals planned prior to May 21st.


    Kids’ Club
    Wednesdays at 4-6 pm, starting in the Parish Hall.

    Kids’ Club will be happening every week through May 17th!

    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; 5:30-6:00 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.

    Teen Brunch

    This Sunday, April 23, 12:45-2:00 pm, Youth Lounge

    Confirmands and high schoolers are invited to eat good food and discuss matters of faith and life. RSVP to .


    2017 Mission Trip Here in New York City

    UPDATE: Students who are currently in 7th and 8th grade are now able to join! Talk to Tyler or email him at if you are interested.

    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. Contact Tyler Orem at if you are interested in participating as a youth or as a chaperone. It’s going to be a blast!

    Chickens Flock to Rock Haven in Zimbabwe

    At the end of last year, the Zimbabwe Partnership Committee and the Session chose to help fund the establishment of a chicken layers project at Rock Haven in Zimbabwe.  This project is intended to provide ongoing funding to the CCAP Synod of Harare, our partner there.  The synod recently reported they took delivery of chickens and have completed the initial setup and has provided the following photos.  You may also watch a short video online.

    Highlights of the March Session Meeting

    The Session met in regular session on March 28, 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

    Men’s Bible Study Resumes May 3.

    Reading Through the Bible: (Next meeting April 26)
    Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm, Phillips Lounge.

    We read Nehemiah 7 and are moving onward.


    20s/30s Group: (Next meeting April 27, 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 April 24)
    2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30 pm, Phillips Lounge. Currently we are reading through Genesis in the Old Testament. If you can, bring dinner and come at 6 pm to chat.

    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.

    Session Members and Committee Chairs, 2016-2017

    The Elder members of Session and their respective committee assignments are available here. Communications to the Session may be made through William Hinrichs, Clerk of Session at .

    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 April is National Nut Month! Of particular use this time of year peanut butter jars (plastic jar) and mixed nuts (low sodium). If you wish to go nut-free, you can opt to give other types of canned goods (low sodium). 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!”

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    The Pastoral Staff

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