Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church


The Pastoral Staff Letter - June 1

06.01.17 | News | by The Pastoral Staff

    A look at upcoming events.

    In The Pastoral Staff Letter

    Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
    In The Pastoral Staff Letter - June 1, 2017



    This Week at a Glance  

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    Church Family Night, Luau/Beach Party in the Parish Hall!
    Tomorrow, June 2, 6 pm

    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, .


    Sunday, June 4, 2017
    Day of 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. Eric O. Springsted will be preaching. His sermon entitled “The Gift of God Most High” is based on the lectionary texts: Numbers 11:24-30, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Acts 2:1-21; and John 20:19-23. 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  

    Summer Choir

    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.


    Shelter Open House/Orientation

    Our Men's Shelter is still working to build ack to a 7-night-a-week program and needs your help. Would you be willing to volunteer periodically for our evening or overnight shifts? Men are screened before arriving at the shelter and are often nearly ready to leave the shelter system. Men, women, and couples are welcome to volunteer as hosts for either shift. Two shifts are available. Our evening hosts welcome guests and heat food for our guests from 6:30 pm to 8:30 am among other taks. Our overnight hosts sleep in a separate and locked room within the shelter and help prepare breakfast in the morning. Overnight hosts serve from 8:30 pm to 7 am. Shelter leaders will be leading an Open House/Orientation in the MAPC Shelter Space at 12 pm on Sunday, June 4. Attendance does not signify a commitment to volunteer, but is a great chance to learn more about homelessness in New York City and our MAPC/St. James' Shelter. It can also be a way to start your training to become a volunteer. Contact Andy Smothers at for more information.


    Other Events and Announcements  

    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 or 212-288-8920.


    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

    Kids' Club
    We had our final Kids' Club of the school year on May 17. Thank you to everybody for a great year!

    Church School
    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, and Ruth Schroeder. 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
    If you sent an RSVP to Tyler, we will see you this evening!

    Youth Group
    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 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. Congratulations are in further order, as she recently graduated from Princeton! Please welcome Christina to her new position here.


    Highlights of the May Session Meeting

    The Session met in regular session on May 23, 2017. Click here for more information.


    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."


    Interested in Advocating on Peace, Justice, Immigration, and Other Issues?

    Our denomination maintains an office in Washington, D.C., and at the United Nations to monitor issues of interest to the church and to advocate regarding those issues. They also occasionally send Action Alerts to update members of our denomination and to give members a chance to advocate on issues. You may learn more online, review recent Action Alerts, or subscribe to these alerts.


    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 June 7)
    Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm, Phillips Lounge.
    For our next meeting we will be starting at Job 33. All are welcome!

    20s/30s Group: (Next meeting is June 15)
    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 June 12)
    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 June 14)
    Every other Wednesday through June,, 7:00 pm, Phillips Lounge.
    Reading: Hebrews 9:11 - 11:39


    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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