Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church


The Pastoral Staff Letter - September 21

09.21.17 | News | by The Pastoral Staff

    A look at upcoming events.

    Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
    In The Pastoral Staff Letter - September 21, 2017


    This Week at a Glance 

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    Sunday, September 24, 2017
    16th Sunday after Pentecost

    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. Dr. Eric O. Springsted will be preaching. His sermon, entitled “Working in the Vineyard” is based on the texts: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; and Matthew 20:1-16. Preview the latest Sunday 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

    Overnight Shelter, 6:30 pm, Shelter Space



    This Sunday

    Adult Education

    Join us in the Parish Hall at 10:10 am as Ruth Brown presents, "How Your Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing and to Presbyterian Women's Thank Offering are Helping God's People in Africa."

    Ruth Brown, PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker, will be working with the leadership of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP)-Harare Synod as "Community Health Facilitator", serving as a resource, advisor, and colleague to the convener of the Synod's Chikondano ("Enduring Love") HIV/AIDS and Vulnerable Children Committee, as the committee works to promote health and prevent diseases throughout the CCAP and the communities in which it ministers. Ruth will coach and assist church leaders with community health program planning, monitoring, and evaluation. She will promote collaboration with existing community health programs to form coalitions to promote continuity of care. Ruth plans to assist CCAP leaders with creating and maintaining economic initiatives for health program sustainability and to reduce poverty (for example: income generation schemes, community savings and loan programs, and entrepreneurship training, etc.)

    Ruth will lead us in a time of Bible study based on Mark 2, as we deepen our understanding of what it means to live out God's mission in the world.


    Teen Brunch

    This Sunday, join us in the youth lounge at 12:45 pm for a time of fellowship, food, Bible study, and an engaging conversation with Ruth Brown. Ruth Brown is a PC(U.S.A.) mission co-worker who will lead us in a discussion on how we, as young people in the church, can participate in the church's mission throughout the world! We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!


    A Time of Conversation with Ruth Brown

    Sharon Boersma has graciously opened her home for a time of conversation with Ruth, a PC(USA) mission co-worker in Africa. Join Ruth and Sharon from 5:30-7:00 pm for a light supper to learn about Ruth's experience in the Congo along with her plans to work in Zimbabwe. For more information and to RSVP please contact Christina Cosby, .


    Other Events and Announcements

    Sign Up Now for the All-Church Retreat at Camp Holmes!
    October 6-7, 2017

    It is not too late to sign up for the All Church Retreat at Camp Holmes, but we need to know now if you are coming! The staff at Holmes need our numbers so they can plan accordingly.

    We have a bus booked for those who are going up for the day on Saturday (leaving the church at 7:45, leaving Holmes to return to MAPC at 4 pm). The cost of the bus is $30 per person.

    You can see all the details here. You may sign up during Fellowship Hour in the Church House Lobby after worship, or by contacting Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices, . Please read the information, and let us know if you are coming for Friday night and Saturday, or just Saturday, and how you plan to travel.

    Our retreat at Holmes two years ago was a wonderful event, and we hope even more of our MAPC community will participate this year.


    Please note change in schedule!
    Yoga for Every Body, Friday, September 29, 9 am on the Fifth Floor

    Due to a schedule conflict, yoga will be on September 29, rather than the original date of the 22nd. Come join us for a welcoming yoga class on the 5th Floor beginning at 9 am. It doesn't matter whether you are a beginner, experienced, have the latest in yoga-attire or wear your sweats. You can even bring your coffee. Just come!! You'll find both your body and soul refreshed. Bring a mat if you have one--we have a few available to borrow. We ask for a $20 donation to help pay the instructor.


    Church Family Night, Friday, September 29, 6 pm

    The first Church Family Night of the fall is coming right up! Please join in the fun on Friday, September 29, beginning at 6 pm in the Parish Hall. We begin the evening with dinner, have beverages for people of all ages, popcorn, a movie suitable for the young children, and the elementary-aged and older kids often go play in the gym after dinner. It is a fun night of fellowship. We ask for a donation of $20 for adults, and a donation for your child, based on their appetite. RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices, .


    Peace and Global Witness Offering, September 24 and October 1

    What you've known as the Peacemaking Offering has been transformed into the Peace & Global Witness Offering. This offering will have a greater global reach, more significant impact, and bring peace to people through Christ. The Peace & Global Witness offering will be received during both the 9 am and 11:15 am worship services on Sundays, September 24 and October 1, which is also World Communion Sunday. Gifts may also be made online by selecting "Peace" from the dropdown list.


    Music on Madison: Andrew Henderson in Recital

    Next Sunday, October 1 at 3 pm, Dr. Andrew Henderson will open the Saint Andrew Music Society's 53rd Season with a recital César Franck’s masterful Trois Chorals -- among the most beautiful 19th Century works for organ, coupled with contrasting works by Johann Sebastian Bach, including the Prelude & Fugue in B minor and excerpts from the Orgelbüchlein. Admission to our Music on Madison concerts is $25 ($20 - students/seniors); children 12 and under: free. Will Call reservations may be made online in advance using a credit card, or admission can be paid at the door. Visit MAPC's website to view all 15 concerts taking place during our 2017-2018 season.


    Consider MAPC Membership through the Next Inquirers Class on Saturday, October 14 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, October 14, from 9 am to approximately 3 pm in the Phillips Lounge.

    The classes are informal and interactive--the perfect way to find out more about MAPC and our beliefs! 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 for Outreach and Evangelism, at or 212-288-8920.


    Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Response to Hurricanes

    Hurricane Harvey Relief

    A Texas National Guardsman carries a resident from her flooded home following Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

    It is expected that 450,000 people will seek help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Irma is believed to have caused more than $50 billion in damage. The entire island of Puerto Rico is without power after Hurricane Maria. Islands in the Caribbean Sea are devastated. Please pray for those affected.

    Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), an entity of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has been accepting donations for recovery work related to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We expect they will be doing the same soon regarding Hurricane Maria. If you would be willing to donate to this cause, you may do so online by selecting "Disaster Relief Fund".


    Upcoming Congregational Fellowship Events

    Please mark your calendars for these upcoming fall fellowship events:

    Monday, October 16, Men's Fellowship Oktoberfest, 7 pm, Roof Garden

    Saturday, October 21, Annual Women's Brunch, 10 am to Noon, Parish Hall

    Saturday, October 21, Families with Young Children (concurrent with Women's Brunch--spouses or caregivers can take children to play on the Roof while the moms enjoy brunch).

    Friday, October 27, Church Family Night Halloween Bash! 6 pm, Parish Hall

    Monday, November 6, Moms Night Out, 7 pm

    Sunday, November 12, Annual Library Fellowship Book Sale during Fellowship Hour

    Monday, November 13, Dinner with Mayada and Friends, 6:30 pm, Parish Hall. Congregational Dinner with Syrian meal prepared by Mayada Anjari, one of the Syrian refugee families Rutgers Presbyterian Church has helped to resettle. Please note, the date listed for this event in the fall issue of MAPC Life was incorrect. November 13 is the correct date.


    Following Rev. Paula Cooper in Africa

    We've received word that Rev. Paula Cooper has arrived in Zambia safely. If you would like to follow Paula's experiences serving the church in Zambia and through her travels through the Global South next year, you may find her blog at If you would like to receive email notifications when updates are made, please email Lissette Perez-Erazo at to be placed on the notification list. Finally, we invite you to post responses so that Paula is aware of the presence and prayers of her followers. In order to add comments, click on the date or title of the post. Once the page specific to the post loads, there should be a comments box available at the bottom of the page.


    CROP Walk

    This year's CROP Walk will take place on October 15, 2017 with registration beginning at 1:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for youth, families, and our larger church community to come together to support the fight against hunger in our neighborhood. If you would like to participate in this year's event, you may register directly on the Crop Walk website, and choose MAPC as your team. For more information, feel free to contact Christina Cosby, . MAPC is currently one of the top teams signed up for this year's CROP Hunger Walk, NYC. Help us continue to be a top supporter of the fight against hunger in the city we love!

    Call for Children's Worship and Youth Worship Volunteers

    MAPC believes in the importance of incorporating children in worship through an interactive environment tailored to their needs. For this reason, we provide a time during the regularly scheduled worship service for children to engage in a liturgy designed for them, and a Bible lesson that mirrors the Sunday sermon. Our hope is this experience allows parents and children the opportunity to discuss the day's sermon together. This ministry of MAPC heavily depends on your willingness to volunteer. If you would like to sign-up or have questions, please contact Christina Cosby, .


    Children and Family Ministries in 2017

    Children's Worship
    Children's worship takes place during both Sunday services (9 am and 11:15 am), and is an interactive worship service designed specifically for children 3rd grade and under.

    Youth Worship
    Youth Worship will resume this Sunday, September 10, 2017, and will occur during both Sunday Services (9 am and 11:15 am). All children 4th grade and up are invited to attend.

    Kids Club
    It is not too late to sign-up for this year's after-school program at MAPC. Kids Club this year takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45-6:00 pm.

    In addition, a modified program, Wee Kids, is offered for younger children ages 4-5 years old from 4:45-6:00 pm.

    If your family wishes to participate in this year's program, please fill out the registration form which can be found on the website and return to Wendy De Los Santos .

    Church School
    Church School takes place each Sunday morning during the 10:00 am hour. This time is designed for elementary-aged children to join together in song and bible study. To register, please fill out the children ministries' form that can be found here on the website. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!


    Middle and High School Ministries

    T(w)een Club
    This after-school program is designed with Tweens in mind. The first half hour of the program is a time to focus on homework while enjoying a healthy snack. Through the remainder of the afternoon, we will enjoy fellowship, Bible study, choir, and conclude by sharing a meal. This program is for students in 6th grade and older. To register, please fill out the registration form that can be found on the MAPC website, and return it to Wendy De Los Santos, .

    Sunday Youth Hour
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is founded on the motto "Reformed and ever reforming." This year commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This fall we will join together to study Scripture and history, as we learn what it means to be part of the reformed faith. Through our time together we will reflect on the church's past, discuss the church today, and share our dreams for the future of the church. We hope to see you this Sunday at 10:10 am in the youth lounge on the 5th floor!

    This year's confirmation classes will take place on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm from October 15, 2017 to May 13, 2018. This is a course for students in eighth grade or older to discern what it means to be a member of Christ's body, the Church. If your child would like to participate in this year's confirmation classes, please reach out to Christina Cosby for more information. She can be reached by phone at 212-288-8920 x8480 or by email at .


    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:
    12:30-1:30 pm, Phillips Lounge
    Reading Through the Bible meets every Wednesday in the Phillips Lounge.

    20s/30s Group: (Next Meeting is Thursday, September 28, 2017)
    6-8 pm, in the Youth Lounge on the 5th Floor of the Church House
    If you are in your twenties or thirties, join us for a time of food and fellowship as we explore questions of faith and how to respond faithfully in the midst of challenging circumstances.

    Women’s Bible Study: (Next meeting is Monday, October 9, 2017)
    2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30 pm, Phillips Lounge
    Currently, we are studying Paul's letters. Come join us for an enriching conversation of Paul's letters to the Philippians! We welcome all to a time of fellowship beforehand beginning at 6 pm. Bring your dinner and engage in conversation as we learn more about faith and each other.

    Men’s Bible Study: (Next Meeting is October 4, 2017)
    The Men's Bible Study meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 pm in the Phillips Lounge. We are currently reading Galatians.


    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: 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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