From Rev. Dr. Heather Shortlidge

Dear Members and Friends,

Heather ShorlidgeAs you stay nestled in at home, please know that The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church is continuing to express God’s love and engage in God’s justice.

Each day this week, the church has served 150 lunches in Triangle Park—half coming from the city via Catholic Charities and half coming from Jose Andres’ wonderful organization, World Central Kitchen. When the weather is nice, we’ve had up to 200 guests and can easily run out of food. We’re still looking for healthy volunteers for this daily ministry. Please sign up and/or spread the word.

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, your church staff is now working from their homes. Our front desk staff are answering calls to the church and working on updating our church directory. We want to make sure that our contact information for members is up to date and accurate. Our Interim Church Administrator and Senior Accountant are working hard to seamlessly continue their work remotely. And our facilities staff are conducting regular building walk throughs to make sure everything is in order during this suspension of in person activities. I’m Zooming from Annapolis and available via email, text, phone, or video conference for prayer and pastoral care. As we’ve said before, the church is committed to paying our staff through this pandemic. In order to do that, we are dependent upon your continued financial support. Please visit www.nyapc.org/give-now to keep current with your pledge or to make an additional gift.

Worship this Sunday will continue via Zoom. Rev. John Molina Moore, Executive Presbyter of National Capital Presbytery, will be preaching “Out Of Your Camp” from Matthew 9:9-13. John is an engaging and creative visionary—you won’t want to miss what he has to say. Please have a candle and a way to light it set up and ready to go in your worship space. Virtual worship takes a village, and I’m particularly grateful for the tech support coming from church members Will Timmons and Joe Thierry, and friend of the church, Rev. Jessica Tate.

And a prayer for spiritual nourishment:

Lord, help me now to unclutter my life,
to organize myself in the direction of simplicity.
Lord, teach me to listen to my heart;
teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it.
Lord, I give you these stirrings inside me.
I give you my discontent.
I give you my restlessness.
I give you my doubt.
I give you my despair.
I give you all the longings I hold inside.
Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth;
help me to listen seriously and follow where they lead
through the breathtaking empty space of an open door.

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Peace and Grace,
Heather


 

Upcoming Events

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP
Sunday Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Join by video here

Join by phone at 1-929-436-2866 and use meeting ID 150 620 342.

An order of worship can be found here.

 
Gathered in Prayer
Sunday March 29 at 9:15 a.m.

Join others in a time of prayer for our community, the world, neighbors in need, and our own members and friends on our Care/Prayer list.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/226396834

 
Morning Prayer
Tuesday March 31 at 8:00 a.m.

Join us for 30 minutes of liturgy and prayer using Shane Claiborne’s book, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. You do not have to have the book to participate in this service of prayer. A copy of the liturgy can be found here.

ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/229424538

 
Children’s Story Time
Tuesday March 31 at 11:00 a.m.

Join us for 30 minutes of story time, singing, and getting the wiggles out. Suitable for little ones that normally come forward for the Time with Children in Sunday morning worship services.

March 31 reading: Who Counts?

ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/354589220

 
Bible Study
Wednesday April 1 at 12:00 p.m.

Join Rev. Shortlidge in this study of Luke 19:28-40, the text that will be used in worship on Sunday morning.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/385579961

 
Morning Prayer
Thursday April 2 at 8:00 a.m.

Join us for 30 minutes of liturgy and prayer using the Iona Abbey Worship Book. You do not have to have the book to participate in this service of prayer. A copy of the liturgy can be found here.

ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/553049565

 
Community Book Study
Thursday April 2 at 10:00 a.m.

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of the New Spiritual Awakening

Join the discussion of Diana Butler Bass’ book that outlines the shift in culture and the church. This week, we’ll be discussing the introduction and first chapter. This book is available through Audible or Kindle here.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/134791118

 
Children’s Story Time
Thursday April 2 at 11:00 a.m.

Join us for 30 minutes of story time, singing, and getting the wiggles out. Suitable for little ones that normally come forward for the Time with Children in Sunday morning worship services.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/633801772

NYAPC Moves to New Online Giving Platform

Transitions abound!  During this time when we cannot meet together in person, we are all finding new ways to be a community and to support one another. And that includes a transition from a traditional offering plate to a virtual one.

Last week, NYAPC moved to a new, easy to use online giving platform. You can access the new giving page here, where you can give a general donation or pay your Stewardship Pledge by credit card, bank account debit, or even via text! We still accept gifts by old-fashioned check: our mail is picked up once a week at the post office. And if you set up a recurring donation using our old platform, those donations will continue.

We don’t need to tell you that these are unprecedented times. We have had close our church building, and our tenants are also working to offer their services in new ways. But we’re finding that as a congregation, we are more vital than ever.

Last Sunday, over 200 people joined us for worship via Zoom, and even more participated via live stream and Facebook live. Sunday afternoon, our youth held a Godspell rehearsal online. We’ve held online prayer groups, Bible study and Faith on Tap, even choir rehearsal, and hosted children’s story times. Our Diaconal Ministers are reaching out to members in need, and we are all looking for creative ways to keep us connected to one another. We have committed to continue to pay all our staff, who are doing the work they can from home. And we are not forgetting our neighbors in need. You can see this update about how we are working to feed those who live in shelters or on the streets.

Creativity and flexibility also abound at this time!

Still, these are difficult times. Some of us may lose jobs, income, and savings. Some members may not be able to support the church financially as they had hoped. But we can step forward collectively, doing what we can. If you are able, please keep up your Stewardship Pledge. You can help in other ways too. This would be an excellent time to reach out to your “pew neighbors” and find out how they are doing. We also want to know if you need help navigating this crisis. Please reach out to Rev. Heather Shortlidge if you need pastoral care.

Watch for more opportunities to help, and for news on everything we are doing, as we move through this time, transitioning together.

Your Session

Adlai Amor, Brenton Ling, Brian Dewhurst, David Gillies, Donald Campbell, Erica Morgan, Rev. Heather Shortlidge, Kristin Ford, Laura Brouse-Long, Marie Noel Meka, Meg Hanna House, Meg Neill, Melissa Jane Taylor, Miriam Dewhurst, Paul Dornan, Taylor Allison, Tyler Feret, Will Ashworth

Schedule for this Week

Give now

 

Radcliffe Room – Al Fresco!

Racliffe Room Al Fresco

Check out the scene at our al fresco Radcliffe Room in the Triangle Park Sunday morning. Chilly but heartwarming, too. During the covid-19 crisis, New York Avenue Presbyterian has partnered with DowntownDC on weekdays to provide bagged lunches and restroom access to people who are homeless and further marginalized by the pandemic. Today, we found out that World Central Kitchen will join the cause, providing 75 sandwiches a day. It’s been amazing to watch this all come together. If you would like to be a part of it as a volunteer host, visit signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ba9af2ca1fc1-triangle

This Week’s Online Schedule

Morning Prayer
Tuesday March 24th 8:00-8:30 a.m.

Join us for 30 minutes of liturgy and prayer using Shane Claiborne’s book, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. You do not have to have the book to participate in this service of prayer. Copies of the liturgy can be found here.

ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/229424538

Children’s Story Time
Tuesday March 24th 11:00 a.m.

Join us for 30 minutes of story time, singing, and getting the wiggles out. Suitable for little ones that normally come forward for the Time with Children in Sunday morning worship services.

ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/354589220

Bible Study
Wednesday March 25th 12:00-1:00 p.m.

In the midst of all this uncertainty, join us to gather around God’s word to hear what God might be saying to the church today. Join the Executive Presbyter of National Capital Presbytery, John Molina Moore, in the study of Matthew 9:9-13, the text that he will be preaching on Sunday morning.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/385579961

Morning Prayer
Thursday March 26th 8:00-8:30 a.m.

Join us for 30 minutes of liturgy and prayer using the Iona Abbey Worship Book. You do not have to have the book to participate in this service of prayer. A copy of the liturgy will be posted online.

ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/553049565

Community Book Study
Thursday March 26th 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of the New Spiritual Awakening

Join the discussion of Diana Butler Bass’ book that outlines the shift in culture and the church. This week, we’ll be discussing the introduction and first chapter. This book is available through Audible or Kindle.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/601526413

Children’s Story Time
Thursday March 26th 11:00 a.m.

Join us for 30 minutes of story time, singing, and getting the wiggles out. Suitable for little ones that normally come forward for the Time with Children in Sunday morning worship services.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/633801772

Faith on Tap
Thursday March 26th 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Grab your favorite beverage and join Parish Associate, Matthew Schlageter, for conversation and fellowship. Matthew graduated from Columbia Seminary in Georgia in 2005 and currently serves as a chaplain at Children’s National. The article for discussion, “An Approach to Bioethics” can be found here.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/885650874

Sunday Worship Online
Sunday March 29th 10:00 a.m.

Rev. John Molina Moore, Executive Presbyter of National Capital Presbytery, will lead our online worship service, preaching “Out Of Your Camp” from Matthew 9:9-13. Coloring pages and children’s resources will be available to download.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/150620342
Phone: 1-929-436-2866 (150620342#)

Going Online! Our First Week

Dear Members and Friends,

Join us for online worship this Sunday. We are gathering via Zoom at 10:00am.

If you weren’t able to join us last week, we hope to see you this week. Many people were delighted by the community that can indeed happen virtually. Worship slides will be available on the church website.

This evening at 8:15, there is an online adult education opportunity, “Parenting and Grandparenting Through Lent,” specifically scheduled after bedtime for little ones. You won’t want to miss our special guest leaders, Rev. Jessica Tate, the Director of NEXT Church, and her mom, Joanne Stratton Tate, a long-time parent-educator, who will lead this cross-generational reflection on how we can apply our Lenten theme of “cultivating and letting go” as we raise children and grandchildren. Join the conversation here.

As long as the city allows us, the Radcliffe Room will continue to serve breakfast on Sunday mornings. Food will be distributed outside in Triangle Park and our first-floor restrooms will be open so that our neighbors experiencing homelessness can have dignity and decent hygiene. If you are healthy and able to assist from 7:30-9:00am, please contact Doug Norwood (rdnorwood@gmail.com).

Thanks to the fierce persistence of our Facilities Manager, John O’Brien, and many volunteers committed to caring for our neighbors in need, the city is diverting meals to Triangle Park next week. Monday through Friday, the Downtown Day Services Center will serve lunch outside from 11:30am-1:00pm. If you know folks who are safely able to volunteer, please send them this link to sign up.

Finally, if you are in need of prayer or pastoral care, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email (heather.shortlidge@nyapc.org) or by cell phone (443) 223-5555. I’ve been doing pastoral care “visits” over Zoom and the phone and would love to connect with you during this time of anxiety and uncertainty.

Some poetry to leave you with—Psalm 23, rewritten by Amy Shorner-Johnson, in light of this COVID-19 pandemic:

The Creator has already provided
I shall not worry about toilet paper.

The Comforter walks with me for fresh air,
where now I hear birds and running water over my own thoughts.

I have space to consider what is truly important.
I can touch my own spirit again.

The Divine Healer invites me to follow the advice to stay six feet away for the sake of those with a divine spark within, which is everyone.

Even though everyone must confront Death
and grieve the losses of what was,
I will not be dominated by fear,
it will not be my only feeling.

For I remember your other truths:
“I will be with you,”
“Don’t be afraid.”
“Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

When I fear the worst, it is not the last,
you are still the Generous More.

When others oppose everything I believe,
I still find there are blessings to share and mercy is a deep well.

There is still so much good to find,
so many reasons to reverence,
to awe,
to reconnect,
to restore,
to believe again.
For you are ever with me, wherever I am,
and I choose to live in you. Amen.

Peace and Grace,

Heather