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

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