Easter blessings to all!
We are pleased to announce that Rev. Billy E. Kluttz will be joining us this week as Minister of Congregational Life and Connection. This is a temporary position, filled by the Personnel Committee in consultation with the Finance Committee, after last month’s Session vote to hire a temporary minister to support our church and Transitional Minister Rev. Dr. Heather Shortlidge.
Rev. Kluttz will start on Tuesday, April 14, and his first week will be a busy one. He will participate in our current online offerings (this week’s online schedule is below). He will also meet with the Session, Christian Learning Cluster, Nurture Committee and Diaconal Ministers.
He comes to NYAPC having served the wider church in several part-time positions, including Associate Pastor for Community Music and Arts at Church of the Covenant (PCUSA) in Arlington, Virginia, and Evening Service Coordinator and Social Media Manager at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (USA) in McLean, Virginia. Prior to these roles, he was Director of Music at Church of the Pilgrims (PCUSA) from July 2016 to June 2018.
Rev. Kluttz holds a Master of Divinity degree with honors from Wesley Theological Seminary. He also has a master’s degree in public affairs with honors from Syracuse University where he concentrated on nonprofit management including fundraising. His Bachelor of Arts degree is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors. Billy and his husband, who is completing medical school, live in Washington, DC.
Says Rev. Kluttz: “I believe God is calling me to a ministry setting seeking creative engagement with its community.” In his work with NYAPC, he hopes to continue “to use music as a tool to build relationships,” but also to further his development beyond music ministry through regular preaching, pastoral care, educational leadership, communications work, and community outreach. “I hope to continue to grow as a well-rounded pastor beyond my existing strengths in liturgy and worship leadership.”
Rev. Kluttz will spend 20 hours a week for the first five weeks of his engagement with us, and then 30 hours a week after that. Billy is in the process of leaving his role at Covenant, which will further enable his work with us from May 11 on. Our agreement with Rev. Kluttz runs through July 12 and can then be renewed on a month-to-month basis.
Rev. Kluttz’s duties include maintaining existing and cultivating new ways for Church members and friends to connect, thrive, and grow in their relationship with God and one another. Specifically, he will help maintain and develop NYAPC’s online presence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rev. Kluttz will evaluate our current online programs and use that feedback to develop new offerings. While he won’t be responsible for leading every program, Billy will recruit, schedule, and train leaders and will publicize these events, inviting participation. He will also work with and “staff” the Christian Learning Cluster, Nurture Committee, and Diaconal Ministers, in addition to providing administrative support for Rev. Shortlidge. He is scheduled to preach on Sunday, May 17.
On behalf of the Personnel Committee, we are excited to welcome Billy to NYAPC and know you will join us in making him part of this community of faith.
– Edith Snyder
Trustee and Chair, Personnel Committee
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Children’s Story Time, Tuesday April 14, 11 am – Join us for wiggles, singing, a story, and a fun chance to connect with church friends. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/354589220
Morning Prayer, Thursday April 16, 8 am – Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/553049565
Community Book Study, Thursday April 16, 10 am – join the discussion of Diana Butler Bass’ book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of the New Spiritual Awakening, which outlines the shift in culture and the church. Led by Tom Dunlap,. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/134791118
Children’s Story Time, Thursday April 16, 11 am – Join us for wiggles, singing, a story, and a fun chance to connect with church friends. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/633801772
Neighbors in Need – NYAPC continues to care for neighbors experiencing homelessness, now providing food seven days a week. Lunch is served in Triangle Park from 12 – 1 pm, Monday through Saturday. Breakfast is served on Sundays from 8 – 9 am. 125 hot meals and fresh fruit are generously being provided by Jose Andres’ organization, World Central Kitchen. Support is also being provided by BID. We are in need of volunteers to sustain this important ministry. Please spread the word and sign up at www.nyapc.org.
One Great Hour of Sharing – We continue this collection online this week. Go to www.nyapc.org/give-now/ to access our online giving site and choose One Great Hour of Sharing. One Great Hour of Sharing supports efforts to relieve hunger through the Presbyterian Hunger Program, promote development through the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People, and assist in areas of disaster through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.