From Rev. Heather Shortlidge

Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday November 15th at 10:00am for Zoom worship. I’m preaching from Matthew 22:15-22, where the Pharisees and Herodians seek clarification about paying taxes to the Roman Empire. Music this week will include the traditional favorite “All Creatures of Our God and King” and the poignant “Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God” sung by the full Sanctuary Choir. There will be virtual coffee hour following worship.

Join us for 10:00 am Sunday Worship here
Dial-in: 1-929-436-2866 Meeting ID: 150620342

During worship, we will honor and thank the 113 households who have made a pledge to the 2021 Stewardship Campaign, Celebrating God’s Presence, Securing Our Future. Thus far, we’ve raised $618,000. Thank you to everyone who has faithfully invested in our community for the upcoming year. In order to reach our goal, we still need to raise $81,000. If you have not yet done so, we invite you to prayerfully consider a financial gift to the church ( The New York Avenue Presbyterian church is able to stand with the oppressed, lift up the broken-hearted, and make God’s love and justice visible to all because of your generosity.

Please hold Elder Laura Brouse-Long in your prayers. Sadly, Bill Long died on Thursday afternoon at home under hospice care. At this time, Laura welcomes calls and cards and will share any service information once it is available.

Finally, the Personnel Committee has heard a desire from some of you to help support staff whose employment has been affected by the pandemic. We are encouraging those wishing to provide support to contribute to the NYAPC Benevolence Fund, which can provide monetary assistance, to individuals in need, including former and furloughed church staff. Please contact Edie Snyder ( with any questions. More details below.

And to nourish your spirit this week—the beatitudes, rewritten for today, by Rev. Alison Paden, Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Mendham, NJ:

Blessed are those who are weary of constant change,
canceled plans, and comparison fatigue,
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who weep
for someone they have lost
and the complications of finding closure during this challenging season,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are those who are quietly holding their family and friends together—
providing comfort and consistency even if it is wearing them out,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who are marching and advocating and seeking justice
for those who cannot fight for themselves,
for they will find God’s righteousness.
Blessed are those who are providing care
even when it is a danger to themselves,
for they will receive care.
Blessed are the children
who are experiencing this moment through innocent eyes,
for they will see God.
Blessed are those who are trying to build bridges and create consensus,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who boldly speak the message of the Gospel,
in person and online—unsure where and how their message is being received,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Peace and Courage,


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