Unraveled and Uncertain? (from Rev. Heather Shortlidge)

Dear Members and Friends,

Join us for worship this Sunday May 3rd at 10:00am. I’m continuing our preaching series, Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart.
This week I’m preaching about uncertainty, from the story of Peter walking (and sinking) on water.

Remember to prepare your elements for the sacrament of communion. Since we are in the middle of a stay at home order, it is acceptable to use what you have—crackers, wafers, cookies, even a muffin—and whatever liquid that most resembles the fruit of the vine—juice, wine, a cup of tea. It is not the elements themselves that make the sacrament holy—it is God’s presence—and God is just as present in your living rooms and kitchens as in the sanctuary at 1313 New York Avenue. See our website for the Zoom worship link.

Please keep the feedback coming about Zoom worship. Eight weeks into online services, I’ve enjoyed hearing your stories about how life is different during the pandemic and how worship has been a part of that difference. We continue to refine the service and welcome your insights and suggestions.

With sadness, we write to let you know that Bob Doan died on Sunday afternoon. A Zoom Memorial Service has been scheduled for Saturday May 9, 2020 at 11:00am. (See our website for Zoom information.) Please plan on joining us to mark Bob’s death and to remember that in life and in death, we belong to God.

Finally, the Nominating Committee is actively at work putting together a slate of nominees for the Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC). If you know a member who would be a good addition to this team, please send their name and a short description of why you’re nominating them to the Chair, David Gillies (dcgillies@verizon.net). The hope is to elect the PNC by early summer.

And a prayer from John Philip Newell to nourish you this week:

Peace where there is war
healing where there is hurt
memory where we have forgotten the other.
Vision where there is violence
light where there is madness
sight where we have blinded each other.
Comfort where there is sorrow
tears where there is hardness
laughter where we have missed life’s joy
laughter where we remember the joy.

Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace

Peace be with you,
Heather

From Rev. Heather Shortlidge

Dear Members and Friends,

Caravaggio_-_The_Incredulity_of_Saint_ThomasJoin us for online worship this Sunday, April 19, 2020. I’m preaching from John 20:19-29, the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples and Thomas’ need for more proof, when he misses the initial encounter.

Worship link https://zoom.us/j/150620342

Worship is now “produced” by a fantastic team of volunteers. A special thank you to Will Timmons, Joe Thierry, Jessica Tate, John Moran, and Don Campbell for their dedication over the past 4 weeks. We’re still looking for people to serve as virtual ushers, liturgists, and as part of our technical team—if you are interested in helping with Sunday worship, please let us know (donald.campbell.esq@gmail.com).

The Rev. Billy Kluttz, Minister of Congregational Life and Connection, started this week. As Billy finishes up another call in the Presbytery, he will be working 20 hours a week with NYAPC, primarily on our online programming efforts during this time of suspended in person activities. Hired by the Personnel Committee, Billy is serving a 3-month contract, that can potentially be renewed. He is creative, energetic, and an excellent theologian. I’m excited for you to meet him and delighted to call him a colleague.

The church mourns with the Neill family (Rob, Meg, and Sam) at the death of Rob’s mother, Anne Neill. An online memorial service will be held next Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00am. Although we cannot gather in person, I invite you to attend virtually to show the Neill family that they are not alone in their grief by using this link.

Finally, here is the Praise Song for a Pandemic, the video prayer used on Easter. May the words, music, and images continue to nourish you.

Praise Song for the Pandemic

Peace and Grace,
Heather


Upcoming Events and Announcements

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.

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 12:00-1:00pm, Monday through Saturday. Breakfast is served on Sundays from 8:00-9:00am. 175 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.

Clothing Donations. The Radcliffe Room requests clothing donations to support the homeless community. The most-needed items right now: new packs of men’s boxers. Guests also need toiletries and used clothing (men and women), particularly pants and jackets. Donations may be dropped off at the front desk of the church every day of the week from 11:00am to 1:00pm during COVID closures. Or, you may ship items directly to Dara Satterfield. Please contact Dara at dara.satterfield@gmail.com or Phil Telfeyan at ptelfeyan@post.harvard.edu if you have questions.

Join the (Virtual) Choir!
There’s never been a better time to join in singing: No need to search for parking on Thursday nights, no need to arrive early for church. Sing one song a week, or all; sing occasionally, or regularly … all from the comfort of your home. If you’d like to add to the voices heard at our online services, contact Meg Neill at megneill99@gmail.com.

Gathered in Prayer. Sunday April 19 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 April 21 at 8:00 a.m.
Led by Rev. Billy Kluttz. ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/229424538

Children’s Story Time. Tuesday April 21 at 11:00 a.m.
Join us for wiggles, singing, a story, and a fun chance to connect with church friends. Led by Rev. Billy Kluttz and Karen Dunlap. ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/354589220

Morning Prayer. Thursday April 23 at 8:00 a.m.
Led by Rev. Heather Shortlidge. ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/553049565

Community Book Study. Thursday April 23 at 10:00 a.m.
Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of the New Spiritual Awakening. Led by Rev. Billy Kluttz and Tom Dunlap, join the discussion of Diana Butler Bass’ bookthat outlines the shift in culture and the church.  Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/134791118

Children’s Story Time. Thursday April 23 at 2:00 p.m. **New Time**
Join us for wiggles, singing, a story, and a fun chance to connect with church friends. Led by Rev. Heather Shortlidge. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/633801772

Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day. Friday April 24 12:00 p.m.
A Virtual Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on April 24, a Friday, featuring several of the panelists who were originally scheduled to appear in person at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Click here for more details and information on how to register to attend via Zoom.

Friday Concert. Friday April 24 (Pre-recorded)
Stan Engebretson, Director of Music, and others join together for a short recital to bring beauty and music into the midst of your week. This concert will be pre-recorded. Link: https://www.nyapc.org/events/friday-concert/

Parents Gathering. Friday April 24 at 8:15 p.m.
All parents are invited to join us as Kristin Ford will facilitate a time of sharing about how you are coping during this pandemic, as well as the tips, joys, and surprises you are discovering along the way.  Parents click here.

DC History with Melissa Jane Taylor. Saturday April 25 at 4:00p p.m. Join us here.

Young Adult Faith on Tap. Monday April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
All Young Adults are invited to our first Zoom Faith on Tap on Monday, April 27 at 6:30pm! Grab your favorite drink and snacks, and join in on the discussion with Len Shabman. If you are new to New York Avenue and the Young Adult group you are especially invited to join us virtually! Please RSVP to Helen Anthony (shanthon@ncsu.edu) for the Zoom details!

Rev. Billy E. Kluttz Joins NYAPC Staff

Easter blessings to all!

Rev Billy KluttzWe 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.