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

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 (

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,

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

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 or Phil Telfeyan at 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

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:

Morning Prayer. Tuesday April 21 at 8:00 a.m.
Led by Rev. Billy Kluttz. ZOOM Link:

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:

Morning Prayer. Thursday April 23 at 8:00 a.m.
Led by Rev. Heather Shortlidge. ZOOM Link:

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:

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:

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:

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 ( for the Zoom details!

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:
Phone: 1-929-436-2866 (150620342#)

Children/Youth Spring/ Summer Dates

Save these Special Dates!  

(more dates continually added, so please check back!)

Want to host a gathering this spring or summer at your favorite park or at your house?  Please let Alice know and she’ll add it to the NYAPC children’s/ youth calendar! 

Sunday, April 10, 2 pm:  Upper Elementary/ Middle School Bowling! @ Bowl America Inc. @ Falls Church.  140 South Maple Avenue Falls Church.  For more information, please see Evite or contact Molly Wagner.

Saturday, April 9 Rescheduled for Saturday April 16 (predicted freezing rain on April 9 wouldn’t be a very fun time.):   Saturday morning Park Play!  In hopeimgres-3s that the weather will be warm … for the spring and summer months, we are restarting our time of play in local parks.  This time is especially geared for those with children ages 0- 5 years, though older children and families are most welcome.  For this gathering Pastor Alice will provide bagels and coffee.  We will be at Bluemont Park in Arlington, VA from 10 am – 11:30 am.  There is a large children’s playground, fields and a creek.  Hope to see you! Please RSVP to Alice (

Saturday, April 23:  Game Night @ the NYAPC,  6-8 pm! Join your fellow NYAPCers for a intergenerational night of friendly competition – from Apples to Apples to Twister, from Bananagrams to Scrabble. Pizza and snacks served.  Organized by the Nurture Cluster.

Wednesday May 4, 5 pm:  Confirmation Students — Final Statements of Faith due to Alice by email (

Tuesday May 8, 7 pm: Confirmation Students present Statements of Faith to Session to be received into membership; sponsors and parents encouraged to attend.

Sunday, May 22, 10 am:  Last regular day for Academic Year for Sunday School for Children, PreK-grade 4

Sunday, May 22, 10 am:  All Children Sunday School Project to end the Sunday School year — Personal Care Kits and Clothing Closet Help for the Radcliffe Room!

Sunday, May 29:  Single Service Sunday begins — Service only at 10 am through Sept 4. (Back to 2 services on Sept 11)

Sunday, June 5:  Congregational Meeting after the 10 am service.

Sunday, June 12:  Last Sunday School + Youth Sunday Rehearsal for Academic Year Middle School/ High School


Saturday, June 18:  Youth Sunday Rehearsal, 9:30 am -12:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  Pizza served at 12:30 pm.  All youth (middle and high schoolers) are expected to attend!

Sunday, June 19:  Youth Sunday!  Confirmation Students received in worship! Single service at 10 am.

Sunday, June 19:  All Church Picnic and Time to Honor Teachers and Confirmation Students at Bluemont Park in  Arlington, VA (reservations requests are in now) to celebrate Youth Sunday, Sunday School Teachers, Fathers, and everything else! (about 11:45 am – 2 pm)

Saturday-Sunday, August 6-7:  Middle and High School Youth Local Mission Trip and Retreat at the Pilgrimage at the Church of the Pilgrims near Dupont Circle.  We will gather at 9 am on Saturday August 6 @ the Pilgrimage and depart on Sunday August 7 @ 8 pm.  We will stay 1 night.  To RSVP and for more information on this opportunity, email Alice.

Sunday, September 11:  Intergenerational Congregational Sunday to welcome back the school year!

Sunday, September 18:  Sunday School classes for all ages resumes at 10 am.

(Friday, 28)Saturday-Sunday,October, 29-30:  All Church Retreat!