Pay no attention to the summer solstice (June 21, if you must know).
New Yorkers know that summer really begins Memorial Day weekend, when the city quiets down, and there's easier access to restaurants and park spaces (tourist influx aside).
At Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Memorial Day weekend signals the shift to our summer worship schedule, with a single service at 10 am, every Sunday through Labor Day.
The church quiets down, too, but there are still plenty of opportunities to nourish your soul and serve people in need.
Two new parish associates, our Mustard Seed pastor and two beloved former associates headline the summer preaching calendar.
In March, the church announced the Rev. Dr. Patricia Kitchen and the Rev. Kellie Picallo would be joining our clergy staff as parish associates. Pattie is in the pulpit on July 15 and Aug. 19. Kellie preaches here for the first time on Aug. 5.
Chris Romine, who carries the title "FAPC Evangelist," joined the staff in January. Chris is busy gathering a new worshipping community on Manhattan's west side. This new congregation will bring to life Fifth Avenue's vision of serving New Yorkers who are longing for a place to nurture their faith but are wary of "traditional" religion. (Chris' new ministry was recently featured in Presbyterians Today.) Chris will preach on July 8 and July 29.
Associate Pastor Emeritus Randy Weber is our guest preacher on June 3, nearly a year to the day that he preached his farewell sermon after more than 26 years of ministry here. On June 24, the Rev. Janice Smith Ammon, minister of the chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary, is our guest preacher. Jan was an associate pastor here from 1999 to 2006.
You'll find the full preaching schedule on the worship calendar.
Fifth Avenue's Outreach Ministries don't take a break for the summer. Our weekly ministry to the homebound of our neighborhood, Meals on Heels, continues every Saturday starting at 9:30 am in Bonnell Hall. Our monthly ministries with Project FIND and The Bowery Mission continue through the summer as well. Read about all of our ongoing ministries here. New volunteers are always welcome!
If you have ever considered being an early evening or overnight host in the David B. Skinner Shelter, the summer is an excellent time to start. There are plenty of opportunities on the calendar as many of our regular volunteers head out for vacation. We're happy to provide orientation and training to get you started. Drop us a line at [email protected].
There are a few special opportunities to volunteer this summer as well. Our 16th annual picnic in Central Park (the Margaret Shafer Community Picnic) is coming up on June 24. If you are interested in contributing food, serving, sharing fellowship or helping with set up and clean up, write to [email protected].
In August, Vacation Bible School returns for five mornings of arts and crafts, games and Bible study for children ages three to fifth grade. We need volunteers to help coordinate all the activity on Monday through Friday morning, Aug. 13-17. We are also looking for help the week before VBS to paint signs and murals and set up the space for the children. Whether you can give an hour, a day or a week of your time, we can use you! Contact us at [email protected]. (Note to parents: VBS registration is open! Click here.)
A New Gallery Exhibit
This summer the Arts & Our Faith Committee presents a new exhibition of original paintings by participants in the creative arts program at The Bridge, a Fifth Avenue mission partner. Self Discovery: Paintings from The Bridge, debuts on Sunday, June 17, and will remain on view all summer in the Chesnut Gallery.
The Bridge is a New York-based nonprofit that serves some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens with a range of social service programs, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, vocational training, healthcare, education and creative arts therapies. Approximately 50 clients participate in the creative arts program.
Always a popular draw for members and visitors alike, this exhibition marks fourth time that the Gallery has featured artists from The Bridge. Representatives of the organization, along with many of the artists, will be our guests for an opening-day reception immediately following the 10 am worship service on June 17.