Community Life

The Voice

Fall 2021 is full of fresh starts. Join Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church as we rise and rebuild our lives, our cities and our hearts. From community groups to podcasts, let us experience God at work in our lives.

Experience the beauty of worship with Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church’s new weekly worship video, Light Leaven & Salt.

This new weekly worship video is available at every Sunday at 5 pm, EST. Light Leaven & Salt features the complete weekly sermon, musical selections from the Fifth Avenue Chamber Choir and other highlights from that week’s Sunday 11 am worship service. Light, Leaven & Salt can be watched at your convenience throughout the week.

Join us for an exciting season ahead. In our year of fresh starts, worship and learn with Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Together, we will be the Light, Leaven & Salt in New York City and beyond.

As Covid-19 protocols continue to change, look for upcoming details and requirements in church communications.


Congregational Care

Christmas Angel Tree Project
Nov. 21 – Dec. 5
The Deacons invite you to participate in the Christmas Angel Tree Project, which provides presents to children of incarcerated parents. Starting Nov. 21, you can select an ornament from the Angel Tree with a child’s sizes and gift requests. Then return the ornament with your unwrapped presents by Sunday, Dec. 5 and the Deacons will make sure those gifts are delivered. Visit the registry.

Employment Advisory

Speed Networking: Practicing Introducing Yourself
Tuesday, Nov. 16 • 6:30 pm
Learn how to present yourself in a few sentences (to engage your listeners. Coaches Win Sheffield and Ruth Robbins will guide you in getting comfortable with making the answer to the question ‘Tell me about yourself’ a strength instead of something to be resisted. You will then have the opportunity to practice with others speed networking style and possibly make some good networking contacts as well. Register here for this Zoom meeting.


  • Ruth Robbins Since 1992 M.B.A. Ruth K. Robbins has been in private practice, specializing in career exploration, in support of job search and has taught career development workshops at the New York Public Library Job Information Center and The Transition Network.
  • Win Sheffield Win Sheffield is a career coach in private practice in New York.  He offers guidance to support his clients to take their work to the next level or establish new careers.  He coaches clients in delivering their message and runs workshops for many industry and alumni groups. Learn more at

Family Ministries

Advent Festival
Sunday, Nov. 28 • 9:30 – 10:30 am, LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center
Join us as we kickoff Advent! There will be fun crafts and activities for the whole family to do together. We will decorate the Christmas Tree and even sing some Christmas Carols! A $20 donation per family is requested. RSVP here.

Youth Events

Overnighter: Sabbath in the Catskills
Friday, Nov. 12 – Sunday, Nov. 14
Amidst the busyness of the school semester, perhaps what you need the most is time away. Join us as we put down the screens, the books, homework, and the hustle to simply rest, be ourselves and encounter the divine. Youth in grades 6-12, join us for a fun weekend of rest, hiking, games, and cooking together. The cost is $150 for the weekend and scholarships are available. We have limited spots, so sign up ASAP at [email protected]. We will depart on Friday evening and return to Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Sunday at noon. Look for upcoming communications regarding mandatory Covid protocols for this gathering.

20s + 30s

20s + 30s Community Groups will meet virtually and in person at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church on a rotating schedule. To register, email [email protected].

November Meetings

  • Wednesday, Nov. 3
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17

Fall Retreat
Friday, Nov. 5 – Sunday, Nov. 7 • Hudson Valley Farmhouse
Join us for a weekend full of fellowship, rest, and fun in the Hudson Valley. This farmhouse is accessible by NYC transit. To register, email [email protected]. Look for upcoming communications regarding mandatory Covid protocols for this gathering.

Friendsgiving Dinner
Wednesday, Nov. 24 • 7 pm
Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving together as a community group! We will head out to share food, laughter, and conversation. To register, email [email protected].



Blue Christmas Worship Service
Wednesday, Dec. 15 • 6:30 pm, Kirkland Chapel
As the rest of the world rushes toward the Christmas holiday, our Blue Christmas Service reminds us that Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and preparation. This service can also be healing for those who find the holidays difficult and can deepen feelings of loss, loneliness, or despair. Many worshipers have described Blue Christmas as one of the most beautiful and restorative services of the year.

Adult Education

Crossroads Podcast
Enjoy this monthly Fifth Avenue Podcast for the curious and theological mind. Now available on Apple Podcast and Continuing with the theme of the spirituality of play, the next episode is: Star Trek: Faith & The Final Frontier

Congregational Care

The Circle Conversation: Avoiding Phone and Internet Scams
Tuesday, Dec. 9 • 6 pm, Webinar
This past season has seen an increase in internet and telephone scams. Some are easy to identify and others have become more complex. Nancy Houghton from Health Advocates for Older People leads this Webinar to give you the tools to protect yourself. To register, email [email protected].

Family Ministries

Family Christmas Eve & Christmas Pageant Online Service
Friday, Dec. 24
The Rev. Werner Ramirez and Jaime Staehle lead an online video service with Carols, stories and a mini Christmas Pageant for preschool and elementary school children to worship together with their families. This video service is available on demand, Dec. 24th beginning at 9 am.


Carols by Candlelight
Friday, Dec. 3 & Saturday, Dec. 4 • 7 pm, Kirkland Chapel
The Fifth Avenue Chamber Choir
Ryan Jackson, Director, Patrick Kreeger, Organ, Jeanne Lehman, Reader

Step away from the bustle of Christmas preparations for an hour of beautiful choral music and congregational carols in the candlelit beauty of Kirkland Chapel. Broadway star Jeanne Lehman reads seasonal poetry as the Fifth Avenue Chamber Choir performs a blend of familiar Christmas music and new treasures that tell the wonder and majesty of Jesus’ birth. Hot cider and cookies are served following the concert.

Outreach Ministries

The Joe Vedella Christmas Dinner
Sunday, Dec. 5 • 2 pm, 55th Street
Join Outreach Ministries at the Joe Vedella Christmas Dinner for homeless neighbors. This annual event is part of Outreach’s series of befriending events to the homeless. Volunteers are needed to pack and serve food, help out in the kitchen, and distribute items, among other duties. Email [email protected] for additional information or to volunteer.

Youth Events

Youth Christmas Party and Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition
Sunday, Dec. 12 • 9:30 am
Shake off your best ugly Christmas sweater from your closet and be ready to defend its glory! Join us at our regular youth group time for special snacks and our ever-favorite Ugly Christmas Competition.

Youth Holiday Baking Time
Sunday, Dec 19 • 12:30 –2 pm, Bonnell Hall
Let’s bake! Join April Fellers (Pastor Werner’s Wife) as she leads us in preparing and baking delicious holiday treats (with masks on!) *Covid Protocols will be in place.

20s + 30s

20s + 30s Community Groups will meet virtually and in person at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church on a rotating schedule. To register, email [email protected].
Wednesday meeting dates: Dec. 1, 8 & 15

20s + 30s Christmas Party
Saturday, Dec. 11 • 7 pm
We will have time to celebrate the season and spend time with one another. Location to be decided for drinks, snacks, and festivities. To register, email [email protected].


Epiphany Breakfast
Sunday, Jan. 2 •9:30 am, Corning Logan Room
Celebrate Epiphany with us over breakfast! We will gather in Corning Logan to discover more about Epiphany traditions around the world, try different King Cakes and choose star words to guide our year ahead. Register here. This event may be rescheduled according to evolving Covid-19 protocols.

Fifth Avenue Serves
Saturday, May 7
After our season apart, we hope you will join us to support local nonprofit volunteer efforts throughout the city. Come serve with us as the light, leaven and salt of the world! Look for further details this Spring.