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 fapc.org/worship 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.

SEPTEMBER

Worship

Fall 2021 Sermon Series
Faith at Work: Building Self, Relationships and Society for a New Day
As we struggle to emerge from the pandemic, there is work to be done. This fall, as we seek, step by courageous step, to be part of what comes next in New York City and around the world, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church is going to reflect on Biblical stories about building. Click here to read more about this sermon series you won’t want to miss. Bring your hearts and your hammers. Join us in worship!

Homecoming
Sunday, Sept. 12, 11 am
Welcome back! After more than 18 months apart, we are so excited to be able to worship together on Homecoming Sunday, September 12th at 11 am. Ready to build something new? On Homecoming Sunday, we will kick off our Fall Sermon Series: Faith at Work: Building Self, Relationships and Society for a New Day. Weather permitting, we will be having special music and fellowship outside on 55th Street after worship. Join us for what promises to be a joyful day! Worship will also be available via Livestream.

Crossroads Podcast

Enjoy this monthly Fifth Avenue Podcast for the curious and theological mind. Now available on Apple Podcast and fapc.org/podcasts.
September: We’ll explore the theology of play!

Adult Education

Book Club: The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez
Wednesdays, Sept. 29 • 7 – 8 pm
Join us for a four-week book discussion, held on Zoom. We’ll read the true and harrowing account of Ms. Hernandez and explore the history of the U.S. border and policies around citizenship. This Zoom Book Club will be led by Frontera de Cristo’s, The Rev. Mark Adams and members of the Mission Partners group.  Purchase of the book is required and participation in all four meetings is encouraged. Register here. Email [email protected] for questions.

Rebuilding Joy in Our Lives and Our Relationship To God
Sunday, Sept. 19 • 7 pm, Webinar
What we are most hungry for today is joy and the vitality it provides in life. In response to this urgent need in our society, the session will examine Jesus’ sayings about joy, Karl Barth’s theological anthropology, and Heinz Kohut’s self psychology and offer a spirituality of joy. This webinar underscores the centrality of our relationship with God and others in becoming joy-available people and affords us to rebuild our authentic self. Dr. Angella Son is an associate professor of Psychology and Religion at Drew University. Register here.

Rebuilding Jerusalem: A look at Biblical Archeology
Sunday, Sept. 26 7 pm, Webinar
In the years following the Israelites’ return from captivity in Babylon, leaders such as Haggai and Nehemiah concerned themselves not only with teaching but also the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Biblical Archeologist, Dr. Ron Tappy, will join us to discuss the geography of Jerusalem, trace the physical setting of the Temple within the city, outline the basic design of the Temple, and then focus on the massive renovations begun in the New Testament period by none other than Herod the Great. Register here for this webinar.
*Dr. Ron Tappy is a Professor Emeritus of Bible and Archaeology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Project Director at The Zeitah Excavations in Israel.

Congregational Care

Bereavement Group
Wednesdays, Sept. 29 – Dec 8 • 7 pm, Zoom
Do you know someone who is struggling with grief and the aftermath of loss? Fifth Avenue will offer a ten-week support group, led by counselor Ellen Theg. This group will meet via Zoom. The cost is $125 for the full program and financial assistance is available if needed. To register, email Kristia Tolode at [email protected] by Sept. 24.

Employment Advisory

The Art and Science of the Interview
Tuesday, Sept. 21 • 6:30 pm, Zoom
Interviewing for a job is both an art and science. The most important thing to consider is that interviewing for the job is often very different from actually doing the job. Register here for this Zoom meeting.

The goals of this session will include :

  • Doing the right kind of homework to succeed in your interview
  • Making an effective close at the end of the interview
  • Demonstrating your strategic value before, during and after the interview

*Presenter Richard Lipstein is an executive recruiter with Gilbert Tweed International. Mr. Lipstein formerly served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CFA Society of New York and is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, and National Public Radio.

Family Ministries


Join us Sunday mornings for our Parents Community Group, open to parents of young children who want to explore how to raise our faithful, Christian families in New York City. The Parents Community Group meets every Sunday at 9:30 am in the LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center. If you’d like to be added to the email list please contact us at [email protected]

Family Ministries Homecoming Celebration
Sunday, Sept. 12 • 9:30 – 10:30 am, LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center
All families with Sunday school and youth group age kids are invited to join us to reconnect! Although we will not be doing breakfast this year, we will have crafts and activities for the kids. Parents, this is your opportunity to meet Sunday school teachers and to hear about what we are doing this year.

Youth Events


Sunday Morning Youth Group
Sundays beginning Sept. 12 in the LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center at 9:30 am
Youth in grades 6-12, join us each Sunday morning. We’ll share our rose and thorns (highs and lows) of the week and discuss Biblical texts and life topics that lead us to consider what it means to follow Christ as a teenager. This Fall, our series is “Faith in an Anxious World.” No sign up needed.

‘Last Friday Meetups’
Friday, Sept. 24 • 7:30–9 pm, LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center
Let’s end the week together. Youth in grades 6-12, join us for games and Bible Study. No sign up needed.

20s + 30s

20s + 30s Community Groups will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and continue through Dec. 15 from 7 – 8 pm. We will meet virtually and in person at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church on a rotating schedule. To register, email [email protected].

OCTOBER

Adult Education

Crossroads Podcast
Enjoy this monthly Fifth Avenue Podcast for the curious and theological mind. Now available on Apple Podcast and fapc.org/podcasts.
October: Finding God in the Marvel Universe!

Book Club: The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez
Wednesdays, Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 • 7 – 8 pm
Join us for a four-week book discussion, held on Zoom. We’ll read the true and harrowing account of Ms. Hernandez and explore the history of the U.S. border and policies around citizenship. This Zoom Book Club will be led by Frontera de Cristo’s, The Rev. Mark Adams and members of the Mission Partners group.  Purchase of the book is required and participation in all four meetings is encouraged. Register here. Email [email protected] for questions. 

Congregational Care

Deacon’s Food Drive
Sundays, Oct. 10 & 17 • 9 am, 55th Street Entrance
Help nourish the hungry. The Deacon’s will be collecting canned goods after both worship services and other non-perishable items for Urban Outreach Center NYC, a Fifth Avenue Mission Partner. We will also have recipe cards available in September if you’d prefer to make a meal to donate. 

Employment Advisory

One-on-One Interview Practice
Tuesday, Oct. 19 • 6:30 pm, Zoom
Join a group of professional interviewers and coaches and practice what you say in an interview.  In this workshop you can hone your skills dealing with the initial screening interview all the way to how to talk to your boss’s boss. If you simply want to listen to others’ practice, you are welcome to do that as well. Register here for this Zoom meeting.

Family Ministries

Family Ministries Pumpkin Patch Road Trip
Sunday, Oct. 24 • 2 pm, Fishkill Farms
Join the fun as we head upstate to Fishkill Farms for an afternoon of pumpkin picking! The farm is just outside Beacon, NY and you can drive or take the Metro-North Hudson Line to the Beacon Train Station. Register and learn more here.

Music

Organ Recital
Sunday, Oct. 31 • 1 pm, Sanctuary
Ryan Jackson, The William S. Perper Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries
Join us for an afternoon organ recital celebrating the sacred music repertoire.

Youth Events


‘Last Friday Meet-ups’
Friday, Oct. 29 • 7:30–9 pm, LaDane Williamson Christian Education Center
Let’s end the week together. Youth in grades 6-12, join us for games and Bible Study. No sign up needed.

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 meetings

  • Oct. 6, 13 20 & 27

    Apple Picking
    Saturday, Oct. 23 • 12 pm • Location TBD
    Come enjoy the fall weather and festivities with each other! We will be apple picking at an orchard accessible via NYC transit. To register, email [email protected].

  • NOVEMBER

    Women’s Association

    Women’s Association Holiday Street Bazaar
    Nov. 5 & 6, 10 am - 5 pm, 55th Street
    A beloved event for more than 40 years moves outside to 55th Street! Get a start on holiday shopping with tables of clothing, jewelry and other finds. All proceeds go to the church. Volunteers are needed and email [email protected].

    Adult Education

    Crossroads Podcast
    Enjoy this monthly Fifth Avenue Podcast for the curious and theological mind. Now available on Apple Podcast andfapc.org/podcasts.
    November: Exploring Narnia: Good News In the Wardrobe

    The Tower of Babel: A New Look
    Sunday, Nov. 7 • 7 pm, Webinar
    The Bible stories we read with children make a difference in how they live in the world.  Embrace your inner child and join us for a discussion about a new translation and interpretation of the story of God’s people building a tower in Genesis 11:1-9 and how it is really a story about God’s Big Plan for how we got to be so different. Register for this webinar here.

    Dr. Elizabeth Caldwell is Professor Emerita of McCormick Theological Seminary and Visiting Faculty in Religious Education at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Dr. Ted

    Congregational Care

    Christmas Angel Tree Project
    Nov. 21 – Dec. 5
    Each Christmas season,  the Deacons help children who might not otherwise find a gift under the tree. 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.

    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.

    Presenters
    *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 WinSheffield.com

    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 Wednesday meetings

  • Nov. 3, 10 & 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].

  • DECEMBER

    Worship

    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 fapc.org/podcasts.
    December: 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 Service
    Friday, Dec. 24 • 4 pm
    Families are invited to join us for a joyous celebration of Christmas especially for those with young children! Music of the season and the Nativity story are a part of this joyous service.

    Music


    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, Bonnell Hall
    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 host tables, serve food and help out in the kitchen, 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 meetings

      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].

    2022 SAVE THE DATES!

    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.