High School Mission Day – Jan. 25

We will are holding a high school mission day on Jan. 25 and we have an exciting new location!  We will be going to the Manhattan Church of Christ on 80th Street and Madison Avenue and volunteer alongside their youth to help set up a meal, serve food, grow relationships with their guests, and cleanup. This is an outreach of their church community to help people who are homeless, housing insecure, or are struggling to have their needs met. The Community of Hope has been meeting at the Manhattan Church of Christ since 1993. This is a great opportunity for us and will be a lot of fun.  We will meet at the Brick Church at 9 a.m., walk down together and then head home after we have cleaned up the lunchtime meal. Please R.S.V.P. to Rev. Adam Gorman asap so we know we have enough volunteers, parents included!

Many thanks and looking forward to serving with you!

Men’s Association Breakfast Speaker – Jan. 29

But Who Do You Say I Am?
Please join us on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 8 a.m. for breakfast with renowned Christian author Eric Kampmann as he presents his personal journey and struggle with conflicts of faith and mission in the publishing industry. All are welcome to participate in this awe-inspiring discussion.

January Lecture Series

Join Rev. Dr. Kimberly Clayton in Adult Education for a three-Sunday exploration of Women and the Reformation. Though overshadowed in history and print by male Reformers such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, scholarship is now giving increased attention to a remarkable array of women who also led and influenced the reformation of the church in many countries. These women did so often facing opposition and ridicule. The first part of this series began with a look at the ways the Reformation of the 16th century both helped and hindered women. The following two Sundays will help us explore specific women and the roles they played and the influence they had on theology, piety, and gender roles in this period: 

Jan. 12, 9:45 a.m.
Women and Reformation Part Two

Jan. 26, 9:45 a.m.
Women and Reformation Part Two

2020 Dinner Dance – R.S.V.P. Online

Please save the date for a special evening on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at The Pierre Hotel for our annual Dinner Dance. Brick Church members are invited to R.S.V.P. now for this elegant black tie affair, which wraps up the 2019 Fair and will kick-off the Women’s Associations‘s annual programing. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and classical music, followed by dinner and a DJ. The Silent Auction is always filled with wonderful items and all the proceeds from the Auction will be issued as grants to the nine ministries the Women’s Association supports annually. We will feature a special guest speaker from one of our ministries.

There are many ways to get involved whether its gathering a group of your friends to sit at your table and/or you can help by donating a silent auction item. We are always looking for special experiences, sporting events, trips, theatre tickets or restaurants, spa or shopping excursions. Be sure to get your tickets early as this event sells out every year. R.S.V.P. online and purchase your tickets here. Please contact Shannon Froehlich, the Women’s Association Coordinator, with any questions. See you Feb. 7!

Pastor Nominating Committee Update

Pastor Nominating Committee Update
Your PNC continues to meet at least weekly, and is working diligently, prayerfully seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to discern who God is calling to be our new senior pastor. We are continuing to review in depth a substantial subset of extremely exciting prospective candidates and continue to narrow down the list of potential individuals. We thank you for your faithful prayers for God’s direction to us as we continue to work through this process.

For more information, click here.

Interfaith Art Project at Park Avenue Synagogue: Sept. 24 & 25

Please represent Brick Church! The Park Avenue Synagogue invites adult members of Brick Church to join in an interfaith art project led by artist Ellen Alt on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:15 p.m. and on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at PAS@89th located at 11 East 89th Street. We are planning to create one art piece in a digital format that will be reproduced. The piece will be composed of scanned original images of artwork on the theme of “Welcoming Guests.” The artwork will be created by the participants from The Brick Church, Park Avenue Synagogue, Church of the Heavenly Rest and the Islamic Cultural Center. We are asking each participating religious institution to come up with phrases, symbols and stories (for illustrations) about welcoming guests. You can participate in either the evening or the daytime workshop. The project will bring us together to create a community art piece that will be displayed at the Nov. 19 interfaith concert Lift Every Voice led by acclaimed producers Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew and featuring Cantor Azi Schwartz. 

We would like a list of participants by Sept. 13 in order to create resource materials for the workshops. Please contact Rev. Adam Gorman for more information. 

Blessing of the Animals – Oct. 2

Join us for a Service of Blessing of the Animals at The Brick Church on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. This service is offered as part of our witness that God creates and loves all creatures great and small! Their lives bring joy and companionship to our lives and this is a way to both honor and celebrate our pets. Oct. 4 is the Annual Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi and often such services are observed around this date.

Bring your furry, feathered, or scaly family members to the Park Avenue side of the church. We will offer two stations for blessings: one in the Chapel and one near the front steps outside of the sanctuary. We welcome pets on leashes and in carriers/crates and those who live in water. If your pet is not comfortable around other creatures, or if you wish to remember a pet that has died, you can bring a photograph instead. We welcome our neighbors and friends to participate in this joyful and potentially noisy service! We will begin at 5:00 p.m. with liturgy and song before the blessing of the animals begins.

Fall Fling on Sept. 20

Join us for this special annual Brick Church event sponsored by the Women’s Association this Friday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This wonderful fellowship event provides all members with an evening to catch up with old friends and meet new ones as we start our fall season.

 This festive evening includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a buffet dinner in the Garden for $50 per person. 

We need volunteers to help on the committee. Contact the Women’s Association office if you can help. Invitations will be mailed and will also be available at the Reception Desk in September.