Summer Volunteer Opportunities at Church of the Living Hope For Brick Church Members

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in the local community? There are many opportunities to grow closer to our friends at Church of the Living Hope this summer. Here are three unique ways in which you can grow and serve with our neighbors on 104th street in East Harlem:

1. Are you interested in participating in a community meal with the migrant community in East Harlem and hearing their stories? Church of the Living Hope will be helping to host an event called “La Mesa” or “The Table.” In partnership with the Cabrini Coalition, we will be gathering with the migrant community around a meal to listen to stories, and learn how we might help serve those in East Harlem. The first “La Mesa” meal will be the evening of June 17 at 6:30 p.m.

2. Do you love to garden? Work continues on their brand new sacred green space throughout this season. Throughout the summer, volunteers are encouraged to help plant, tend to raised bed plants, or offer educational resources for aspiring green thumbs.

3. Would you like to lend a hand serving those in need? Jan Hus is distributing food and clothing up at Church of the Living Hope and in need of volunteers. Approximately 50 to 75 families and individuals receive food and clothing on a weekly basis Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Opportunities to help set up the sanctuary as well as handing out food and clothing are welcomed.

Are you interested in any of these opportunities or do you have other ideas about how these two congregations may work together? Please contact Ruben Nuno or Rev. Doug King.

“Religious Fundamentalism, Womanhood, and What it Means to be a Pastor: A journey of Faith Exploration as an Act of Resistance”

Hannah Faye grew up in a Southern Baptist Church and is now a seminary student at one of the most liberal theological institutions in the country. Still learning what it means to be a pastor, Hannah Faye will explain how breaking the mold doesn’t always mean starting over and how she has come to cherish her Southern Baptist roots in the midst of a resurgent Evangelical America. Believing the church must re-imagine its “conservative vs. liberal” dichotomy, Hannah Faye argues that the work to be done lies somewhere in the middle, and it is critical to follow the love and teachings of Christ anywhere, even if it means taking you back right to where you started. Hannah Faye lives in Madison, New Jersey with her husband and almost two-year-old son, Henry. She is in the second year at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a Cross-Testament Bible concentration.

Wednesday Night Dinner Program (WNDP)

Include your family in WNDP where we cook, serve and clean up a meal for people from the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter. This outreach opportunity takes place in the Watson Hall Kitchen and Watson Hall Wednesday nights from 5 to 7:15 p.m.and we would love to have your help. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Adam Gorman for information so he can get you involved in this wonderful ministry. More information and dates of meals are here on the website.

Wednesday Night Dinner Program (WNDP)

Don’t forget about including your youth in WNDP where we cook, serve and clean up a meal for people from the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter. This will take place in the Watson Hall Kitchen and Watson Hall Wednesday nights from 5 to 7:15 p.m.and we would love to have your help. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Adam Gorman for information so he can get you involved in this wonderful ministry. More information and dates for meals are here on the website.

Pledge Dedication Sunday Nov. 18

As we have seen during the Stewardship kick-off, the church plays a unique role in our community. In many ways, our church serves as an extended family to all who are touched by our worship, our education, our mission work and our fellowship together. Our contributions toward the Stewardship Campaign provide over 60% of the funding for all of the programs of the church. The stewardship posters we have had in coffee hour the past two weeks also show how generous our community is in volunteering to do God’s work. All of those programs are funded with our stewardship dollars. Next Sunday, Nov. 18, please join us to renew your commitment to the church with your time, talent, and treasure. Your pledge this fall will help us plan our 2019 program year. Thank you for your support! More information here 

The 2018 Brick Turkey Drive is Underway until Thanksgiving

The Brick Presbyterian Church is pleased to take part in New York Common Pantry’s annual Turkey Drive to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving meal. Your donation will allow New York Common Pantry (NYCP) to provide a healthy and festive holiday meal to hungry New Yorkers. Last year, NYCP served over 6 million meals—twice as many as the previous year—to more than 500,000 individuals across New York City. Your support to meet this growing demand is needed more than ever. Each $40 donation will provide a turkey, fresh produce, delicious sides, and a healthy dessert for one family in need this Holiday Season. Envelopes will be provided in the pews on Sunday, visit us at Coffee Hour! Donations can also be placed in the Turkey Drive Box at the front desk in the Garden Room. You can also give electronically on our website by clicking here and selecting “2018 Turkey Drive” from the select a fund drop down options.

Congratulations to Amy Warden, the Next Director of The Brick Church School

We are delighted to announce that Amy Warden has accepted the position of Director of the Brick Church School, effective August 1, 2019. This announcement caps a six-month comprehensive search process that began in April when Lydia Spinelli announced her intention to retire. Amy’s expertise and consistent passion for early childhood education during her five-year tenure as Associate Director, as well as strong support from current and past parents of the Church School and from the faculty, make Amy the ideal next Director. Her knowledge, experience and vision align with the core values of the school and key areas for evolution; hence, she was the enthusiastic and unanimous choice for our next Director.