A Worship Update from the Rev. Douglas T. King

Dear Friends in Christ,

Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Session of The Brick Presbyterian Church has decided to temporarily limit Sunday worship to solely live streaming from our website. For the following three Sundays, March 15, 22 and 29, there will be no public worship in the sanctuary. We look forward to you joining us via livestream by clicking HERE. The Order of Worship for this Sunday’s service will be included in the Friday email tomorrow evening. Wednesday evening worship will be suspended during this time.

We recognize that the suspension of public, gathered worship is a sacrifice. However, we feel that it is of the utmost importance to do our part as a community of faith to contain and reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The Brick Church has always placed a high priority on serving the most vulnerable in our city, and we believe this action continues to honor that tradition. We look forward to returning to public, gathered worship as soon as possible. We stand strong in the promise that whenever two or more are gathered in Jesus’ name, even electronically, God is indeed present.

As always, we want to be a pastoral presence in your life. Please contact me with any concerns or questions you may have.

We encourage all of you to keep those affected by this situation around the world in your prayers. As in all times, we put our trust in Jesus Christ and are grateful that we have been called together into this community of faith.

Grace and Peace,

The Reverend Douglas T. King
Senior Associate Minister, Acting Head of Staff


Volunteer Opportunities at Church of the Living Hope

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. 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-wide event with the migrant community in East Harlem? Volunteer to help with the Church of the Living Hope Block Party on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. For the past 3 years, Church of the Living Hope has been partnering with local community organizations as well as local churches to help host a yearly block party. Along with Cabrini Coalition members, The Brick Presbyterian Church and St. Frances de Sales, the Coalition has been active throughout the Spring and Summer in local organizing, advocacy and empowerment initiatives. Their goal for this event is to continue to build momentum and expand access to resources that would benefit the local residents of East Harlem and particularly the migrant community. This celebratory event will be held Sept. 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. with set-up beginning after the 11 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship. Food, handmade Artisan crafts, community resource booths, live music and folk performances will be on full display on 104th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. For more information on how to get involved, contact Ruben Nuño at rnuno@brickchurch.org.

2. Do you love to garden? Work continues on their brand new sacred green space throughout this season. 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.

“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.