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    Welcome to Brick Church Though the Bible is a completed text, the ongoing story of what God is accomplishing is being narrated by faithful people today. The resurrected Christ continues to work in powerful and incredible ways beyond our comprehension. What is the rest of the story of what Jesus is doing in our world, that it can't be contained in all the books in the world? The story is still being written... Click here to read more about this new sermon series. - Thomas Evans, Senior Minister We are a community growing in love for God, one another, and the world. Please join us! SU N DAY Sunday Worship Service 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Sanctuary 1140 Park Avenue New York, NY 10128 Click here to register for Sunday Church School. 19 MAY Strawberry Festival 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM The Brick Church 92nd Street between Park / Madison Ave. 29 MAY Annual Meetings and Congregational Dinner 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Watson Hall 62 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128 Announcements Apr 28 April 2024 Congregational Catch Up Dear Brick Church Community, In an effort to provide updates to the Congregation on Brick Church matters, we will begin sending monthly... Apr 23 Watch Our Seminarians Share Their Faith Journeys Thank you to our 2023-2024 Seminarians for sharing their Faith Journey and experience at The Brick Church! Watch the presentation by... Apr 12 Volunteers needed! Hull strawberries on May 17th, bake shortcakes on May 18th, and help with hot dogs, setup, serving, and kids' activities on May 19th for... 1 2 3 4 5 Brick Links Login Watch Calendar Join Give We can't wait to greet you! 1/7 Learn More Our semi-weekly Newsletter delivers Brick Church news to your inbox. Sign Up Here (O pt out anytime) Subscribe Thanks for submitting!

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    Featured Events Tuesday Night Dinner Party Tue, Sep 26 The Brick Presbyterian Church Sep 26, 2023, 5:00 PM – May 28, 2024, 7:00 PM The Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA Sep 26, 2023, 5:00 PM – May 28, 2024, 7:00 PM The Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA Serve God by serving others at Tuesday Night Dinner Program! Learn more Young Adult Mission Trip Sat, May 18 Philadelphia May 18, 2024, 7:00 AM – May 22, 2024, 7:00 PM Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA May 18, 2024, 7:00 AM – May 22, 2024, 7:00 PM Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA Register for the Brick Church Young Adult Mission Trip (ages 18+) as we journey to Philadelphia, PA! Learn more High School Mission Day Sat, May 18 The Brick Presbyterian Church May 18, 2024, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM The Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA May 18, 2024, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM The Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA Join us for the High School Mission Day where students will join forces with volunteers as we serve our community! Learn more Strawberry Festival Sun, May 19 92nd Street between Park / Madison May 19, 2024, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM 92nd Street between Park / Madison, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA May 19, 2024, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM 92nd Street between Park / Madison, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA Don't miss the highly anticipated All-Church Picnic and Strawberry Festival on 92nd Street! Learn more Annual Meetings and Congregational Dinner Wed, May 29 Watson Hall May 29, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Watson Hall, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA May 29, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Watson Hall, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA Join us for cocktails in the garden, buffet dinner in Watson Hall, followed by the annual meetings. Learn more Sunday Supper Celebrating Our SCS Teachers Sun, Jun 09 The Garden Jun 09, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM The Garden, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA Jun 09, 2024, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM The Garden, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA The Children’s Ministry committee invites you to celebrate our SCS teachers at Sunday Supper in the Garden! Learn more New Member BBQ Thu, Jun 13 The Garden Jun 13, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM The Garden, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA Jun 13, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM The Garden, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA If you joined Brick Church this year, please join members of the congregation for a BBQ celebrating you in the Garden! Learn more High School Mission Trip Sat, Jun 15 The Brick Presbyterian Church Jun 15, 2024, 8:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 6:00 PM The Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA Jun 15, 2024, 8:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 6:00 PM The Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128, USA All high school students are invited to join us for an unforgettable and life-changing experience on our highly anticipated Mission Trip! Learn more Our semi-weekly Newsletter delivers Brick Church news to your inbox. Sign Up Here (O pt out anytime) Subscribe Thanks for submitting!

  • Ministers & Staff | Brick Church

    Ministers & Staff Our Ministers Reverend Dr. Thomas Evans Senior Minister Reverend Adam D. Gorman Associate Minister Dr. Raymond Nagem Minister of Music Learn More Our School Staff Marie Fabian Director Farley Bills Associate Director for Enrollment and Family Engagement Tara Mastin Associate Director for Teaching and Learning Susan Johnson Director of Finance and Advancement Paula Rocca Communications Administrator Anne Schack Assistant to the Director and Special Events Coordinator Cristina Soto Enrichment Coordinator & Admissions Associate Geraldine Walker Admissions and Enrollment Associate Learn More Our Church Staff Christiane Ramirez Director of Finance and Administration Meagan Hooper Director of Stewardship and Communications Sophia Carnegie Executive Assistant to The Reverend Dr. Thomas Evans Jeffrey Shayne Fellowship and Events Coordinator Shannon Froehlich Women’s Association Coordinator Iris Villatoro Administrative Assistant to the Associate Ministers Connor Wright Program Manager of Children’s Ministries Julianna Grabowski Director of Children’s Music Ministries Chanel Robertson Front Desk Administrator Evonne Knight Revenue Coordinator Myra Schreibman Accounts Payable Lyric Lagos Facilities Manager Tony Gorcsi Operations and Plant Services Coordinator George Thomas Maintenance Mechanic German Trivino Sexton Jose Garcia Sexton Stanley Seocharan Sexton sseocharan Sergio Quiñones Sexton squiñ George Davila Sexton Ronnell Brunson Security Naisha Garris Front Desk Receptionist (Sundays) reception Our Seminarians Henry Anyomi Drew Theological School Sean Baz Yale Divinity School Rob D’Alessandro Princeton Theological Seminary Learn More Our semi-weekly Newsletter delivers Brick Church news to your inbox. Sign Up Here (O pt out anytime) Subscribe Thanks for submitting!

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  • Prayer of Thanksgiving, Intercession, and Petition

    Shared during Sunday Worship on May 12, 2024. "As we gather ourselves as a community in prayer, we also want you to have the opportunity to offer your personal prayers confidentially. Immediately following worship, a member of the Prayer Partners team will be available at the front of the sanctuary to pray with you." Let us pray. Sovereign Lord, creator of the universe, sustainer of all life, our rock and our redeemer, our light and truth and mercy and justice, our heavenly Father.  We praise you for your holiness, your truth and wisdom that guide our steps each day.  We give thanks for your presence in our lives through the life, death and resurrection of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in all of our hearts this day.  We are nothing without you. We yearn to hear your voice and call on our lives, to set our paths straight as we honor you with all that we are. We are so aware of the parts of this world living in darkness, in turmoil, fighting wars, facing hunger and poverty, and we pray for your holy light to shine in that darkness.  We know that your faithful loving power will never be overcome by chaos and disorder.  We ask for your peace, comfort and strength for those struggling with illness, broken relationships, failing health or lack of faith.  Bind up the broken hearted with your grace and love. Send us out this day Lord to be your light to others.  We ask for your courage to be the church Jesus called us to be and that we will love and serve our neighbors as He taught us.  Forgive us when we falter and chase the gold shiny objects that glitter so brightly, but have no power to transform us.  Let us allow the Holy Spirit to enter into our hearts to be the transforming power you have promised. In the strong and holy name of Jesus Christ we pray, AMEN.

  • The Rest of the Story: The Ancient Intellectual Heart and the Modern Epicenter of Christianity 

    I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.'  John 14:25-26 After the stoning of Stephen recounted in Acts, things got dicey for Christians in Palestine. They were forced to scatter to different cities throughout the Roman Empire. Philip wound, up as fate would have it, or more likely as God willed it, in Samaria. Philip must have been hesitant for, as we know, the Samaritans and Jews had a volatile and sometimes violent history. He had been charged to spread the word that a Jewish man, named Jesus, was God and the savior of the world. The Spirit must have been burning inside Philip because somewhere he got the courage to preach. Not only did they not run him out of town but, to his amazement, "they listened eagerly to what he said." Encouraged by their responsiveness, Philip built up a head of steam and he exorcized demons and cured the lame. By the time he was done he had transformed the town and because of his work there the passage tells us, "There was great joy in that city." From there God asked Philip to make his way to Gaza and on the road, he encountered the queen of Ethiopia and the servant in charge of her treasury. It almost seems like a chance encounter, but the servant is reading a passage from Isaiah and the Spirit prompts Phillip to approach him. In a moment the Ethiopian shares the passage that had caught his attention, “like a sheep he was led to the slaughter…in his humiliation justice was denied him.” And then perhaps the Spirit also prompts this Ethiopian for he asked a question about whom is Isaiah speaking? The perfect opening for Philip to share the good news of Jesus Christ about whom we believe Isaiah was speaking. Right then and there the Ethiopian embraces this profound and amazing and hopeful message. He doesn’t waste a moment, “Look here is water what’s to prevent me from being baptized!” The Ethiopian receives this amazing gift but right as he comes out of the water Philip is snatched away! This is the end of this Ethiopian’s Biblical story. Just a mere handful of verses. But this inconspicuous, innocent, brief, and simple encounter leads to another story, an incredible story, the rest of the story, from which the ancient intellectual center of Christianity grows, and the modern locus of Christianity emerges. While Christianity wanes in Europe and North America it's been growing in Africa at unprecedented rates in all of history. And it is the precise nature of the heart of the Christian message that has captured the hopes of so many people throughout history but especially at this time in Africa. And it all goes back to the original moment when this Ethiopian was captivated by those few verses in Isaiah which spoke about a suffering servant, which spoke about a servant of God who was willing to die in an unjust manner to save others. It was the same message that has brought hope of liberation to all peoples that have embraced this gospel from the very first followers of Jesus; he offered a unique path. Throughout history leaders have sought to bring hope to oppressed peoples but many of them also did this through the path that that relied on their own versions of death and mayhem. But the only death that was central to Jesus' plan to bring freedom was His own. And I believe it was this that moved the Ethiopian. Working in the royal court he was used to those with power wielding it over others, whereas Jesus humbled and humiliated himself. He was eager to be bound up with a Lord who would not meet violence with violence but was willing to take it upon Himself. And somehow through this brief encounter we believe that this Ethiopian was the first to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the continent of Africa. This message of freedom and hope has been the genesis of the church in many countries in Africa. Our friend and founder of the African Dream Academy, Rev. Sam Enders, told me that Christianity came to Liberia (as a reminder Liberia was created as a place for enslaved people from America to find a free home). It was the 1800’s when the frees slaves arrived. The Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, and Episcopalians were the first. Natives thought about the heavens and the importance of going to a better place. The contrast of a land where there will be no suffering, no slavery, and no dying. Slavery was at its peak, death and suffering were a way of life.Natives quickly adapted and started national churches. Aladura was the fastest growing. They believed is miracle. They fasted for 40 days once a year. Sierra Leone has a similar story as do several other countries in Africa like the Congo and more. Now it is true that in some parts of Africa Christianity virtually disappeared sometime in the 7th century when Islamic influence swept through this part of the world; for the next 1,300 years Christians would be a small percentage of the population on this continent. And it is also true that the efforts to spread Christianity in Africa in the last few centuries have a problematic and mixed history. Colonial powers that brought the Christian religion to Africa all too often tragically brought more colonialism than they did Jesus, even when filled with good intentions. It has even led some to claim that Christianity is a white European religion that doesn't belong in Africa. But the situation is more complex. Daniel Justice Eshun, (Dean of Chapel, Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, London, UK) Anglican pastor from Ghana makes this startling observation, “…[Christianity] went from the periphery under European missionary leadership to Ghana’s primary religion post-independence.” (Speaking for Ourselves: The Ghanaian Encounter with European Missionaries – Sixteenth–Twenty- first Centuries, Daniel Eshun). In fact, he observes that for the entire 400 years of missionary endeavors, Christianity remained on the margins not only in Ghana but throughout Africa. It was due to attitudes such as that of 18th century missionary Rev. Thomas Thompson whose aim was, “to strike at their false worship and endeavor... to convince them of their false notions and to expose the folly of their idolatrous and superstitious rites.”  (Speaking for Ourselves: The Ghanaian Encounter with European Missionaries – Sixteenth–Twenty- first Centuries, Daniel Eshun). Mind you, this was for wanting to worship on Tuesday instead of Sunday. The withdrawal of colonialism enabled the Ghanaians to shape Christianity in the same way the Apostle Paul shaped it for those in Asia Minor, in other words based on local culture and customs. Not only is Christianity not primarily a European religion, it has a more ancient and lauded history in Africa than it does in not only North America (of course) but Europe as well. This is the rest of the story that the Bible does not tell us – about what happened after Philip and the Ethiopian’s encounter. What we do know for a fact is not the “how” but the “what”. And the “what” is that Christianity in the early centuries found its intellectual center, it's theological center, and its heart, not in its place of birth (that is Palestine) but in Africa, particularly northern Africa. One book called the Acts of the Scillitan Martyrs written in 180 AD tells some of the early hardships Christians faced in Tripoli, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.  By 250 A.D. over one hundred bishoprics existed centered in Carthage.  …God has a long history in Africa and so does Christianity… (Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church) Listen to a few of these names from the first four centuries of Christianity all from Africa, Tertullian, Perpetua, Felicity, Clement of Alexandria, Origen of Alexandria, Athanasius, and Augustine of Hippo. The two women Perpetua and Felicity were amongst the first Christian martyrs recorded by history outside of scripture. Tertullian, Clement, and Origen are on virtually everybody's list of profound thinkers who helped establish Christian thought in the early centuries. Athanasius is credited more than any other human being with the creation of the Bible as we have it today! And Augustine outside of scripture is the most revered and quoted Christian thinker in all of history whose influence is still incredibly strong today! Christianity not only took hold in the intellectual center of North Africa but perhaps because of this Ethiopian’s encounter with Philip a few centuries later in 330 AD…“King Ezana of Ethiopia declared Christianity its national religion… And though it's presence waned in certain parts of the continent as one writer observed... when the Portuguese landed in Ethiopia in 1493, they found—to their shock—that it was already full of churches!” * This is the amazing, incredible way that God uses people, even misguided people, to transform lives and bring the good news because, despite those colonial’s distorted understanding of scripture, the power of the message of Jesus couldn't be lost on the people of Africa in modern times who find His love, His sacrifice, and His hope irresistible. And because of it the numbers are staggering. According to the Pew Research: At the same time Christianity has shrunk in Europe and North America, it has grown enormously in sub-Saharan Africa … where there were relatively few Christians at the beginning of the 20th century. The share of the population that is Christian in sub-Saharan Africa climbed from 9% in 1910 to 63% in 2010, while in the Asia-Pacific region it rose from 3% to 7%. Christianity today – unlike a century ago – is truly a global faith. (Pew Research) Latin America surpassed Europe as the continent with the most Christians in 2014, and Africa passed Latin America in 2018. (Dr. Gina A. Zurlo). As of 2023 there is an estimated 718 million Christians on this continent. What does this mean for us today at Brick Presbyterian Church and in our country? First, it reminds me of my father’s admonition as I was growing up (much to my chagrin) that the world does not revolve around me! Sometimes in our American context we have the false impression of being the center of all things. Second, it shows us the irresistible story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It is a story for all people, from all places, and from any time, for it is a story of hope, a story of love, a story of forgiveness and a story of reconciliation. Third, it is heartening to know that as we hear about the diminishing of the influence of Christianity here in North America and Europe that it is thriving and growing like it has never grown before and places like Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Finally, it offers us a challenge – how can we learn from the Christian witness of people in Ghana, in the Congo, in Liberia, in Sierra Leone, in South Africa and so many other places on that continent? How might you and I share this good news in the way that opens people up to God's loving promises? It shows us that should God prompt our spirit, the way God prompted Phillip’s spirit, don't hesitate to share…you never know however brief a conversation can change the planet forever. Amen. Further Reading: Introducing World Christianity Edited by Charles E, Farhadian, pages 38-50. Speaking for Ourselves: The Ghanaian Encounter with European Missionaries – Sixteenth–Twenty- first Centuries, Daniel Justice Eshun Black Imperialism: Americo-Liberian Rule over the African Peoples of Liberia, 1841-1964 Author(s): M. B. Akpan Source: Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines, Vol. 7, No. 2 (1973), pp. 217-236 *

  • April 2024 Congregational Catch Up

    Dear Brick Church Community, In an effort to provide updates to the Congregation on Brick Church matters, we will begin sending monthly informative congregational emails and hosting quarterly gatherings, which we’ll refer to as “Congregational Catch Ups.” The gatherings will take place on selected Sundays after Worship. These will be conversations with myself and Session members about our work on current activities, stewardship progress, and outreach ministries. This will also be a time for you to offer your thoughts and ask questions. We will promote the gatherings in the Sunday bulletin and through the weekly emails. The first Congregational Catch Up will take place on Sunday, May 5th in the Session Room. Hoping you will come and personally participate in your Church’s life and future! You may review the first email updates by scrolling below my signature. In addition to the notes below, I would like to share that both the Trustees and the Session are aware of the sound system issues in the sanctuary. Thank you to everyone who brought this to our attention. The Trustees are going to take the lead on this project while also seeking to upgrade our hearing-assistive hardware. For those of you who attended the spring musical, Cinderella, you know that it was not only an amazing production but great fun with a wonderful sense of community. Four sold-out shows show us the strong interest in continuing this program going forward. It was a wonderful blend of Brick Church members, the school community, and friends of The Brick Church. We are also very grateful for the generous donors who made this a financial success growing our ability to share God’s love in the world. Peace, Rev. Tom Evans Senior Minister MARCH | The Session of the Brick Church held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 12th. Director Fabian reported on the excellent admission and exmission results for the School. Three new initiatives were introduced. 1.) Consideration of a wall plaque for 20-year employees, 2.) A 2024 evaluation of the sanctuary sound system, and 3.) Consideration of a communication platform for Brick members in the form of an online newsletter or magazine to stay informed of important matters and events at Brick. Rev. Evans, most importantly, invited the Session to consider creating a Ten-Year Vision for the church. He talked in terms of a process for Brick to become a beacon of Christ (The Light of the World) situated on the Upper East Side. This means envisioning Brick’s role as a spiritual thought leader and a spiritual home by creating new connections with community institutions and organizations in the neighborhood. The Ten-Year Vision also includes leveraging Brick’s members’ gifts to make a difference in the lives of others. Additional discussions will take place during the upcoming months. APRIL | The Session of the Brick Church held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 16th. On April 16 the Session convened to examine the confirmands. It was heartening to read the Statements of Faith from the confirmands and to share discussions around the table about the challenges of maintaining the Christian faith in an increasingly plural world. The Session enthusiastically approved all students and we look forward to the formal reception on Confirmation Sunday (May 5th). Session approved new guidelines for officers and members working with Brick Church staff to ensure smooth operations and mutual support. We look forward to sharing these guidelines with committees and others moving forward. Session began exploring the timeline for forming a new APNC to elect an associate pastor. At this point, the hope would be to call the new pastor sometime in early 2025.

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