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Dearfriends,

RutgersPresbyterianChurchisawelcoming,lovingandacceptingcommunitythat embodiesthediversityofNewYorkCity. Ourprogressivevaluesandbeliefsfind expressionthroughcommunityprograms,extraordinarymusic,stimulatingsermons andlectures,andcountlessopportunitiestoadvancepeaceandsocialjustice.

AWEEKINTHELIFEOFRUTGERSPRESBYTERIANCHURCHdescribes

thesemanyactivities.

Perhapsyouwillfindyourselfsaying–asoneofourchurchfriendssaidrecently– “Wow,Ineverknewsomuchwasgoingon. IwisheveryoneknewaboutRutgers.”

Weinviteyoutolearnaboutourmanyactivities,andtoparticipate.Allarewelcome.

–Rev.Ondrej(Andrew)Stehlik,Th.D.,seniorpastor

–Rev.Ondrej(Andrew)Stehlik,Th.D.,seniorpastor

RutgersPresbyterianChurch

–Rev.Ondrej(Andrew)Stehlik,Th.D.,seniorpastor RutgersPresbyterianChurch 236W73@BroadwayNYC 212-877-8227

236W73@BroadwayNYC 212-877-8227

aSMOndayBeGInS , ten men in need who have been provided shelter in the basement gym

aSMOndayBeGInS, ten men in need who have been provided shelter in the basement gym of Rutgers Church House overtheweekendaregetting

CommunityProgramsclassesnurturealldomainsof

learningthathelppreparechildrenforschoolsuc-

cess–physical,socialandemotional,cognitive

andcreativeexpression–inaninterrelated,

child-andplay-centeredapproach.

readytoleavefortheday. The menarescreenedandbrought

toandfromthechurchbytheso-

InReady, Set, Go!activitiesinclude storytime,yoga,dance,art,music,and. Theartstudioandgymareused,along withthehomeroom.

cialserviceagencyCAMBA. Der- monte Alleyne (long-time Church FacilitiesManager)andPeterRinaldi (ourA/Vtechnician)cookandservea nourishingfullmealforthemen,set-up sleepingaccommodations,showmovies andplaygames,andspendthenightinorder toprovideasafeenvironment.

“Icouldn'tbehappierwithmyson’s

experienceatReady,Set,Go.

Heislearningand

creating

inaloving,

nurturing

environment.

Helooks

forwardtogoing

toschoolevery

day-whatmore

canamomask

for?Rutgersisso

luckytohave

suchdynamicand

dedicatedteach-

ers.Mysonadores

them.Betweenthe

OnMyOwn

playgroupand

Ready,Set,Go–

hisfirstintroduction

toschoolhasbeen

anincredibly

positiveone.

Keepupthe

greatwork!!!”

- K a r e n, m om t o a

4 - y e a r - old.

- K a r e n, m om t o a 4 - y e a

By9aM,childrenaged3

and4arrivewiththeirpar-

ents or caregivers and head for the 2nd floor classroomsoftheReady, Set, Go! class, a pre-

schoolerplayandenrich-

ment program offered four days a week by RutgersCommunity Programs - for more

than20years,aplace

where children can play, create and ex- pressthemselvesand parents can find friendship and re- sources. Rutgers Community Programs are offered as a com- munity service by the church.Allclassesand activities are nonsec- tarian,andthechurch’s open door policy means all are wel- come.

“IwanttO

COnGRatulate

alltHeGIRlSOn

Rutgersisawelcomingcommunitythatprovidesmutualsupport andservice. atmid-day, theFellowshipHallishosttoa Monday al-anon

Rutgersisawelcomingcommunitythatprovidesmutualsupport andservice. atmid-day,theFellowshipHallishosttoa Monday al-anon group where friends and families of alcoholicscometogether. Thisisaregular,openmeeting whereprospectivemembersarewelcome.

Community Programs has been expanding its adultclassofferingsunderthethemeofWellness,with newyogaworkshopsforstressreduction,bettersleep, andmindfuleating.

andmindfuleating. Intheearlyevening, GirlScouttroop3464 gathersintheFellowship
andmindfuleating. Intheearlyevening, GirlScouttroop3464 gathersintheFellowship

Intheearlyevening,GirlScouttroop3464gathersintheFellowship

Hall. ThechurchservesasthecharteredorganizationforthisnewTroopwhich includes6Brownies,3Juniors,and2Cadets. Girlsofallages,nationalitiesand

beliefsarewelcometoparticipateinfunactivitiesthatbuildcourage,confidence

andcharacterandteachlifeskills,promoteactiveparticipationinserviceproj-

ects,andprovidecamaraderie. SponsorshipofScoutactivitieshelpsmembers ofthecongregationfeelthattheirchurchisasmalltowninthebigcity.

eaRnInGtHeIR

BadGeS&PatCHeS.”

BadGeS&PatCHeS.”
BadGeS&PatCHeS.”
ofthecongregationfeelthattheirchurchisasmalltowninthebigcity. eaRnInGtHeIR BadGeS&PatCHeS.” –dawn, tROOPleadeR 3

–dawn,

tROOPleadeR

4

“thestaffare,without exception,fabulous!” –Liz,parentof a4-year-old “this is a small school
“thestaffare,without
exception,fabulous!”
–Liz,parentof
a4-year-old
“this is a small school
withareallybigheart!”
–aparent

tueSdayoffersafullline-up

ofclasses,illustratinghowRut-

gersCommunityProgramsare developmentally appropriate forchildrenastheygrowfrom infancy to elementary school age. There are movement classes called Movin’ & Groovin’ in the gym, a toddlerPlaygroup,anda toddlerPandaclasswhere children learn about Chinese languageandculture–allwith

parentandcaregiverparticipa-

tion encouraged. For those

childrenreadyforagentletran-

sition to drop-off, there is an On My Own playgroup.

Tuesdayoffersanotherdayof

Ready,Set,Go!andHand-

printsclassesaswell.

Rutgers Presbyterian Church is a placeformutualsupport. atmid- day on tuesdays, a support groupforunemployedpersons

meetsintheDanielRussellRoom,fa-

cilitatedbyRev.Dr.KimballJoneswho

isDirectoroftheRutgersCounseling

Center(thewestsideofficeofthePsy-

chotherapy and Spirituality Institute). This group, which is open to all who wishtoattendatnofee,beganmeeting in2011. Todatethirty-fivepeople have attendedthegroup,andmorethanhalfofthemhave foundemploymentsincethegroupbegan.

AFeldenkraisclassforadultsistaughtbyinstruc-

torLilyZwinswhohasbeenwithRutgersChurchsince 2001. Lily’sapproachiscenteredinfindingoverall well-beingthroughintegrationofmind,bodyandspirit.

TheCentralParkwestal-anongroupmeetson tuesdaysmid-day,andamen’sal-anongroup meetsintheevening. LiketheMondayAl-Anongroup, theTuesdaymeetingsprovide friends and families of alco- holicsachancetosharetheir experience, strength, and hopewitheachothersothat they may solve their com- monproblemsandrecover fromtheeffectsofproblem drinking.

may solve their com- monproblemsandrecover fromtheeffectsofproblem drinking. “yOuRPROG RaMS &ClaSSeS aRetHeBeSt
“yOuRPROG RaMS &ClaSSeS aRetHeBeSt
“yOuRPROG
RaMS
&ClaSSeS
aRetHeBeSt
ThechurchpropertiesincludingtheSanctu- ary,theChurchHouseat236West73rd,the commercialbuildingat2095Broadway,and

ThechurchpropertiesincludingtheSanctu-

ary,theChurchHouseat236West73rd,the

commercialbuildingat2095Broadway,and

theWood-Dolsonbuildingat2091Broad-

waydatefromthe1920s. Nowreversinga

longperiodofdeferredmaintenance,many repairprojectsareunderway. Onmost

tuesdayafternoons,thechurchTreas-

urer,FacilitiesManagerandAdministrator

meet

engineers and contractors to coordinate thework.

consulting architects,

with

Intheevening,BoyScouttroopandCub Scout Pack 664 – chartered by the Church – meet. Boysfrom1stthrough12thgradegocamping andhiking,playsoccerandfootball,kayakonthe HudsonRiver,anddocommunityserviceprojects suchasaholidaydinnerforthemeninthechurch shelterprogram.

suchasaholidaydinnerforthemeninthechurch shelterprogram. On tuesday evenings, a Men’s Support Group meets at the

On tuesday evenings, a Men’s Support

Group meets at the Church House.The group is

opentoHIV+menandmenlivingwithAIDS,regard-

lessofrace,sexualorientationorreligiousaffiliation.

ThegroupisfacilitatedbyDouglasRowan,MSW.

ThegroupisfacilitatedbyDouglasRowan,MSW. KePtSeCRet OntHe uPPeRweStSIde.” –a PaRent 55

KePtSeCRet

OntHe

uPPeRweStSIde.”

–a

PaRent

55

On wedneSday, various Community Programs

classesmeet,includingintheartstudioonthe4thfloor

RutgersPresbyterianChurchisfortunatetohavestaff members who are knowledgeable, well-trained and dedicatedtotheirwork. Manyhaveworkedforthe churchfortenyearsormore–somefor20years. A weeklymeetingofchurchstaffisheldonwednesday

classes. IntheafternoonthestudiohostsOnce afternoons,convenedbyPastorAndrewwhoisalso

uponanartist,apopularclasswherechildren5– HeadofStaff.

8yearsoldmakeprojectsbasedonaspecificartistor

medium, along with plenty of freestudiotime.

of Church House -- a safe and joyful space where young children can express themselves and learn throughcreativeplay. Youngartists1–3yearsold, with an adult, come to the studio for Handprints

“Mydaughtershavebeenattendingart classforthelast3years.welovetheart projectsandtheenvironmentisalways warmand
“Mydaughtershavebeenattendingart
classforthelast3years.welovetheart
projectsandtheenvironmentisalways
warmand
welcoming.”
-Krissie,
momoftwo
daughters

Classes in the art studio are taughtbyCindySchafferand Lesley Countryman. Lesley observes“Programslikeours at Rutgers are an oasis of sorts. Thechurchhasstudio

andclassroomspace,organiz- ingcapacity,andtheresources tobeabletoofferprogramsfor thewidercommunityonanot- for-profit
andclassroomspace,organiz-
ingcapacity,andtheresources
tobeabletoofferprogramsfor
thewidercommunityonanot-
for-profit basis. The church
also believes in the value of
nurturing creativity and joy.
We’dloveforchurchmemberstocomevisitusonthe
4thfloorandseewhatthekidsaredoing!”

“IlOvetHe

FaCttHat

OuR

COnGReGatIOn

Onwednesdays inthebasementgym,membersof FrontRunnersnewyork gathertostretchandso- In the evening, the lambda west aa group

Onwednesdaysinthebasementgym,membersof

FrontRunnersnewyorkgathertostretchandso-

In the evening,thelambda west aa group cializebeforeandaftertheirrunsinthepark. FrontRun-

meetsinthe5thfloorFellowshipHall. LambdaWestis aspecialinterestgroupofAlcoholicsAnonymousfor gaymenandwomen. Thegrouphelditsfirstmeeting

morethan30years,andisaffiliatedwithNewYorkRoad

inFebruary1985attheinvitationofRutgersChurch,

and ever since has called the Rutgers ChurchHousehome. Lambdaisasafe

ners New York has been an active running and multi-sportclubforLGBTandLGBT-friendlyathletesfor

Runners(NYRR). FRNYisasupportivecommunityfor athletesofalllevelsofabilityandages.

athletesofalllevelsofabilityandages. andwelcominghomefortheuniqueis-

andwelcominghomefortheuniqueis-

suesthatgaymenandlesbiansaddress

infacingsocialandpoliticalchallenges

whilepracticingsoberprinciples.

Churchmembers,friendsandnewcomers gettogethertosocializeatinformal monthlydinnerdates. ARestaurant Rendezvousgroupmeetsatadesignated restaurant. TheCoopConnoisseursmeet atachurchmember’sapartment. Athirdgroup--MenuPourEnfants– welcomesfamilieswithyoungchildren formealsintheChurchHouse.

alsoonwednesdayeveningsthereisoftenanadultChristianeducationclass. Recenttopicsofstudyhaveincludedfaithandscience;thelifeandtheologyofGermanmartyr DietrichBonhoeffer;andanthropologicalandreligiousinfluencesofchildhoodandparenthood. Occasionalvisitingscholarshelpexplorethespiritualfoundationoffaithin numerous,richanddiverseforms. PastorAndrewalsoleadsameditation classonmanyWednesdayevenings.

PastorAndrewalsoleadsameditation classonmanyWednesdayevenings. ISCOMPRISedOF adIveRSenyC POPulatIOn.” aCHuRCHMeMBeR
PastorAndrewalsoleadsameditation classonmanyWednesdayevenings. ISCOMPRISedOF adIveRSenyC POPulatIOn.” aCHuRCHMeMBeR

ISCOMPRISedOF

adIveRSenyC

POPulatIOn.”

aCHuRCHMeMBeR

Playgroup, Toddler Community Programs in including an drive before a
Playgroup, Toddler
Community
Programs
in
including
an
drive
before
a

food

Operation

being

on

admissions

“Ready,Set,Go

isseriousfun.

Theirlearning

throughplay

approachallowed

mysontogrow

intellectually,

emotionally,and

sociallywithout

feeling

pressure

toperform.”

- Amy and Chris, parents of a 4 year old

“Weloveyourprogramsomuch

weconstantlyrecommenditto

localmoms.Youguysare

amazing.”

Meneka,

mother to 4-year-old boy

ThuRSdAY offers another busy day of Commu- nity Programs classes: Ready,Set,Go!,hand-

prints,

Pandas,onMyownplaygroup, movement classes called jumpin’&jivin’ and happy

Toddler

have

an

in

Feet,ArtPlay and onceuponanArtist.

Children enrolled

classes

community

annual

Thanksgiving

Backpack, which provides backpacks filled with school sup- plies to children living

in homeless shelters.

opportunity to participate

service projects,

canned

and

Community Programs also sponsors many special free lectures for parents, further-

ing their

resource for parents and the

community.

workshop features Clara Hemphill, author of a series of books on New York’s

best

policies and procedures.

goal

of

A popular annual

public schools,

who speaks

goal of A popular annual public schools, who speaks Other recent workshop topics have included

Other recent workshop topics have included “Myfirstwords:speechandlanguage milestones” and “let’sTalkToddler”,

to support each

other, ask questions, and share advice about the joys and challenges of raising a toddler in

These lectures

to the

where

parents

are invited

a safe, confidential space.

and workshops are free and open

public,

as

a

community

service of

the

church.

“You’RedoinG

SuchA

GReATjob

buildinGA

in the evening, the 5th floor is transformed into a place of welcome for about 75 people from the neigh- borhood who are provided with a hot, home-cooked meal, fellowship, and—on most nights—a movie. The weekly meal program and movie is offered every Thursday evening from September through June. A sensitive, warm and friendly team of volun- teers – from the neighborhood as well as from the church – cook and serve the meals, under the direction of Ulla Farmer.

A movie follows, selected by Harris Shultz who con- tinues a long tradition of a monthly theme. The meals and movies are greatly appreciated and very popular with our less fortunate and lonelier neighbors. The Thursday meal and movie program is supported by the church operating budget and by donations from church members and friends.

budget and by donations from church members and friends. In the basement, a Tai Chi class
budget and by donations from church members and friends. In the basement, a Tai Chi class
budget and by donations from church members and friends. In the basement, a Tai Chi class

In the basement, a Tai Chi class is taught by Sifu Jim Green in the Blue Room. Jim has been a Tai Chi teacher for 25 years. He teaches the Yang Family 10-move form, which was created in China in 1999. This form is easy to learn, enjoyable to practice, and great for physical health and peace of mind.

CommuniTy

for famiLies

and great for physical health and peace of mind. CommuniTy for famiLies in The neighborhood.” Laura,

in The neighborhood.”

Laura, mom of Twin boys

Afterarecentvisit,theassistantdirectorofthe BronxEarlyLearningCenteremailed: “ Ourstaffandstudentsreturnedto

Afterarecentvisit,theassistantdirectorofthe

BronxEarlyLearningCenteremailed:

Ourstaffandstudentsreturnedto

schoolsoenthusiasticabouttheir

wonderfuldaytheyhadwithyou.

thisissuchagreatexperience,

thankyousomuch. Iwouldlove

toscheduleasmanyclassesas

possibleforthedaysthatare

availableforustovisit.

OnSOMeFRIdayS,apartnershipwiththe

volunteersofamerica/Greaternewyork

bringschildrenfromtheBronxEarlyLearningCenter

toChurchHouseforfieldtripswithourCommunityPro-

gramsinstructors. Thechildren(manywithsignificant developmentaldelays)spendtimeintheartstudioand

theReady,Set,Go!classroom,thenhavelunchto-

gether with our instructors before returning to their school. Fromtimetotime,ourpart- nershipwithVOA/GNYalsobrings

childrenfromfamilyhomelessshel-

terstoChurchHouseforsimilarfield

trips. ChurchandProgramsfamilies alsodonatebooksforthelibraryata

VOA/GNYshelterforformerlyhome-

lessmilitaryveterans.Thepartner-

ship has allowed the Church to

extenditshelpinghandintocommu-

nitiesnotnormallyservedbyitsCom-

munityPrograms.

Duringtheschoolyear,oneFridaya monthisreservedforeventsforour youthgroup“S.K.a.t.e.” Chosen several years ago during a skating trip, the name is an acronym for “Sanctuary for Kids of Acceptance, Trust, and Education.” S.K.A.T.E. comestogetherinprayer,community, andfun. Pasteventshaveincluded volunteer projects, movie viewings, sleepovers and retreats, trips to Broadwayshows,and,ofcourse,ice skating. S.K.A.T.E.eventsincludeatimeoffellowship andprayer. Allyouth13yearsoldandolderarewel- cometojoin.

andprayer. Allyouth13yearsoldandolderarewel- cometojoin. “wewORKIn twelve COuntRIeS. weaRe 10

“wewORKIn

twelve

COuntRIeS.

weaRe

aROund7P.M.,tenmenarriveatChurchHouse bybusfortheweekendshelterprogram. They areservedathreecoursemeal,preparedbyDer-
aROund7P.M.,tenmenarriveatChurchHouse
bybusfortheweekendshelterprogram. They
areservedathreecoursemeal,preparedbyDer-
monteAlleyneandPeterRinaldi. Afterdinner,they
maywatchamovieort.v.program,andthenhangout
beforegoingtosleeponcotssetupinthebasement
gym. For25yearstheweekendshelterprogramhas
beenoperatedbyRutgersinpartnershipwithChrist
& Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, who provide
staff and volunteers for Saturday nights. The ex-
pensesoftheshelterprogramaresupportedbythe
churchoperatingbudgetandbydonationsatthedoor
atspecialchurchconcerts. Churchmemberstake
greatprideintheshelterprogramasitillustrateshow
theRutgerscongregationdemonstratesGod’slove
throughactions,notjustwords.

OnManyFRIdayevenInGS,aWomen’s

SpiritualityGroupmeetsinthefirstfloorDaniel

RussellRoom.

The church security guard is usedtofolksleavingthebuilding aFteR 9 PM on most evenings because on any weeknightachurchSession (governingboard),trustee(property andfinance)orcommitteemeetingcouldbetaking placeinchurchfacilities. ThePeace&Social

justicenetworkisthechurchcommitteethatsup-

portsaprogressiveagendaincludingcampaignsfor

fairtaxationandanendtoincomeinequality;theNa-

tionalReligiousCampaignAgainstTorture;anendto

theuseofsolitaryconfinementinprisons;andBread

fortheWorld’seffortstoendhunger,amongotheris-

sues. TheGivingnetworkisthecommitteewith

oversightofthechurch’sbenevolencegifts,determin-

ingthelocal,nationalandinternationalorganizations toreceivemonetarygiftsfromthechurch. Othercom- mittees deal with various aspects of church life

(Christianeducation,whichplansthepopularVa-

cationBibleSchoolofferedinAugustandworship

&Music,whichoverseesweddings,funerals,and

baptisms,inadditiontoSundayworshipservices),or

administrativematters(Personnel).

deePly

GRateFulFOR

yOuR

administrativematters( Personnel ). deePly GRateFulFOR yOuR PaRtneRSHIP.” -SuSanSayeRS,PaRtneRSInHealtH

PaRtneRSHIP.”

-SuSanSayeRS,PaRtneRSInHealtH

OnSatuRdayMORnInG themeninthe shelter program areservedbreakfast,thenthevanarrivesto

OnSatuRdayMORnInGthemenintheshelter

programareservedbreakfast,thenthevanarrivesto

takethembacktoCAMBAheadquartersinBrooklyn.

ThemenareenrolledinCAMBAprogramsthatprovide

someworkandthathelpputthemontheroadtosup-

portivehousingandservices. TheRutgersFacilities

Manager,DermonteAlleyne,reportsthateachweek6of

On SatuRday MORnInGS Mary Nelson, the church organist and music director, rehearses in the sanctuary. Inarecentsurveyofchurchmembersand

friends,75%ofrespondentsspecificallymentionedthe

musicprogramwhenasked“WhatattractsyoutoRut-

gersPresbyterianChurchandkeepsyoucomingtoSun-

dayworship?” Themusicwasdescribedas“incredible; remarkable;fab;stellar,meaningfulandheartwarming; overthetopbeautifulandinspirational.” In2003–2005, Southfield Organ Builders built a new organ for the

church,retainingseveralranksandthedrawknobcon-

soleshellfromthepreviousMöllerorganbuiltin1926.

AswordspreadsabouttheSanctuary’sbeautifulspace andwonderfulacoustics,moreandmoreoutsidegroups arewantingtouseRutgersastheirperformancevenue. It is always worth checking the Events Page on the churchwebsitetofindoutwhatmusicisbeingmadeat Rutgers.

the10menwillbefamiliarfaces;theothersarenewmen whohavetakentheplaceofthosewhohavefoundmore permanenthousing.
the10menwillbefamiliarfaces;theothersarenewmen
whohavetakentheplaceofthosewhohavefoundmore
permanenthousing.
Inthegym,membersoftheFrontRunnersmeetand
havebreakfasttogetheraftertheyrunintheparks.
havebreakfasttogetheraftertheyrunintheparks. “IKeePCOMInGBaCK FORtHeStIMulatInG ClaSSeS& tHe
havebreakfasttogetheraftertheyrunintheparks. “IKeePCOMInGBaCK FORtHeStIMulatInG ClaSSeS& tHe

“IKeePCOMInGBaCK FORtHeStIMulatInG ClaSSeS& tHe OPPORtunItytO BeInvOlved

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“IKeePCOMInGBaCK FORtHeStIMulatInG ClaSSeS& tHe OPPORtunItytO BeInvOlved 12
“IKeePCOMInGBaCK FORtHeStIMulatInG ClaSSeS& tHe OPPORtunItytO BeInvOlved 12
“IKeePCOMInGBaCK FORtHeStIMulatInG ClaSSeS& tHe OPPORtunItytO BeInvOlved 12
SatuRdayS andweekendsmayalsoseechurch and outside groups using the church’s excellentfacilitiesandgreatlocationfor

SatuRdaySandweekendsmayalsoseechurch and outside groups using the church’s excellentfacilitiesandgreatlocationfor specialevents. Forexample,theNYCCoalition

forBlockandCommunityLeadershasheldannualall-

day workshops for block associations at Rutgers.

UnitedforAction,anenvironmentalcoalition,haspre-

sentedlecturesonanti-fracking,heldaforumonre-

newal energy resources for New York City, and

screenedafilmabouttheKeystoneXLpipelineproj-

ect. La Leche League International holds regular

workshops to promote and support breastfeeding. Stimulating programming throughout the calendar–bychurchandoutsidegroups–

BBLLOOCCKKSS FFOORR SATURDAY, April 13 BBLLOOCCKKSS SSYYMMPPOOSSIIUUMM th , 2013 rd Space, 236 West 73
BBLLOOCCKKSS FFOORR
SATURDAY, April 13
BBLLOOCCKKSS SSYYMMPPOOSSIIUUMM
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, 2013
rd
Space, 236 West 73
Street
Rutgers Community
08:45am
Sign
Reception
Info
Booths
– Ground
Floor
Morning
Refreshments
– Auditorium
09:45am
Opening
In & Remarks
Location:
Auditorium
CBCL
Leadership Team – Welcome
10:00-11:15am Breakout Sessions 1-3
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Good Organization
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Location: 4
Session 1: The Business of
Floor Classroom
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West 75
Street Block Assn
DeAnna Rieber:
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West 83
Street Block Assn
Gail Dubov:
CB 7
Helen Rosenthal:
the Word
& Outreach
Out: Technology
Session 2: Getting
Location: Auditorium
th
West 44
Street Block Assn
David Stuart:
CB 7
Mel Wymore:
Session 3: Fundraising
Meeting Room
Location: Downstairs

helpsRutgersfulfillitscommitmenttoin-

tellectualaswellasspiritualgrowth.

Throughouttheweekthedeaconsof thechurchprovidehelpofallkindsto churchmembersandfriendsinneed. Withcompassionandthoroughness (but no fanfare whatsoever) the Deacons make visits to the home- bound, bringing food and cheer. They take sick people to the doctor’sofficeandvisitthoseinthe

hospital.

anddelivered. Dogsaretakenfor

walks. Cardsaresenttothose who are going through rough

patches,orwhohavecauseforcelebration. There is a closeness of care and concern for the

Groceries are bought

extendedfamilyofmembersandfriends,yetnoneof

theseactivitiesappearonthechurchcalendar.

OnSatuRdayevenInG,thelambdawest

Men’saagroupmeetsinthe5thfloorFellowship

Hall, and the men’s shelter program operates overnight.

Hall, and the men’s shelter program operates overnight. InSOCIal& eCO-juStICe aCtIvIStPROjeCtS.”
Hall, and the men’s shelter program operates overnight. InSOCIal& eCO-juStICe aCtIvIStPROjeCtS.”
Hall, and the men’s shelter program operates overnight. InSOCIal& eCO-juStICe aCtIvIStPROjeCtS.”
Hall, and the men’s shelter program operates overnight. InSOCIal& eCO-juStICe aCtIvIStPROjeCtS.”

InSOCIal& eCO-juStICe aCtIvIStPROjeCtS.”

–aFRequentvISItOR

SundayS ,beforeworshipservice,the church choir rehearsesinthe Sanctuary.

SundayS,beforeworshipservice,thechurch choirrehearsesinthe Sanctuary. Thechurchchoiriscomprisedofbothprofessionalmusiciansand volunteersfromthechurchmembership. JamesBalmerisChoirDirector.

“Rutgersisacornerstoneofprogressive Christianityintheneighborhoodandcity.” “IreallyfoundGod atRutgersChurch
“Rutgersisacornerstoneofprogressive
Christianityintheneighborhoodandcity.”
“IreallyfoundGod
atRutgersChurch
morethanat
otherchurches,
anditcomprises
manythingssuch
ashospitality,
caringpeople,
worship,music
andconcerns
fortheworld.”
-Rutgersparishoners

SundaySMORnInGSareabusytimeforourchil- Beforethathappens,those13yearsoldandoldercome

forourolderyouthSundaySchoolcalledS.K.a.t.e. Breakfast. Startingahalf-hourbeforeservice,teens gatherintheBlueRoomforbagels,juice,andfellowship. Currentevents,personalstories,andfaitharealltopics ofdiscussionaslifemeetsScriptureinthisclass. On

andcarefromourdedicatedchildcareworkers. Older communionSundays,youthcomeforbreakfastandfel-

ourNurseryonthesecondfloorwheretheygetplaytime

areinworship,childrenunder3yearsoldspendtimein

drenandyouth. UnderthedirectionofAshleyBirt,Di- rectorofChristianEducation,thechurchoffersavariety ofclassesfortheyoungerset. Whiletheirparents

childrenstartoffinworship,participatinginthebeginning

lowshipandthenheaduptojointhecommunityinwor-

oftheserviceandhearingaChildren’sMessagede-

signedwiththemin mind. Afterwards,

theyaretakenup-

ship.
ship.

stairs for a brief prayercirclebefore

into

being

age-appropriate

Sunday School

Using

classes.

music, movement, storytelling,videos,

acting,

art,

childrengainexpo-

artmadeby

childrenin

Community

Programs

classes

hangs

onthe

split

sanctuary

and

wallsfor

alltoenjoy.

sure and knowl- edge of the Bible

and God’s great love.

wallsfor alltoenjoy. sure and knowl- edge of the Bible and God’s great love. “IKeePCOMInGBaCKBeCauSetHe COMMunIty 14
wallsfor alltoenjoy. sure and knowl- edge of the Bible and God’s great love. “IKeePCOMInGBaCKBeCauSetHe COMMunIty 14
wallsfor alltoenjoy. sure and knowl- edge of the Bible and God’s great love. “IKeePCOMInGBaCKBeCauSetHe COMMunIty 14

“IKeePCOMInGBaCKBeCauSetHe COMMunIty

On a tyPICal Sunday , about 65 – 75 people attend worship service including church

On a tyPICal Sunday, about 65 – 75 people attend worship service including church members, friends and newcomers. Theyembodythe

diversityofNewYork,represent-

ingdifferentincomeandethnic groupsandbeliefs. Mostlive on the Upper West Side, but some come from Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey. Thosewhoareunable toattendinpersonwatchand listenon-lineviaa streaming video service. Sermons by SeniorPastorOndrejStehlik, parishassociatesandguest preachers are thought-pro- voking,andfeedtheappetite

ofacongregationthatisin-

quisitive and wanting to thinkforthemselves. One membersaid“Youcan bring your brain to church.”

AfterWorshipService, church members and friends gather in the Daniel Russell Room

forcoffeeandconver-

sation. Somefamilies with kids hang out in

thegymafterward,for

a“Stay&Play”hour.

IntHeaFteRnOOn,thechoirrehearses.Again.

(Practicemakesperfect.)

IntHeevenInG,thechurchprovidesahothome

cookedmeal,entertainment,andbedforthemenin

itsshelterprogram.

andaSSundayendS,anotherweekhaspassedinthelifeofRutgersPresbyterian

Church--asmall,caringcommunitywhosededicationtothecausesofpeaceandsocial

justiceintheworldgrowsdirectlyandorganicallyfromitsprogressiveChristianfaith.

ISSO FRIendly &welCOMInG.” –aCHuRCHMeMBeR 15
ISSO FRIendly &welCOMInG.” –aCHuRCHMeMBeR 15
ISSO FRIendly &welCOMInG.” –aCHuRCHMeMBeR 15

ISSO FRIendly &welCOMInG.”

ISSO FRIendly &welCOMInG.” –aCHuRCHMeMBeR 15

–aCHuRCHMeMBeR

RutgersPresbyterianChurch Online 24 / 7 / 365 RutgersPresbyterianChurchisalwaysopen online. Youcanfindusonour website

RutgersPresbyterianChurch Online 24/7/365

RutgersPresbyterianChurchisalwaysopen

online. Youcanfindusonourwebsite(www.rut- gerschurch.org),onourchurchFacebookpage (https://www.facebook.com/rutgerschurch), on our Community Programs Facebook page

(https://www.facebook.com/rutgerscommunitypro-

grams), and on our twitter account (@rutger- schurchny).

Thechurchusesregularlyscheduledemailstopublicize eventsandshareinformationaboutvariousactivitiesin thelifeofthechurch. AtuesdayChurchweekly emailwithnewsandnotesaboutvariousactivitiesis sent to about 225 church members and friends. A FridayMessage tothesamegrouppreviewsthe SundaysermonandhasinfoaboutmusicandSunday School. Youcanaddyournametothemailinglistfor theseemailsbyfillingouttheboxmarked“Subscribe” athttps://www.rutgerschurch.org/welcome/. Commu- nityProgramsalsopreparesbiweeklyemailsto familiesenrolledinorinterestedinclasses. Tosub- scribe,emailjmoore@rutgerschurch.org. (Youmayun- subscribefromtheselistsatanytime,andwedonot shareourlistswithothers.)

TheRutgersChurchyahoogroupisaplaceforposts

abouttheactivitiesofchurchmembersandfriendsand

sharingofinformationofinterest.

YoucanfollowPastorandrew’sblogathttp://blog-

andrew.stehlik.org/;itcanalsobeaccessedthroughthe

homepageonourwebsite.

Weareworkingtoincreaseouronlinepresenceand would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the wordaboutourwork.

appreciate your help in spreading the wordaboutourwork. IfRutgersPresbyterianChurchplaysarole inyourweeklylife,
appreciate your help in spreading the wordaboutourwork. IfRutgersPresbyterianChurchplaysarole inyourweeklylife,

IfRutgersPresbyterianChurchplaysarole inyourweeklylife,pleaseshareyourthoughtsandcommentswithouronlinecommunity.Youcan like,shareand/orpostacommentonourFacebookpageat https://www.facebook.com/rutgerschurch. Youcantweetus@rutgerschurchny. IfyouarenotonFacebookorTwitter,youcansendusacommentvia ourwebsite. https://www.rutgerschurch.org/about/contact/

welookforwardtohearingfromyou.