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Episcopal Church at 99th & Amsterdam on the #UWS. Our mission: Witness to Christ; share strength & love; invite others to our diverse parish family.

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The return of our "View from the Archives" blog is a report on archivist Jeannie Terepka's work examining how church archival records show our "complicity in slavery, segregation, Jim Crow and racism." An important read.

#racism #slavery #archives #church #churchhistory #episcopal #nyc
It's that time of year again! Spring into action with us this Sunday as we bless the Children's Garden after the 10 a.m. service. Kids will plant seeds immediately afterward and then head to Sunday school.

#gardening #foodgarden #herbgarden #garden #childrensgarden #church #community #faith #growth #nyc #uws #kidmin
Our St. Cecilia choristers cavort before the Diocesan
Chorister Festival at St. John the Divine Cathedral.


Last year the RenewalWorks team came up with four goals for our parish. Here’s the third in our series revisiting them (see also part 1, part 2): Meet people where they are as we invite them to explore the Christian way of life and deepen their spirituality.

We become more ourselves — our true selves — as a result of spiritual growth. Our church community encourages that transformation through Bible studies, the Bible Challenge, quiet days, Christian basics classes, Godly Play, the Wednesday night Common Table Theology gatherings, the social justice and racial justice groups, baptism and confirmation prep, our children’s choirs — to name just a few of the many ways we reach out.

We respect people where they are, as we work together to help us all discover who we may become in Christ. And may we continue to extend that radical welcome to all who walk through our big blue doors.

#worship #singing #choir #childrenschoir #liturgy #music #churchmusic #spirituality #spiritualpractices #invitation #acceptance @stjohnthedivinenyc
Why do we do what we do (and use what we use) in worship? This Sunday's forum is a chance to bring questions you always wanted to ask—or ones that have come up during our Easter season preaching about the liturgy. Join us at 11:30 on Sunday!

#worship #liturgy #episcopal #christian #prayer #community
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." -John 10:11 #WindowWednesday "Christ the Good Shepherd" by Roman Hobler via Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

#stainedglass #window #art #windowart #christ #jesus #shepherd #sheep #goodshepherd #faith #church
Arlene Bullard can multitask with the best of them. She’s special-projects assistant to the Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, Bishop of New York, and assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary, a position without a Canon at the moment.

Arlene manages the diocesan database and the bishops’ visitation schedules for the 193 churches in the Diocese, and coordinates the training for Eucharistic Ministers/Visitors, among many other assignments. “In everything I do at the Diocese I get to work with people,” Arlene says. “I like the variety of it all.” And then there are her volunteer ministries at St. Michael’s. A former two-term vestry member, she’s the mentor for Education for Ministry, or EfM; a Eucharistic Minister/Visitor; a Healing Prayer Team/Prayer Chain member; and an acolyte.

As EfM mentor, she leads 12 parishioners through an intensive 36-week, four-year course — in effect, a night-school seminary, with a curriculum on the Old and New Testament, theology, church history, Episcopal Church beliefs and practices, and more. “The RenewalWorks survey revealed how hungry we are at St. Michael’s to learn,” Arlene says. “EfM is one way to recognize how God is at work in your life and in the world.” In 1985 Arlene and her mother Naomi and late father Abner discovered St. Michael’s. Born and raised in Manhattan, Arlene attended public schools and colleges in New York before earning a master’s degree in marketing research.

Arlene’s first job out of college was with the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, where she encountered some of the city’s poorest and sickest people. “That work informed my faith,” she recalls. Later on, Arlene managed Trinity Bookstore, where, she says, “I learned to talk about my faith.” At St. Michael’s now, Arlene says, “People have an honest, intentional desire to know and honor God and to care for one another. Our ministries more than ever reflect that desire.” #ministry #education #formation #mentor #parish #faith #church #nyc #renewalworks #episcopal
"While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, 'Have you anything here to eat?' They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence." Luke 24:41-42 #WindowWednesday

#gospel #luke #jesus #risenchrist #easter #resurrection #fish #friendship #food #stainedglass #window #art #windowart #christianart #church #faith #community

Photo: "Grilled Fish for the Risen Lord" by @LawrenceOP via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
A liturgically appropriate #WindowWednesday for the day when we remember Jesus's betrayal by Judas.⠀
Photo: "Black Halo" by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)⠀
#HolyWeek #Judas #StainedGlass #Window #Bible #Scripture #Gospel
Some of the St. Michael's contingent at Saturday's #MarchForOurLives

#march #protest #gunviolence #marchforourlivesnyc #episcopal #justice #faith #community
Need a Holy Week and Easter primer? St. Michael's has you covered with a straightforward guide to these central services of the Christian faith (homepage in profile; click "Holy Week Info"). We hope you'll join us for the sacred days ahead.⠀
#holyweek #jesus #palmsunday #maundythursday #goodfriday #eastervigil #easter #eastersunday #redemption #faith #christian
Don't forget to set your clocks forward tonight!⠀
#springforward #dst #daylightsavingstime #clock #prague #tourist #art #reminder #church #sunday ⠀
Image: "Prague astronomical clock" by Marcus Horstbrink via Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)
Carole O’Connor Edwards radiates calm, which may help explain why she’s essential to some of the most personal and immediate ministries at St. Michael’s.⠀
Carole is an acolyte, a healing prayer minister, a lay Eucharistic visitor, and a member of the Community of Hope International training group. Oh, and she’s also a vestry member, with committee assignments in human resources and parish life.⠀
Perhaps you’ve received the chalice from Carole. “I’m constantly praying as people take the chalice,” Carole says. “We were trained that the chalice isn’t about you, the acolyte—it’s about that person receiving, and God. It’s humbling to take part in that moment.”⠀
Now retired, Carole was a labor management coordinator (among other jobs) at the now-closed North General Hospital in Harlem, and a union delegate. Her husband Bill worked in the operating room at Mt. Sinai Hospital.⠀
“At this stage of my life, I knew I wanted to serve,” Carole said. “I wanted to be an acolyte, and then one ministry led to another. I always seem to fall into things and sometimes it’s hard to know who found who.”⠀
A cradle Episcopalian, Carole came to New York at age 19 from Trinidad, where her 98-year-old mother Elvira Collins still lives. “I get back now as often as I can,” Carole says.⠀
In 1998, she moved to the Upper West Side and found St. Michael’s. On her first Sunday visit she was impressed by the preaching of our former rector, the Rev. Canon George W. Brandt Jr. “The first time I walked through the door I knew I was going to stay,” Carole recalls.⠀
“There’s so much opportunity to grow at St. Michael’s,” Carole says. “Our priests are working to train us to do more than we think we can do. The challenge always is to get more parishioners involved. But things are only getting better. I can’t see our church going any other way.”⠀
#service #congregation #church #community #acolyte #vestry #leadership #chalice #spiritualgrowth