St. Michael's, NYC

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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.

http://www.saintmichaelschurch.org/

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This beautiful altar mosaic image also serves as the cover for our new Welcome & Devotional Booklet (available at http://bit.ly/2AlLugM)⠀
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Note: November 6, All Saints Sunday, is our fall pledge campaign ingathering date. In the days leading up and immediately following, we will feature stories about why three St. Michael’s families pledge to support our ministry.⠀
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Gregory Bryant and Victor Hernandez, parishioners for seven years, were married at St. Michael’s in 2014. They live in Harlem.⠀
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Gregory, born and raised in Brooklyn, is the Early College Liaison for the Borough of Manhattan Community College. And he’s the grandfather of just-born Nia Higuchi Bryant.⠀
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Victor, born and raised in Harlem, is an administrator for the New York City Department of Housing and Preservation.⠀
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Gregory serves on the vestry and as an acolyte. He’s also a member of the Racial Justice Dialogue Committee. Victor, formerly on the vestry, is an usher and member of the prayer chain.⠀
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Gregory and Victor plan their stewardship contributions separately.⠀
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“I’m moving gradually toward a tithe but I’m not there yet,” says Gregory.⠀
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“I try to figure out what my year will look like and then I choose a number as my goal,” says Victor. “I give because I believe in what we do at St. Michael’s — and so long as this church’s heart is in the right place, I’m going to keep giving.”⠀
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“I give because it’s my gift back to God,” says Gregory. “I also give because I want a church that does a lot — the youth programs, the adult lessons, the community outreach and so much else. I’ve been a member of several churches prior to coming St. Michael’s, and I’ve learned that all those things happen only because of the support of the people who believe in them.”⠀
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In 1889, construction on St. Michael’s third church began. The eastern Amsterdam Avenue wall was being built while the second church, immediately behind it, still standing, continued in use for regular  worship. It was a surprising sight.⠀
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Children watched, fascinated.⠀
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One of the children was apparently a little girl, Estelle Clark Burdick. Seven years later, in 1896, she was confirmed with an aunt, three  cousins and a group of more than twenty other confirmands by Bishop Horatio Potter at St. Michael’s. That spring, In 1896, the third church had been standing for just six years, and the seven lancet windows of St. Michael’s Victory in Heaven had been installed just sixteen months before.⠀
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In 1956, apparently out of the blue, Rev. William Corker, St. Michael’s rector at the time, received a note. It is written in a very shaky and barely legible hand.⠀
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280 Chestnut Street⠀
Ambler, Pennsylvania⠀
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March 21, 1956⠀
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Dear Father⠀
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When I was a little girl – I am now 75 – I attended services in the old Saint Michael’s 99th and Amsterdam with old Dr. Peters the rector. Then the cemetery [was] torn up right at the corner to build the beautiful new big stone church … and dear Dr. John Peters was rector then – I was confirmed there in 1896 — … I still remember the glorious stained glass windows over the altar – I always loved the figure of St. Michael … I still remember holding a scull (sic) in my hands as the cemetery was being dug up, a very very old cemetery –⠀
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Sincerely⠀
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Mrs. Estelle M. B. Wright⠀
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Rev. Corker — or perhaps Mrs. Corker who often helped her husband with some of his correspondence – wrote back that he was pleased that Mrs. Wright had such happy memories of St. Michael’s.⠀
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As we think about the construction of the third church and the fact that bones from St. Michael’s first, early nineteenth century cemetery were apparently dug up in the 1889 excavation and building process, we can only hope that the soul associated with the skull that little Estelle held in her hands belonged to a children-loving and good-humored member of the early St. Michael’s community.⠀
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Jeannie Terepka⠀
October 31, 2017⠀
All Hallows’ Eve⠀
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**The devil's in the details, sometimes literally. The Luckings cross bears an abbreviation that translates in Greek as “Jesus Christ is victorious.”**⠀
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One of the most magnificent of this church’s treasures is a bejeweled processional cross that has led us on special occasions for nearly a century.⠀
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On the back of the cross stands a three-dimensional sculpture of St. Michael in triumph over a bedraggled dragon.⠀
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The cross was given in 1924 as a memorial to Samuel J. Luckings by his children. Luckings was this church’s sexton — property manager — from 1880 to 1923, through the terms of three rectors: Thomas McClure Peters, John Punnett Peters and Thomas McCandless.⠀
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Luckings oversaw the transition from the second to third — and present — church building on this site, completed in 1991.⠀
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You can read the story of Luckings and the Chitry-Luckings-Niedlinger period at St. Michael’s in Views from the Archives, a  history blog on the church website  to celebrate St. Michael’s 210th  anniversary.⠀
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— Jean Ballard Terepka⠀
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CELEBRATING OUR ELDERS - Edgar Dawson⠀
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CELEBRATING OUR ELDERS - Willem Smit, Pamela Morton, and James Morton ⠀
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CELEBRATING OUR ELDERS - Ed Bagwell⠀
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CELEBRATING OUR ELDERS - Pamela Morton⠀
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CELEBRATING OUR ELDERS - Naomi and Arlene Bullard⠀
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This month the Rev. Deacon Richard P. Limato joined St. Michael’s after his field training at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and his ordination as a deacon in May.⠀
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In June, Richard retired after 21 years as a public school principal in Westchester County. Earlier he was principal at three Roman Catholic elementary schools.⠀
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Apart from assisting with the liturgy, Richard will serve the parish as a teacher. He is continuing his studies at General Theological Seminary and will also be a chaplain at White Plains Hospital.⠀
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Fifteen years ago, when Richard found his way to Grace Church in Manhattan, “it was like coming home,” he says. While serving on Grace’s discernment team and supporting others as they explored their vocations, he “heard a persistent voice calling me to serve God’s people as a deacon.”⠀
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Richard is continuing his studies at General Theological Seminary and will also serve as a chaplain at White Plains Hospital.⠀
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At St. Michael’s, Richard “hopes to be part of the conversation about what we are and can become in our outreach, about how we can continue to open ourselves up to the world’s needs.”⠀
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Raised in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., as a Roman Catholic, Richard went to Fordham University as an undergraduate, earned a master’s in education at Iona College and returned to Fordham for his doctorate in education.⠀
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Richard was drawn to the Episcopal Church through his search for spiritual authenticity. After he “came out” as gay, he yearned for a more authentic expression of his faith, which he discovered in the Episcopal Church.⠀
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The diocese referred Richard to us. When he and Mother Kate met, he says, “it became obvious to us fairly quickly that I was called to serve the people of God here at St. Michael’s.”⠀
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Soon Richard will move to Manhattan. He has a daughter, Katie McClintock, a son-in-law Kevin McClintock, and a grandcat Edward McClintock, all living in Albany, N.Y..⠀
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To learn more about Richard’s spiritual journey, attend his forum on Oct. 22.
CELEBRATING OUR ELDERS - Vivian Gumbs⠀
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The Sheltering Arms, founded in the middle of the nineteenth century by clergy and lay leadership of St. Michael’s, was truly revolutionary. It was the first organization to take children from families in crisis, and then feed, clothe, house and educate them while helping parents get back on their feet; the goal was to reunify the family. ⠀
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The Sheltering Arms was a paradigm of what we now know as foster care.⠀
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In the beginning, Thomas McClure Peters, rector of St. Michael’s from 1858 to 1893, gave his large home for the experimental first Sheltering Arms building and moved with his family to a new rectory. Though the administration and management of the Sheltering Arms initially proved difficult, the value and success of its core mission were immediately obvious. More children than could possibly be admitted petitioned to be cared for at the Sheltering Arms and Peters’ former private home was soon deemed impossibly small.⠀
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A fund-raising campaign at St. Michael’s and among colleague Episcopal churches in and beyond the Diocese quickly accumulated enough money for a new dormitory complex; the large, impressive building extended from 126th to 129th Streets on 9th Avenue, adjacent to St. Mary’s Church in Manhattanville, St. Michael’s first “daughter” church.⠀
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As the numbers of children being served expanded and the governance structure of the organization was stabilized, the Sheltering Arms moved to Yonkers where several cottages of different sizes were built for girls and boys of varying ages and for invalids.⠀
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In the 1940s, as Robert Moses’ urban redevelopment plans altered the New York City landscape, the 126th Street building was torn down. The only remaining Manhattanville vestige of the original Sheltering Arms facility is the playground which bears its name.⠀
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Today, the Sheltering Arms, with offices and facilities throughout the city, provides counseling support in areas such as domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse and trauma response in early childhood education and after school programs as well as foster care and adoptive services.⠀
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