A Celebration of the Life of Janice Daley – June 22, 1952 – May 20, 2017

City Island resident Janice Daley passed away on Saturday, May 20 at the young age of 64.  Janice was born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 22, 1952.  She spent her childhood in Kansas City then moved to New York City at the age of 12.  Janice began working as a legal secretary in Manhattan and continued until her retirement.

Janice had one daughter from her first marriage and a second daughter from her second marriage.  Janice was a life-long lover of music, it was a big part of her life.  Janice was a gentle, kind-hearted soul who was deeply loved by everyone who knew her.

Janice is survived by her mother, Joyce Clevenger of City Island; her daughter Kimberly and husband Daniel Manzo of Plainfield , New Jersey; and her daughter Lauren Daley of Toms River, New Jersey, as well as her granddaughter Alexis Daley of Toms River, New Jersey.

Janice’s memorial service will be held at The Park on Sunday, June 11 at 2:30 pm. 

Sunday Preview for May 28 from The Rev. Kaji Douša

Dear Church:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon us! This week, we delve into this text from Luke 4:14-21:

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’
We will be exploring the idea of God’s calling in our lives on this very special Sunday.

Join us at 10:30 am as we covenant with Stephenie Stovall with her ordination vows. At 11:00 am, we will continue with our Sunday service and baptize Charlotte Darsie as she continues the Darsie family’s generations of servant leadership in our congregation. Dr. Tony McNeill and the choir will continue their wonderful music leadership in worship. Finally, as part of our postlude, Saya Callner’s Japanese choir will offer a very special choral offering.

The Spirit of the Lord is doing something very exciting at the Park, indeed! You should bring a friend to share in the joy.


“God Will Never Leave You Orphaned” by The Rev. Kaji Douša

In the Gospel of John, chapter 14, Jesus says, “I will never leave you orphaned.” What does this mean? Because, so many of us find ourselves in battles, and feeling as if we are on our own, or like we’ve been abandoned. I believe that Jesus says this because he knows that the world will do that. He knows that we will find disappointment and we’ll have moments of hurt and pain. And wondering who’s with us. And as Jesus says this, it’s because he knows how the world works. And he says, “I will not leave you abandoned, I will not leave you orphaned.” Just because he knows that so many other forces will. But when everything else is wrong, it might even feel empty, know that Jesus steps up. Even if everyone else seems to have left you, God never will. God will never leave you orphaned. Amen.

Pastor Kaji’s full sermon: https://youtu.be/ehvLSk_ZnQ0

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“Any. Minute. Now.” by The Rev. Kaji Douša, May 21, 2017

Jesus said something about learning from the way children approach God as THE WAY to enter God’s kingdom.

Let the children come. For the Kindom of God belongs to such as these.

From this, I ask the question, well, then: what do children do? What is it that children do that gets trained out of them? Pushed away as naïve, ineffective, unrealistic?

Excerpt from Pastor Kaji’s blog: http://soundthebells.blogspot.com/2017/05/any-minutenow.html

SoulFood Fellowship on May 28


Sunday, May 28, SoulFood Fellowship, 12:45 pm, Room A

SoulFood Fellowships provide an opportunity to meet once a month for Bible study, conversation, prayer, and fellowship with others.

A Celebration of the Life of Ima Jean Kidd

Kidd-Ima-JeanMarch 31, 1927 – May 1, 2017

An event to celebrate the life of Ima Jean is being planned by her neighbors at 15900 Riverside Drive West, New York, NY 10032 (near W. 159th St.).  The event will occur in the social hall of the building she shared with an amazing group of people for 58 years.

Here are the details:

WHAT:     Celebrate the life of Ima Jean Kidd
WHEN:    Monday evening, May 22, 7 p.m.
WHERE:  15900 Riverside Drive West, NY, NY

Members and friends from The Park and elsewhere are cordially invited.  Feel free to bring food and beverages to contribute to the festive reception afterward.  If you’re unable to attend, and want to share a story about Ima Jean, please send it to Ann Megyas at annmegyas@gmail.com.

If you’ve never been to Ima Jean’s building, here are some suggestions:

1) Click the address above to view the location in Google Maps.
2) By subway, take the No. 1 train and exit at the W. 157th St. station. Walk north on Broadway to W. 158th St., walk west to Riverside Drive.  Turn right and walk north to 15900.
3) An alternate route is a bit shorter:  Walk west from Broadway on W. 158th St., and turn right at the second street named Riverside Drive.  Keep walking northward, and eventually you will pass a row of brownstones on your left, and then just before you reach the Bronx 6 bus stop, there will be a black fence on your left with an opening to stairs going down to a terrace along the back side (east side) of 15900.  Keep walking southward on the terrace, and you will come to an entry to the lobby. If you get discouraged, the 24-hr.-doorman phone is 212-928-1694
4) One can also get to that neighborhood by taking the A train to the W. 168th St. station.  At that point you might want to take a taxi to 15900 Riverside Drive.  It’s a bit of a walk.
5) Buses that go near that area are the M3, M4, M5, and Bronx 6.
6) Take a car service or taxi to 15900 Riverside Dr.

A memorial service is also being arranged for Ima Jean by Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Ave., NY, NY.  The date for the Park service is tentatively set for Sunday afternoon, July 16, 2017. Further Details will be published at a later time.

Sunday Service Preview for March 21

Dear Church:
In our text for this week, John 14:15-21, Jesus says this:

‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, who will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know the Spirit, because Spirit abides with you, and Spirit will be in you.

‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’

How do we love Jesus? How do we follow him? What does the Advocate do that we can’t?

What about when we feel abandoned?

We will explore all of this and much more in our time of worship on Sunday. Don’t forget to bring a friend.