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Reading for Sunday: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

A Stewardship Reflection by Connie Packard

“I’ve often heard it said that gratitude is the shortest path to happiness.  Thinking about
harvest giving started me thinking about being grateful.  In the past, on those occasions
when I was counting my blessings, I stuck pretty much to the obvious ones of being
grateful for family, friends, shelter, food, recovery from bouts of illness, etc.  As we
discussed harvest giving more in Committee meetings and community meetings, I began
to find lots of different levels of gratitude —and the whole process started to permeate
my awareness.  The smallest things came to seem like blessings and I found myself
enjoying them in a way I never had before.  Being grateful for small daily wonders
provides an endless supply of  pleasure.

Once started, I guess it becomes something like a practice of gratitude — and I did notice
I felt happier.

In terms of stewardship, it made me more aware of God’s blessings and made it
seem right to tithe and I intend to do so.”

~ Connie Packard,
Co-Chair of the Ministry Council and Stewardship Team

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Donate Suits, Shirts and Ties

Suits

Starting this Sunday, February 23, 2014
That Suits You is a nonprofit company that works with men who are looking to get back into the workforce, but unfortunately lack the means or resources to obtain the clothing required to make a good impression. We assist them in acquiring the suits, shoes, accessories, etc. that they require.

We are always looking to accept new and/or gently worn professional quality looking suits. Colors:  brown, black, blue, or gray ONLY as donations. This is the primary way we are able to serve our clients. We also accept shirts, ties, cuff links, pocket squares, etc.

Donations will be accepted until the end of the month. You can leave your donations in the box at the Narthex.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 20, Gospel Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 pm, Sanctuary

Friday, February 21, Couples’ Ministry Gathering, 6:00 pm, Parlor

Thursday, February 27, Gospel Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 pm, Sanctuary

Sunday, March 2, Elders’ Meeting, 12:45 pm, First Floor Office

Tuesday, March 4, Full Choir Rehearsal, 7:15 pm, Sanctuary

Saturday, March 8, Leaders’ Retreat, 8:30 am, Union Theological Seminary

Sunday, March 9, AATP: Cantori New York, 3:00 pm, Sanctuary

Tuesday, March 11, Recorder Consort Rehearsal, 7:15 pm, Sanctuary

Saturday, March 15, Gathering for the Order of St. Luke, 3:00 pm, Parlor

Sunday, March 16, Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:30 pm, Sanctuary

Riverside Ringers perform “Savior of the Nations, Come”

From Arts at The Park Christmas Gala
December 21, 2013

Savior of the Nations, Come, arr. Sandra Eithun
Performed by The Riverside Ringers of The Riverside Church
Abigail Gray, director

SoulFood Fellowships

Soul Food

The SoulFood Fellowships provide an opportunity to meet once a month for Bible study, conversation, prayer, and fellowship with others. The upcoming meeting is listed below. See you there!

Date: Sunday, February 23 at 1:45 pm (Upper Eastside)
Led by: Richard Sturm & Aaron Levitt
Location: Park Avenue Christian Church

Those interested in a Fellowship meeting in Brooklyn, please let the Church Office know on 212-288-3246 x110 or office@parkavenuechristian.com.  Steven Crumb and Rev. Maria Lopez will be the leaders.

Connect with The Park on LinkedIn

Park Avenue Christian Church is now on LinkedIn.  Please connect with us if you like to use LinkedIn as a source of information and communication.

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“Uh-oh!” Sunday Sermon by Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado

February 16, 2014

Reading for Sunday – Deuteronomy 30:15-20

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Reading for Sunday – Matthew 5:21-26, 33-37

21 ‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.” 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

33 ‘Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.” 34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.