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Sunday, April 10 with / Domingo, 10 de abril

The Rev. Stephanie Kendell

11:00 am ET
Rooted in Resurrection: Returning Home

Beloved Friends,

Greetings to you this rainy day. I hope that you are all staying warm and dry as we journey these last few days of Lent and begin Holy Week this Sunday. This Sunday we are so excited to be joining back together in person after two years apart although never separated. There are some communal expectations for gathering back together so please be sure to review the letter from Pastor Kaji and myself that can be found in today’s newsletter. To say I have missed you all is an understatement, and I cannot wait to return to our faith home and worship in the sanctuary at 11am this Sunday. Of course, if you cannot join us, we will continue to also be online for all our ministries and experiences.
This Sunday starts Holy Week with Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is such a holy day in which we are called to reflect and be reminded of the full journey of the life of Jesus and the ways his life and our lives intersect. This week’s passage from Matthew seems so appropriate as Jesus makes his way back to Jerusalem and our community starts our journey back as well. Reading through this passage I am struck by the way the Year W translations tells the stories of the relationships Jesus has with his family, to his community, and to God and I can’t help but wonder how we will tell our stories of this time apart – both individual and collective – to each other. These past few years have been filled with great challenges and joys, though we tend to share the stories of one over the other. But what happens when we chose to share our whole selves? The times of struggle and the times of triumph in the ways that Jesus does? What might we gain from the truth of one another as we start to make our way back to incarnate community? As you read this Sunday’s passage, I invite you to think about all the people named in the story, and those that aren’t and imagine what they may have to share about this moment with Jesus and how it might be similar or different from our own experience this Sunday. So, lets read together from the Book of Matthew and as always there are some reflection questions to follow.


Now they had come near Jerusalem and reached Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village before you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; release them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Son of Woman needs them.’ And they will send them immediately.”  This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Look, your sovereign is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that were going before him and the one following were shouting, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Holy One!
Hosanna in the highest!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was shook, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew 21:1-11 (Year W)
  • Who is named in this story and who is not? Why do you think that is?
  • Are there stories in your life that have impacted that you were not present for?
  • How do you think Jesus is feeling in this story?
  • Does calling Jesus “the Son of Woman” change anything for you in your relationship with Jesus.
  • What are you looking forward to about Holy Week and what are you anxious about?
What a gift it is to serve and worship a God who journeys with us and for us. I look forward to our time together this Sunday and to hear all that God has done and is doing in your life.

Shalom Y'all
Rev. Stephanie


Simple Prayer: O God, “You are the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee”. Amen

Dear Beloved Park Family,
We are so excited to start gathering back in person after 2 years apart!
These past few years have been challenging in so many ways and yet we proved time and time again that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
First, we want to say a huge thank you to those that made the digital worship experiences possible over the last few years. The time, talent, patience, and courage it took from each of you to create, lead, and worship in this new way was and continues to be inspiring. If this new way of worship was a helpful way for you to gain access to our community and our ministries, do not worry – our online access to all our ministries is not going anywhere. Going forward, our plan is for all ministries and experiences to be accessible to everyone both in person and online.
Meanwhile, many of us long to be together in person. We are delighted to have that opportunity starting Next Sunday, April 10th.  Leadership has dedicated months to discern and make decisions to get us to this point.
Here are the church’s expectations for how we will spend our time together in person.
Holy Week Schedule:
  • Sunday April 10 – Palm Sunday
    • 10:00am – Bible Study in the Narthex
    • 10:00am – Older Kid Bible Study in the Sanctuary (RSVP Required)
    • 10:30am – Younger Kid Bible Study in the Sanctuary (RSVP Required)
    • 11:00am – Worship in the Sanctuary
  • Thursday April 14 – Maundy Thursday
    • 5:00pm – Worship in the Sanctuary
  • Friday April 15 – Good Friday
    • 12:00pm – Worship in the Sanctuary
  • Sunday April 17 – Easter
    • 10:00am – Bible Study in the Narthex
    • 10:00am – Older Kid Bible Study in the Sanctuary (RSVP Required)
    • 10:30am – Younger Kid Bible Study in the Sanctuary (RSVP Required)
    • 11:00am – Worship in the Sanctuary
In person, we will:
  • Be fully vaccinated (if eligible) and show proof of vaccination every time we enter the building.
  • Respect social distancing standards.
    • Share our love and excitement through words and not physical touch.
  • Always wear a mask over the nose and mouth, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Understand that these expectations will be implemented with the possibility of removal in cases where guidelines are not met.
We understand:
  • We are still an active construction site and will not go into restricted areas for my own safety.
  • We do not have main floor accessible bathrooms. Using the bathrooms will require a staff member to accompany me because of the construction.
  • It is 100% okay if I am not ready to come back yet. I am loved just the same.
  • We have been apart for two years, we have changed and grown in so many ways and will refrain from commenting on physical looks and emotional tenderness.
  • We will continue to evaluate the best practices for the health and safety of our community and will be updated as things change.
We look forward to seeing you in person as you feel ready starting April 10th.  We are so grateful to share in the love of God with each of you.
Pastor Kaji and Rev. Stephanie

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Children and Youth Ministry Update
from Nordia Bennett, Children’s Minister

Happy Spring!  

During the month of March, the youth journeyed through the Bible exploring the women that showed up and met God in their lives. With the spirit of centering Black women, the youth discovered characteristics and attributes women in the Bible possess. We can see women in the Bible standing tall in their faith and through their actions the trust they had in God.

Last Sunday, the 10:30am (3rd grade or younger) dived deep into the illustrative account of Jesus is Born in The Sparks Story Bible--- where we chatted about the meaning of connecting to land and community.  

This Sunday, the 10 am (4th grade or older) we will explore Matthew 21:1-11. The 10:30am (3rd grade or younger) will explore, “Palm Sunday” in The Sparks Story Bible.

Minister Nordia

Co-hosted by Rev. Stephanie Kendell and Rev. Arthur Stewart

Wednesday, April 13, 1:00 pm ET

It's Springtime. There's more daylight. And things are about to sprout! After nearly three years, Bonita Jackson is finally returning to a stage (in a play that she's written)!!! You are cordially invited to This Soil, These Seeds… 

Come experience this play which is filled with healing, growth, dirt, and roots! Directed by Alex Randrup, This Soil, These Seeds… is infused with movement, poetry, and original music composed and played live by Kristin Vining.

🌿Synopsis: A drama therapist journeys to uncover the roots of three strangers whose mother-daughter issues are buried deeper than seeds under soil. But the strangers find themselves in an unexpected multigenerational family intervention.

🌿Dates and Times:
April 7th - 9th @ 7:30PM
April 14th - 16th @ 7:30PM
April  21st - 23rd* @ 7:30PM
April  28th - 30th @ 7:30PM

*April 23rd - matinee @ 2:30PM and evening @ 7:30PM

Super Secret Arts
400 3rd Avenue, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

🌿Tickets (Click here to purchase tickets):
The ticket cost to see This Soil, These Seeds... is $39. If you need a discount, please email  and she will see what she can do. There is a cheaper ticket which is attached to Super Secret Arts (SSA) pretty cool membership model. For $25, members can see any and every show at SSA for the month of April (including This Soil, These Seeds...). The membership can be canceled.
Weekly Invitations to Community:
Pandemic of Love

Pandemic of Love is a mutual aid community of care that was started in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. It humbly began on March 14th, 2020 by one person and was intended to help her own local community. But, like an epidemic, the act of love and kindness spread quickly and is now a beautiful movement helping those in need throughout the world.

What is a mutual aid community? It connects people in need with patrons who can help with that need. This is a tangible way for people to give to each other, quickly, discretely and directly.

What’s the catch? There is none. Kind people are introduced to kind people which results in an act of kindness and human connection.

Click here for more info.
Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 9, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Saturday, April 16, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Monday, April 18, Root 2022: Community Conversation, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 19, Finance Meeting, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 19, Ministry Council, 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 23, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Sunday, April 24, SoulFood Fellowship, 12:30 pm

Saturday, April 30, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Sunday, May 1, Elders Meeting, 12:30 pm

Saturday, May 7, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street
This Week at The Park is published every Thursday by
Park Avenue Christian Church
1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street, New York, NY 10028

Church office:  212-288-3246.   Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.