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The Miracle of Hope

By Dr. Michael Bos Hope helps us see past what is to what can be. impossible. And then the miracle happens: hope leads them to unseen possibilities. Imagine a life without hope. Imagine that whenAt the heart of hope is faith. In the book of ever you face insurmountable challenges, hardships Hebrews it says, “Faith is the assurance of things or problems, you believe there is no way forward. It hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (11:1). certainly doesn’t conjure images of a life in which This means we won’t always know how things will someone is happy and flourishing. Yet sadly, many of unfold and what twists and turns will come our way, us go through life without hope, and it easily leads but we move forward in the faith to living in a defeated and that somehow God will help us find disheartened state. “…realistic people a way. I know that some may say, “You need to understand that are better at naming the Martin Luther King, Jr. knew I’m a realist. I’m practical this well. He was a person of faith facts; hope-filled people and pragmatic, and I don’t and filled with hope, and he carare better at spend my time dreaming ried a deep conviction of things not about possibilities that aren’t yet seen. He was convinced, even changing them.” really possible.” They may go amidst deeply-seated segregation on to explain that too many and racial inequality, that a different people live with their heads in the clouds, and their future was possible. For many, because they could unrealistic expectations keep them from accomplishnot see such sweeping change was possible, they did ing anything. nothing. But for King, the hope within him told him he didn’t need to see it to be able to move toward it. His As a pastor, I’ve watched the lives of realists words are good counsel to us all: “Take the first step and hope-filled people unfold, and here’s what I’ve in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, learned: realistic people are better at naming the facts; hope-filled people are better at changing them. just take the first step.” Somehow, hope-filled people have a way of seeing Today is the day to take the first step in faith, trustpossibilities others can’t see. They try things no one ing that hope-filled action will guide you to unseen else is willing to try. Hope-filled people have a belief possibilities. that just because we can’t see a way forward doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Hope keeps them looking, exploring, praying, working toward what may seem

Dr. Michael Bos Senior Minister

Staff for this Issue EDITOR:

Karla Fritsch PHOTOS:

Dave Cross Jay Johnson Dan Finegold Christina Morano Keiser Jessica Scovel Kim Sebastian Ryan Siobhan Tull Karla Fritsch GRAPHIC DESIGN:

Beth Player-DiCicco

How does God see you? Our children responded with self-portraits. No matter your age, consider pulling out the markers, crayons and other craft supplies and creating your own self-portrait based on how our loving God sees you.

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never did. Instead, this young man lived each day to its fullest. He took classes at Bronx Community College. He But now thus says the Lord; the One who created you, volunteered in feeding programs. He walked dogs and O Jacob, the One who formed you, O Israel. fed stray cats. He sang the hymns loudly in church Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you even though he couldn’t carry a tune. He sat in the by name; you are mine. front pew each week so he could be close to the When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; choir. He lived a life of joy and gladness and was an inspiration to us all. And through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; When you pass through the waters, I will be When you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, with you. and the flame shall not consume you. – Isaiah 43:1-2 If you had asked this young man what gave him The dreaded phone call came one Sunday afterthe strength to live this way, he would have readily noon. A young man from my former church had died. told you of his faith in God. He had a strong, vibrant I had known him since he was a little boy being faith and talked of Jesus as his best friend. Oh, that pushed down the sidewalk in a we could all live with such clarity stroller by his adoptive mother to “How would we live and vision! our Vacation Bible School program. What would it look like if each differently if we That was 23 years ago. Born with of us faced our greatest challenges HIV, he had beaten all the odds and truly believed that with the firm belief that we are not lived to be almost 30 years old. He facing them alone? How would we God is with us…” live differently if we truly believed had participated in every new drug trial there was and, time after time, that God is with us, through the ragresponded well to the treatments. ing waters and life’s greatest storms? He had lived a relatively healthy life...until the And the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. treatments couldn’t keep up with his ever-progressing Choosing to live this way can transform our thinkdisease. When the phone call came that afternoon, ing and enable us to overcome any challenge, with the words that immediately floated into my mind God’s help. We never do the hard work of human life were those from Isaiah 43. alone. A strong and active faith is the inner work that Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have enables our outer work in the world called you by name; you are mine. to be strong, active and full of integrity. Throughout the many years I had known this young May you feel the active presence of God in your man, I had never heard him complain or bemoan his life each and every moment; and may that holy prescondition. I never heard him lash out in anger at his ence give you the courage and strength to face every family or God for the illness with which he had been day with confidence and hope. born. He had every reason to bewail his condition and the huge impact it had had on his life. But he

In the Marble Spotlight

FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ VESPERS September 13 | 6:15pm Enter your weekend in a spirit of praise and renewal with a sacred jazz liturgy performed by an exceptional lineup of New York City musicians. Message, Lost and Found, by Rev. Anthony Livolsi. Music led by Chris Whittaker with special guest vocalist Lauren Scales. In the Marble Loft (next door, 274 5th Ave).

TOWN HALL MEETING Sunday, September 29 | 12:00-12:30pm Before attending the All-Church Ice Cream Social and Volunteer Fair, please stay in the Sanctuary after Worship for updates on our ministry and the building project. If you can’t make it on Sunday, we’ll also have a Town Hall Wednesday, October 2, 7:00-7:30pm. Join us after #WeWo in the Marble Loft.

Rev. J. Elise Brown, Ph.D. Executive Minister

MONTHLY BRUNCH RETURNS Sunday, September 22 12:30pm Please see page 11.


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CYF CORNER MARBLE STORYTIME Starting this fall, join Rev. Brittany for her online story time! Each month she’ll choose a new book to read with your family, leaving you with some questions to ponder together. Stay tuned to MarbleChurch.org.

Rev. Brittany Juliette Hanlin begins the online Marble Storytime

PARENT-CHILD MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP Saturday, September 14 | 10:00am-12:00pm No need to fear the new school year! Explore strategies to help parents and kids make the transition from camp to classes. This workshop, designed for children in grades K-5, incorporates: • Mindfulness techniques; • Brain-based science; • Empathy practices In the Marble Loft (274 5th Ave). $15, per family. Registration required. Please contact Jessica Scovel, (JScovel@MarbleChurch.org).

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Please note: the Gun Violence Awareness ribbons will move to 29th St.

PRAYERS OF REMEMBRANCE AND HOPE Suicide Prevention Awareness Sunday, September 8 Starting in September purple and turquoise ribbons, the defining colors of the suicide awareness movement, will be adorning our fence. Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds. The suicide rate in the US has risen 30% in the last two decades, and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide for those aged 15-24 years. This should not be viewed as normal or acceptable. After Worship on Sunday, September 8, we encourage you to add a tag of your own to honor someone who you have lost, someone who has survived or is struggling, or to offer a prayer for the hundreds of thousands who lose their lives each year due to this epidemic. If you can’t be at Marble that day, tags will be available from our receptionist. As followers of the One who calls us to love, we are committed to preventing suicide through awareness and offering help to those who need it. If you are struggling or know someone who is, please reach out.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY WORSHIP Sunday, September 8 | 11:00am All families are invited to join us for Worship in the Sanctuary which will include a blessing of students and teachers. (Child Care still available.) SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS Sunday, September 15 | 10:00am We’re excited for a new season of Sunday School classes and choirs to begin! 276 5th Ave, 3rd floor. If you have any questions about our Children, Youth & Families Ministry, please contact Jessica Scovel, Director of Children’s Ministry, (JScovel@ MarbleChurch.org). STOP BY OUR NEW CYF CORNER IN THE LOFT! Begins Sunday, September 15 | 12:15pm Our parent representative welcomes a chance to chat about CYF and there is plenty for children to do – cook a meal at the play-stove, play a game of UNO, color pictures or just take a breather on the new couch!

VOLUNTEER FAIR AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL Sunday, September 29 | 12:30pm Please see page 12. SAVE THE DATE APPLE PICKING TRIP Saturday, October 5 The whole Marble Family is invited to spend the day together, picking apples and making memories at Hurds Family Farm in Modena, NY. Check MarbleChurch.org for details!

REACH OUT IF YOU NEED HELP: • 800-273-TALK (8255) suicidepreventionlifeline.org • 888-NYC-WELL (692-9355) nycwell.cityofnewyork.us • Blanton Peale Institute and Counseling Center 212-725-7850 / info@blantonpeale.org

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A VIEW FROM THE CHOIR LOFT WHAT’S IN A HYMN By Kenneth V. Dake Why must we sing our faith and not merely speak it? Because singing comes from the heart, and the heart doesn’t lie. I was honored to play a memorial service in our chapel yesterday in which the daughter of the deceased said in her remembrance, “I thank my mom for teaching me to sing whenever I was afraid.” That is a powerful statement and a beautiful gift from a mother to a child. A centerpiece of our worshipping together is singing hymns – or songs of praise. Singing together is a kind of sacrament – an outward and audible sign of our unity with each other. Singing is how we engage the soul in worship – the inner sanctum where our deepest longings, fears, and joys are harbored. Singing is where the core of who we are is brought before God, where the magic and mystery of worship can take place. Yet we live in a society where music is less of a communal activity and more one of private consumption – often to the exclusion of all else around us via noise-cancelling headphones. I’ve noticed many are reluctant to sing the hymns during Worship, whether FESTIVAL OF VOICES The Festival of Voices is a community of gifted and dedicated volunteer singers who truly make a difference in the Marble worshipping community. Lend your voice to FOV this season! Wednesday evening rehearsals start September 11, 7:30pm. Includes singing in Worship once a month, being featured in the Advent Concert Sunday, December 15, Good Friday Worship with orchestra April 10, and other special events. Prospective volunteers should have some prior choral experience and be able to read music; an informal audition is required. To discuss membership or schedule an audition, contact Ken Dake (KDake@ MarbleChurch.org).

MEMBERSHIP AT MARBLE Join the Marble family! Become a member this October. You’ll be so glad you did. For more information, please look for one of our Membership Team, someone wearing a red carnation, after Worship in the Sanctuary to right of Chancel, next door in the Marble Loft during Coffee Hour or contact Kim Sebastian-Ryan (KRyan@MarbleChurch.org). Online Membership also available.

it be a reluctance to surrender judgments about their own voice, or to simply let go and be in the moment. Yet this is exactly the place where the transformational moving of the Spirit occurs. Three guidelines for singing hymns: 1. Involve your whole body in worship. Breathe God’s divine breath – ‘ruach’ in Hebrew – down to your toes and then let a cascade of authentic sound issue forth. It and you are deeply pleasing to God. 2. Engage your mind in worship. Ask: What message of truth is meant for me in this music? What belief or core value am I proclaiming in this hymn? At least follow the words and sing them internally as a prayer of the heart. 3. Sing hymns as a ministry to others. Sing on behalf of someone whose voice has been muted by grief or suffering. Sing as a way to give an account for the hope that is within you. (I Peter 3:15) Sing as a way of celebrating the life of this amazing community we call Marble. As I often say: it is not whether you can sing, it is whether or not you have a song. What is the song of your life? Please don’t wait and have your loved ones hire a soloist to sing it at your funeral. Sing it NOW, with your own voice, your own actions, your own life! AMEN! GRACE NOTES: INSIDE THE MUSIC WITH KENNETH DAKE Sundays | 10:48am Hear historic and theological background on the day’s choral selections, hymns, preludes and postludes. In the Sanctuary or at MarbleChurch.org.

SCHEDULE Sunday, October 6 | 12:15-1:30pm Orientation with Ministers and Staff We skip Columbus Day weekend due to the holiday. Sunday, October 20 | 12:15-1:30pm Connecting Lunch with Ministers, Elders, Deacons and Staff Sunday, October 27 | 10:30am-1:15pm Reception of New Members during Worship


Kenneth V. Dake Director of Music

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Rev. Susanah Wade Associate Minister

MINISTERIAL MUSINGS WORSHIPPING GOD – RELATING TO EACH OTHER By Susanah Wade I recently spent a couple of August summer days on a retreat with members of our Stephen Ministry. By the time you read this article however, we will have migrated to the Fall season, yet hopefully are still benefitting from the lingering effects of those days. Though it was a working retreat, the woodsy setting, bordered by rolling hills, created an air of calm and peace, conducive to the quiet space that allows one to hear God’s voice. While we spent most of the day-time hours on Saturday in a designated conference room at the center, we spent the evening outdoors gathered around a lighted fire pit in what we called “Camp-fire Worship.” Our worship service was somewhat unconventional, but it had some key spiritual elements – we prayed, we had full communion, we listened to a Taize rendition of the Apostles Creed, and we shared stories that related to the one item that we each had brought to place on our make-shift altar. Some stories that were shared in the confidence of the group were sad, some happy, some humorous, some pensive, and some revealing vulnerabilities in others that we had not seen before. But most noticeable was the fact that each of our stories related back to a time or person in our lives when a relationship with God or

In June, the Marble Prayer Ministry Team presented prayer shawls, created and blessed by our Prayer Shawl Ministry, to two of our high school graduates, Dylan Danuser and Audrey Myers. Please see page 9 for information on the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

another human being was at the center of some pivotal realization and shift in our lives. I am always in awe of how easy God makes it for us to worship him as a community in any setting we find ourselves. And I am grateful for the revelation that our relationship to each other is also at the heart of what it means to worship God. I am grateful for the structures that help us to gather together each week in some organized fashion, but the inspiration from God is that we really don’t need walls or other manmade accoutrements to worship – just our presence with each other and a focus on God. In the time ahead, I pray for our focus to be intentionally on God and that we will shout with glee as we express our gratitude for the unfailing presence of God in our midst no matter where we are. And may we also reflect back on the verse in the Gospel of Matthew 18:20 which says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” May it be so.

MAY WE SUPPORT YOU THROUGH PRAYER? The Marble Prayer Ministry — To ask for prayer, or share feedback use a blue Prayer Request card found in the pews or stop by the Prayer Room (off the 29th St lobby) after Sunday Worship. Members of the Prayer Ministry Team spend a minimum of two weeks in prayer over each request. The Prayer Circle — All welcome to join us every Sunday at 10:00am in the Chapel. To have your prayer request included, please call Judy Tulin by Friday noon. Names are prayed over for one month. Online — Visit MarbleChurch.org/connect/ prayers or click on the blue box at bottom right of homepage. Also, Marble’s Stephen Ministers may be able to help you with spiritual/emotional support in difficult times. On Sunday’s after Worship, visit the Children’s Chapel (1 W. 29th St, 2nd floor) or email: StephenMinistry@MarbleChurch.org.

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Reflections from the Editor

By Karla Fritsch “…all things work together for good for those who love God…” (Romans 8:28) – even something as small as a cane. I first remember personally connecting to that verse when I was battling major depression during college and it helped carry me through. I’ve been able to hold on to it for other big challenges in my life, too. However, for some reason I’ve had more trouble applying it to smaller things. It seems odd to me because as a photographer, I often do the opposite – I really like to zoom in on the details that a lot of people could miss. Sometimes I have to remind myself to pull back to see more – literally, to see the bigger picture. Recently, I’ve been inspired to focus on a small, ordinary thing and all the good gifts God has provided through it. It’s the cane I’ve had to use since I injured my leg last spring. The cane has helped me interact more with people on my morning commute, which is a good stretch for an introvert like me. I’ve been blessed by all the people who have offered me their seat on the train. Not only have I been grateful for the seat, but the chance to look my fellow New Yorkers in the eye to say thank you and sometimes being able to express it again before one of us gets off the train. Also, there have been moments when I’ve really needed to sit and have taken the opportunity to practice using my voice in asking for help, something that’s always been a struggle for me.

I’ve had countless positive interactions in the Penn Station elevator – with tourists rolling their suitcases, needing directions, and parents pushing strollers with their adorable little ones nestled inside, a chance for me to take in those precious faces which always bring smiles and hope to my heart. The cane has also given me a glimpse into what others deal with. Although not ideal, if necessary, I can slowly take the stairs. What about people in wheelchairs or others for whom taking stairs is too difficult? There have been too many days when the elevator hasn’t been working. Do the disabled or elderly really have the time and/or energy to get back on a train headed uptown to transfer to the local downtown train to use the working elevator? My world has also expanded in a real way because of the cane. I was able to travel to Puerto Rico for my nephew’s wedding this summer and securely walk the hilly, cobblestone streets of colorful Old San Juan. Besides the reward of walking, my creative spirit was truly fed by that fascinating place. A simple cane, overflowing with gifts. Granted, I’m praying for the day I don’t need it, yet hoping I remember all the good that God has been stitching together for me. Is there something in your life that might be calling to you to shift your focus and find the good God has waiting for you?

CONNECT It’s the beginning of a new Church year, so, if you haven’t already, it’s a good time to… Like us on Social Media – including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! These are wonderful places for you to join in conversation, keep up-to-date on events, plus see inspirational quotes, photos and videos from our ministers, music ministry and more. Sign up to receive the Weekly Email Update (sent every Thursday), Touchpoint and a variety of other e-newsletters. Visit MarbleChurch.org and click on Newsletter Sign-Up at the bottom of any page. Stay connected to Marble wherever you go!


Karla Fritsch Publications Manager

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A Word about Bible Study from Rev. Anthony

Rev. Anthony Livolsi Associate Minister

I’m a Bible geek – and I know I’m not alone! Many of you are Bible geeks, too, and love studying the scriptures: exploring their history, wondering what they mean for us today, asking questions, learning, and growing. We are going to have fun together this fall doing just that! I’ll be taking the lead teaching the Sunday morning 10:00am Bible Study. Obviously, I’m no Barbara Crafton or Sister Carol; their shoes can never be filled, and I wouldn’t think to try! But I promise I’ll do my best to make them proud, and to challenge you and resource you for the Christian journey. That said, I won’t be going at it alone. Special guests – old friends like Sister Carol, and new ones like area seminary professors and scholars – will join us and enrich our learning. There are so many smart, interesting, faithful thinkers to hear from, and I hope you’ll enjoy meeting them. The format should feel familiar: Bible Study! But we’ll be changing up the topic or theme monthly to

keep things fresh and interesting. This fall, we’ll take a look at the message of hope the Hebrew prophets proclaimed in times of national upheaval, we’ll wonder together, “who is Jesus, anyway?!”, we’ll puzzle over the parables, and we’ll lift up the stories of the women whose lives and sacrifices prepared the way for Christ’s coming at Christmastime. And if a 10:00am Bible Study on Sunday morning comes too early, or if it whets your appetite and leaves you wanting more: I’ll continue leading Marble’s Tuesday night (6:30pm) Deep Dive Bible Study. This fall, we’ll be immersing ourselves in the story of King David as we read straight through the book of 2 Samuel. (Note: there’s a teensy bit of homework for Tuesday nights, so email me in advance if you want to join in. ALivolsi@MarbleChurch.org.) I hope to see you in Bible Study soon!

Bible Study

Deep Dive Bible Study

SUNDAYS AT 10AM Heartbreak and Hope – The Hebrew Prophets The great vision of the Hebrew prophets is of God – and the people of God – at work even in times of moral havoc and national upheaval. Join Rev. Anthony Livolsi for this four-week series, beginning September 8. Meets in the Labyrinth Room (1 W. 29th St, downstairs). A reminder for online students, ask your questions. Click on the blue “Send a Question” button on the live streaming page.

Prayer Circle


SUNDAYS AT 10AM This informal gathering centers on prayer for individual and communal concerns, Scripture reading, hymn singing and Holy Communion. In the Chapel (1 W. 29th St, downstairs). The Circle is always open – all are welcome! On the last Sunday of the month, connect with Prayer Circle from around the world via https:// meeting.broadviewnet.com/j/1126517182 to access video conference. Questions? Contact Siobhan Tull (STull@MarbleChurch.org).

TUESDAYS AT 6:30PM Beginning September 10, join Rev. Anthony Livolsi for a deep, searching read-through of 2 Samuel. Newcomers and visitors are always welcome! Please contact Rev. Livolsi ahead of time for the week’s reading, (ALivolsi@MarbleChurch.org). In the Labyrinth Room.

Small Groups

If you love coming to church but sometimes find yourself getting lost in the crowd, or if you yearn for a deeper connection with the people you see on Sundays – then our Small Groups are for you! We encourage you to consider participating in one of the many new offerings that begin this fall! •B  eating Guns: Tuesdays, beginning September 24, 7:30-8:30pm.

• Art of Forgiving: Sundays, beginning September 22, 12:30-2:00pm, or Tuesdays, beginning September 24, 6:15-7:45pm. • The Whole Man, Thursdays, beginning September 26, 6:30-8:00pm.

Even more groups begin in September and October. To learn more and sign-up, stop by the Small Group Table during Coffee Hour on Sundays after Worship, contact Baleta McKenzie (BMcKenzie@ MarbleChurch.org), or visit MarbleChurch.org.

Missons and Outreach: Opportunities to Serve 99

In the Action Spotlight

BUILD A BACKPACK DRIVE Through September 8 Help children and teens from low income families head back to school with everything they need to start the year off right. Please purchase new school supplies and bring to the Action Volunteer Table Sundays during Coffee Hour or during the week, drop off at Reception, 1 W. 29th St, mark packages “Attn: Action Committee”. ITEMS NEEDED: Grades K-6: Composition books, backpacks, pens, #2 pencils, colored pencils, folders, rulers, scissors, crayons, pencil cases. Youth (13-16): 3-hole binders, 3-hole paper/dividers, backpacks, pens, #2 pencils, colored pencils, erasers, spiral notebooks Monetary donations – Make checks payable to Marble Collegiate Church and write “Build a Backpack” in memo section. Please mail to the attention of Tom Schneider, place in offering plate during Worship, or stop by the Action Table Sundays during Coffee Hour.

Also join us after Worship on Sunday, September 8, as we all work together to load the backpacks. We hope to help 250 kids thrive – because a backpack isn’t just a backpack, it’s a toolkit for success. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PARTNERSHIP Saturday, September 21 Help work on a home for a low-income family. No experience necessary. To volunteer, please visit the Action Table during Coffee Hour or contact Susanah Wade (SWade@MarbleChurch.org) or Tom Schneider (TSchneider@MarbleChurch.org).

Action Volunteers - Ways You Can Serve If you don’t see what’s right for you listed here, stop at the Action Volunteer Table on Sundays during Coffee Hour to talk with a committee member or contact Tom Schneider (TSchneider@MarbleChurch. org), for more ideas and referrals to organizations that are in need of volunteers. To receive notice of serving opportunities by email, “Action Alerts,” contact Tom. Ecclesia Ministry Sunday, September 8 Volunteers are needed to help with this worshipping congregation for the homeless in Madison Square Park. Prepare lunches, 10:00-10:30am; and/ or transport lunches at 1:30pm and host the service which begins at 2:00pm. Congregational Care Prayer Shawl Ministry Mondays, September 9 & 16 | 4:30-5:30pm Knit or crochet prayer shawls for members who are ill or homebound. Gather in Peale Parlor for prayer and creating together. All levels welcome. Materials provided. Contact Judy Tulin (JTulin@ MarbleChurch.org).

Bowery Mission Saturday, September 14 | 5:30-7:30pm Join other Marble members as we serve dinner to the homeless. The Bowery Mission provides more than 1,000 meals per day to poor and homeless men, women, and children. Marble Fights Hunger — Please support our continuous food drive by donating CANNED FOODS for Icahn House East (a temporary shelter for homeless mothers.) Leave food at the 29th Street Reception area, the Fifth Ave Narthex or the Marble Loft. Nutritious, canned/bottled items only. Suggestions: fruits, vegetables, pasta sauce, meats, fish, pasta, soups, peanut butter, jelly, juice, etc. Also, vacuum-packed cartons of milk/juice and baby food in plastic/glass containers. We encourage everyone to bring something with them every week. Used Eyeglasses — Donate used glasses and sunglasses which are given to The Lion’s Club who recycles the glasses and distributes them in developing countries. Marble Coffee Pourers — Volunteer one Sunday a month to serve after Worship. Contact Kim Sebastian Ryan (KRyan@MarbleChurch.org).

VOLUNTEER SUNDAY September 29 Stop by the Marble Loft after Worship to learn about and sign up for a variety of volunteer opportunities at Marble and beyond.




September 2019

Doors and Windows Hope in Hard Times SEPTEMBER 1

Sister Carol Perry


Dr. Michael Bos Senior Minister preaching

Faith: Think Bigger SEPTEMBER 15

Think Globally SEPTEMBER 22

Rev. Dr. Olaf Fykse Tveit

Think Action SEPTEMBER 29


FRIDAY JAZZ VESPERS, 6:15PM September 13

Every Week

Program Ministries Keep up with our different Program Ministries by visiting their pages at MarbleChurch.org

and attending Coffee Hour after Worship.

Arts Ministry

How to Flourish as an Artist is our theme for 2019-20. All welcome to our Open House on Monday, September 30. Also join us for our monthly meetings of the ARTS Peer Support Group and Fellowship of Professional Artists. Contact Mario Sprouse (MSprouse@MarbleChurch.org).

GIFTS: LGBTQ Fellowship

PrimeTime (55+) Fellowship All welcome to come to our Reunion Lunch and Open House on Sunday, September 8. Our Wednesday lunches and programs begin September 18. Contact Baleta McKenzie (BMcKenzie@MarbleChurch.org).

Women’s Ministry

All Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allies invited as we kick off the year with brunch on Sunday, September 15. Contact Don Piper (DPiper@ MarbleChurch.org) or Rev. Anthony Livolsi (ALivolsi@ MarbleChurch.org).

Deepening Faith; Serving Together is our theme for 2019-20. Join us Sunday, September 15 in Peale Parlor for our Fall Reception. Newcomers always welcome! Questions? Visit our Table during Coffee Hour or contact Don Piper (DPiper@ MarbleChurch.org).

Marble MeetUp!

Young Adult Ministry

Mark your calendars now as we help lead the Marble Apple Picking trip on Saturday, October 5. To learn more about what we have planned for the year, contact Rev. Anthony Livolsi (ALivolsi@ MarbleChurch.org).

We begin our new monthly gatherings: Pub Theology on Monday, September 9, and our Junk Food Breakfast Bar on Sunday, September 29 after Worship. For more details, see page 11, MarbleChurch.org or contact Rev. Anthony Livolsi (ALivolsi@MarbleChurch.org).

Calendar of Events

EACH MONDAY Bereavement Group | 11:00am-12:15pm Are you experiencing the loss of a loved one? Grief has no expiration date. Any significant loss changes life forever. All are welcome to participate in an understanding and supportive community to share your personal story in a confidential atmosphere of love and faith. Meets in Peale Parlor (enter at 1 W. 29th St). If you’re interested in attending, please sign up with Judy Tulin (JTulin@MarbleChurch.org; 212-686-2770, ext. 207). EACH WEDNESDAY Walk the Labyrinth | 5:00-6:00pm Take time for a walking meditation before WeWo. #WeWo: Wednesday Worship | 6:15pm This blend of traditional and contemporary worship styles can be a helpful mid-week spiritual boost. Our ministers offer thoughtful preaching, there’s joyful music led by Deah Harriott with a praise vocal ensemble and band, all in the relaxed atmosphere of the Marble Loft. Bring a friend! FIRST SATURDAYS Caregivers Support Group | 1:00-3:00pm Learn how to provide better care to loved ones while protecting your own health and well-being. Please contact group leader Rev. Marion Gambardella (magambardella@yahoo.com) or Judy Tulin (JTulin@ MarbleChurch.org). Meets monthly. FIRST SUNDAYS Walk the Labyrinth | 1:00-3:00pm Feed your spirit with this walking meditation. A facilitator will be available to help guide you and answer questions, while allowing you the space to walk in your own way, at your own pace. Please confirm schedule.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Women’s Ministry Fall Reception | 12:15-1:15pm Gather with the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team in Peale Parlor to kick off our new program year and learn about upcoming events. Newcomers always welcome! GIFTS: LGBTQ Fellowship Welcome Back Brunch | 12:15pm Enjoy good food, conversation and meet GIFTS’ Leadership Team for 2019. LGBTQ community and allies are encouraged to attend and bring friends. In the Labyrinth Room. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Register at MarbleChurch.org or at GIFTS Table during Coffee Hour. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Monthly Brunch | 12:30pm After our special Worship and panel discussion, join us for this time of fellowship and good food, with live music. $12. No reservation needed. In the Marble Loft. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Young Adults Junk Food Breakfast Bar | 12:30pm Get to know other young adults and eat all the sugary, junk foods of your childhood. Monthly. Free. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Arts Ministry Open House | 6:15-8:15pm All welcome to learn what this dynamic group is all about and hear our plans for the upcoming season. No charge, but please RSVP in advance so we order enough refreshments. Sign up at the Arts Table during Coffee Hour or contact Mario Sprouse.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 PrimeTime (55+) Open House & Lunch | 12:30pm See You in September. All invited! Join friends old and new to look back at a great first year and ahead to exciting events. Labyrinth Room. $10. Register online or contact Baleta McKenzie, (BMcKenzie@MarbleChurch.org). MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Young Adults Pub Theology | 7:00pm Gather at a local bar to discuss ideas and issues with other young adults – a great way to meet people and grow in faith. Meets second Monday of each month. For details, contact Rev. Anthony Livolsi.

SAVE THE DATE ALL-CHURCH APPLE PICKING TRIP Saturday, October 5 Sign up soon! Note: The Calendar of Events schedule subject to change. Please call to confirm.


Calendar of Events For more details, to register, or for the full listing of all our programming, please visit MarbleChurch.org

or stop by the Welcome Center after Worship.

Touchpoint: September 2019

Rev. Dr. Olaf Fykse Tveit General Secretarym World Council of Churches

GLOBAL ECUMENICAL SERVICE Sunday, September 22 | 11:00am Marble is hosting the ecumenical inauguration of the United Nations Climate Action Summit that will be held in New York. The Rev. Dr. Olaf Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, will be our special guest preacher. We will also have other dignitaries from the WCC and UN, and Christian leaders from other countries. Immediately after Worship, there will be a panel discussion in the Sanctuary with some of our special guests on the climate issues facing us.

VOLUNTEER FAIR AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL Sunday, September 29 12:30pm Please join us as we celebrate volunteers during 11:00am Worship, followed by our Volunteer Fair and Ice Cream Social in the Marble Loft (274 5th Ave). Enjoy a sweet treat as you learn about opportunities for helping others.

THE LAST WORD It boggles my mind that someone can see life breathed into a baby, watch the grass die and then come to life again, see leaves fall and watch the rebirth of a tree, or gaze on any of the majestic splendor that is this earth and not be overpowered by the presence of an Almighty God! — Bill McCartney

Marble’s Mission Priorities

LIVE WEBCAST SCHEDULE If you can’t be here in person, visit MarbleChurch.org or Facebook. Sundays 10am – Bible Study 10:48am – Grace  Notes: Inside the Music 11am – Worship 12:15pm – Talk Back

Wednesdays 6:15pm – #WeWo: Wednesday Worship TV – Fridays @ 4:30pm, MNN Time Warner Ch. 57 (Manhattan) Sermon Podcasts: Subscribe at MarbleChurch.org.


MARBLE COMMUNITY OUTREACH Seeking Grant Writers For surely I know the plans I have for you, Marble Community Outreach says the Lord,…to give you a future with hope. (MCO) supports efforts that — Jeremiah 29:11 are important to members of Growing Deeper ­— Seeking to grow in our faith in the Marble Collegiate Church God, we commit to being a safe place to explore what Community yet are beyond the it means to follow the way of Jesus who, as our source missional care of the congregation. So far, we have of hope, leads us to new possibilities. facilitated the pass through of employer matches to individual employee charitable giving. Growing Relationally ­— Seeking to grow in our relationships with God and one another, we commit to Because MCO is eligible to receive public and being good neighbors in the world by seeking peace private grants, making it easier to get operating and justice for all people and cultivating a community capital, we are seeking grant writers to help us grow of healing, reconciliation and transformation. the MCO asset foundation. Please let us know if you can help! Contact us by leaving a message at 212Growing in Generosity ­— Seeking to grow in our generosity as a grateful response to God’s blessings in 686-2770, ext 295, or ask for Shana Wolfe. For more our lives, we recognize everything we have belongs to information on MCO, visit marbleoutreach.org God, and we commit to giving and serving as acts of worship. Growing Young and Across Generations — Seeking to grow in our capacity to be a beacon of hope and life for all people, we commit to welcoming young people and their ideas, building an inter-generational community of respect, care and belonging.

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Touchpoint September 2019  

Touchpoint September 2019