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ENTER THE LENTEN SEASON WITH RIVERSIDE
Beginning with with Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter Sunday, the season of Lent invites us to reflect on our individual and corporate lives as we journey with the people of God and follow Christ towards the cross and resurrection.
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LENTEN WORSHIP AT RIVERSIDE
Sundays | 11:00 am | Nave
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
Wednesday, March 6 | 7:00 pm | Nave
BE STILL AND GO: LENT 2019
March 6 - April 21 |
PORTRAITS OF IMMIGRANTS EXHIBIT
March 6 - April 22 | Cloister Lounge Gallery
PORTRAITS OF IMMIGRANTS: ARTIST TALKBACK
Wednesday, March 6 | 6:00 pm | Cloister Lounge Gallery
LIVING TOGETHER: OLDER ADULTS & YOUNG ADULTS
Saturday, April 6 | 11:00 am | 20T
Visit the Portraits of Immigrants exhibit during the season of Lent to see 18 portraits and stories captured by artist Betsy Ashton. Join the artist for a conversation about the exhibit on Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00 pm.
Christian stewardship is not just about how we use our money, it’s about how we live our lives in communion with God and each other. Using learning tools like worship, education, and dialogue, Stewardship and Development supports and shapes people of faith as they strive to show generosity in every aspect of their lives and better understand the connection between faith and giving.
Grateful Gatherings are fun, family-friendly opportunities to come together around giving and serving. Let’s celebrate our work in 2018 and hear what’s coming up in 2019! In the third year of our Grateful Campaign, we will dig even deeper in our spiritual practice of giving out of gratitude for all God has given us. We’ll share a festive lunch, games, and fellowship with the whole church community. As you leave the Nave, take a right and follow the hallway past Christ Chapel. Look for signs and greeters to direct you. Note that breakfast, usually served South Hall before worship, will be available for purchase in Assembly Hall on March 24.
SOJOURNERS DETENTION VISITATION
Sat, March 9; Wed, March 13; Sat, March 23
Join the Sojourners Detention Visitation Ministry as we visit Elizabeth Detention Center. Contact Frances Connell at email@example.com for more information.
Sunday, March 24 | 2:00 p.m. | Marcus Garvey Park
Join the Riverside Ecclesia Ministry for their monthly worship service and fellowship in Marcus Garvey Park. Ecclesia seeks to serve those who might not feel comfortable in traditional church settings but wish to praise and worship God in community.
CELEBRATING LANGSTON HUGHES
Sunday, March 24 | 2:o0 pm | Assembly Hall
Langston Hughes is often considered one of the most influential figures of the Harlem Renaissance. This program will follow last year’s Harlem Renaissance program as a celebration of African American literature and history. Hughes will be represented through his poetry, his humor, and the musical rhythms of his writings. This event will include poetry readings and dramatizations, live jazz, song and dance; and graphic displays of visual arts. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to all and is sponsored by Maranatha, the Men’s Class, Theatre of the Oppressed, African Fellowship, Black Lives Matter, Riverside Book Club, and the Poetry Group.
COURT WATCH TRAINING
Sunday, March 31 | 1:00 pm | Assembly Hall
Prosecutors could end mass incarceration today yet they continue to criminalize drug use and poverty, ask for money bail, overcharge minors, coerce plea bargains, throw people in jail. However, there is a way that our faith community can combat this. Get trained to become the eyes and ears of accountability through Court Watch NYC a group that builds the power of ordinary New Yorkers to demand an end to mass incarceration. By watching court proceedings, reporting what we see, and organizing around the systemic injustices that we witness, we check the unlimited power of prosecutors to put people in jail. Visit
CourtWatchNYC.org to find out more.
FACING CLIMATE CHANGE:
FROM LAMENT TO HOPE & ACTION
Sunday, March 31 | 12:45 PM | Christ Chapel
Join us as we hear and see how climate change is becoming more urgent, express our sorrow at how the Earth is changing, and discover how we can be sources of hope and action to save our planet.
MOVIES AT RIVERSIDE:
Sun, March 31 | 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm |
Join us for a viewing and discussion of the film “Almost Sunrise,” a film about two retired soldiers who are battling the moral injuries of war and the temptations of suicide walk across America to confront their demons and discover the power of spiritual healing. Light refreshments will be provided
RIVERSIDE CHURCH & THE BLACK MANIFESTO
Sunday, April 14, 28; May 5 | 9:00 am | 311 MLK
This year marks the 50th anniversary of civil rights activist James Forman’s interruption of worship at The Riverside Church on April 4, 1969 for the inaugural read-out of the Black Manifesto, a demand for reparations for African Americans.
DISCOVERING THE NEW TESTAMENT
Sundays, Feb 3 - May 19 | 9:00 am | 316 MLK
OPEN BIBLE STUDY
Sundays | 9:30 am | 330 MLK
BIBLICAL HEBREW: BEGINNERS
Sundays, Jan 27 - Jun 16 | 1:00 pm | 321 MLK
BIBLICAL HEBREW: INTERMEDIATE
Sundays, Jan 27 - Jun 16 | 1:00 pm | 314 MLK
WOMEN OF THE BIBLE
Sun, Jan 27 - June 16 | 1:00 pm | Med. Chapel
BELOVED COMMUNITY SMALL GROUP
Sun, Feb 3 - Mar 24 | 1:00 pm | Med Chapel
RIVERSIDE BOOK CLUB
CLIMATE CHURCH, CLIMATE WORLD
Sundays, Jan 27 - April 7 | 9:00 am | 320 MLK
RIVERSIDE SUNDAY SUPPERS
Sundays, February - June | 6:30 pm
Riverside Sunday Suppers are an opportunity to sit across the table from people whose faces you may only recognize from the passing of the peace, share a meal, and make our church feel just a bit smaller, a little more tightly knit together. Dinners will be offered every other week, rotating between Rev. Rachel Johnson’s house and the homes of current and new Riverside members. Space will be limited to host capacity. Visit trcnyc.org/SundaySupper to RSVP and for more information.
BECOME A MEMBER OF THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH
New Member Orientation
Sunday, March 3 & Sunday, April 7 | 9:00 am | 321 MLK
New Member Joining
Sunday, March 17 & Sunday, April 21 | 11:00 am | Nave
RIVERSIDE FAMILY WORSHIP
Sunday, March 3 | 11:00 am | Christ Chapel
All are welcome for the next Riverside Family Worship, an interactive and intergenerational worship experience that follows a similar liturgy as the nave and includes communion. All ages are encouraged to participate! Church school classes pre-k through 6th grade are closed for Family Worship.
Sundays | 9:30 am
Are your kids obsessed with Fortnight and phones? Parents and guardians are invited to join Amanda Meisenheimer for a four-week series on our relationship with technology and the blessings and curses it brings to the lives of our children. ParentConnect is a parenting discussion group that covers matters of faith and family.
CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILY:
PARENTS VISIONING MEETING
Sunday, March 3 | 12:30 pm | MLK 311
How can The Riverside Church best meet the needs of your family? Join Reverend Bruce and Amanda for this special luncheon where we discuss the future of the children and youth programming. Lunch and childcare (K-6th grade) will be provided.
ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
Tuesday, March 5 | 7:00 pm | 9T
Riverside young adults are invited come together for a light meal and a time to hear about upcoming events, church-wide committee reports from our young adults serving on committees and commissions, a time to share ideas and more. These quarterly meetings are lay lead by the young adult advisory board executive committee. Contact Rev. Bruce Lamb for more information and to RSVP.
YOUNG ADULT SMALL GROUP:
FOR THE LIVING OF THESE DAYS
Thursday, March 7 & 21 | 7:00 pm
What does it mean to call ourselves a part of the Riverside Church community? How did we come to uphold values of social By studying sermons delivered from Riverside’s pulpit, this small group looks to our shared past to examine who we are as a community. Each session, this group will study a sermon from Riverside’s past, and whenever possible, makes use of materials from the Riverside Archives.
YOUNG ADULT BRUNCH
Sunday, March 10 | 12:30pm | Assembly Hall
Join other Riverside young adults for brunch as we gather together for eggs, bacon, avocado toast and great fellowship. The Riverside Youth String Ensemble (RYSE) will give a short performance and then we’ll learn about the situation in Palestine from guest speaker Katie Reimer.RSVP with Rev. Bruce Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH 28th ANNUAL CAREER DAY
Saturday, March 9 | 11:00 am | South Hall
The Riverside Church Career day invites young people in grades 7-12th to explore the possibilities for their future and connect with adults and one another to help support them along their way. The day will include career fair booths featuring 25+ companies and professionals, panel workshops and discussions, resume writing, and more. All are invited. Featured speakers include Actor/Performer and Activist Brandon Dixon and Educator Jennifer James Soto.
Complimentary lunch is provided. Admission is free. Find out more and register now at trcnyc.org/CareerDay.
CONFIRMATION: FAITH PASSAGE
Sunday, March 10 and 24 | 12:30 pm | 323 MLK
Faith Passage, Riverside’s con rmation class, is o ered for youth in grades 7 and up. Join us as we learn about and discuss the fundamentals of our faith. Contact Rev. Bruce Lamb for more information.
RIVERSIDE BAPTISM ORIENTATION
Sunday, March 24 | 12:45 pm | MLK311
If you are interested in pursuing the sacrament of baptism and you are a member of The Riverside Church, register for the Baptism Orientation Class to prepare for your baptism on April 7. Visit trcnyc.org/baptism to register. Contact Amanda Meisenheimer for more information.
SAVE THE DATE FOR GOD AND GENDER IDENTITY
Sundays, April 7; May 5; June 9 | 12:30 pm | Assembly Hall
Save the date for God and Gender Identity, a conversation series about God and gender identity featuring Jenny Boylan, Joan Rater, J. Mase III, and Austen Hartke. Each conversation includes an interactive discussion with the presenters, suggested resources for further study, and free lunch. Childcare will available for students in grades K-6. Students in grades 7 and up are encouraged to attend with their families. Contact Rev. Bruce Lamb for more information.
We all encounter God in different ways. In an increasingly digital world, that includes videos, podcasts, and online media. Engage the Riverside community wherever you are through our original digital content.
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Have you ever seen Riverside pastors jump on a trampoline? Visit trcnyc.org/ChurchTalk to watch the latest video, A Theology of Walls, and see who can jump the highest!
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Church Talk is a monthly video series and podcast that invites you to explore the future of the church in our world today. You can subscribe to the podcast in your favorite podcast app and you can find the videos on YouTube and Facebook.
BE STILL AND GO: LENT 2019
Riverside’s seasonal devotional podcast returns with daily episodes for the season of Lent. Nourish your soul and recharge your drive for social justice with reflections from Pastor Amy, the Riverside clergy, and faith leaders from around the world.
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For over 85 years the music program has drawn people from around the world to The Riverside Church. From our five choirs, to our carillon and four organs, to our renowned musicians, guests are certain to hear music that enlivens and nourishes the soul.
41st ANNUAL ENGLISH HANDBELL FESTIVAL
Sunday, March 24 | 4:00 pm | Nave | $20
The Riverside Ringers host a weekend gathering of bell choirs from throughout the region, combining forces to perform a glorious concert on Sunday afternoon under the leadership of special guest conductor Debbie Rice from Winston-Salem, NC. As always, the performance will be a sight to behold and will fill the Nave with splendor. The event begins with a carillon recital at 3:00 pm and an organ recital at 3:30 pm. The combined handbell choirs will begin at 4:00 pm. Tickets are available online at trcnyc.org/HandbellFestival2019.
Parish Care offers pastoral support to the congregation and community, including our social services programs, Tower League programs and events, weddings, funerals, and more.
March 7: Rev. Michael Livingston | March 14: Rev. Rachel Johnson
March 21: Rev. Jan Powell | March 28: Rev. Bruce Lamb
RIVERSIDE TOWER LEAGUE:
WOMEN IN POLITICS (FILM)
March 7, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. | 9T
Join the RIverside Tower League as we watch Women in Politics, a 2014 documentary that profiles the long, slow fight for female political representation over the last century, from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013. Running time: 53 minutes.
March 14, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. | 9T
A docent from the New York Historical Society will offer a special program highlighting how women across the spectrum of race and class exercised power and brought about change before they could vote. This lecture will highlight prominent and little-known activist women of the Early Republic, the abolitionist movement, and the suffrage movement. This program is co-sponsored by the Tower League and Riverside’s Business & Professional Women’s Group.
PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING DRIVE
March 17, 2019 | 10:00 a.m | South Hall
Donations will be received before and after worship. Professional clothing needed for all genders, including suits, blazers, slacks, dress shirts, blouses, skirts, ties, belts, shoes, purses/pocketbooks. Donations will go to support Riverside’s Professional Clothing Distribution
TOWER LEAGUE: SAFETY PROGRAM
March 21, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. | 9T
Crime Prevention Officer Kathleen Clifford, from the NYPD 26th Precinct, returns to Tower League to provide more safety tips pertinent to older adults.
WOMEN ARTISTS AT MoMA
March 28, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. | 9T
Art educator Gabriela O’Leary returns to Tower League to offer a program on female artists featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection.
LIVING LENT TOGETHER
Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 11:00 am | 20T
Riverside Older Adults and Young Adults are invited to join Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper and Rev. Bruce Lamb for a time set apart during Lent to pray, reflect, and fellowship as we journey together towards the cross. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Contact Rev. Casteel Harper for more information and to register.