A NEW MESSAGE FROM MOTHER ANNA ON COVID-19 &
WORSHIP AT HOLY APOSTLES
Earlier this week Mother Anna sent new email message to the members of our Holy Apostles community on the changes to worship as we navigate our way through the current COVID-19 crisis. You can view the letter here.
LENTEN RETREAT CANCELLED
It will come as no surprise, we are sure, for you to hear that our Lenten retreat has been cancelled in order to keep all of us safe in these times of COVID-19. While we must do it, we are very sorry that we won’t be together in person this Lent with the donkeys, the beautiful land at Trinity Retreat Center, and the opportunity to reflect on the themes of death and resurrection. However, the themes are with us, perhaps more than ever, and so we invite you to ponder how the question “can these bones live?” speaks to you, to pay attention to your breath and rest in God’s presence, and to explore what is dying in your life, and what is coming to new birth. This feels like a deeply Lenten time, and perhaps there are spiritual spaces to plumb. In the meantime, if you have already sent a check, Mother Liz Maxwell will refund it to you. We hope we will have other opportunities to be together soon.
INSIGHT: CONTEMPLATIVE BIBLE STUDY AND WORSHIP
The Tuesday evening Insight service is cancelled for the time being - but we hope to be able to provide an online format soon. Stay tuned!
CORONAVIRUS HOT MEAL DISTRIBUTION CAMPAIGN
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the largest soup kitchen in New York State, has launched a coronavirus hot meal distribution campaign that aims to connect New Yorkers who lack reliable access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food with already-prepared hot meals. The campaign is inspired by national emergency food response efforts during the last two decades of natural disasters. By partnering with local culinary figures who have contributed their time and talent to relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen will be able to continue serving hot meals to New Yorkers who have come to rely on the soup kitchen for sustenance, while also expanding to feed and sustain residents who will increasingly feel financial constraints from business closures and cut-backs.
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THIS SUNDAY
No Services
UPCOMING
All worship services and church programming are
suspended at least through Sunday, May 17.
BETWEEN THIS SUNDAY AND NEXT
Please join us for Worship, Service, and Fellowship
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Wednesdays: MORNING PRAYER at 8:30 am - Suspended until 5/17
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Monday through Friday: HOLY APOSTLES SOUP KITCHEN from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Bagged Lunches
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Tuesdays: INSIGHT -- Bible Study & Holy Eucharist at 6:15 pm - Suspended until 5/17
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Wednesday: BIBLE STUDY at 9:30 am on the second floor of the Mission House - Suspended until 5/17
LIFE AT HOLY APOSTLES SOUP KITCHEN
Here is a quick look at just how the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen programs continued to meet the challenges presented as we proceeded along the second week of March before the COVID-19 restrictions:

  1. From March 9 through March 15, we served 3,916 hot meals onsite and prepared 2,716 bagged lunches for total of 6,632 meals. The serving and preparation of which was made possible by the 110 volunteers who donated 621 hours of service. We also had the assistance of 2 college groups.
  2. The Social Services volunteers made a total of 757 interactions with our guests including the following: distributed 19 pairs of reading glasses; made 1 benefits referral; 1 detox/rehab referral; 1 employment referral; 2 health & medical referrals; 2 legal referrals; 3 miscellaneous referrals; 2 pantry referrals; 6 shelter referrals; 7 transportation cards/referrals; handed out 61 articles of clothing or clothing referrals; 312 personal hygiene/toiletry items; 128 hair cut slips; assisted 79 people for mail intake/distribution; created 29 identification cards; allowed 12 guests to make telephone calls to follow-up on social service efforts; hosted 51 people in our computer lab; and saw 51 people take advantage of outreach/service tables.

We’ll provide another update next week on the activities of New York City’s largest Emergency Feeding Program. Your support is invaluable to all that we do.
-- Submitted by Michael Ottley