Newsletter 5.3.17

Sabbath-Banner_9cf1ec92-5cb8-4fc8-919b-405ccf95a3a2This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11:00am and service begins at 11:30am)
 

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 10.47.03 AMWorking on A Building – Sabbath Series Part Three

Last week Samir talked about the balance of delight and discipline when it comes to Sabbath practice. This week Vince will lead out we continue this theme. We will share the ways we build Sabbath in our lives. Think about the practices, rituals, and ideas you use to allow Sabbath to be built in your life and be ready to share those with us on Saturday. We also talk about ways we can invite people into the sacred architecture of Sabbath and discuss the political and spiritual implications of such an invitation.

“The Sabbaths are our great cathedrals, and our Holy of Holies is a shrine that (empires are not) able to burn.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel

ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Yoga with Peter Steen
Yoga practice meets every 1st and 3rd Sat of the month. Next Yoga practice is May 6 at 10am! Bring a yoga mat and $10 dollars.  Please rsvp to Peter at petersamuelsteen@gmail.com
Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel with Frank Schaefer
Save the date! May 12-14, 2017 (Mother’s Day Weekend). 
IMG_3411bCost: $220 per person includes 6 meals, accommodation, retreat fees and fun! Children (4-18 years old) are $100 per person.
 
Transportation: $50 per person (15 passenger van rental).
*We offer scholarships for those who need financial assistance. Please contact me at mccashsarah@gmail.com for scholarships.
Citykids
Citykids Party meets every 2nd Saturday of the month. Citykids Sabbath School meets every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month at 12pm in Room 3.  
Payments:
Mail it to: Citylights Community, Attention: Treasurer; P.O. Box 239; New York, NY 10026. (He will keep your pledges confidential and will only share information on the aggregate amount that is raised.) 
 
Give the old-fashioned way (dropping it in the bucket on Saturdays, direct deposit) 
 
tumblr_static_fslogo_blogOnline through Faith Street: http://www.faithstreet .com/church/citylights-communi ty-new-york-ny.  (You can download an app for your smart phone.  There is a nominal transaction fee, which decreases the higher the amount.) 
  
INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS
 
Address:
15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. We’re located between 15th and 16th street and between 2nd and 3rd Ave.  Rutherford Place runs parallel between 2nd and 3rd Ave. 
Program:
Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast and program begins at 11:30am.
We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/group s/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email.

Join us for our retreat! May 12-14th, Camp Jewell, Colebrook, CT

Life (Almost) Well Lived with Frank Schaefer 

Citylights Annual Retreat

May 12-14, 2017

Camp Jewell, Colebrook, CT

frank_schaeffer_0My wife Genie and I ask ourselves these questions out loud: What do we want to pass on to our grandchildren? Is success about competing in the global economy or about learning to live fully, deeply, and beautifully? How can I help my grandchildren stumble upon the goodness of life before they’re sold towering mounds of brain-damaging garbage? How do I help save the world? And what kind of deluded messianic fool am I to believe that this is even possible? … Let’s talk about questions like this at the Citylights Retreat.  ~ Frank Schaeffer

We have invited Frank Schaeffer to hold space for our diverse community of members, friends, and guests, from every stage of life, and help us grapple with life’s transitions and most important questions. Frank’s well of wisdom, foolishness, joy, anger, and peace goes deep. His brutal and empowering honesty has nurtured many of us over the years. We want to take a break from current politics (as much as we are capable) and remind ourselves of the larger arc of life. We want to take a break from the element of fire (fight) and wind (visioning), and get more into the elements of water (nourishment) and earth (grounding). We want to replenish ourselves and get ready for the next long stretch before us. Everyone is welcome.

Three golden tips:

Take the Friday off and arrive mid-day. You will be able to unwind and avoid traffic nightmare.

Catch up with Breaking Bad made-for-TV drama. Frank will talk about Walter and Skyler White.

Decide about your Talent Show piece. If you register you are in the lineup.

Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as “pretty terrible.” He is also an acclaimed author of fiction and nonfiction and an artist with a loyal following of international collectors who own many of his paintings. Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, BBC News and many other media outlets. He is a much sought after speaker and has lectured at a wide range of venues from Harvard’s Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum/UCLA, Princeton University, and Riverside Church Cathedral.

Links:

Hosts: http://www.citylightscommunity.org/

Speaker: http://www.frankschaeffer.com/

Location: http://campjewell.org/our-story/facilities/

IMG_3411bCost: $220 per person, includes 6 meals, accommodation, retreat fees and fun! Children and youth (4-17 years old) are $100 per person.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday

3pm: Check in

4pm: Hike (optional)

5pm: Dinner

6pm: Hike/Free time

7pm: Campfire and smores with Frank

10pm: Lights out

Saturday

7am: Yoga/Hike

8am: Breakfast

10am: Citylights Service with Frank

12pm: Lunch

1-4pm: Free time (Yoga, hiking, canoeing, horse back riding, candle making, rock wall climbing, rope course, etc.)

4-5pm: Sabbath Sundown Service with Frank

5pm: Dinner

7:00pm Talent Show

8:30pm- Campfire/Smores

Sunday

7am Yoga/Hike

8am Breakfast

10am Citylights Service

11:30am Pack and clean room lodge

12pm: Lunch

1pm: Dismissal

To register: Contact Sarah McCash via email: mccashsarah@gmail.com 

 

 

Sabbath Reflections

Hello Lights,

Reflections-sarah-300x164I apologized for not writing lately, I’ve have taken a pause in the last couple of months because I was feeling too blue to write. I’m still blue but thank God I’m surrounded by amazing and loving people everyday to help me see unwanted beauty.

I don’t know when it happened or how, but somewhere along the way I lost my center.  Looking back, I am not sure if it happened in small increments over the past year, or has been going on for many years without me realizing it.  I think I have grown weary and tired of Jesus, yet somehow my girls have revived Jesus back to life in our home.

Khloe, my almost 6-year-old, has so many questions about God and why this God never dies and never ages like most of the superheros she knows of. The idea of God is warming up to her.  And Summer, who can’t wait to turn 5 year’s old, has this love-hate relationship with God.  Some days she loves Jesus, and the next day she hates him.  And my baby 2-year-old, Hunter, who is the joker in the family, now only prays in cat language.  It goes like this: “Dear, meow meow, and meow meow”, etc. As I look at my relationship with God, I see that I feel skeptical like Khloe.  I definitely have this love-hate relationship like Summer; and some days I feel like I praying, “meow meow” .

I must confess, when I pray I don’t feel the cozy fuzzy warm feeling that I used to have.  I used to feel centered, solid, and in sync.  But now, most of the time I feel nothing, and am out of touch.  And because I feel nothing, I get frustrated and annoyed.  I have stopped praying for the most part; and when I do pray, it brings sorrow and cursing.  I end up crying with mascara running down my face.  I have like two minutes to erase the evidence before the kids start banging on my bathroom door.  How on Earth do they know when I disappear, and that I’m hiding in the bathroom? It’s like they have Jedi mind powers.

But the funny thing is that in my sulking Godless spirit, I am constantly poked with unwanted beautiful inspiration around me.  My daughters have created a ritual by waking me up with fresh brewed coffee at 6am, half of which is milk in my mug.  I take a sip with the biggest smile on my face even though I don’t like the taste of milk in my coffee.  At the same time the girls are bursting with joy.  “Mama, do you like the coffee?  We made it just for you!” I thank them and cuddle them all of them in my arms.

The other day, I was in a taxicab and ended up having one of the best 20-minute conversations about relationships, parenting, and purpose with the cab driver.  We needed to hear each other stories in order to survive, and be present with ourselves.  And there is this amazing mom in my daughter’s class that has unexpectedly become my soul sister who has been my sidekick this year co-parenting in Upper East Side.  Sometimes we take mini breaks and sip wine just to get through the afternoon while our kids are burning up their energy and tearing up the apartment.   We don’t care.  We just need to survive, sipping from large wine glasses.

Then something clicked inside me.  I may never gain back my “center”.  Honestly, however, I don’t’ think I need too.  There is something mystical, spiritual, and Godly about being vulnerable and opening yourself to someone.  And at that moment, I break a piece of dry bread and take a sip of my mint ginger tea at this hipster café having communion with beautiful strangers around me.  I am reminded in my awkward and human spirit that I’m am bathed daily in God’s unexpected goodness.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

Newsletter 3.23.17

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“My FaIth” Series

We believe in the Living Word and our lives are continuing to write the Bible. 1st century Nazareth or 21st century New York, it’s all the same. The same humans, the same God.  We have asked three people in our community to tell us about what holds their life together. Since we are all made in God’s image, their testimony will be revelatory of God.

They will converse with us, with other Biblical writers, and with people from any walk of God’s life that have affected their lives. Let’s bless and be blessed by them, ask questions, and let them know that we love them.

God is not done, truth is not done, beauty is not done. Come for the next installment of Christ’s story at Citylights.

March 11, CE 2017 

My Faith (Part 1):  Vesna Selmanovic (hosted by Lynette Darken)

March 18, CE 2017

My Faith (Part 2):  Peter Steen (hosted by Lisa Tilihoi)

March 25, CE 2017 

My Faith (Part 3):  Kris Engren (hosted by Kya Blackstone)

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Yoga with Peter Steen

Next Yoga practice is April 1 at 10am! Bring a yoga mat and $10 dollars.  Please rsvp to Peter at petersamuelsteen@gmail.com

Celebrating Citylights Diaspora (Part 2):  Romanian Light and Darkness

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Then Jesus said, “What shall we say the Kingdom of God is like? Hmmm, let me think. I tell you this, the Kingdom of God is like a Romanian Party in Harlem … ”

Featuring:

Awesome food by Rusu family

More awesome food by Popescu family

Even more awesome food by Tilihoi family

Moderately depressing super artsy Romanian movie

Fun communist stories

Romanian music!

SPECIAL: Carmen and Elisa Dumitrescu on a Large Screen, LIVE from Asia and Romania!

Feel free to bring (not required):

A quote or poem from Romanian literature

Romanian drink

Romanian flag

Romanian anything

Time:  3pm, Saturday April 1, 2017

Location: 2110 Frederick Douglass Blvd. Apt 3C, New York, NY 10026

If lost, call: 917-297-4576

retreat_logo_1Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel with Frank Schaefer

Save the date! May 12-14, 2017 (Mother’s Day Weekend).

Cost: $220 per person includes 6 meals, accommodation, retreat fees and fun! Children (4-18 years old) are $100 per person.

Transportation: $50 per person (15 passenger van rental).

*We offer scholarships for those who need financial assistance. Please contact me at mccashsarah@gmail.com for scholarships.

Citykids

Citykids Party meets every 2nd Saturday of the month.

Citykids Sabbath School meets every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month at 12pm in Room 3.  

Payments:

Mail it to: Citylights Community, Attention: Treasurer; P.O. Box 239; New York, NY 10026. (He will keep your pledges confidential and will only share information on the aggregate amount that is raised.)

Give the old-fashioned way (dropping it in the bucket on Saturdays, direct deposit)

Online through Faith Street: http://www.faithstreet.com/church/citylights-community-new-york-ny.  (You can download an app for your smart phone.  There is a nominal transaction fee, which decreases the higher the amount.)

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Address:

15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. We’re located between 15th and 16th street and between 2nd and 3rd Ave.  Rutherford Place runs parallel between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Program:

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast and program begins at 11:30am.

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email.

Newsletter 3.1.17

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This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11:00am and service begins at 11:30am)

“When you Fast, Do Not Look Gloomy.” – Matthew 6:16

AN INTRODUCTION TO LENT

lent-1-1200x661This Sabbath we will invite you into a holy Lenten observance. Lent is an ancient season of the church in which we examine our humanity. It begins with the realization of Ash Wednesday that our time is limited. We will one day return to ashes. It is in the realization that begin to strip away things that are superfluous to our being.

In many Christian traditions this process of stripping away takes the form of fasting or giving things up for Lent. We will spend this Sabbath investigating a practice that works for us as a community.

Vince will lead us out for this Sabbath. Come, and leave your gloomy face at home!

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Yoga with Peter Steen

yoga-silhouettes-pack_62147515391Next Yoga practice is March 4 at 10am! Bring a yoga mat and $10 dollars.  Please rsvp to Peter at petersamuelsteen@gmail.com

frank_schaeffer_0Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel with Frank Schaefer

Save the date! May 12-14, 2017 (Mother’s Day Weekend).

Cost: $220 per person includes 6 meals, accommodation, retreat fees and fun! Children (4-18 years old) are $100 per person.

Transportation: $50 per person (15 passenger van rental).

*We offer scholarships for those who need financial assistance. Please contact me at mccashsarah@gmail.com for scholarships.

Citykids

12573227_1728199874066678_3314763636782396496_nCitykids Party meets every 2nd Saturday of the month. Citykids Spring Party is March 11.

Citykids Sabbath School meets every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month at 12pm in Room 3.  

Payments:

Mail it to: Citylights Community, Attention: Treasurer; P.O. Box 239; New York, NY 10026. (He will keep your pledges confidential and will only share information on the aggregate amount that is raised.)

Give the old-fashioned way (dropping it in the bucket on Saturdays, direct deposit)

tumblr_static_fslogo_blogOnline through Faith Street: http://www.faithstreet.com/church/citylights-community-new-york-ny.  (You can download an app for your smart phone.  There is a nominal transaction fee, which decreases the higher the amount.)

 

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Address:

15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. We’re located between 15th and 16th street and between 2nd and 3rd Ave.  Rutherford Place runs parallel between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Program:

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast and program begins at 11:30am.

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email.

Weekly Newsletter 2.23.17

This upcoming Sabbath (Service begins at 11:30am)

Please note: We will not have breakfast since we have our family potluck following the service! Bring a dish to share! 

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Unpacking Religious Words – Part 3 – Salvation 

Illustration by Charles Cullen. Frontispiece to Countee Cullen's "The Black Christ and Other Poems," 1929. Source: https://library.missouri.edu/scriptamanent/2014/02/19/the-black-christ-by-countee-cullen-with-illustrations-by-charles-cullen/; http://rbhardy3rd.blogspot.com/2009/01/project-1929-black-christ.html; see also Julius Bloch's "Lynching" (http://woodmerecollection.org/julius-bloch-9/); Hale Woodruff's "By Parties Unknown" (http://www.arts-africana.com/HWPU5.aspx), and E. Simms Campbell's "I Passed Along This Way" (https://www.flickr.com/photos/vieilles_annonces/5045426179/in/photostream/; http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4145/5045426179_f82d54c2c7_o.jpg).

This week our Sabbath discussion will be lead by our very own Kya Blackstone. We will examine the word and concept of salvation through the lens of Black Liberation Theology. This of course is an effort to honor Black History Month, as well as our current theme of investigating and unpacking religious words at City Lights. The two texts that are anchoring our discussion this week are Ephesians 2:8-9,  and Romans 8: 38-39.  In addition, this passage from The Cross and The Lynching Tree by James H. Cone, will provide a framework for our discussion.

“Penniless, landless, jobless, and with no political and social power in the society, what could black people do except to fight with cultural and religious power and pray that God would sup- port them in their struggle for freedom? Black people “stretched their hands to God,” because they had nowhere else to turn. Because of their experience of arbitrary violence, the cross was and is a redeeming and comforting image for many black Chris- tians. If the God of Jesus’ cross is found among the least, the crucified people of the world, then God is also found among those lynched in American history.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Yoga with Peter Steen

white-chicks-doing-yogaNext Yoga practice is Feb. 25 at 10am! Bring a yoga mat and $10 dollars.  Please rsvp to Peter at petersamuelsteen@gmail.com

Potluck Luncheon every 4th Saturday

Feb.25 is our Citylights Luncheon potluck.  Bring any healthy delicious dish to share!

 

Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel with Frank Schaeferfrank_schaeffer_0

Save the date! May 12-14, 2017 (Mother’s Day Weekend).

Cost: $220 per person includes 6 meals, accommodation, retreat fees and fun! Children (4-18 years old) are $100 per person.

Transportation: $50 per person (15 passenger van rental).

*We offer scholarships for those who need financial assistance. Please contact me at mccashsarah@gmail.com for scholarships.

Citykids

Citykids Party meets every 2nd Saturday of the month. Citykids Spring Party is March. 11

Citykids Sabbath School meets every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month at 12pm in Room 3.  

Payments:

Mail it to: Citylights Community, Attention: Treasurer; P.O. Box 239; New York, NY 10026. (He will keep your pledges confidential and will only share information on the aggregate amount that is raised.)

Give the old-fashioned way (dropping it in the bucket on Saturdays, direct deposit)

Online through Faith Street: http://www.faithstreet.com/church/citylights-community-new-york-ny.  (You can download an app for your smart phone.  There is a nominal transaction fee, which decreases the higher the amount.)

 

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Address:

15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. We’re located between 15th and 16th street and between 2nd and 3rd Ave.  Rutherford Place runs parallel between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Program:

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast and program begins at 11:30am.

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email.

Weekly Newsletter 2.16.17

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11:00am and service begins at 11:30am)

Discussing the S Word

_DjZSQWS_400x400The S word is, of course, sin. There is a decline in Christian usage of the word. The word is outmoded, so no cure can be found for the problem that must not be named. But how about taking another look entirely, with the Bible in hand.  What if sin is something natural to us, as Rabbis would say?  What if sin is only ego’s hallucination, as mystics would say?  How can the concept of sin be used to help us to love well?  Samir will lead us in our investigation and what we hope to be a delicious encounter with sin.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Yoga with Peter Steen

Next Yoga practice is Feb. 25 at 10am! Bring a yoga mat and $10 dollars.  Please rsvp to Peter at petersamuelsteen@gmail.com

Potluck Luncheon every 4th Saturday

Feb.25 is our Citylights Luncheon potluck.  Bring any healthy delicious dish to share!

Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel with Frank Schaefer

Save the date! May 12-14, 2017 (Mother’s Day Weekend).

Cost: $220 per person includes 6 meals, accommodation, retreat fees and fun! Children (4-18 years old) are $100 per person.

Transportation: $50 per person (15 passenger van rental).

*We offer scholarships for those who need financial assistance. Please contact me at mccashsarah@gmail.com for scholarships.

Citykids

Citykids Party meets every 2nd Saturday of the month. Citykids Spring Party is March 11.

Citykids Sabbath School meets every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month at 12pm in Room 3.  

Payments:

Mail it to: Citylights Community, Attention: Treasurer; P.O. Box 239; New York, NY 10026. (He will keep your pledges confidential and will only share information on the aggregate amount that is raised.)

Give the old-fashioned way (dropping it in the bucket on Saturdays, direct deposit)

Online through Faith Street: http://www.faithstreet.com/church/citylights-community-new-york-ny.  (You can download an app for your smart phone.  There is a nominal transaction fee, which decreases the higher the amount.)

 

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Address:

15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. We’re located between 15th and 16th street and between 2nd and 3rd Ave.  Rutherford Place runs parallel between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Program:

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast and program begins at 11:30am.

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email.

Newsletter 1.20.17

Hello Lighters,

Last week at 5am in the morning, I felt a light tug on my shoulder.  It was Khloe who had something to say. Lately, she hasn’t been waking me up; but when she does it’s always something profound.  The last time she woke me up was a couple of months ago, she dreamed about Jesus with a twist.  So as I begin to wake up, she whispered in my ear, “Mommy, why can’t humans change?”  At first, I thought I heard wrong and said “huh?” She repeated again, “Mommy, why can’t humans change?” I remembered being taken back, for one it was 5am, and second of all, how do you tell a 5 year old why some humans can’t change?  Khloe with her big brown eyes wearing her favorite dinosaur pajamas looks at me waiting for an answer.  I didn’t have one.

candleWell, because I still haven’t changed yet, and still waiting for myself to change.  I still carry the wounds that haven’t healed properly from people that have hurt me, people whom I have held close to my heart and continue to do so.  You see, I’m waiting for them to change. It may never happen, but meanwhile, I think as humans we forget what love looks or feel like. With all of our walls, grudges, pain, and ego we become this monster we never imagined to be.  We all are some type of monster and if you don’t think you are, well you’re in denial.

Take this moment and imagine what love looks and feels like. Some of you may need wine or yoga to practice this. Some of you may find this easy or extremely difficult.  And if you find this difficult, take your time and breathe. So lighters, find the monster inside you and feed it with kindness and love.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11:00am and service begins at 11:30am)

A simple Sabbath. 

We will sing songs we love. 

We will bring poems to read. 

We will rest in the love of God and each other. 

A simple Sabbath, 

for complicated days. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

After the service, we will get together and join the Women’s March.  For those who want to join us, please meet us at Room 1.

Yoga with Peter Steen

Yoga this Sabbath at 10am! Bring a yoga mat and $10 dollars.  Please rsvp to Peter at petersamuelsteen@gmail.com

Citykids

Citykids Party meets every 2nd Saturday of the month. Citykids Party is Feb. 12

Citykids Sabbath School meets every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month at 12pm in Room 3.  

Payments:

Mail it to: Citylights Community, Attention: Treasurer; P.O. Box 239; New York, NY 10026. (He will keep your pledges confidential and will only share information on the aggregate amount that is raised.)

Give the old-fashioned way (dropping it in the bucket on Saturdays, direct deposit)

Online through Faith Street: http://www.faithstreet.com/church/citylights-community-new-york-ny.  (You can download an app for your smart phone.  There is a nominal transaction fee, which decreases the higher the amount.)

 

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Address:

15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. We’re located between 15th and 16th street and between 2nd and 3rd Ave.  Rutherford Place runs parallel between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Program:

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast and program begins at 11:30am.

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email .

PLEASE NOTE! DIFFERENT MEETING SPOT THIS SATURDAY, 12.24.

medium_daac31f4cfea8851830aThis upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11:00am and service begins at 11:30am)

CHRISTMAS EVE SABBATH! 

PLEASE READ FOR SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS!!! 

This Sabbath, Dec. 24th, we will meet at Bushwick Abbey at 11 AM for breakfast and service at 11:30.

Bushwick Abbey is located at 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237. Here’s the Google Maps link.

We will meet on the third floor. Just come on up!

To get there take the L train to Dekalb. Be on the front of the train and then exit there. That will be Stanhope. Walk up Stanhope to Knickerbocker and take a right. Walk one block. The church is on the right, before you come to Himrod.

christmas-pageant1This Sabbath we will do our annual IMPROV CHRISTMAS PAGEANT! Please bring props and costumes that you think might be able to be used in a creative telling of the nativity. If you have never participated in the before you will not want to miss this!

See you Saturday!

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Our NYC neighbor Vanessa Jordan took a bold step to come out of her comfort zone to ask for help to get back on her feet. She’s funny, compassionate and kind. Let’s all help out a sister in need. This could be me, my sister or your sister, etc.  In the midst of the unknown, Vanessa knows the sun will come out tomorrow.

https://www.gofundme.com/ch-please-help-me-get-back-on-my-feet

Yoga with Peter Steen

Yoga is postponed!

We meet every 1st and 3rd Sabbath of the month at 10am.  Next Yoga Practice is in January 2017!

Citykids

Citykids Party meets every 2nd Saturday of the month. Citykids Party is Jan 14. at noon.

Citykids Sabbath School meets every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month at 12pm in Room 3.  

Payments:

Mail it to: Citylights Community, Attention: Treasurer; P.O. Box 239; New York, NY 10026. (He will keep your pledges confidential and will only share information on the aggregate amount that is raised.)

Give the old-fashioned way (dropping it in the bucket on Saturdays, direct deposit)

Online through Faith Street: http://www.faithstreet.com/church/citylights-community-new-york-ny.  (You can download an app for your smart phone.  There is a nominal transaction fee, which decreases the higher the amount.)

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Address:

15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. We’re located between 15th and 16th street and between 2nd and 3rd Ave.  Rutherford Place runs parallel between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Program:

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast and program begins at 11:30am.

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email .

Newsletter 11.18.16

Hi Lights,

girls-are-equal-to-boysKhloe is a 5-year-old kid that unintentionally likes to push peoples boundaries. She somehow manages to challenge people’s beliefs with unbelievable childlike kindness. The other day, Khloe found her beloved necktie that she wore years ago. She was so excited that she found it, and could not wait to wear it to school the next day. “Mom, I’m going to look handsome!” she exclaimed. “Of course you are, Khloe!” I responded. “You’re going to rock the necktie like a rock star!” So the next morning while she and her sister we’re getting ready to school, I peeked into their room to see if they’re getting ready. Summer is putting on the brightest pink and purple princess dress with neon yellow polka dotted tights. She is contemplating which necklaces and bracelets that would go with her fabulous outfit. And Khloe pulls a crisp white superhero tee shirt that says, “Becoming a Superhero”. She takes her small blue and white necktie and clips it onto her shirt with her favorite denim jeans. They both brush their hair until their knots disappears, leaving their hair glossy and soft. They’re both beaming with pride and asked me, “Mom, how do I look?” “You guys look so amazing!” I replied. They both giggled at each other and took off to show Sam their outfit.

When I picked up girls at school, I asked my routine questions, “Who was silly today? Did anyone make you laugh?” I then asked Khloe with enthusiasm, “Khloe, did anyone notice your tie?!” Her response almost broke me. In a casual tone, Khloe says, “mom, my friends say girls can’t wear ties”. I asked her, “Well what did you say!?” I feel my blood boiling inside. “Mom, I told them that some girls wear ties. They would repeat back that girls don’t’ wear ties, but I would say they do.” She said this multiple times to her friends. She then breaks into a giggle stating about how she was going to wear her time tomorrow, and for the rest of the week. She takes off and joins her two sisters playing with legos.

I, on the other hand, am a hot mess. I just wanted to cry. I wondered to myself, “Is this just the beginning of heartbreaks for being different?” So the whole day, I was moping. Sam came home, and I told him what happened. He said he overheard the kids talking to Khloe about the tie incident, but it was all in an innocent manner. I asked him if any of the parents chimed in? He said no. My heart dropped again.

As I tucked my kids into bed that night I see Khloe’s beloved tie sitting on top of her dresser. I say a blessing on it. This simple tie has served some type symbol of what’s happening in our world today of sharing different beliefs whether it’s religion, gender, race, or politics. I just witnessed Khloe and her classmates able to have a conversation about their opinions without using hateful words or tone. It stung my heart right there because I’ve been guilty many times using hurtful words and tone to Sam, my family, friends, and other people who don’t share the same beliefs as mine. It was at this moment that something stirred inside me to pray. I pray for Khloe and all the people who dare to be different, to have courage and to have a safe community to hear their voices. The next morning, I see Khloe carefully placing her outfit on the bed and places her tie next to it. She looks at me, “Mom, what do you think?” “Khloe, it looks amazing,” and give her a hug. I think I’m going to raid Sam’s closet and find a tie too.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11:00am and service begins at 11:30am)

We are a still trying to find our footing since the election. We will spend this Sabbath doing what we always do, learning to love well. Come prepared for a time of mediation, loud singing, quiet reflection, and lively, compassionate discussion.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yoga with Peter Steen

We meet every 1st and 3rd Sabbath of the month at 10am. Next Yoga Practice is Nov. 19 RSVP to Peter Steen at petersamuelsteen@gmail.com. Suggested donation is $10. Please bring a mat and water bottle.

Citykids

Citykids Party meets every 2nd Saturday of the month.

Citykids Sabbath School meets every Sabbath except on the 2nd of the month at 12pm in room 3.

Donations:

PLEDGES
We are still collecting pledges. Every cent counts! Please email your pledge amount to our treasurer Sabin: sabin25_99@yahoo.com. Thank you for investing your time, commitment and resources to our community.

Payments:
Mail it to: Citylights Community, Attention: Treasurer; P.O. Box 239; New York, NY 10026. (He will keep your pledges confidential and will only share information on the aggregate amount that is raised.)

Give the old-fashioned way (dropping it in the bucket on Saturdays, direct deposit)

Online through Faith Street: http://www.faithstreet.com/church/citylights-community-new-york-ny. (You can download an app for your smart phone. There is a nominal transaction fee, which decreases the higher the amount.)

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Address:

15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003. We’re located between 15th and 16th street and between 2nd and 3rd Ave. Rutherford Place runs parallel between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Program:

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast and program begins at 11:30am.

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email .