MABC Winter Clothing Drive

As many of you know, MABC partners with Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries (RMM) each year in their winter clothing drive. Their biggest needs are adult winter coats, pants, sweat-shirts, hats, gloves and underwear of all adult sizes. In addition, they can always take adult shoes! They take clean, gently used items or new. If people want to donate through our Amazon Wishlist, they can do so here. If you are able to donate any of these items, you can bring them to MABC and drop them in the box at the back of the Sanctuary. Or you can bring them to RMM at 410 West 40th Street in Manhattan. They will be open on Mondays each week through March and are always looking for volunteers. For more information, contact either Adom Crew (adom.crew@gmail.com), or RMM directly (212-594-4464 or volunteer@rmmnyc.org).

Community Ministries November Focus – The Bowery Mission

For the month of November, the Board of Community Ministries has chosen to focus on supporting the Bowery Mission!  During the Thanksgiving season, meals together are often a focus for many of us, but sadly there are lots of individuals who do not have this basic necessity.  As a result, we will be supporting the Bowery Mission by donating money to help them provide Thanksgiving meals to the hungry and homeless.  MABC has a long standing partnership with the Bowery Mission which includes members from the congregation serving Thanksgiving meals to their clients in past years, so we are excited to support them in November.

If you are interested in helping us support this mission, please earmark funds for this specific purpose so we know how to allocate it.  Remember, the Community Ministries Board will match donations provided by the congregation so we hope to really make an impact for those in need.  You can donate online HERE (selecting the Bowery Mission option) or mail a check to the church noting it’s for the Bowery Mission.

Ecclesia Ministries Sundays

We look forward to resuming our work with Ecclesia in the near future.

MABC is now officially a sponsoring congregation for Ecclesia Ministries which ministers to the poor and marginalized in public spaces throughout NYC through worship services and lunches. Our church will be responsible for the fifth Sundays during the year. Rev. Susan Sparks will preach and our congregation led by our Community Ministries Board will prepare lunches for each of these worship services.  We are honored to be a part of this important ministry for New York City!

Please note: During this time of pandemic, our volunteer effort with the Ecclesia lunch program has been suspended.

Letter-Writing Volunteers Needed

New Alternatives for LGBT Youth, an organization MABC partnered with earlier in the year for a soup kitchen ministry, has asked for volunteers in writing letters to some of their incarcerated clients. These at-risk individuals often become isolated and vulnerable in jail and this communication helps provide them with support along their journey. If anyone is interested in participating, please email Adom Crew at adom.crew@gmail.com for more information.

Early Morning Volunteer Opportunity

Every Tuesday morning from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m., St. Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan (619 Lexington Ave. @ 54th St.) runs a soup kitchen.  They are always looking for volunteers to help out and would welcome members  our MABC family with open arms.  If anyone is interested in participating, please contact Adom Crew, who participates in this ministry weekly.  For additional details, adom.crew@gmail.com.