Lutheran Church of the Messiah

“Via Delorosa: Meditation on Mortality” Opens Tonight at Messiah Church (3/5)

Lutheran Church of the Messiah hosts sacred art show

Last night, I met with Pastor Amy Kienzle at Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) mid installation of an art show that opens tonight at 7pm. For all you heathens, today is also Ash Wednesday.

The show titled Via Delorosa: Meditation on Mortality is a “sacred exhibit” – a take on The Stations of the Cross, which are different scenes of Jesus’ crucifixion from his arrest and conviction through his entombment.

Half of the show takes place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg (334 So. 5th St) and was co-curated by the Pastor there – Ben McKelahan, along with Pastor Amy and Baxter Alexander – a local musician and artist.

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No Lights No Lycra Benefit for Common Ground (12/14)

No Light No Lycra, the weekly dancing in the dark party at Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) is having a special group show benefit on December 14th, 2013 to benefit Common Ground, a homeless outreach program. Tickets are only $7! (in advance), $10 at the door.

100% of ticket sales will be donated!

Luke Temple (of Here We Go Magic)
Jo Schornikow (of Phosphoresent)
Laura & Greg
Single Ben
Eastern Midwestern
& DJ Pumpkin Patch

Beer lovingly supplied by Brooklyn Brewery

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FLASH SALE! $100 OFF! Brooklyn Craft Camp: A One-Day DIY Extravaganza (10/5)

Brooklyn Craft Camp FLASH SALE!
$100 off with Code FLASH at checkout!

If you’re a crafty type, you won’t want to miss Brooklyn Craft Camp — an epic day of modern making happening in Greenpoint on Saturday, October 5, in the hall of the Church of the Messiah on Russell Street.


Brought to you by the soon-to-launch Brooklyn Craft Company, Craft Camp is a full day of crafting, eating, meeting and greeting! Registration includes four 90-minute modern craft classes — including terrariums, glass etching, stampmaking, papercut, suede tassel charms, sequin bracelets, knitted necklace, needle felting, and more — taught by amazing Brooklyn makers including craft authors, bloggers and designers.


But Brooklyn Craft Camp isn’t just mere crafting. It’s also awesome food — a Peter Pan donut bar for breakfast, a fancy lunch by Greenpoint chef Lisa Leonard Lee, and a cocktail hour. It’s great music with a DJ spinning vintage vinyl all day, a photo booth, a DIY nail art bar, a keynote chat from Jenni Rasosevich of I Spy DIY — and the sparkling company of over a hundred amazing crafty peeps! It’s like a DIY party all day long.


Advance registration is required, so head over to Brooklyn Craft Camp to check out all the classes and grab your spot!


Sponsored post courtesy of Brooklyn Craft Camp.
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A Letter from The Pastor: Griffin Resigns

It’s sad to see such a great man go, but we wish him the best of luck! Thanks for everything Griffin! You rule.

Dear Friends,

On Monday evening at the Congregational Council meeting, I submitted my resignation as the pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. It has been my honor to serve you for the last seven and a half years. You have been my teachers and friends. For that, I am eternally grateful. Together, we have worked to reach out to the community in innovative ways — being a beacon of hope to our neighbors and beyond. 

As I enter a new decade in my life, I am feeling called by God into new adventures in my personal and professional life. I will be moving to Boston. At this time, I do not have a pastoral call or a job secured, but I have several possibilities in the mix. I am looking forward to what God has in store for me!

I have spoken with Bishop Rimbo about my plans. He and his staff are committed to walking closely with the congregation through the upcoming transition. The work accomplished by the Messiah/St. John’s dialog committee has laid the groundwork for moving forward together. Messiah is a resilient congregation, and I know that the future is bright even though it is a bit unclear at this time.

I plan to serve through the end of June, and my last Sunday will be June 24. I look forward to making the most of these final days with you. 

Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your on-going prayers and support. 

Grace and peace,
The Rev. Griffin Thomas

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McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market Update

Eastern Gray Squirrel, Wiewiorka Szara
© BasikKD from Greenpointers Flickr Pool

Nicole Reed, who began petitioning for a Farmer’s Market in McGolrick park sent me some positive feedback and updates:

The first meeting on 1/30 to discuss the possibility of a Farmer’s Market at McGolrick Park, with 709 signatures in hand, along with the support from District Leader Lincoln Restler, Morgan Pehme of the Friends of McGolrick Park, and Rev. Griffin Thomas of the Church of the Messiah was a success.

Community Markets is on the agenda to present tomorrow night, Thurs., 2/23 at 6:30pm, before the Parks and Waterfront Committee of Community Board 1 of Brooklyn. Location:  435 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. This meeting is open to the public. Please attend to show your support.

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The Love Birds Valentine’s Market at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah was so much fun that I feel like Valentine’s Day already happened!

Check out your Love Nest Photos and Market Photos on Facebook.

Guests were raving about all the great gifts and delicious sweets & savories they enjoyed from local vendors, and there was a real African Grey Parrot for the kids to feed! The space was decorated so lovely by Julie of J.Hollis Styles and the artwork on display was gorgeous.

Thanks to Cara from Write by Hand and Jessie, from Sadie Magazine for the love letter writing station, to Miguel of Marofoto for his love nest photos, Eric from Sidereal Signs for doing astrology readings and the ladies of Holler for putting on a great show. Special thanks to all the local businesses who made the raffle and surprise gifts fun and exciting.

Thanks to our awesome contributors Hilary, Yana & Peter for helping to set-up the market and Griffin for letting us use the church! I would also like to thank my special Valentine Jon for all of his support, problem solving and encouragement. This great event could not have happened without everyone’s love, brawn & great attitudes! (has the music started?)

See more photos on Greenpointers Facebook.

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The Love Birds Valentine’s Market this Saturday, 2/11 is going to be amazing! Aside from a long list of talented food and gift vendors, local artwork, $1 raffle prizes & $10 surprise gifts, there will be a FREE Bird’s Nest Photo Booth, Free Astrology Readings, a Love Letter Writing Station, plus the band Holler performs at 3:30pm. Here is a sneak peak at all the great things you may find or win this Saturday!

For an updated vendor, artist and prize list, click here.
RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!

Greenpointers Lover Birds Valentine’s Market
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell St
Greenpoint, NY 11222

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Greenpointers Love Birds Valentine’s Market

Mark your calendars for Greenpointers Love Birds Valentine’s Market! On Saturday February 11, 2012, food, gift & craft vendors will take over the Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) from noon-5pm. The interiors of the space will be transformed by a professional set designer and local artists will be showcasing their work. There will be live music, a FREE birdy photo booth, a love letter writing station, $1 raffles, and a $10 surprise gift table, free astrology readings, plus more! Check back as we update our list of vendors, prizes and happenings…

Please RSVP on Facebook and help spread the word!

If you bring in a recipe for the Greenpointers Community Cook Book, you will get a *free raffle! Just print this out and fill it in. *Limit one raffle per person.

• The band Holler performs 3:30-4:30pm!
• Free Readings from Sidereal Astrology
• Love Letter Writing Station with Cara from Write By Hand
• Free Birdy Photo Booth with Photographer Miguel Rodrigues

Hey Mishka
Simple Soap
Gretchen & Grizelda’s Goodies
Red Tail Feathers
The Bake Easy
Dial M for Michele
Dogooder Comics
Junk Toucher
Brenda Colling Designers
Naki Nagi Scrubs
Left Field Cards
French Braid Paper
Kitty Lee Thomas Sweets
Sacrificial Rabbits
Shooting Stars Weddings
HYC Creative
Black and Blanco
Birdhouse Jewelry
Meesch NYC
Morris Kitchen
Butter Plus Love
Regal Vegan

Artwork by:
Lisa Bauer
Caroline Burghardt
Scott Chasse
Barry Chesser
Brenda Colling
Alison Corrie
Thomas Kwak
Ron Kostar
Lauren Lanier
Rachel Phillips
Tal Shpantzer
Ruby Strassman
Charles Tisa
Claire Typaldos

Raffles & Surprise Gifts from:
Brouwerij Lane
Paulie Gee
Cafe Grumpy
Five Leaves
Green Desk
Kill Devil Hill
Cato’s Army Navy
The One Well
From The Source
Veronica People’s Club
Word Brooklyn
Black Rabbit
East River Tattoo
The Diamond Bar
Freckle Skin & Hair
Two Arms, Inc.

Interiors designed by J.Hollis Styles.

Poster Artwork by Barry Chesser.

If you are a local business who would like to donate a raffle or surprise gift, email greenpointers (at)

To become a vendor, click here.

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I spotted this amazing poster at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. I’m bird obsessed and have a poster fetish so I was extremely hyper about this find. I tacked it to my fridge then upon closer inspection discovered it’s for a martial arts class called White Crane: Unity of Body and Movement from the Island of Java. And it’s right here in Greenpoint (129 Russell St) on Thursdays at 7:00pm for $5. Dreamy.

The description of this beginner “no experience necessary” class  is promising, with “self-cultivation opportunities appropriate for everybody – independent of age, gender and physical condition,” that “will work on learning balance, coordination, strength, and endurance, so if you don’t have those skills yet, no problem.”

Yet? I have been working on these elusive skills my whole life, especially balance and coordination. Sometimes I wonder why I even have hands with all the dropping I do. Three broken iphone screens later and the universe needs me to take this class.

Five bucks is cheaper than a beer and you get a hell of a lot more out of this intense hour and a half class than from a beer. And you can just have a beer after class!

When I met our instructor Karl a.k.a. Kayrock, who has years of experience studying this “movement system” and spent some months training in Java, I didn’t ask him about the class, I asked him about the poster.

“I love this poster!”

Kayrock runs Kayrock Screenprinting, which was at Monster Island then moved to the GMDC building on Manhattan Ave. after the massive evacuation. Another multi-talented Greenpointer doing great things in the community. And your $5 is donated to the church.

White Crane was so on. We began by jogging around the basement of the church barefoot to warm up. Then we did a series of punch and kick repetitions that really got us pumped. After some stretching, Kayrock described the method as a the yoga of martial arts, and many of the stretches were similar and very relaxing.

Then the coordination training began. We did slide walk kicks across the floor, repeatedly. At first they felt awkward but after my body learned the movement and I started to get it, it was a lot of fun. I was able to focus on what I was doing in the moment, which is great for dealing with everyday stress and distractions.

After that we moved on to the “dance fighting with a partner” portion. That is not the technical name, but that is what it felt like. This is where martial arts really differs from yoga. In yoga you fly solo, on your own mat and work on an inward practice. White Crane is more dynamic in that your practice is outward and shared, and you must anticipate the movements of someone else, while trying to be coordinated yourself. Not easy, but even in the short time I was there I got better.

My fight dance partner was my boyfriend. If this isn’t a form of couples therapy I don’t know what is. At one point Jon and I were fumbling through one of the block then punch slide routines and he said, “You punch me, then I punch you.” I never thought I would ever hear that sentence much less it be a positive statement, but it was and we got better at fighting each other, gently of course.

We raved about the class all week and look forward to returning and getting better. I can’t wait until I can trip him so he falls on the floor! And he’s going to like it.

Try White Crane; you will be hooked. And watch this video I made. Aaliyah and Timbaland and trips and back flips make up for the poor editing.

White Crane: Unity of Body and Movement From the Island of Java
Thursdays @ 7:00-8:30pm
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell St

More info: email kayrock (at)

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