Park Church Co-Op

Holiday Caroling With Park Church Co-Op This Saturday! (12/2)

Holiday Caroling Park Church Co-Op

Jingle your bells and wish your neighbors a Merry Christmas by joining the Park Church Co-Op’s Holiday Caroling this weekend, Saturday Dec 2nd at 9am!

“Join us for some singing at Park Church Co-op! We’ll start our morning with hot chocolate and breakfast at 129 Russell Street where we’ll practice kid-friendly holiday tunes. Then we will walk over to St. John Lutheran’s Church (155 Milton St) to sing for those attending their community meal! Meet us promptly at 9am. Get a head start with practicing our song book, available at this link.

Cost: FREE.
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Construction on Greenpoint’s New Library and Environmental Education Center is Officially Underway!

Breaking ground on the new Greenpoint Library and Education Center. Photo by Lucie Levine
Breaking ground on the new Greenpoint Library and Education Center. Photo by Lucie Levine

The Greenpoint community, including students from PS 34, joined Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda Johnson and a host of local elected officials, to break ground on Greenpoint’s new Library and Environmental Education Center this Monday afternoon, October 23rd. The new library will stand on the site of the recently demolished Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Avenue). That location has been home to a library since 1906. The original Greenpoint Library, torn down due to structural damage in the 1970s, was one of Brooklyn’s first Carnegie Libraries, a group of institutions founded “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” The new Library and Environmental Education Center will help further that mission in the 21st century. The new library, designed to exceed the standards for LEED Silver Green Building Certification, will be double the size of the old Greenpoint Library, provide over 300 hours of environmental education per year, and sport a variety of exciting features including an accessible green roof and a public plaza with flexible meeting and event spaces.  Continue reading

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This is Thriller: North Brooklyn Halloween Roundup 2017!

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Sultry weather falls across the land—yet Halloween hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize our North Brooklyn ‘hood. And whosoever shall be found without the soul for getting down, must stand and face the shutdown of the L and rot inside Williamsburg’s shell. The foulest stench is in the air, the funk of Newtown Creek’s years. And grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to share your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver; for no mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller.

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Tiki Disco Halloween @ Good Room 2017TIKI DISCO HALLOWEEN
@ Good Room | 98 Meserole Ave | 10pm-4am
$20+ tix, More info
Tiki Disco started as a bi-monthly party at Roberta’s in 2009 and has transformed into a year-round happening, with popups around the globe. Eli Escobar, Lloydski and Andy Pry will hold down the floor with their deep selections of disco, funk, house and classics. Expect an evening of spooky vibes and ghostly dancingcostumes are definitely encouraged! Continue reading

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Benefit Art Sale at the Park Church Co-Op This Saturday! (10/21)

This weekend at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell Street), you’re in store for some consciousness-raising, togetherness, performances and an art benefit sale. 100% of proceeds will go to Make the Road NY, a network of courageous folks who stand up for immigrant and working class communities, communities of color, and LGBTQIA people. Raffle items include gift certificates from local businesses, and B’s Bikes (262 Driggs Ave), Van Leeuwen (620 Manhattan Ave) and Drama Club (211 Nassau Ave) have all donated to help the cause. You can follow Sanctuary on Instagram, where they’ll be previewing artworks for sale and the line-up of performance and installation artists. Artists who’ve donated pieces include: Ruby Palmer, Betsy AlwinPaula StuttmanChantelle NortonAmy Talluto, Ed Woodham, Jess Rosen, Diana RodgersThomas Lendvai, Christen Clifford, RA Friedman, Michael HambouzAnna OrtizSharela May BonfieldSejin ParkJohn Boone, and Marcia Cooper.

The event goes from 5-11pm on Saturday, and on Sunday from 1-4pm they’ll have a panel discussion that focuses on actionable ways to work for justice in a current climate of fear, anger and frustration at government policies.  Bring your friends and collect some beautiful art for an excellent cause; enjoy music, performance art, food, and drink!
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Lots of Fun Volunteer Opportunities at the Park Church Co-Op!

Pastor Amy in front of the Park Church Co-Op on Russell Street.
Pastor Amy in front of the Park Church Co-Op on Russell Street. Photo: Ian Hartsoe

As many of you know, the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell Street) is not only one of Greenpoint’s coolest churches, featuring unorthodox events like rock concerts, dance parties and sound baths, but it’s almost exclusively run by volunteers and dedicated community members. They have many exciting events and projects in store, and they would love to see more folks in the neighborhood getting involved. If you’d like to volunteer for any of the upcoming opportunities below, you can email [email protected].

Pregnancy Loss Support Group Vigil
October 16th 7-9PM
Community members are coming together for a candlelight vigil to reflect on the difficulties pregnancy loss. We need volunteers to come and bring snacks/beverages and offer general support.

Kids Spooky Halloween Party
October 29th 2PM-5PM
Parents in the neighborhood are organizing a fun Halloween event with games, face painting and trick or treating. We need volunteers to help with decorating and staffing the event.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

Concert Series 
Our Concert Series has hosted some amazing acts ranging from Lydia Lunch to Wise Blood. We are always in need of people to run the bar, door, help out with Church PR and just be an extra set of hands! Continue reading

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A Night of Experimental Jazz & Lydia Lunch at the Park Church Co-Op

Lydia Lunch performs, speaking about misogyny and today’s pessimistic world. Photo: Angelica Hill

Last Thursday, artist Martynka Wawrzyniak hosted “A Night of Experimental Jazz & Lydia Lunch” at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell Street) to support her McGolrick Park community art installation, Ziemia.  Ziemia, when finished, will consist of a large ceramic orb made from soil from across the globe and placed in a carefully cultivated meadow in McGolrick Park, adjacent to Russell Street between Nassau Ave and Driggs Ave.

The Park Church Co-Op was dimly lit, the stage awash with red and blue light. Meditative electronic new-age music played as the image of Jesus on the crucifix centered on the back wall looked over the scene. It may not seem like the most likely venue for a night of experimental jazz, but Pastor Amy Kienzle remarked that this event was part of the church’s larger event series that supports community art. And with Wawrzyniak being such an enthusiastic member of the church she felt it was important to support. She added that the church “believes in art and it being spiritually beneficial.” Continue reading

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Lydia Lunch Performing at the Park Church Co-Op 9/28 to Benefit McGolrick Art Installation

Lydia Lunch at Park Church Co-Op

On Thursday, September 28th, the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) will play host to an evening of experimental jazz headlined by post-punk, avant-garde powerhouse Lydia Lunch. Performances will begin at 8pm with pianist Jesse Lynch, followed by Matt Nelson on tenor saxophone, and a trio set by Moppa Elliott’s Mostly Other People Do the Killing. Lydia Lunch and Michael Foster will headline at 10pm. The evening will close with an experimental group ensemble conducted by Lunch. And, if that wasn’t enough to entice you to check this one out, proceeds will go towards McGolrick Park’s public art project, Ziemia (Polish for “Earth”).
To create Ziemia, artist Martynka Wawrzyniak is creating a native plant meadow and a sculpture made with help from Greenpoint residents. The sculpture will take the form of a ceramic orb, fired out of clay excavated in Greenpoint and glazed with a mix of soil contributed by residents from personally meaningful locations from around the world, which symbolize their identities. Ziemia aims to bridge the divides between the neighborhood’s disparate subcultures, serving as a collective portrait of the community through embodying residents’ personal homelands and migration stories.
Benefit details:
Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door.
Doors open at 7pm, music ends at 11pm
The Ziemia meadow is located in McGolrick Park adjacent to the Park Church Co-Op, and the deadline to contribute soil to Ziemia is December 15, 2017.
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The Coolest Church in Greenpoint: An Interview with Pastor Amy of the Park Church Co-op

Pastor Amy Kienzle at the Park Church Co-Op. All photos by Ian Hartsoe.
Pastor Amy Kienzle at the Park Church Co-Op. All photos by Ian Hartsoe.

Judgment-free dance parties. Concerts. Farmers Markets. Storytelling Events. It might sound like Greenpoint just got a sweet new venue, but actually, all these events take place at the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell Street), which is hands down the coolest church in Greenpoint. In 2015, the Park Church Co-op emerged out of what had been Messiah Lutheran Church, opposite McGolrick Park. At that time, Greenpointers sat down with Pastor Amy Kienzle, to learn more about the shifting nature of the congregation on Russell Street, and the Co-op’s open, community oriented approach to spirituality. I sat down with Pastor Amy last week to find out how the Co-Op has grown into one of the most exciting community spaces in the neighborhood.

The following interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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SING BKLYN Launches Neighborhood Children’s Choir

Kids…gear up for fall! A new, exciting afterschool activity is coming to Brooklyn. SING BKLYN children’s choir is inspiring young musicians, grades k-4, to blend their voices and talents to create something beautiful together. “Kids need more opportunities to perform. Kids need more music. Kids need to sing. Kids need a chance to build relationships that require them to work, support and encourage each other,” says founder Mary Duncan Stein.

Mary’s well-established SING LIC choirs in nearby Long Island City have been so well-received that she wanted to share this special experience with kids in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Continue reading

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Volunteer at the Greenpoint Library Popup!

Greenpoint Library Park Church Co-Op

While the Greenpoint Library is undergoing major construction, the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) will be hosting a popup library with some of the materials from their collection. They’re currently seeking volunteers to help out with opening the church, greeting guests, helping guests loan books and closing the church. Email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer. Continue reading

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