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Greenpoint History Walking Tour to Benefit the Park Church Co-op Saturday (7/7)

Historical Map of Greenpoint courtesy of Dennis Ward

Beloved neighborhood worship/art space, the Park Church Co-op (129 Russell St.) has put out a fundraising call to the community. Ace local historian, and Greenpointers contributor, Geoff Cobb has answered that call in a fantastically innovative way! He’ll lead a donation-based historical walking tour of Greenpoint on Saturday, July 7th from 10-11am, and donate all proceeds to the Park Church Co-op.

The tour will meet at the corner of Calyer and Franklin. All are welcome! RSVP here.

What: Walking Tour with Geoff Cobb on Behalf of the Park Church Co-op
When: Saturday, July 7, at 10am.
Where: Franklin and Calyer
Who: Everyone!

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The Park Church Co-op Needs Your Help

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.

If you’ve ever been to a dance party, a concert, a reading, or a farmers market in Greenpoint, chances are you’ve been to the Park Church Co-op at 129 Russell Street. Greenpoint’s coolest church has been leading cultural venue as well as a space of spirituality and worship since it began its mission as a New Start Ministry in 2015. Now, the church is soliciting donations to continue its work.

Earlier this year, the Co-op was slated to lose funding from the Lutheran Church in America and shut its doors. Thankfully, the Church was granted a reprieve to continue operating til the end of 2018. With that deadline approaching, The Park Church Co-op has launched a campaign “designed to increase the number of worshipers attending Sunday services as well as to generate more giving from the community-at-large to continue and expand the church’s outreach programs.” The goal is for the Park Church Co-op to be fully self-sustaining through donations by the end of 2018.  Continue reading

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Park Church Co-op Gets a New Lease on Life!

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.

Since it opened its doors in 2015, the Park Church co-op has been a unique space for both community gathering and worship in Greenpoint. Pastor Amy Kienzie describes the church as “more a new start ministry than a traditional Lutheran Church,” and that non-traditional approach has helped make the Park Church Co-op a welcome and beloved fixture in the neighborhood. The Co-op is well known for opening its doors to non-religious community events such as farmer’s markets, concerts, No Lights No Lycra dances, Drag Queen story hours and even a pop-up library.

Recently, it looked like Greenpoint was going to lose this vital and welcoming space. Pastor Amy’s last sermon was set for April 15th, as the Lutheran Church in American declined to continue grant funding the ministry at the Park Church Co-op. In reaching their decision, the Bishop’s office maintained that the Park Church Co-op didn’t have a large enough membership to warrant continued funding.

While the current congregation is small, 12-15 people on any given Sunday (with 40 people at Thursday Compline services, and growing to at least a hundred people at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve), it is deeply connected to the space and to the community. Member Suzanne Green explains, “we’re vey candid and open here.” That inclusivity attracted her to the Park Church Co-op. She comes all the way from Fort Greene to be involved because she appreciates Pastor Amy’s non-traditional approach. “When you’re actually involved,” she says, “the message is so much closer to what’s actually happening in your own life.” And that involvement extends to the community, and into McGolrick Park in particular. Partitioner Lana Bliss, from Sunnyside, says, “There’s nothing better than in the springtime walking over here and walking through the park. And the farmer’s markets out there, it’s just beautiful.”

The passion of Park Church partitioners  seems to have moved the Bishop’s office to grant a reprieve! Pastor Amy told us on March 19th that that the congregation will have a 9 month probationary period with funding to try and grow in funding and worship numbers! In that time, the congregation on Russell Street will try to make its unique approach to spirituality a sustainable part of the community that will hopefully have a home in Greenpoint for years to come.  Continue reading

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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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