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Abyssinian has always been a church whose presence extends beyond the church walls out into its Harlem neighborhood and the broader community. "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." – John 13:35

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ARTS & CULTURE

Rev. Butts to Keynote Black History Month Celebration event

Our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, will the the keynote speaker at A Black History Month Celebration Program presented by Boyer Lodge No. 1, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York on Saturday, February 24, 2017 at 1:00PM, at Friendship Baptist Church, 144 West 131st Street, New York, NY 10027.

X: or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation

The assassination of Malcolm X: both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared—is brought to vivid, lyrical life in award-winning writer Marcus Gardley’s new play, X: or, Betty Shabazz v The Nation. Bold staging, period-style music and influences from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar come together to illuminate the story of one of America’s most complex, compelling historical figures. This NYT Critics’ Pick production stars Abyssinian member Jimonn Cole as Malcolm X. Through February 18, 2018 at The Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W 46th Street (between 9th and 10th Aves.), New York, NY 10036.

Tickets: Tickets may be purchased online or by calling OvationTix at 866.811.4111.

Harlem Classical Music Celebration

Ebony Opera Three on 3: During the Second Annual Harlem Classical Music Celebration Ebony Opera Three on 3 presents performances by Opera Noire of New York, Harlem Chamber Players and the Harlem Opera Theater. The celebration runs from February 1-February 24, 2018 and includes:

Sunday, February 18, 3:00 PM: Three on 3 presents Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom. Composed by Dr. Nkeiru Okoye, Harriet Tubman is a two-act theatrical work that tells how a young girl born into slavery becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor. Denisha Ballew stars as as Harriet Tubman Baltimore The performance takes place at Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church 15 Mt. Morris Park at West at 122nd Street.

Tickets: $30. Visit www.bit.ly/ThreeOn3-Feb18-2018.

New Play: Relevance

Who Decides Your Worth? The play, Relevance, starts February 1st for a limited engagement and features Jane Houdyshell and Pascale Armand.

Tickets: begin at $30 with code MCCWTGP. Go to: www.mcctheater.org, call 212.352.3101, or visit the MCC Theater, The Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, New York, NY).

Group sales: Groups of 10+, contact Marcia Pendelton, 917.334.6492 or via Marcia@walktallgirlproductions.com.

 

In the Body of the World at MTC

In the Body of the World: from Tony Award-winning author, performer, and activist, Eve Ensler, comes to Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) as a deeply felt new play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a lifethreatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler’s personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directing this bold, unflinching and inspiring piece is Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin). Running now through March 25, 2018.

Admission: Previews: $30; Post-opening: $45 (Reg. $90) with code AUDTBO.

For tickets: Go to www.manhattantheatreclub.com, call 212.581.1212 or visit the New York City Center Box Office, 131 W. 55th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues.

 

Once on This Island on Broadway

Once on This Island is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, this production transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope. Performances at Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th Street.

Tickets: contact toni@walkercommunicationsgroup.com, or call 718.703.2260. Student and group rates available.

 

Church Ladies Book CoverChurch Ladies Explores Black History

Their Voices Tell Our Stories: See Abyssinian, Harlem, and Black America through the eyes of women of the black church in CHURCH LADIES: Untold Stories of Harlem Women in the Powell Era by our own, Dr. Martia Goodson. In this book, more than a dozen Abyssinian women talk about their church lives during the 1920-1970 era, and their struggles against Jim Crow alongside their pastor, congressman, and confidant, Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Available in the Abyssinian Lobby Bookstore, and via bookstore.authorhouse.com.

 

EDUCATION

Tech Bootcamp open to Young Adult Harlem Residents

STEM Kids NYC is launching STEM Is The New Black TechHub, a program for Harlem residents aged 18-24. It is a free, 24-week tech bootcamp that will teach participants who are typically underemployed, underskilled, and underserved how to code and attain entry-level mastery in a computer languages, such as Python, Java, or JavaScript.

Participants will emerge from program with a working knowledge that can be used to gain employment in the tech sector. Participants will also receive support in resume writing and interviewing, as well as introductions to key employment decision makers in tech companies and tech departments.

Classes take place in Central Harlem starting February 12, 2018, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30PM-8:00 PM.

Requirements: A high school diploma or equivalency is NOT required, meaning, you can be in a GED program while attending our tech program.

To pre-register: text @techhub to 81010 or email Yvonne Thevenot at thevenot@stemkidsnyc.org.

Funding: This program is funded by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Youth Opportunity Hub initiative. We bridge the gap between current school curriculum and the immediate need for schools to prepare students for STEM opportunities and for innovations and jobs that do not yet exist.

Computer Resources, Training Available

New York City Parks Computer Resource Centers serve over 6,000 New Yorkers per week at 32 locations with over 500 open access hours per week and over 200 creative workshops, classes and certification opportunities at 24 locations! Join a class for free by calling 212.255.3066 or emailing crc@parks.nyc.gov for general senior, adult and youth programming.

Contact recyouth@parks.nyc.gov for teen programming.

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Job Training Program Assists Veterans in Transition

The Community Training & Employment Resources Center (CTER) present a program designed to help veterans, members of the National Guard, and the Reserve transition to civilian employment. This program consists of job training and placement. Trainings take place in lower Manhattan. Qualified individuals are:

  • 19-54 years old who are honorably discharged post – 9/11
  • Available to attend orientation and all classroom-training sessions
  • Willing to conduct a systematic job search after completing training

Contact CTER at 1.800.385.2837 or visit cterny.org by August 31st to learn more about the program and registration process.

HEALTH SERVICES

 

Wheeling Forward Aids Disabled

Wheeling Forward is a non-profit that helps recently disabled people who lack a support system and resources, to obtain the services they need. Wheeling Forward helps them navigate the health and social service systems on the way to an active life in the community.

For more information about their services, to donate, or volunteer, visit www.wheelingforward.org.

YOUTH

Support the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

PUSH Through the Pipeline: Support the Thurgood Marshall Academies PUSH through the Pipeline Scholarship Fund. Give online at https://www.gofundme.com/tmaPUSHscholarships or by mail at ADC/PUSH, 131 West 138 St., LL, New York, NY 10030.

Blue Nile: Millennial Volunteers Wanted!

Lend a hand: Blue Nile Passage, Inc. (BNP) seeks volunteers!! A new core of volunteers is needed, especially millennials, to support the next generation of youth, ages 11-15, enrolled in BNP. In this age of uncertainty, our youth need community members, more than ever, to step up in the area of providing support, guidance and love. BNP meets every Saturday at Wadleigh Secondary School, 215 West 114th Street between ACP Blvd. and Frederick Douglass Blvd., from 8:30AM-3:00PM.

Volunteers are not expected to attend every Saturday or spend the whole day…whatever time you can offer would be greatly appreciated!! There are various ways to help including: administrative, lunch, communications, accounting, social work, law-enforcement, legal, marketing, strategizing, fund raising, teaching, etc.. No amount of time is too little.

For more information: Following morning Worship Services at Abyssinian, please see a Blue Nile member wearing the Blue Nile sash. Members will be stationed in the Vestry and at the Lobby reception Desk.

ADC YouthBuild:  Workforce Development for those Aged 17-24

ADC YouthBuild: Are you between the ages of 17 and 24?  Do you want your GED? Looking for a career, but need skills? Need help figuring out your next steps? The Abyssinian Development Corporation’s ADC YOUTHBUILD may be just what you are looking for! We offer the opportunity to learn a skilled trade in Construction, Health Care or Customer Service while you study to pass the new GED exam (HSE). Gain experience, improve your outlook on life, make our community a better place, all at NO COST to YOU!

The Abyssinian Development Corporation’s Workforce Development programs give Harlem young adults the skills and resources needed to increase their economic self-sufficiency and become competitive applicants in today’s job market.

How to apply:

Walk in: Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM or
Thursday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Call: 646-230-0578 or 0579