Earth And Cup works with congregations, organizations, and groups to provide a customized experience for Mission Teams to come to Metro New York City. Tracy and Mike assist in setting up servant work sites. We can work with you on fundraising for the trip. We encourage the groups to set goals for the trip, and then we assist in providing an experience that helps realize those goals. We try and assist in arraignments to make your arrival and departure easier. We lead groups through classes on mission, accompaniment, ministry and being church. We assist in the daily processing of events as well as assisting with thoughts of how this experience may be translated at your home setting. Our hope is that every day has a learning component, a serving component, a processing component, and an opportunity to enjoy a part of New York City. We have contacts across the five boroughs.
Mission Team #001 was a team of 11 people from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and First English Lutheran in Lancaster, Ohio. They led Sunday worship at Eger Senior Living Center. They participated in a morning tai chi class, and had a class on mission. They sorted clothes and school supplies for an upcoming distribution. The went to Moravian Open Door and talked with residents, led a tai chi class, cooked a hot lunch and made enough for residents to have dinner. They worked at a Community Garden. They attended a prayer vigil at a church that had been fire-bombed the week before. The had an opportunity to learn about labyrinths and actually walk one. They painted a cafeteria at a Transitional Housing Unit. They had a trip to Coney Island and a day and a half to enjoy Manhattan as a tourist. They were able to feast at a German Biergarten, two Italian restaurants, and a two back-yard BBQ’s.
Mission Team #002 was twenty (20) people from five Moravian Churches in Tuscarawas County, Ohio (Sharon – New Philadelphia, First – Dover, John Heckewelder Memorial – Gnadenhutten, Fry’s Valley – New Philadelphia, and Schoenbrunn Community – New Philadelphia [which happens to be Tracy’s previous congregation]). They worked at the Community Garden and walked the Labyrinth. They participated in Stretch and Pray and had a class on mission. They painted hallways at a Transitional Housing Unit in Brooklyn. They spent two days at Moravian Open Door. The team did work in a couple rooms to prepare them for residents, cooked a hot lunch, participated in a tai chi class, and visited a former resident that moved into her own apartment. They did work on projects around Great Kills Moravian Church. They spent the 4th of July at the Staten Island Yankees Baseball game, which allowed them to watch four different fireworks displays! They enjoyed a popular Italian restaurant and a BBQ. They had a day and a half to enjoy NYC.
Mission Team #003 was a group of five people from Covenant Moravian Church in York, PA. They assisted in sorted clothes and school supplies, and worked the distribution for the Staten Island Moravian Churches.
Mission Team #004 was a group of seven people from around Wisconsin. They spent time at Project Hospitality and Moravian Open Door.
Mission Team #005 was a group of 24 people from Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, Wisconsin. They went to Moravian Open Door, Good + Foundation, All Souls Soup Kitchen, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, and Grand Central Drop-In Center. We also had a conversation about mission and accompaniment.
Mission Team #006 was a return trip from Sturgeon Bay Moravian 2018! This group of 20 served at the same ministries as the year before. They had the fortune to spend time at the Moravian Church – Northern Provincial Synod on their way in. It was good to renew this relationship.
Mission Team #007 was a group from Freis Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. The group included the Pastor, the student pastor and the confirmands. They led worship at Great Kills Moravian; prepared and served a meal at Moravian Open Door, worked in the Community Garden at Castleton Hills Moravian; as well as spending a night with a Christian intentional missional community and visiting the MCNP Synod in Bethlehem, PA.
Mission Team #008. A group from Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church (RELC) from Hilliard, Ohio, that went down to Ironton, Ohio to work with St. Paul Lutheran Church. RELC assisted in setting up and participating in the Tools 4 Schools supply distribution; passed out bottles of water on a 100+ degree day; installed a walk-in shower at a home of an injured man; and worked in the neighborhood.
If you have an interest in developing a Mission Team, please contact us. We would enjoy helping make this experience a reality!