House Calls: Appetizers and the Apocalypse

A new effort to understanding the apocalyptic tradition of the Bible and what it means to us, through a fresh look at the book of Revelation, will be offered:

Monday, April 11, 7 to 9 pm- Lincoln Center area
Sunday, April 17, 5 to 7 pm – Riverdale, Bronx
Saturday, April 23, 5 to 7 pm- Upper West Side
Sunday, May 1, 5 to 7 pm- Upper West Side
Monday, May 2, 7 to 9 pm- Greenwich Village

Led by K Karpen.

To sign up or for more information: or Contact Us

House Calls

Wine & Wisdom
“Eat food with gladness and drink wine with joy…” 
Ecclesiastes 9 


We are launching a new program called, “House Calls”, as part of our effort to move the church beyond our walls.

K will travel to different homes around the city where people will gather for an evening of learning, conversation and fellowship.

The first series of House Calls will focus on the wisdom literature of the Bible.  he wisdom tradition, which runs through books like Job, the Psalms, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon, focuses not so much on theological questions as ethical and existential ones.  Why am I here? How should I live?  How do I make choices, set up a good life, live in community, relate to my neighbors, deal with my kids?

We invite you to gather at one of these places as we sip wine (or grape juice!), connect with each other and learn about this powerful tradition.

Here’s the schedule.  Pick one!

Monday, February 29, The Village – 7-9pm
Sunday, March 6, Riverdale- 6-8pm
Monday, March 7, Upper West Side (& another date)- 7-9pm
Monday, March 14, Upper East Side- 7-9pm
Monday March 21, Washington Heights- 7-9pm

To sign up for any, contact pastor to Lea Matthews or contact us.

We thank Julia Reidhead, Emily Stropp, Mark & Mary Ellen Kris, Vicki Clark & Tom Reidy, Lea Matthews & Rachel Black and Karen Collins & David Wilmann for agreeing to host these wonderful gatherings.

“What Were They Waiting For?”

The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  Luke 3:2

At this moment I can’t think of many sentences more profound than that.  At this particular historical moment of time, this one verse of scripture pops out at me and demands some attention.  To tell you why, we need to take a quick look at John’s particular historical moment of time.

Preached February 1, 2015  at St Paul and St Andrew UMC, NYC by K Karpen

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Easter at St. Paul and St. Andrew

Holy Week at St. Paul and St. Andrew was special. We started with Maundy Thursday in the evening for a light supper and worship. Friday was spent in contemplation, on our annual Journey with the Cross, from Times Square up to the church, followed by a Stations of the Cross Service. Sunday, we met for sunrise at Central Park’s Belvedere Castle, and of course followed by our joyous Easter Service and Celebration of the Resurrection takes place at 11 a.m.

Married to the Builder

January 20, 2013   St Paul and St Andrew UMC, NYC

K Karpen   Isaiah 62:1-5; John 2: 1-12

Download K Karpen Sermon 1-20-2013 podcast or click to listen.

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest… The nations shall see your vindication, and all the rulers your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give you.”  Isaiah 62

I told Jesus it would be alright if he changed my name. Continue reading