Brooklyn – May 13

Today is Sunday (Mother’s Day and Ascension Sunday). The weather is gloomy and going to rain later. We venture for a hearty diner breakfast at Happy Days on Montague. We ride the subway into 59th St at Columbus Circle and walk 7 blocks to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan at West 65th Street. This church is 150 years old this year and the doors are still open and serving the community. Their mission is homeless women who need shelter. They allow them to sleep in their community room in the basement at night and regularly serve meals.

The church building was built in 1904 (moving from near the Flatiron building area). The stained glass windows are beautiful and are dedicated to prior congregants. The choir is practicing when we arrive. The acoustics are phenomenal! There is a greeter and the Pastor who engage us in conversation since we arrive so early. Everyone is very friendly. During sharing the peace, everyone attempts to shake everyone’s hand so it goes on for a few minutes. The worship service is the full liturgy and done beautifully. The sermon is also excellent. Definitely a place we would attend if we lived here.

After the worship service, we walk to 77th Street to visit the New York Historical Society & Museum. We spend over 2 hours exploring the various exhibits. There is the regular art shown throughout and Tiffany Lamps. Then, there are special exhibits – one on various styles of women’s shoes through the years and another exhibit about fashion with feathers. An interesting place to explore.

We leave and walk thru Central Park to cross over to the East Side and 5th Avenue. Its still raining. An Evensong service is happening at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 53rd Street. A beautiful service with a men and boys choir singing throughout.

Next stop, walk to Thalia’s for dinner with the Bishop’s. We met them on our Adventure By Disney trip from Prague to Vienna. A lovely time catching up on what is happening in their lives and they treated us to a very good meal.

Back to Brooklyn for our nite cap. Not so many steps today – 14,001, 6.36 miles, 11 flights of stairs.

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