Thursday, October 16, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newletter


Memorial Service for Bruce Owen, husband of Linda Kolts, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 in the Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to or by check payable to First Presbyterian Church and with "TTL" in the memo line.



On Oct. 19 at 11 a.m., Interim Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will preach a sermon titled "Living in Your Purpose on Purpose".


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Patty and Cristina.  Sunday School and Children's Church will take place in the gym after the Passing of the Peace in the Worship Service. The children will be painting pumpkins and delivering them on their visit to Cobble Hill Health Center.


The 10 o'Clock Hour will resume with a discussion of "What Do Presbyterians Believe?"  (A full list of topics can be found on the church bulletin board and the website calendar.) Led by David Mulle.


Circle of Wisdom will meet at 1 p.m. to explore questions including how to reach the power of your spiritual wisdoms to guide you in school, work, and relationships. Led by Harriette Mandeville, this group is especially for emerging adults, ages 18-25, but people of all ages are welcome.


Communicating with Children workshop, led by Tanya Hill, will meet in the Thurman Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to discuss discipline alternatives. Childcare is available.  (Volunteers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, as well as parents, are welcome.)


Other news:


Women's One-Day Retreat: Learning to Live with Your Power: Painful or Joy-Filled. Saturday Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 6.p.m., in the Elliott Room

Focusing on: "Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us."- Marianne Williamson. The retreat will be facilitated by spiritual director Joy Carol. $50 registration includes meals and retreat materials. Scholarships are available. Child care is available for a small fee. Contact Gladys McNish through the church office at (718) 624-3770 or email at



An Evening of Macabre Masterpieces. "Organ on Henry" Music Series, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 6:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. 
Join organists Wil Smith and Meghann Wilhoite for an evening of creepy classics.  Works by several dearly departed composers will be performed, including Buxtehude, Bach, Brahms, and Messiaen, along with a few pieces from among the living (for now), including Arvo Pärt and Wil Smith. Embrace the spine-chilling sound of the organ in our beautiful, possibly-haunted, gothic sanctuary.


Men's Breakfast. Every Wednesday at 7.30 a.m. at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. In October, the group will focus on the book, Epic: The Story God is Telling, by John Eldredge.  For more information contact Jim Cummings, (917) 416-3018 or


Cuba White Rose Ministry will meet on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Thurman Room, for a potluck dinner (please bring food or drink) and to listen to Emily and Keiko discuss their recent trip to Cuba.  If you can't join us right at 6 p.m., don't hesitate to come when you can.


Children's Church invites new volunteers to participate in its worship and classes, especially for any of the months of December through June.  We welcome five volunteers each month to shepherd our youngest members in God's love for us and the world.  Please contact Rev. Beth ( or see our yellow brochure in the narthex.


On the calendar:


For more details, click on this link to go to church calendar. (Click again on the event on the calendar to read a description.)


Tuesday, Oct. 21:

New Parent's Group, 3:30 p.m., Elliott Room

Tuesday Tea, 4 p.m., Rose Room

Life and Loss Group, 7 p.m., Thurman Room


Wednesday, Oct. 22:

Men's Breakfast at 7.30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza

Midweek Boost at 7 p.m., Manse Parlor


Saturday, Oct. 25:

One-Day Women's Retreat, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Elliott Room


Sunday, October 26:

White Rose Ministry (Cuba Mission) fundraising dinner after Worship.

"Organ on Henry" Music Series in the Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. 



Who/where to connect:

To give online: Contribute to the church through a secure online account. To find it on the church website,, go to the Site Credits/ Link tab and select First Church Donation Account Setup. Or go to


To become an FPC member:

Contact Peggy Swisher Slowik at, or see Reeves Carter for information about classes for new members.


To share news:

Send church news and announcements to Church Administrator Annie Solages in the church office at (718) 624-3770 or by email at


Who we are:

First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn is home to a growing congregation energetically committed to serving Christ in the church family, the community and the world. We are intentionally a racially and culturally mixed congregation an enlightened journey of faith.

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