Friday, January 30, 2009

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter

THIS SATURDAY, Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.:

Winter Clean-up Project, Phase Two. If you can only come for an hour, please stop by.  Lunch will be provided so please contact Jill Huguet if you are able to attend Thank you to everyone who helped, Jan. 10, during Phase 1 of our clean-up. Thank you, Emily and Katy for the yummy soup and rolls.



At 11 a.m. Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will preach a sermon titled "The Grace of Now, Part Two." The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The 10 o'Clock Hour will resume with a discussion of "Listening for God's Call" (A full list of topics can be found on the church bulletin board and the website calendar.) Led by David Mulle.


Other news:


Congratulations to Dr. Cari Jackson, Ph.D!!! She defended her dissertation and emerged victorious. Congratulations to her.


"Insights from the OBAMA Transition: Post-Inaugural Panel Discussion"

Wow! What a great discussion, attended by close to 300 people, and covered by several news media organizations. What made it even more special was that all of the speakers are members of our church. Many thanks to our panelists: Jim Johnson, Lisa Mensah, Linda Kolts, and Barry Food. Thanks to the Communications Team members: Chris Slowik (chair), Sonia Wilson, Taylor Margis-Noguera, and Jenny Vallon for the press releases, fliers, community blog alerts, and more.  Thanks to all who attended and who spread the word. Many blessings as we take this forward, Rev. Cari


Annual Called Meeting of the Congregation. Sunday, February 8, immediately following worship. The entire congregation is encouraged to come. Hear highlights of 2008, updates from the Pastoral Nominating Committee, and selection of new elders led by the Church-Wide Nominating Committee


The Middle East is facing overwhelming humanitarian needs as a result of the continuing violenceWHAT YOU CAN DO:  Give to help the PC(USA) and our partners meet the physical needs of those is all the areas where violence leaves them vulnerable, and the emotional and spiritual needs of the many more who have been traumatized by that violence.  Mail your checks to Presbyterian Church (USA), Church Remittance Processing, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700, or give through your congregation's normal giving channels.  Write "DR00081-F1" on the check or remittance form so that we can ensure your gift is designated to meet these urgent needs.  You can also give online at



The Life and Loss Group meets every Tuesday through February 17. Cost is $100 for the 5 session series. or $25 per session. To register, contact group facilitator, Rev. Charles Monaco, (718) 510-6964 or


Men's Breakfast: Join the men's breakfast group every Wednesday morning from 7:30--8:30 am at the Cadman Plaza Diner. Contact Jim Palmer at for more information.


On the calendar:

For more details about calendar events, click on this link. Click again on the event on the calendar to read a description.


Tuesday, Feb. 3:

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

Life & Loss Group, 6:30 p.m., Thurman Room


Wednesday, Feb. 4:

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

Midweek Boost at 7 p.m., Manse Parlor, 128 Henry St.


Thursday, Feb. 6:

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


Sunday Feb. 8:

Church Annual Meeting, 12.30p.m., Elliott Room


Tuesday, Feb. 17:

Tuesday Tea at 4:00 p.m., Rose Room


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.

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