Thursday, August 28, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter


On Aug. 31 at 10 a.m., Rev. Charles Monaco will be preaching a sermon titled "The Spiritual Benefits of Grieving Well."  Monaco is an ordained interfaith minister who has worked therapeutically for more than 15 years with groups and individuals using music, movement, and mental imagery. He is the coordinator of the "Life & Loss: Creating Strength from Grief" support group at FPC.


"Worship activity bags" will be available on loan during the service for young children. The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, with Patty and Cristina.


Other news:


Registration for Sunday School:  Students and Teachers

Sunday, Sept. 7 immediately following worship

Sunday School resumes on Sept 14. To register your child(ren) or volunteer (a rewarding experience for both parents and non-parents). Contact Rev. Beth at


124 Poets' Workshop

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 (10 weeks) 7:30 p.m.

Express your own unique voice through poetry. Fee: $250, scholarships are available, based on need. Advance registration, by Sept 3, is required. See class brochure for a full description and registration or contact the church office at 718-624-3770 or email us at Class fee: $250. Limited scholarships are available, based on need.


Midweek Boost

Resumes on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7.00 p.m.

Viewing and discussion of the documentary movie "What the Bleep Do We Know?" that looks at the reality and mystery of life through the perspectives of quantum physics. Meets in the Church Manse at 128 Henry Street. Open to all.


Homecoming Sunday

Sept. 14 marks the kick-off of our church program year with several opportunities.

The church year officially begins with: the return of 10 O'clock Hour, Children's Church Sunday School, and Confirmation classes. We will have a special 11 a.m. worship service followed by an all-church picnic immediately after worship. Later that afternoon the "Communicating with Children" workshop begins.

     - Bring food, volunteer, or help organize the Church Picnic. Contact Diana and Chester Lee or the church office at (718) 624-3770 or

    - Confirmation Classes begin on Saturday, Sept 13 with an overnight "Lock-in." To register, contact Rev. Beth at

    -  Join the 10 O'clock Hour discussion of "Spiritual Gifts" (2-week series). For adults of all ages. For more information, contact David Mulle through the church office.

    - "Communicating with Children" (six-week program) at 5.30 p.m. Open to all parents and others who work closely with children. For more information, see the brochure or contact Rev. Beth at


Macy's "Shop-for-a-Cause" Church Fundraiser

Saturday, Sept. 20

A 1-day only event at Macy's Herald Square. Purchase your $5 shopping pass to receive 20% off your purchases. For more information, contact the church office at 718-624-3770 or email us at


Women's Retreat

Saturday Oct. 25 at FPC

The theme: "Learning to Live with Your Power: Painful or Joy-filled." Facilitated by spiritual director Joy Carol. Contact Gladys McNish through the church office at 718-624-3770 or email at


FPC in the world:


New York City Blood Drive ALERT

NYC Blood Bank blood supply is low. To donate and for more information, contact  or call 1-800-688-0900.



On the calendar:


Women's Monthly Potluck Dinner

Sunday, Sept. 7 at 6.00 p.m. at the Manse

For more information, contact Gladys McNish through the church office at 718-624-3770 or


New Parent's Group

Resumes Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 3:00 p.m.

For parents of children less than age 1.  A time of fellowship, support, and fun.  Contact Rev. Beth at


Men's Breakfast

Every Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. 

The group is continuing its series, "Living a Christ-like Life." For more information, contact Jim Cummings at (917) 416-3018 or

Session Meeting resumes Monday, Sept. 15 at 7.00 p.m. at the Manse.


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/ Links" 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

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