Thursday, August 21, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter


On August 24 at 10 a.m., Interim Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will be preaching a sermon titled "You Reap What You Sow."  "Worship bags" will be available on loan during worship service for young children. The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to noon with Patty and Cristina.



Other news:


Midweek Boost

Resumes on Wednesday, Sept 10th, at 7.00pm, with a 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. Join us for a special worship service and church picnic immediately following worship. To help Diana and Chester Lee in organizing the picnic, contact the church office at 718-624-3770 or

Children's Church & Sunday School

Resumes on Sept. 14. To register your child(ren) or to volunteer (parents and non-parents), contact Rev. Beth at


Communicating with Children.

Sundays, beginning Sept 14 (six weeks) at 5.30p.m.

Learn more how to communicate with children (and adults) in ways that foster mutual respect and healthy bonds. The discussion group will use the celebrated work "How to Talk so Kids Will Listen (and Listen so Kids Will Talk)" and provide a confidential space to share parenting and mentoring challenges to develop concrete skills to relate more effectively with children. Open to all parents and others who work closely with children. For more information, get a brochure at church or contact Rev. Beth at


Women's Ministry Retreat.

Save the date, Saturday Oct. 25th. The theme: "Learning to Live with Your Power: Painful or Joy-filled." Facilitated by spiritual director Joy Carol. To participate in the planning this special one-day retreat, contact Gladys McNish through the church office at 718-624-3770 or email at


FPC in the world:


Cuba Mission—White Rose Ministry

 Special thanks to Sonia Wilson for her great article "Local Presbyterians help Cuba church" (Caribbean Life newspaper, 08/13/08) that features our church ministry in Cuba. This past year, we have strengthened our support to our sister church, LaFernanda Church in Havana, especially to help provide meals to senior citizens. Thanks to Emily Thomas for her dedication to leading our White Rose (breathes of love) Cuba ministry. Copies of the article are available in the narthex. To learn more or get involved in this ministry, contact Emily Thomas at


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:


Friday Night Garden Party

Aug 22, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Peace Garden. Wine, lemonade, snacks, and fun.


Poetry Reading

Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Peace Garden. Local poets, including Rev. Cari, will be reading their poetry. To share yours, contact Sian Killingsworth at The first one was awesome, so don't miss this one.


New Parents' Group

The New Parent's Group resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 9th, 3:30p.m. at church.  Parents also meet informally in afternoons at Cadman Plaza Park. For more information, contact Rev. Beth at


Men's Breakfast

Wednesdays, 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


124 Poets' Workshop

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 to Nov. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Release your own unique voice through poetry. Contact the church office at 718-624-3770 or to get a registration packet. For more information, contact the class instructor, Sian Killingsworth at or see the church website "Announcements" section. Class fee: $250. Limited scholarships are available, based on need.



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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