Wednesday, December 10, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter


Advent Evening Vespers Service: "Pausing on the Road to Bethlehem." Gather for a half-hour worship service, starting at 7 p.m., in the Elliott Room. Join in a time of music, reflection, and prayer that will quiet your mind, strengthen your heart, and boost your soul. (Series continues on Dec. 17.)



At 11 a.m., Christmas Pageant, Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will also preach a short sermon titled "When Things Don't Work as Planned.". The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The 10 o'Clock Hour continues with a discussion of "Pausing on the Road to Bethlehem: A Spiritual Journey through Advent."


Advent Reflection: Luke 1:26-45; God's Favor

When the angel of the Lord appeared and expressed to the young girl Mary that God's favor was upon her, it would have been reasonable for her to say "God, don't do me any favors!" The blessings that flowed from God's favor upon Mary extended to the world because she received God's favor and then nurtured its manifestation in her life.

How do you receive and nurture the favor of God that is upon your life?


Other news:


The last day to bring children's toys for the children of migrant workers in Suffolk County is this Sunday, Dec. 14.  For more information, contact Linda Kolts at  


2009 Stewardship Campaign Continues: "Bridging the Gap, Preparing Opportunities for the Future." From now through December 28, make a pledge of your time, talent and treasure. Be a part of this exciting time of new opportunities for fellowship, outreach and engaging community.


Christmas Caroling and Party: Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7.45 p.m., immediately following Vespers Service. Bring the spirit of the Christmas season to the Brooklyn Heights community and then return to church for more holiday fun (and food).  This is a family-friendly event. To help with the potluck and for more information, contact Jill Huguet at  


Christmas Dinner for Food Pantry Guests:  Food pantry ministry volunteers will prepare and serving Christmas dinner on Monday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Elliott Room. Members of the congregation are invited to participate by bringing vegetable side dishes on Sunday, Dec. 21, or by volunteering an hour or two to set up and serve, starting at 11 am. on Dec. 22.


Christmas Poinsettias: If you wish to provide a poinsettia in honor of or in memory of your loved ones. Please fill out the Christmas poinsettia form from the Narthex or call the church office at 718-624-3770. List of names received will be published in the Dec. 21, 24 & 28 bulletins.


To the Parents of nursery children: If you are interested in donating funds for a gift for Patty and Cristina, please find Tina Snowden outside the nursery or in the fellowship hall after church each Sunday this month. She can also be reached at (617) 596-7108 or


Living with Loss During the Holidays. Tuesdays, Dec. 16 and 23 at 6:30 p.m., Thurman Room. During the holidays, losses we have experienced often resurface more intensely. Come together with others to nurture yourself during what can be a stressful and lonely time, and allow healing to happen. Please call Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 to confirm attendance.


Men's Breakfast: Join the men's breakfast group every Wednesday morning from 7:30--8:30 am at the Cadman Plaza Diner.  Our group is examining the Letter to the Galatians in a study called "Galatians: The Freedom of a Christian Man."  Contact Jim Palmer at for more information.


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, Dec. 16:

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

Tuesday Tea, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Rose Room

Living with Loss during the Holidays, 6:30 p.m., Thurman Room


Wednesday, Dec. 17:

Vespers Service at 7 p.m., Elliott Room

Christmas Caroling and Party, 7.45 p.m., immediately following Vespers Service


Thursday, Dec. 18:

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


Wednesday, Dec. 24

Lesson and Carols Candlelight Service, 7 p.m., Sanctuary


Wednesday, Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Watchnight Service, 10 p.m., Sanctuary


Friday-Monday, Jan. 16-19, 2009

Church-Wide Retreat, The Grail, Cornwall, NY


Sunday, Jan. 25

Insights from the Transition. Conversation with Jim Johnson about his role on President-Elect Obama's Transition Team, 1p.m. Watch for details.


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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