Thursday, November 6, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter



Sisters and Brothers:


In the words of Michelle Obama, "I have never been more proud to be an American." I love what this country stands for, and I am inspired by what we can do together. President-Elect Barack Obama, culling the wisdom of some of the greatest thinkers, visionaries, spiritual leaders, and public servants across generations, has tapped into the best of who we are as citizens of the United States of America, citizens of the world, and fellow human beings. 


Yes, we can. Si, se pueda. We can live into the vision of who we are as a nation. As a faith community, we can play a vital role during the next several weeks, months, and years to help claim the spirit of "Yes, we can" for our individual lives, our families, our church, nation, and world. Thanks to each of you to campaigned, who voted, and who prayed. 


Join us this Sunday for worship, followed by a lunch conversation sponsored by our Many Mansions Initiative (see below), to begin our exploration of how to seize the best of this historic moment to help create a more caring and just society and participate in concrete ways to help us live more fully as "an intentionally racially and culturally diverse congregation on enlightened journey of faith." If you are not able to share in this Sunday's worship service and conversation, please send your thoughts and prayers to me at


God bless our new President-Elect Barack Obama, his family, his advisors, and all of us, 


Rev. Cari Jackson




On Nov. 9 at 11 a.m., Interim Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will preach a sermon titled "For Such A Time As This."


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Patty and Cristina.  Children's Church will take place in the gym after the Passing of the Peace in the Worship Service.


The 10 o'Clock Hour will resume with a discussion of "History of Religion and Politics in America."  (A full list of topics can be found on the church bulletin board and the website calendar.) Led by David Mulle.


ANNOUNCING: The Many Mansions Ministry: a new and exciting opportunity for First Church members and friends to come together and strengthen and deepen our ties with each other, by sharing together.  We'll stay after church Service on Nov. 9, share soup in a simple lunch, and share of ourselves as we talk together about the things that are important to us in this time of change and tumult.  After all, we are what we share -- so let's share together.  (Child care will be provided.)


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. Especially for adults aged 18-25, but people of all ages are welcome.


Other news:


White Rose Ministry: We raised $663.00 at our recent fundraiser dinner and flea market!  All proceeds will go to La Fernanda, our sister church in Havana.  Many thanks to all who joined us after worship for delicious Cuban eats and  an update from Emily and Keiko who just returned from Cuba in September.


Men's Breakfast: In November the Men's Breakfast group will be engaging in a Bible study, "Galatians: The Freedom of a Christian Man." Please join us from 7:30-8:30 a.m.  Every Wednesday morning at the Park Plaza Diner, 220 Cadman Plaza.  For more info contact Jim Palmer at


Sharing Thanksgiving blessings:   The pantry is especially in need of tuna fish and peanut butter, both foods containing protein. Show your thanks to God again this Thanksgiving by donating food to our food pantry. 


FPC in the world:


Letter from Lesotho: Our friends at Touching Tiny Lives in Lesotho have received our care package and contribution and sent this thank you to us.


Hellow ausi Mpho, Greetings in the name of Obama!


I hope this day is not a nightmare for you with the new President. I am happy if you are happy with Obama but I sympathize with you if you were a McCainian. Hey thanks for the package with photos and the pretty and lovely book with nice pics and caring words from the group. I am going to keep it safe as a reminder that somewhere in some parts of the world children think about TTL.


Nthabeleng (Safehouse Director) and the babies



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, Nov. 11:

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

Life and Loss Group, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary


Wednesday, Nov. 12:

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

Midweek Boost at 7 p.m., Manse Parlor


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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