Thursday, October 23, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter


Women's One-Day Retreat: Learning to Live with Your Power: Painful or Joy-Filled. From 9 a.m. to 6. p.m., in the Elliott Room

The retreat will be facilitated by spiritual director Joy Carol, and will focus on Marianne Williamson's words: "Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us." The $60 registration fee includes meals and retreat materials. Scholarships are available, and child care is available for a small fee. Contact Gladys McNish through the church office at (718) 624-3770 or email at



On Oct. 26 at 11 a.m., Interim Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will preach a sermon titled "Something Left to Love."


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.


The Cuba White Rose Ministry will hold fundraising dinner after the Worship Service in the Elliott Room. Share fantastic food and fellowship while helping to support food programs in Cuba.


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. Led by Harriette Mandeville, this group is especially for emerging adults, ages 18-25, but people of all ages are welcome.


Communicating with Children workshop, led by Tanya Hill, will meet in the Thurman Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to discuss discipline alternatives. Childcare is available.  (Volunteers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, as well as parents, are welcome.)


An Evening of Macabre Masterpieces: "Organ on Henry" Music Series, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Join organists Wil Smith and Meghann Wilhoite for an evening of creepy classics. Works by several dearly departed composers, including Buxtehude, Bach, Brahms, and Messiaen, will be performed, along with a few pieces from among the living (for now), including Arvo Pärt and Wil Smith. Embrace the spine-chilling sound of the organ in our beautiful, possibly-haunted, Gothic sanctuary.



Other news:


From the Scary to the Sublime. Friday, Oct 31 at 7:30 p.m. Younger adults (18-25 year olds), join us for an evening touring through the scary places into the sublime. Watch for the chilling details.


Men's Breakfast. Every Wednesday at 7.30 a.m. at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. In October, the group will focus on the book, Epic: The Story God is Telling, by John Eldredge.  For more information contact Jim Cummings, (917) 416-3018 or


Children's Church invites new volunteers to participate in its worship and classes, especially for any of the months of December through June.  We welcome five volunteers each month to shepherd our youngest members in God's love for us and the world.  Please contact Rev. Beth ( or see our yellow brochure in the narthex.



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, Oct. 28:

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

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


Wednesday, Oct. 29:

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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