Thursday, October 2, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter


On Oct. 5 at 11 a.m., at a service celebrating Holy Communion, Westina Matthews will preach a sermon titled "Faith In the Wilderness." Matthews, a managing director on Wall Street, is a recent graduate of The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and the author of three inspirational books.


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Patty and Cristina.  Sunday School and Children's Church takes place in the gym after the Passing of the Peace in the Worship Service. Confirmands and Youth Mentors will sit together during Worship Service and meet after the service.


The 10 o'Clock Hour discussion topic is "Meet John Calvin." (A full list of topics can be found on the church bulletin board and the website calendar.)


Westina Matthews's CD "Have A Little Faith ...The Faith of A Mustard Seed," based on her first book and featuring the First Church choir, will be available for purchase after Sunday's worship service. Ten percent of proceeds of all CD sales go to our music ministry.


Circle of Wisdom will meet at 1 p.m. to explore questions including how to connect with your spiritual self in school, work, and relationships. The group, led by Harriette Mandeville, was organized to serve young adults, ages 18-25, but people of all ages are welcome.


Communicating with Children workshop 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.)


Women's Ministry First Sunday Potluck

Join the Women's Ministry for a potluck dinner on at 6 p.m. at First Church Manse Parlor, 128 Henry Street.


Other news: 


Children's Church invites new volunteers to participate in its worship and classes, especially for the months of December, January, February, March, April, May and 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.


Children's Ministry needs volunteers to help organize the October outreach event.  We will be painting pumpkins on Oct. 19 and delivering them on our visit to Cobble Hill Health Center.  Please contact Rev. Beth to volunteer.


Presidential Debates:

You are invited to two Presidential Debate Potluck Parties, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct.15. We'll gather at the church manse both nights beginning at 8 p.m.; the debates begin at 9 p.m. Everybody is welcome, bring a friend! 128 Henry St.


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. 7:

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

Life and Loss Group, 7 p.m., Thurman Room.

Presidential Debate Potluck Party, 8 p.m., Manse Parlor


Wednesday, Oct. 8:

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

Midweek Boost at 7 p.m., Manse


Sunday, Oct. 19:

Pumpkins  Painting


Saturday, Oct. 25:

One-Day Women's Retreat, 9 6 p.m., Elliott Room. Contact the church at for more information.


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


Who we are:

First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn is home to a growing congregation energetically committed to serving Christ in the church family, the community and the world. We are intentionally a racially and culturally mixed congregation an enlightened journey of faith.

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