Thursday, January 22, 2009

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter

TONIGHT – Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:00 PM

 "Evolving Faith in a Secular World."  Come hear the FPC Choir sing in a production written by Professor Derrick Bell. Join them for a wonderful evening celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the power of music to transform individuals and communities. NYU Law School Greenberg Lounge, located at 245 Sullivan Street, Manhattan (south side of Washington Square). Free and open to the public.



At 11 a.m. Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will preach a sermon titled "The Grace of Now." The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The 10 o'Clock Hour will resume with a discussion of "Forgiveness as a Spiritual Act."  The next topic will be "Listening for God's Call" (A full list of topics can be found on the church bulletin board and the website calendar.) Led by David Mulle.


 "Insights from the OBAMA Transition."  

Join us for a Post-Inaugural Panel Discussion at 1:00 p.m. this Sunday in the Sanctuary.  Members of our church community have played key roles in President Obama's Transition Team—Jim Johnson and Lisa Mensah. Hear them share their Transition Team experiences and their insights about the visions of the Obama Administration. The panel will lead a community discussion about ways our community might work together for social change. Moderator: Barry Ford. Sponsored by Many Mansions and Social Action. Open to the public. See flier attached.

Here's how you can help: (1) Distribute the attached flier to family, friends, colleagues, neighbors; or (2) Bring finger foods for Fellowship Hour between worship service and the discussion. If you are planning to bring food, contact Jim Cummings at


Other news:


"Joshua Generation" 2nd Annual Church-Wide Retreat. Thanks to all of you who organized and attended this past retreat. Special thanks to Chris Neuner, Emily Thomas, Linda Kolts, and Rev. Beth Waltemath. All reports are that it was an awesome time for all. Here are some remembrances of the "winter weekend" from Linda:


* The hill below the Phoenix covered with parents and children laughing and yelling

* The Phoenix at 10 pm on Saturday with children laughing and screaming

* The quiet of the Phoenix after the children left to go to the bowling center

* Naya's concern about someone who had fallen off the sled and was "resting" -- "Are you OK?"    "Are you OK?"

* Ivy reminding us that a ghost in the basement didn't scare her

* The awe when the children saw turkey and deer

* Every radiator used to dry the snowpants, hats and gloves

* Jim and Chris comparing ghost stories

Emily and I feel that there was mostly the great feeling of connectedness, with conversations in the kitchen and around the table, with kids playing together, with kids and adults playing together, with kids and adults working together!   -- Linda


The Life and Loss Group every Tuesday through February 17. Cost $100 for the 5 session series or $25 per session. To register, contact group facilitator, Rev. Charles Monaco, (718) 510-6964 or


Men's Breakfast: Join the men's breakfast group every Wednesday morning from 7:30--8:30 am at the Cadman Plaza Diner. Contact Jim Palmer at for more information.

On the calendar:

For more details about calendar events, click on this link. Click again on the event on the calendar to read a description.


Tuesday, Jan. 27:

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

Life & Loss Group, 6:30 p.m., Thurman Room


Wednesday, Jan 28:

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

Midweek Boost at 7 p.m., Manse Parlor, 128 Henry St.


Thursday, Jan. 29:

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


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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