Friday, December 19, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter

A note from Rev. Cari: Death of my mom


On Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, I had the honor of lying in bed with my mom and holding her in my arms as she took her last breath. She had a good and peaceful death. Because my mom was orphaned and did not feel loved by anyone until she came to know God at age 16 and then my dad at age 19, it was a joy for me to let her know how loved she was as she made her transition.


My mom was an awesome woman, not only because of how she loved God, my dad, brothers, and me, but also because of her zestful love of life, music, and beauty. That love of life was reflected in her courage to experience new things and her capacity to expand her thinking. Because of the depth of her spiritual connection that cut across religious boundaries, she was often spoke powerful and profound insights that helped encourage and comfort many, many people, even during her years with dementia. Hers was a life well lived.


[See below for information about how you can join with Rev. Cari and her family in celebrating the life of Gladys I. Jackson.]



At 11 a.m. Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will preach a sermon titled "A Scandalous Miracle".


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 continues with a discussion of "Pausing on the Road to Bethlehem: A Spiritual Journey through Advent."


Advent Reflection: Matthew 1:18-25; Fulfillment of Prophecy

As children, people tell us lots of things about what they believe we will be and do in the world—some encouraging, and some hurtful. We get to make choices about which prophecies we embrace and live out.

What has God spoken prophetically about your life, including that which might seem "stranger than fiction?" What choices have you been making about which prophecies you fulfill?


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Remembering and celebrating the life of Rev. Cari's mom:

A wake and funeral for Gladys I. Jackson will be held at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore on Monday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in the name of Gladys Jackson's name to Baltimore Catholic Charities, designated to St. Ann's Adult Day Care or St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. Send to 320 Cathedral Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4421. Houseplants (Mrs. Jackson loved them) and other expressions of sympathy can be sent to Rev. Cari. 128 Henry Street,  Brooklyn,  NY 11201.

We love you, Cari, and our hearts are with you.


Please note date change!

Christmas Dinner for Food Pantry Guests:  We are serving Christmas dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Elliott Room. Members of the congregation are invited to participate by bringing vegetable side dishes, salads, or desserts on Sunday, Dec. 21. Or come help cook on Monday, Dec. 22, or serve and clean up on Tuesday, Dec. 23. Call Emily Thomas at 347-262-6466 if you'd like to be part of this time of sharing and fellowship.


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 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.


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 Sunday.. She can also be reached at (617) 596-7108 or


Living with Loss During the Holidays. Tuesday 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: will NOT meet on Dec. 24 &  Dec. 31, we will reconvene on Jan. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cadman plaza diner with a new Bible study. 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.)


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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