Thursday, September 25, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter


You are invited to a Presidential Debate Potluck Party. We'll gather at the church manse beginning at 8 p.m.; the debate begins at 9 p.m. Everybody is welcome, bring a friend! 128 Henry St.



On Sept. 28 at 11 a.m., our Interim Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will preach a sermon titled "Forgiving the Enemy Within."


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. Children's Church this week will be lead by Paul Mowry.  Paul is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, a youth counselor in conflict resolution, a filmmaker, a confirmation teacher, and father to Elliora, age 2.


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


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; how to live with integrity, and how to make healthy choices for yourself.  Last week was so powerful! Don't miss this one. 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 will not meet Sunday, Sept. 28 but will resume on Oct. 5 with a session on alternatives to discipline.  Group meets in Thurman Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Childcare share is available.  Volunteers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are welcome. 


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 and delivering them on our visit to Cobble Hill Health Center.  Please contact Rev. Beth to volunteer.


The Life and Loss Group Tuesdays at 7 p.m. There is still space in this group, where you will find support you learn about your own grieving process, how to nurture yourself as you deal with your losses, and how to recover from the disorientation that losses can bring. Participate for the entire series or any number of evenings that you choose. Fee: $20/week, sliding fee. To register, contact group facilitator, Rev. Charles Monaco, (718) 510-6964 or


Calling all book lovers: FPC will be hosting a used book sale on Saturday Oct. 4 from 10 to 3 p.m. and on Sunday Oct. 5 immediately after our Worship Service.  Please contact David MullĂ©, Diana Lee or the Church office if you are interested in volunteering your time.


FPC in the World:


Disaster aid: Presbyterians are reaching out to help out to storm victims in Texas and the Caribbean through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. You can read about the effort and donated funds at You may also donate by telephone (call 800- 872-3283) or mail checks to: Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Individual Remittance Processing, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. (Write "DR000166=E 2 on memo line.) 


For Haiti: You also can provide critically needed emergency assistance to our brothers and sisters in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, by sending donations to: Consortium for Haitian Empowerment, 625 Atlantic Avenue, 3rd Floor, Mail Box #5, Brooklyn, NY 11217.  Please indicate on the memo section of the check:  Haitian Coordination for Hurricane Relief/BP


Or, donate through Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, 335 Maple Street, Second Floor, Brooklyn, (718) 735-4660. Items needed: Dry foods (NO canned foods), first aid supplies, personal hygiene goods, new underwear. Drop off hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2:30 - 8.30 p.m. (use building rear entrance on Lincoln Road, between Nostrand and New York Avenues.)


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, Sept. 30:

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

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


Wednesday, Oct. 1:

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

Midweek Boost at 7 p.m., Manse


Saturday, Oct. 25:

One-Day Women's Retreat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Elliott Room

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

on an enlightened journey of faith.

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