Thursday, January 8, 2009

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter


Church Clean-Up Day From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome, for the full time or just a half hour.  Lunch will be provided. Please email Jill Huguet if you are able to help.



At 11 a.m. Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Cari Jackson will preach a sermon titled "Speak the Word Only." 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."  (A full list of topics can be found on the church bulletin board and the website calendar.) Led by David Mulle.


Cuba Mission Fundraising Dinner: After the worship service, share delicious food prepared by the White Rose Ministry to support their work with a sister church in Cuba. All are welcome.


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. Especially for adults aged 18-25, but people of all ages are welcome.


Other news:


Come together for the Inauguration: All New Yorkers are invited to City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9:30 a.m. to see President-elect Barack Obama sworn into office on big screen televisions set up in Council Chambers, the Committee Room, and the Rotunda. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.  The inaugural ceremony traditionally begins around 10 a.m. and lasts for about two hours.  Space is limited, though, so please RSVP by January 16th to 212-442-1649 or via email to Then on Jan. 25, come hear Jim Johnson talk about his role on President-Elect Obama's transition team at 1p.m. at the church.


Help Bridge the Gap: 2009 Stewardship Campaign. As of now, we have received $213,368 in pledges, far from what we need to cover expenses. Your 2009 donations may be made through our church website at; go to "Site Credits/Links."


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.


The Life and Loss Group will resume on Tuesday Jan 13. Winter often increases the sadness and loneliness of grieving. Join in a 5-week series focusing on self-nurturance, reconnecting, and healing. Sessions use music, guided mediation, and group discussion. Cost $100 for five-session series or $25 per session, sliding fee. To register, contact group facilitator, Rev. Charles Monaco, (718) 510-6964 or


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.)


Monday, Jan. 12:

Session Meeting, Manse, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 13:

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

Living with Loss during the Holidays, 6:30 p.m., Thurman Room


Thursday, Jan. 15:

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


Friday-Monday, Jan. 16-19, 2009

Church-Wide Retreat, The Grail, Cornwall, NY


Tuesday Jan. 20:

Tuesday Tea, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Rose Room


Sunday, Jan. 25

"Insights from the Transition." Conversation with Jim Johnson about his role on President-Elect Obama's Transition Team, 1p.m. Open to the public. 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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