Friday, September 5, 2008

FPC Weekly E-Newsletter

PLEASE NOTE: Sunday School and Children's Church resume Sunday, Sept. 7, and Worship Service will begin at 11 a.m.



On Sept. 7 at 11 a.m., Elder Larry Picard will be preaching a sermon titled "Namaste."  Larry is an active FPC Choir member for eight years. Larry is a member of the Pastor Nominating Committee and chairs the Global Arts Festival. An actor as well as vocalist, Larry co-wrote and starred in the award-winning short film Credo, which was filmed in the FPC sanctuary.


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Patty and Cristina.


Sunday school and Children's Church starts this week, Sept. 7. Join us in the gym after the Passing of the Peace in the Worship Service for registration, children's worship, and class.


Women's Monthly Potluck Dinner is Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Manse at 128 Henry St. For more information, contact Gladys McNish through the church office at (718) 624-3770 or


Other news:


Teachers needed: To volunteer to teach and deepen your baptismal covenant to children, please see Rev. Beth at the front desk after the Sept. 7 service or contact her at  No experience or Bible knowledge is required, only a heart for children and an openness to their gifts.  We ask volunteers to sign up for one month/four Sundays.  New teachers will co-teach with experienced teachers.  Rev. Beth will provide you with access to a short and at-home teacher training, curriculum helps, and weekly tips about your lessons.  (For additional information, see our brochure in the narthex.)


124 Poets' Workshop

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 (10 weeks) 7:30 p.m.

Express your own unique voice through poetry. Fee: $250, scholarships are available, based on need. Advance registration, by Sept 8, is required. See class brochure for a full description and registration or contact the church office at 718-624-3770 or email us at Class fee: $250. Limited scholarships are available, based on need.


Confirmation class begins Saturday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. with bowling and a lock-in.  We will be covering the first three sessions in our confirmation curriculum and participate in  adult and youth mentoring over the weekend. It is a fun and important way to begin our journey together.  Please submit registration forms to the church office by Monday, September 8, so that materials can be ordered for you.


A note from the Pastor Nominating Committee:

After a short break in August, the PNC is back in action, reviewing applications, interviewing potential pastors, and listening to sermons. We are making steady progress in the search and are very happy with our results so far. The PNC would like to thank those of you who have provided us with suggestions through our PNC Suggestion/Question Box in the Narthex. We have read and discussed them and have taken appropriate action. If anyone has any questions in regards to our process or status, please place them in the box.


Homecoming Sunday:

Sept. 14 marks the kick-off of our church program year with several opportunities. Adults of all ages are invited to join a 10 O'clock Hour discussion of "Spiritual Gifts" (a two-week series). For more information, contact David Mulle through the church office.


Also that day: An All-Church Picnic following the worship service. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided, and everyone is asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. To volunteer at the picnic, contact Diana and Chester Lee or the church office at (718) 624-3770 or


"Communicating with Children" (a six-week program) begins at at 5.30 p.m, Sept. 14. Open to all parents and others who work closely with children. For more information, see the brochure or contact Rev. Beth at


Macy's "Shop-for-a-Cause" Church Fundraiser

Saturday, Sept. 20

A one-day only event at Macy's Herald Square. Purchase your $5 shopping pass to receive 20 percent off your purchases. For more information, contact the church office at (718/ 624-3770 or email us at


FPC in the world:


New York City Blood Drive ALERT

NYC Blood Bank blood supply is low. To donate and for more information, contact  or call (800) 688-0900.


On the calendar:


New Parent's Group

Resumes Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m.

For parents of children less than age one.  A time of fellowship, support, and fun.  Contact Rev. Beth at


Midweek Boost

Resumes on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.

Viewing and discussion of the documentary movie What the Bleep Do We Know?, which that looks at the reality and mystery of life through the perspectives of quantum physics. Meets in the Church Manse at 128 Henry Street. Open to all.


Men's Breakfast

Every Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. 

The group is continuing its series, "Living a Christ-like Life." For more information, contact Jim Cummings at (917) 416-3018 or


Session Meeting resumes Monday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Manse.


Women's Retreat

Saturday Oct. 25 at FPC

The theme: "Learning to Live with Your Power: Painful or Joy-filled." Facilitated by spiritual director Joy Carol. Contact Gladys McNish through the church office at (718) 624-3770 or email at


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

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