Friday, February 27, 2009

AT FPC: Journey through Lent with Bible study, special series, journaling, yoga

A weekly e-newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn:




So much to thank so many for in incredible service to First Church. First, special thanks to all of you who helped this past Sunday be such a wonderful appreciation of police officers of the 84th precinct in the worship service and luncheon.  Thanks to Sonia Wilson, Chris Slowik, Dorothy Gill, Dottie Turmail, Mario and Bernice Adorno, and many more. Second, thanks to Rev. Beth, Jill Huguet, and Mark Elsenheimer for coordinating a great pancake supper attended by 40 individuals who are now even more ready for Lent. And finally, thanks to Dr. Westina Matthews for facilitating a two-week Fireside Chat series on mediation that was a real blessing. As we prepare to journey together through Lent, I trust that many of you will take advantage of the opportunities provided for our church congregation, friends and community.


Thanks and blessings to all of you, Rev. Cari



At 11 a.m. Holy Communion Service, Dr. Cari Jackson, interim senior pastor, will preach a sermon titled "Living with a Clear Conscience"


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


The 10 o'Clock Hour continues with a discussion of "Reflection on the Lord's Prayer: A Lenten Study" with David Mullé, leader.


Women's Monthly Potluck at 6 p.m. in the Manse.  All are welcome.


Other News:


Weekly Vesper Service, Enter the season of Lent with an expectation experiencing the Christ within you in new ways. Weekly Vesper Services begin March 4. Services will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by Bible Study at 7 p.m., Elliott Room led by Rev. Cari Jackson.


During Lent, join the youth leaders and others in "Examen," a process of discerning God's presence in our lives, originated by St. Ignatius.  In a journal, write down one or two ways God was present in your life and one or two ways you yearned for God's guidance but cannot yet find it.  This is called "CONSOLATION," an encounter with spirit, beauty, truth or human connection that reminds you of God's grace; and  "DESOLATION," the yearning for God's guidance or reassurance in the midst of difficult situation.  Over time, you will see how God wants to be in your daily life.  Consider doing this yourself or checking in with friends or as a family.  For weekly emails about other people's CONSOLATIONS and DESOLATIONS as they study God in their lives, contact Rev. Beth at


Another Delicious Cuba Fundraising Dinner— benefitiing the White Rose Ministry: Sunday, March 15, immediately after service, Elliott Room. For details, contact Emily Thomas at


Gluten-Free shoutout: Must you or your children avoid eating gluten? Please let us know, so we can arrange for a gluten-free communion option and start strategizing on how to make adjustments at coffee hour and other social events. Please contact fellow gluten-avoider Barbara Palmer,


Couplehood as Spiritual Path (6 Weeks), an educational interfaith discussion series will be offered starting March 8th from 5-6:30 p.m. in Thurman Room.  Co-operative childcare provided in gym.  For more informatioan, Contact to RSVP.  $40 materials fee. 


Weekly Yoga Classes starting Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. in the Elliott Room. Drop-ins to individual classes are welcome. Open to the community. Suggested donation of $12 per class. For details, contact yoga instructor Maria Cutrona at


Taking Back My Life: Empowering Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Intimate Violence. Thursdays, March 12 – May 7, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thurman Room. Blending group discussion, individual reflection, journaling, guided meditation, and more. Call DeShannon Bowens at 1-888-896-6845 x1 or email: to schedule an appointment by March 1. Fee: $5/session.

Join us for the March FPC Membership Class! Three classes required for membership will be held at 10 a.m. March 8, 15, and 22.  Please note: Only members can participate in the upcoming vote for the new pastor. Contact Peggy Swisher Slowik at to confirm attendance. 


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, March 3:

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


Wednesday, March 4:

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

Vesper Service and Bible Study, 6:30 p.m., Elliott Room


Thursday, March 5:

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

Thursday Night Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary, 7 p.m. New members welcome!


Saturday, March 7:

Yoga Classes, 1:00 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/ Link tab and select First Church Donation Account Setup. Or go to

No comments:

Post a Comment