Friday, March 13, 2009

AT FPC: Guest preacher Nancy Talbot, Easter Week schedule

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


THIS SUNDAY, March 15:

At 11 a.m., Nancy Talbot, Minister in Training, will be the guest preacher. Talbot, a recent graduate from Union Theological Seminary, works at Bellevue Hospital running groups that help patients explore how they can use faith and spirituality to cope with health crises, mental illness, and chronic illnesses.  She previously worked in several women's organizations and as a community organizer in public housing. Her last initiative before attending seminary was to help shape the new federal agency devoted to community service that funds AmeriCorps, Vista volunteers, Senior Corps, and service learning activities.  Nancy has attended First Church since last October. 


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 Mull√©, leader.


March FPC Membership Class continues on March 15, and 22 at 10 a.m. (Please note only members can participate in the upcoming vote for the new pastor.) Contact Peggy Swisher Slowik at to confirm attendance. 


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


Couplehood as Spiritual PathThe Thurman Room is bursting with couples participating in this 6 week educational series facilitated by Barbara and Jim Cummings on Sundays at 5:00-6:30 p.m.  If you are interested in starting or joining another group to explore this series in the future please Contact Rev. Beth  at to RSVP.  $40 materials fee. 


Other News:

Ecclesia:  Sunday, March 8th, our confirmands, youth leaders, and a few parents and siblings participated in this weekly communion service for the homeless living in Madison Square Park.  Jill Huguet planned and organized the packing of lunches to give away.  Katie Sandiford made brownies!  All were short-order cooks and worship leaders.  Eddie Owens read the gospel.  Liz Owens and Rebecca Ford led participatory prayers of the people.  Connor Pisano led the closing hymn.  Jill Huguet led all the music--the best they'd had all year!  Alec Jones and the rest circled the park giving out extra lunches and making them feel welcome to join this "outdoor congregation."  While all 30 lunches were taken by the end of the communion service and 2nd meal, the congregation has dwindled due to the increased presence of NYPD in the parks of Manhattan.  To learn more of this ministry, see


Weekly Vesper Service and Bible Study., Enter the season of Lent with an expectation experiencing the Christ within you in new ways. Services begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by Bible study at 7 p.m., in the Elliott Room. The illuminating, thought-provoking study, led by Rev. Cari Jackson, is based on the story of Joseph.


Weekly Yoga Classes on Saturdays at 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. Please bring your mat if you have one. For details, contact yoga instructor Maria Cutrona at


Taking Back My Life: Empowering Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Intimate Violence. Thursdays, March 19 – May 7, 7:00 p.m. 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 15. Fee: $5/session.


On the calendar:

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 Tuesday, March 17:

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


Wednesday, March 18:

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 19:

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

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

Taking Back My Life, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Thurman Room


Saturday, March 21:

Yoga Classes, 1:00 p.m., Elliott Room





 Holy Week and Easter Schedule



Sun, Apr 5, at 11am,


Palm Sunday Service – "To Step, As We Have To, Forward"

Rev. Beth Waltemath, preaching

Thu, Apr 9 at  7pm

Elliott Room

Maundy Thursday Seder, led by Rev. Beth Waltemath

Fri, Apr 10, 7pm

Elliott Room

Good Friday Service (Stations of the Cross Meditation)

Sun, Apr 12, 6.30am

Easter Sunrise Service at the Promenade

Sun, Apr 12, 11am

Easter Worship Service – "A New Mountaintop Experience"

 Dr. Jackson, preaching


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