Friday, March 27, 2009

AT FPC: Nate Dudley to preach, a boost for the Food Pantry

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


THIS SUNDAY, March 29:

At 11 a.m. Sunday Service, Elder Nate Dudley, will preach a sermon titled "Faith in Our Age Of Excess." Nate is the founding principal of the Urban Assembly NY Harbor School, a six-year-old small maritime public high school in Bushwick, which focuses on experiential education on the water. Nate joined First Presbyterian Church about 14 years ago and has served as an elder on the session and as a member of the Social Action Committee. Nate lives in Brooklyn with his wife Stephanie, and their daughters Emerson and Jillian.


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.


Couplehood as Spiritual Path: Thurman Room, 5 to 6:30 p.m., facilitated by Barbara and Jim Cummings. The group is at capacity, but if you are interested in starting or joining another group in the future, please contact Rev. Beth at 


Other News:


"Memory Catcher" for Rev. Cari: There is a gold journal in the Narthex, placed there for us to write notes or tuck in photographs for Rev. Cari as we prepare for her departure. Cari's last day in the pulpit is May 3. It's hard to let her go, but showing Cari how much she has meant to us, and how she's helped shape our lives and faith will make it feel a little better.


Welcome New Members: Thirteen people joined FPC on March 22. They are: David Jones, Jenny Vallon, Lukus Hasenstab, Chris Bray, Mary Beth Bray, Meagan Manas, Jim Palmer, Frank Kools, Arie Van Duijn, Sarah Wyss, Paul Austin, Edwin Dialle and Rebecca Dialle.


Green Team—Peace Gardeners to meet: First Green Team planning meeting is scheduled for Saturday March 28 at 11:30 a.m.   We'll meet at the entrance to the Church house.  For more details contact Uda Bradford at


CUBA Fundraising Party for CESERSE (Center for Social and Educational Services). Join us on Saturday, April 18, 6-9 p.m. At the home of Richard and Diane Greene, located at 212 St. Johns Place (between 7th & 8th Aves in Park Slope.) Enjoy Cuban food, mojitos, music, and dancing. Special guest will be: Victor Alvarez, Mission of Cuba to the U.N. Reasons to come celebrate and give generously: For each $33 you contribute, CESERSE can provide a week of joy, recreation and service for a developmentally disabled child. Since its 2001 opening in Varadero Cuba, CESERSE has served over 1,200 clients. For more details please contact Emily Thomas at or RSVP to 718-638-2895.


Cuba Mission Trip— Please join White Rose Ministry on their annual mission trip to  La Fernanda Church, our Sister Church in Havana, Cuba  from May 8 through May 18. For more details contact Emily Thomas at


More food for the Food Pantry: We are glad to announce that FPC has been accepted to become an official member of Food Bank for New York City program.  Our Food Pantry – Two Penny Lunch Program right now can place orders directly from Food Bank and provide more food for our Food Pantry clients every Thursdays. Thanks to Lynn Schnarr, Rev. Beth, Jane Woland and all our Food Pantry Team for making this happen!


Easter Lilies: If you wish to provide a lily in honor of or in memory of your loved ones, please fill out the Easter Lilies form from the worship bulletin or call the church office at 718-624-3770. Names of honorees and donors will be published in the Easter Sunday April 12 bulletin.


The Women's Retreat scheduled for April 17-18 has been cancelled.


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 31:

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

Session Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Manse Parlor


Wednesday, April 1:

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, April 2:

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

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



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




 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


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


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

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