Friday, May 1, 2009

AT FPC: Celebrate Dr. Cari!

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


TODAY, May 1: Farewell to Rev. Cari Open House at the Manse to express your appreciation for Rev. Cari ministry at First Church from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.




Children's Ministry and Youth/Family Committee: 10:a.m. in the Gym.  Marta Nelson, David Jones, Barry Ford and Lisa Mensah will facilitate discussion for parents concerned with how to process and communicate news about the church's transition and continued search with their children and youth.  Parents of youth 14 and younger only please. 


Worship Service, 11 a.m. our Interim Senior Pastor, Dr. Cari Jackson will preach her last sermon at First Church pulpit:  "God is as Close as Your Breath."


Farewell Reception immediately following worship service in the Elliott Room.

If you have not already done so, please consider writing notes and tuck in photographs for the Rev. Cari in the Appreciation Journal located in the Narthex.


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


The 10 o' Clock Hour will continue with a discussion of "Tools for Bible Study" with David Mull√©, leader.


Women's Potluck, 6:00 p.m. at the Manse Parlor.


Other News:


Adult Ed/Spiritual life will feature a series for four Sundays in June called "Searching for a Pastor the Presbyterian Way,"  led by Meagan Manas, Paul Mowry, Nancy Talbot, Sarah Wiles, who have graduated seminary and are seeking ordination through the Presbyterian church.


Continuation of Pastoral Search Process. Watch for information from the Church-Wide Nominating Committee (CWNC) about the formation of a new Pastoral Nominating Committee. Also watch for information about opportunities to give your input about your vision of the church and what you are seeking in a pastor. This will not be a repeat of the Mission Review process, but an effort to fine-tune the process, in order to guide the work of the new PNC and in light of additional insights gained through the first leg of the pastoral search.


STEPPING UP to SERVE and LEAD.  Please consider how you can heal and affirm the work of the church community and to reach out in love to each other and the world through volunteering your time in the coming months as we begin a new phase of transition.  We have many ministries that need organizers, regular and occasional volunteers.  We will be sending a dedicated email about volunteer opportunities and contact information of their organizers next week.  Sign up as soon as you can and face our challenge and the Spirit's calling of us into greater authenticity as a community of faith with the act of love for "love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Cor. 13:7). 


Living with Loss and Change Support Group. Four consecutive Tuesdays, May 5-May 26, 6:30-8 p.m, in the Thurman Room. A reflective, relaxing and healing environment to witness and guide you through any loss or change that calls for clarity and resolution. Optional donation accepted. Call Rev. Charles Monaco at (718) 647-5479 to register.


Children's Church Volunteers Luncheon - SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday, May 16, 2009, from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm First Church will host a luncheon in honor of and appreciation for all who have volunteered their time, treasures, and talents in support of the youth of First Church. Details to follow.  Please direct your inquiries to Reeves Carter at or (212) 371-8008.


Women's Retreat, led by Dr. Westina Matthews, has been rescheduled for Friday evening and Saturday, May 29-30 (weekend after Memorial Day weekend) in the Elliott Room. See brochure for details. To request a brochure, contact the church office at 718-624-3770.


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, May 5:

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

Living with Loss & Change Support Group, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Thurman Room


Wednesday, May 6:

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

Mid-Week Boost, 7 p.m. Elliott Room. Contact Dr. Aris Peguero


Thursday, May 7:

Food Pantry, 10:00-11:00 a.m. to volunteer, contact Jane Woland at

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

Thursday Night Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary, 7:00 p.m. New members welcome!



Yoga Saturdays 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


Who/where to connect:


Online Donations: 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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