Thursday, May 28, 2009

Faith Evolves at First Church

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




Women's Retreat: Finding Serenity in Times of Transition: Led by Dr. Westina

Matthews in the Elliott Room. Bonnie St. John will be our guest speaker for the retreat on Friday evening. Bonnie, who is a recent guest of The Today Show and author of How Strong Women Pray and Live Your Joy, will sign books after Friday's event.




At the 11 a.m. Worship Service, Guest Preacher Derrick Bell will preach a sermon titled "Evolving Faith in a Secular World," following an abbreviated opening liturgy. The choir will perform a great selection of gospel and original music.  All are encouraged to stay after the service for a very brief congregational meeting and Annual Church Barbeque following service. 


Derrick Bell, now visiting professor at the NYU School of Law, is one of the most highly respected constitutional law professors in America. A life-long advocate for civil rights in academia and in public life, Bell's civil-rights career began when Thurgood Marshall recruited him fresh out of law school. Bell was the first African American to be tenured at Harvard Law School, a position he relinquished in protest of the law school's failure to appoint women of color.

Widely published in the nation's leading law journals and a frequent contributor to national newspapers and magazines.  Bell is the author of several books, including Race, Racism and American Law Confronting Authority: Reflections of an Ardent Protester; Gospel Choirs; and And We Are Not Saved: The Elusive Quest for Racial Justice;


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children's Church and Sunday School will begin after the Offering. 


The 10 o' Clock Hour will continue with a discussion of "Biblical Interpretation 101" with David Mullé, leader.


Congregational Meeting: There will be a called Congregational Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn this Sunday, May 31, immediately following Worship Service at noon, for the sole purpose of electing a member to the Church-Wide Nominating Committee.  Rev. Fred Davie is moderating.


Church BBQ – This Sunday May 31 immediately following the Congregational Meeting Free admission if you bring a dish. For information contact Diana Lee at to sign up for food to bring and volunteering. Donations are greatly appreciated.


Other news:


Sunday School meets through June.  Please contact Rev. Beth if you are able to help in July and August with Bible Movie Theater time. 


Mid Week Boost: On June 3rd, Mid Week Boost will wrap up the series on community building and the book of Joshua by expanding the conversation to how we can create sacred spaces at First Church. The doors are now open for us to come together and dialogue about how we can deepen our relationship to one another and to the larger community as we go through this transition period. So come and join us on Wednesday at 7PM in the Thurman room. For information please contact Aris Peguero at or Edna Asknes at


Yoga Class: June 6 will be last class until the Fall. For details, contact yoga instructor Maria Cutrona at


Adult Ed/Spiritual Life will feature a series for four Sundays in June called "Searching for a Pastor the Presbyterian Way." The series will be led by Meagan Manas, Paul Mowry, Nancy Talbot, and Sarah Wiles during the 10 o'Clock Hour meeting on Sunday in the Thurman Room.  For more information email Rev. Beth at


June 7              Foundations of How We Govern

June 14            Leadership in the PC (USA)

June 21            The Process of Calling a New Pastor

June 28            Particular Theological Issues in the Process of Calling a Pastor


More Sacred Conversations sponsored by the Many Mansions committee on June 7 Light lunch and child care and a chance to grow our Beloved FPC Community.

Session Meeting: Tuesday June 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Manse.


 Ask the Session:

Do you have concerns for the church you'd like to have addressed?  The Session wants to hear your concerns in this time of transition.  Please send written feedback to Session, which will be addressed at its monthly meeting. Send email to co-clerks, Marcia Smith, at ; or Edna Asknes,


Or leave questions and comments in the box in the Narthex labeled "Congregational Questions to the Session." 


Church Wide Nominating Committee (CWNC) seeks expressions of interest from Church members (and members only!) interested in serving on the New Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC).  Please prayerfully consider taking up this service to the Church, with energy, discernment, listening ears and open hearts.  Expressions of interest are due by June 14th; a Congregational Meeting will be called to elect a new PNC from the slate nominated by the CWNC on June 28th, 2009


If you are interested in serving, please contact any current committee member:  Jon Abernethy, Chair, Bernice Adorno, Nate Dudley, or Marta Nelson by emailing them at


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, June 2:

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


Wednesday, June 3:

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. Thurman Room. Contact Dr. Aris Peguero


Thursday, June 4:

Food Pantry, 10 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, Jane Woland at

New Parents' Group will not meet at the church during the summer but will enjoy neighborhood playgrounds. 

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


Who/where to connect:

Online Donations: Contribute to the church through a secure online account. To find it on the church website, http ://, go to the Site Credits/ Link tab and select First Church Donation Account Setup. Or go to

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