Saturday, May 9, 2009

First Church celebrates the Motherhood of all Women, this Sunday.

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




This Sunday, Rev. Beth Waltemath, preaches on Psalm 23, "The Lord is My Mother."  Jami Jackson performs an original song, "Keep Walkin' On" in honor of the choir's participation in AIDSWALKNYC.  First Church celebrates all its women by the giving of origami flowers created to honor our connection with the Church of Gethesemane in Park Slope and to mark the unique trials of mothers facing prison.  The Children's Church offering is dedicated to Human Right's Watch, Women's Division, in honor of each of our mothers and mothers around the world. 


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


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


Other News:


Position Open on the Church Wide Nominating Committee


The Church Wide Nominating Committee seeks to replace one member of the committee, Edna Askes, who is now Co-Clerk of Session.  Please contact any committee member listed below to express your interest in serving on this committee.  The description of the role and work of the committee is as follows:


The members of the Church Wide Nominating Committee are elected by the congregation.   They must be members of the church and cannot be current members of session. 


The committee thoughtfully and deliberately considers members of the congregation to serve in two possible areas:  as elders on the session or as members of the Pastoral Nominating Committee.  The committee proposes elders or PNC members so that the resulting body will reflect the diversity of gender, ethnicity, and age of our congregation. The committee talks with any of the members of the congregation who express interest or who are suggested by other members and then proposes a candidate or slate for  vote by the congregation.


Current committee members: Jon Abernathy, Chair, Bernice Adorno, Nate Dudley, Marta Nelson


The congregational meeting to elect the member of the Church Wide Nominating Committee will be May 31, 2009.   Please let one of these committee members know of your interest by May 24th.   



Formation of New PNC

The Church-Wide Nominating Committee seeks expressions of interest from congregation members interested in serving on the new Pastoral Nominating Committee.   The Committee has a position description for potential committee members; it will be distributed by e-mail, and hard copies will be in the Narthex starting Sunday May 10.. The description will be sent to members by mail as well.  Please prayerfully consider service on this very important committee.   Interested members should submit a one-page statement of interest detailing (1) the history of your involvement in the church, (2) why you are interested in being a part of the PNC, and (3) what you believe you could contribute to the PNC.   This statement should be no more than one page, and may or may not be typed. Deadline for statements:  June 7, 2009.  Statements may be emailed to or sent to the Church office, c/o Jon Abernethy, chair of Church Wide Nominating Committee. 




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.


Midweek Boost will be exploring the challenges and rewards inherent in periods of transition by reading scriptures from the book of Joshua: To be held in the Elliot room. May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. For information contact Aris Peguero ( or Edna Asknes (


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.


Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon: On Saturday, May 16, 2009, from 11 am to 1 pm the Children's Ministry Program and the Parents' Committee will host a luncheon in appreciation for all who have volunteered their time, treasures, and talents in support of the youth of First Church. Please direct your inquiries to and confirm your attendance with 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.


Church BBQ – SAVE THE DATE: On Sunday May 31, 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.


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 12:

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 13:

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 14:

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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