Friday, June 19, 2009

Celebrate Ernie Salvi, Our Custodian of 33 Years

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


THIS SATURDAY, June 20: Membership Class


There will be one two-hour Membership Class to be held on Saturday June 20 from 10 a.m. – Noon.  This will be the only class before the vote for a new PNC. Please contact Peggy Swisher Slowik ASAP to register at or (917) 400-6589.


At the 11 a.m. Worship Service, Membership Sunday, our preacher is Paul Mowry.  His sermon titled "Across to the Other Side."  Paul received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary last year.  He is under the care of this church in his quest for ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.  Paul especially remembers on this Father's Day his father, grandfather and great-great grandfather, all Presbyterian ministers.


This Sunday we will also have a special presentation during Worship Service to honor Ernie Salvi, our custodian of 33 years.


The 10 o' Clock Hour continues a four-week series called "Searching for a Pastor the Presbyterian Way." June 21 is the third series with a discussion on "The Process of Calling a New Pastor." Meagan Manas, Paul Mowry, and Sarah Wiles will lead the series. See the full course description below. For more information email Rev. Beth at


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


Sunday School for June 21, 2009 Title: In the Boat Together
Focus passage: Mark 4:35-41
This week's reading from the gospel of Mark reminds us that Christ is "in the boat" with us in the midst of times of turmoil and fear. The Christian Education and worship resources for this week explore the promise of peace offered by God's presence. The life of faith is not a guarantor of smooth sailing or stress-free lives. As you prepare as a family for Sunday think of experiences of fear and vulnerability in your own life. What has helped you during these times to speak and act with trust in God's presence? In what ways is the community of faith "in the boat together," reminding each other of the promise of peace offered by God's presence? 


Children's Church and Sunday School will begin after the Passing of the Peace. 


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




Other news:

Midweek Boost: What is the 5th Commandment? What is the longest book in the Bible? Join Midweek Boost for fun, brain-tickling Bible Trivia.  No studying required!! Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Peace Garden (weather permitting), otherwise in the Thurman Room.  (By the way, the answers are: "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. " Ex. 20:12 NIV and the Book of Psalms.)


On Sunday June 28, we will welcome the Southwest Children's Chorus to our worship service!   There are 30 children in the chorus ranging from the ages of 9-16.  We had the pleasure of hearing their group several years ago, and it was such a blessing!  You will be inspired by their music, pride, dedication, and talent.  Please join us for this special day. 


We would like to treat the group to a lunch following the service, so if you are willing to bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage, please email Amy Neuner ( to sign up.  Any contribution would be greatly appreciated. 


Garden Parties: The garden parties on Fridays begin June 12 to August 28, rain or shine (no gathering on July 3 due to holiday) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   These popular informal gatherings are held at the end of the work week when we can enjoy the beautiful Peace Garden. For more information please contact Prisca Owens at


Summer Music Series

Please join us each Thursday, starting July 9th, for music in our beautiful Peace Garden. The series will include: 


*Hymn-sings featuring the FPC Choir and our amazing trio

*The New York Brass Ensemble

*Guitar ensembles featuring James Moore, Scott Borg and the Threefifty Duo *Organ Concert with Wil Smith and guest organist, Meg Wilhoite

*An evening of Jazz featuring Bertilla Baker, vocalist

*An evening of R & B and Gospel featuring Jami Jackson, vocalist 


Each Thursday performance will begin at 7 p.m. Specific dates coming soon!  Light refreshments will be served. 


Green Team - The Peace Garden needs regular watering during the dry season (June 12th through September 12th). Please contact Uda at

or Jill at  if you are able to help water for one week or more this summer.


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


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


June 21            The Process of Calling a New Pastor

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

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 26th; a Congregational Meeting will be called to elect a new PNC from the slate nominated by the CWNC on July 12th, 2009


If you are interested in serving, please contact any current committee member:  Jon Abernethy, Chair, Bernice Adorno, Nate Dudley, Marta Nelson, Sam Murumba, or Kimbirly Mack 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 23:

Living with Loss & Change Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Thurman Room, contact Rev. Monaco at


Wednesday, June 24:

Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

CSA Delivery for Food Pantry:  7:45p.m.  Contact Linda Kolts to help at 

Mid-Week Boost at 7:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room. For information please contact Aris Peguero at or Edna Asknes at


Thursday, June 25:

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

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


Friday, June 26:

Garden Parties, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Garden, contact Prisca Owens at for more information.



Who/where to connect:

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