Thursday, June 25, 2009

For Pride Week, celebrate love at FPC with guest preacher Jim Johnson

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At the 11 a.m. Worship Service, Pride Sunday, our preacher is Elder James Johnson.  His sermon titled "The Gift of Love: A Celebration" 


Jim has worshipped at First Presbyterian since 1995 and has been a member of the choir since 2002.  He was elected to the session and ordained as an elder in 2004.  A litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Jim is and chair of both the Brennan Center for Justice and the New Jersey Advisory Committee on Police Standards.  He held a number of key positions in the Treasury Department during the Clinton administration, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement and recently served on the Obama-Biden transition team.


We also will welcome the 30-member Southwest Children's Chorus from DeSoto, Texas, back to the Worship Service. 



The 10 o' Clock Hour continues a four-week series called "Searching for a Pastor the Presbyterian Way."  This week ends the series with a discussion on "Particular Theological Issues in the Process of Calling a Pastor," led by Meagan Manas, Paul Mowry, and Sarah Wiles. For more information email Rev. Beth at


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


Sunday School for June 28, 2009 Title: Healing Powers
Focus passage:
Mark 5:21-43 
The focus Scripture reading for this week offers a "story within a story"— two stories of healing, with a contrast in status of the two who seek healing. These stories of Jesus' healing powers invite us to explore what it means to seek God's compassionate care, reaching out for help for ourselves or someone else. One of the themes that weaves through this Season after Pentecost is that of community-community in Christ, empowered by Christ.  Reflect on times you have reached out for help and on times you've responded to someone in need.  How did it feel to be vulnerable in community? How did it feel to be needed?  As a family, list ways you give and receive together each day?

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.  We have Video and Bible games.  This is the most fun time to facilitate!



Other news:


Welcome New Members: Five new members joined FPC on June 21. They are: Lisa Borge, Louis Duplan, Gladys McNish, Aris Peguero and Susan Schultz.


Worship Leaders for the Summer: Anyone who is interested in participating as a Worship Leader in July and August, please contact Larry Picard or Annie Solages at Larry will contact you to discuss your interest and schedule. No experience is necessary.


Summer Worship Hours begin July 5 though Labor Day Week-end.  Summer Sunday Services will start at 10 a.m.


No July Women's Monthly Potluck: The Women's Potluck will resume in August. If you need more information please call the church office or email


No Midweek Boost on July 1 because of the Fourth of July holiday.


Garden Parties: The garden parties began on Friday June 12 and continue through August 28, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   These popular informal gatherings are the perfect way to wind down from the work week while enjoying the beautiful Peace Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden Party will be held in the Elliott Room.  Please note, there will be no Garden Party on July 3 due to the holiday. For more information please contact Prisca Owens at


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.


Ask the Session:

Do you have questions or concerns for the church that you'd like to have addressed?  The Session wants to hear your concerns during 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 FPC 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 June 26th, 2009; A Congregational Meeting will then be called on July 12 to vote on the PNC slate nominated by the CWNC.


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.



Wednesday, July 1:

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


No Mid-Week Boost, due to the Fourth of July.


Thursday, July 2:

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

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


Friday, July 3:

We will not have a Garden Party this week, due to Fourth of July.


Who/where to connect:

Pledging Statements will be mailed in July.  Please stay current on your pledge.

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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