Thursday, June 11, 2009

Preacher from Union Seminary & Friend of Rev. Cari

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


At the 11 a.m. Worship Service, guest preacher Rev. Karen Jones will give a sermon titled "Preparing for a New Beginning."

Reverend Jones has been Director of Field Education at Union Theological Seminary for the past nine years, but is leaving the position to transition into full-time parish ministry. She has served the past year as the interim pastor at Elmhurst Baptist Church in Queens. She is the mother of four and a new grandmother of one and describes herself as " sister-friend-colleague-spiritual companion," of Dr. Cari Jackson.

Reverend Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Tennessee State University in Nashville, a Master of Arts in Christian Education (with an emphasis in Pastoral Care) from Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. She is the editor of Church and Family Together: A Congregational Manual for Black Family Ministry.

The 10 o' Clock Hour continues a four-week series called "Searching for a Pastor the Presbyterian Way." June 14 is the second series with a discussion on "Leadership in the PC (USA)." 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 Lesson for June 14, 2009

Mark 4:26-34, Theme is "Flourishing"

The fourth chapter of the gospel of Mark begins a series of teachings, known as parables, revealing insights into the "kingdom" or realm of God. This week's focus scripture reading follows the parable of "the sower and the seed" and helps us to explore how God's realm flourishes, in ways that are seen and unseen.

New Testament scholar Michael Trainor suggests that the parable of the sower is a critical lens through which we can view the entire message of Mark's gospel. As we read the Gospel of Mark, the Spirit moves us to ask these questions: "Where are the places of growth in your own life? What is helping or hindering your growth? How is your growth dependent on others, upon things that cannot be seen?"

Ask these questions at your family dinner table. Or better yet, take a family outing to the green market and select a young plant to nurture together. Or best of all, sign up with Uda to water the Peace Garden for one week this summer. A great excuse to wear their Crocs and bathing suits!

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.

Confirmation Class: Final class is 5-6:30 p.m. We will recite the Ten Commandments and Lord's Prayer for our Final Ritual.

Other news:

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 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is a popular informal gathering at the end of the work week when we can enjoy the beautiful Peace Garden. For more information please contact Prisca Owens at

Now is the Time to Join FPC! Classes to be held in June

What's the difference between becoming an "official member" and personally committing to attend regularly? Only members have the right to speak and vote in congressional meetings. Only members can be ordained as elders to govern as members of session. Membership is a commitment of faith within a community and should be considered first as a spiritual act. Please speak to a pastor or elder if you are in discernment over joining.

There will be one two-hour Membership Class to be held on 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.

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 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

Session Meeting: Thursday June 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

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." Next Session meeting June 18th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

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, 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 16:

Tuesday Tea at 4 p.m. in the Rose Room, please join us for the last Tuesday Tea before the Summer.

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

Wednesday, June 17:

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 on June 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room. This week will be a discussion on "The gifts we are and that we bring to our communities". Led by Gladys McNish. For information please contact Aris Peguero at or Edna Asknes at

Thursday, June 18:

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

Session Meeting, Sanctuary 7:00 p.m.

Thursday Night Choir Rehearsal, Woodman Room, 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,, go to the Site Credits/ Link tab and select First Church Donation Account Setup. Or go to

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