Thursday, July 2, 2009

At FPC: 10 a.m. Summer Worship Hours Begin July 5; Summer Music series, and more

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10 a.m. summer Worship start time begins this week! From July 5 through Labor Day Weekend, Summer Worship Services will start at 10 a.m.


This week, Associate Pastor Beth Waltemath will deliver a sermon titled "Strangers No Longer." 


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


No Sunday School this week Children will stay in service.  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!


There will be no 10 o' Clock Hour during the summer. We will resume in the Fall.


Looking forward to July 5, 2009

Title: Sent with Power
Focus passage: Mark 6:1-23

The scripture readings this week invite us to live in the fullness of God's powerful and loving presence. As Jesus prepared the disciples and sent them out to carry his teaching and ministry to neighboring villages, we too are called and "sent with power" by God's Spirit.  This week think about your own call to ministry. How have you given expression to the Spirit's call in your life? What makes it possible for you to hear and proclaim the gospel? Reflect on the following blessing litany: "O God...send us with your power. Help us hear your call to live with grace and hope...Help us to follow paths of justice and love...Give us courage for the journey. Amen."



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


 Other news:


The Mission Review Committee (MRC) has the responsibility of preparing a report that reflects the congregation's views, sentiments, and preferences in support of the selection process for a new minister. A survey will be e-mailed to all congregants whose addresses are in our file. All others are encouraged to complete the survey and hand it in after the service or mail it to us...or provide us with their e-mail address.


Our task will be completed by the end of July, so please make an effort to communicate your views to us. Thanks much, Richard Greene, Jr., Jane Quinn, Co-Chairs


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.


Drivers Needed. Do you drive to church? We have a few elderly members who live nearby but need a ride to church. Volunteer, make a new friend, and learn about the history of our church through members who've seen it through several decades. Contact Larry Picard through the Church office at 718-624-3770 or email at


No Garden Party on July 3 ….


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. 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.


First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn will host the Brooklyn Community Meeting with the members of the AD HOC Committee for LICH to support the Merger of Long Island College Hospital and SUNY Downstate on Tuesday July 14 at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  All are welcome.


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 statements of interest from FPC members interested in serving on the new Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC).  The deadline for these statements was June 26th, 2009, but, although we have gotten a number of statements, we have not yet received enough to nominate a committee of nine members.  As a result, we are extending the deadline through at least the end of August in the expectation that we will have a congregational meeting in the early fall to elect a new PNC.  We will advise in subsequent announcements the specific new deadline for statements of interest.  Please prayerfully consider taking up this service to the Church, with energy, discernment, listening ears and open hearts.


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


Paul Mowry led "Particular Theological Issues in the Process of Calling a Pastor," the final installment in a four-part series, "Searching for a Pastor the Presbyterian Way."  Paul reminded us that. "We are the culmination to date of God's consistent work of calling and shaping a faithful people… As children of God, you are direct descendents of all the faithful who fought and suffered and worshipped for thousands of years before we were ever born.  We are not only connected to this ancient heritage: You are an instrument of God continuing the heritage."

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 8:

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

Midweek Boost at 7 p.m., in the Elliott Room. For information please contact Aris Peguero at or Edna Asknes at

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


Thursday, July 9:

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

Summer Music Series, at 7:00p.m. in the Peace Garden, Light Refreshments will be served.


Friday, July 10:

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:

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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