Thursday, August 27, 2009

At FPC: Garden Party Grande Finale & Meagan Manas Preaching


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THIS FRIDAY August 28:  will be the last Garden Party of Summer 2009. Come out & enjoy the grand finale: a celebration of connecting with community. 6 p.m.- 8p.m. in the Peace Garden.


THIS SUNDAY, August 30:

10 a.m. Summer Worship

Through Labor Day Weekend, Summer Worship Services will at start 10 a.m. Worship Service resumes at 11 a.m on Sept. 13.


Meagan Manas will preach a sermon called "Standing Still." Meagan, member of First Church since March, is a 2008 graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church. She is the communications director for Presbyterian Welcome and works on women's issues at the National Council of Churches.  In her free time she loves eating local food and spending time with her husband of one year and two cats, Marge and Arthur.


Look for more in September in First Church pulpit: Save the Date for two special Guest Preachers:


Sept 6 (10 a.m.): Dr. Ingrid Reneau, a missionary specializing in access to education and peacemaking in the Sudan.  She is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church (USA).  


Sept 13 (11 a.m.):  Rev. Dr. Paul Smith.  HOMECOMING SUNDAY.  Start the fall at FPC off with a warm welcome to our beloved pastor emeritus, Dr. Paul Smith, and to all our friends we've missed over the summer.  


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


There will be no 10 o' Clock Hour during the summer. We will resume September 13 with a Q & A for prospective PNC members about the workload that serving on the committee will entail. (August is the perfect time to write your statements of interest.  Do not delay.)


 Other news:


The Church Office is closed on Fridays in August!


Women for Women Bible Study and Justice Focus Group:  Empowering women and children can lead to world peace or so wrote the NYTimes Magazine on Sunday, August 23, 2009.  Join other women at our church as we educate women in other churches about the needs of women throughout the world.  If you are a young woman (18 to early 30's for our purposes J) you are invited to participate in a group this fall.  We will study the connections between faith and action, exploring the issue of obstetric fistula, a condition that plagues women without access to obstetric care and leads to their ostracization.  Check out or read last week's NYTimes magazine for some more info).  This is a pilot curriculum that we will be helping to evaluate and develop for the National Council of Churches.  We will meet after church for about an hour and a half on Sept. 13, 27, Oct.11, and 25.  Please contact Meagan Manas at if you would like to attend or need more information!


 Flea Market at First Church:  An after-services sale books and other items has netted more than $300 to benefit Touching Tiny Lives (TTL) and other FPC-supported charities. Become a donor or buyer (or both!) by bringing books to sell to church on Sunday, and staying after to shop. TTL and Lesotho needs our help more than ever.  Social Action committee member Jim Palmer sent this news link on the area:


FPC Choir will resume Thursday night rehearsals on Thursday, Sept. 3.   All are welcome!


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

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


Church Sunday School: On Sept. 13, 2009, we will have registration for the 2009-2010 Sunday School.  Please come and register your child(ren) so that we will know how many FPC t-shirts we need for September 27 (see below). Sign up to teach this Fall with Rev. Beth at


Session Meeting: Monday September 14, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Manse.


On Sept. 27, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m., we will have a Back-to-School pizza party for all the Sunday School families.  At that time, we will explain the 2009-2010 Sunday School curriculum and goals.  We will also distribute t-shirts to our Sunday School children.  Please come and bring the kids.  Babysitting will be provided. 


Food Pantry Liaison needed for delivery of fresh produce. September and October Wednesdays from 7:45 – 8:15 p.m. open at FPC to volunteers from CSA at Unitarian Church.  No heavy lifting! Contact Linda Kolts at 718-855-1206. If you promised to help a while ago, please remind us.


Mid-Week Boost will resume in September. During the August hiatus, don't forget to make time for self-care, for fun & for connecting with family, friends & Spirit. For information about Mid-Week Boost, please contact Aris Peguero at or Edna Asknes at


 Job Bank: Do you have skills or know of employment? Contact Susan Schultz at  to list your ideas on the FPC Job Bank.



 PLAYBACK THEATRE  is a free workshop introducing this participatory improvisational theater for teaching techniques to enhance  spontaneity, expressiveness, self-awareness, musicality and collective decision making.  Open for anyone 15 years and older.  Facilitated by Susan Metz - MS in Ed & MFA in Writing, and a Poetry Graduate of the School of Playback Theatre. Assisted by Rev. Charles Monaco. Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Sat. Sept. 12, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Please let us know when you plan to attend.


On the calendar:


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Wednesday, September 2:

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


Thursday, September 3:

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

FPC Choir Thursday night rehearsals at 7:00 p.m.   All are welcome!


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