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TONIGHT: Final Summer Music Series Concert

The final Summer Music Series, tonight, Thursday August 20, features Jami Jackson performing in the Peace Garden at 7 p.m. Join us for a great night of music to close out a spectacular 2009 Summer Music Series. Refreshments will be served.

THIS SUNDAY, August 23:

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.

This week, Elder Mario Adorno will preach a sermon called "Life, Love and Chocolates." Mario, his wife Bernice, and daughter Christina came to First Presbyterian Church in the spring of 1998 and Mario became a member of FPC a year later. He was ordained as a deacon in the fall of 1999, and later was ordained as an Elder and served on Session, as well as on the most recent Pastoral Nominating Committee. Mario is no stranger to the FPC pulpit; particularly in summer. He says, "It is always an honor to serve FPC in whatever capacity. "I just want to do what Jesus asked us to do, serve and our blessings will come from God our Father."

(Look for more of your friends and neighbors in the pulpit: On August 30, Meagan Manas, will preach.)

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 in the fall.

Other news:

The Church Office is closed on Fridays in August!

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.

Next week's Garden Party (August 28), will be the last party for this summer. Come out & enjoy the grand finale: a celebration of connecting with community. Friday, August 28, 6p-8p, in the Peace Garden.

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:

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.

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

Save the Date for two special Guest Preachers at FPC in September:

Sept 6 (10 a.m.) : Dr. Ingrid Reneau. Dr. Reneau is 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.): 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.

Also, on Sept. 13, we will also have a Q &A for prospective PNC members about the workload that serving on the committee will entail during the Ten o'Clock Hour. (August is the perfect time to write your statements of interest. Do not delay.)

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 7:00 pm at 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.

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.

Bertilla Baker on Broadway - The Broadway Inspirational Voices, of which Bertilla Baker, our choir soloist, has been a member for many years, has just recently acquired its not-for-profit status, and is currently seeking someone who can write grant proposals. There might be some pay involved, but the choir, which for more than ten years has been raising money for people in the performing arts community who are living with AIDS and for women with serious health issues, is looking for someone who can do this work pro bono. If you or anyone you know can assist in this matter, please contact Bertilla Baker by email at or by phone at 212-695-0426.

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. Tuesdays: 8/11/09 and 9/8/09 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Sat. Sept. 12, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Please let us know when you plan to attend.

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, August 26:

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, August 27:

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

Friday, August 28:

Final Garden Party, 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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