Thursday, September 3, 2009

AT FPC: Dr. Ingrid Reneau, Peacemaker in southern Sudan, to preach

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THIS SUNDAY, September 6: 10 a.m. Summer Worship


Dr. Ingrid Reneau will preach a sermon called "Is Your Heart in His Hands, Is His Heart in Your Belly? Mission in Eternity." Dr. Reneau is a native Belizean, who has lived her adult life in the U.S She attended Hunter College and earned a Ph.D in literature from Rutgers University and, as an award-winning teacher, has taught courses on African Diaspora and 20th Century American Literature, and Black Feminist Theory. Since 2007, Dr. Reneau has been a PC(USA) mission co-worker in southern Sudan, working with PC(USA) partner, Across, a Christian NGO.


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


No 10 o' Clock Hour this Sunday, but the group will resume September 13 with a Q & A for prospective PNC members about the workload that serving on the committee will entail.


 Other news:


Mission Review Report is complete.  Look for it in the mail or in the narthex on Sunday.

For prospective Pastor Nominating Committee members—now there is no reason to delay.  Send in your statement of interest to A congregational meeting is planned for October. 


Worship Service resumes at 11 a.m Next Sunday, Sept 13 for 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.  Our celebration will include a Ministry Fair during Coffee Hour.  Contact if your committee needs help with a table.


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


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.  Sign up with Rev. Beth.  We will take donation for pizza and T-Shirts.



Session Meeting: Monday Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Manse.


How wonderful that there is so much interest in talking about our faith in action for justice for women at FPC!  Let's keep the conversation going in as many places as possible.  If you are a young woman (18-30ish), you are invited to participate in a trial run of a curriculum I am developing for use in young adult groups with my job at the National Council of Churches.  (See description below!)

Thanks, Meagan Manas


Young Women Bible Study and Justice Focus Group

If you are between the ages of 18-early 30's, you are invited to attend this group, which will be trying out and evaluating a curriculum currently in development by the National Council of Churches, meant to explore the connections of faith and advocacy through the issue of obstetric fistula. (The age restriction is firm because this curriculum is being developed for campus ministries and young adult groups.)  The group will meet after church for 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 ChurchAn 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. 


Green Team - The Peace Garden needs regular watering through Sept. 12. Please contact Uda at, or Jill at  if you are able to help water this summer.


Food Pantry Liaison needed for delivery of fresh produce on Wednesdays from 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. No heavy lifting! Contact Linda Kolts at 718-855-1206. (If you promised to help a while ago, please remind us.)


 Job Bank: Do you have skills or know of employment? Contact Susan Schultz at  to list your ideas on the FPC Job Bank. The Job Bank is in need of some skilled resume writers. Please contact Susan if you can help with this project.


 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 9:

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 10:

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!


Who/where to connect:

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