Thursday, September 10, 2009

Homecoming Sunday and Ministry Fair

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THIS SUNDAY, September 13: BACK to 11 a.m. Worship


Dr. Paul Smith, our pastor emeritus, will be preaching a sermon entitled, Unplugged.  This Sunday is Registration day for Sunday school.  There will be a Ministry Fair featuring all our ministries and groups upstairs during coffee hour. 

A New Sound, An Enduring Spirit.  This Sunday we dedicate our new sound system with state-of-the-art speakers and set-up, we can now listen even more clearly to the great spirit of our music program, our liturgists, and preachers.  We'd like to thank those who donated generously of their funds to make this sound system possible and would be happy to accept others who'd like to dedicate on behalf of this great improvement.  We'd especially like to thank Chris Neuner, Jim Cummings, Larry Picard, Jeremy Epstein, Jim Cummings' brother-in-law and Chris's IAR intern, who together donated 100 hours of labor to its installation.  If you want to know how hot it is in the ceiling up above our heads, talk to these guys. 


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christina and Patty are excited to welcome your kids back. Nursery Questionnaire:  We want to hear your thoughts on how to improve our care and spiritual nurture of our youngest memb ers.  Fill out a questionnaire at the Ministry Fair or contact to sign up for our email to receive a survey electronically. 


10 o' Clock Hour resumes 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:


Mission Review Report is complete.  Copies will be sent via email and will be available at the Ministry Fair and in the narthex on following Sundays


A New PNC--Now, there is no reason to delay.  Sign-up today.  FINAL DEADLINE is Sunday, September 27, 2009.  Send in your statement of interest to A congregational meeting is scheduled for October 18.

Church Directory:  We need to update your information!  Stop by the Session table at the Ministry Fair to check your information and make sure we are up-to-date in all the info about you that is fit to print.  (We'll even take your Twitter feeds so we can pray for you minute by minute)!


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 much supplies and how many FPC t-shirts we need for September 27 (see below). Sign up to teach this Fall with Rev. Beth at bethfpc@aol.c om.

Bocce:  "The Holy Rollers" meet for another season as our church team take on the many other Brooklyn teams at Floyd's on Atlantic and Henry Streets.  1st game starts at 1PM on Sunday, September 13th. 


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

Spiritual Life Events:  10 o'clock hour, Mid-Week Boosts, Women's Monthly Potlucks resume in September.  Look for discussions lead by our resident Biblical scholars, David Mulle, Paul Mowry, Megan Manas, Nancy Talbot, and Megan Manas on Sunday mornings at 10am.  Contact for more info on Wednesday's Boost schedule and for info about the women's potluck. 

Afternoon Tea:
We are having Tuesday Tea meet-ups again starting on Tuesday, September 15, at 4 pm. Following the schedule from last year, we will meet the second Tuesday in each month. In October, it will fall on the 13th. See you Tuesday! Linda Kolts, 718-855-1206

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!  



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

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


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.  Children will be tie-dying their t-shirts with the youth leaders at the same time.  Sign up with Rev. Beth.


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.


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, fro m 3 to 5:30 p.m. Please let us know when you plan to attend.


On the calendar:


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Wednesday, September 16:

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 17:

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!

Sunday, September 20: 5 to 6:30PM.  Confirmation class resumes.  Join Breisen Miller and other teachers in person and Rebecca Ford in D.C. by Skype! as we talk about how we worship and why we sing!

Sunday, September 20: 4PM.  Stamford, CT.  Our choir will be performing at Dr. Cari Jackson's installation service at the First Congregational Church of Stamford /1 Walton Place Stamford, CT 06901-1598 / (203) 323-0200.  All are welcome.  Accessible by MetroNorth trains.  Visit

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