Thursday, October 8, 2009

At FPC: Diana Bell on Discipleship, Confirmands celebrate Simchat Torah


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THIS SATURDAY, October 10:


The Confirmation Class will visit the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue on Remsen Street.  Meet at the church at 4:30 p.m. and we'll walk over together to play, worship, eat ice cream, and then dance in the street with the Torah, all in observance of Simchat Torah: "Rejoicing with/of the Torah."  During the service, the last verses of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) are read and the annual reading cycle begins anew with the first verses of Genesis.  This holiday comes immediately after Sukkot, a Harvest Festival.  Call Paul Mowry with questions at (718) 624-8624.


THIS SUNDAY, October 11:


Guest preacher Diana Bell, will deliver a sermon titled "Discipleship: At What Cost?"  Diana is a certified candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church, USA, as well as a native Texan, a Union Theological Seminary graduate, and a proud Brooklynite.  Diana is thankful for the community here at FPC and the opportunity to do ministry with such a varied and vibrant group of people.


The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christina and Patty are excited to welcome your kids back.


10 o' Clock Hour. Please join David Mullé in the Thurman Room for 10 o'Clock Hour with a Bible study on Isaiah.


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 neccessary because this curriculum is being developed for campus ministries and young adult groups.)  The group will meet after church for 90 minutes on Oct. 11 in the Thurman Room.



Other news:


Tuesday Tea:  Meets the second Tuesday in each month. See you on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Rose Room. For more information,contact Linda Kolts at (718) 855-1206.


There will be a called Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 for the sole purpose of electing a Pastoral Nominating Committee. The Church Wide Nominating Committee will present a slate via e-news and in the Narthex this week.


Food Pantry: We still need volunteers to receive food from the CSA on Wednesday evenings for next 5 weeks.  Arrive about 7:30 and wait for CSA volunteers to bring produce.   Place on tables in the Narthex for distribution to the Food Pantry clients on Thursday.  See Linda Kolts or call her at 718-855-1206.  Guarantee:  You will feel good about your participation in helping the Food Pantry. 


Sunday School Parents:  We had a fun and productive meeting.  Contact Emily Phillips for an update on all you missed and a chance to score an awesome tie-dye t-shirt for your child. 


Register for Sunday School: If you did not register yet, please download the attached sheets and sign up your children.  Please also consider teaching for five Sundays in our co-op program.  Contact with questions.  You may fax the forms back to the church at (718) 624- 3365.


To volunteer to teach Sunday School, please contact Rev. Beth at


Mission Review Report is complete.  Copies will be available in the narthex. Or contact for an electronic version.


Job Bank: Do you have skills or know of employment? Contact Susan Schultz at  to list your ideas on the FPC Job Bank.  If you are able to help others with writing resumes and cover letters, please also let us know.


Membership:  Are you interested in joining the Church? Contact Peggy Slowik at  or Paul Austin at


Apartment Hunting: If anyone or anyone you know has an apartment available for a short-term lease or sublet, please contact Frank Kools or Arie Vanduijn at


On the calendar:


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Tuesday, October 13:

Tuesday Tea at 4 p.m. in the Rose Room, all are welcome!


Wednesday, October 14:

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. Contact Aris Peguero at or Edna Asknes at


Thursday, October 15:

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

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



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