Friday, October 2, 2009

Communion and Cuban Food

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THIS SUNDAY, October 4:

Rev. W. Franc Perry, our guest preacher, will preach a sermon titled "The Transformative Power of Forgiveness."  Rev. Perry received a law degree from George Washington University Law School, and practiced law for nearly two decades before attending the Union Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2004 and was awarded the Maxwell Prize for pastoral ministry. Rev. Perry currently is a principal court attorney in New York Civil Court and the chairman of Community Board 10 in Manhattan.


New Order of Service:  This Sunday the sermon will be moved up in the Order of Worship to help reinforce the Confirmation Class' study of the Reformed tradition's Theology of Worship.  Please arrive promptly for the sermon, which will start by 11:30 a.m.


In support of the Confirmation class's study of "Why and How We Worship," we have shifted the Order of Service in October.  The changes in the Order of Worship reflect our Reformed tradition's understanding of the movements of worship.  There is a Gathering around the Word (Invocation, Hymn, Confession, Assurance, Welcome) followed by a Hearing of the Word (Scripture, Anthem, Sermon) and then a time for Responding to the Word (Prayers, Offering, Communion, Hymn) and finally a time for Sending Out of us with the Word embodied in our lives (Benediction).  We hope you will enjoy the movements of worship and reflect on their meaning with the confirmation class and worship leaders.


Rev. Beth Waltemath will preside over Communion. 


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.


Confirmation Class and Youth mentors will meet in church and sit together for service before they come together after service with their mentor groups. 


White Rose Ministry presents a Cuba Dinner:  Immediately following the worship service in the Elliott Room, the White Rose Ministry will serve another of their famously delicious fundraisers to support our sister church in Cuba. Eat in or take out, but don't miss it!


Women's Monthly Potluck at 6 p.m in the Manse.  All are welcome. We will share our summer stories and set our goals and intentions for the coming year.


Other news:


There will be a called Congregational Meeting on Sunday Oct 18, 2009 for the sole purpose of electing a Pastoral Nominating Committee.  Church Wide Nominating Committee is hard at work.  They will present a slate via e-news and in the Narthex a week before the meeting. 


Missing Umbrella: A black umbrella with subway symbols is missing. Please return it to the church office.


Mid Week Boost: Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the Elliott Room at 7 p.m., "Prayer, Intention, and The Zero Point Field: Tuning Up Your Frequencies," with guest Ricarda O'Conner.  For information about Mid-Week Boost, please contact Aris Peguero at or Edna Asknes at


Tuesday Tea:  will meet the second Tuesday in each month. See you on Tuesday October 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. For more information about Tuesday Tea, contact Linda Kolts at 718-855-1206.


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. 


Sunday School Director:  The Children's Ministry Committee and Session are looking to fill a 10-hour a week position to give more structure and guidance to our Sunday morning program.  Please contact if you know of someone or a resource for good candidates with a strong background in teaching and crafts.


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-operative 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


On the calendar:


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Wednesday, October 7:

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 8:

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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