Friday, October 16, 2009

FPC: A Warm Place in a Season of Change

A weekly e-newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn:

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THIS SUNDAY, October 18:

Paul Mowry will preach a sermon titled: "The Cup That We Drink," based on Mark 10:35-45. Paul joined the church three years ago, and is active in our youth and confirmation program. (Most recently, he accompanied youth to services at Brooklyn Heights synagogue, where his family of three also are members.) Paul is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, a board member of Presbyterian Welcome, and has received awards for preaching and promise in pastoral ministry.

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 for Bible study on Isaiah.

There will be a called Congregational Meeting for the sole purpose of electing a Pastoral Nominating Committee.

Other news:

Welcome Elizabeth! Children's Ministry Committee and the Session are excited to introduce Elizabeth de La Garza Vargas, who will be directing our Sunday school program for kids ages 4-12, beginning this week. Elizabeth worked in children's television for ten years before returning to Bank Street School of Education to earn her master's degree. She has developed multi-age programs for the National Museum of the American Indian and El Museo del Barrio. Elizabeth, her husband, Carlos, and two and a half-year-old, Elisa, live in Queens. Since becoming a mother and reflecting on her own religious education as a child, she has been dreaming of an affirming spiritual curriculum for children and looks forward to developing this at First Church.

Interim Pastor Update: Rev. Stephen Phelps has been selected to serve as our interim pastor, with a planned start date of Nov. 1, session has announced. Pending Committee on Ministry approval, a formal announcement will be made next week. A welcoming coffee hour is being planned for November 1, 2009. Please plan to attend to give him a warm FPC welcome.

You may have received word that Rev. Beth, at the requests of her doctors, is on bed rest and unable to leave her fourth-floor walk-up for the next two weeks. Her health and well-being are in our thoughts and prayers. In the meantime, elders and members are making pastoral visits and lining up preachers. Next week, Dr. Westina Matthews Shatteen will be preaching. Thank you to all who have pitched in to help. (Special thanks to Paul Mowry for stepping in this week to preach on such short notice)

Organ Recital: An evening of Macabre Masterpieces. Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Join organists Wil Smith and Meghann Wilhoite with special guests for an evening of creepy classics, including Bach's bone-chilling Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor. Accompanying the music in a dark FPC sanctuary will be spooky images projected directly onto the pipes by a live video artist. Not to be missed!

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.

Sign up for Sunday School: We need you! Please sign up for teach for a month.

Or if you'd rather learn, register with us. 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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Wednesday, October 21:

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 22:

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!

Who/where to connect:

Please stay current on your pledge.

Online Donations: Contribute to the church through a secure online account. To find it on the church website,, go to the Site Credits/ Link tab and select First Church Donation Account Setup. Or go to

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