Friday, November 6, 2009

AT FPC: Soup's On! Plus Rev. Phelps on "If God Does Not Exist"

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THIS SUNDAY, November 8:


Rev. Stephen Phelps, our Interim Pastor will preach a sermon titled: "If God Does Not Exist." And, after the Worship Service, stick around for …


Many Mansions: "Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, hoping that you like me." Join us Sunday, Nov. 8, after worship for an hour of "Soup and Sacred Conversations". Rev. Phelps will be sharing the soup and the conversation -- so we can begin to get to know him, and also continue to get to know each other.



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


10 o' Clock Hour. Please join David Mullé in the Thurman Room for 10 o'Clock Hour as Bible study on Isaiah continues. (Great discussions every week.)


Christmas Pageant preparations begin this Sunday, Nov. 8. Amy Neuner will be working with the kids in Sunday School this week to assign parts based on a script written for us by member Gwynne Watkins.  Please contact or for more information about parts and practices.  Look for more updates in the e-news and bulletins.



Other news:


Our Multicultural Journey: First Church is a 2009 contestant for the Multicultural Church Story Contest on the PCUSA website.  (The First Church story and entry is attached as a PDF.) Special thanks to Emily Thomas, who wrote a beautiful essay, and all those who helped tweak, expand, and ready it for the contest, including Rev. Beth, Edna Asknes, James Johnson, Marcia Smith, Taylor Margis-Noguera, and Barbara Palmer.

How is Rev. Beth? Associate Pastor Update: Rev. Beth wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and encouragement.   She has especially enjoyed the congregation's gift of FreshDirect meals and flowers as they have respectively eased the domestic strain of her bed rest and brightened her bedroom.  "My experience reminds me that every day of every life is a gift.  I feel blessed to be a part of a community in which each individual honors the gift of life by giving of themselves.  I cannot thank each of you enough for all the large and small ways you have blessed me with your gifts during a difficult time."


Tuesday Tea is always served the second Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Elliott Room.  Hope to see you on Nov.10 for our next "tea with talk."  For more information, contact Linda Kolts at 718-855-1206

Mid Week Boost: Seminary graduate Diana Bell will be leading reflections from the book An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. This book focuses on how to get in touch with the divine in our daily lives. No prior reading is required. On Wednesday, at 7 p.m., Elliot Room.  For information about Mid-Week Boost, please contact Aris Peguero at or Edna Asknes at

Budget Saturday, Nov. 14. All Session members and Committee chairs should attend this gathering to prepare the 2010 Budget. We'll meet at the home of Richard and Diane Greene,  212 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217,  from 8 to 11 a.m. (Breakfast will be provided.) All budget requests from the committee need to be e-mailed to Treasurer Ken Andrichik by Sunday Nov. 8, at at  Questions? Call Ken or Marcia at (718) 398-9307.


Membership:  Are you interested in joining the Church? There will be a membership class on Nov. 14  at the church at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Peggy Slowik at, or Paul Austin at


Food Pantry: We still need volunteers to receive food from the CSA on Wednesday evenings for next five weeks.  Arrive about 7:30 p.m. 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.  Our guarantee:  You will feel good about your participation in helping the Food Pantry. 


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

Or if you'd rather learn, register with us. Please also consider teaching for five Sundays in our co-op program.  Contact Elizabeth de La Garza at

with questions. 


To volunteer to teach Sunday School, please contact Elizabeth 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.


Jami Jackson, FPC Choir Member, R&B Singer & songwriter will have her first solo show at the Broadway Baby Bistro Piano Bar.   It will be an intimate performance featuring a talented pianist named David Berry.  She will sing R&B covers, her original music, as well as a couple of jazz songs.  The show will be on Nov 10 at 7 p.m. Admission $10 with 2 drink minimum. This is a show you won't want to miss!


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



Your stories linked to the theme of Human Rights will be transformed into theater pieces as part of an international project in which Playback companies in 26 countries are going to participate.  Playback is a participatory, improvisational theater form in which performers enact experiences told by members of the audience without script or rehearsal and create an event that is unique and magical.  $12 suggested Contribution will be most appreciated.


On the calendar:


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Wednesday, November 11:

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, November 12:

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!


Saturday, November 14:

New Members Class, 11 am, Sanctuary


Who/where to connect:

Online Donations: Set up a recurring gift to the church through a secure online account.
On the church website,, go to the Site Credits/ Link tab. 
If you are setting up your account, click on the "First Church Donation Account Setup" link. To edit an existing gift, choose the "First Church Donation Login" link.

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