Thursday, October 29, 2009

First Sermon at First Church: Come Welcome Rev. Stephen H. Phelps

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

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THIS FRIDAY, October 30

Get Your Spook On: An Evening of Macabre Masterpieces, on 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!

THIS SUNDAY, November 1:

"Fall Back" – Remember to set your clocks back one hour. Also Sunday Nov. 1 is the NYC Marathon and many streets will be blocked. Plan to get to church by subway!

Rev. Stephen Phelps, our Interim Pastor will preach a sermon titled: "It's About Time." Rev. Phelps hails from the Northern Hudson Valley, was educated at Yale and has worked with nationally recognized community development projects. Rev Phelps has served as pastor to Presbyterian congregations for more than twenty years. We welcome him and look forward to this time with him.

Service will be followed by a special coffee hour hosted by the committee chairs. Please plan to attend to give him a warm FPC welcome!

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 for Bible study on Isaiah.

Other news:

Associate Pastor Update

Rev. Beth continues to be on bedrest, taking it one day at a time. She sends her gratitude for your prayers; she and her family are buoyed by the encouragement and support. She says Ephesians 3:14-21 has become a daily mantra. From verse 20 (NIV): "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Please continue to remember Beth and her family in your prayers. Cards will be forwarded to her, please leave them in Edna's mailbox, or that of the Administrator.

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

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. 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 Elizabeth de La Garza at

with questions. You may fax the forms back to the church at (718) 624- 3365.

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.

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:

For more details about calendar events, click on this link. Click again

on the event on the calendar to read a description.

Wednesday, November 4:

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 5:

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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