Friday, December 18, 2009

It Was the Week Before Christmas and All Through the House

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

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Breakfast With Santa! At 9:30 am in the Elliott Room. All are invited to a delicious pancake breakfast with Santa! We will take pictures, do crafts, and sing. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Call Annie to reserve a ticket at 718-624-3770. This event is open to the community so please invite friends.


Rev. Stephen Phelps, our Interim Pastor, will preach a sermon entitled: "God's Not" (You can find Rev. Phelps' recent sermons online at his Web site,, under the sermons link. Printed copies also are available in the Narthex.)

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

Sunday School Topic: The Birth of Jesus.

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 Poinsettias: If you wish to provide a poinsettia in honor of or in memory of your loved ones, please fill out the Christmas poinsettia form on Sunday Dec. 20. A list of names received will be published in the Dec. 24 & 27 bulletins.

Other news:

Candlelight Service with Lessons and Carols: Next week, the bustle of the season will at last arrive at Christmas. The poverty of the Child in a manger will never nestle comfortably amid the wealthy world of Christmas as we have come to know it. Nevertheless, I hope that all of you may find your way during these holy days to a place of peace and simplicity, giving thanks for the gift of God who is Light coming down in the most unexpected places.

First Church will, as always, celebrate a brightly lit and brightly sung Candlelight Service with Lessons and Carols at 7:00 PM. May the congregation resound and shine with your voice and light, too.

Christmas Dinner for Food Pantry Guests: Food Pantry volunteers will prepare and serve Christmas dinner for our patrons on Tuesday December 22 at 2 p.m. in the Elliott Room. Members of the congregation are urged to participate by bringing a side dish or by volunteering a few hours to help set up, serve dinner and clean up (anytime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Please contact Linda Kolts at .

Living with Loss During the Holidays: During the holidays, losses we have experienced often resurface intensely. Come, and allow healing to happen on Tuesday December 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Call Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-510-6964 to confirm attendance.

Meals for Rev Beth: Rev Beth remains on bedrest. If you are interested in cooking, delivering or ordering a meal for Rev Beth and her family, please contact Edna ( or call the church office at (718) 624-3770 to find out which dates are not covered, local restaurant info and dietary specifics.

Mid Week Boost: will resume on January 13, 2010. For information about Mid-Week Boost, please contact Aris Peguero at

2010 Church-Wide Retreat: Sign up today for the Church-Wide Retreat Jan. 15, 16 and 17 over Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend at The Grail (Cornwall on Hudson, New York). Activities, fellowship and spiritual nurture for all ages organized by the Many Mansions Team (Hopefully, snow and sledding too). For further information call Emily Thomas at 347-262-6466 or email the Church at to reserve your space.

Elders Positions: The Church-wide Nominating Committee is developing a slate of new candidates to be elected by the congregation to serve as elders on the Session, the church's governing board. If you are interested in learning more about this responsibility, or if you would like to nominate someone, talk to one of the CWNC members: Nate Dudley, Marta Nelson, Bernice Adorno, Sam Murumba, Kimbirly Mack and Jon Abernethy, chair.

Sunday School: There will be no Sunday School on December 27. Contact Elizabeth de La Garza at with questions or to volunteer.

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.

Piano and Organ Lessons: Customized piano and organ lessons for kids and adults by FPC organist Wil Smith. Contact him at or 646-320-0606 for info.

On the calendar:

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Tuesday, Dec. 22:

Christmas Dinner for Food Pantry Guests, at 2 p.m. in the Elliott Room. Contact Linda Kolts at

Life and loss at 6:30 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at

Wednesday, Dec. 23:

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

Thursday, Dec. 24:

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

Christmas Eve service, at 7:00 pm in the 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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