Friday, January 29, 2010

FPC Super Sunday: Congregational Meeting and Lunch

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

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THIS SUNDAY, January 31, 2010:

Rev. Stephen H. Phelps, our Interim Pastor, will preach a sermon titled: "Local Universal Church." (Find Rev. Phelps' recent sermons online at his Web site,, under the sermons link. Printed copies also are available in the Narthex.)

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation: Immediately following Worship Service in the Elliott Room, to elect new Session members and Corporation officers. Everyone in the congregation, whether you have joined the church or not, is invited and encouraged to come. Lunch will be served.

The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Christina and Patty.

Sunday School Topic: Abraham and Sarah, continued.

ROOTS of OUR RELIGION: Rev. Phelps continues with an introduction to the Old Testament. Sunday's session will explore "Outlaws in the Desert: Moses Shapes a People Toward Promised Land." Please note: the class will take place in the Rose Room at the far end of the second floor of the church.

Other News:

Updates on Margaret Grace: Go to

Consider signing a petition to help St. Vincent's Hospital (where Margaret Grace is a patient) stay open, so that New York state officials and those involved in its financial future understand it is important to many people.

Haiti Disaster Relief Update:

First Church of Brooklyn has raised over $4,500 for Haiti's relief. Thank you so much for your generous donations.

How You Can Help?

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

To donate online:

Contributions by cash, check, or money order may be sent to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

Partners in Health

To donate online:

Contributions by check – note "Haiti Earthquake Relief" in the memo line – may be sent to:

Partners In Health
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578

International Red Cross and Red Crescent

To donate online:

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugee
1212 Ocean Ave #5A
Brooklyn, NY 11230


Inquirers Class: Are you interested in learning more about joining the Church? An Inquirers Class will be held soon. For more information and to sign up, please contact Peggy Slowik at, (917) 400-6589, or Paul Austin at

2010 Pancake Supper: Please join us in the Elliott Room on Tuesday February 16, 2010 for our 5th Annual Pancake Supper. RSVP to Jill Huguet Elsenheimer at if you want to help, set up, and cook. Suggested donations are $5/person $10/Family. Donation benefits Haiti Relief and Touching Tiny Lives in Lesotho, Africa.

2010 Offering Envelopes are available in the Narthex. If you would like to request (or unsubscribe from receiving) offering envelopes for this year or next year please call the Church office at 718-624-3770 or email Annie Solages at

Needed: Dick Turmail is in need of three strong people to help bring a beautiful convertible leather couch from Pacific Street to the Thurman Room. Please call the church office at 718-624-3770 if you can help Dick.


Rev. Phelps' introduction to the Old Testament continues during the 10 o' Clock Hour. Aware that some people can only come once or twice during this season, Rev. Phelps endeavors to make each session make sense to a first-time attender. Remaining classes will look at the books of the Bible in this manner:

February 7: The Strange Secret of Deuteronomy

February 14: Give us a King: Saul and David

February 21: Kings in Confusion: Solomon, Schism and the Rise of the Prophet

February 28: The Major Prophets of Israel and Judah: Amos, Micah, Hosea and Isaiah

March 7: Speaking in the Face of Disaster: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Isaiah of Babylon

March 14: Can You Be Blessed When Broken? Wisdom Literature: Job

March 21: More Wisdom: Psalms and Ecclesiastes

March 28: Big Questions the Bible Only Asks, Never Answers (Literature of 400 BC and later)

Meetings will be in the Rose Room at the far end of the second floor.

The Heights Interfaith Shelter needs volunteer cooks and sleepers as backups for members of the three host churches (Assumption – January; Grace – February; Plymouth - March). If you wish to volunteer to cook meals for 12 (entree and dessert), or stay overnight in the shelter any Monday through Friday, your service is more than welcome. This is an extremely important effort for our faith community. If we did not have beds for these men, they would have to spend the night sitting upright on a chair. Contact Kathy Reynolds ( at Assumption, Mary Lou Wells ( at Plymouth and Vicky Schippers ( at Grace if you can help. If you have additional questions, contact Vicky Schippers ( or speak to Erik Brogger at First Church.

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:

Sunday, January 31,

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation at 12:30 pm in the Elliott Room.

Tuesday, February 2

Living with Loss at 6:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at

Wednesday, February 3:

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. Diana Bell will lead us on reflections from the book "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor. Contact Aris Peguero at

Thursday, February 4:

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. For more information about FPC Choir please contact our Music Director Amy Neuner at

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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