Thursday, January 14, 2010

Our Eyes Turn towards HAITI

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

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Haiti Disaster Relief:


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

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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

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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

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Updates on Reverend Beth Waltemath and Grace: Go to



THIS SUNDAY, January 17, 2010: 

Rev. Nancy Talbot, will preach a sermon entitled: "The New Creation".   Nancy has been worshiping at FPC since October, 2008.  This past July she was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister of the Word and Sacrament to the position of Associate Director of Spirituality Programs at Bellevue Hospital.  In this capacity she leads inpatient and outpatient spirituality groups in which people explore how their faith and spirituality can help them face the challenges of health/mental health crises and chronic conditions.  Nancy has a lifelong commitment to racial justice.  While at Union Theological Seminary her primary focus was racial justice through an interdisciplinary lens.  Her thesis was titled "The Ethics of Justice and Love in the Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr."


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


Sunday School: We will have an informal Sunday school program, encouraging fellowship in a structured free-play environment.  


ROOTS of OUR RELIGION: Rev. Phelps continues the eight week introduction

to the Old Testament. This Sunday's session will explore the theology and development of Genesis and the Pentateuch.

Please note: the class will take place in the Rose Room at the far end of the second floor of the church.


(You can find Rev. Phelps' recent sermons online at his Web site,, under the sermons link. Printed copies also are available in the Narthex.)


Other News:

The Church office will be closed on Monday January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


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


Elders Positions: An Opportunity to Serve. The Church-wide Nominating Committee is developing a slate of 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.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation: Sunday, January 31 immediately following Worship Service in the Elliott Room. The entire congregation, whether you have joined the church or not is encouraged to come. Food will be served.


Life & Loss: Creating Strength from Grief: Tuesdays January 19 & 26 6:20 p.m. - 7:50 p.m., Thurman Room. For more information and details, contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at


Men's Breakfast: This month we're examining the book of Job.  The attached link can be downloaded from PC USA and is provided as a framework for our discussion, "The Story of a Man Confronting Adversity."  Job has also been described as the story of an "innocent sufferer who at last meets God." Please join us for fellowship & good conversation:


Jan 20...Session 3....Job  11-19

Jan 27...Session 4....Job  20-31




Please join Professor Derrick Bell and the Choir of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, Amy Neuner, Director at Tishman Auditorium, NYU Law School on Thursday, January 21, 2010.  This annual program will offer a selection of Spirituals and gospel music that will warm the hearts and lift the spirits for all in attendance.  The lyrics of these songs reflect the literalist beliefs of those who wrote and sang them, but they have a quality, likely attributable to their painful origins, that broadens the sights of those who have moved beyond traditional religious doctrine and seek spiritual support for values in keeping with the challenges of our contemporary world.



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 take up the books of the Bible in this manner:


January 24: Outlaws in the Desert: A People Takes Shape; Into Canaan Land

January 31: The Strange Secret of Deuteronomy

February 7: Kings and Confusion: Saul, David, Solomon and the Divided Monarchy

February 14: The Prophets of Israel and Judah

February 21: Can You Be Blessed When Broken? Wisdom Literature of Psalms, Job, et al.

February 28:  Other Literature from the Late Great Break (400 BCE 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:


Monday, January 18

Church office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Tuesday, January 19

Life and Loss at 6:20 p.m. in the Thurman Room, contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at


Wednesday, January 20:

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, January 21:

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