Friday, January 22, 2010

Welcome Back Rev. Beth!

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

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Haiti Disaster Relief Update:

Last Sunday First Church of Brooklyn raised $2,974.78 for the Haiti Relief Fund Effort.  All proceeds will be sent to Haiti through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Thank you so much for your generous donations. Our needs in Haiti will be a long term effort.  Haiti needs each of you to help rebuild the country. We need families for the orphans, food the hungry, clothing for the naked, shelter for the homeless, education, and much more. 

We wish one day you may be able to visit or go back if you visited Haiti before. 

It might not be in one year or even five years, but in the future Haiti will be better

and safe for all  friends and families from all over the world again. Please keep on praying and helping our country Haiti. Thank you so much,

Louis Duplan, Annie Solages and Bethy Victorin


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




Updates on Margaret Grace: Go to


THIS SUNDAY, January 24, 2010: 

The whole church is full of thanks and joy to welcome Associate Pastor Rev. Beth Waltemath back to the celebration of worship after three months of attending especially carefully to the life of her newest child, Margaret Grace.    


Rev. Stephen H. Phelps, our Interim Pastor, will preach a sermon entitled: "Become Who You Are."

(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: Continuing the story of Abraham and Sarah.  Also, we'll be collecting a special offering in Sunday School to send to the American Red Cross to help with the relief effort in Haiti.


ROOTS of OUR RELIGION: Rev. Phelps continues the introduction to the Old Testament. This Sunday's session will explore Outlaws in the Desert: A People Takes Shape; Into Canaan 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:


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. Lunch will be served.


PNC Committee Update: In October 2009 the committee was elected with strong support of the congregation. Since our election, we have proceeded to move in an expeditious and thoughtful manner with the duty we've been charged with.

Since October 2009 we have been able to accomplish the following:

·        Completed initial organizational responsibilities

·        Finalized Church Information Form

·        Posted Church Information Form online

·        Received over 40 applications

In the weeks ahead the committee will continue to review applications, advertise in various publications, and conduct outreach efforts. We believe this approach will expand the applicant pool and will ultimately identify the right nominee for our congregation. We look forward to keeping you updated and will make ourselves available should you have any questions. 

— David Mullé and Taylor Noguera, PNC Co-Chairs, Paul Austin, Erik Brogger, Lukus Hasenstab, Harriette Mandeville, Aris Peguero, Susan Schultz,  Emily Thomas


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


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.

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 27...Session 4....Job  20-31



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 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:


Sunday, January 24,

ChurchWide Nominating Committee at 12:30 pm in the Thurman Room


Tuesday, January 26

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 27:

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 Taylor Brown. Contact Aris Peguero at


Thursday, January 28:

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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