Wednesday, February 3, 2010

At FPC: Ordination and Installation of Elders

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THIS SUNDAY, February 7, 2010: 


Ordination and installation of elders to serve on the Session is this Sunday.  We will practice the venerable tradition of laying-on-of-hands for the newly ordained servants of the church---and "touch" will be our theme throughout the worship celebration.  Rev. Beth will offer a reflection on this theme.


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


Sunday School Topic: Isaac and Rebekah


ROOTS of OUR RELIGION: Rev. Phelps continues with an introduction to the Old Testament. Sunday's session will explore "The Strange Secret of Deuteronomy." 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?


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


MEDICC is a multiplier. Your donation will touch the lives of people in Haiti and across the globe through the work of thousands of talented young health professionals trained in Cuba in the spirit of public service. To donate by mail, send a check to: MEDICC, P.O. Box 361449, Decatur, GA 30036.


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


International Red Cross and Red Crescent

To donate online:





The annual meeting of the congregation and corporation was held last week.  Highlights included hearing the remarkable stories of the many strong winds of change First Church has passed through in the last year, of the growth in the need for and the response from our Food Pantry, and of developments in the children's program.  New Sunday School director Elizabeth de la Garza Vargas offered an overview of her teaching plan. Thanks again to all whose special efforts helped the meeting flow smoothly, and in particular to Annie Solages, church administrator and Victor Forde, sexton, whose daily attentions keep our system thrumming.  New members of Session and new officers of the Corporation were elected, as well as a new church wide nominating committee.  We give thanks to God for your good will to serve through First Church.  (See the whole roster of officers at the bottom of the e-newsletter.)


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.


2009 FPC Annual Report: Copies are available in the Narthex.  If you would like to have the Annual Report mail to you please call the Church office at 718-624-3770 or email Annie Solages at Soft copy is also available.


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 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, February 7,

The Social Action Committee meets for one hour on Sunday, at 12:45 pm in the Rose Room to discuss the Food Pantry and Haiti.


Women's Potluck: There will be a women's potluck in the Rose Room at 7:00 p.m.  Bring some food to share, but most importantly bring yourself. 


Tuesday, February 9

Tuesday Tea at 4:00 pm in the Rose Room. Contact Linda Kolts at 718-855-1206 or email


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 10:

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 11:

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


Members of Session (newly elected and re-elected members' names are in boldface)


Class of 2011                          Class of 2012                          Class of 2013

Linda Kolts                              Jonathan Abernethy                  Edna Asknes (Clerk of Session)

Mary Robinson                        Jim Cummings                          Keren Murumba

Christopher Slowik                   Richard Greene                        Marta Nelson

Ellen Oler                               Dick Turmail                             Larry Picard

Mario Adorno                        Uda Bradford                          Lynn Schnarr



Officers of the Corporation


    Jane Quinn, President                                              Janet Dewart Bell, Vice President

    Joyce Abernethy, Secretary                                    James Johnson, Treasurer

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