Thursday, April 15, 2010

First Church is Growing! God Gives the Growth.

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THIS FRIDAY April 16, 2010

Cellist/vocalist/composer JODY REDHAGE and her band FIRE IN JULY headline the third concert in the inaugural season of MUSIC AT FIRST, an exciting new music series at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn heights.  The band, consisting of Jody Redhage on voice/cello/compositions, Ken Thomson on clarinets, Alan Ferber on trombone, Tom Beckham on vibraphone, and Fred Kennedy on drums and percussion, meld the detail and finesse of chamber music with the energy and drive of jazz improvisation.  With tinges of Medieval chanson and hints of Kurt Weill, Jody's compositions create a captivating blend of genres that simply comes across as her own unique voice.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. $10 suggested admission per person which will be collected at the door.

THIS SATURDAY, April 17, 2010
Inquirers Class – Second Gathering–EARLIER hour:  8:30 a.m. at the Manse (128 Henry Street).  We will further reflect on the meaning of our faith and the life of First Church.  If you want to take part in the conversation, please contact Paul Austin at

THIS SUNDAY April 18, 2010 – New Members Join!

Rev. Stephen H. Phelps, will deliver the sermon: "Tell It Like It Is"

Printed copies of Rev. Phelps' recent sermons are on the table in the Narthex (Henry Street Foyer) and are also posted on-line in text and audio formats at

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

The Women's Ministry will host this Sunday Coffee Hour in honor of Sheilah Hill's recently published memoir, They That Sow in Tears. Sheilah will read excerpts from her book and sign copies.
They That Sow in Tears tells Sheilah's story when as a young widow and mother at the wake of her husband, she experiences something intensely spiritual.  However, others do not understand, and she is taken to a psychiatric hospital on the eve of his funeral. There she is forced to receive multiple shock treatments and take medication with adverse side effects. In this environment, her faith and Psalm 91 sustain her.  The artwork for this book was designed by Susan Schultz.

10 O'clock Hour
Those who have been attending the Old Testament introduction with Rev. Phelps will reflect on the course, now concluded, and think through other subjects of study that First Church can present in coming months.  Rev. Phelps and Elder Chris Slowik, chair of Adult Education and Spiritual Life will facilitate the discussion.

Other News:

Updates on Margaret Grace: Go to

March of Dimes in Honor of Margaret Grace: Jill Huguet started a team for the March of Dimes, March for the Babies 2010 in honor of Margaret Grace. The walk is on Sunday April 25 at 9 a.m. and it is only 3 miles. If you or your family would like to walk or donate, please click on the link below.

There will be no Living with Loss meeting this coming Tuesday. Meeting will resume on Tuesday April 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room.  Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at .

Twilight Jazz Benefit Concert at FPC: On Friday, April 30, at 7:30 pm, First Presbyterian hosts a benefit for their Food Pantry and Seeds for Haiti.  Twilight Jazz at FPC will present singer Bertilla Baker with a talented trio to back her.   Bertilla has performed on Broadway in "Les Miserables," and "Jesus Christ Superstar," and recently appeared in "Sessions" at the Algonquin Hotel.  Bertilla's vocals have backed Vanessa Williams in her recording of "Silver and Gold", and Clay Aiken in his "Merry Christmas With Love".   She is a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices, and a member of the congregation at First Presbyterian Church on Henry Street.  See attached flier.

Cuba Fundraising Party: Saturday May 1st, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the home of Richard and Diane Greene at 212 St. Johns Place (between 7th& 8th Aves Park Slope, Brooklyn). Enjoy Cuban Food, Mojitos, music and dancing. Your contribution will benefit CESERSE (Center for Social and Educational Services) an agency that provides services to developmentally disabled children.  CESERSE is located in Varadero, a coastal town about 90 miles east of Havana.  Since its opening in 2001, CESERSE has served over 1,500 clients.

Annual FPC BBQ: will be held on Sunday, May 23 (the weekend before Memorial Day weekend). Bernice Adorno and Edna Asknes are coordinating servers, food donations, set-up & clean-up crews.  If you are interested please contact Edna at  or Bernice Adorno at

The FPC Global Arts Festival is Sunday, June 13.  Four hours (12:00 - 4:00) of great entertainment and fine handcrafts presented by NYCreates and food. If you would like to show your handiwork, sell food, or help out, let us know. We need volunteers to help set up, take down, assist the performers, vendors, or be general information-givers. Setup begins with vendors arriving at 10:30 a.m. that morning.  To volunteer, contact Annie Solages at 718-624-3770 or email .
2010 Offering Envelopes are available in the Narthex (Henry Street Foyer).  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

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, April 18
Session meeting: at 10:30 a.m. in the Thurman Room to receive new members.
    Personnel Committee meeting at 12:30 p.m. in the Thurman Room

Wednesday, April 21
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Thursday, April 22
Food Pantry, 10 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jane Woland at

FPC Choir Rehearsal, Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Music Director Amy Neuner at for info about the choir.
Who/where to connect:
Online Donations: Set up a recurring gift to the church through a secure online account.
On the church website,, click the DONATE button at the lower left of the page.  To set up an account, click on the "First Church Donation Account Setup" link. To edit an existing gift, choose the "First Church Donation Login" link.

First Church Staff Email Addresses:
To simplify communications with the web world, we are finally changing our e-addresses to standard business formats, using first initial + whole last name + church domain name. For example:
Rev. Phelps       
Rev. Waltemath
Victor Forde, sexton
Although emails will get through to our church administrator Anne Solages at, Annie notes that it is best to use  That is the address to begin using.  Please delete the old address,

Messages sent to Amy Neuner, Wil Smith, and Sunday School Director Elizabeth de la Garza Vargas with the new addresses will be forwarded to their personal addresses, which have not changed.
Amy Neuner     
Wil Smith          
Elizabeth de la Garza Vargas    

New boxes can be created very easily.  Church projects—especially those aimed to serve or connect with people outside the church—can benefit when the public has a simple handle for them.  For example, an email for a children's Shakespeare theater program set for July here at First Church has been created at If you think a box would help your church work, please call the church office to have one set up.

Don't worry about emails sent to the old AOL addresses.  We will maintain the old AOL account through May so that nothing is missed.  But why not change your address book now, while it's on your mind?

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