Thursday, April 22, 2010

40th Anniversary of Earth Day!

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40th Anniversary of Earth Day: Linda Kolts, chair of Social Action was at the Farmers' Market on Earth Day and decided to leave Con Edison behind and sign up for a new source of energy. Here is some information from the Green Mountain website. 
Con Edison joins with Green Mountain to deliver wind and water energy supplies to New Yorkers.
Since 2000, Green Mountain has been an active participant in the development of energy competition for New York. Green Mountain has been providing renewable energy products to National Grid customers in upstate New York since 2002 and the company helped support the development of New York's first wind power facility, the Madison Wind Project in Madison County. As of August 2009, Green Mountain entered the competitive market in New York City.
Green Mountain is the only electricity provider (ESCO) in New York City dedicated to cleaner energy. The company was founded on the mission to change the way power is made.  When you choose cleaner Green Mountain Energy® electricity products, you may be helping to make a difference for the environment.
Con Edison supports energy competition and encourages customers to choose an energy supplier (ESCO) that is right for them. Con Edison's primary business role is energy delivery, and ESCOs are in the business of energy supply. Even after you choose an energy supply company, Con Edison will still be there to read your meter, handle service calls, and provide emergency assistance. Energy competition is also supported by the State of New York.
 Green Mountain offers New Yorkers the choice between two electricity products that use cleaner renewable resources: Pollution FreeSM electricity and the 100% Wind product.  The primary difference between the products is where the renewable energy is generated. Pollution Free electricity is made from clean, renewable wind and water sources in New York State. And the wind energy used for 100% Wind product may be generated anywhere in United States. For each month that you purchase the 100% Wind product, Green Mountain matches 100% of your monthly electricity usage with clean energy generated from wind power generation sources in America.
How do I switch to Green Mountain Energy Company?
 You can sign up for Green Mountain's cleaner electricity products by calling toll-free     877- 216-4632 or online at You will need your 15-digit Con Edison account number to complete the sign up. You can find your account number on your Con Edison bill.
THIS SUNDAY April 25, 2010

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.

11:00 a.m. Worship Service: Rev. Stephen H. Phelps will deliver the sermon "The Jesus Game."

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.

10 O'clock Hour
No meeting is scheduled this week as planners work on a schedule for May and June.

Other News:

Updates on Margaret Grace: Go to

PNC Committee Report: We continue to move in an expeditious and thoughtful manner with the search for a Senior Pastor.
Since January 2010 we have been able to accomplish the following:
·         Received and reviewed approximately 100 applications from a very diverse group of outstanding candidates representing gender, ethnic, and geographic diversity
·         Listened to many hours of moving sermons and identified a distinguished group of candidates to interview
·         Commenced first round telephone and in-person interviews with a very select group
Next steps:
·         We will hear prospective candidates preach in-person in May and June
·         Introductory meeting with the Presbytery Committee on Ministry in mid-May
 In the weeks ahead, the committee will continue to review applications and conduct outreach efforts. We believe this approach will 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, Erick Brogger, Lukus Hasenstab, Harriette Mandeville, Aris Peguero, Susan Schultz,  Emily Thomas

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. Minimum Contribution: $10.

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. Minimum Contribution: $40.

Coping With Job Loss: A support group for anyone impacted by the effects of job loss. In a secure and caring environment, the group offers hope, faith, inspiration, coping skills and spiritual support to individuals seeking community while embracing the challenges that accompany job loss. The group meets on Fridays from 5:00-6:15pm in the Elliot Room beginning May 7th to June 11th. For more information and details, contact Tonya Deniz at 646 289 0872 or

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 .

Shakespeare on the Steps: This summer, from July 19-July 30, First Presbyterian Church and teacher Lauren Mancia will be offering a Shakespeare Summer Theater Camp for 7-10 year olds. Classes incorporating voice, movement, acting, and theater games will allow young actors to become acquainted with the exciting world of theater through the language of Shakespeare. $75/camper.  Registration open till, May 29, 2010.  To register contact Jill Huguet at or 718-624-3770.
 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 25
Many Mansions Meeting immediately following Worship Service in the Rose Room.

Tuesday, April 27
Living with Loss at 6:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at

Wednesday, April 28
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Thursday, April 29
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.

Friday, April 30
Twilight Jazz Benefits Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Elliott Room. Contact Linda Kolts at .

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, the email address for a children's Shakespeare theater program  at First Church in July 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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