Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Come, Sunday

A weekly e-newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn:
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THIS FRIDAY April 30, 2010
Twilight Jazz Benefit Concert at FPC: 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 this congregation. Minimum Contribution: $10.

Cuba Fundraising Party: 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the home of Richard and Diane Greene at 212 St. Johns Place (between 7th & 8th Ave. in 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. Donation: $40.

Last Sunday, alas, the recording machinery did not work during the worship service.  Bertilla Baker's deeply moving offerings of "Precious Lord" and Duke Ellington's "Come, Sunday" are still in our hearts---but not in your CD collection.  Someone suggested that Rev. Phelps offer his same sermon again on some soon occasion, since attendance was reduced by all the walkers joining in the annual March of Dimes event.  In any event, the service of last Sunday joins the throng of 10,000 or so which were never recorded since the church began.  Therefore, come Sunday . . .

THIS SUNDAY May 2, 2010 – Sacrament of Holy Communion and Baptism
This Sunday, First Church will joyfully celebrate the baptism of Filip Adrian Kools, son of Arie van Duijn and Frank Kools.

11:00 a.m. Worship Service: Rev. Stephen H. Phelps will deliver the sermon "What I Meant"

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:

March of Dimes in Honor of Margaret Grace: Jill Huguet thanks everyone for walking last Sunday in the rain and or donating to the March of Dimes walk in honor of Margaret Grace. The weather may have been cold and wet but all of your smiling faces made the walk warm and sunny. We raised so far $3,401 surpassing the $1000 goal. THANK YOU! 
If you still would like to donate to the team walking for Margaret Grace you can go online at

Updates on Margaret Grace: Go to

Tuesday Tea: Please join us in the Rose Room for our monthly tea on Tuesday May 10. For more information please contact Linda Kolts at

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

The 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:

Tuesday, May 4
Living with Loss at 6:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at

Wednesday, May 5
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Thursday, May 6
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, May 7
Coping with Job Loss 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the Elliot Room. For more information and details, contact Tonya Deniz at 646 289 0872 or

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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