Thursday, May 13, 2010

Inch by inch, row by row . . .

A weekly e-newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn:
Main office (718) 624-3770               Email

THIS SATURDAY May 15, 2010

Inquirers Class: A group of our church participants is gathering this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in the Manse (128 Henry St.) to reflect together on the meaning of their faith and the life of First Church.  Those who are interested in joining their membership with the church on May 23 will find this time particularly valuable.  If you want to take part in this conversation, please contact Paul Austin at or Peggy Slowik at .

FPC Spring Clean Up: Please join the FPC Food Pantry and Music Ministry this coming Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to clean out/set up the new pantry space and to archive our historic music. Strong arms and hearts needed. Pizza lunch will be served to volunteers.  For more information contact Lynn Schnarr Mullé at Thank you!

THIS SUNDAY May 16, 2010
11:00 a.m. Worship Service:
This Sunday, First Church will joyfully celebrate the baptism of Camille Elizabeth Jefferson, daughter of Robert and Monique Jefferson.

Rev. Stephen H. Phelps will deliver the sermon "Cell the Church" ---an encouragement to the congregation to learn about and find out how their gifts and talents might be helpful to the committees of the church---all in the spirit of worship and Christian stewardship.

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.

Ten O'clock Hour
Rev. Phelps continues the introduction to the New Testament with a class comparing the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.  In the Thurman Room at 10:00 a.m.  (See below for more detail on the subject matter of further sessions.)

Other News:

Updates on Margaret Grace: Go to

Presbytery Meeting: on Tuesday May 18 at 12:00 p.m. at Eastchester Presbyterian Church at 3154 Fish Ave. Bronx, NY 10469. Rev. Phelps and Elder Linda Kolts will attend.  For more information, speak with either of them.

The First Words of the Church
 Rev. Phelps is leading an introduction to the New Testament at the Ten O'Clock Hour.  You may have learned the order of these books of the Bible in Sunday School —Matthew, Mark, Luke and so forth—but the story behind their composition offers a very different kind of order and meaning.   Who wrote?  What were their sources?  Whom did they write for?  As with his survey of the Old Testament, Rev. Phelps will aim to make each session stand by itself, so you may come to one, or come to all.  Rev. Phelps' introduction to the New Testament at the Ten O'Clock Hour will consider books of the New Testament in this manner:
May 23     Acts – written by the author of Luke
May 30     Letters of Paul: 1Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Philemon
June  6      Letters of Paul: Galatians, Romans, Philippians
June 13     Gospel of John and the Letters of John
June 20     Pastoral epistles
June 27     Revelation

Sunday, May 23 is Pentecost. 
After two years of learning and reflection, four of our youths will be confirmed as new members of the church.  Several adults will also be united in membership with FPC.  The Annual FPC BBQ will follow worship.  (Always the Sunday before the 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, June 13, 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.

Housing request: Jenny Gage's totally excellent niece Meredith, currently a junior at the University of Chicago, has a 10-week internship this summer beginning in mid-June at a women's health organization in Midtown. Since her budget is tight and ours is a 1-bedroom apartment, she is prepared to shuttle back and forth every day from Westchester County, where we have extended family--but I would love to have her closer by! Please contact Jenny at 651-245-9456 or if you have any room for Meredith, perhaps in exchange for some babysitting or the like. Thanks!
On the calendar:

Tuesday, May 18

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 19
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Thursday, May 20
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 21
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.

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 an e-address formed on the formula of her name +church domain name, Annie suggests we use for all office contacts. 
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.

Emails sent to the old AOL addresses will be maintained 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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