Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's Pentecost and FPC is growing!

A weekly e-newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn:

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Bernice Adorno's mother, Mrs. Marie Doris Martin, died last Monday, May 17, 2010.  Her funeral will be held on  Friday, May 21, 2010 at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 9408 Farragut Road (between  94th and 95th St.) in Brooklyn.  718 257-0706.  Wake:  5:00-7:00 p.m.;  Service: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.;  Repast: 9:00 -11:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 22, 2010 Prayer Service: 9:00 a.m. at St. Albans's Church.  Burial is scheduled for 9:30 am at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.  

Please keep Bernice and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers the family would like donation made to any cancer research organization.


THIS SUNDAY May 23, 2010 – Pentecost


11:00 a.m. Worship Service:

This Sunday, First Church will joyfully celebrate Pentecost: Confirmation and New Members Join!


Paul Mowry will deliver the sermon "Last Christian Standing."  Paul joined the church three years ago and is active in our youth and confirmation program.  A graduate of Union Theological Seminary and  a board member of Presbyterian Welcome, Paul has received awards for preaching and promise in pastoral ministry.


The Annual FPC BBQ will follow worship service in the Peace Garden. Edna Asknes is coordinating servers, food donations, set-up & clean-up crews. Please bring a dish to share! Contact Edna at .


During the Annual FPC BBQ, we invite you to tour our recently renovated (and beautiful) Client-Choice Food Pantry! You'll receive a tour of the new space and learn what "client-choice" means to our pantry patrons and to the Social Action of our church! This month, we welcome donations of canned fruit and pasta. For more information, contact Lynn Schnarr Mullé at


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


Ten O'clock Hour

Rev. Phelps and Elder Chris Slowik will continue the introduction to the New Testament with a class on The Acts of the Apostles – written by the author of Luke.  In the Thurman Room at 10:00 a.m.  (See below for more detail on the subject matter of further sessions.)


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


Other News:


Updates on Margaret Grace: Go to


Rev. Phelps will be away from Brooklyn through the coming week. May 24-30.  In the latter half of the week, Rev. Phelps will be attending the denomination's annual MultiCultural Church conference in Chicago.  Rev. Waltemath will offer the sermon on May 30 and is on call in the event of a pastoral emergency. 


Midweek Boost, Wednesday May 26th at 7:00 p.m. Thurman Room

Join Midweek Boost for a screening of the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell". This acclaimed film won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other film festival accolades.  Recently the film was screened at the UN Headquarters in Geneva and was mentioned by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her speech at the 58th National Prayer Breakfast.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.
Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country's civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks.
A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. For more information contact Linda Kolts, 718-855-1206


MUSIC at FIRST - Friday, May 28 at 7:30 pm

Featuring AYANO KATAOKA, Percussionist, and CONOR NELSON, Flutist


Please come out and celebrate the last performance of FPC's exciting new concert series, MUSIC AT FIRST!  The series is curated by organist/pianist Wil Smith and features some of our area's most talented new music ensembles and performers.  In order to introduce our congregation to the music, each performer or ensemble performs a work on the Sunday morning service of the same week of the concert.

Each concert lasts from sixty to ninety minutes.  A suggested donation of $10 per person which will be received at the door.


 Please help us make this series a success--your attendance and support ensures that more concerts of all types take place at FPC in the future.  For more information, check out our website designed by FPC member Susan Schultz:


Upcoming Preaching Schedule

            May 30 – Rev. Beth Waltemath, Associate Pastor

            June 6 – Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, Pastor Emeritus

            June 13 – Rev. Stephen Phelps


The First Words of the Church

An introduction to the New Testament is underway 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 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


E-Waste recycling

Once again First Church, along with other area churches, is co-sponsoring e-waste recycling at First Unitarian Church on Pierrepont Street on Saturday, June 5th from 10 am until 4 pm, and Sunday, June 6th from 12 noon until 2 pm.   Residential-only items that will be accepted include air conditioners, computers, batteries, cables and wiring, CD players, cell phones DVD players, remote controls, printers, telephones, VCRs, and fax machines.  In short, most items that are electronic and from your home.   It is a great opportunity to preserve our beautiful environment.   For more information, see the flyer on the fence. 

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 .


Biographies and other fiction are wanted for Book Table at Global Arts Day, June 13.  Bring the books to the church office area where a box is provided.  If possible, bring them within the next two weeks.  Contact Linda Kolts, 718-855-1206.


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!




To simplify communications with the web world, we have changed 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

Contact our Administrator Anne Solages at


On the calendar:


Tuesday, May 25

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 26

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


Midweek Boost at 7:00 p.m. Thurman Room screening of the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell".


Thursday, May 27

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 28

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


Music At First: 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. $10 Suggested Admission for more information contact the church office 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.

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