Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Programs Starting at FPC!

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

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THIS FRIDAY May 7, 2010

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


THIS SUNDAY May 9, 2010


11:00 a.m. Worship Service: Rev. Stephen H. Phelps will deliver the sermon "Every Mother's Son"


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

Rev. Phelps will offer 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.  The first session: Historical Overview; Gospel of Mark is scheduled for this coming Sunday 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


Inquirers Class: A group of FPC participants is gathering on Saturday May 15 at 9:00 a.m. in the Manse (128 Henry Street) to reflect together on the meaning of their faith and the life of First Church.  If you want to take part in these conversations, please contact Paul Austin at or Peggy Slowik at .


Volunteers Needed: FPC Spring Clean Up: Please join the FPC Food Pantry and Music Ministry this coming Saturday, May 15th 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. Sign up today (on billboard) in the narthex.  For more information contact Lynn Schnarr Mullé at Thank you!


The First Stories of the Church

During May and June, Rev. Phelps' introduction to the New Testament at the Ten O'Clock Hour will consider books of the New Testament in this manner:

May 16     Gospel of Luke and Matthew, compared

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


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


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:


Monday, May 10

Session Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Rose Room. Please contact Edna Asknes at if you will be unable to attend.


Tuesday, May 11

Tuesday Tea at 4:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. For more information please contact Linda Kolts at


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 12

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


Thursday, May 13

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 14

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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