Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer Is a Great Time to Serve

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

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We celebrate our new members and welcome back our commission to La Fernanda Church in Cuba, whose church also received new members last week! And a special thanks to one & all for making or annual BBQ a great success! It was a perfect way to celebrate the accomplishments of our confirmands, to welcome our new members and to "kick off" the summer in fellowship. Summer is a great time to get involved.  Look below for ways to do so and make sure to follow up with the committee chairs you met in service two weeks ago!


THIS FRIDAY May 28, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. – MUSIC at FIRST

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, a suggested donation of $10 per person which will be received at the Sanctuary door. For more information, check out our website designed by FPC member Susan Schultz:


THIS SUNDAY May 30, 2010


11:00 a.m. Worship Service: Trinity Sunday


Our Associate Pastor, Rev. Beth Waltemath will deliver the sermon "Faithful Atheism" 


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


Food Pantry Tour: 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


Summer CSA:  We partner with First Unitarian Universalist in their weekly Community Supported Agriculture Shares.  Sign up for your share today and consider helping with the delivery of extra shares to our food pantry to provide fresh produce to our clients every Thursday in the warm months!  Contact to learn more.


Ten O'clock Hour

Elder Chris Slowik will continue the introduction to the New Testament with a class on Letters of Paul: 1Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Philemon.  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:


Amy Neuner and FPC Choir profiled in local Blog!

Check out this nice portrait of our music director in our area's premier blog, Brooklyn Heights Blog:


Upcoming Preaching Schedule

            June 6 – "Praise and Protest" Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, Pastor Emeritus

            June 13 – Rev. Stephen Phelps


Mentoring Youth: If you are interested in mentoring our youth as they continue their faith journey contact Rev. Beth at


Women's Ministry: The Women's Ministry Team will meet for lunch after service on June 6, 2010 at the Plaza Diner. We look forward to seeing you. For more information please call Gladys McNish through the church office at 718-624-3770.


Young Adults: For opportunities to gather in fellowship over bocce and other events, contact Breisen Miller at   Interested in playing bocce, mentoring or teaching our youth?  Come to a dinner to learn more about ways to be involved on June 11.  Contact Jill Huguet to RSVP at or Rev. Beth at


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:

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.

Flower Donations. We welcome flower donations of $30 or more in memory or in honor of friends and loved ones. Call Annie Solages in the Church office at 718-624-3770 or see Barbara Cummings during fellowship hour on Sundays.


Updates on Margaret Grace: Go to


Appointments with Ministry Staff. 

Call Rev. Phelps at the Church or, as needed, at home: 718 928-3797 or email: . Contact Rev. Waltemath at The Church Office number is 718 624-3770.


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, June 1

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


Wednesday, June 2

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, June 3

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, June 4

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.

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