Thursday, June 10, 2010

At FPC: Global Arts Festival

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THIS FRIDAY June 11, 2010


Young Adults Ministry Dinner: For opportunities to gather in fellowship over bocce and other events, contact Breisen Miller at   Interested in playing bocce, mentoring or teaching our youth? RSVP  to Jill Huguet @ or Rev. Beth @


THIS SATURDAY, June 12, 2010

Haiti Disaster Relief: How can you help? Helping Hands Bring Sunshine (HHBS) is hosting its Second Annual Fundraiser Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 7 pm – Midnight. You can purchase your tickets ($60 in advance and $75 at the door) online though their website Ticket includes: drinks, hot and cold appetizers, live entertainment, raffles, and silent auction.


HHBS' purpose is to lend a helping hand to Haitians to improve their living standards.  The program focuses on providing daily essentials, implementing health awareness programs, and partnering with others in community development.  For additional information you can contact Fran Juste at (917) 868-8669 or visit HHBS' website.


THIS SUNDAY June 13, 2010


11:00 a.m. Worship Service


Rev.  Stephen H. Phelps, our Interim Pastor will deliver the sermon "Worship That  Matters."


Celebration of Sunday School Kids and Teachers: Children will be recognized in service for their participation in Sunday School this year.   They will receive a gift and certificate.  Their teachers will also be honored.  Following the ceremony, children will join Elizabeth in the gym for an end-of-the-year celebration.  We hope all the families and teachers can join us for this special, and last, day of Sunday School.  


The FPC Global Arts Festival immediately following worship service - Four hours (12:00 - 4:00) of great entertainment and fine handcrafts presented by NYCreates.  To volunteer, contact Annie Solages at 718-624-3770 or email .


Thanks to everyone who brought books for Global Arts Fair Day.  At this time, FPC has no room to accept more book donations.  From time to time, we will have other flea market sales and we will notify you then.   -- Linda Kolts, SAC Chair


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


Ten O'clock Hour

Rev. Phelps will continue the introduction to the New Testament with a class on Gospel of John and the Letters of John.  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:


PNC Committee Report: We continue to make positive strides toward identifying a nominee for Senior Pastor.

Since April 2010 we have been able to accomplish the following:

·         Members of the committee met with Rev. Phelps in an effort to bring more transparency and context to our search process

·         We have asked Rev. Phelps to communicate in a letter on frequently asked questions that arise in the search process

·         In an effort to engage increased participation the committee has established a question/suggestion box to elicit feedback from the congregation; the box will be located in the Narthex

·         We have received and reviewed over 100 applications from a very diverse group of outstanding candidates representing gender, ethnic, and geographic diversity

·         The committee continues to listen to moving sermons and identify distinguished candidates to interview

·         We have nearly completed first round telephone and in-person interviews with a very select group

·         The committee held an introductory meeting with the Presbytery Committee on Ministry in late-May

Next steps:

·         We will hear prospective candidates preach in-person in June

In the weeks ahead the committee will continue to review applications and conduct outreach efforts. We believe this approach will identify the right nominee for our congregation. We look forward to keeping you updated will make ourselves available should you have any questions. 


— David Mullé, and Taylor Margis-Noguera PNC Co-Chairs, Paul Austin, Erick Brogger, Lukus Hasenstab, Harriette Mandeville, Aris Peguero, Susan Schultz,  Emily Thomas.


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?  The classes are presented so that each session stands by itself, so you may come to one, or come to all.  This introduction to the New Testament r will consider remaining books of the New Testament in this manner:

June 20     Pastoral epistles: Colossians, Ephesians, Hebrews

June 27     Revelation


Social Action Committee: A brief meeting will be held on Sunday, June 27, following the worship service.  The Committee would like to solicit advice on benevolences and on continuing work projects over the summer.  Linda Kolts, phone 718-855-1206 or


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.


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.


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


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 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, June 14

   Session Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. Session meetings are open to members of the Congregation.  Please contact the Clerk of Session Edna Asknes at  to confirm your attendance.


Tuesday, June 15

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 16

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


Thursday, June 17

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.


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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