Thursday, June 17, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

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THIS SUNDAY June 20, 2010 is Father's Day

11:00 a.m. Worship Service

Rev.  Stephen H. Phelps, our Interim Pastor, will deliver the sermon "How Can I Keep From Singing?" 

The New Press, publisher of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, has asked Rev. Phelps to adapt his sermon of May 9, called Every Mother's Son, for a Father's Day audience.  The New Press has placed the adapted sermon with Alternet ( where, we are told, it be online beginning Friday, June 18.

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

No Sunday School this coming Sunday. Summer Kids Worship will Start on June 27.

Fellowship hour this coming Sunday will be hosted in the Peace Garden by the Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group. Please join us immediately after worship Service.

Ten O'clock Hour
Rev. Phelps and Elder Chris Slowik continue their introduction to the New Testament with a class on the "pastoral epistles," including Colossians, Ephesians, and HebrewsIn the Thurman Room at 10:00 a.m.  The last class on June 27 will consider Revelation.

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:

Rev. Elizabeth Kaeton, a dear friend of Rev. Paul Smith, was visiting on June 6, when Dr. Paul returned and preached here. Her comments in her blog about her experience that day will give you a thrill:

2010 Global Arts Festival: Many thanks to those who gave not only of their time and talents, but went beyond the call to create an outstanding Global Arts Festival (in alphabetical order): 84th Precinct, Bernice & Mario Adorno, Edna Asknes, Uda Bradford, Millie Clements, Matt Crawford, Caleb Cummings, Jim Cummings, Mark Elsenheimer & Jill Huguet, Eliza Epstein, Jeremy Epstein, FPC Choir, Naya Fisher, Victor Ford, Thomas Heigle, Linda Kolts, Keren Murumba, Garrick, Olivia, Amy & Chris Neuner, NYCreates, Performers, Larry Picard, Lilly Pisano, Rev. Phelps, Deborah Silvestri, Wil Smith, Annie Solages and Lilian Tavares.

Summer Worship Hours: The Summer Hour for the Worship Celebration moves to 10:00 a.m. on July 4. The usual hour will resume in September.

Kids Worship this summer: will start on June 27 and run through August 22. Join our teacher Laura Koenig and kids ages 4 and up for faith, fun and talking vegetables. We meet after the passing of the peace in the gym for a special Veggie Tales series about trusting God and discovering our inner gifts. No Kids Worship on July 4, August 29 & September 5. Our regular Sunday School Year begins on September 12.

 Mid-Week Boost: As a follow-up to last month's screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, we will discuss how we might apply what the women did in Liberia to the challenges we face in this country. (Don't worry, we'll give a brief summary of the film if you haven't seen it.)
We will also introduce a discussion of Katherine Bushnell's book, God's Word to Women, published in 1923.  Her book has a fascinating history: she was a pioneer to free women in ministry.  A Greek and Hebrew scholar, she explains some of the confusing Biblical verses regarding women, such as 1 Corinthians 14:34-37. Wednesday June 23, Thurman Room, 7:00 p.m.  For more details please contact Sheila Hill at 718-548-4420.

Garden Parties: FPC's Friday evening Summer Garden Parties are a great way to enjoy the beauty of our Peace Garden, make new friends and wind down after a long work week.  This year's Garden Parties will begin on July 9th and run through August 27th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. If you're interested in hosting, please contact Edna Asknes via the church office.

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

Baby Shower: Please join us after the 10 am service on July 11 for a welcoming baby shower for Lynn Schnarr Mullé and David Mullé.    We will gather in the Elliot Room for a celebration of the upcoming birth of their first baby.  If you are interested in joining in the group gift please see Marcia or Edna!

Communications Team: If you would like to contribute ideas and energy to web site development/enhancement and other strategies and designs for strengthening our community connections, send an email to Richard Greene ( who is organizing a first meeting for this work.  Best times for the meeting are being sought as this e-newsletter "goes to press."

Coping With Job Loss- "Beyond the Grief to Hitting the Pavement." Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:15p.m. (June 23rd to July 28th) in the Thurman room.  For more information and details, see and/or contact group leader, Tonya Deniz, at

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 7-12 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, July 8, 2010.  To register contact Jill Huguet at or 718 624-3770.
Summer Music Series: Hymn Sing on the front steps of the church on Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. Please join us for an evening of great music and fellowship to kick off our Summer series this year.  More details to follow.  Contact our Minister of Music Amy Neuner through the Church office at 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 21
White Rose Ministry to meet - FPC's Cuban sister-church committee will meet on Monday evening, 6:30-8:00pm, in the Rose Room. Committee members will receive a report from members of the recent delegation, discuss activities underway at LaFernanda Reformed Presbyterian Church in Havana, and plan fundraising activities for the coming months.  Feel free to join us, or contact Patrick Dail (, cell: 347.880.1530) with any questions.

Tuesday, June 22
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 23
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Coping with Job Loss at 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the Thurman  Room. For more information and details, contact Tonya Deniz at 646 289 0872 or

Mid-week Boost at 7:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room.  For more details please contact Sheila Hill at 718-548-4420.

Thursday, June 24
Food Pantry, 10 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jane Woland at

     Choir Rehearsals resume on Thursday September 2.

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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