Thursday, July 15, 2010

At FPC: Music and Shakespeare on the Steps

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

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THIS THURDAY, July 15, 2010

Summer Music Series: Hymn Sing on the front steps of the church at 7 p.m.  Please join us for an evening of great music and fellowship to kick off our Summer series this year. 

FPC and White Rose Ministry welcome Dania Padìn Cardenas to Brooklyn this weekend, July 16-18.  Dania is the wife of Rev. Padin, Pastor of  La Fernanda Reformed Presbyterian Church, and heads up the Children’s Ministry as well as the Childrens' Choir at La Fernanda.  She is in the United States to participate in a Presbyterian Womens' Conference in San Antonio, Texas, through her role as Chairwoman of the Cuban Federation of Presbyterian Women.  All FPCers are invited to meet Dania during her brief stay with us.  She will be attending the Garden Party on Friday evening, will attend a dinner in her honor on Saturday at the lovely home of Diane and Richard Greene in Park Slope, and will participate in worship service on Sunday.  Contact Emily Thomas at 718-875-8255 or Patrick Dail at 347-880-1530 for further details.


THIS FRIDAY July 16, 2010

Summer Garden Parties: Join us for the first Garden Party of the summer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Peace Garden.  Light refreshments will be served.


THIS SUNDAY July 18, 2010

Our Worship Celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. and will continue at that hour throughout July and August.


Rev. Beth Waltemath will deliver the sermon “In the Midst of Chaos”


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


Kids Worship: Join our teacher Laura Koenig and kids ages 4 and up for faith, fun and talking vegetables. We will meet after the passing of the peace in the gym for a special Veggie Tales series about trusting God and discovering our inner gifts.


Note that there will be no adult education hour preceding the worship celebration this summer.  The Ten O’Clock Hour will resume in September.



Other News:


A Phone Directory of First Church Members and Friends is now available.  This will be a very useful tool for strengthening our connections in work and in fellowship. If you would like to have a copy please visit the church office during the week.  Or call to have one sent to you.


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. To register contact Jill Huguet at or 718 624-3770.

Choir Rehearsals   Throughout the summer, choir members will join the Music Director at 9:00 am on Sunday for the one weekly rehearsal.  Rehearsals on Thursday evenings resume on Thursday, September 2.


Summer Garden Parties: FPC’s Friday evening Garden Parties will be held throughout the summer from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Peace Garden.  Light refreshments will be served.  If you’re interested in hosting, please contact Edna Asknes via the Church office.


 Kids Worship this summer: will run through August 22.  Join our teacher Laura Koenig and kids ages 4 and up for faith, fun, and talking vegetables. No Kids Worship on August 29 & September 5. Our regular Sunday School Year begins on September 12.


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 volunteers for this work. 


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


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.


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.


News from Presbyterian Welcome: Our New Reality - Wednesday July 28, 2010 at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Come and celebrate our new reality. Join Presbyterian Welcome in worship as we live into the new realities General Assembly offers us, rejoice in the election of Tony De La Rosa as the new Interim Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of New York City, and give thanks for the GLBT Inquirers and Candidates retreat. This will be a communion service, and The Rev. Mieke Vandersall will offer the sermon. We are in a time of wonderful change, let us enter into it together and be grasped in the love that is now and always.


"The message of Christianity is not Christianity but a new reality. A new state of things has appeared, it still appears...accept it, enter into it, let it grasp you."

--Paul Tillich


Worship begins at 6:30 at First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York (12 West 12th Street)


Please stay and join us for coffee and treats following the service. And for more information, email us at, call 917.441.8638, or visit us on Facebook.


On the calendar:

Tuesday, July 20

Living with Loss at 4:45-6:15 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at


Wednesday, July 21

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


Thursday, July 22

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


Friday, July 23

Garden Parties, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Peace Garden.  If you’re interested in hosting, please contact Edna Asknes via 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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