Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Tempest at a T-Stop

A weekly e-newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn:
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THIS FRIDAY July 30, 2010
Summer Garden Party: Join us for our Garden Party from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Peace Garden.  Light refreshments will be served.   Then, The Tempest . . .

Shakespeare Camp Performance at 6:30 p.m.  The children will present an abridged version of  "The Tempest" on the front steps of the church.   Please join us for an evening of great play and fellowship by encouraging our young actors. 

THIS SUNDAY August 1, 2010
The Worship Celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. throughout August.

Rev. Phelps will deliver the sermon "Religion's Big Error" and Rev. Waltemath will celebrate the Lord's Supper.

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.

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

The adult education hour, called the Ten O'Clock Hour, will resume in September.

Other News:

Congratulations to David and Lynn Mullé on the birth of their son Henry Burton on July 28, at 2:22 in the morning.  His 20.9 inches weighed in at 7 lbs, 14 oz.

Associate Pastor Rev. Beth Waltemath will begin a three-month Family/Medical leave on Friday, August 6th to care for her medically fragile daughter Margaret Grace as she transitions home.   Please come wish her well on her last Sunday, August 1st, or contact her at for a personal meeting during the week.  She will  return to her normal pastoral duties on Friday, October 29th.  Rev. Beth wishes to thank the congregation for your support and prayers this year.

Our Church Administrator Annie Solages will be on vacation from Wednesday August 4 through Tuesday, August 17.  Jenny Vallon will provide office coverage during reduced hours (10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.) while Annie is away.

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 are held throughout the summer from 6:00-7:30 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 at

 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 the team for this work. 

A Phone Directory of First Church Members and Friends is now available---a useful tool for strengthening our connections in work and fellowship. Ask for one at church, or contact the office to have one sent to you.

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: .  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.

On the calendar:

Tuesday, August 3
Living with Loss at 6:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at

Wednesday, August 4
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Thursday, August 5
Food Pantry, 10 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jane Woland at
Friday, August 6
Garden Parties, 6:00-7:30 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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