Friday, August 6, 2010

Some Hints of Autumn

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THIS FRIDAY August 6, 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.  

THIS SUNDAY August 8, 2010
The Worship Celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. throughout August.
Rev. Phelps will deliver the sermon "Science in Good Faith."
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 Ten O'Clock Hour, the Sunday morning adult education program, will resume in September.

Other News:

Inquirer Classes starting in September!      If you have been thinking about learning more about First Church, consider taking part in the September Inquirers Class. We will be gathering three times at the Manse (128 Henry Street, beside the church) to reflect together on the meaning of faith and life at First Church.

This class will likely be the last opportunity to join before the congregation elects a new Senior Pastor some time this fall. (Only members of FPC are eligible to vote when the congregation calls a pastor.) The meetings will take place on the following Saturdays:
Sept. 11 @ 9 a.m., Sept. 18 @ 11 a.m., and Sept. 25 @ 9 a.m. Those from the class who decide to join the church will do so on October 3.

To take part, please contact Paul Austin at or Peggy Slowik at or (917) 400-6589.

(Church members who want refreshment in matters of faith and church are also welcome. 
Please tell Paul, Peggy, or Rev. Phelps if you would like to attend a meeting.)

Associate Pastor Rev. Beth Waltemath begins a three-month Family/Medical leave on Friday, August 6th to care for her medically fragile daughter Margaret Grace as she transitions home. 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.

On Friday, July 30, church and community gathered on Henry Street to enjoy the children's performance of The Tempest.  Our thanks and admiration to Jill Huguet and Lauren Mancia for their weeks of preparation, dedication and creativity with the Shakespeare Camp youth.  How clearly we saw energy, intelligence, imagination, and love in bloom.  Thank you!

A Note from Elder Larry Picard.    In May, I signed up for Team In Training, a fundraising arm of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. As a team, we are training to run a marathon (yes, a marathon) and individually we are committed to raising thousands of dollars for LLS. On October 2, I will be participating in the Hamptons Marathon. Right now, I am raising $3,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I'm happy to report that my fundraising has been successful so far. However, I need to continue my efforts in order to reach my goal and so am turning to my church community for support.  Below is a link to my fundraising page. In the link, click on the Donate Now button in the column on the right if you'd like to donate by credit card. I can also accept cash and checks (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society).

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 are 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.

Some church regulars gathered recently to rehearse a reading of the libretto for a new opera, written by Terry Quinn.  A public reading (not a performance) is contemplated for the fall at First Church.  Stay tuned.

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 10
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 11
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Thursday, August 12
Food Pantry, 10 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jane Woland at
Friday, August 13
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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