Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's All in One Sunday

Date: Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

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

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Notice regarding Sunday Parking in the Henry Street Bike Lane



Effective October 10, 2010, parking on Henry Street will be available only between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM.  Church participants who must come early, such as choir members, will find that both sides of Clark Street are opened for legal Sunday morning parking.  The 84th Precinct has been under considerable pressure from some community members to open the bike lane at all times.  We need to support them as they introduce this compromise to the Heights.  Officers will be on hand on October 10 prior to 10:30 AM to guide drivers to the Clark Street spaces.




THIS SUNDAY October 3, 2010

11:00 a.m. Worship Service:

This Sunday, First Church will joyfully celebrate -- 

            • Reception of new members

                        • Ordination and installation of elders

                                    • Holy Communion


Our Interim Pastor, Rev. Stephen H. Phelps will offer a brief meditation called " East/West North/South People"


Ten O'Clock Hour: Throughout October, we will continue to explore the parables of Jesus.  Join us for an hour of fellowship, spiritual reflection, education, and thoughtful discussion.  No outside reading is required.  All are welcome.


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


Kids Worship: Sunday schoolers are welcome to bring in a small monetary offering or a prayer for our first monthly collection of the year. 


Other News:


Congratulations to Tracy Zamot and John Loscalzo on the birth of their daughter Grace Olivia Loscalzo on September 25 at 1:36pm.


PNC Update:  Unanimous decision reached!

With great joy and excitement, the committee is pleased to announce a unanimous decision in identifying a candidate for Senior Pastor.

Since October 2009 the committee has proceeded to move in an expeditious and thoughtful manner with the duty we've been charged with.  Our efforts were greatly aided by the prior PNC and the patience and understanding of the congregation.

            Over the next few weeks we will be communicating process and timing leading up to the congregational vote.  At this point, only limited information can be shared due to procedural events that must occur first. Once this has taken place the committee will reveal the name of the candidate, as well as the decision process.  Our intent is to be as transparent as possible so that the congregation can make an informed decision. 

            As our work continues, we look forward to keeping you updated and will make ourselves available should you have any questions.

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


HYMNAL DRIVE: Thanks to you, we not only raised enough funds to purchase our goal of 50 African American Heritage Hymnals, but an additional 25, bringing our total to 75 Hymnals! Make a Joyful Noise! The order is in and soon the Music & Worship Committee will be busy placing name plates in each of the hymnals. Thanks!


A Note from Elder Larry Picard: This Saturday I will be running in the Hamptons Marathon with Team in Training. This Sunday, I'll be recovering in my hotel room. Thanks to my First Church Family, I was able to exceed my goal of $3,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thank you so much!


2011 Offering Envelopes: It's that time again for ordering our 2011 offering envelopes.  If you would like to request (or unsubscribe from receiving) offering envelopes please call the Church office at 718-624-3770 or email Annie Solages at by October 31, 2010.


Gifts of Spirit Meditation Part II: Join us in the Sanctuary on Saturday October 9 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for Sound Healing, Toning and Guided Meditation reflect quietly and "deep listen" to your inner voice and feel balanced and centered.  (Free Admission)


Later on, come for an additional workshop in the Sanctuary from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on having a "Creative Power Conversation: Steps to Find Your Center" and Sound Healing Energy Readings. (Register for Sound Healing Readings)  - For more information call 718-344-0140.   Harriette (LotusHawk) Mandeville, Facilitator.


An all-First Church cast will offer a dramatic reading of the librettos for two new operas written by Terry Quinn.   You can hear the readings of The Mark of Cain and The Birthmark in the Elliott Room of the church on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m.  The readings take not very much time, when compared with a full opera.  As a consequence,  Larry Picard and Frank Longino will also sing an aria from the work.  The public is invited. 

September is National Preparedness MONTH:

New York City needs your help. Emergencies happen every day and sometimes even the finest first responders in the world can use a little community assistance. From joining a Community Emergency Response Team to helping seniors make a disaster plan, check out NYC Service ( to find a way to get involved that works for you. 


A Phone Directory of First Church members and friends is available. 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 Marta Nelson at


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.


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


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:


Monday, October 4

Worship and Music Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose  Room. Contact Elder Larry Picard at .


Tuesday, October 5

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


Wednesday, October 6

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


Communication Committee Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Rose Room. Contact Richard Greene at .


Thursday, October 7

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 Minister Amy Neuner at for info about the choir.


Saturday, October 9

Coping With Job Loss and Job Search now with two sessions on Saturdays, "Job Loss Grief" (9:45-11am) and "Beyond the Grief to Hitting the Pavement" (11am-12:15pm) in the Thurman room. For more information and details, see and/or contact group leader, Tonya Deniz, 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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