Thursday, September 9, 2010

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THIS FRIDAY September 10, 2010


Please come out and celebrate the opening of the second season of MUSIC AT FIRST exciting new music concert series at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights.   We have an amazing line-up this season, the first concert of which features the DITHER electric guitar quartet and composer KYLE BOBBY DUNN with his ensemble.  From the upstairs organ loft in the darkened space, Dither will be performing music by composers Ted Hearne, Josh Lopes, Lisa Coons, and Wil Smith, and their beautiful, engulfing, and often gloriously loud sound will provide an awesome complement to the music of Kyle Bobby Dunn, whose ambient and sweeping textures, produced by strings, horns, guitar, piano, and electronic laptop processing, sound like they were written specifically for the cavernous sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church.

Music Starts at 7:30 p.m., and the show should be over around 9:30 p.m. with a short break between sets.  Admission is $10. 

THIS SATURDAY September 11, 2010

Inquirers Class: at 9:00 a.m. in the Manse (128 Henry St.).  If you want to take part in this conversation, please contact Paul Austin at or Peggy Slowik at  or (917) 400-6589. (Church members are also welcome. Please tell Paul, Peggy, or Rev. Phelps if you would like to attend a meeting.)

Gifts of Spirit Meditation: Join us in the Sanctuary from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for Sound Healing and Toning and Guided Meditation.  Our intention is to reflect quietly in "deep listening" 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 Creative Power Conversation: "Steps to find your Center" and Sound Healing Energy Readings. (Suggested Donation: $10)  -  Harriette (LotusHawk) Mandeville, Facilitator.

THIS SUNDAY September 12, 2010
The Worship Celebration begins at 11:00 a.m. marks HOMECOMING  SUNDAY at First Church.  Everyone is encouraged to invite friends and family for the day.  Consider calling a person you haven't seen at the church in a long while.  There will be two baptisms during worship and our Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, will be taking part.  After the service, another of First's feasts will be served by some of our great hosts and cooks.  Come home & drink deep from our spiritual fellowship.

Rev. Phelps will deliver the sermon "Take the Low Seat."

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

Ten O'Clock Hour: On Sunday, September 12 at 10:00, the Ten O'Clock Hour resumes in the Thurman Room with a study of two of Jesus' parables: "new cloth on an old garment/new wine in old skins" (Matthew 9:16-17, Mark 2:19-22, Luke 5:36-39) and "young leaves of the fig tree" (Matthew 24:32-36, Mark 13:28-32, Luke 21:29-33).  Throughout September and 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 School Registration will begin on September 12th and classes on the 19th.

Other News:

Session Meeting: Monday September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. Session meetings are open to members of the Congregation.  Please contact the Clerk of Session Edna Asknes at  to confirm your attendance.

Tuesday Tea resumes on Tuesday, September 15, at 4:00 pm.   If you haven't yet partaken of FPC's sweets and tea, please join us this time.   Call Linda Kolts at 917-715-5519, if you have questions. 

Inquirers Classes are happening!
If you have been thinking about learning more about First Church, take 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 and 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. 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 are also welcome.  Please tell Paul, Peggy, or Rev. Phelps if you would like to attend the class.)

September is National Preparedness MONTH, with preparedness themes each week here in New York.  Simple tools like a flashlight or a first aid kit become treasures during a disaster. Everyone should pack a Go Bag - a collection of items you may need in case you have to leave your home or business in a hurry. A Go Bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels. Make sure it is easily accessible in case you have to grab it and go. Check out the following National Preparedness Month resources that can help you gather supplies:
  • Enter NYC OEM's Ready New Yorker of the Month contest to win a fully-stocked Go Bag. Enter the contest here.
  • During September, the Red Cross will offer a 10-20% discount on emergency supplies. Visit the Red Cross.

Save the Date! Back to Sunday school Family Pizza Party!
Sunday September 19 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. our Sunday school children will pick up their FPC T-shirt and tie dye them, while their parents meet our Sunday School Director Elizabeth to hear highlights of this year's curriculum and upcoming events.  RSVP to Emily Phillips at  FPC Kid T-Shirts will be on sale for $20, Tie Dye supplies will be provided.  Please note that youth leaders will assist the children with tie dying while the parents meet.

On September 22, at Faith House in Manhattan, Rev. Phelps will lead the first "Living Room" of the fall season.   See
He is going to tell the story of how a small town congregation he served in upstate New York developed into a spiritual community through ministry and fellowship with once-unseen and feared lesbian and gay members of the area.  He will then guide small group  reflection on the experience of being "other," asking attenders to tether their visions of a horizon far beyond tolerance to action steps.

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 Rev. Beth 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.

A reading performance of the libretto for a new opera, written by Terry Quinn is in the works.  The Mark of Cain will be read by an all-First Church cast on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Elliott Room of the church.  The program will include additional offerings, too.  The public is invited. 

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, September 13
Session Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. Session meetings are open to members of the Congregation.  Please contact the Clerk of Session Edna Asknes at  to confirm your attendance.

Tuesday, September 14
Living with Loss at 6:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at

Wednesday, September 15
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Thursday, September 16
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.

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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