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Hours after we "go to press" with this week's newsletter, the Session will receive the report of the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). They will learn the candidate's name and hear about the elements of the individual's biography, experience, and character which have led to the PNC's nomination. As well, the Session will confirm plans for introducing the candidate to the congregation, staff, and community and establish the call for the congregational meeting to vote on this nomination. These plans have been shared:
- Two open houses in the Elliott Room of the church for all to meet the candidate: Friday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. - Noon.
- The candidate will lead in worship and deliver the sermon on Sunday, October 24th .
- The congregational meeting will follow the worship celebration immediately. This is when the people will act on the PNC's nomination of the candidate to serve First Church as its next installed senior pastor.
On Sunday, October 17th, full details will be offered to the congregation during worship. A packet of information is being sent to all households as soon as possible, to include the candidate's biography and other important communications. Please make every effort to become informed and take part in these great moments of new life at First Church.
THIS SUNDAY October 17, 2010
11:00 a.m. Worship Service:
Our Interim Pastor, Rev. Stephen H. Phelps will deliver the Sermon "Money Matters"
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: This week, Jane Woland will continue to work with the 3s. The 4s - 10s will begin a study of daily life in the ancient Near East, beginning with a sampling of foods. The inbetweeners (11s/12s) will continue their lively discussion about what the Ten Commandments means in a modern world.
On Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m., an all-First Church cast will offer a dramatic reading of the librettos for two new operas written by Terry Quinn, called The Mark of Cain and The Birthmark. Also, Larry Picard and Frank Longino will each sing an aria from the work. In the Elliott Room of the church. The public is invited.
2011 Stewardship Emphasis begins October 31st.
October 31st is also Rev. Phelps' last Sunday serving as Interim Senior Pastor for First Church. His letter of farewell was sent out to the congregation last week. It is added at the end of this Newsletter Issue for those who may have missed it. A farewell luncheon is scheduled to follow the worship celebration on the 31st. He and all the church will be glad if you can attend.
HYMNAL DRIVE: Thanks for the Hymnals! Your response was outstanding: we've more than doubled our original request! The African American Heritage Hymnal Drive is officially closed. More opportunity to place hymnals and Bibles coming in the near future.
Budget Saturday: All Session Members and Committee Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend the annual Budget Saturday meeting on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the Elliott Room as we meet to create the preliminary church budget for 2011. For further information, contact Ken Andrichik at Ken.Andrichik@finra.org
Cuba Dinner: November 14 another one of our fabulous after-church feasts of Cuban inspired food, to benefit the Senior Meals program of La Fernanda, our sister church in Cuba. Put it on your calendar now. Eat in or take out.
The 2011 Offering Envelopes order will be placed with the printer soon. If you know you would like to begin using (or stop using) envelopes in 2011, please call the church office at 718-624-3770 or email Annie Solages at email@example.com by October 31, 2010.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments with Ministry Staff
Call Rev. Phelps at the Church or, as needed, at home: 718 928-3797 or email: email@example.com . 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 www.shphelps.com
Piano and Organ Lessons: Customized piano and organ lessons for kids and adults by FPC organist Wil Smith. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646 320-0606.
On the calendar:
Tuesday, October 19
Living with Loss at 6:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 20
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 21
Food Pantry, 10 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jane Woland at email@example.com
FPC Choir Rehearsal, Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Music Minister Amy Neuner at firstname.lastname@example.org for info about the choir.
Saturday, October 23
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 http://www.meetup.com/Coping-With-Job-Loss/ and/or contact group leader, Tonya Deniz, at email@example.com.
Who/where to connect:
Online Donations: Set up a recurring gift to the church through a secure online account.
On the church website, www.firstchurchbrooklyn.org, 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.