Recording of Online Memorial Service for Rev. Grace

Created: Saturday, December 5, 2020
The recording of the online memorial service for FPCN Interim Pastor Rev. Grace Bowen, held on Sat. 11/29, is available at . Our clerk of session, Elder Ann Redican, was one of the people who spoke during the service. Rev. Grace’s family asks that donations be made in her name to the Racial Equity and Women’s Intercultural Ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for the Leadership Development for Leaders of Color:

Online Memorial Service for Rev. Bowen on Sat. Nov. 28

Created: Sunday, November 22, 2020

A memorial service for FPCN Interim Pastor Rev. Grace Bowen, who passed away in April 2020 from COVID, will take place via Zoom on Sat. Nov. 28 at 10 AM. The link to the service appears here:

Pastor Emeritus Rev. Charles L. Sorg Passes Away

Created: Monday, November 16, 2020

Rev. Charles L. Sorg, pastor emeritus of FPCN, passed away today, several days after suffering a stroke.

Rev. Sorg was born in 1928 in Newark, New Jersey. He attended elementary schools in Hanover, New Jersey, and graduated from Madison High School in 1945. He received a B.A. in history and political science from Drew University in 1949 and a B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary three years later.

In 1965, Sorg became the pastor at FPCN. During Sorg's pastorate, a large influx of immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America moved into Elmhurst. Despite some opposition, Sorg successfully opened up the church to these people. He believed that keeping the church's services in English would help immigrants assimilate quickly in American society.

By the time he retired at FPCN in 1992, the congregation had become more ethnically diverse, a legacy that continues to this day. After retiring, he moved to New Jersey.

In 2015, Pastor Anette led a dedication service for the Rev. Charles L. Sorg Prayer and Meditation Room. The newly renovated room, located in the front of our historic sanctuary, is named after Rev. Charles Sorg, who served as pastor from 1965 to 1992. FPCN longtime members Joyce and Stanley Norgalis and Winnie Matson contributed to the renovation, which included electrical upgrades and restoration of the room's stained-glass window. Rev. Sorg returned to FPCN to participate in the dedication.

A more complete biography appears here: .

Online Giving Now Available

Created: Sunday, August 23, 2020

Now you can donate to us online! We have created an account through the Presbyterian Foundation, which helps churches in the Presbyterian Church (USA) raise money, that allows you to make your donation online using a credit card or other online payment method.

USING THE WEBSITE (on computers or mobile phones; login required)
Use your computer to go to
If you use this link, you'll need to create a profile using an email address and a password that you choose.

USING THE GIVE+ APP (on mobile phones; no login required)
Use your mobile phone to give online. Although no login is required, you’ll need to enter your credit card or other online payment information (unless it’s already stored on your phone).
1. Download the Give + app on the Apple App Store for iPhones ( or the Google Play Store for Android phones ( The download is FREE.
2. Open the app on your phone and search for our church by zip code (11373) or name (search for "Newtown" - you'll see us listed as "First Presbyterian Church in Newtown”).
3. Click on the "Give Now" button and follow the on-screen directions to make your donation.

You can make a one-time gift or make regular donations. You can also make donations to different church funds, such as the General Fund, the Building Fund, and the Deacons Fund, as well as the per capita donation.

There is no charge to you for donating online, but note that the Presbyterian Foundation charges the church a 2% fee for each transaction, so please consider adding 2% to your donation. See for more detailed directions, including screenshots.) See the attached FAQ sheet for more information.

Of course, you may also mail church donations to us at
First Presbyterian Church of Newtown
54-05 Seabury St.
Elmhurst, NY 11373