Pastor's Monthly Article (May 2017)

Created: Monday, May 1, 2017

It’s spring time!

With Easter behind us, the echo of the liturgical season of joy and celebration is loud and clear throughout our worship. It is God’s way of calling us close to one another and to rediscover the Spirit’s presence within.

Through and through, God prepares us for the special moments of our lives. Such times often prepare and allow us to strengthen our connection with God and another. Connected, our unity is being blessed by the One and the same whose divine presence is a sure thing.

While on a “fishing expedition” in the Florida Keys last month, my family and I had the pleasure to reconnect with our friends at the Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church. The church has, as part of its unique history, a long tradition to celebrate the occasion of a child’s being presented for the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Such was the case with our son Clint. When he was baptized, a fish with his name joined the mural wall of fish inside the sanctuary. Thus, our “fishing expedition” is revealed!

Besides the appreciation of the arts, we also had rare opportunities to have close encounters with wildlife, feeding catfish, blue gill, turtles, and squirrels. To our sweet surprise, the squirrels were so comfortable around people that they ate peanuts right out of our hands! After that experience, it remains to see whether we’ll have some furry new friends among our neighbors in the community, though no matter how adorable, we are all in agreement to keep them at a friendly distance.

It was most refreshing to revisit the state of our first U.S. neighborhood. Spending quality time with family, hence giving ourselves the gift of building new memories - that’s vacation at its best!

As the season of spring unfolds, enjoy and marvel at God’s beautiful creation!

In Christ,
Pastor Anette

Our Life with Christ (Weekly Devotional)

Created: Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun. Apr. 30, 2017

In light of the resurrection, God’s message is being conveyed through the power of the Word and the Son in whose name alone we have our being. No one is excluded from the love of God, nor can anything separate us from the salvation made for us through Christ’s suffering and death.

Living our life through Christ, we’re like a seed once it been planted, with need of care and nourishment. Together, our life in Christ calls for unity, so we are blessed and made complete in, with, and through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

May the joyful awareness of the Lord fill you anew!
Pastor Anette

Sacred Sites Weekend on May 20-21

Created: Sunday, April 23, 2017

As part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy's Sacred Sites Weekend 2017 on Sat. May 20 and Sun. May 21, FPCN will once again open its doors for a weekend open house. Here are the highlights of our weekend schedule:

  • On Sat. May 20 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Sun. May 21 from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, we will have a display of photos from 1895 to the present and original documents from 1688 to the present.
  • We will have talks on the history, architecture, and out Tiffany stained glass on Saturday at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM and Sunday at 1:45 PM.
  • We will have a short tour of the historic neighborhood at closing on both days.
  • We will have our Sunday worship service from 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM.

For more information, contact church historian Marjorie Melikian via the church office (718-639-3126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Vegetable Garden Preparation Day on Sat. Apr. 22

Created: Monday, April 17, 2017

On Earth Day, April 22, events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It's a great day for us to get started on our vegetable garden! All of our resources are already in place for planting and we can look forward to another year of fresh organic vegetables grown in our own garden.

We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare our garden for another season. If you are interested, please contact Dolores Joseph via the church office.

Proceeds from the garden support our Sunday School Scholarship Fund, which provides a small stipend to our high school graduates moving on to college.

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Spring Concert on Fri. May 5

Created: Monday, April 17, 2017

FPCN's annual spring concert will take place on Fri. May 5 at 7:30 PM in our sanctuary.

The concert will feature singing by our Chancel Choir, Children's Choir, and Youth Choir. The Harmonious Chorus and the Shalom Outreach Ministries' Children's Choir will also perform.

A free-will offering will be taken at the concert. All are welcome.