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Habitat For Humanity: 20 Years of Building Homes and Hope

August 9, 2018

Join us this fall as FPC, Habitat for Humanity and the Charlotte Church Partners again build two homes for deserving families. This is FPC’s 20th year building homes and hope in Charlotte, and we sure do hope you will come out and be a part of this mission. We will kick off the year with a dinner in Wood Fellowship Hall on Thursday, September 13, at 6 p.m., and we will begin the build on Saturday, September 15. Sign up online to be a part of the build. (Be sure to use the church code 1686 when registering) And when you are at the church, take a look at the Habitat bulletin board in the hall behind the sanctuary. There are pictures of each house that FPC has helped build!

Fill the Bus for Haiti

You’ll see a big yellow school bus parked in front of the church August 10-17. Our goal is to fill the bus with much-needed supplies for our ministry partners, OFCB (Operation Force for Christ Bayonnais).

Deliver your donations to the stage in Wood Fellowship Hall during church hours.

Here’s what’s needed: receiving blankets, infant hooded towels, rice, dried black beans, cooking oil, prenatal vitamins, vitamin C, Tylenol, Children’s Liquid Tylenol, Naproxen (Aleve), Ibuprofen, Imodium (or generic) and children’s chewable vitamins with iron.

You can also make donations to offset transportation costs. Send checks to Friends of OFCB, PO Box 34563, Charlotte, NC 28234, or donate online. Note “BUS” on your check. Contact Glenna Cook with questions.

Westerly Hills Apple Tree helps teachers, students

Presbyterian Women are again sponsoring the Westerly Hills Apple Tree to help this wonderful school that we love so much.  Westerly Hills Academy is a Title 1 school located in west Charlotte, with whom we’ve had a relationship for 18 years.  We plan to fill a goody bag of supplies for all 45 classrooms.

There are three ways that you can show your support:

  1. Pick an apple from the tree, purchase the school supplies or a gift card and return them to the bin in the back hall behind the sanctuary. Supplies needed are: Large package of dry erase markers, large package of multicolored Sharpies; 4-inch Post-it Notes, 8 ½ x 11 clipboards, or Office Max gift card.
  2. Mail a check to the church with Westerly Hills Academy school supplies noted in the memo line.
  3. Make a donation and let us do the shopping. (please note that there will be a small fee for online donations).

Many thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness in helping this wonderful school.

The PW Westerly Hills Support Committee

The Westerly Hills Classrooms Need Your Help!

August 8, 2018

Presbyterian Women are again sponsoring the Westerly Hills Apple Tree to help this wonderful school that we love so much.  Westerly Hills Academy is a title 1 school located in west Charlotte, with whom we’ve had a relationship for 18 years.  We plan to fill a goody bag of supplies for all 45 classrooms.

There are three ways that you can show your support:

  1. Pick an apple from the tree, purchase the school supplies or a gift card and return them to the bin in the back hall behind the sanctuary. Supplies needed are: Large package of dry erase markers, large package of multicolored Sharpies; 4-inch Post-it Notes, 8 ½ x 11 clipboards, or Office Max gift card.
  2. Mail a check to the church with Westerly Hills Academy school supplies noted in the memo line.
  3. Make a donation and let us do the shopping.

Many thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness in helping this wonderful school.

The PW Westerly Hills Support Committee

 

 

HVAC Rooftop Units to be Replaced

August 3, 2018

Three rooftop HVAC units on the Church Street building are being replaced.

The three units are approaching 30 years of age which is well beyond their normal expected life. One of the units has experienced ongoing operational issues and attempts to make repairs have not been successful. The cost of additional repairs would be prohibitive given the age of the unit and the issues. The age, condition and maintenance implications for the other two units indicates that they will need replacing in the not-too-distant future.

As there is a substantial cost savings if all three units are replaced at the same time, Session approved their replacement using both Session funds that are available for maintenance items and Parking Lot revenue. It is anticipated that the new units will be in place and working by Sunday, August 5.

Moving Ministry: Sign up, and bring ONE MORE

On Saturday, Sept. 8, we will help a family move from homelessness or transition into a permanent home. Come help us! 9 a.m. – noon. Sign up here to meet us at 333 Dalton Road and bring ONE MORE – a friend, your teenager, your mom. The more help, the faster we can get our friends into their new homes.

 

Handbell and Vocal Choir Kickoff

August 2, 2018

All children’s choirs, the Sanctuary Choir, and Calvin Handbells will resume rehearsal on September 5. Join us for dinner in the Wood Fellowship Hall before children’s choir rehearsals, beginning at 5:15. Children’s choir rehearsals are held most Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. through early December, resuming from January through April.

Child’s Intro to Music (Grades TK-1st): Learn the foundations of music through sacred songs and musical games and participate in worship several times during the year. Child’s Intro to Music meets in Room P206 with John Tosco. Contact Kelly Potts.

Carol and Kirk Choirs (Grades 2nd-5th): No experience necessary to join! Choristers learn the foundations of choral singing through songs, anthems, and our yearly spring musical and participate in Singing in the Season and in worship. Rehearsals take place in the Choir Room, P119. Contact Kelly Potts.

Youth Choir (Grades 6th-12th): Help build and expand our new youth choir, led by Will Young. All youth are welcomed! Rehearsals take place Wednesdays from 6:30-7:15 p.m. in the Senior High Room, P321.  Contact Will Young.

Calvin Ringers (Grades 3-5): An introduction to handbells and chimes, this group meets from 7-7:30 p.m. in P127. Contract Trevor Cook.

Knox Handbell Ensemble (Grades 6-8) This group is open to both experienced and inexperienced ringers. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:15-8 p.m. beginning in late August. A commitment to weekly rehearsals and worship participation is required. Contact Trevor Cook.

Register here for children’s and youth handbells and choirs.

Sanctuary Choir:  The Sanctuary Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9 p.m. in the choir room and sings in most Sunday worship services, as well as special services such as Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.  In addition, the Sanctuary Choir helps lead Singing in the Season and presents major works or music-led services twice a year.

 

2018 Montreat Youth Conference

July 19, 2018

Welcome the ongoing blog for the Montreat Youth Conference. Watch this video and keep your eyes on this space for updates, photos and videos July 22 through 28.

 

FPC Youth lifted their voices through music during Backhome Group Monday night!

 

An update from the youth from Tuesday and, below that, from Wednesday.

 

 

No video from Thursday, which was another awesome day in Montreat! The theme for Thursday was “silent voices,”, and we all enjoyed both keynote and worship that forced us to think critically. We were challenged and learned ways to stand up for the silenced voices.  Some of us enjoyed a great hike on Lookout Mountain and we were all entertained by the variety show and magic Matt! We are excited for the last day in Montreat as we wrap up this wonderful week!

Enneagram: Transformation at the Soul Level

July 17, 2018

Enneagram 2018: This fall, use your lunch break to take part in a transformative journey at the soul level.

Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
September 17-November 26
$120, which includes all materials and the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator fee.

What is the Enneagram? The Enneagram goes beyond typical personality style models by showing you the pathway to breaking out of any boxes you may use to define yourself and limit your life and your relationships. And as you continue to work with the Enneagram, you will discover there is always another level of discovery—all the way down to the realm of
soul.

Who leads it? The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman earned his doctorate in spiritual direction and is a fellow in the Guild for Spiritual Guidance and a certified teacher of the Enneagram. Former Program Director for Urban Ministries, he is a frequent preacher, speaker and teacher throughout the area.

Register here.

Small acts of kindness: This is us

July 10, 2018

Before I left work in March medical leave, somebody wiser than I (KATHERINE) said, “Let us take care of you. Food, visits – don’t be one of those folks who says ‘I’m ok, don’t worry about me.’ ”

That was a tall order. But I thought about my family. Who would take care of them? We’ve been down the extended illness road before, and it’s not easy.

So I said “Thank you. Maybe a meal?”

Three months later, we are still eating (and I am healthy). Lasagna, good homemade bread, Marwen’s miraculous banana bread. There’s actually something in the workroom freezer that Kay kept forgetting to bring to me and that I now keep forgetting to take home.

The husband chuckled when I said food would be coming. “You’ve got your buddies snowed,” he said. “YOU don’t do the cooking around here.”

Which is true. But when he was sick and I was running around like a chicken, this miracle ziti showed up from Kay, and the kids and I ate it while sitting on the floor in the living room, discussing Troy’s cancer.

We still call it “that ziti.” And we needed that time together, on the living room floor, just the kids and me, to regroup and to think and to cry and pray.

This time, when I was sick, Kay visited us two days after I was out of the hospital. She had bags and bags of everything – meatloaf, veggies, veggie meatloaf, high-protein casseroles, bread, cake – from herself and Addison and several other kind church members.

And then Peg came, with a stack of super spicy treats from the Dumpling Lady’s food truck.

And then Diane came, with Tupperware filled with fresh green beans (FRESH, as in she snapped those beans herself), and casserole, cole slaw and cake, from herself and from Jane.

The day after my second surgery, Troy had to run to Greensboro to get Alex from college. He also had to run to get medicine. He also had to pick Mack up from work. He had to have been tired of running around.

When he called and said “What do you want to eat?” I said “Mack put a lasagna into the oven before she left. There’s salad here. And cake. Just come home.”

I resisted the urge to say “see?”

It occurs to me that this is how God is, showing up, quietly sometimes, but there, taking care of you, a force that lets you know “it’s OK. You are fed, in more ways than one.” Stop worrying. Your family is cared for. That’s how God is, and that precludes anything that society can throw at us. It’s a vision of his kingdom here on earth, of being community, of taking care of each other, of bearing each other’s burdens, of simply sitting and being with each other. How uncommon is that these days, getting into a car and taking our lives into our hands on 177, spending an hour with someone, when we are perfectly happy to sit behind screens and type our thoughts and prayers.

But these small acts made big differences. And it’s simply what folks around here at First Presbyterian do.

Just come home, and sit, and be fed, and be. This is God, always.

Dartinia Hull, Communications Manager