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Prayers for the Cuba Mission Team

April 19, 2018

A mission team will be in Cuba April 19-25. Below you can see how our group would like to be prayed for each day, with scripture based on Psalm 111, which the Reverend Carlos Ham used as the basis for his sermon when he preached here earlier this year.

Willard Lecture Follow-Up: Gentrification

April 17, 2018

On Thursday, April 26, FPC and Center City Church will co-host a conversation with journalist Peter Moskowitz, author of the best-selling book How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for a Neighborhood. The event is open to the public at no charge.
The conversation will be at Center City Church, 2225 Freedom Drive, at 7 p.m. This event is an extension of the subject explored by Dr. Walter Brueggemann’s 2018 Willard Lecture.

Willard Lecture Follow-Up: Gentrification Conversation

April 16, 2018

On Thursday, April 26, FPC and Center City Church will co-host a conversation with journalist Peter Moskowitz, author of the best-selling book How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for a Neighborhood.
The event is open to the public at no charge. It will be at Center City Church, 2225 Freedom Drive, at 7 p.m. This event is an extension of the subject explored by Dr. Walter Brueggemann’s 2018 Willard Lecture.

Lakewood Preschool Fundraiser

April 12, 2018

Preschool families are invited to Come Play with Me, a fundraiser for one of FPC’s partner agencies, Lakewood Preschool. Lakewood is tuition-free and funds raised at Come Play with Me support this preschool in west Charlotte. Admission and parking are free for this event on the church lawn on Sunday, April 29, 3:30-6 p.m..

Activities will include lawn games, a bouncy house, concessions and snacks, a raffle and a concert by Liz, Holly and the Jolly Lollies.

Funds will be used for outdoor classroom supplies.

Appleby Award Recipient Alex Ayer

The recipient of this year’s Will Appleby Award for Spirit, Dedication and Leadership is Alex Ayer, a senior at Myers Park High School and a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church.

The Appleby Award was founded in memory of Will Appleby, an active and committed member of the youth program at First Presbyterian who died during his freshman year in college. Each year, the Appleby Award recognizes a member of the youth program for outstanding participation and leadership.

Alex has been a very active member of the youth program since the sixth grade. She has served on the Youth Council since the seventh grade and was asked to lead FPC’s Youth Ministry Team for the last two years. She loves the annual Montreat Youth Conference, where she will be in July for her fifth consecutive summer. She also enjoys the annual ski trip and had a wonderful experience with the youth mission trip to Mexico. She has coordinated a blood drive at FPC for the last three years, helped as a youth usher on Sunday mornings,  and plays a role in Youth Sunday each year. Like Will Appleby, Alex has made youth group a priority in her life and encourages others to get involvedr.  Alex will attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.

New Girl Scout Troop at Westerly Hills

First Presbyterian is sponsoring a new Girl Scout Troop for students at Westerly Hills Academy and your help can make this happen. The new troop needs people who can sew patches on sashes, starting in late April or early May. And healthy refreshments for 19 girls will be needed on April 19, May 3, May 17 or May 31. If you’re interested in these opportunities or want to be involved in any other capacity, contact Barb Neidinger.

Sign Up for FPC History Tours

April 4, 2018

You can sign up now for the new Historic Tours of the church on Thursdays at 1 p.m. The weekly tours are limited to 12 people and are available to groups, members, nonmembers and members of the public.  Tours also will be available at other times upon request. You can also call the church (704-332-5123). Sign-up closes 24 hours in advance.

Members Nancy Rogers and Marianne Winn will lead this new ministry. Nancy, who joined First Presbyterian last fall, is a professional docent and has experience as a tour guide for other historic venues.

Sermon Series: Living Unafraid in a Scary World

April 3, 2018

The next sermon series, Living Unafraid in a Scary World, begins April 22. The Reverend Pen Peery will preach except where noted otherwise.

  • April 22: You Shall Be My Witnesses (Acts 1:6-11)
  • April 29: Son of Encouragement (Acts 15:36-41)
  • May 6: The Story We Will Believe (Acts 7)
  • May 13: Setting the Table (Acts 9:36-43)
  • May 20: All Kinds (Acts 2:1-13), the Reverend Erika Funk preaching
  • May 27: Swan Song (Acts 28:23-30)

Poplar Street Parking Lot Update

March 26, 2018

Beginning in April, you may notice a change in the church parking lot that may mean changes in how some of us use the parking lot. All parking spaces, including the ones on the side of the lot we currently use during the work week, will be numbered.

What will stay the same once the spaces are numbered?

Parking will continue to be for church services and any other church business or church activities. The entire lot will continue to be available to us on Sunday mornings. Members can continue to use the code for parking during church hours when the gate is down.

What will be different once the spaces are numbered?

Members and staff will not be able to use the code when the church is closed, but will need to pay for parking if they wish to use the lot for any other non-church-related activity.

“The policy about when we can park for free won’t be any different,” said Church Administrator Jesse Hite. “Parking has always been free for church activities and church business. But we’ve just signed a contract that will enable Preferred Parking, which manages the lot for us, to enforce a long-standing restriction that says parking is not free when the church is closed—and this includes during Panthers football games and other special events in Center City.”

A new contract with Preferred Parking means that revenue paid to the church will go up in 2018. This revenue supports the church’s missions. To make that increase possible, Preferred will begin to ticket vehicles that aren’t complying with the restrictions that have always been in place. Anyone who does receive a citation for failing to pay for parking when the church is not open can contact either Preferred Parking (704-375-6014) or Jesse Hite (704-927-0240).

“No matter what time or day of the week, if there is a church activity going on, people will be able to park free,” Jesse said. “When the gates are locked and the lights are off, people will need to pay at the kiosk. That applies to clergy and staff as well as members. We know this may impact some members who may attend church activities then decide to stop for dinner in town or attend other events in Center City. But we feel it is important for us, as a church, to honor our agreement with Preferred. In exchange, the revenue we’ll have to support church programs will go up.”

Session approved the new contract and the intention to consistently enforce parking restrictions at its November meeting. Email Jesse Hite or call him at 704-927-0240 with questions.

Organizational Meeting for Mexico Mission Trip

March 23, 2018

First Presbyterian Church will return to Villa Infantil Maya (VIM), a residence that enables Mayan students to attend middle and high school away from home in a caring environment, on November 5-10, 2018.  An organizational meeting will be held immediately after the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, May 6, in Wood Fellowship Hall for those interested in hearing more about the trip.

During the mission trip, First Presbyterian team members will stay in the dorm, interact with the VIM students and perform some construction work to improve the facility. Past groups have painted, sanded and installed concrete. A variety of tasks suit all ages and abilities.

The approximate cost for the trip will be $1300-$1400, with scholarship help available. You can learn more details in the Events listing at the bottom of every page on the website.

For additional information, please contact Martha Eubank.