Read the special Advent edition of FirstNEWS, which includes events and activities through January 7, here. Or pick up your  issue around the church.





Read the fall issue of Tapestry here. In this issue,  you’ll learn how members of First Presbyterian embody and live the four pillars of our new Strategic Plan.





Read the current issue of @first, First Presbyterian Church’s enews, which is distributed via email every Friday, for the most current news and information.





The complete calendar of all church events, meetings and other activities, so you can check dates, locations, times and mark your calendars.


Now @ FPC

This Week's Big Event: Sign Up Now for Singing in the Season, Advent Communion Service

With the first day of Advent less than two weeks away, deadlines are approaching for key events early in the season. As you focus on giving thanks this week, you may also want to take a few minutes to make sure you don’t miss out on these activities.


  • Singing in the Season, December 3, 6:30 p.m. Reservations are brisk, so if you want to be sure you secure a spot, you may want to make sure you get your free tickets now. We will keep you posted on ticket availability throughout next week. Also, there’s still time to donate cookies and decorate trees.
  • Advent Communion & Luncheon, December 7, 11 a.m. The deadline to register is November 30, a week from Thursday
  • Wreaths & Poinsettias to Decorate the Church, deadline to participate November 30

This Week's Blog Post: The Latest on Strategic Plan Implementation

Gratitude for All We Are Doing for Christ

November 21, 2017

If you’ve read the Strategic Plan document available around the church, you’ve learned about the four-pillared plan that grew out of the work of The Balcony Group over the last year. If you haven’t read the document, you may want to pick up a copy on Sunday or read it here. When you do, we hope you’ll feel the gratitude all of us on staff feel when we anticipate the ways we expect to expand our work for Christ here in the heart of Charlotte.

That work is already under way. Each of the Four Pillars of the Strategic Plan–Life Together, Welcoming Each Other and Our Neighbors, Serving Our City and Sustaining Our Future–has been broken down into three initiatives for implementing the plan. Committees are now in the process of developing action plans around those 12 initiatives.

Below, you’ll see who is heading up the committees that are developing those actions, how to contact the people chairing those committees, and the timeline for implementation. We encourage you to thank them for leading us into the future. We also hope you’ll have conversations with these committee chairs to share your thoughts about these initiatives.

In wave one, we will begin work on initiatives to:

Broaden Adult Christian Formation

Staff contacts Garrell Keesler & the Reverend Katelyn Gordon Cooke  (October 2017 through January 2018)


Deepen Our Relationships with One Another

Co-Chairs Jean Cochrane & Milt Childress (October 2017 through January 2018)


Foster Hospitality

Co-Chairs Melissa Toth & Jenny Allen (October 2017 through January 2018)


Offer Different Ways of Worship

Co-Chairs Tommy Holderness & Gail Henderson-Belsito (October 2017 through May 2018)


Embrace and Engage the Needs of Our City

Co-Chairs John Tate, Scott Warfield & Scott Bryan (October 2017 through May 2018)


Create a Financial Resource Development Plan

Co-Chairs Mike Fischer & Bart Landess (October 2017 through May 2018)


Cultivate Future Leaders

Co-Chairs Mark Caldwell & Amy Brinkley (January through May 2018)


Craft a Master Campus Plan

Co-Chairs Jimmy Dudley & Susan Keesler (October 2017 through Summer 2018)\


In wave two, committees will begin work on initiatives to:

Honor the Sabbath (January through December 2018)

Reimagine our Physical Space (January through September 2018)

Emerge as an Epicenter of Service in Our City (May 2018 through Spring 2019)

Expand Pastoral Counseling Outreach in Our City (May through December 2018)


Watch for updates from these committees under News & Announcements on the Now@FPC page.