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On Easter Sunday, pick up your copy of Tapestry, our new quarterly magazine. The first issue focuses on this year’s Formation theme, Telling Our Stories.

Coming April 16th!




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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

No fooling—April 2 is going to be a big day for us

On Sunday evening, we will fill the sanctuary to the rafters with hundreds of visitors as well as members—and that’s just one of the big things that will make this coming Sunday so special. Here’s the roundup of what to look for:

An outing with FUPC: Bridge gaps in real time as we continue our current discussion series with our sister church, First United Presbyterian Church, by visiting an exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and here in Charlotte. K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace  was created with the involvement of activists and law enforcement, the media, students, clergy and civic leaders. It explores the roots of distrust between police and community, tells the stories beyond the headlines, and engages visitors in creating solutions. Gather at FUPC for lunch at 12:15 p.m., then walk across the street to the Levine Museum of the New South view this exhibit together. Lunch is $5, the exhibit is free.

Our youth visit with Krista Tippett: Immediately after the 11 a.m. service, award-winning NPR host Krista Tippett will gather with our youth to talk about how to bridge the gaps that divide us. This promises to be a powerful opportunity for our young members to interact with one of America’s thought leaders. Want to know more? No registration is required. Attendance, however, is limited; this event is open only to FPC youth.

Summer Camps launch: Stop by the Historical Lobby at 10 a.m. or immediately after worship at 11 a.m. to learn more about how you make it possible for children from West Charlotte to participate in one of two summer camp experiences. Both camps have life-changing potential for children growing up in poverty and both need your support.

First, Coffee: All are welcome to drop by the Library to greet visitors and others who are new to First Presbyterian over coffee and doughnuts this Sunday. If you’ve been thinking of inviting friends to visit with you, this would be the perfect day. 9:55-10:55 a.m.

Krista Tippett on The Adventure of Civility: This event marks our church’s commitment to leading in the area of reconciliation and creating understanding across our differences. Almost 800 people will gather here at 5 p.m. Sunday, many for the first time on our campus, to experience how we stand for Christ in the heart of Charlotte. This Willard Lecture Series event  is sold out.

News & Announcements

Other than events and activities, what else do you need to know about what’s going on here First Pres? Here’s the headline news for this week.

Eat @ First

What’s on the menu for this week?

  • Baked Ziti
  • Roasted Squash
  • Garlic Breadsticks
  • Salad Bar
  • Banana Cake

Each week following Wednesday Worship, Eat @ First offers the opportunity to share a table and build community. Lunch is $8, cash or check, and is open 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

Town Hall Follow-Up: The Four Planks of Our Strategy

Town Hall Follow-Up: The Four Planks of Our Strategy

March 24, 2017

For many months now, our Balcony Group has listened for the Holy Spirit in developing a strategic plan for the next three to five years. This group has listened through conversations with our officers; for the wisdom of our past efforts in strategic and long-range planning; during visits to other vital, center-city churches around the country; and during lots and lots of meetings.

The strategic plan they are drafting will be built on our existing shared vision—taking what we do well and enhancing/expanding it so that it moves us into the future.

The draft the Balcony Group is working on now will recommend specific, aspirational, yet attainable initiatives that flow from four objectives, or planks: Welcome, Serving our City, Life Together and Stewardship. As they aim for finishing that draft in April, here’s how the Balcony Group is defining those planks.

Welcome: In a time when there is a trend for people to choose spirituality over religion, our efforts in Christian hospitality matter more than ever. That welcome extends from our worship, to our physical campus, to our use of media and tools for communication.

Serving our City: We will always continue to reach beyond Charlotte—with mission to the world and cities other than our own. But now seems to be a time to pay special attention to being agents of transformation in the center of the city where we were established as a church for this community. To be effective agents of God’s transformation, we have to grapple with and seek to understand what Charlotte’s issues are. One providential piece of timing is that the Economic Opportunity Task Force is set to release its report, which will highlight particular areas of focus in our city that are in need of transformation. We imagine some of our initiatives under this objective will align with part of what the Task Force recommends.

Life Together: Deitrich Bonhoeffer wrote a book called Life Together, which describes what the family of faith looks like when we recognize the gift of Christian community. It is a stark difference from the frenetic, polarized, shallow existence that so often exists without the grounding of Christ’s presence. Initiatives under this objective will help encourage and affirm our life together as a community of every age and stage.

Stewardship: Stewardship is a spiritual practice that must be taught and valued. It does not happen by accident. Stewardship asks us to invest in a future that we do not get to see.  Initiatives in this area will develop strategies to deepen our commitments and diversify our approach.

This plan and this impact begin soon—this year. And our implementation of this plan will set a trajectory that will lead us into our third century of ministry, which begins in 2021. The Balcony Group’s work on the strategic plan will certainly be what the congregation and our neighborhood feel first.  It will energize, focus, and deepen our mission to be for Christ in the Heart of Charlotte.

Watch for a recap of my comments about God’s call to us from the March 12 Town Hall in the April issue of FirstNEWS, which will be available beginning March 26 in the historic lobby and on the website beginning Monday, March 27.

– Pen Peery