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Pick up your copy of Tapestry, our new quarterly magazine, which focuses on this year’s Formation theme, Telling Our Stories, including stories of members Sue Kornegay, Bruce Grier, Melissa Toth and more. Click below to read online or pick up  in the Historical Lobby, the narthex, the reception area and other locations throughout the church.





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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.


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This Week's Big Event

Summer Centering Begins May 28

Summer Formation officially begins this Sunday, May 28, with an introduction to Summer Centering, an intergenerational time of preparation for worship, with conversations and experiences that will bring us closer to God and to one another. During this first session, in addition to the introduction, we’ll discuss different spiritual disciples and how we will practice them together over the summer.

Instead of age-specific classes, we’ll all be together—elementary-aged children to adults—in Wood Fellowship Hall. We’ll enjoy fellowship and a 15-minute shared lesson or activity corresponding to the sermon for the day. Imagine hearing a story from an older member of the congregation about what First Presbyterian was like in the 1950s, watching a Bible Project video about a particular book of the Bible, or listening to a panel of church members share their experiences on a recent mission trip. From there, you’ll be invited to choose one of three break-out groups to explore the Scripture for the day further.

In June, we’ll incorporate Summer Camp send-off into our time together. And we’ll hear from the Ivey Ringers on Sunday, June 25. Their flight from Portland is scheduled to land at 6 a.m., so help welcome these high school musicians home from their week of touring the Pacific Northwest as they offer us a brief concert during the Formation hour, as well as ringing during the worship service.

Everyone from elementary school age through adults are welcome to participate in Summer Centering, 10-10:45 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall.


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 May 24?

  • Creamy Mozzarella Chicken Pasta
  • Rice
  • Green Beans
  • Assorted Dessert
  • Salad Bar
  • Rolls
  • Tea, Lemonade, Water

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.


This Week's Blog: Don't Volunteer-Belong!

Don’t Volunteer-Belong!

April 28, 2017

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Earlier this week, Director of Youth Ministries Jen Evans posted on Facebook the link to a blogpost with the headline:

Your Church Does Not Need Volunteers

My first thought was, Oh this must be the profile of some crazy church where everybody sits around in a circle, sings Kumbaya and waits for God to take care of everything. 

Then I came to my senses and remembered that Jen posted it and she definitely does not take the sit-around-and-wait approach to life.

Still, as the person whose job it is to help members and prospective members explore opportunities for meaningful engagement inside and outside the walls of FPC, the piece intrigued me.

Here’s one thing the blog said that really hit home for me:

“You cannot volunteer at your own church, in the same way you cannot babysit your own kid. Because the church belongs to you in the same way your family does. It’s your own place, your own people…A volunteer, in most cases, is just visiting. A fly-by. Maybe it’s a helpful fly-by, but it’s not the same as belonging to something. It’s not the same as contributing to something bigger than you, something that’s part of who you are… whatever we do, we should remember that we don’t just belong to the church—it belongs to us. And we do not babysit that which is ours.”

Here at FPC, I don’t see us as people who “volunteer,” either. We don’t serve our community as a way to check something off our “Good Christian” checklist. I believe God has a purpose for our lives and that each one of us is called to a particular ministry or service in this world. Frederick Buechner describes “call” or vocation as “Where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

So I ask you:

  • What intrigues you?
  • What makes your heart beat?
  • What sparks your curiosity?
  • Do you want to feel more alive?

Think about these questions as you ponder actively engaging in something bigger than you, something that might become part of who you are!

Call (704.927.0242) or email me if you want to know more about joining God and fellow FPCers meeting the world’s deep hunger with our deep gladness.

– Mary Scott Peterson, Ministry Team Coordinator