Month: March 2017

March 17, 2017

O Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:1-2)

We’ve watched so much change from our corner of center city. And we are all so aware that change will continue. Yet, from generation to generation and through every way Charlotte has changed, we have offered a faithful witness to Christ. As we’ve embarked on strategic planning for the next 3-5 years and an exploration of what God is calling us to do with the asset and responsibility that is our Poplar Street parking lot, the big question both the Balcony Group and the West Campus Visioning Committee keep coming back to is this:

How will God use our church as an instrument for proclaiming Good News in our city?

The next step is for the Balcony Group to complete its draft of a strategic plan. That work is in progress. We might expect to have a look at that draft in April. One thing I can say with certainty is that welcome and hospitality will be part of that plan.

Regarding the Poplar Street parking lot, we are still in the process of asking that question, and your feedback continues to inform that process of seeking clarity. In other words, we are several steps away from having concrete initiatives in mind. And timing for any implementation of a plan with implications for the parking lot property may be years away and will be thoroughly evaluated by Session before any action occurs.

Watch for a recap of the four planks of the strategic plan being written by the Balcony Group in next week’s blog, which you can also access from the Now@FPC page on the website. A third follow-up from the Town Hall meeting will be in the April FirstNEWS, available in the historic lobby on March 26.

As these conversations about our future continue, I ask for you to pray for God’s wisdom and for our continued faithfulness in following God’s call to be a witness to Christ in the center of Charlotte.

– Pen Peery

March 11, 2017

“Sisters and Brothers, What Do You Believe?”

The theme for the worship series through the season of Lent is Sisters and Brothers, What Do You Believe?” The sermon topic for Palm Sunday is I Believe Jesus suffered under Pilate and the Easter Sunday sermon is I believe in the Resurrection and Life Everlasting, with the Reverend Pen Peery preaching.

Walk through the gospel of Luke as we journey through Lent. Each Wednesday through April 12, we will look at a different story in Luke and see how it fits into the story of Lent and the story of our lives. Each week in worship we will have special devotions, a calendar of art and coloring pages designed for this Lenten season. All are welcome.


Mirroring the weekly sermons during the season of Lent, the Sunday morning series What Do You Believe? concludes on Easter Sunday with The Resurrection and Life Everlasting, led by the Reverend Katelyn Gordon. Meets 10 a.m. in S203.

Based on the Richard Rohr book Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation, this Lenten Study will be 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 18. Led by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman.

It’s time to make plans to remember or honor a loved one by having an Easter lily placed in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1. Mail your check, payable to FPC for $12 per memorial or honorarium, to Diane Maye, PO Box 1008 Huntersville, NC 28070, no later than Friday, March 31. Include the name of your loved one and indicate if the sponsorship is a memorial or honorarium.

March 9, 2017

Long-time FPC member Heather Herring has now joined the church’s staff as the new Children and Family Partnership Coordinator.

Heather and her family have been involved in Children’s Ministry for a long time, especially in the area of mission. Many of you may know her from her years-long leadership of the Christmas Village Toy Store and the Giving Tree. She is a perfect fit for our church to manage and develop our children and family partnerships, specifically with Westerly Hills Academy, Camp Grier and the summer BELL program.  If you have any questions or want to get involved in this area, please contact her athherring@firstpres-charlotte. org

FPC is blessed to have Heather on staff.  She brings many gifts and a faithful passion for children and mission.