Month: June 2018

June 29, 2018


Recently, our high school youth were in Guatemala, helping out in schools, bringing musical instruments to students and more. Here are a few photos from their week away.

“The Guatemala mission trip was such an eye opening experience for us as youth, showing that happiness does not come from substance. We saw people living in a beautiful country surrounded by features that aren’t commonly seen in the US (i.e. volcanoes), and children growing up with things that we would consider worn down or cheap. It was amazing to see how we learned that we could benefit the lives of the people by our presence and assistance instead of our money.” – Riley Williamson


“My experience in Guatemala was life changing. I loved traveling throughout the beautiful mountain ranges, meeting the amazing Spanish and Mayan speaking natives.” – Charlie Riddick

You can view all the photos from the trip here.

June 26, 2018

We are excited about the opportunity for our youth to participate in Middle School Mission Mondays this summer! Middle school youth and rising 6th graders will engage in a variety of mission work and fellowship activities to strengthen both the community with one another and the Charlotte community as a whole. Once Monday per month in the summer, we will participate in a service project and then enjoy fellowship with one another (movie, Charlotte Knights game, Checkers game, etc.)

The next Mission Monday will be July 16, from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Youth will attend a Knights game at 7 p.m. after mission work is finished. The cost of the game is $20.


On Sunday, July 8, during worship, K-2nd graders are invited to join a brief mindful motion session to nurture their physical, emotional and social needs through games, body postures, and breath awareness activities. Children will be escorted to P309 (the Gym) after children’s time and will return before the last hymn.

Rising ninth graders through graduated seniors are invited to lunch at noon every Wednesday. We will meet at Chipotle on Providence Road.

Do you know someone whose day needs cheering? On August 12 and September 9, your Flower Ministry Team will make arrangements from the sanctuary flowers, and you’re invited to take them to anyone whose day might be brightened by knowing our church family is thinking of them.  Pick up an arrangement in the church drive after worship on Sunday.

June 25, 2018

This summer our youth ministry intern, Tristan Wall, is hosting a Social Hour for our Middle School Youth on Thursdays, July 12 and 19. Middle School Youth are invited to stop by anytime between noon and 2 p.m. to say hi, hang out and get a snack. Check the Youth newsletter or social media for the different locations at Park Road Shopping Center.

Loaves and Fishes needs YOU!

Summer’s slow, right? Not in the Loaves and Fishes pantry. School is out, and that means families in need have more demand on already-stretched resources, and that includes feeding their children. We could use your hospitality as our pantry clients do their shopping, and you are welcome to bring friends who aren’t First Pres members to help! Contact Mary Scott Peterson.

Particular needs are: 4th Friday of the month, 1-4 p.m.; and the 4th Saturday, 9 .a.m.-1 p.m.

June 19, 2018

If you want to express your thoughts about the situation at our country’s southern border, here is information you can use to email or phone  elected officials:

Senator Richard Burr – 202-224-3154

Senator Thom Tillis – 202-224-6342

This page offers the opportunity to enter your zip code to find contact information for your representative in the U.S. Congress.

This page provides information on emailing, calling or writing a letter to the White House.





June 14, 2018

Almost 700 commissioners and other delegates to the PC(USA) General Assembly will meet in St. Louis over the next week. Among the matters to be taken up are:

  • A proposal to raise the General Assembly per capita paid by churches from $7.73 per member in 2018 to $10.71 in 2019 and to $11.45 in 2020.
  • Recommendations from the Way Forward Commission on issues ranging from improving translation services to the role of the stated clerk, as well as a proposed restructuring of the PC(USA) A Corporation.
  • Selection of co-moderators of the 2018 assembly and confirmation of the new president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
  • Racial and economic justice, climate change, ongoing disputes in the Middle East, as well as public policy issues such as immigration, the death penalty, gun violence and nuclear disarmament.
  • Church matters such as parental and family leave policies and a report from a special committee on Christian education.

You can follow the news from the General Assembly online.

FPC Youth Families,

Summer is here!  We hope and pray the final weeks of school are going well for everyone and summer is off to a great start!  We wanted to share with you a few youth ministry updates and exciting offerings for our youth this summer.

Reflections on 2017-2018 and looking ahead

This year has been different than previous years in youth ministry at FPC.  We’ve experienced several changes – including staff changes and my maternity leave after the happy arrival of my son.  We want you to know that this time has not been wasted.  We’ve been assessing our programs, consulting other ministry professionals, listening to your feedback, and dreaming about new ways our youth can grow in their faith together.  We’re grateful to be in this ministry with you, and we’re excited about what’s ahead for youth and families in 2018-2019!

Assistant Director of Youth Ministry Search

The ADYM search committee is still hard at work looking for FPC’s next Assistant Director of Youth Ministry.  While the search has taken longer than we expected, we are very committed to finding the right person to work with our youth and our church.  As part of our process, we’ve talked with ministry contacts across the denomination to make sure we’re getting the best candidates, and we’re excited about the people the Spirit is bringing our way.

Our process of assessing and strengthening FPC’s youth ministry will continue when we bring a new staff member on board, and we’re confident about the ministry potential with a full youth ministry staff.

 Small Groups Launching this Fall!

Over the past two years, we have been exploring small group ministry at FPC with middle school and high school girls.  We recognize that youth need to connect with one another outside the church on Sundays, and we’re looking to grow this ministry for our youth in the fall.  Be on the lookout for more information in future communications.

Youth Ministry Summer & Fall Intern

We are excited to announce that Tristan Wall, who joined us last August as our intern, will remain on our team this summer and next school year.  Tristan is entering his senior year at UNC-Charlotte, majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Spanish. His post-graduation plans are to join the YAV (young adult volunteer) program. We are grateful for Tristan’s leadership, commitment and enthusiasm for our youth; particularly Middle School.

Youth Ministry Summer Happenings

We have a lot going on in youth ministry this summer including middle and high school monthly socials, mission days, and weekly lunches.  Details for these events can be found in the youth newsletter and on social media.  If you’re not receiving youth communications, please contact Elizabeth Cook,

We are grateful to be in ministry with you.  Faith is a communal practice and we are so glad you and your youth are part of this community.  As always, please feel free to reach out if you have questions or want to talk further.

​Grace and Peace,

Natalie Raygor, Director of Youth Ministries