Session has approved the covenant with our partners at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cuba. A trip to build relationships with our friends in Matanzas, Cuba, will be March 13-20, 2019. For more information please call or email Elizabeth Little, 252.723.8653.
On November 5-10, Pen Peery and twelve members of First Presbyterian Church and other congregations, will travel together to Villa Infantil Maya (VIM) in the Yucatan Peninsula to fellowship with and serve the students who live at the residence while attending high school. Team members will perform painting, sanding and other construction tasks in the morning with opportunities to work with the students in the afternoon on homework skills and arts and crafts. On Friday, the group will travel to Merida to learn more about Accion’s ministry to college-aged students at the Casa Estudiantil Merida (CEM). One additional spot is available in the group’s discounted airfare rate. Contact Martha Eubank for more information. The cost of the trip with the discounted airfare is $1400 with scholarship help available.
First Fellowship gatherings begin this winter, and we hope they will be opportunities for First Pres members and friends to gather for fun and fellowship both within the walls of the church and beyond. Among these opportunities will be neighborhood/area-wide gatherings in church members’ homes. The church will help with logistics and other support, we just need hospitable hosts. If you are interested in hosting a group gathering in your home (anytime between now and May), or have other ideas for fellowship, please contact Mary Margaret Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org). Fellowship is an important part of Congregational Care. The time and consideration we provide one another is vital to keeping this church vibrant and nourished to continue to be for Christ in the Heart of Charlotte
Our 2018 Stewardship campaign culminated with a new FPC tradition on October 14.
First Serves, a congregational day of service, saw countless church members and friends of all ages rolling up their sleeves to work on projects ranging from church beautification to meal preparation and assisting local outreach partners. In the span of a few hours after worship we accomplished the following…
Letters were written to 7 missionaries and 40 at-home members
35 people were prayed for and sent notes from the Prayer Ministry Team
20 blankets were made for two-year-olds at Lakewood Preschool
10,000 meals were packaged for hungry people around the globe through Rise Against Hunger
21 flower arrangements were made from the sanctuary flowers and delivered to people with the message that FPC cares about them
775 goodie bags were put together for HEART tutoring students for their winter and summer breaks
30 student folders, 10 pencil pouches, tutor supplies and 20 packs of tutor information were prepared for Westerly Hills Academy
6 homes received a meal of homemade calzones from the Meal Ministry
20 pieces of silver were polished
Sanctuary and choir loft were cleaned
Downstairs windows were washed
The main kitchen was scrubbed
Closets were cleaned out and organized
But First Serves was about much more than the numbers. Engaging members of all ages and backgrounds in programs designed to support and lift up other people provided a wonderful opportunity for people to connect with one another. Through fellowship, worship, and service, God was glorified and our community was strengthened.
On November 4 at 10 a.m. all adult formation classes will come together in Wood Fellowship Hall to hear the Reverend Cathy Hasty speak on Fostering Compassion: Understanding the Possible Long Term Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. This conversation is about the challenges inherent in a life of poverty and how difficult experiences affect our lives. The Reverend Hasty is the Director of Health Ministry and Pastoral Education at Novant. All are invited.
We have two big needs in our Loaves and Fishes pantry. Our third Saturday team could two people for the next six months. This would be a good shift for a high school student who needs volunteer hours. And we need strong people to help with Tuesday deliveries. This shift would involve lifting heavy boxes. Can you help? Contact Mary Scott Peterson.