Month: November 2018

November 30, 2018

Take a look at what FPC volunteers and others from neighboring churches have created in the last two months! And join us for the Dedication Ceremony on December 8 at 1 p.m., when homeowners will receive the keys to their new homes.


November 27, 2018

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus urges his listeners to “be on guard so that your hearts are not weighted down with…the worries of this life….”  Beginning Dec. 2, First Presbyterian will send you a daily email that will invite you to unburden your hearts – to pause, ponder and welcome the gift of love revealed in Jesus the Christ.

Weekday emails will offer a prompt to draw you deeper into the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of the season, and Sunday emails will provide a liturgy for lighting the Advent wreath candles. If you missed the emails, check the links below daily.

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To experience the season through music, log into the FPC Playlist on Spotify.

November 26, 2018
Add these to your calendar in this season of anticipation and joy.


Find a meaningful gift for your special friends and loved ones at this year’s Alternative Gift Market on Sunday mornings in Wood Fellowship Hall. Due to the inclement weather that kept us at home one Sunday this month, this offering has been extended to December 23. You can also make a gift here.


Bring your need for healing and hope God through prayer, scripture, music and reflection at the Service of Wholeness and Healing, 7:30 p.m. on December 20, in the sanctuary. Childcare for infants through TK will be provided by reservation only.


Welcoming Love at Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 23, in Wood Fellowship Hall. 10-10:45 a.m.

All ages will gather to welcome Jesus, who is God’s Love made flesh. We will have stations where you can aste Love Feast buns and have hot chocolate, or watch watch a short video, “The God that is Coming,” with time for discussion. You can color a Love poster, create Moravian stars with scripture of the season, and take a Nativity scene photo


Christmas Eve Services, Monday, Dec. 24.

4 p.m. Worship is open to everyone and is particularly suited for children.

8 p.m. Candlelight Service. This service will stream online.

10:15 p.m. Handbell Concert, Wood Fellowship Hall

11 p.m. Candlelight and Communion Service


Read more about Advent and Christmas programming in the holiday issue of FirstNEWS, which is also  available for pick-up at the church.
November 21, 2018

On Sunday, November 18, the Session at First Presbyterian Church voted unanimously to approve a recommendation from the Worship and Music Committee to pause the noon Wednesday Worship service. The recommendation was in response to declining attendance over the last few years and the departure of two pastors in late summer.

The change goes into effect immediately and continues until the pastoral staff shortage is filled and leadership is available to explore alternative mid-week worship opportunities.

The church will offer a midweek Advent service at 11 a.m on Thursday, December 6. All are invited to attend this hour-long service with Communion.

“We’re grateful for those who have been part of this mid-week worship opportunity for so many years,” said the Reverend Pen Peery. “We look forward to a time for prayerful discernment on creative ways to expand FPC ministry beyond the sanctuary and the church gate.”


November 20, 2018

It’s a wrap! After 10 weeks and 13 work days, the Charlotte Church Partners have completed Habitat houses 29 and 30. Join the celebration as these homes are dedicated to the glory of God and the happy homeowners receive the keys to their future. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m., at the home sites, 4203 and 4309 Howie Circle

November 12, 2018

Read more and register now on the Now@First page on the website for the following Children’s Ministries classes beginning in January:

  • Third Grade Learning to Use My Bible Class/Sundays, Jan. 13-March 10/P307/10 a.m.
  • Fourth Grade Catechism Class/Sundays, Jan. 6- March 24/P306/10 a.m.
  • Fifth Grade Who Am I? Class/Sundays, Jan. 6- March 10/P304/10 a.m.

Read more here and register now through December 2 for the following trips for middle school and high school trips next year:

  • High School Mission Trip to Chicago/June 16-21
  • Middle School Mission Trip to Raleigh/July 28-Aug. 2
  • HS & MS Youth Council Meeting/Sunday, Nov. 18/P301 & P321/5:15 p.m.

Meet at FPC on Thursday, November 29, attend the Hornets vs. Hawks game. Register here. $15, plus money for dinner at the Spectrum Center. Contact Bryce Lapping for information.

Everyone is invited to drop in at Petit Phillipe wine bar and chocolate tasting room on Thursday, November 29, for this new fellowship offering. Gear up for holiday festivities—even do a little gift shopping—at 2820 Selwyn Avenue #160. Watch for this gathering at various locations around town in the new year. Contact the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter with questions or ideas for locations.