Month: November 2018

November 8, 2018

The final class in the series Understanding Charlotte’s Incarcerated Population will be Sunday, December 16. This Good Samaritan class, which is open to all, meets at 10 a.m. in Lemma Howerton Room to discuss What do we do, now that we know more?


November 6, 2018

First Presbyterian Church Schools are happy to help with your Advent and Christmas decorating by offering one-stop shopping for your wreath, roping, and Christmas tree needs! Funds support First Presbyterian Church Schools Child Development Center and Weekday School. Pre-paid
orders must by placed by Sunday, November 18. Order and pay here. 
Email Debbie Shirkey or call her at 704.927. 0272 or 704.724.3623). Orders will be available for pickup November 28-30.

Pick up times:

November 28 and 29 (Wednesday & Thursday): 7:30-10 a.m; noon-1:30 p.m., 4-6 p.m.
November 30 (Friday): 7:30-10 a.m., and noon-2 p.m.

November 5, 2018

On Mondays and Tuesdays the winter months, First Pres provides food, fellowship, and a safe, warm place to sleep to 12 guests who are experiencing homelessness. Each Monday and Tuesday night from Dec 3 – March 26, in partnership with the Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn program, our volunteers serve dinner and spend time with our guests. If you would like to volunteer to serve dinner, spend the night, or otherwise offer hospitality on these nights, please sign up here or contact Mary Scott Peterson.

The Girl Scout troop at Wilson STEM Academy (the middle school for girls who graduated from Westerly Hills) is off to a great start! The troop meets at Wilson from 3-4:15 p.m. on Fridays, Nov. 9 and 30.  If you are interested in helping, here are several ways:  Provide snacks at a troop meeting, help with arts and crafts planning or simply attend a meeting and support the cause.  We also need someone to plan a field trip or camping trip for next semester.  Email Ruth Ellen Gill or call her at 704-334-3091 if you are interested.

If you would like to honor or memorialize a loved one this Christmas with a poinsettia for the sanctuary or a wreath for a church door, please send a check payable to First Presbyterian Church to Diane Maye, PO Box 1008, Huntersville, NC  28070, or order and pay online here.    Poinsettias are $10 each and wreaths are $35 (29 needed).  Please indicate the name(s) of the person(s) you are honoring or memorializing and state whether the donation is an honorarium or memorial.   Please place order by Friday, November 30.

(This message was also delivered on Saturday via email to members of the congregation.)

Dear First Pres church family,

Over the last year, I’ve watched as this congregation has eagerly embraced its future here in the heart of Charlotte. You’ve engaged in enthusiastic and thoughtful discussion about our Strategic Plan as well as the long-term vision represented by the work of the West Campus Visioning Committee.

Your passion for these conversations is exactly what I had hoped for from a congregation as involved and dedicated as this one.

Today, I want to let you know that Session has voted to focus, beginning in 2019, on implementing the church’s near-term Strategic Plan. As part of this work, Session has authorized a capital campaign to move the church forward in implementing initiatives related to programming and facility.

This will mean deferring the work of the West Campus Visioning Committee in order to prioritize the near-term goals related to the Strategic Plan.

Session also created a task force to explore how we might support affordable housing in Charlotte, a concern that is connected both to embracing the needs of the city as called for in our Strategic Plan and to the West Campus vision.

West Campus discussions have never included a capital campaign option, so the intent is to resume the West Campus conversation only after the capital campaign to support the 2018 Strategic Plan is completed and the related goals are close to final implementation.

Thank you all for being part of this prayerful discernment process.

In faith, hope and love,


November 2, 2018

If your family or a group of friends would like to be a special part of Singing in the Season, you may volunteer to decorate one of the trees provided by the Music Ministry to make the Wood Fellowship Hall look festive.  You may use ornaments that won’t fit on your tree, homemade ornaments, or decorate using ornaments that have been donated to Music Ministries.  Trees will be available to decorate beginning at lunch time on Monday, November 26.  Trees will remain on display through the Christmas season.  To adopt a tree, or for additional information, contact Caryn Overbey ( or 704.927.0257).