Month: February 2019

February 4, 2019

The church needs volunteers to serve as sound board operators during the 11 a.m. worship. If you would like to assist with this vital component of our worship service, contact Jesse Hite.

We love small children in worship, but sometimes small children find it hard to sit through the entire worship service. For times like those, families attending the 9 or 11 a.m. Sunday worship are welcome to move into the small chapel to the right of the main sanctuary, where the service is available by TV.

Are you looking to update your wardrobe? Come to the annual PW Sparkle Party on May 5! Lightly used jewelry, accessories, scarves and bags will be on sale and the proceeds will support BELL, the summer academic enrichment program, and Camp Grier. Enjoy fun, fellowship, food and fashion on Sunday, May 5, 2-5 p.m. at the home of the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter. This event is open to everyone (and is a great place to find last-minute Mother’s Day gifts).

Presbyterian Women has opened its annual grant applications for its Benevolence Fund. The PW Benevolence Review Committee participates with agencies and organizations that provide hope, help and dignity for those in need. Preference is given to agencies working to break the cycles of poverty, illiteracy and inferior education, violence, and crime, particularly as these issues have a heavy impact on women and children. Application deadline is March 15, and grants will be disbursed in May. The committee encourages any church member with knowledge of an agency in need to request an application or 2019 grant application or send the name of the agency/organization to Cynthia Buck (, 704-591-3738). You can also apply online or by snail mail to Cynthia Buck, 1220 Belgrave Place, Charlotte, NC 28203 704-591-3738

Fellowship is an important part of who we are as a church family. To grow our connections here at First Presbyterian Church, we will start small group Fellowship Feasts, similar to the previous Four by Four groups.

If you are interested, you will be grouped with about 8 individuals (a mix of couples and singles) and encouraged to gather in fellowship four times over a period of six months. The nature and location of your gathering is completely up to you—pizza and football, a formal dinner at someone’s home, bowling, etc. The hope is that by being introduced to a new small group of church members we may strengthen our ties to one another and grow in faith and fellowship.

If you are interested in joining a Fellowship Feasts group, please sign up online or email Mary Margaret Porter.

Our team at Friendship Trays needs your help packaging meals on the last Monday of each month. FPC’s team fills empty trays with healthy prepared meals for elderly and infirm neighbors throughout Charlotte. Trays are then sealed and delivered by another group. The work takes place at the facility on Distribution Avenue, off Remount Road. Can you help this vital ministry? Contact Ministry Team Coordinator Mary Scott Peterson. 

Sign up to be a HELPS tutor

Students at Westerly Hills Academy still need tutors. Training is available for tutors as part of HELPS, a reading intervention program supported by both Read Charlotte and Augustine Literacy Project. Tutors work with third-grade students for one hour per week, or tutoring “buddies” can sign up together for one shift every other week. The easy-to-follow curriculum is provided. Progress is graphed at the end of each lesson and seeing improvement is exciting for both tutor and student. Sign up online  or email Melissa Walker with questions.