Month: April 2019

April 18, 2019

Both the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee and the committee overseeing the search for a Director of Outreach and Mission report that they are energized by the quality of the candidates as they conduct interviews for the two new roles. Please continue to keep the committees in prayer as they make progress in this process.

April 17, 2019

Pete Carlson has been named chairperson for the Capital Campaign Cabinet. Former chairperson Emily Johnson stepped down in mid-April to accommodate a heavier workload in her professional life.

“To be asked to lead in this way was one of the biggest honors I’ve ever received,” Emily said. “However, through prayerful consideration in recent weeks I’ve determined that I do not have the bandwidth to lead this campaign with the energy it deserves. I wholeheartedly believe in the scope and focus of this campaign and look forward to supporting this effort in my role as elder.”

The Reverend Pen Peery said, “We’re all sorry to lose Emily in this role. But I think all of us who juggle the demands of work and family understand.”

The Campaign Cabinet has, since its launch, hired Mary Scott Peterson as Campaign Director and has engaged a consultant to help determine the scope of the campaign.

Pete Carlson, who was already serving on the Campaign Cabinet, is an elder who is also chair of the Personnel Committee. He is also an active volunteer with Loaves & Fishes and Habitat for Humanity. About this shift on the Campaign Cabinet, he said, “Pen, the Cabinet and I thank Emily for her hard work to date and look forward to her counsel as an ongoing member of the Session. The Cabinet is actively engaged in assessing the scope and feasibility of a capital campaign, the first two directives from the Session. I am excited to continue working with the other Cabinet members as we help implement the vision in the church’s 2017 Strategic Plan.”


Beginning Easter Sunday, the front part of the church’s library will become the church’s official  Welcome Center.

“We’re excited to dedicate some of this space to welcoming guests and providing a space for guests and members to learn more about First Presbyterian Church,” said Lucy Caldwell, Membership Development Coordinator. “We hope everyone will get into the habit of dropping by, especially when they bring visitors with them to a service.”

A tour of the church will leave from the Welcome Center at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday. And in addition to a big-screen TV where anyone can drop by to view the church’s welcome video and to review headline news about activities and events going on at the church, the new Welcome Center will be where Lucy has office hours during the week. All are invited to stop by.


April 16, 2019

Spring into a New Restaurant Routine is the topic when Charlotte historian Tom Hanchett speaks about little-known restaurants on April 25 at 6 p.m. Beverages and snacks from some of the restaurants will be available. Space is limited for this offisite event; contact the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter ( for details.

April 12, 2019

On Sunday,  May 19, you’re invited to join us for a Food Truck Lunch on the lawn immediately following the special Music Sunday worship service. Dress casually, bring a blanket or camp chair, and enjoy games, fellowship and food with your church family. Choose from JJ’s Red Hots (hot dogs) and Fresh Med (Mediterranean) for your main course, and then visit the Sticks and Cones truck for ice cream.

On Sunday, May 19, Will Young, the Sanctuary Choir and guest musicians will lead the special Music Sunday service, Tune Our Hearts, in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. All are invited and welcomed. Immediately following this service, we will have a food truck lunch on the lawn with games and music. Dress casually, and don’t forget to bring a blanket or a camp chair!

And beginning this week, there will be no 9 a.m. service until September.

April 4, 2019

April 3, 2019


Easter-related activities for children of various ages begin in mid-April. Here’s the lineup of activities:

  • Elementary Flashlight Egg Hunt ( K- 5th grade)/Friday, April 12/Front lawn/6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Join us on for a yummy dinner, glow-in-the-dark games, and a flashlight egg hunt on the church lawn. This is a drop-off event, but parents are welcome to stay. If you plan to stay and eat, please register yourself as well. Cost is $5 per person and includes dinner. Register online now.
  • Preschool Egg Hunt/Sunday, April 14/Front lawn/Noon
  • Preschool & Elementary Butterfly Release (Toddler-5th Grade)/Sunday, April 21/Wood Fellowship Hall/10:30-10:45 a.m.