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Month: May 2019

May 20, 2019

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 eight 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.

Please sign up online or email Mary Margaret Porter if you have questions or want to be part of a First Fruits group.

Are you looking to serve others in the world? Here is our list of global mission trips for 2019-20

  • Mexico/Fall 2019: Contact Martha Eubank to learn more about this trip.
  • Haiti: A trip scheduled for winter, 2019, was postponed and will be rescheduled.
  • Russia/Summer 2020: Begin making plans now to go on this mission trip to Russia to continue our support of the ministry of Hope Baptist Church in Ryazan. Mary Elizabeth Coley  can give you more information.
  • Intra-National Mission/Fall 2019: Each year our church sends a mission team to an area in the US that is recovering from a natural disaster. Teams have gone to New York City to help with the recovery from Superstorm Sandy and to eastern North Carolina to help rebuild after the hurricanes of recent years. Contact David Burton for more information.

Camp Grier, Streets to Peaks (S2P) and the BELL summer enrichment camp sound like fun—and they are. But they also serve to accomplish the goals of Charlotte’s Economic Opportunity Task Force by using education to increase the chances of upward mobility for underprivileged children. First Presbyterian Church is very involved in that effort, which means there are plenty of opportunities for you to help enhance the lives of children this summer.

For more than 40 years, we’ve sent children to Camp Grier for outdoor activities and a break from the stressful environments in which they live and the adult responsibilities they often shoulder. To create a smooth pathway to this new adventure, each camper is assigned an FPC “camp parent” who works with them and their family to make sure they are ready.  S2P is an outgrowth of Camp Grier and also needs adult volunteers.

Sixty rising scholars in grades one through three will spend their summer mornings with us in BELL camp, learning reading and math from CMS teachers, then spend afternoons in enrichment activities such as music, art, stem, coding and yoga. Fridays are reserved for all-day field trips. FPC members, including youth, can get involved by serving as a reading or math tutor, lunch buddy, enrichment helper or field trip chaperone.

Contact Heather Herring if you are interested in becoming involved with BELL or Camp Grier

Beginning June 1 through the end of July, Director of Music Ministries Will Young will be away for the final two months of his sabbatical.

Will took one month of his 90-day sabbatical in January, when he visited music programs around the country to learn from others and reflect on the music program here at First Presbyterian. This summer, his agenda is more simple: Rest.

“I plan to do as little learning as possible,” he said.

While he is away, organists will be Jim Twyne and Ginger Wyrick. Choir directors will be Kelly Potts and D.J. Godinez.

May 17, 2019

May 10, 2019

Nominations are now open for officers to serve a three-year term on the Session and the Diaconate beginning in 2020.

A Nominating Committee comprised of three elders, two deacons and four at-large members of the congregation will meet in coming months to discern members of our church who may be called to serve and to recommend nominees to the congregation, which will elect those officers this fall.

Please give careful and prayerful consideration about whom you believe God might be calling to serve as an officer in our church. Those called should be persons of strong faith who are dedicated to the discernment of God’s will and to discipleship and service within our church the greater community. Any confirmed member of the church, regardless of age or years of membership at First Presbyterian Church, is eligible to be considered.  They may be previously ordained to either or both offices, or this may be their first time serving the church through ordained leadership. The following are descriptions of the two bodies.

You may fill out the nomination form online and submit it to the church electronically. You may also download a copy of the form or pick up a paper copy in the Historical Lobby and mail the form to Tanya Gaspar, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor.

May 9, 2019

Eight Charlotte organizations were granted a total of $8723 from the annual PW (Presbyterian Women) benevolence awards for providing hope, help and dignity for those in need. Preference is given to organizations working to break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, violence and crime, particularly as these issues impact women and children.

From a field of 17 applicants, the following organizations were selected for grants ranging from $500-1500:

  • Augustine Literacy Project for tutor training and support
  • Center for Community Transitions for personal items for women transitioning from prison
  • Changed Choices to mentor and support women in prison
  • Community Culinary School for support packages for students in training
  • Heart Math Tutoringfor tutoring supplies at Westerly Hills
  • Jason’s Getaway for respite/support for Westerly Hills families/children w/special needs
  • Lakewood Preschool Coop for field trip buses, an item not included in other grants
  • Pinewood Elementary School for special books for English Language Learners

May 8, 2019

Andrew Glontz, the recipient of this year’s Will Appleby Award for Spirit, Dedication and Leadership is a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church and is the son of Anne and David Glontz.

Andrew is a senior at Myers Park High School and will attend Wofford College in the fall.  He has been active in the youth program since middle school, serving on the Youth Council and faithfully attending PYC.  He has participated in Youth Sunday, as well as the Mexico mission trip. He also played on the FPC basketball team for several years. Youth group has been a priority in Andrew’s life that has provided many meaningful experiences. The past couple of summers, Andrew attended the Montreat Youth Conference where he especially enjoyed “back home” time with the FPC youth.

The Appleby Award was founded in memory of Will Appleby, an active and committed member of the youth program at First Presbyterian who died during his freshman year in college. Each year, the Appleby Award recognizes a member of the youth program for outstanding participation and leadership.

2019 PW Benevolence Awards

Eight Charlotte organizations have been granted a total of $8723 from the annual PW (Presbyterian Women) benevolence awards for providing hope, help and dignity for those in need. Preference is given to organizations working to break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, violence and crime, particularly as these issues impact women and children.

From a field of 17 applicants, the following organizations were selected for grants ranging from $500-1500:

  • Augustine Literacy Project for tutor training and support
  • Center for Community Transitions for personal items for women transitioning from prison
  • Changed Choices to mentor and support women in prison
  • Community Culinary School for support packages for students in training
  • Heart Math Tutoringfor tutoring supplies at Westerly Hills
  • Jason’s Getaway for respite/support for Westerly Hills families/children w/special needs
  • Lakewood Preschool Coop for field trip buses, an item not included in other grants
  • Pinewood Elementary School for special books for English Language Learners