Month: September 2019

September 16, 2019

Young adults are invited to come out for the first Young Adult Happy Hour at Town Brewing Company, 800 Grandin Road, on the second Wednesday in October, 5–7:30 p.m. Children are welcome.

September 11, 2019

September 9, 2019

Traffic Updates

The City of Charlotte has communicated to us that portions of Trade Street between Tryon and Graham streets will be closed at various times throughout the fall, including intersections at Church, Poplar and Pine streets.

As street construction is a fluid process, there is no way to know from day to day whether a given street or intersection will be open to traffic. Please use your preferred app for navigating traffic or refer to the City’s website if you wish to use Trade Street or those intersections.

Church staff will not have the most current information and will not be able to map out routes for us.

The church will work to minimize congestion during school drop-off and pick-up hours. It will also step up measures to assure that church parking during this time is reserved for those who are here on church business.

Thank you for your patience over the next few months.

Fellowship Feasts are small groups of 10-12 people (couples and singles, young and old) that gather regularly in fellowship, and we will start a new batch of groups this fall. The nature and location of the gathering are up to the group – pizza and football, a formal dinner at someone’s home, bowling, whatever appeals to the group. 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 hearing more about this opportunity or want to join a group in the fall, please email Mary Margaret Porter.

Purchase items for Communities in Schools to use throughout the school year as they support children and families at Westerly Hills Academy, as well as classroom supplies and staff appreciation for Lakewood Preschool.  Details at the sign up.  Items may be placed in the shopping cart in the hallway behind the sanctuary.

Eighth graders who are interested in confirmation should contact Elizabeth Cook ( or Natalie Raygor ( about participating.

An initial meeting for youth, parents and sponsors will be Sunday, September 15, in Wood Fellowship Overflow at 10 a.m. The Confirmation Retreat will be offsite on November 22-24.

Children’s Ministries will offer two FEAST (Families Eat and Sharing Luncheon Together) luncheons following worship this fall.

  • On Sunday, September 29, FEAST & Arts Plus will offer a build-your-own sandwich lunch followed by watercolor painting for a church banner. Meet at noon in P307. Register on the Now@First page under Tickets & Signups.
  • FEAST & Thanksgiving Wreaths will be on Sunday, November 10, at noon in Wood Fellowship Overflow. Children and families can build their own sandwich lunch followed by creating Family Thanksgiving Wreaths.

Beginning October 6 in Room P206, the Good Samaritan Class will shift its focus to Young Adults. All ages are still welcome to gather to discuss the intersection of our lives as Christians and everyday culture. The Fall focus will be on civic engagement and life as a Christian citizen. For more information contact Robert Galloway, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults.

September 7, 2019

Small groups are modeled after the practices of Jesus, who ate, studied and prayed with others. These groups meet throughout the week in homes and at the church.  Covenant Groups are specifically for young adults (ages 20-40) and meet on a schedule determined by the individual groups. Check the current issue of FirstNEWS (available to read online at the top of the Now@First page) or the News & Announcements section of the Now@First page for more current details.


Covenant Groups – FPC young adults (anyone 40 or younger!) are invited to be part of a small group of 8-12 people who will learn and grow together.  Groups will meet at least once a month on a mutually agreed upon schedule and will study various books.  Being part of a Covenant Group involves making an initial commitment of one semester (September-December) with the opportunity to re-up in January.  If you have any questions or would like to be part of one of these groups, contact Tanya Gaspar.


Bible and Beverage – Join the Reverend Pen Peery and other FPC men for discussion and fellowship to deepen the faith of and the connection among men of all ages. (Second Tuesdays, 8-9:30 p.m., usually at Resident Culture Brewing Company, 2101 Central Avenue.)


Tuesday Morning Bible Study – This group engages in deep, critical thinking as it seeks to know God and God’s revelation in Jesus Christ. Units include scriptural study, theology, ethics, and spirituality. Contact Garrell Keesler.  (Tuesdays, S203, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)


Thursday Morning Men’s Bible Study – This group of faithful men gathers to study God’s word and build and strengthen relationships. Leadership comes from within the group, and all variety of ideas are honored and respected. New participants are always welcome. Contact Chuck Williamson. (Thursdays, Frances Browne Dining Room, 7-8 a.m.; breakfast served every second Thursday.)


Thursday Women’s Bible Study (ThuMBS)  – Studying various books together, this group develops a deepened connection to God and builds bonds of friendship and mutual support with one another. Led by the Reverend Katherine Kerr(Thursdays, Pattie Cole Room, 9:30-11 am)

For additional information about small groups for adults, contact Garrell Keesler, Director of Adult Formation.


Return to the Learn page or read more about specific Adult Formation programs:

September 3, 2019

Come join us in fellowship on Thursday, October 24, as Dr. Hugh Dussek speaks about the Scots-Irish and their influence on Mecklenburg County and the Presbyterian Church. We will gather at 6 p.m. at the home of Mike and Katie James. RSVP to Mary Margaret Porter.