Month: October 2019

October 18, 2019

The forecast says this winter will be a bitter one. The projected number of men, women and even children who will experiencing homelessness during those months is equally grim. Sign up today to offer hospitality and shelter from the storm as part of our Room in the Inn Ministry Team. And plan to attend dinner and orientation on Wednesday, November 13, at 6:15 p.m.

First Presbyterian has been opening its doors to our neighbors who need shelter two nights a week during the winter since 1996. It takes a lot of people to make that happen. We hope you’ll want to scope out what happens during Room in the Inn and how you can be part of offering safety, food and a deeper connection for some of our most vulnerable neighbors this winter.

Contact Ministry Team Coordinator Flo Bryan if you have questions or want to learn more at the orientation before signing up.

October 15, 2019

A group of Young Adults will helping complete First Presbyterian’s Habitat build on Saturday, November 9, 8 a.m.-noon. All skill levels are welcome. The group will have lunch following the build. Contact the Reverend Robert Galloway ( to sign up or for more information.

Registration will be November 11-December 2 for the summer 2020 mission trip to Mexico for high school youth. The interest meeting for you and/or parents will be Sunday, November 10, in the high school room (P321), 12:15-1 p.m.

Members and guests are invited to attend when our K-5th graders retell the Christmas story on Sunday, December 15. The deadline to register for participating is November 18, to allow time for assigning and practicing parts. Register now online.

There are non-speaking (with group singing) parts for K-5th graders, as well as speaking parts for 3rd-5th graders. Adult volunteers are needed to assist children with costumes and escort them during rehearsals and the play.

The rehearsal schedule is:

  • Sunday, December 8, 9:30-10:45 a.m.  Rehearsal for speaking parts
  • Saturday, December 14, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Rehearsal for all parts (staggered arrival times depending on role)
  • Sunday, December 15, 8:30-10 a.m.  Dress rehearsal for all actors (except Sheep)
  • Sunday, December 15, 9:30-10 a.m.  Sheep rehearse with cast
  • Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m.  Nativity Play
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Get ready for Advent by creating an Advent wreath on Sunday, December 1, in Wood Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. Lighting the wreath and reading scriptures each Sunday of Advent is a wonderful way of anticipating the birth of Christ as we lead up to Christmas.

This activity takes the place of children’s Sunday School classes but is also open to adult church members who would like to make a wreath for their home.

It is only necessary to register once per family; each wreath kit is $10, but additional wreaths may be ordered during registration. Pay online, at the church, or at the door.  If paying at the door, please bring a check for $10/kit, made to First Presbyterian Church. Confidential scholarships may be requested by clicking “Pay in Person,” then clicking “Yes” when asked if seeking scholarship.

Families who choose not to make a wreath are welcome to join the card making station at no cost. Register online by November 18. Contact Director of Children’s Ministry Tammy Winchip (

A three-week Formation series about housing, eviction and homelessness will be led by three community leaders in Wood Fellowship Hall Overflow at 10 a.m.

Kathy Izard, Tommy Holderness and Liz Clasen-Kelly will share their calling to work with our neighbors to create not just a place to live, but also a sense of home.  Their stories will help us learn more about our neighbors’ lives and how we can respond with love and compassion.

  • November 10 – Kathy Izard, author of The Hundred Story Home and A Good Night for Mr. Coleman,who was instrumental in establishing Moore Place, permanent housing for those who were formerly homeless. She will talk about belonging and what home represents.
  • November 17 – Tommy Holderness, FPC Member and Attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina, will talk about the connection between his calling to Union Seminary and how it led him to leave a corporate law practice to work for Legal Aid of NC.  He sees home as central to belonging and will focus on evictions (stats and recent examples) and their impact on individuals and communities.
  • November 24 – Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center, will address the status of homelessness in Charlotte.    

The Conversations and Passages classes will combine for this series.


October 14, 2019

On Monday, November 11, join FPC friends at Beads Inc. for an evening of jewelry-making and fellowship just in time for the holiday season. Make something for yourself or to give as a gift. Ages 10+ welcome! Cost is $20 per person for instruction, not including supplies. RSVP to the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter (

FPC’s Moving Ministry helps a family move from homelessness or transition into a permanent home. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank, 333 Dalton Road, on Saturday, November 9. There is work for friends and family, including teenagers and their friends. Sign up online or if you want to be part of the Moving Ministry group on Realm Connect, contact Michael White (

Support Charlotte’s children by tutoring through one of our partner agencies. There are children waitlisted for both Heart math and HELPS literacy tutoring, and they will continue to fall behind without the benefit of individual attention. Learn more and sign up using the links below.

Travel to Russia next summer with members of your First Presbyterian family. June 19-29, 2020, a group will engage in a ministry of presence with our partners at Hope Baptist Church in Ryazan, Russia.

“This partnership is based on building and strengthening relationships,” said Mary Elizabeth Coley. “We would love to have group members who are open to hearing stories and getting to know our Russian friends. Flexibility is also important as we travel across the world and in a different culture.”

The cost of the trip is approximately $2500, which includes flights, hotels, most meals, two nights in Moscow, and three nights in St. Petersburg. While we are in Ryazan, we will worship with our partners in their newly completed sanctuary and support and build relationships with congregants who deal with tension and discrimination in their daily lives simply because they worship in a Protestant church. Group members must be confirmed by Sunday, January 5, 2020, so there is time to get Letters of Invitation and visas, so contact Mary Elizabeth Coley ( if you’d like to be part of this mission trip.