Month: December 2019

December 30, 2019

Registration opens Sunday, January 5, for the High School Winter Retreat at Badin Lake January 25-26. Youth will travel together but stay in separate lake houses. Cost is $40 per person, non-refundable. The deadline to register is January 17.

Current eighth through twelfth grades can register beginning Monday, January 6, for this summer’s Youth Conference at Montreat. Total trip cost is $425, and conference dates are July 26 – August 1. Register here through February 3.

Middle School youth will travel to Camp Grier for a retreat January 24-26. Cost is $75 per person. Registration opens Jan. 5 and the deadline to register is Jan. 17.

December 23, 2019

Passages, Conversations and Good Samaritan classes will combine Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for this two-part series in February.

February 9: As we look at racism in our city, let’s start by grounding ourselves in our faith and what we believe Jesus is calling us to do. Join Hal Clarke, who will talk about his experience in struggling with these questions:

  • As a follower of Jesus, how should I think about prejudice, injustice, and poverty in Charlotte?
  • If I were explaining to Jesus face to face how I live my life in Charlotte, how would Jesus challenge me?
  • What are the myths that I tell myself that Jesus would debunk?
  • What am I called to do differently?

Feb. 16: Dr. Tom Hanchett will talk about the new edition of his book Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875–1975, which traces how Charlotte grew big — and explores the surprising history of how it became segregated, both racially and economically.

Dr. Hanchett, recently retired from Levine Museum of the New South, is now the Historian-in-Residence with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Dr. Hanchett’s book will be for sale in Historical Lobby on the day of the class.

Here are some comments about the book:

One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the South, Charlotte, North Carolina, came of age in the New South decades of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, transforming itself from a rural courthouse village to the trading and financial hub of America’s premier textile manufacturing region. In this book, Thomas W. Hanchett traces the city’s spatial evolution over the course of a century, exploring the interplay of national trends and local forces that shaped Charlotte and, by extension, other New South urban centers.

Hanchett argues that racial and economic segregation are not age-old givens but products of a decades-long process. Well after the Civil War, Charlotte’s whites and blacks, workers and business owners, lived in intermingled neighborhoods. The rise of large manufacturing enterprises in the 1880s and 1890s brought social and political upheaval, however, and the city began to sort out into a “checkerboard” of distinct neighborhoods segregated by both race and class. When urban renewal and other federal funds became available in the mid-twentieth century, local leaders used the money to complete the sorting-out process, creating a “sector” pattern in which wealthy whites increasingly lived on one side of town and blacks on the other. A new preface by the author confronts the contemporary implications of Charlotte’s resegregation and prospects for its reversal.  – Amazon

Tom Hanchett’s Sorting Out the New South City [discovers] surprising things about the development of Southern cities. The segregated Southern city of the mid-20th century originated not in the Old South or the early decades of the New; during those periods, the distribution of races throughout the city was in a ‘salt and pepper’ pattern. Urban segregation, Mr. Hanchett suggests, was a later creation, part of the rebellion against Reconstruction. Segregation was not a tradition; it was literally reactionary, a 20th-century reversal.”—The New York Times

Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 20, for a discussion of  Tattoos in the Heart by Father Greg Boyle, to prepare us for his Willard Lecture in March.

“There is a quote from his book that is a snapshot of what we can learn from Father Boyle,” said Adult Formation Director Garrell Keesler. “The quote is, Kinship—not  serving the other, but being one with the other. Jesus was not a ‘ man for others’; he was one with them. There is a world of difference in that.’” 

Everyone in the congregation is invited to read this book and participate in the discussion, which will be offsite from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact the Reverend Robert Galloway with questions about the book study.

On Sunday, January 5, the combined Formation class Getting to Know Greg Boyle meets in Wood Fellowship Overflow at 10 a.m. This is an introduction to the Jesuit Priest who will deliver the 2020 Willard Lecture on Sunday, March 15.

Children in grades K-5 will learn about Urban Ministries, one of First Presbyterian Church’s major outreach partners, on Sunday, January 26, noon-2 p.m. They will hear how Urban Ministries cares for people experiencing homeless and what we do as a church to support their good work.The group will make care kits for our guests through Urban Ministries Room In The Inn program this winter. Register online through Realm.

The trip to the Holy Land planned for 2021 has been postponed to March 25-April 5, 2022. The trip is currently full, but you can add your name to the Wait List.

At FPC we want our children to grow up with a love of the scriptures. As they are acquiring reading skills in school we do two important things at church: 1) We hold a Learning to Use My Bible Class, and 2) We present each third grader with their own Bible. The class gives them an opportunity to discover where the Bible came from, the different types of literature in the Bible, and how to locate various passages. Classes will be Sundays through March 29, at 10 a.m. in  P307. Sign up here.

The Presbyterian Church developed the Belonging to God Catechism in 1998. In a question-and-answer format, it focuses on: Creation, Covenants, Commandments, The Work of the Spirit & Church, Worship & Sacraments, and the Lord’s Prayer. A copy is given to each child so they have a reference to look back at as they grow in their faith and continue to have questions about who we are, who God is, and what the church is called to be.

Before our tweens make the transition to Middle School we use this time to review major concepts from the stories they have been learning throughout their Sunday School years.  It is a great opportunity to ask questions and see how these shape our discipleship

Classes will be on Sundays through March 29 in P306 at 10 a.m.