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 – Hal Clarke will discuss recent learnings on racism and how scripture is shaping his response. Pattie Cole Room
  • February 16 – Dr. Tom Hanchett will offer insights from the new edition of his book Sorting Out the New South City, which traces how Charlotte grew big, and explores the surprising history of how it became segregated, both racially and economically. Wood Fellowship Overflow

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.

Journey to the Holy Land Info Session

A trip to Israel is planned for April 23 – May 4, 2021.  Come learn more about this experience of deepened scriptural connection, personal transformation and community building on Sunday, January 26, in Pattie Cole Room, 12-1:30 p.m..

Registration for the trip is limited to 42 people and opens to church members on February 7.  Non-members may register beginning March 27.


Holy Lands Bible Study

Participate in a Holy Lands Bible Study on January 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church.

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, January 12-March 29, at 10 a.m. in  P307. We hope you and your family will participate in both. Sign up here or on the Now@First page.


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

A Parents & Child meeting will be Sunday, January 12, at 10 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Overflow, with classes continuing Sundays through March 29 in P306 at 10 a.m.