March 4, 2020
Friends in Faith at First Presbyterian – Your church staff has been thinking and praying about how the spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) might affect our church family and our operation as a church campus. These are the steps that we are taking to be safe and prepared:
- We will follow all directions from the Division of Public Health and
Human Services and from Mecklenburg County Public Health officials.
While unlikely, if they should ask churches to abstain from public
worship, we will be prepared to broadcast and stream our worship
services. The recommendations of public health officials may also impact
things beyond worship, such as mission trips or fellowship events.
- Our schools—the Child Development Center and the Weekday School—will
follow and/or mirror the directives of the Division of Child
Development, Department of Health and Human Resources. The schools will
also take into consideration the directives of Charlotte Mecklenburg
- Our facilities staff will continue its commitment to having the
church campus be a clean and hygienic environment. They will also ensure
that we have extra quantities of hand sanitizer in public places that
are heavily trafficked.
- We are preparing, if necessary, to make adjustments to our worship
liturgy to reflect suggestions by local health professionals and
organizations such as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. An example of
this might include how we serve the Lord’s Supper and the ways we greet
- We will remain committed to providing pastoral care in the midst of any escalating situation.
There is a fine line between being prepared and being alarmist. We are prepared. I also would like to ask that you:
- Pray. Pray for patients, doctors, nurses, researchers, and public
health officials. Prayer settles the heart and creates empathy. It also
reminds us that God is in control.
- Breathe. The threat of COVID-19 is real, but it is also low. Fear
can turn an attitude of caution into one of panic. What we need is
- Practice neighborliness. Wash your hands. Stay home if you are sick.
If you know people who are isolated or alone or quarantined, reach out
to them by phone or email and let them know they are loved.
May God bless those who are affected and afraid, and may we embody the love and grace of Christ in these times.
The Reverend Pen Peery
March 3, 2020
Celebrate Easter at sunrise service in Center City at Romare Bearden Park, 7 a.m. on April 12. About a dozen churches and a community choir will lead worship. Stay afterward and enjoy breakfast pastries and coffee during fellowship after the service. Come as you are! All are welcome.
There is parking along the street and in the First Presbyterian Church lot on the corner of Poplar and Trade streets. There is no charge for parking. Seating will be provided, but feel free to bring a lawn chair and/or a blanket (either to sit on or to keep away the chill).
During Lent, seasoned teachers will lead the Chapel Bible Class in the series God Requires Justice, using The Present Word curriculum and accompanying scriptural texts.
March 15: Consequences for Injustice, Habakkuk 2
March 22: Corrupt
Leaders, Micah 3-6
March 29: Leading Justly,
March 2, 2020
Tuesdays (March 3-April 7) during Lent, Young Adults will gather to discuss Godspeed – Answering the Question “Where is God?” To prepare, watch the film. The group will meet in members’ homes, 6:30-8 p.m., for this study. Email the Reverend Robert Galloway to receive details. All are welcome–including your friends.
Volunteers are needed to join the fourth Saturday team. Stock our pantry shelves, receive food donations and help our neighbors shop for healthy groceries from 9 a.m. to noon every fourth Saturday of the month. Contact Flo Bryan.
On Sunday, March 22, a combined class during the Formation hour will revisit messages from this year’s Willard Lecture with Father Greg Boyle.
The Reverend Pen Peery will lead this class, which will include clips from the lecture and discussion in Wood Fellowship Overflow at 10 a.m. All are invited.
All are invited when Adult Formation classes combine in the final two weeks before Easter. On Sunday, March 29, the Reverend Robert Galloway will lead a class on Atonement. On Sunday, April 5, the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter will lead a a class on Resurrection.