March 20, 2017
Each week, the Sunday bulletin offers suggestions for Lenten practices throughout the week. This week, a suggestion for embodying our faith is to walk a labyrinth. Look for the list of nearby labyrinths or use the image in the bulletin.
And don’t forget to stop by one of our picnic tables on the lawn to write a prayer for yourself or someone else between now and Easter. As a community of faith, our voices are woven together in the Apostles’ Creed. As children of God, our hopes and sorrows are woven together in prayer. Picnic tables covered in cloth will be in on the lawn front of the sanctuary daily between now and Easter. You are invited to write a prayer for yourself or someone else on the cloth. We hope all children, youth and adults will visit the tables often and share your struggles and blessings as a way of embodying your faith.
Prayer prompts on each table include:
- Pray for someone who is suffering
- Write a 1 line prayer
- Write where you see God’s love.
These prayers will be woven together and used in worship on Youth and Confirmation Sunday, April 23.
March 11, 2017
“Sisters and Brothers, What Do You Believe?”
The theme for the worship series through the season of Lent is Sisters and Brothers, What Do You Believe?” The sermon topic for Palm Sunday is I Believe Jesus suffered under Pilate and the Easter Sunday sermon is I believe in the Resurrection and Life Everlasting, with the Reverend Pen Peery preaching.
Walk through the gospel of Luke as we journey through Lent. Each Wednesday through April 12, we will look at a different story in Luke and see how it fits into the story of Lent and the story of our lives. Each week in worship we will have special devotions, a calendar of art and coloring pages designed for this Lenten season. All are welcome.
Mirroring the weekly sermons during the season of Lent, the Sunday morning series What Do You Believe? concludes on Easter Sunday with The Resurrection and Life Everlasting, led by the Reverend Katelyn Gordon. Meets 10 a.m. in S203.
Based on the Richard Rohr book Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation, this Lenten Study will be 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 18. Led by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman.
It’s time to make plans to remember or honor a loved one by having an Easter lily placed in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1. Mail your check, payable to FPC for $12 per memorial or honorarium, to Diane Maye, PO Box 1008 Huntersville, NC 28070, no later than Friday, March 31. Include the name of your loved one and indicate if the sponsorship is a memorial or honorarium.
March 9, 2017
Long-time FPC member Heather Herring has now joined the church’s staff as the new Children and Family Partnership Coordinator.
Heather and her family have been involved in Children’s Ministry for a long time, especially in the area of mission. Many of you may know her from her years-long leadership of the Christmas Village Toy Store and the Giving Tree. She is a perfect fit for our church to manage and develop our children and family partnerships, specifically with Westerly Hills Academy, Camp Grier and the summer BELL program. If you have any questions or want to get involved in this area, please contact her athherring@firstpres-charlotte. org
FPC is blessed to have Heather on staff. She brings many gifts and a faithful passion for children and mission.
January 12, 2017
How hard is it to talk about racism?
Fifty pastors and leaders from Presbyterian congregations in Charlotte are finding out today and tomorrow here at First Presbyterian. Some of us are white, some of us are people of color. I know from experience this conversation will be uncomfortable at times.
All 50 us have been given the ministry of reconciliation by Christ (2 Corinthians 5) – and we are all called to pursue that ministry in a city whose need for reconciliation is painfully obvious, as evidenced by the protests around the shooting of Keith LaMonte Scott last September.
So we are gathering to learn – to grow – and to talk honestly about race and racism. The two-day workshop we are taking is called “Dismantling Racism.” It is a facilitated conversation that takes an honest look at how we arrived at the place where we are – taking seriously our American history and tracing the thread of race through it all.
I’ve experienced this workshop previously. That’s why I wanted our church to host this for other pastors. I have experienced the value of the uncomfortable conversations we’ll be having. I know we will have to confront some inconvenient truths. But I also know that facing our racial history together – as sisters and brothers in Christ – is a necessary step to witnessing the power of the gospel to transform this broken world into the kingdom that we know is to come.
– Pen Peery
Want to step outside your comfort zone and participate in dismantling racism? The Charlotte Observer offered a list of events and conversations taking place in houses of worship in our area in the weeks ahead. Check out their list and make plans to witness the power of the gospel to transform our broken world.