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Faith Unfiltered Podcast: The Birth and Advent Devotionals

November 14, 2019

In addition to an interview about The Birth, a play based on the writings of Frederick Buechner that is staged in Charlotte each year in December, Faith Unfiltered will offer weekly Advent devotionals beginning December 1 and continuing through December 22. Watch for details on the Now@First or the Learn pages on the church website.

Advent Celebration

Join us for our congregation-wide Advent Celebration on Sunday, December 22, at 10 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall.  We will put hope, peace, joy and love into practice with food, activities, and fellowship for all ages. This is an opportunity to enjoy time with your church family and friends before Christmas.

Light of the World Advent Bible Study

Using the book by New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine, this class will meet on Tuesdays, November 26 and December 3 and 10 in the Pattie Cole room, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact Garrell Keesler with questions.

Adults Combine for Advent Sunday Classes

On Sundays during Advent, adults will come together during the 10 a.m. Formation hour for the  following combined classes:

  • December 1 and 8, the Reverend Robert Galloway will explore Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love in the Chapel.
  • December 15, children will tell the story of the nativity in Wood Fellowship Hall.
  • December 22, all ages will participate in an Advent Celebration in Wood Fellowship Hall.

Young Adult Advent Study

Young Adults will meet Wednesday nights in Advent (Dec. 4, 11, and 18) at 6:30 p.m. to engage in a small group bible study. We will explore different scriptures each week and use modern writers to deepen our understanding of the text. Meetings will be in members’ homes. Contact the Reverend Robert Galloway for location and any questions.

Advent Devotions

A weekly devotional for reflection by all in the congregation begins December 1. Each week, the devotional will focus on one of the words we associate with Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. These devotions are designed to be done individually, with study groups, or with family.

The devotional includes an Advent wreath-lighting liturgy specifically designed for families with young children, though all are encouraged to use this liturgy in their advent devotion. Also, the church’s Faith Unfiltered podcast will offer new episodes each week to coincide with our devotionals. Links to the podcast will be on the Learn and Now@First pages on the website and in the weekly enews every Friday.

The Advent devotional will be available as part of the Sunday bulletin, via a special Sunday afternoon email and on the church website. Printed copies will be available at the church.

Loaves and Fishes for December

During December, Loaves and Fishes suggests donations of the following canned and non-perishable items: traditional vegetables such as green beans, peas, corn, carrots, succotash, butter beans (although not navy, pinto or black beans), stuffing mix, dried mashed potatoes, canned meats, Spaghettios or Beefaroni.

Poinsettias and Wreaths

Want to honor or memorialize a loved one this Christmas with a poinsettia for the sanctuary or a wreath for one of our church doors? The deadline to do so is Monday, December 9. You may pay online or make out a check payable to First Presbyterian Church and mail it to Diane Maye, PO Box 1008, Huntersville, NC  28070 so it will arrive no later than December 9. You may also order in person in the historical lobby on Sundays, November 17 and 24. Please provide with your order the name(s) of the person(s) and whether the donation is an honorarium or memorial. Poinsettias are $10 each and wreaths are $35.

Habitat Home Dedication

We will dedicate the newest Habitat House to the glory of God on Saturday, December 7, at 10 a.m. Join us at the site on Red Vest Way here in Charlotte.

Support Westerly Hills, Lakewood, during holidays

Share the spirit of Christmas with our partner schools, Westerly Hills Academy and Lakewood Preschool, in multiple ways.


  • Thanks to your generosity the last two years, each student at Westerly Hills Academy went home for the holidays with books to add to their home libraries. Again this year we will stage a free book fair at Westerly Hills Academy on Thursday, December 19, where students may choose three books to take home and read over winter break. Studies have shown that children who choose their own books are more engaged in what they are reading, read more for pleasure and ultimately perform better in school as a result. Sign up here to help out. Contribute on Sunday mornings, November 24 through December 15, to purchase books. FPC can purchase books at a deep discount through a partnership with Scholastic, so your financial contribution maximizes our purchasing power.


Teacher appreciation

  • Also this year, we will collect donations for holiday gifts for teachers and staff member at Westerly Hills and Lakewood. Signups for teacher appreciation goodies and gift cards are available on our Shop to Share signup. In addition, we are working with our church schools’ families to provide gifts for students.


Shop to Share

  • Sign up online for December donations to this effort for our partner schools, Lakewood Preschool and Westerly Hills Academy. Shop to Share provides a monthly shopping list created from our partners’ most-needed items. You can place your items in the shopping cart in the hallway behind the sanctuary to be delivered to the school.