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PW Benevolence Grants

February 4, 2019

Presbyterian Women has opened its annual grant applications for its Benevolence Fund. The PW Benevolence Review Committee participates with agencies and organizations that provide hope, help and dignity for those in need. Preference is given to agencies working to break the cycles of poverty, illiteracy and inferior education, violence, and crime, particularly as these issues have a heavy impact on women and children. Application deadline is March 15, and grants will be disbursed in May. The committee encourages any church member with knowledge of an agency in need to request an application or 2019 grant application or send the name of the agency/organization to Cynthia Buck (, 704-591-3738). You can also apply online or by snail mail to Cynthia Buck, 1220 Belgrave Place, Charlotte, NC 28203 704-591-3738

Fellowship Feasts

Fellowship is an important part of who we are as a church family. To grow our connections here at First Presbyterian Church, we will start small group Fellowship Feasts, similar to the previous Four by Four groups.

If you are interested, you will be grouped with about 8 individuals (a mix of couples and singles) and encouraged to gather in fellowship four times over a period of six months. The nature and location of your gathering is completely up to you—pizza and football, a formal dinner at someone’s home, bowling, etc. The hope is that by being introduced to a new small group of church members we may strengthen our ties to one another and grow in faith and fellowship.

If you are interested in joining a Fellowship Feasts group, please sign up online or email Mary Margaret Porter.

First Welcome Class

New members and those who want to know more about First Presbyterian Church are invited to this class on Sunday, February 10, in P206, at 10 a.m. Enjoy coffee and meet others who are new while receiving a tour of the church. Contact Membership Development Coordinator Lucy Caldwell (

Friendship Trays Meal Packaging

Our team at Friendship Trays needs your help packaging meals on the last Monday of each month. FPC’s team fills empty trays with healthy prepared meals for elderly and infirm neighbors throughout Charlotte. Trays are then sealed and delivered by another group. The work takes place at the facility on Distribution Avenue, off Remount Road. Can you help this vital ministry? Contact Ministry Team Coordinator Mary Scott Peterson. 

Sign Up to be a HELPS Tutor

Sign up to be a HELPS tutor

Students at Westerly Hills Academy still need tutors. Training is available for tutors as part of HELPS, a reading intervention program supported by both Read Charlotte and Augustine Literacy Project. Tutors work with third-grade students for one hour per week, or tutoring “buddies” can sign up together for one shift every other week. The easy-to-follow curriculum is provided. Progress is graphed at the end of each lesson and seeing improvement is exciting for both tutor and student. Sign up online  or email Melissa Walker with questions.

Jewelry Making and Fellowship

February 1, 2019

Get your creative juices flowing and enjoy some fellowship with your church family at the same time. Join us at Beads Inc. on Providence Road on Thursday, February 21, 7-9 p.m. The $20 cost includes instruction and tools for jewelry-making, as well as snacks and beverages. Prices for the jewelry depend on your choices in beads. Limited to 20 people, so sign up early. Contact the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter to register.

Street Closings Near the Church

The City of Charlotte notified us that the intersection of Trade and Poplar streets is scheduled to be closed on Sunday, February 10, as part of a full weekend of road work.

This date may change if there are weather delays—including rain delays—so you may want to keep an eye on the City’s website for the most current information. Also, there are often other street closings in center city on any given day, so you may want to plan to leave early in order to arrive at the church in plenty of time.

Other potential impact on weekdays includes closing down one lane of Poplar Street between Trade and 5th streets through early February. Flagmen will direct traffic and the City will keep our driveway, parking lot access and CDC carpool lane open during this time. The best way to access the Poplar Street parking lot during this time may be from Trade or Mint streets. And from early to mid-February, the eastbound lane of Trade Street at Poplar will be closed.

News from Parish Nurse Kristin Foster

I sit down to write this piece with a flurry of emotions. I am both excited and sad about the path ahead.
After much thought and prayer, I have made the decision to pursue further education in order to become a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This means that my time serving First Presbyterian as the Parish Nurse must come to an end. My last day will be March 14th.
It is hard to put into words what I would like to convey to all of you. I will be forever grateful for the generosity, support and encouragement that I have received from staff and members of this wonderful church. I know in my heart that my experiences here have strengthened my resolve and built my confidence in ways that make this exciting, yet intimidating, next step possible. For this and much more, I will be forever grateful.
First Presbyterian is a very special place. I feel honored to have worked with you. I want you to know this: Your presence in my life has made this discernment process possible. Thank you for that.

~ Kristin Foster, RN


A message from the Reverend Katherine Kerr:

For close to two years, First Presbyterian Church has been richly blessed by the ministry of Kristin Foster.  When Kristin started with us, it had been many years since we last had a Parish Nurse, and so in many ways, she recreated the position.  With her characteristic joy and compassion, Kristin has cared for church members and friends,  brought structure to our Health Ministry, and encouraged us all to think more wholistically about the intersection of our faith lives and our health.

Saying goodbye to her will be difficult, but knowing that she is going to pursue her deep passion for mental health care through continued education is a cause for celebration.

As a way to express our gratitude to Kristin for all that she means to this community of faith, we will be collecting cards and notes for her through her departure date of March 16.  If you’d like to send her a note, you may drop it at the church or mail it to her attention at the church address.

We are working with Novant Health, our partners in the Parish Nurse program, to begin the process of receiving applications for this position.  Please keep this process in your prayers, and if you know of anyone who might be a good fit for this position, please let me know.

Moving Ministry

January 31, 2019

Moving Ministry/Feb. 9/Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank/9 a.m.

FPC’s Moving Ministry helps a family move from homelessness or transition into a permanent home. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank, 333 Dalton Road. There is work for friends and family, including teenagers and their friends. Sign up online.

Happy Kids…Healthy Adults

Parents are invited to this free presentation by First Presbyterian Church Kristin Foster, RN, on Thursday, February 28, in Wood Fellowship Hall Overflow, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The program will cover the impact of environmental factors in brain development and coping strategies.  Kristin Foster will explore the relationship between early childhood experiences and adult anxiety, depression and coping skills.