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Will Young’s Sabbatical, Part 2

May 20, 2019

Beginning June 1 through the end of July, Director of Music Ministries Will Young will be away for the final two months of his sabbatical.

Will took one month of his 90-day sabbatical in January, when he visited music programs around the country to learn from others and reflect on the music program here at First Presbyterian. This summer, his agenda is more simple: Rest.

“I plan to do as little learning as possible,” he said.

While he is away, organists will be Jim Twyne and Ginger Wyrick. Choir directors will be Kelly Potts and D.J. Godinez.

Nominations Open for Church Officers

May 10, 2019

Nominations are now open for officers to serve a three-year term on the Session and the Diaconate beginning in 2020.

A Nominating Committee comprised of three elders, two deacons and four at-large members of the congregation will meet in coming months to discern members of our church who may be called to serve and to recommend nominees to the congregation, which will elect those officers this fall.

Please give careful and prayerful consideration about whom you believe God might be calling to serve as an officer in our church. Those called should be persons of strong faith who are dedicated to the discernment of God’s will and to discipleship and service within our church the greater community. Any confirmed member of the church, regardless of age or years of membership at First Presbyterian Church, is eligible to be considered.  They may be previously ordained to either or both offices, or this may be their first time serving the church through ordained leadership. The following are descriptions of the two bodies.

You may fill out the nomination form online and submit it to the church electronically. You may also download a copy of the form or pick up a paper copy in the Historical Lobby and mail the form to Tanya Gaspar, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor.

PW 2019 Benevolence Awards

May 9, 2019

Eight Charlotte organizations were granted a total of $8723 from the annual PW (Presbyterian Women) benevolence awards for providing hope, help and dignity for those in need. Preference is given to organizations working to break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, violence and crime, particularly as these issues impact women and children.

From a field of 17 applicants, the following organizations were selected for grants ranging from $500-1500:

  • Augustine Literacy Project for tutor training and support
  • Center for Community Transitions for personal items for women transitioning from prison
  • Changed Choices to mentor and support women in prison
  • Community Culinary School for support packages for students in training
  • Heart Math Tutoringfor tutoring supplies at Westerly Hills
  • Jason’s Getaway for respite/support for Westerly Hills families/children w/special needs
  • Lakewood Preschool Coop for field trip buses, an item not included in other grants
  • Pinewood Elementary School for special books for English Language Learners

2019 Appleby Recipient

May 8, 2019

Andrew Glontz, the recipient of this year’s Will Appleby Award for Spirit, Dedication and Leadership is a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church and is the son of Anne and David Glontz.

Andrew is a senior at Myers Park High School and will attend Wofford College in the fall.  He has been active in the youth program since middle school, serving on the Youth Council and faithfully attending PYC.  He has participated in Youth Sunday, as well as the Mexico mission trip. He also played on the FPC basketball team for several years. Youth group has been a priority in Andrew’s life that has provided many meaningful experiences. The past couple of summers, Andrew attended the Montreat Youth Conference where he especially enjoyed “back home” time with the FPC youth.

The Appleby Award was founded in memory of Will Appleby, an active and committed member of the youth program at First Presbyterian who died during his freshman year in college. Each year, the Appleby Award recognizes a member of the youth program for outstanding participation and leadership.

2019 PW Benevolence Awards

2019 PW Benevolence Awards

Eight Charlotte organizations have been granted a total of $8723 from the annual PW (Presbyterian Women) benevolence awards for providing hope, help and dignity for those in need. Preference is given to organizations working to break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, violence and crime, particularly as these issues impact women and children.

From a field of 17 applicants, the following organizations were selected for grants ranging from $500-1500:

  • Augustine Literacy Project for tutor training and support
  • Center for Community Transitions for personal items for women transitioning from prison
  • Changed Choices to mentor and support women in prison
  • Community Culinary School for support packages for students in training
  • Heart Math Tutoringfor tutoring supplies at Westerly Hills
  • Jason’s Getaway for respite/support for Westerly Hills families/children w/special needs
  • Lakewood Preschool Coop for field trip buses, an item not included in other grants
  • Pinewood Elementary School for special books for English Language Learners

Girl Scout Troop Volunteers Needed

May 7, 2019

During the 2019-20 school year, the Girl Scout Troop we sponsor at Wilson STEM Academy will expend as a new group of sixth graders arrive from Westerly Hills Academy.

With double the number of girls, organizers hope to double the number of volunteers. The Troop meets twice a month during the school year, usually on Friday afternoons. There are opportunities to attend meetings, provide snacks and more. (The lesson is planned and executed by the troop leader.)

Contact Barb Neidinger (barbneidinger@ghamil.com) if you want to learn more.

Summer Sermon Series: God at the Movies

May 2, 2019

In June and July, we’ll explore God at the Movies, looking at a series of favorite films that may have biblical lessons for us. In addition to the sermon series, all ages will gather at 10 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall to view and discuss three clips from the movie of the week before heading to the Sanctuary for the sermon. See you at the movies on Sundays in the Sanctuary.

  • June 2: The Reverend Pen Peery will explore the theme blessed to be a blessing found in the film Black Panther.
  • June 9: The Reverend Katherine Kerr will explore the power of the Holy Spirit in the film Moana.
  • June 16: The Reverend Pen Peery will preach on the power of story as reflected in the movie Big Fish.
  • June 23: The Reverend Pen Peery will lead us through the theme of good and evil as depicted in the Harry Potter films.
  • June 30: Reality beyond what you can see is the theme the Reverend Chuck Williamson will examine from the film Life is Beautiful.
  • July 7: The Reverend Mary Margaret Porter will look at the Star Wars films for their message on the light shining in the darkness.
  • July 14: The Reverend Pen Peery will explore forgiveness through the film Dead Man Walking.
  • July 21: The Reverend Rebecca Davis will use the film Despicable Me and the theme of transforming love.
  • July 28: The Reverend Pen Peery will preach on the theme of neighborliness through the movie Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

Book Swap at Westerly Hills Academy

On May 14 and May 16, we will host the first-ever book swap at Westerly Hills Academy.  Since December 2018, in partnership with Read Charlotte, we have provided Westerly Hills students with more than 6,000 books to take home. This event will allow them to bring in up to five books and swap them for different books to read over the summer, when reading is so important.

Volunteers are needed to help sort books prior to the swap and assist K-2 students on May 14 and grades 3-5 students on May 16. You may sign up to volunteer. In addition, we will collect new and gently used books appropriate for students who are in pre-K through grade 5, to provide variety for the students. Books may be given to volunteers on Sunday mornings or placed on the book cart in the hallway behind the sanctuary through May 12.

Please contact Heather Herring (hherring@firstpres-charlotte.org) with questions.