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What Do We Believe?

March 2, 2020

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.

Purchase Easter Lilies Now

February 25, 2020

To honor or memorialize someone this Easter, purchase a lily to decorate the chancel for April 12.  Lilies are $13 each.  You can <order online now>, purchase one in the historical lobby on Sundays through March 22, or send a check to Diane Maye at P.O. Box 1008, Huntersville, NC 28070. Please include the name of the person you wish to honor or memorialize, and indicate whether the order is an honorarium or memorial. The final day to order lilies is Wednesday, April 1.

Revisiting the Willard Lecture

February 23, 2020

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.

Mid-week Bible Study for Lent

The Reverend Robert Galloway will lead a Bible study on Wednesdays at noon during Lent. Lunch will be available for a suggested $8. Bring co-workers, neighbors and friends to this mid-week opportunity to refocus and restore. This will meet in Wood Fellowship Hall.

Lenten Devotional Materials

February 18, 2020

During the season of Lent, which begins on Wednesday, February 26, Formation will offer the following devotional materials.

  • Examen Cards for families with young children: A simple card with the five questions of the Daily Examen is available in the Historical Lobby.
  • Use Lenten calendars created for grades K-2 to encourage prayer and mark the days until Easter.
  • Youth & Adults: Each week, emails will be sent out to the congregation. The emails will include quotes, scripture, and prayers based on the previous Sunday’s preaching text. 

Capital Campaign Information Session

All members are encouraged to attend one of the Opening Doors Capital Campaign information sessions planned during March. These sessions are your opportunity to hear about the scope of the work that will be possible when we reach our campaign goals—including work in our Sanctuary, mission work and infrastructure. Make plans now to attend one of these remaining sessions:

  • Sunday, March 29, at noon in the Chapel
  • Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. at Sharon Towers

RSVP to Mary Scott Peterson.

Richard Rohr for Congregational Book Read

February 17, 2020

First Reads, our quarterly congregational book group, will read and discuss The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr. This book suggests a shift in the way that we consider the Trinity and images of God. Rohr writes, “…the gift of the Trinity… offers a grounded reconnection with  God, self, others and world…” The discussion will take place on Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at various locations offsite.To sign up, email the Reverend Robert Galloway

Combined Adult Class on The Trinity

The final class in this series on the Trinity will be Sunday, March 15. The Trinity: Holy Spirit will be led by the Reverend Mary Bowman.

Alternative Gift Market Success

February 3, 2020

Alternative Gift Market Success

Thank you to all who gave generously to the Alternative Gift Market during the holiday season. Because of your generosity, First Presbyterian Church was able to gift our local and global partners with $6680 dollars toward their critical needs. Your continued support of Alternative Gift Market over the years has made it possible for us to give more than $166,000.  Thank you!

A Family in Trauma at Westerly Hills

January 27, 2020

My heart sank on December 29, while celebrating the holidays with family, when I received an email from the principal of Westerly Hills Academy with the subject line “one of our own.”

She was referring to a student who had been killed in a hit and run accident.

I had seen the story on the news a couple of nights before. I searched for the accident online. It wasn’t hard to find the details. Amari, 11 years old, was riding his bike at 5:40 p.m., when he was struck by a vehicle. The car didn’t even slow down at first, then took off, leaving the child on the street. As the driver fled the scene, Amari’s bicycle was dragged under the car onto Interstate 85.  The details left me horrified.

I didn’t know Amari. He wasn’t a scholar in our BellXcel summer program. He wasn’t one of the students we tutored or sent to camp. But I did recognize him. His face was one I had seen over and over again at Westerly Hills. I have learned more about Amari since he was killed.

I learned he lived in a hotel with his mother and younger sister, who has special needs. I learned his nickname was Tank and he loved video games and was very protective of his sister. I learned that he helped her get ready for school each morning.

Amari wasn’t just a “juvenile killed in a hit-and-run accident” as the news stated. Amari was a fun-loving, protective, caring child of God.

I have thought a lot about Amari’s mom and sister since the accident. With the day-to-day challenges they face, how do they begin to deal with this tragedy? Father Gregory Boyle, who will be with us on March 15 as our 2020 Willard Lecturer, says we are to seek compassion that “can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry.” I wonder if I would have the strength to endure that many hard things. I know I couldn’t do it alone.

As we learned in the documentary Resilience this fall, the harmful effects of trauma can be offset by community and support. Westerly Hills Academy has surrounded mom and sister with a great deal of support, including connecting them with housing and counseling resources. We have supported the family with food and clothing, and we are collecting donations to provide bus passes for Amari’s family to go to counseling regularly, as they do not have transportation. (To contribute, send a check to the church with “bus passes” in the memo line or donate online in the Tickets & Signups section of the Now@First page on the church website. Look for Bus Passes for Amari’s Family.

As a church, we are called to share love, light and hope to the world. As Christians, we are asked to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). My hope is that Amari’s family is able to feel our love and our prayers, and that we can shine a little light into this dark time for them.

– Heather Herring, Child & Family Partnership Coordinator