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Offer a Welcome on Sunday Morning

January 3, 2020

Want to help members and visitors feel welcome on Sunday mornings? The Usher Ministry Team is seeking members to join existing teams. The commitment begins about 20 minutes before worship and ends 5 to 10 minutes after the service. Contact Erin Guinan,  704.560.0373.

Choir Rehearsal and Wednesday Dinners Resume

Rehearsals for all choirs resume on Wednesday, January 8, at various times. Wednesday dinners also resume in Wood Fellowship Hall at 5 p.m.

If you did not participate in the Sanctuary Choir this fall and wish to participate for the new semester, email Will Young . If your child wishes to participate in choirs or handbells, register online via Realm now.

New Officers Ordained & Installed

Ordination and installation of new officers will be Sunday, January 19, during the 11 a.m. service.

High School Winter Retreat

December 30, 2019

Registration opens Sunday, January 5, for the High School Winter Retreat at Badin Lake January 25-26. Youth will travel together but stay in separate lake houses. Cost is $40 per person, non-refundable. The deadline to register is January 17.

Montreat Youth Conference

Current eighth through twelfth grades can register beginning Monday, January 6, for this summer’s Youth Conference at Montreat. Total trip cost is $425, and conference dates are July 26 – August 1. Register here through February 3.

Middle School Winter Retreat

Middle School youth will travel to Camp Grier for a retreat January 24-26. Cost is $75 per person. Registration opens Jan. 5 and the deadline to register is Jan. 17.

Sorting Out: Racism and the New South

December 23, 2019

Passages, Conversations and Good Samaritan classes will combine Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for this two-part series in February.

February 9: As we look at racism in our city, let’s start by grounding ourselves in our faith and what we believe Jesus is calling us to do. Join Hal Clarke, who will talk about his experience in struggling with these questions:

  • As a follower of Jesus, how should I think about prejudice, injustice, and poverty in Charlotte?
  • If I were explaining to Jesus face to face how I live my life in Charlotte, how would Jesus challenge me?
  • What are the myths that I tell myself that Jesus would debunk?
  • What am I called to do differently?

Feb. 16: Dr. Tom Hanchett will talk about the new edition of his book Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875–1975, which traces how Charlotte grew big — and explores the surprising history of how it became segregated, both racially and economically.

Dr. Hanchett, recently retired from Levine Museum of the New South, is now the Historian-in-Residence with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Dr. Hanchett’s book will be for sale in Historical Lobby on the day of the class.

Here are some comments about the book:

One of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the South, Charlotte, North Carolina, came of age in the New South decades of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, transforming itself from a rural courthouse village to the trading and financial hub of America’s premier textile manufacturing region. In this book, Thomas W. Hanchett traces the city’s spatial evolution over the course of a century, exploring the interplay of national trends and local forces that shaped Charlotte and, by extension, other New South urban centers.

Hanchett argues that racial and economic segregation are not age-old givens but products of a decades-long process. Well after the Civil War, Charlotte’s whites and blacks, workers and business owners, lived in intermingled neighborhoods. The rise of large manufacturing enterprises in the 1880s and 1890s brought social and political upheaval, however, and the city began to sort out into a “checkerboard” of distinct neighborhoods segregated by both race and class. When urban renewal and other federal funds became available in the mid-twentieth century, local leaders used the money to complete the sorting-out process, creating a “sector” pattern in which wealthy whites increasingly lived on one side of town and blacks on the other. A new preface by the author confronts the contemporary implications of Charlotte’s resegregation and prospects for its reversal.  – Amazon

Tom Hanchett’s Sorting Out the New South City [discovers] surprising things about the development of Southern cities. The segregated Southern city of the mid-20th century originated not in the Old South or the early decades of the New; during those periods, the distribution of races throughout the city was in a ‘salt and pepper’ pattern. Urban segregation, Mr. Hanchett suggests, was a later creation, part of the rebellion against Reconstruction. Segregation was not a tradition; it was literally reactionary, a 20th-century reversal.”—The New York Times

Congregational Book Study

Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 20, for a discussion of  Tattoos in the Heart by Father Greg Boyle, to prepare us for his Willard Lecture in March.

“There is a quote from his book that is a snapshot of what we can learn from Father Boyle,” said Adult Formation Director Garrell Keesler. “The quote is, Kinship—not  serving the other, but being one with the other. Jesus was not a ‘ man for others’; he was one with them. There is a world of difference in that.’” 

Everyone in the congregation is invited to read this book and participate in the discussion, which will be offsite from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact the Reverend Robert Galloway with questions about the book study.

Getting to Know Greg Boyle

On Sunday, January 5, the combined Formation class Getting to Know Greg Boyle meets in Wood Fellowship Overflow at 10 a.m. This is an introduction to the Jesuit Priest who will deliver the 2020 Willard Lecture on Sunday, March 15.

Mission Possible: Urban Ministries

Children in grades K-5 will learn about Urban Ministries, one of First Presbyterian Church’s major outreach partners, on Sunday, January 26, noon-2 p.m. They will hear how Urban Ministries cares for people experiencing homeless and what we do as a church to support their good work.The group will make care kits for our guests through Urban Ministries Room In The Inn program this winter. Register online through Realm.