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Lenten Sermon Series: What Do You Believe?

March 11, 2017

“Sisters and Brothers, What Do You Believe?”

The theme for the worship series through the season of Lent is Sisters and Brothers, What Do You Believe?” The sermon topic for Palm Sunday is I Believe Jesus suffered under Pilate and the Easter Sunday sermon is I believe in the Resurrection and Life Everlasting, with the Reverend Pen Peery preaching.

Wednesday Worship: Luke in Lent: Thorns and Palms

Walk through the gospel of Luke as we journey through Lent. Each Wednesday through April 12, we will look at a different story in Luke and see how it fits into the story of Lent and the story of our lives. Each week in worship we will have special devotions, a calendar of art and coloring pages designed for this Lenten season. All are welcome.

 

Sunday Formation Series on the Apostles’ Creed

Mirroring the weekly sermons during the season of Lent, the Sunday morning series What Do You Believe? concludes on Easter Sunday with The Resurrection and Life Everlasting, led by the Reverend Katelyn Gordon. Meets 10 a.m. in S203.

Tuesday Lunchtime Lenten Study

Based on the Richard Rohr book Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation, this Lenten Study will be 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 18. Led by the Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman.

Easter Lilies

It’s time to make plans to remember or honor a loved one by having an Easter lily placed in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1. Mail your check, payable to FPC for $12 per memorial or honorarium, to Diane Maye, PO Box 1008 Huntersville, NC 28070, no later than Friday, March 31. Include the name of your loved one and indicate if the sponsorship is a memorial or honorarium.

Welcome Heather Herring to the FPC Staff

March 9, 2017

Long-time FPC member Heather Herring has now joined the church’s staff as the new Children and Family Partnership Coordinator.

Heather and her family have been involved in Children’s Ministry for a long time, especially in the area of mission. Many of you may know her from her years-long leadership of the Christmas Village Toy Store and the Giving Tree. She is a perfect fit for our church to manage and develop our children and family partnerships, specifically with Westerly Hills Academy, Camp Grier and the summer BELL program.  If you have any questions or want to get involved in this area, please contact her athherring@firstpres-charlotte. org

FPC is blessed to have Heather on staff.  She brings many gifts and a faithful passion for children and mission.

Living without a home in the world’s coldest capital city

January 25, 2017

What happens when you live in a manhole in a city where winter nights can reach 25 degrees below zero?

As bad as that is, how much worse might it be if you are also sick and old?

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Hard Conversations about Race

January 12, 2017

How hard is it to talk about racism?

Fifty pastors and leaders from Presbyterian congregations in Charlotte are finding out today and tomorrow here at First Presbyterian.  Some of us are white, some of us are people of color.  I know from experience this conversation will be uncomfortable at times.

All 50 us have been given the ministry of reconciliation by Christ (2 Corinthians 5) – and we are all called to pursue that ministry in a city whose need for reconciliation is painfully obvious, as evidenced by the protests around the shooting of Keith LaMonte Scott last September.

So we are gathering to learn – to grow – and to talk honestly about race and racism.  The two-day workshop we are taking is called “Dismantling Racism.”  It is a facilitated conversation that takes an honest look at how we arrived at the place where we are – taking seriously our American history and tracing the thread of race through it all.

I’ve experienced this workshop previously. That’s why I wanted our church to host this for other pastors. I have experienced the value of the uncomfortable conversations we’ll be having. I know we will have to confront some inconvenient truths.  But I also know that facing our racial history together – as sisters and brothers in Christ – is a necessary step to witnessing the power of the gospel to transform this broken world into the kingdom that we know is to come.

– Pen Peery

Want to step outside your comfort zone and participate in dismantling racism? The Charlotte Observer offered a list of events and conversations  taking place in houses of worship in our area in the weeks ahead. Check out their list and make plans to witness the power of the gospel to transform our broken world.

Hard Conversations about Race

Pen mug 7-16How hard is it to talk about racism?

Fifty pastors and leaders from Presbyterian congregations in Charlotte are finding out today and tomorrow here at First Presbyterian.  Some of us are white, some of us are people of color.  I know from experience this conversation will be uncomfortable at times.

All 50 us have been given the ministry of reconciliation by Christ (2 Corinthians 5) – and we are all called to pursue that ministry in a city whose need for reconciliation is painfully obvious, as evidenced by the protests around the shooting of Keith LaMonte Scott last September.

So we are gathering to learn – to grow – and to talk honestly about race and racism.  The two-day workshop we are taking is called “Dismantling Racism.”  It is a facilitated conversation that takes an honest look at how we arrived at the place where we are – taking seriously our American history and tracing the thread of race through it all.

I’ve experienced this workshop previously. That’s why I wanted our church to host this for other pastors. I have experienced the value of the uncomfortable conversations we’ll be having. I know we will have to confront some inconvenient truths.  But I also know that facing our racial history together – as sisters and brothers in Christ – is a necessary step to witnessing the power of the gospel to transform this broken world into the kingdom that we know is to come.

– Pen Peery

Want to step outside your comfort zone and participate in dismantling racism? The Charlotte Observer offered a list of events and conversations  taking place in houses of worship in our area in the weeks ahead. Check out their list and make plans to witness the power of the gospel to transform our broken world.