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Journey to the Holy Land: Bible Study

December 23, 2019

Journey to the Holy Land Info Session


A trip to Israel is planned for April 23 – May 4, 2021.  Registration for the trip is limited to 42 people and opens to church members on February 7.  Non-members may register beginning March 27.



Third Grade Learning to Use My Bible Class

At FPC we want our children to grow up with a love of the scriptures. As they are acquiring reading skills in school we do two important things at church: 1) We hold a Learning to Use My Bible Class, and 2) We present each third grader with their own Bible. The class gives them an opportunity to discover where the Bible came from, the different types of literature in the Bible, and how to locate various passages. Classes will be Sundays through March 29, at 10 a.m. in  P307. Sign up here.

Fourth Grade Catechism Class

The Presbyterian Church developed the Belonging to God Catechism in 1998. In a question-and-answer format, it focuses on: Creation, Covenants, Commandments, The Work of the Spirit & Church, Worship & Sacraments, and the Lord’s Prayer. A copy is given to each child so they have a reference to look back at as they grow in their faith and continue to have questions about who we are, who God is, and what the church is called to be.

Before our tweens make the transition to Middle School we use this time to review major concepts from the stories they have been learning throughout their Sunday School years.  It is a great opportunity to ask questions and see how these shape our discipleship

Classes will be on Sundays through March 29 in P306 at 10 a.m.

Fifth Grade Who Am I? Class

This series is a great opportunity for FPC 5th graders to ask questions about faith and to grow in their relationship with God on Sundays through March 8, at 10 a.m. in room P304.

Being Human: Addiction and Recovery

Being human involves brokenness and dependency, but being human also involves love and compassion. It means belonging in spite of guilt and shame, and it means loving in spite of mistakes. As our church considers the mental and emotional needs of our community, we will explore addiction—its causes, its impact and long journey back  home. The remaining two Sunday classes will be:

  • January 26 – Connecting addiction to our community with Justin Perry
  • February 2 – Personal stories of the struggle and recovery with church or community members

All classes will be at 10 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Overflow. Passages,  Conversations and Good Samaritan classes will combine for this event.

Welcome Home, Eboni!

December 13, 2019

On December 7, FPC and the Charlotte Church Partners joined Habitat for Humanity in welcoming new homeowner Eboni and her three children to their new home. She received the keys to their home and celebrated with friends and volunteers who helped make her dream to own a home a reality. FPC and the Charlotte Church Partners have worked together for 21 years, and this is the 31st home that they have built. Of the original 30 owners, 29 still own and live in their homes, making affordable home-ownership a reality in the Queen City.

Adult Mission Trip to Mexico

December 9, 2019

Join us as we bond with our friends in the Yucatan Peninsula in a combination fellowship and working mission trip.  Highlights will include making improvements to the Villa Infantil Maya (painting, sanding, carpentry), visiting the local high school and interacting with the students at VIM.  The work is appropriate for ALL ages.  The cost is approximately $1500 with assistance available upon request

Team members are Martha and Eric Eubank, Elise Barksdale, Rich and Barb Neidinger, Chuck Williamson, Louise Ripple, Karen Harris, Amy Hockett and others.  We’d love to add YOU to the list! Contact Martha Eubank to learn more.

Holiday Closings and On-Call Pastoral Care Emergency

December 5, 2019

Church offices will close at noon on Tuesday, December 24, and reopen on Monday, December 30, for Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays. The church offices will also close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, and reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, for New Year’s Day. If you have a pastoral care emergency while the offices are closed, please call 704.927.0256 for the on-call voicemail. Your call will be returned promptly.

Giving Tuesday

December 2, 2019

Your stewardship contributions allow us to …

Create a meaningful worship experience. About 10 staff members—sometimes more—contribute to creating the worship experience we love. Clergy, music, facilities and administrative staff work all week on the music, the liturgy, the sermon, the bulletin and the sanctuary.

Nurture your children. Support the team of people who help shape the faith life of your children at all stages of their lives.

Care for this building. Many hands and many hours provide loving care to the 109,000 square feet that make up First Presbyterian Church. Stewards is your chance to support all that cleaning and maintenance for our historic sanctuary, the fellowship hall that is used day in and day out in so many different ways, the classrooms, meeting rooms, the Fresco Lobby, the chapel and more by helping us meet the budget that makes all this loving care possible on Tuesday, December 3. #GivingTuesdayFPC

Grow our faith. Creating thoughtful ways to help us grow in faith involves at least nine staff members who design classes, line up speakers, develop materials and handouts, create a podcast and get the word out about all these offerings. Help us meet the budget that supports the growth of our faith.

Serve our city. Mission trips, initiatives that fight the impact of poverty and hunger, and partnerships with organizations all over town require countless hours by dedicated and committed staff members, and would not be possible without your support in stewardship.

To help us meet our budget goal for next year, we ask that you make a financial pledge to the life of this church, top off your pledge if you’ve already pledged, or make a one-time contribution to meet the budget for next year. Email Jan Gaddis to declare your pledge for 2020 or to declare your newer contribution.


Deadline for 2020 Cuba Mission Trip December 31

November 27, 2019

Walk with, support and have fellowship with the students and faculty at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, Cuba, during our trip March 20-26. We will be building and strengthening this new relationship.

The estimated cost for the trip is $1600-1900 and a Visa for travel is required. Elizabeth Little (, 252.723.8653) will arrange travel visas and will need your passport information by December 31.