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Fifth Grade Who Am I? Class

December 23, 2019

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.

Emergency Funds to Haiti and an Update

November 22, 2019

With Haiti experiencing increased violence, shortages of electricity, food and running water, the shutdown of travel, businesses and banks, First Presbyterian Church’s Global Missions Committee recently designated $5000 in emergency relief funds to our mission partners in Bayonnais as a response to our concern about the escalating violence and unrest in Haiti this year.

Haiti also needs our prayers.

Although our mission in Bayonnais is alive, it clearly has been affected by the political and economic crisis in the country. A recent report in the Washington Post and another in The New York Times provide context for the unrest in Haiti.

Current unrest was caused when when it was revealed that employees of the government have misappropriated more than $3 billion donated by the Venezuelan government through discounts on fuel imports. This revelation has created an unstable environment in the greater Port-au-Prince area—an instability that now extends into smaller surrounding towns on the 90-mile travel route to Bayonnais.

Crime is rising throughout much of the country, including an increase in incidents on the main highway we travel. Food and fuel are scarce, schools are closed and banks do not have money to open. (The emergency funds we designated can be held by our mission partner FOFCB until banks can make funds available.) Businesses are closed and there is little electricity or running water. Churches from the Charlotte and surrounding areas have cancelled all mission trips this fall.

Despite these dire hardships, mission partner Actionnel Fluerisma writes often to express his hope and declare his faith.  This week, he wrote the following to the Ministry Team via email to Glenna Cook:

“Good morning, Nurse Glenna! Thank you so much for such a big action on behalf of the Bayonnais community! It is huge. Not a small thing at all. The spirit which is behind it goes way over $5,000.00. If anyone can count the depths of love and admiration, we can also calculate the depths of what the leadership of your church has done. Thank you for the message and immense thanks to the whole leadership of First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, North Carolina! Actionnel”

Although the school in Bayonnais is temporarily closed, the clinic is open and continues to see patients as supplies allow.  Please continue to:

  • Pray for children and families in Bayonnais
  • Sponsor school children through World of God (contact Sherri Buzzard at
  • Contribute to financially support the mission through the Alternative Gift Market 2019  FPC Historic Lobby
  • Contribute to the food supply for maternity patients at the clinic (contact Glenna Cook at

The First Presbyterian Church Haiti Ministry Team is grateful to the many members who have expressed concern about the escalating violence and unrest in Haiti this year. Our travel may be suspended for a time but our mission can thrive until such time as we can resume travel.

Peace and blessings,

Haiti Ministry Team

Faith Unfiltered Podcast: Advent Devotionals

November 14, 2019

Faith Unfiltered will offer brief weekly Advent devotionals tied to the devotionals featured in each week’s bulletin wrap and in the mailings delivered to your inboxes each Sunday afternoon. These podcasts begin December 6 and continuing on Fridays through December 27. Watch for details on the Now@First or the Learn pages on the church website.


Advent Celebration

Join us for our congregation-wide Advent Celebration on Sunday, December 22, at 10 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall.  We will put hope, peace, joy and love into practice with food, activities, and fellowship for all ages. This is an opportunity to enjoy time with your church family and friends before Christmas.