February 18, 2019
FPC’s Moving Ministry helps a family move from homelessness or transition into a permanent home. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank, 333 Dalton Road, on Saturday, March 9. There is work for friends and family, including teenagers and their friends. <Sign up online.> <https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b48a4a82ba64-crisis2>
During the season of Lent, which began on March 6, the congregation at First Presbyterian Church began the solemn yet hopeful journey toward the cross during the season we know as Lent. Following two Ash Wednesday services, all are invited to begin the congregation-wide book read.
Henri Nouwen’s book Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World will help us learn more about what it means to live in the knowledge that we are beloved and how we can reflect this belovedness into the world. Books are available for sale on Sundays, along with a free companion booklet for all ages, which you can download. The booklet offers a weekly prayer and space for journaling.
Sunday morning Formation classes—Conversation, Passages and High School seniors—and the Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study (ThuMBS) will dig deeper into the book and its message.
February 8, 2019
The Christmas tree has long since been hauled off to the landfill. The boxes with Christmas lights and ornaments are safely tucked away in the attic gathering dust until next year. Christmas is pretty much a memory.
But not for everyone.
Many of you made purchases at our church’s Alternative Gift Market. Instead of buying another sweater or a pair of Christmas socks, you make contributions to organizations here in Charlotte and around the world that provide love and care and comfort to people in need.
Because of the gifts you gave, people are still today benefiting from your Christmas generosity.
This year’s Alternative Gift Market raised $5,500 to help people in need.
- Camp Grier (a summer camp experience for students at Westerly Hills and Lakewood Preschool): $355
- A Child’s Place (a program supporting children experiencing homelessness): $195
- Community Link (supports homeless veterans, meals for homeless families): $230
- Crisis Assistance Ministry (assistance for families in crisis): $190
- Friendship Trays (supplies meals for elderly, handicapped, ill and homebound in our community): $525
- Habitat for Humanity (safe, affordable housing for hard-working families): $115
- Lakewood Preschool (provides free, high-quality preschool education ): $105
- Loaves and Fishes (nutritious groceries for neighbors facing economic hardship): $490
- Urban Ministry Center (serves people facing homelessness and poverty): $260
- Westerly Hills Academy (gifts support our church’s literacy initiative at Westerly Hills): $655
- YWCA – Central Carolinas (supports programs for women and families in transition): $10
- First Presbyterian Church Mission Trips (work supplies and equipment for youth and adult on our church’s mission trips): $30
- Cuba Partnership (supports programs at the seminary with which we have a partnership): $260
- Haiti Partnership (supports the work of our partnership in Bayonnais, Haiti): $705
- Mexico Partnership (supports the work of Acción Ministries with meals, housing, and scholarships for Mayan children): $1000
- Russia Partnership (our gifts help to build a church in Russia where faith communities still face persecution): $10
- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (helps communities rebuild following natural disasters): $365
Thank you for your support. And if you would like to provide additional support to these agencies, your gifts will be greatly appreciated by those whose lives are being blessed because of you.
~ The Reverend Chuck Williamson
February 4, 2019
The church needs volunteers to serve as sound board operators during the 11 a.m. worship. If you would like to assist with this vital component of our worship service, contact Jesse Hite.
We love small children in worship, but sometimes small children find it hard to sit through the entire worship service. For times like those, families attending the 9 or 11 a.m. Sunday worship are welcome to move into the small chapel to the right of the main sanctuary, where the service is available by TV.
Are you looking to update your wardrobe? Come to the annual PW Sparkle Party on May 5! Lightly used jewelry, accessories, scarves and bags will be on sale and the proceeds will support BELL, the summer academic enrichment program, and Camp Grier. Enjoy fun, fellowship, food and fashion on Sunday, May 5, 2-5 p.m. at the home of the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter. This event is open to everyone (and is a great place to find last-minute Mother’s Day gifts).
Presbyterian Women has opened its annual grant applications for its Benevolence Fund. The PW Benevolence Review Committee participates with agencies and organizations that provide hope, help and dignity for those in need. Preference is given to agencies working to break the cycles of poverty, illiteracy and inferior education, violence, and crime, particularly as these issues have a heavy impact on women and children. Application deadline is March 15, and grants will be disbursed in May. The committee encourages any church member with knowledge of an agency in need to request an application or 2019 grant application or send the name of the agency/organization to Cynthia Buck (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-591-3738). You can also apply online or by snail mail to Cynthia Buck, 1220 Belgrave Place, Charlotte, NC 28203 704-591-3738
Fellowship is an important part of who we are as a church family. To grow our connections here at First Presbyterian Church, we will start small group Fellowship Feasts, similar to the previous Four by Four groups.
If you are interested, you will be grouped with about 8 individuals (a mix of couples and singles) and encouraged to gather in fellowship four times over a period of six months. The nature and location of your gathering is completely up to you—pizza and football, a formal dinner at someone’s home, bowling, etc. The hope is that by being introduced to a new small group of church members we may strengthen our ties to one another and grow in faith and fellowship.
If you are interested in joining a Fellowship Feasts group, please sign up online or email Mary Margaret Porter.
Our team at Friendship Trays needs your help packaging meals on the last Monday of each month. FPC’s team fills empty trays with healthy prepared meals for elderly and infirm neighbors throughout Charlotte. Trays are then sealed and delivered by another group. The work takes place at the facility on Distribution Avenue, off Remount Road. Can you help this vital ministry? Contact Ministry Team Coordinator Mary Scott Peterson.
Sign up to be a HELPS tutor
Students at Westerly Hills Academy still need tutors. Training is available for tutors as part of HELPS, a reading intervention program supported by both Read Charlotte and Augustine Literacy Project. Tutors work with third-grade students for one hour per week, or tutoring “buddies” can sign up together for one shift every other week. The easy-to-follow curriculum is provided. Progress is graphed at the end of each lesson and seeing improvement is exciting for both tutor and student. Sign up online or email Melissa Walker with questions.