March 29, 2019
Beginning Easter Sunday, we will discover that the front part of the church’s library has been transformed into a Welcome Center.
“We’re so excited to dedicate some of this space to welcoming guests and providing a space for guests and members to learn more about First Presbyterian Church,” said Lucy Caldwell, Membership Development Coordinator. “We hope everyone will get into the habit of dropping by, especially when they bring visitors with them to a service.”
A tour of the church will leave from the Welcome Center at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday. And in addition to a big-screen TV where anyone can drop by to view the church’s welcome video and to review headline news about activities and events going on at the church, the new Welcome Center will be where Lucy has office hours during the week. All are invited to stop by.
March 25, 2019
Gather on Tuesday, April 23, when Bible & Beverage and First Fruits Fellowship come together to learn how we can support the Streets to Peaks (S2P) program at Camp Grier for our young neighbors in West Charlotte.
Through rock climbing, whitewater paddling and skiing, S2P participants ages 11 -18 learn to overcome obstacles, set goals and imagine a future with endless possibilities.
Registration is open! Admission to this event is free at Resident Culture Brewing (2101 Central Avenue); food and beverages will be available for purchase. Donations for this new program will be accepted and you can participate in raffles. Watch this video to get inspired.
We will host a Spring Break bookapalooza at Westerly Hills on Friday, April 12, from 8:45 a.m.- 3 p.m.. Students will choose three books to take home and read over the break. Volunteers are needed to inventory books, set up and break down displays, and help students shop. Sign up online or contact Heather Herring with questions.
February 18, 2019
Are you looking to serve others in the world? Here is our list of global mission trips for 2019-20
- Cuba/March 7-10: This year’s trip will celebrate the signing of the covenant between First Presbyterian Church and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, Cuba. This ecumenical seminary educates ministers and lay people in Cuba, where a generation of citizens has not experienced open worship opportunities and is not freely sharing its faith in God. Registration is already closed due to the length of time required to get the necessary visas. If you are interested in going in 2020, contact Elizabeth Little.
- Mexico/Fall 2019: Contact Martha Eubank to learn more about this trip.
- Russia/Summer 2020: Begin making plans now to go on this mission trip to Russia to continue our support of the ministry of Hope Baptist Church in Ryazan. Mary Elizabeth Coley can give you more information.
- Intra-National Mission/Fall 2019: Each year our church sends a mission team to an area in the US that is recovering from a natural disaster. Teams have gone to New York City to help with the recovery from Superstorm Sandy and to eastern North Carolina to help rebuild after the hurricanes of recent years. Contact David Burton for more information.
January 31, 2019
Moving Ministry/Feb. 9/Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank/9 a.m.
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. There is work for friends and family, including teenagers and their friends. Sign up online.
January 10, 2019
Plan now to be part of the mission trip to Bayonnais, Haiti. The cost for the trip will be $1300-1400, and scholarship support is available. Contact Glenna Cook (email@example.com, 704.651.8017) or Amy Hockett (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704.277.3223) for information.
December 28, 2018
Hear about our mission work in Haiti during worship and during brunch during the Formation hour.
Preaching during worship at 9 and 11 a.m. will be Pastor Actionnel Fleurisima, who works with OFCB (Organization of the Christian Force of Bayonnais) in Bayonnais, Haiti. During the Global Mission Brunch at 10 a.m., all are invited to meet and hear from Bill Nathan, a Haitian drummer who will tell the story of his connection to OFCB. The brunch is free and your RSVP (online or January 13 and 20 in Wood Fellowship Hall) on will help us plan for food.
OFCB and Actionnel work with a school, medical clinic and a non-denominational church in the mountains of the Bayonnais region of Haiti, where Actionnel grew up and returned to raise his family after receiving his education in Haiti and in the U.S. The area is home to tens of thousands residents, struggling for daily survival, many trying to support families with subsistence farming.
Bill was forced into slavery after the death of his mother when he was seven. He has since been able to study drumming in Senegal and Gambia, Africa, and performs at churches and universities around the U.S. He now works with other children who have been enslaved and will tell us about his connection to OFCB’s work in Bayonnais.
December 17, 2018
Students at Westerly Hills Academy still need tutors. Currently, 18 students who could benefit from tutoring aren’t being served.
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.
June 29, 2018
Recently, our high school youth were in Guatemala, helping out in schools, bringing musical instruments to students and more. Here are a few photos from their week away.
“The Guatemala mission trip was such an eye opening experience for us as youth, showing that happiness does not come from substance. We saw people living in a beautiful country surrounded by features that aren’t commonly seen in the US (i.e. volcanoes), and children growing up with things that we would consider worn down or cheap. It was amazing to see how we learned that we could benefit the lives of the people by our presence and assistance instead of our money.” – Riley Williamson
“My experience in Guatemala was life changing. I loved traveling throughout the beautiful mountain ranges, meeting the amazing Spanish and Mayan speaking natives.” – Charlie Riddick
You can view all the photos from the trip here.
February 5, 2018
First Presbyterian Church will take a team to Villa Infantil Maya (VIM), a residence that enables Mayan students to attend middle and high school away from home in a spirit-filled, caring environment.
During the mission trip, First Presbyterian team members will stay in the dorm, interact with the VIM students and perform some construction work to improve the facility. Past groups have painted, sanded and installed concrete. A variety of tasks suit all ages and abilities.
If you are interested in being a part of this exciting and long-running mission, contact Martha Eubank for more details.
The approximate cost for the trip will be $1300-$1400, with scholarship help available.
Here is the anticipated itinerary:
- Monday: Leave around 9:30 a.m. Arrive in Cancun in time to shop for supplies for the week.
- Tuesday-Friday: Work at VIM, meet the students and visit the schools VIM students attend.
- Friday afternoon: Travel to the quaint colonial town of Valladolid for an afternoon/evening of R&R.
- Saturday: Return to Charlotte
Watch this video to learn more about the work of Accion Ministries, our mission partners in the Yucatan.