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Mission

June 13, 2019

Shantiqua D. Neely, the current Executive Director at A Child’s Place, joins the staff at First Presbyterian Church on July 8 as Director of Outreach and Mission.

“A foundational area of focus for our outreach at First Presbyterian is a commitment to children and their families,” said the Reverend Pen Peery. “Whether it is in the Westerly Hills or Lakewood neighborhoods, in Mexico or Haiti, or in the middle of uptown, part of what we mean when we say we are ‘for Christ in the heart of Charlotte’ is that we notice, care for and equip children to grow into their God-given potential. With her years of experience in working on behalf of children in our city, Shantiqua brings a special knowledge that will help our church grow in our long-standing mission.”

Before leading A Child’s Place in its efforts to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education, Ms. Neely worked for pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, in her native New York City.  She soon decided to focus her Fortune 500 skills toward servant leadership as a College Admissions Counselor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte and in various roles with the nonprofit drop-out prevention organization Communities In Schools.

Ms. Neely holds a M.S. in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University, a B.A. in Health Policy from the University of Rochester and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Wake Forest University.

“First Presbyterian Church has a long history of answering the many calls of need in this city,” Ms. Neely said. “Our city is at a critical turning point in creating a better future for our young people. I am thrilled to join First Presbyterian in answering that call by bridging social capital locally and globally, to make a better world for future generations.”

May 20, 2019

Are you looking to serve others in the world? Here is our list of global mission trips for 2019-20

  • Mexico/March 2020: Contact Martha Eubank to learn more about this trip.
  • Haiti/Fall 2019 and February 2020: Contact Chuck Williamson for more information about these trips.
  • 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.

Camp Grier, Streets to Peaks (S2P) and the BELL summer enrichment camp sound like fun—and they are. But they also serve to accomplish the goals of Charlotte’s Economic Opportunity Task Force by using education to increase the chances of upward mobility for children who may have limited opportunities and advantages. First Presbyterian Church is very involved in that effort, which means there are plenty of opportunities for you to help enhance the lives of children this summer.

For more than 40 years, we’ve sent children to Camp Grier for outdoor activities and a break from the stressful environments in which they live and the adult responsibilities they often shoulder. To create a smooth pathway to this new adventure, each camper is assigned an FPC “camp parent” who works with them and their family to make sure they are ready.  S2P is an outgrowth of Camp Grier and also needs adult volunteers.

Sixty rising scholars in grades one through three will spend their summer mornings with us in BELL camp, learning reading and math from CMS teachers, then spend afternoons in enrichment activities such as music, art, STEM, coding and yoga. Fridays are reserved for all-day field trips. FPC members, including youth, can get involved by serving as a reading or math tutor, lunch buddy, enrichment helper or field trip chaperone.

Contact Heather Herring if you are interested in becoming involved with BELL or Camp Grier

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 (glennadc@gmail.com, 704.651.8017) or Amy Hockett (hocketta@gmail.com, 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.