January 29, 2018
The PW (Presbyterian Women) Benevolence Review Committee is accepting applications through March 16 for its annual Benevolence Awards. Grants will be disbursed in May.
The committee focuses on awarding funds to agencies working to break cycles of poverty; illiteracy and inferior education; and violence and crime—particularly as these issues impact women and children. The committee encourages any church member with knowledge of an agency in need to request an application.
To recommend an agency for consideration or for more information, contact Linda Henley.
Parish Nurse Kristin Foster’s new office hours are:
- Tuesdays 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Wednesdays & Thursdays Noon-3:30 p.m.
Contact Kristin about scheduling a conversation.
To be sure all our students at Westerly Hills Academy have weekend meals, ten additional volunteer contributors to Project Backpack are needed. Please consider contributing to this ministry to make sure students come to school on Monday morning nourished and ready to learn. The commitment will be five bags per month, ending June 6. The shopping list can be found on the sign up link.
January 8, 2018
Plan to take some time each Sunday morning in Wood Fellowship Hall with your church family for coffee, fellowship, signups, information and First, Coffee for visitors.
This new gathering place will be open from 8:45-11 a.m. So you can stop by when you leave the 9 a.m. service, on your way to 10 a.m. Formation classes or as you arrive a few minutes early for the 11 a.m. worship service.
On our first day in the new gathering place, those who participated in the coffee tasting selected a dark roast to be served at the church in 2018.
During the 2017 Alternative Gift Market, your participation raised $12,923 that will be given back to the community and our global partners. This brings total contributions for the last 10 years to $155,175.
The Alternative Gift Market volunteers thank you for your generosity and your willingness to think outside the box for your Christmas gift giving.
January 2, 2018
Want to have fun playing softball while having fellowship with other churches in our area?
First Presbyterian Church is exploring the idea of putting together a team to join the South Charlotte Church Softball league this spring. Games will run from June through August on Monday and Friday evenings. All levels of experience are welcome, so don’t worry if you haven’t picked up a glove or a bat in years.
Contact Josh Humphrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to be included in organizational gatherings.
December 27, 2017
Motherless Moms, a support group for women grieving the loss of their mothers as they are raising children, meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Noon in the Frances Browne Dining Room (P212). Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. For more information, please contact the Reverend Katherine Kerr.
Plastic bags—the kind used to bag groceries at the store—are desperately needed for our Loaves and Fishes Pantry. If you have some to spare in the next several weeks, could you please drop them off downstairs by the pantry door? Or you can leave them on the table outside the kitchen for Mary Scott Peterson to deliver.
Drop into Wood Fellowship Hall on Sunday, January 7—and every Sunday after that—to gather with your First Presbyterian church family when you leave the 9 a.m. service, as you head to Formation classes and as you arrive for the 11 a.m. worship service.
This new gathering place will offer plenty of room for all as we permanently move our traditional Sunday morning gathering place to Wood Fellowship Hall for fellowship, for coffee, for signups and information about special events and activities.
On our first day in the new gathering place, you’ll be able to:
- Express your opinion during a coffee tasting to select the coffee we’ll serve at church events in 2018.
- Purchase early-bird tickets to the 2018 Willard Lecture before they go on sale to the public the next day;
- Learn more about the Congregational Breakfast on Sunday, February 25 and the mission trip to Haiti in early February;
- Welcome visitors and newcomers when First, Coffee moves to this space, so you can be one of the first to welcome visitors and newcomers;
- Read the headline news about what’s happening at the church in the days ahead, a new communications tool which will debut that day.
We hope everyone will enjoy life together in this new space, whether you are on the way to Formation, dropping in for coffee or looking for opportunities to get involved in the life of the church.
On Sunday, December 31, there will be no Formation classes, no First Church for young children and only one worship service, at 11 a.m. That service will be led by all of First Presbyterian’s seminarians. Member and seminarian Tommy Holderness will preach; other seminiarians participating will be Gail Henderson Belsito, Natalie Raygor and Selina Malherbe.