December 6, 2018

Director of Music Ministries Will Young has been granted three months of sabbatical, to be taken in January, June and July of 2019.

“I am deeply grateful to First Pres and the Personnel Committee for its generosity and willingness in letting me have the space and much-needed sabbatical time, which is usually granted only to clergy,” Will said.

The Reverend Pen Peery said this decision does not reflect a change in policy, but an exception to the policy that grants sabbatical time to members of the clergy who have served a congregation for seven years.

“Great leadership in worship happens when we have the space to think deeply and faithfully about what worship is and what people need in order to connect to God’s presence,” Pen said. “Music is very much a part of that experience of worship.”

In January, Will plans a month of travel to observe, learn from and perhaps even participate as a choir member with music departments at churches around the country with programs that are similar to FPC’s in size and scope. During the summer months, he will travel abroad, incorporating time to visit other church music ministries with periods of reflection and restoration.

“My gratitude also extends to those who will inevitably be working behind the scenes—the FPC music team and church members—to make sure things carry on in my absence,” Will said.

Existing staff will provide leadership during Will’s time away in January. Guest organist in January will be Ginger Wyrick, music faculty at UNCC.

November 30, 2018

Take a look at what FPC volunteers and others from neighboring churches have created in the last two months! And join us for the Dedication Ceremony on December 8 at 1 p.m., when homeowners will receive the keys to their new homes.


November 27, 2018

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus urges his listeners to “be on guard so that your hearts are not weighted down with…the worries of this life….”  Beginning Dec. 2, First Presbyterian will send you a daily email that will invite you to unburden your hearts – to pause, ponder and welcome the gift of love revealed in Jesus the Christ.

Weekday emails will offer a prompt to draw you deeper into the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love of the season, and Sunday emails will provide a liturgy for lighting the Advent wreath candles. If you missed the emails, check the links below daily.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Monday, Dec. 3

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Thursday, Dec. 6

Friday, Dec. 7

Saturday, Dec 8

Sunday, Dec. 9

Monday, Dec. 10

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Thursday, Dec. 13

To experience the season through music, log into the FPC Playlist on Spotify.

November 26, 2018
Add these to your calendar, make your reservations or get your tickets now.

Help us stock, set up and inventory books for the Westerly Hills Christmas Bookapalooza on December 18. You can also help provide books for our students. Our goal is to provide three books for every student. Drop by the table on Sunday mornings through Dec. 16 to check out the list of books recommended by their teachers, make your selections and we’ll purchase at a discount from Scholastic Books. Students will be able to choose their own books at the holiday book fair. Or make your gift online and we’ll take care of buying the books.


Find a meaningful gift for your special friends and loved ones at this year’s Alternative Gift Market on Sunday mornings in Wood Fellowship Hall. You can also make a gift here.


Join us at 9 or 11 a.m. in the sanctuary on Dec. 16 for a music-filled service of traditional Lessons and Carols will be led by the pastors, Sanctuary Choir and guest instrumentalists. A series of scripture passages, carols and anthems will lead the congregation through the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus.


Bring your need for healing and hope God through prayer, scripture, music and reflection at the Service of Wholeness and Healing, 7:30 p.m. on December 20, in the sanctuary. Childcare for infants through TK will be provided by reservation only.


Welcoming Love at Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 23, in Wood Fellowship Hall. 10-10:45 a.m.

All ages will gather to welcome Jesus, who is God’s Love made flesh. We will have stations where you can aste Love Feast buns and have hot chocolate, or watch watch a short video, “The God that is Coming,” with time for discussion. You can color a Love poster, create Moravian stars with scripture of the season, and take a Nativity scene photo


Christmas Eve Services, Monday, Dec. 24.

4 p.m. Worship is open to everyone and is particularly suited for children.

8 p.m. Candlelight Service

10:15 p.m. Handbell Concert, Wood Fellowship Hall

11 p.m. Candlelight and Communion Service


Read more about Advent and Christmas programming in the holiday issue of FirstNEWS, which is also  available for pick-up at the church.
November 21, 2018


November 20, 2018

It’s a wrap! After 10 weeks and 13 work days, the Charlotte Church Partners have completed Habitat houses 29 and 30. Join the celebration as these homes are dedicated to the glory of God and the happy homeowners receive the keys to their future. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m., at the home sites, 4203 and 4309 Howie Circle

November 12, 2018

Read more and register now on the Now@First page on the website for the following Children’s Ministries classes beginning in January:

  • Third Grade Learning to Use My Bible Class/Sundays, Jan. 13-March 10/P307/10 a.m.
  • Fourth Grade Catechism Class/Sundays, Jan. 6- March 24/P306/10 a.m.
  • Fifth Grade Who Am I? Class/Sundays, Jan. 6- March 10/P304/10 a.m.

Read more here and register now through December 2 for the following trips for middle school and high school trips next year:

  • High School Mission Trip to Chicago/June 16-21
  • Middle School Mission Trip to Raleigh/July 28-Aug. 2
  • HS & MS Youth Council Meeting/Sunday, Nov. 18/P301 & P321/5:15 p.m.

Meet at FPC on Thursday, November 29, attend the Hornets vs. Hawks game. Register here. $15, plus money for dinner at the Spectrum Center. Contact Bryce Lapping for information.