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May 28, 2019

If you volunteer with children or youth and need to update your training, we ask that you attend one of the following training sessions.

Sunday, June 2, noon, in P206
Sunday, June 9, 9 a.m., in P206

Childcare is available by reservation. Please email Tammy Winchip for more information.

We’ll offer two online interactive trainings with a limited number of participants each night. It is first come, first served and participation is required during the meeting. Meetings are Tuesdays, May 28 and June 4, at 7:30 p.m. Register here.

As part of the process, you will need to complete a new Application to Work with Children and Youth.  You may return it to Tanya Gaspar at the church or bring it to the training session.

If you no longer wish to work with children and youth, please let us know.

 

 

 

 

 

May 24, 2019

In early May, members of First Presbyterian met with Allen Walworth, fundraising principal with Generis Consulting, which has been hired to provide outside counsel on the proposed Capital Campaign.

Allen spent six days here hosting 29 confidential interviews with key stakeholders—those with a history of service and financial commitment to the church—from our congregation. He also hosted six focus groups of approximately 65 members, encompassing a broad range of membership—new and long-term members, a variety of ministry areas, and age groups ranging from 30 to 80-plus years of age. His findings will help us determine the scope of the campaign, whether we are headed in the right direction,  and a realistic, yet bold, campaign goal.

Allen has more than 14 years of full-time experience in the church stewardship ministry, having partnered with 130 churches to raise more than $350 million for their ministry visions. Before becoming a generosity consultant, Allen was a senior pastor for 17 years, leading congregations ranging from a small town church of 1,000 members to a large metropolitan congregation of over 9,000 members. Allen earned a Ph.D. in New Testament studies, and has taught at the college and seminary levels.

Mary Scott Peterson is Campaign Director and Pete Carlson chairs the Capital Campaign Cabinet. Members of the Cabinet are John Barry, Suzie Black, Lee Bradley, Milt Childress, Gene Cochrane, Mike Elliott, Kelly Graves, Marc Gustafson, Lauren Harnett, Page Hull, Mike James, Elizabeth Little, Wardie Martin, Sally McElwee, Dan Olmstead and Scott Reschly.

May 20, 2019

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 eight 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.

Please sign up online or email Mary Margaret Porter if you have questions or want to be part of a First Fruits group.

May 9, 2019

Eight Charlotte organizations were granted a total of $8723 from the annual PW (Presbyterian Women) benevolence awards for providing hope, help and dignity for those in need. Preference is given to organizations working to break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, violence and crime, particularly as these issues impact women and children.

From a field of 17 applicants, the following organizations were selected for grants ranging from $500-1500:

  • Augustine Literacy Project for tutor training and support
  • Center for Community Transitions for personal items for women transitioning from prison
  • Changed Choices to mentor and support women in prison
  • Community Culinary School for support packages for students in training
  • Heart Math Tutoringfor tutoring supplies at Westerly Hills
  • Jason’s Getaway for respite/support for Westerly Hills families/children w/special needs
  • Lakewood Preschool Coop for field trip buses, an item not included in other grants
  • Pinewood Elementary School for special books for English Language Learners

May 8, 2019

Andrew Glontz, the recipient of this year’s Will Appleby Award for Spirit, Dedication and Leadership is a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church and is the son of Anne and David Glontz.

Andrew is a senior at Myers Park High School and will attend Wofford College in the fall.  He has been active in the youth program since middle school, serving on the Youth Council and faithfully attending PYC.  He has participated in Youth Sunday, as well as the Mexico mission trip. He also played on the FPC basketball team for several years. Youth group has been a priority in Andrew’s life that has provided many meaningful experiences. The past couple of summers, Andrew attended the Montreat Youth Conference where he especially enjoyed “back home” time with the FPC youth.

The Appleby Award was founded in memory of Will Appleby, an active and committed member of the youth program at First Presbyterian who died during his freshman year in college. Each year, the Appleby Award recognizes a member of the youth program for outstanding participation and leadership.

2019 PW Benevolence Awards

Eight Charlotte organizations have been granted a total of $8723 from the annual PW (Presbyterian Women) benevolence awards for providing hope, help and dignity for those in need. Preference is given to organizations working to break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, violence and crime, particularly as these issues impact women and children.

From a field of 17 applicants, the following organizations were selected for grants ranging from $500-1500:

  • Augustine Literacy Project for tutor training and support
  • Center for Community Transitions for personal items for women transitioning from prison
  • Changed Choices to mentor and support women in prison
  • Community Culinary School for support packages for students in training
  • Heart Math Tutoringfor tutoring supplies at Westerly Hills
  • Jason’s Getaway for respite/support for Westerly Hills families/children w/special needs
  • Lakewood Preschool Coop for field trip buses, an item not included in other grants
  • Pinewood Elementary School for special books for English Language Learners
May 7, 2019

During the 2019-20 school year, the Girl Scout Troop we sponsor at Wilson STEM Academy will expend as a new group of sixth graders arrive from Westerly Hills Academy.

With double the number of girls, organizers hope to double the number of volunteers. The Troop meets twice a month during the school year, usually on Friday afternoons. There are opportunities to attend meetings, provide snacks and more. (The lesson is planned and executed by the troop leader.)

Contact Barb Neidinger if you want to learn more.

May 2, 2019

In June and July, we’ll explore God at the Movies, looking at a series of favorite films that may have biblical lessons for us. In addition to the sermon series, all ages will gather at 10 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall to view and discuss three clips from the movie of the week before heading to the Sanctuary for the sermon. See you at the movies on Sundays in the Sanctuary.

  • June 2: The Reverend Pen Peery will explore the theme blessed to be a blessing found in the film Black Panther.
  • June 9: The Reverend Katherine Kerr will explore the power of the Holy Spirit in the film Moana.
  • June 16: The Reverend Pen Peery will preach on the power of story as reflected in the movie Big Fish.
  • June 23: The Reverend Pen Peery will lead us through the theme of good and evil as depicted in the Harry Potter films.
  • June 30: Reality beyond what you can see is the theme the Reverend Chuck Williamson will examine from the film Life is Beautiful.
  • July 7: The Reverend Mary Margaret Porter will look at the Star Wars films for their message on the light shining in the darkness.
  • July 14: The Reverend Pen Peery will explore forgiveness through the film Dead Man Walking.
  • July 21: The Reverend Rebecca Davis will use the film Despicable Me and the theme of transforming love.
  • July 28: The Reverend Pen Peery will preach on the theme of neighborliness through the movie Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

On May 14 and May 16, we will host the first-ever book swap at Westerly Hills Academy.  Since December 2018, in partnership with Read Charlotte, we have provided Westerly Hills students with more than 6,000 books to take home. This event will allow them to bring in up to five books and swap them for different books to read over the summer, when reading is so important.

Volunteers are needed to help sort books prior to the swap and assist K-2 students on May 14 and grades 3-5 students on May 16. You may sign up to volunteer. In addition, we will collect new and gently used books appropriate for students who are in pre-K through grade 5, to provide variety for the students. Books may be given to volunteers on Sunday mornings or placed on the book cart in the hallway behind the sanctuary through May 12.

Please contact Heather Herring (hherring@firstpres-charlotte.org) with questions.