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This Week's Big Events: On The Table CLT and Opportunity Forum

Wednesday at First Pres presents two opportunities to learn how inequities and discrimination in our community have left a lasting impact, and how we can be a part of a move toward positive changes.

On the Table Charlotte

At 11:30 a.m., you’re invited to conversation over lunch at On the Table Charlotte, a community-wide discussion about the continued impact of segregation in the Queen City. Although lunch is free, please RSVP to help us plan the meal. We invite you to bring friends, neighbors and co-workers to engage in this community-wide conversation.

Charlotte has experienced the unrest growing in cities across the country. Our hope is that the continued conversation, even the difficult topics, increases understanding and provides new ways forward – together. When we come together to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact our communities. On The Table is about being exposed to new ideas, perspectives and ways of thinking while connecting to information, resources and opportunities.

Haven’t registered yet? Sign up here!

Opportunity Forum

Wednesday evening offers the final program for this fall’s Opportunity Forum. We will hear from a panel from Communities in Schools in the conclusion of the effort to raise awareness and empower action for change as we hear first-hand stories of how inequity and racial discrimination affect students in our school system.

Dinner is available for $8 cash or check beginning at 5:15 p.m. The program is in Wood Fellowship Hall, 6-7:30 p.m.

 

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This Week's Blog: First Serves, A New Churchwide Tradition

First Serves: A New Tradition

October 22, 2018

 

Our 2018 Stewardship campaign culminated with a new FPC tradition on October 14.

First Serves, a congregational day of service, saw countless church members and friends of all ages rolling up their sleeves to work on projects ranging from church beautification to meal preparation and assisting local outreach partners.  In the span of a few hours after worship we accomplished the following…

  • Letters were written to 7 missionaries and 40 at-home members
  • 35 people were prayed for and sent notes from the Prayer Ministry Team
  • 20 blankets were made for two-year-olds at Lakewood Preschool
  • 10,000 meals were packaged for hungry people around the globe through Rise Against Hunger
  • 21 flower arrangements were made from the sanctuary flowers and delivered to people with the message that FPC cares about them
  • 775 goodie bags were put together for HEART tutoring students for their winter and summer breaks
  • 30 student folders, 10 pencil pouches, tutor supplies and 20 packs of tutor information were prepared for Westerly Hills Academy
  • 6 homes received a meal of homemade calzones from the Meal Ministry
  • 20 pieces of silver were polished
  • Sanctuary and choir loft were cleaned
  • Downstairs windows were washed
  • The main kitchen was scrubbed
  • Closets were cleaned out and organized

But First Serves was about much more than the numbers.  Engaging members of all ages and backgrounds in programs designed to support and lift up other people provided a wonderful opportunity for people to connect with one another.  Through fellowship, worship, and service, God was glorified and our community was strengthened.

~ The Reverend Katherine Kerr