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This Week's Big Event: God at the Movies Summer Series

This Sunday, and Sundays through July, we’ll continue to explore a series of favorite films that may have biblical lessons for us. Here’s what you can expect:

  • 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 when she preaches on 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.

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.

Small groups are also encouraged to form watching parties at home.

See you at the movies on Sundays in the Sanctuary.


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This Week's Blog Post: Meet Shantiqua Neely, our new Director of Mission and Outreach

New Director of Outreach and 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.”