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Christ in the Heart of Charlotte

Published by First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte NC February 2020

A Home for Restless Hearts

The Lenten season at First Presbyterian Church begins on Wednesday,

February 26, with the imposition of ashes and a fellowship luncheon, and continues with a special sermon series that concludes on Palm Sunday, April 5. The Lenten season here will also include special classes during the Formation hour on Sunday mornings. Mark your calendars now for the following events on Ash Wednesday. • Service with the imposition of ashes in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. • Fellowship Luncheon in Wood Fellowship Hall at noon • Imposition of Ashes in the Fresco Lobby at 7 p.m. The sermon series centers on writings by St. Augustine, including the quotation, “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you…” “The liturgical aim of the season of Lent is to equip us as disciples/followers of Jesus,” said the Reverend Pen Peery. “This year’s series is based on the book, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real World Spirituality for Restless Hearts, by James K. A. Smith. An Augustinian scholar, Smith traces Augustine’s biography and spiritual journey around what our hearts are created to want/love when it comes to things like ambition, intimacy, freedom, justice, friendship and belief, versus what we think we want in those areas—things that inevitably leave us us unsatisfied.” Each week, the pastors will explore one of these themes, and an online devotion will provide inspiration as we begin the journey to the cross. continued on page 4

Save the Dates

March 8

High School Senior Sunday

April 12


April 24-26

2020 Women’s Retreat

Coming up at First Presbyterian Church


Congregational Breakfast to Support Youth Ministry Our high school and middle school youth will host a congregational breakfast to benefit the Youth Ministry Mission Fund on Sunday, February 23, from 9:30-11 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall.

We Worship

Souper Bowl of Caring Contributions/Sunday, February 2/Sanctuary/9 and 11 a.m.

This annual breakfast supports mission trips and conferences for First Presbyterian Youth.

Children’s Worship/Wednesday, February 5/9:40 a.m. Children’s Worship/Wednesday, February 12/9:40 a.m.

Register online for the breakfast, which will include breakfast casseroles, bacon, pancakes, juices and more. Vegetarian options are available. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11. Children 4 and under eat free. Donations can be made online and at the Giving Wall in the Historical Lobby through February 16.

Ash Wednesday Service with Imposition of Ashes/ Wednesday, February 26/Sanctuary/11 a.m. Ash Wednesday Fellowship Luncheon/Wednesday, Febuary 26/Wood Fellowship Hall/Noon Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes/Wednesday, February 26/Fresco Lobby/7 p.m.

Registration Begins for 2020 Women’s Spring Retreat Are you a woman in search of rest, renewal, fellowship, fun, friendship, laughter, spiritual growth and joy in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, plan now to attend the annual Women’s Retreat, April 24-26.

Children’s Worship/Wednesday, March 4/9:40 a.m.

Registration is February 14-March 23 for the retreat at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville April 24-26.

Being Human: Addiction & Recovery/Sunday, January 26 and February 2/Wood Fellowship Overflow/10 a.m.

Montreat Youth Conference/July 26-August 1/For current 8th-12th graders. Registration open now.

Retreat Leader will be the Reverend Dr. Jan Edmiston, General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Charlotte. Her topic will be Flip This (Spiritual) House. The retreat topic is loosely based on the reality TV show Flip This House. Sessions will look at building our spiritual homes through steps that include: •

Creating curb appeal. On the outside we can look like everything’s great when behind the scenes we may be a hot mess;

Making our lives a DIY project versus the four scariest words in the Bible, “Thy will be done”;

Added value when God uses everything and everybody in our lives: the rich (and the poor), the respected (and the disrespected), the honorable (and the dishonorable).

Dr. Edmiston grew up in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, Andover-Newton Theological Seminary, and Columbia Theological Seminary. She was a pastor in upstate New York and Northern Virginia for 27 years, then served as Associate Executive Presbyter in the Presbytery of Chicago for six years. From 2016 to 2018, she served as Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA. She was installed as the General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Charlotte in May 2018. Registration will be online through March 23, as well as on Sunday mornings in March. You may also request a registration form by calling the reception desk (704-332-5123) or dropping by the church during the week. High School Senior Sunday Mark your calendars for the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, March 8, when our high school seniors are recognized and receive a special blessing from the Reverend Pen Peery as they prepare to transition into the next chapter of their lives. Following the worship service, senior youth and their families will gather for a luncheon in Wood Fellowship Hall. RSVP and get additional information on the Now@First page on the church website. Senior Photos Deadline Wednesday, February 12 High school seniors have until Wednesday, February 12, to send childhood, family or baby pictures for the Senior Slideshow. Send photos to Bailey Morton (ym@firstpres-charlotte.org). Visit the Now@First page on the church website to upload Senior photos for the church bulletin Senior Sunday.


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We Learn

Journey to the Holy Lands Info Session/Sunday, January 26/Wood Fellowship Overflow/Noon-1:30 p.m. Mission Possible: Urban Ministries (K-5th Grade)/ Sunday, January 26/Noon-2 p.m. Sorting Out: Racism and the New South/Sundays, February 9 & 16/Wood Fellowship Overflow/10 a.m. Youth Grade Level Dinners/Sunday, February 9/ offsite/6 p.m. Bible & Beverage/Tuesday, February 11/Resident Culture Brewing/8 p.m. Congregational Book Read/Thursday, February 20/ Register online/Various locations offsite/6:30-8:30 p.m. Congregational Breakfast/Sunday, February 23/Wood Fellowship Hall/10 a.m. FEAST Luncheon & Project/Sunday, March 1/Frances Browne Dining Room/Noon Youth Grade Level Dinners/Sunday, March 1/Offsite/6 p.m. Willard Lecture: The Power of Boundless Compassion with Father Greg Boyle/Sunday, March 15/Sanctuary/5 p.m. Massanetta Springs Youth Conference/July 14-17/For current 5th-8th graders/Registration starts February 2

We Care

Women’s Nutrition & Health Night/Tuesday, January 28/Home of Carmalita Monroe, 2341 Richardson Drive/6:30 p.m. First Fruits Fellowship/ Thursday, February 6/Mere’s in Dilworth/ 6-8 p.m. Movie Night: Toy Story 4/Friday, February 7/Wood Fellowship Hall/5:45 p.m. Prime Timers Brunch Bunch/Sunday, February 9/ Frances Browne Dining Room/Noon Whenever registration or other sign-up is required, visit the Now@First page on the church website under Tickets & Signups.

We Serve

Room in the Inn/Mondays and Tuesdays through March Moving Ministry/Saturday, February 8/Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank, 333 Dalton Avenue/9 a.m. Cuba Mission Trip/March 20-26

Church Leadership & Administration

Session Meeting/Sunday, January 26/Session Room/6 p.m. Diaconate Meeting/Sunday, February 16/S203 Pattie Cole Room/12:15 p.m.

PW Circles

Circle 5/Monday, February 3/Home of Mary Barry, Sharon Towers, 1205 North Tower/10 a.m. Circle 4/Monday, February 3/Pattie Cole Room (S203)/1:30 p.m. Circle 6/Tuesday, February 4/Home of Lanier Hoy, 600 Hempstead Place/10:30 a.m. Circle 10/Tuesday, February 4/Home of Beth Guinan, 204 Wales Avenue/7 p.m. Circle 12/Tuesday, February 4/Home of Kathryn Justis, 8323 Bar Harbor Lane/7 p.m.  Circle 13/Tuesday, February 4/Home of Cynthia Buck/1220 Belgrave Place/7 p.m.  Circle 2/Friday, February 7/Details to be determined   Circle 15/Monday, February 10/Home of Barbara Climer, 1814 Sterling Road/9:45 a.m. Circle 3/Tuesday, February 11/Home of Barb Neidinger, 461 Pine Road, Davidson/1 p.m. Circle 9/Thursday, February 13/Home of Suzy Nurkin, 5916 Laurium Road/7 p.m.   Circle 14/Details to be determined/Contact Lillie Cochran (lilliemcochran@gmail.com)

Faith Unfiltered the Podcast in February

Sharing our podcast with your friends and family is a great way to let people know that diversity of thinking and a warm welcome to all are part of our DNA at FPC. Here’s what’s coming up on First Presbyterian’s podcast over the next month: •

Seeking Wisdom at Staff Meeting: Staff meetings are different when you work at a church. First Presbyterian Church clergy and staff members reflect on whether nature can be as effective as church during the weekly staff meeting. January 31-February 13. Host Peg Robarchek

Seeking Wisdom from Room In The Inn: Charlotte has been called the City of Churches. How do our Room In The Inn guests experience the people of Charlotte as residents of a city known for its houses of worship? February 14-27. Host Dartinia Hull

Listen at www.faithunfilteredtepodcast.com, in the weekly enews on Fridays or on either the Now@First or the Learn pages on the church website. There’s also a Faith Unfiltered page on Facebook.

What’s New, continued from page 3

Sorting Out: Racism and the New South All are invited when Passages, Conversations and Good Samaritan classes combine Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for this two-part series in February. •

February 9 - Hal Clarke will discuss recent learnings on racism and how scripture is shaping his response. Wood Fellowship Overflow

February 16 - Dr. Tom Hanchett will explore the surprising history of how Charlotte became segregated, both racially and economically. His book about the history of Charlotte will be on sale; sales will benefit the Levine Museum of the New South. Wood Fellowship Overflow


Holy Land Sign Up begins February 7 Non-members may register beginning March 27, 2020. A $500 per person refundable deposit is required to hold one of 42 spots. See the website or Realm for a link to sign up. The total cost will be approximately $5000 depending on airfare at the time. Limited financial assistance is available. Contact Garrell Keesler (gkeesler@firstpres-charlotte.org). PW Accepting Grant Applications Do you know an agency or organization that could use financial assistance? PW (Presbyterian Women) is accepting applications for grants from its Benevolence Fund through March 20. Preference is given to agencies working to break the cycles of poverty, illiteracy, violence and crime, particularly as these issues impact women and children. The Benevolence Review Committee participates with agencies and organizations providing hope, help and dignity for those in need, with a focus on serving Christ in the heart of Charlotte. To recommend an agency or organization, send the name and contact information to Jane Gustafson (janekgustafson@gmail.com), 112 Hillside Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209. Call Jane (704-839-1222) with questions. Application form are on the Now@First page on the church website, under Tickets and Signups. Cookies for Sharon Towers Construction at Sharon Towers will mean there is no space for the annual cookie party hosted by PW (Presbyterian Women). But construction won’t keep us from making sure our friends at Sharon Towers have a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day. PW is requesting four dozen cookies from each Circle so a gift bag can be made for Sharon Towers’ residents. Cookies can be dropped off at the church by 1 p.m. on Monday, February 10, or at the home of Page Rogers (please use the covered side patio) by 5 p.m. on the same day. Gift bags will be assembled and delivered to Sharon Towers. Montreat Worship & Music Conference Registration is now open for Montreat Worship and Music conference, June 21-26. The conference is open to current 3rd-12th grade students and will cost no more than $375. Final cost depends on the number of children and youth who attend. Contact Will Young (wyoung@firstpres-charlotte.org) about financial assistance. Children and youth participate in choir, Bible Study, Fun and Games, small groups and other electives (for middle school and high school) such as handbells, drama, instrumental ensembles, a social justice seminar, and photography. Evening activities include the YMCA climbing tower (weather permitting), pizza at My Father’s Pizza, a talent show and the closing music program Friday evening. Contact Caryn Overbey (coverbey@firstpres-charlotte.org) with questions. To register your child or youth, send a check for $75 made out to First Presbyterian Church (with Montreat W&M in the memo field) to Caryn Overbey’s attention. Hot Chocolate Sunday Meet and welcome new members after they join on February 23 when we enjoy hot chocolate in the drive at noon. (We’ll cancel if weather doesn’t cooperate.) Room In The Inn Needs Volunteers Overnight volunteers are needed for February and March to offer hospitality to our neighbors who are without shelter during the winter months. Volunteers to prepare breakfast and lunch are also needed. Sign up from the Now@First page on the church website.


A Home for Restless Hearts, continued from page 1

Formation classes during this Lenten season will explore the Trinity. The Trinity is the name we give to the three persons of God who are revealed in Scripture. Yet we can’t exactly say what this doctrine is, because, as Richard Rohr puts it, “we are the in the realm...of transcendence, of mystery.” Here’s what Formation will offer. • •

Sundays, March 1-15 - Combined Adult classes with guest speakers. 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26 - Book discussion on The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr. This book suggests a shift in the way that we consider the Trinity and images of God. 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Winter Worship: Back to Basics Three weeks remain in the worship series in which we explore the basics of our faith. Here’s what we’ll talk about between now and the beginning of Lent. • February 2 - What is Worship? Sermon text: 1 Kings 19:11-13a; first reading: Genesis 1:1-5, 2:1-3. The Reverend Pen Peery preaching. •

February 9 - Reach Out for What? Sermon text: Luke 5:17-36; first reading: Mark 12:28-34. The Reverend Pen Peery preaching.

February 16 - Why be Presbyterian? The Reverend Robert Galloway preaching.

Being Human: Addiction and Recovery One week remains in this Formation series in Wood Fellowship Overflow at 10 a.m. On February 2, join us as we hear personal stories of struggle and recovery. Congregational Book Study There’s still time to get your copy of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, and participate in one of the discussion groups at various locations on Thursday, February 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This congregational book read is designed to familiarize us with Father Greg Boyle, who will deliver the 2020 Willard lecture on Sunday, March 15 (Read below for more details). Sign up for a discussion group online under Tickets and Signups on the Now@First page on the church website. 2020 Willard Lecture: The Power of Boundless Compassion Tickets are selling quickly for the 30th Willard Lecture in the series established in memory of Charles R. Willard, who died in Vietnam 50 years ago. Father Greg Boyle, who has worked with gangs and those who are incarcerated for 30 years in East L.A., will speak on The Power of Boundless Compassion. Tickets are $10 and are available online. Childcare for infant to 5th grade is available with registration. The lecture will be Sunday, March 15, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by a reception in Wood Fellowship Hall, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Women’s Nutrition & Health Night Registered dietitian and nutritionist Jacy Schaffer will be on hand Tuesday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss nutrition and healthy lifestyles during this First Fellowship event. She will be joined by Dr. Anne Barnard, who can also answer questions related to women’s health. Come enjoy fellowship as we learn how to better care for the gift of God that is our bodies. This event will be at home of Carmalita Monroe, 2341 Richardson Drive. Register online. Movie Night: Toy Story 4 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 7, when Movie Night in Wood Fellowship Hall will feature Toy Story 4. No need to RSVP—bring your own dinner if you like, eat pizza during an intermission, or plan to enjoy popcorn and Twizzlers. The movie starts at 6 p.m. This movie night is sponsored by PW Circle #2, the Fellowship Committee, and the Children’s Ministry team.  


Parish Nurse Update Parish nurse Sherry Olson has left to pursue full time work opportunities. Her last day was January 21. We are appreciative of her ministry in our midst and wish her the best in her next chapter.

Weekly Activities

The following activities occur each week on the days indicated.

Sundays Sunday Morning Fellowship Coffee in the Welcome Center, information tables in the Historical Lobby, 8:45-11 a.m. Worship Sanctuary, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Morning Formation for All Ages Details in the Historical Lobby Various locations, 10 a.m. Presbyterian Youth Connection Various locations, 6-7:45 p.m. Mondays Al-Anon Meeting Noon Tuesdays AA Meeting 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Bible Study Pattie Cole Room (S203) 11 a.m. Wednesdays Wednesday Evening Music Ministry Schedule • Dinner, $8 adults; $5 children 5-11, free for children under 5. Cash or check. Wood Fellowship Hall, 5:15 p.m.

• Children’s Choirs, 6-7 p.m. • Youth Choir, 6:30-7:15 p.m. • Calvin Handbell Ringers, 7-7:15 p.m.

• Knox Handbell Ringers, 7:15-8 p.m. • Sanctuary Choir, 7:30-9 p.m. • Ivey Handbell Ringers, 8-9 p.m. Thursdays Men’s Bible Study Frances Browne Dining Room (P212), 7 a.m. Thursday Morning Bible Study (women) Home of the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter, 9:30-11 a.m. Christ Care Group for Cancer Survivors P201, 10:15 a.m., Third Thursdays (Contact Lisa Evans, 704-358-0984) Fridays AA Meeting 11:30 a.m. Saturdays Sandwich Kitchen FPC kitchen, various times Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance Lemma Howerton (S202), 10 a.m. (First & Third Saturdays only)


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