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Christ in the Heart of Charlotte

Published by First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte NC May 2019

tune our


music sunday may

19, 11 a.m.

featuring the sanctuary choir and guest musicians

Tune your heart on Sunday, May 19, as we kick off our summer schedule with the annual Music Sunday at 11 a.m. Then, enjoy the first picnic of the summer season during the Food Truck Lunch on the lawn. Details on page 2.

Save the Dates

June 2-July 28

Sundays: God at the Movies Sermon Series

June 17-July 24

BELL Academic Enrichment Camp

September 8

Fall Kick-Off

Coming up at First Presbyterian Church

What’s new?

Worship Highlights for May

During Eastertide, we being a worship series that continues to explore the messages in Dr. Jonathan Haidt’s Willard Lecture on May 7. Here’s what to expect when we gather in the Sanctuary in May, including our sermons and scripture for May 5, 12 and 26, as well as a special day of music on May 19. See you in the Sanctuary on Sundays.

We Worship

• May 5: The Reverend Pen Peery will preach on the topic The World is Wide Enough. Scripture: Isaiah 55:6-12 • May 12: The Reverend Pen Peery will preach about how hard it is to fish with a closed mind. Scripture: John 21:1-19. This will be the final Sunday with a 9 a.m. service until September. • May 19: Will Young, the Sanctuary Choir and guest musicians will lead the special Music Sunday service, Tune Our Hearts, in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. Beginning this week, there will be no 9 a.m. service until September. • May 26: The Reverend Pen Peery will preach on Beyond Categories. Scripture: Acts 10.

We Learn

Charlotte Children’s Choir

We Care

Visit the Sanctuary on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. for a performance by the Charlotte Children’s Choir.

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Food Truck Lunch Sunday, May 19

Bring a bl or cam anket p chair !

Noon On the front lawn of First Presbyterian Church

Everyone is welcome! Games • Food • Fellowship Food Trucks From Sticks and Cones QC Sliders Fresh Med

Music Sunday: Tune Our Hearts/Sunday, May 19/ Sanctuary/11 a.m. Summer Schedule begins. No 9 a.m. service. Sunday school remains on its regular schedule through May 19. 2019 Willard Lecture/Tuesday, May 7/Sanctuary/7 p.m. Middle School Retreat/May 17-18/Offsite Appleby Award Luncheon/Sunday, June 2

We Serve

Moving Ministry/May 11/Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank/9 a.m. Camp Grier Family Dinner/Wednesday, May 22/6:30 p.m. Sparkle Party to Support Summer Camps/Sunday, May 5/ Home of the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter/2-5 p.m. PW Birthday Dinner/Thursday, May 9/Courtyard & Wood Fellowship Hall/5:15 p.m. Food Truck Lunch/Sunday, May 19/Front lawn/Noon First Fruits/Thursday, May 23/Petit Philippe/6-8 p.m. Lemonade on the Lawn/Sundays, May 26-September 1/Front lawn/Noon

Church Leadership & Administration

Kiwanis BBQ & Bluegrass/Friday, May 10/Front Lawn/11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Diaconate Meeting/Sunday, May 19/S203/6 p.m. Session Meeting/Sunday, May 19/Frances Browne Dining Room/6 p.m. Memorial Day Holiday/Monday, May 27/Church offices closed

PW Circles

Circle 4/Monday, May 1/Pattie Cole Room (S203)/2 Circle 9/ Thursday, May 2/P206/10 a.m. Circle 4/Monday, May 6/S203/2 p.m. Circle 5/Monday, May 6/Sharon Towers City View Club Room/10:30 a.m. Circle 6/Tuesday, May 7/Home of Lanier Hoy, 600 Hempstead Place/10:30 a.m. Circle 10/Tuesday, May 7/Home of Liana Humphrey, 4415 Barwick Road/7 p.m. Circle 13/Tuesday, May 14/Harris Towne Centre at Sharon Towers/7 p.m.

FPC Schools

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CDC Tea Time & Music/Monday, May 13/8:30 a.m. WDS Four/TK Music Program & Luncheon/Thursday, May 16/Sanctuary & Wood Fellowship Hall/11:30 a.m. WDS Field Day & Picnic/Tuesday, May 21/11 a.m. WDS Last day/Thursday, May 23 WDS Uptown Fun/Tuesday, May 28-June 7 CDC Graduation/Friday, May 31

What’s New, continued from previous page

Summer Worship Highlights

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 with the pastors 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. • • •

Lemonade on the Lawn

Beginning on Sunday, May 26, and continuing until September, enjoy lemonade on the lawn at noon each week. Volunteers will be needed to greet and pour lemonade—a great way for children to serve with an adult. Sign up on the website beginning soon.

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Welcome to the Welcome Center

“We’re excited to dedicate some of this space to welcoming guests and providing a space for guests and members to learn more about First Presbyterian Church,” said Lucy Caldwell, Membership Development Coordinator. “We hope everyone will get into the habit of dropping by, especially when they bring visitors with them to a service.”

The front part of the church’s library is now the church’s official Welcome Center.

A tour of the church will leave from the Welcome Center at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday. And in addition to a big-screen TV where anyone can drop by to view the church’s welcome video and to review headline news about activities and events going on at the church, the new Welcome Center will be where Lucy has office hours during the week. All are invited to stop by.

Here’s How to Get Involved

Book Swap at Westerly Hills Academy On May 14 and May 16, we will host the first 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. Volunteer online. In addition, we continue to collect new and gently used books appropriate for students who are in pre-K through grade 5. Drop your donations on the book cart in the hallway behind the Sanctuary through May 12. Please contact Heather Herring ( with questions.

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June 2: The Reverend Pen Peery will explore the theme blessed to be a blessing found in the film Black Panther. June 9: On Pentecost, 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 Dr. Rebecca Davis will explore 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 Sunday, May 26, an intergenerational class will introduce the series in Wood Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m.

Vacation Bible School/June 24-27/9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Join us this summer for To Mars & Beyond, a Vacation Bible School experience to help children discover the wonders of God’s universe. Exploring where God’s power can take them, they will become voyagers on a journey through space.

Registration is open to children who will be five years old by June 1 through fifth grade. Cost is $20/ child. We don’t want anyone to miss VBS due to financial concerns, so please check the box for a confidential scholarship request when registering. Childcare and preschool options are available for volunteers.

Girl Scout Troop Volunteers Needed

During the 2019-20 school year, the Girl Scout troop we sponsor at Wilson STEM Academy will expand 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.


There’s still time…

Middle School Sabbath Retreat/May 18-19/Montreat, NC

Registration closes May 1 for this two-day event to explore sabbath, rest and renewal. We will conclude our weekend by joining our FPC family on the lawn for lunch at noon.

PW Birthday Dinner Registration Closes May 2

Weekly Activities Calendar

The following activities occur each week on the days indicated. Check out the Events Calendar, beginning on page 2, for special events at various times throughout the month.


Register by Thursday for the annual PW (Presbyterian Women) Birthday Dinner on Thursday, May 9. You can register online, phone the church receptionist, or by mail. When registering, you can also request child care at no charge. http://bit. ly/2019PWBirthday

Intergenerational Formation in Wood Fellowship Hall, 10 a.m. Begins May 26.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers in the courtyard, followed by a buffet dinner and the program in Wood Fellowship Hall. This year’s speaker will be Gail Henderson-Belsito, a student at Union Theological Seminary and Director of Congregational Care and Worship at Caldwell Presbyterian Church.

Sunday Morning Fellowship Information tables in the Historical Lobby, 8:45-11 a.m.

In addition, Honorary Life Memberships will be awarded, this year’s Benevolence Grants will be announced, the 2019-2020 PW Coordinating Team will be installed, and a book will be donated to the church library in honor of members who have died over the past year. Items left over from the Sparkle Party (see below for details) will be available for purchase at the dinner as well.

Sparkle Party

Are you looking to update your accessories wardrobe? Come to the annual PW Sparkle Party on May 5! Lightly used jewelry, scarves, handbags and other accessories will be on sale and the proceeds will support BELL, the summer academic enrichment program, and Camp Grier. Enjoy fun, fellowship, food and fashion on Sunday, May 5, 2-5 p.m. at the home of the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter, 1910 Beverly Drive. This event is open to everyone, so bring a friend.

Church Tour leaves from the Welcome Center, 10:15 a.m.

Worship Sanctuary, 11 a.m.


Al-Anon Meeting Noon

Tuesdays AA Meeting 11:30 a.m.


Wednesday Evening Music Ministry Schedule

Final rehearsals for the Sanctuary Choir, May 29.

Fridays AA Meeting 11:30 a.m.


Sandwich Kitchen FPC kitchen, various times

2019 Willard Lecture/Tuesday, May 7/Sanctuary/7 p.m.

The deadline is coming soon to purchase your tickets for the 2019 Willard Lecture by Dr. Jonathan Haidt, a New York Times best-selling author whose TED Talks have been viewed more than three million times. Rise Above: Becoming a Healer in an Ailing World will be the topic when Dr. Haidt speaks in the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, May 7. The lecture and Q&A session will be 7-8:30 p.m., with an opening reception in Wood Fellowship Hall at 6:15 p.m. What might happen if we stop seeing ourselves as good and those we disagree with as bad? Are we willing to consider, instead, living from a place of moral humility? Can we both celebrate and weave together our individual uniqueness? How could we acknowledge our common humanity in ways that defines us more broadly because of our differences. 2019 Willard Lecturer Dr. Haidt doesn’t offer simplistic answers to these complex questions. But he does offer key ideas that can help us attempt to answer these questions together in ways that could enable us to rise above the issues that divide us. Dr. Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at the NYU-Stern School of Business. He uses his research to help people understand and respect the moral motives of their enemies. His three TED talks have been viewed more than three million times. Funded by the Charles R. Willard, Jr., Endowment Fund, the Willard Lecture focuses on matters of social justice, human dignity and inclusion, and other relevant issues of our time. These conversations of faith are open to all. They also reflect the common goal of nurturing and deepening our relationship with God and one another. The cost is $10 and tickets may be purchased online. Childcare will be provided for infants through children in the fifth grade. There is no cost for childcare, but reservations are required.


DBSA (Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance) Support Group Lemma Howerton (S202), 10 a.m. (First & Third Saturdays only)

Summer Hours First Presbyterian Church starts its summer worship schedule on May 19. Worship will be at 11 a.m. Intergenerational Formation begins May 26 at 10 a.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall.

Whenever registration or other sign-up is required, visit the Now@ First page on the church website under Tickets & Signups.

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