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Christ in the Heart of Charlotte

Published by First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte NC November 2019

Charlotte 2040

Where is Charlotte headed in the next 20 years? Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Director of Planning, Design and Development for the City of Charlotte, comes to First Presbyterian on Sunday, November 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Join us in this free program as we embrace the needs of our city so we can respond with ministry over the next 20 years. Jaiyeoba will share the status of the city’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The plan will guide what projects the city approves, where development can occur, and what neighborhoods will look like at the end of the next stage of the city’s growth. It will also help define what Charlotte aspires to be. The program and dinner will be in Wood Fellowship Hall, 5:307:30 p.m. Registration is now open on the church website. Special programming for children (K-5) and youth, as well as nursery care, will be available. Registration is required for childcare. Before coming to Charlotte in 2018, Jaiyeoba worked as a consultant and planner for cities in Botswana, as well as in Sacramento and Atlanta. A native of Nigeria who came to the U.S. in 1996, he is charged with planning how to handle Charlotte’s growth. Learn more about how faith informs his work in our Faith Unfiltered podcast, accessible from the Learn page on the website. CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston and Habitat for Humanity CEO & President Laura Belcher will join Jaiyeoba in a panel discussion. Each will provide information on needs in their areas and ways those needs might be addressed in the future. The program includes a light dinner. Register on the Now@First page on the church website. ( Charlotte2040FPC)

Save the Dates

December 4

Advent Communion Service & Luncheon

December 19

Service of Wholeness & Healing

December 22

Service of Lessons & Carols

What’s new? Home: A Sense of Belonging

A three-week Formation series about housing, eviction and homelessness will be led by three community leaders in Wood Fellowship Overflow, Sundays in November at 10 a.m. Kathy Izard, Tommy Holderness and Liz Clasen-Kelly will share their calling to work with our neighbors to create not just a place to live, but also a sense of home. Their stories will help us learn more about our neighbors’ lives and how we can respond with compassion to address housing issues in Charlotte. • November 10 - Kathy Izard, author of The Hundred Story Home and A Good Night for Mr. Coleman, was instrumental in establishing Moore Place, permanent housing for those who were formerly homeless. She will talk about belonging and what home represents.   •

November 17 - Tommy Holderness, FPC member and attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina, will talk about the connection between his calling to Union Seminary and how it led him to leave a corporate law practice to work for Legal Aid of NC. He sees home as central to belonging and will focus on evictions (stats and recent examples) and their impact on individuals and communities. November 24 - Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center, will address the status of homelessness in Charlotte.    

Leaps of Faith: Annual Advent Communion Service

Mark your calendars for the annual Advent Communion Service on Wednesday, December 4, at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Leading worship will be the Reverend Lisa Saunders, Associate Rector at Christ Episcopal Church. Lisa, a WinstonSalem native, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Virginia Theological Seminary. She served parishes in Alexandria, Virginia, and Coral Gables, Florida, before answering the call from Christ Church in 1988. Her topic will be Leaps of Faith. After the service, all are invited to a luncheon in Wood Fellowship Hall. The cost for the luncheon is $12 and the deadline to register for the luncheon is Monday, November 25. Register on the Now@First page on the church website, at the church on Sundays in November or by calling 704.332.5123. The luncheon is hosted by PW (Presbyterian Women).

Help Make Singing in the Season Festive

Yes, we know Singing in the Season is all about the music. But you can help set the stage by providing goodies or decorating one of the trees in Wood Fellowship Hall. Trees go up in Wood Fellowship Hall on December 2 and will be up through Christmas. If you would like to decorate a tree with your family, friends, circle or other group, contact Caryn Overbey (coverbey@ to reserve a tree and a time to decorate.

Coming up at First Presbyterian Church We Worship

Daylight Saving Time Ends/Sunday, November 3 All Saints Sunday with Communion & Home Communion/Sunday, November 3 Singing in the Season Tickets/Available online beginning November 10 Thanksgiving Sunday/Sunday, November 24

We Learn

A Vision for Charlotte 2040/Sunday, November 3/Wood Fellowship Hall/5:30-7:30 p.m. MS/HS PYC/Sunday, November 3/Wood Fellowship Hall and Youth Gym/Dinner 5:30, followed by program Young Adult Habitat for Humanity Build/Saturday, November 9/Offsite/8 a.m.-noon, lunch to follow FEAST & Thanksgiving Wreaths for Children & Families/Sunday, November 10/Wood Fellowship Overflow/Noon HS Mission Trip to Mexico Interest Meeting (Youth and/ or Parents)/Sunday, November 10/P321/12:15 p.m. Youth Grade Level Dinner/Sunday, November 10/ Offsite/6 p.m. Registration HS Mission Trip to Mexico/Mondays, November 11-December 11/Interest meeting will be Sunday, November 10, noon-1 p.m. for youth and/or parents in HS Room (P321). Home: A Sense of Belonging/Sundays, November 10, 17 and 24/Wood Fellowship Overflow/10 a.m. HS/MS Youth Council/ Sunday, November 17/P301 & P321/5:15 p.m. PYC/Sunday, November 17/Wood Fellowship Hall, P301 and P321/6 p.m. Holy Land Bible Study/Monday, November 18/ Offsite/6:30 p.m. Children’s Advent Workshop Registration Deadline/ Monday, November 18/Workshop is Sunday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. Elementary Nativity Play Registration Deadline/Monday, November 18/Nativity Play is Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. Confirmation Retreat/November 22-24/Offsite

Other ways you can help include baking cookies or other treats, helping set out treats and beverages before the event, or carrying trays and beverages to the kitchen after the event. Contact Caryn Overbey.

High School Youth Retreat/November 23-24/Offsite

Let’s Get Digital

We Serve

Dartinia Hull has been named Digital Community Manager, with a shift in duties that will include creating a more vibrant presence everywhere online—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, podcast, website and blog. You’ll also see her more often—she now works Sundays, so look for her to ask how you can stay on top of everything that’s happening at First Presbyterian. Dartinia has been at First Presbyterian Church for nine years. She’s been a journalist, a teacher and a radio DJ. She is currently a contributor to Medium. com and Bitter Southerner.


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6th & 7th Grade Youth Retreat/November 23-24/Offsite Room in the Inn Registration/On the Now@First page HELPS Tutor Training/Wednesday, November 6/P203/10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Moving Ministry/November 9/Crisis Assistance Furniture Bank, 333 Dalton Avenue/9 a.m. Room in the Inn Training & Dinner/Wednesday, November 13/Wood Fellowship Overflow

We Care

What’s New, continued from previous page

Singing in the Season Tickets

Brunch Bunch/Sunday, November 10/Frances Browne Dining Room (P212)/Noon

Free tickets for the sixth annual musical event will be available online beginning November 10. Join your church family in Wood Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 8, at 5 p.m. for an evening of musical fun and a sing-along of your favorite Christmas music with the Sanctuary Choir, Kirk Choir, Ivey and Knox Handbell Ensembles and orchestra.

First Fellowship/Monday, November 11/Beads Inc./339 Circle Drive/6-8:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Sunday

First Fruits with Young Adults/Thursday, November 7/Red Clay Ciderworks/6-8 p.m.

Church Leadership & Administration

Join us for worship on Sunday, November 24, as we express our gratitude for all that you make possible through your stewardship dollars. Scripture for the day will be Psalm 46 and Colossians 1:11-20.

Session Meeting/Sunday, November 24/Session Room/6 p.m.

Want to Get Involved? Shop to Share

Diaconate Meeting/Sunday, November 17/Pattie Cole Room (S203)/6 p.m.

Church Offices Closed for Thanksgiving/Beginning 3 p.m. November 27, all day November 28-29

PW Circles

Circle 5/Monday, November 4/Sharon Towers, 1205 North, Hostess: Betty Patterson/10 a.m. Circle 4/Monday, November 4/Pattie Cole Room (S203)/1:30 p.m. Circle 6/Tuesday, November 5/Home of Phyllis Melton, The Cypress/10:30 a.m.  Circle 10/Tuesday, November 5/Home of Elizabeth Taylor, 600 Manning Drive/7 p.m. Circle 12/Tuesday, November 5/Home of Page Rogers, 2212 Valencia Terrace/7 p.m.  Circle 13/Tuesday, November 5/Sharon Towers City View Club Room/7 p.m.  Circle 9/Thursday, November 7/Home of Addison Ayer, 1943 S. Wendover Road/10 a.m.  Circle 3/Tuesday, November 12/Home of Deirdre Grubbs, 757 Jetton Street, Unit 7, Davidson/1 p.m. Circle 15/Thursday, November 14/Home of Melissa Self, 2009 Dartmouth Place/9:45 a.m. Circle 2/November 18/Lunch in Center City, details TBD Circle 11/November 21/Home of Lucy Caldwell, 2251 Selwyn Avenue, Unit 202/5 p.m. Circle 14/Friendsgiving/details TBD

FPC Schools

Children’s Worship/November 13/Sanctuary/9:50 a.m. Weekday School 3’s Muffins for Moms/Thursday and Friday, November 14 and 15/Classrooms /9 a.m.

You can support the children, families and staff at our partner schools, Lakewood Preschool and Westerly Hills Academy, through Shop to Share. Shop to Share is a new twist on the weekend food bag effort. Shop to Share allows you to purchase items for our partners while you do your regular shopping, then bring your items to the church to be delivered to the school. Place your items in the shopping cart in the hallway behind the sanctuary. Sign up on the Now@ First page on the church website.

2020 Mission Trip to Russia

Travel to Russia next summer with members of your First Presbyterian family. June 19-29, 2020, a group will engage in a ministry of presence with our partners at Hope Baptist Church in Ryazan, Russia. “This partnership is based on building and strengthening relationships,” said Mary Elizabeth Coley. “We would love to have group members who are open to hearing stories and getting to know our Russian friends. Flexibility is also important as we travel across the world and in a different culture.” The cost of the trip is approximately $2500, which includes flights, hotels, most meals, two nights in Moscow, and three nights in St. Petersburg. While we are in Ryazan, we will worship with our partners in their newly completed sanctuary and support and build relationships with congregants who deal with tension and discrimination in their daily lives simply because they worship in a Protestant church. Group members must be confirmed by Sunday, January 5, 2020, so there is time to get Letters of Invitation and visas. Contact Mary Elizabeth Coley (

November First Fruits with Young Adults

This month, First Presbyterian young adults will join in the fellowship as First Fruits toasts autumn with cider and light bites. The group will meet at Red Clay Ciderworks, 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, November 7. Contact the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter (

Children’s FEAST Luncheon

Children’s Ministries FEAST & Thanksgiving Wreaths will be on Sunday, November 10, at noon in P307. Children and families can build their own sandwich lunch followed by creating Thanksgiving wreaths. Have fun as you get to know other FPC families with preschool-elementary aged children.

First Fellowship at Beads Inc.

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

On Monday, November 11, 6-8:30 p.m. join FPC friends at Beads Inc., 339 Circle Drive, for an evening of jewelry-making and fellowship just in time for the holiday season. Make something for yourself or to give as a gift. Ages 10+ welcome! Cost is $20 per person for instruction, not including supplies. RSVP to the Reverend Mary Margaret Porter ( Continued on next page


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Bible and Beverage/November 12/Resident Culture Brewing/8-9:30 p.m.

Join the Reverend Pen Peery and other FPC men for discussion and fellowship at Resident Culture Brewing, 2101 Central Avenue, 8-9:30 p.m. This men’s group meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

There’s still time… Room in the Inn Signup Deadline

Sign up by November 1 to offer shelter from the storm for our neighbors who will be without shelter during the winter ahead as part of Room in the Inn. “The deadline is early this year for two reasons,” said Ministry Team Coordinator Flo Bryan. “First, we’re offering dinner and orientation for all who will serve or are interested in serving with Room in the Inn from December through March. The orientation will be Wednesday, November 13, so we need to know you’re interested by the first of the month. “The second reason is that beginning in November, the Urban Ministry Center will also open up the opportunity to serve with us here to members of Elevation Church. It’s exciting to get to work with another Center City church. But with our long history of hosting Room in the Inn, we want to be sure we have good coverage by our members every Monday and Tuesday night, December through March.” First Presbyterian has been opening its doors since 1996 to our neighbors who need shelter during the winter. Sign up now to meet the others who will serve and find out how you can be part of offering safety, food and a deeper connection for some of our most vulnerable neighbors this winter. Contact Ministry Team Coordinator Flo Bryan ( if you have questions or want to learn more at the orientation before signing up on the Now@First page on the church website. November 3: All Saints Sunday In the Presbyterian Church, All Saints’ Day marks a time when we give thanks for the ordinary, holy lives of the believers in this and every age. It is also a time when we celebrate the lives of those in our community of faith who have died in the past year. We also pray that we may be counted among the company of the faithful in God’s eternal realm. When we note this day on November 3, our scripture will be Revelation 7:9-17 and Matthew 5:1-12. Monthly Children’s Worship The final monthly Children’s Worship offered by FPC Schools this year will be on Wednesday, November 13, at 9:50 in the Sanctuary, on Jonah and the Big Fish from Jonah 1-4.


During inclement weather, First Presbyterian Church will post updates about our status in various places on social media, on several television stations, and on our website. • On our website: When a decision is made, a red banner with details will be at the top of the home page on the church website. • On television: Visit Spectrum News, WBTV-Channel 3, WCNC- Channel 36, or WSOC-Channel 9. • Social media: We will post updates at our accounts on Instagram (firstprescharlotte), on our office Facebook page (First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte) and in the First Connect group on Facebook.

Weekly Activities

The following activities occur each week on the days indicated.

Sundays Sunday Morning Fellowship 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 Myers Park Methodist Church until January, 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. 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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