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ta p e s t r y Weaving Stories of Faith, Hope and Life

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A Year in Pictures

And you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God. Psalm 121:1

Published quarterly by First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte NC Winter 2020

Winter 2020

ta p e s t r y

ta p e s t r y a publication of First Presbyterian Church 200 West Trade St. Charlotte, NC 28202 www.firstpres-charlotte.org 2 • tapestry • winter 2020

editor Peg Robarchek designer Dartinia Hull publications assistant Savannah Jillani

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A Season

of Change

The writer of Ecclesiastes says “for every time there is a season.” At First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, 2019 was a season in ministry with a lot of change. Most notably, a change in staff. We said goodbye to the Reverend Katherine Kerr after almost 12 years of ministry as our Associate Pastor (and Senior Associate Pastor) for Congregational Care. We also welcomed three new senior staff members in Shantiqua Neely (Director of Outreach and Mission), the Reverend Robert Galloway (Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults), and the Reverend Anna Rainey Dickson (Temporary Associate Pastor for Congregational Care). All change takes adjustment, but I am beyond thrilled with the staff team we have in place. In our short time working together, I have experienced energy, enthusiasm, and joy. I rejoice in the talent that God has gathered for the sake of helping us carry our Christ’s call in the center of the city and the world around us. The year 2019 was also a time when plans turned into action. After dreaming and talking about a capital campaign for a long while, in October of last year, the Session authorized the start of early fundraising for the purpose of a campaign that will help us renovate our Sanctuary, expand opportunities for outreach, create spaces of welcome, and address long-range plans for the upkeep of our church campus. Last year we were much more intentional about using digital technology to help us tell the story of the good things that God is accomplishing through us as a church. We have a robust social media presence that, every week, is growing the connections to our church. We have started a podcast (Faith Unfiltered) that is gaining traction in our community—and, importantly—beyond us. We have increased our use of video. Through it all, God has been faithful and generous. So thanks be, for you, the members of this vibrant community of faith, and the movement of the Holy Spirit that allows us to trust that change is preparing us for a future filled with hope. We hope you enjoy a look back at a year in photos in this year’s issue of Tapestry. In Christ,

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J a n ua r y

“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the


Rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

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But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to

Me, and do

not hinder them, for the kingdom of

God belongs

to such as these.

Luke 18:16

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F e b r ua r y

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name

God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4

in the sight of

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For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16

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Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.

Ezekiel 9:4

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This one will say, “I am the LORD’S;” another be called by the name of Jacob; yet another will write on his hand, “The LORD’S,” and adopt the name of Israel. Isaiah 44:5

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April Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3

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I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:13 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship. John 4:20

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m ay

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17

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So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5

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S u mm e r

A voice says, “cry out.” and i said, “what shall I cry?” “all people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.” isaiah

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Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. matthew 13:43

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All Scripture is breathed out by

God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in

righteousness, that the man of


may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 timothy 3:16-17

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you

strong—that is, that you and

I may be

mutually encouraged

by each other’s faith. romans

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The Lord watch between you and me, when we are out of one another’s sight. genesis


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October Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

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For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;


stores up sound wisdom for the upright;

He is a

shield to those who walk blamelessly, guarding

the paths of justice and preserving the way of the faithful ones.

Proverbs 2:6-8

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November Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

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December The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

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A merry heart does good like medicine. Proverbs 17:22

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the

darkness, but will have the

life. John

Light of 8:12

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Programs & Events Coming Soon January 26 Journey to the Holy Land Info Session Wood Fellowship Overflow, 12-1 p.m. January 28 Women’s Nutrition & Health Night Home of Carmalita Monroe, 6:30 p.m. February 6 First Fruits Fellowship Offsite, 6-8 p.m. February 9 Prime Timers Brunch Bunch Frances Browne Dining Room, noon February 9 & 16 Sorting Out: Racism and the New South Wood Fellowship Overflow, 10 a.m. February 20 Congregational Book Discussion Offsite, 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 23 Congregational Breakfast to Support Youth Mission Wood Fellowship Hall, 9:45-11 a.m. February 26 Ash Wednesday Service with Imposition of Ashes, Sanctuary, 11 a.m. Lunch and fellowship, Wood Fellowship Hall, Noon Imposition of Ashes, Fresco Lobby, 7 p.m. March 15 Willard Lecture: The Power of Boundless Compassion with Father Greg Boyle Sanctuary, 5 p.m.

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