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Cancellations will be posted here and on our Facebook page as they come in.
March 14, 2020
Dear Church Family,
This week our governor, Roy Cooper, requested that we refrain from gathering in groups of more than 100. Romans 13: 1 calls us to “be subject to the governing authorities.” Therefore, to honor the Governor’s request, and because we believe want to protect our congregation to the best of our ability:
All Sunday and Wednesday evenings programs are suspended until further notice. (updated)
Church offices will be open on Wednesdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. (updated)
We will evaluate future activities on a weekly basis.
We are in an unprecedented situation and in many ways learning along the way. However, there are truths to guide us. Here are 5 things we can all do:
Pray. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1: 7). Focus on prayer instead of panic.
Serve. Look for opportunities to love others. There may be people around you who need groceries dropped at their doorsteps or other simple acts of kindness. This is a moment when we can share the love of Christ with friends, neighbors, classmates and coworkers.
Connect. I hope you will take the time to give a call or send an email or facebook message to various people in our church. Perhaps there are opportunities to gather in small groups. Let’s make sure we take care of each other.
Give. We are a generous church and we want to demonstrate our faith through generous giving. Furthermore, even though we are not meeting, the expenses remain the same. Please mail in your giving or drop your check by the office during these two weeks.
Testify. In times of fear and uncertainty many people are looking for the answers that only Jesus can provide. This is a great opportunity to talk about the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
As for me, it would be my pleasure to speak to you by phone or visit with you at your convenience. I have to tell you–I’ve never quite faced a situation like this and I am still figuring it out. But I am honored to be your pastor. So please, call or text 518-321-8055 whenever you like! Or email me at email@example.com.
Cindy and I are so grateful for this church family. You have welcomed us into your lives. Now is our chance to generously share that same love with our community by praying, serving, connecting, giving and testifying about a love that is there for all of us.
Let’s allow this season of quarantine to also be a season of prayer. May the events of these days lay the foundation for a new and fruitful ministry together. Throughout history, whenever the Church faces a challenge it always emerges stronger and more vibrant. I believe that will be our experience and I am optimistic about what God has planned as we share the good news of the better life that is found in Jesus Christ.
Our church leadership is about to engage in a listening exercise provided by Leadership Transformations, Inc. From March 1 to March 30 we’ll be conducting an all church survey called the Church Health Assessment Tool (CHATSM).
This web-based survey will allow us to collect valuable feedback from both the congregation and the leadership team regarding their views on our church health. This tool is based on the “10 Traits of Vital Ministry” from the book Becoming a Healthy Church (Dr. Stephen A. Macchia, Baker Books, 1999). We welcome all congregants to participate in the survey. Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts with us. Your feedback will help shape strategic decisions and ministry effectiveness for the future.
To participate in the survey before March 30:
Get on the internet and go to www.healthychurch.net.
Click on the button that says “Take the Survey” on the left side of the screen.
Use the following information to log in:
Login: First Presbyterian Church
Give us your honest feedback. (The survey takes 20-25 minutes to complete.)
If you don’t have a computer/internet access, contact Terri at the church, 704-938-4623 and we can arrange for you to fill out a paper version of the survey.
You are cordially invited to Agape Bistro, featuring a tribute to “Hee Haw”! Join us on Saturday, February 22 at 6:00pm in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall for dinner and entertainment presented by the Youth of First Presbyterian and their friends! Tickets are available from a Middle/Senior High Youth or Michelle Walker through Sunday, February 16 on a donation basis. Don’t miss this special event!
The Youth of First Presbyterian will host a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Fundraiser on Tuesday, February 25 from 5-7pm. They will serve all-you-can-eat pancakes with fruit toppings and syrup, along with bacon and sausage. Tickets are $7.00 and may be purchased from a member of the Middle/Senior High Youth or Michelle Walker. Tickets will be available until Sunday, February 23.
Join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on
Tuesday, December 24th at 5:30 p.m. A special offering will be collected for Kannapolis City Schools Outreach Fund.
Join us for a Gingerbread Workshop on Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 pm.
Click HERE to sign up!
The Missions Team has again reserved a time to volunteer at the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Charlotte! We will process shoeboxes on Saturday, November 30 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm, then have dinner before returning home. There is room for 25 volunteers, who must be 13 or older. The van will be available for transportation. Click HERE to register!. See Michelle Walker if you have questions or concerns.
Click HERE to RSVP.