Registration Open for VBS 2019

We are now accepting registrations for Vacation Bible School. VBS will be held at First Presbyterian June 10-13 (Mon-Thurs) from 9 AM until Noon each day. We will be using Group’s “Roar” VBS, helping children “explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life” (
We ask that you register your child by June 2nd. We will accept registrations the day VBS begins; however, the more children we have registered ahead of time, the more adequately we can plan for materials, crafts, snack, etc., so we appreciate your registering early.
Questions about Vacation Bible School may be directed to Meredith Trout.

Spring Time and Talent Campaign Has Begun

Our annual Time and Talent campaign begins this week! It takes many willing hands and hearts to do the work of the church. Please take this opportunity to prayerfully consider how you might use your gifts to further God’s work through our church and complete the Time and Talent form (“My Commitment to God’s Mission”) accordingly. Blank forms are available in the lobby and narthex at the church or may be downloaded and printed by clicking here. Completed forms may be submitted to the church office. We ask that you submit them by May 31. Many thanks to everyone for all you do for our church and community.

Now Accepting Applications for Winnie Green Scholarship

The Session and the Endowment Ministry Team of the Session would like to invite eligible church members to apply for a grant from the Winnifred Zimmerman Green Higher Education Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from the estate of long time member Winnie Green to aid “worthy students of high academic achievement” with their college expenses.
The Session has established guidelines for the awarding of grants. Grants are awarded each spring; students receiving scholarships shall not be guaranteed renewal of scholarships. Students must re-apply for a new grant each year.
The application deadline for this year is May 1. Application forms and the full list of applicant guidelines are available from the church office, on the lobby side of Jeanna’s service window, or may be downloaded by clicking here.

Touching Davidson County with Love 2019

Touching Davidson County with Love will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. There are several “soft” projects available, and help will needed for more physical projects (painting, carpentry, light repair work, etc.) as well. A list of soft projects follows. You may sign up for these on the Faith in Action bulletin board (3rd Avenue hallway). A sheet is also available there for those who wish to participate in the more physical projects. For those who cannot participate in any project, please see the back of this sheet for items needed as donations for two of our local helping agencies. SOFT PROJECTS

  • Making blankets (similar to those we made at Christmas Family Night) for needy and abused children
  • Making visits to nursing homes
  • Singing in nursing homes
  • Crocheting or knitting baby caps for our hospitals (bring yarn and needles/hooks; patterns will be supplied)
  • Delivering food boxes
Please sign up for all projects no later than March 24.
As part of Touching Davidson County with Love, we are collecting items for two of our local helping agencies.
For the Arc of Davidson County:
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • kleenex
  • garbage bags (kitchen & trash)
For the Workshop of Davidson County:
  • full size shampoo
  • full size conditioner
  • deodorant (men’s and women’s)
  • soap
  • body wash
  • art supplies
  • games
  • puzzles
  • crafts
  • musical instruments


Items may be dropped off in the designated containers in the church lobby.
All items are due to the church by April 1.

Women of the Word Winter-Spring 2019

Ladies, God’s heart is moved by your cries for help, your shouts for joy, your unspoken worries. We know Him to be a God of unparalleled power and authority, but Mark’s account of Jesus paints Him as a deeply personal and intimate God too.

Join us, and author Lisa Harper, for this 7-session study beginning February 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM (Evening) and February 19, 2019 at 9:15 AM (Day) at First Presbyterian Church. Invite your friends!
We will expand our understanding of the Gospel, explore the depth of Jesus’ compassion and passion for humanity, and come to know the real Jesus of Scripture without the lens of man’s perspective.


Lisa Harper has a Master’s degree in Theology, is a former director of women’s ministry for Focus on the Family, is a national speaker, and is the author of fifteen Bible studies and books. If you would like to view the sample session, please visit the Lifeway site.

Questions? Contact Katherine Team (336.242.4019) or Ann McMurray (336.239.4042).

2019 Annual Family Retreat

Who is Christ? Who are we? Today we are constantly bombarded with vain commercial images, wellness gurus telling us to live OUR truth (not THE truth), and the latest fads all promising us health, wealth, and happiness. So, it is no surprise that spiritual confusion can happen to even the most well-meaning Christians. Just as Christ did, we are to love those around us radically, boldly, and mindfully. But this is easier said than done. Why is this self-giving love so difficult for us; and why does selfishness, greed, and sin come so easily? We will take deep look into who Christ is and how he lived. We will also take a look into our own lives and personally reflect on what changes we can make to allow our lives to be more reflective of Christ’s radical love. We will expand on scripture verses 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” and Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Come join us for this special weekend away in Montreat with your church family to be renewed spiritually, mentally, and physically.
  • Childcare provided for children under 5. Separate programming for Middle and Elementary ages.
  • Registration forms are available in the church office (or may be downloaded by clicking here) and are due Sunday, February 10th.
For questions of more information please contact Meredith Trout.

Advent 2018 Worship Schedule

Sunday, December 9
9 AM      Crossroads Worship (fellowship hall)
10 AM    Sunday School
11 AM    Classic Worship (sanctuary)
Sunday, December 16
9 AM      Crossroads Worship (fellowship hall)
10 AM    Sunday School
11 AM    Classic Worship (sanctuary)
12 PM    Session stated meeting
6:30 PM  A Very Special Gathering Band Christmas (fellowship hall)
Wednesday, December 19
7 PM        Longest Night Service (sanctuary)
Sunday, December 23
9 AM      Crossroads Worship (fellowship hall)
10 AM    Sunday School
11 AM    Classic Worship (sanctuary)
Monday, December 24
5 PM      Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service (sanctuary)
Sunday, December 30
11 AM    Single worship service (sanctuary).
NO Sunday School or Crossroads Worship.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
10 AM    Sunday School
11 AM    Combined worship service (sanctuary; Communion, 2 Cents a Meal offering)
12 PM    Fellowship Luncheon

The Longest Night

I always get excited as we enter into the Advent / Christmas Season. I love the extra touches we add to our worship experiences – from the Advent Wreath Liturgy, to the extra musicians, to the special services. I enjoy the Christmas music playing from the radio and in the stores. I like seeing the lights on houses all decorated for the holidays.
Yet, I am always aware that this festive season is not always so festive for those who are
are experiencing grief at this time of year. The struggles of life do not take Christmas vacations, and sometimes the observance of Christmas just serves to highlight the deep loss one may be experiencing.
In an attempt to acknowledge this truth and care for those who are hurting, we held a “longest night” service last year. Through prayers, scripture readings, music, and silence, we proclaimed that God’s presence is there for those who mourn or struggle.
We will be holding this service again this year on Wednesday, December 19th (please note date change) at 7 p.m. In our time together, we will give voice to the pain of those are experiencing grief and loss, and at the same time we will proclaim the hope of the incarnation of Jesus. All will be reminded that God’s Word comes to shine light into the darkness of our lives. This service is for all who need the time and space to acknowledge their loss and sadness and to know that they are not alone. (If anyone would be interested in helping with this service, please speak with me as soon as possible.)
As we walk through this Advent / Christmas season, let us never forget the words of the Gospel of John, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

Grace and peace to all.
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee

Hurricane Florence Flood Relief

Join us in Community with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Wilmington, NC. We are collecting items to help with Hurricane Florence flood relief.
Requested items are:
  • $25 gift cards to either Food Lion, Walmart, Lowe’s Hardware
  • Diapers ( sizes 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Adult diapers
  • Large outdoor trash bags
  • Masks
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cleaning Supplies (bleach, white vinegar, bleach wipes, laundry  detergent, Formula 409, etc in plastic bottles)
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes

Deadline:   October 14th

Please drop off your items in the church lobby. They will be distributed by partner churches in Wilmington.

Chicken Pie & Spaghetti Sale for Local Missions

It is time once again for our annual Chicken Pie & Baked Spaghetti Sale to benefit our local missions. This sale helps us raise extra funds that can go directly and immediately to the local helping agencies we support
If you would like to download the order form, please click here.
The chicken pies are “Moravian-style” (meat only, no veggies). Baked spaghetti options include meat sauce or vegetarian.
Large chicken pies (which can serve 6-8) are $13.00; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.
Small chicken pies (which can serve 1-2) are $16 for a pack of four pies (must be sold as whole packs).
Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (serves 4-6) is $13.00 per pan; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.
Vegetarian Baked Spaghetti (serves 4-6) is $13.00 per pan; orders of 3 or more are $12 each.
If you order any 3 large items (or more) regardless of the combination, each item will cost just $12. 
Payment is due at the time orders are placed, and checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian Church. Orders and payment are due by November 4. 
Orders may be picked up Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm and Sunday, November 11 before & after church, in the church fellowship hall.