Weekly Announcements

October 19, 2019


Answering Grace with Gratitude Stewardship Update
We are delighted to report that, as of Friday, October 18, 2019, we have received 171 pledges representing a total commitment of $1,108,477 for the year 2020. As a comparison, in 2019, the stewardship campaign concluded with 233 pledges in the amount of $1,378,664. For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to turn in a pledge, it is not too late! Pledge cards are available at both Sunday morning services, as well as at the reception desk and on our website. We are so grateful for your faithfulness and generosity in response to God’s grace! God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good!!

Thrive Service Time has Changed
Are you slipping into Sunday School a couple of minutes late after Thrive? Worry no more! Thrive has moved to 8:55 a.m.We hope this earlier time helps you avoid a tardy slip from your Sunday School teacher!

Don't Miss the Fall Festival on Sunday
First Presbyterian Church Fall Festival will take place at the Bit of Hope Ranch on, Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. The address for the Bit of Hope Ranch is 5001 CR Wood Road, Gastonia, NC 28056. The Diaconate will be serving BBQ with all the trimmings. Events include a fire pit with a S'mores bar, a jumping pillow, a playground, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, and great fellowship. The cost is $8 per adult and $5 per child. Families of four or more will be $25. If you were not able to register prior to the deadline, you are still invited to attend.

Operation Warm: A Coat for Every Child at Sherwood School
Thanks to the warm generosity of this congregation, every child at Sherwood School will be warm this winter! As of Thursday, October 17, 2019, we exceeded the $10,000 goal by $884.50. All monies received over our goal will go into a new line item in the Missions Ministry budget that will be designated for Sherwood and Grier Schools in order to respond to students' needs as they arise. Along with every coat, each child at Sherwood will receive a hat, gloves, and socks. Coats, hats, gloves, and socks will be dedicated during worship today and will be distributed at the Sherwood Fall Festival on Saturday, November 2, 2019. If you are available to help organize coats on Friday, November 1, 2019, and distribute them on Saturday, November 2, 2019, please contact Parish Nurse, Lisa Marisaddaiah.
Wednesday Night Alive: Fall Speaker Series
The next program, on October 23, 2019, features author, missionary, medical professional, and internationally known speaker Audrey Frank, who will share the experiences which led to her book, Covered Glory: The Face of Honor and Shame in the Muslim World. Wednesday Night Alive will also be held on November 6, and November 20, 2019. Each evening will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m., and the speaker at 6:15 p.m. Please call the reception desk at 704-864-2651 for dinner reservations.

Wednesday Night Alive: Programs For Children
Our Fall Speaker Series includes programs for children! The Children’s Committee is providing music and activities for K-5th grade on the following Wednesdays: October 23, November 6, and November 20, 2019. Nursery care will be available for younger children.

Habitat for Humanity
The GAP Habitat House will need help adding walls Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 8:00 a.m., at 312 Todd Street, Belmont. Last week, 22 volunteers worked to panelize the four bedroom house. Members of First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia, First Presbyterian Church of Belmont and, Southminster Church, pulled together to make it happen. We will need even more people to unload and put the walls in place next Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 312 Todd Street, Belmont, NC (park in Reid Park, adjacent to the build site). Please consider joining our crew. If you can assist us, please contact Gwin Hilton by call or text to 704-813-1863 or emailing her at gwin.hilton@gmail.com. Please remember that participants at the build site must be 16 years of age or older. Thank you for your help.

Youth Sunday
Youth Sunday will be on October 27, 2019. We need as many students to be involved as possible as we will be leading both services. Participants need to be present at both services. This is one of the ways that we plug in and serve our church. We will be preparing for Youth Sunday during Sunday School, and it is vital that all high school students be present. Parents, please discuss this with your child and express the excitement that the congregation has for seeing them lead. The theme is “Church Family,” and we will take you on a journey of how youth have been shaped as a member of the church family. 

Ordination To Ministry of Word and Sacrament
The Ordination Service of Allison Greene Simmons as minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA is Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, NC. A reception will follow the service.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Interim Process
Dr. Cynthia M. Benz will make a presentation on what happens during an interim period in a church. This is an extremely important time in the life of First Presbyterian Church, and it will be more fruitful if we know what to expect. The interim process has changed significantly since the last time we were transitioning between installed ministers and this is a great opportunity to learn what it is like now, and to ask questions. Cindy will first share some information about how she came to serve as an Interim Minister and why she is passionate about it. She will then give us an idea of what we can expect during this time and how we can help! If there was ever a time to be plugged in, and participate, this is it! Dinner will be served. This event will take place on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.Place holder if we have more announcements coming in!

The Youth of Our Church Need You
Please consider helping as a chaperone, providing a meal, or both on Sunday evenings. Mid-High meets from 5:30- 6:30 p.m., have a joint dinner from 6:30- 7:00 p.m., and High Schoolers meet from 7:00- 8:00 p.m. Back when our youth were baptized, you made a promise...and they still need you! Grandparents are welcome! Please contact Tori Freeman at the church or email her at tpatterson@fpcgastonia.org, or you may contact Becca Shiflet at sharingtacos@gmail.com. 

Sunday, October 20:
Family Promise
8:55 a.m. Thrive
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Children’s Choir
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
4:30 p.m. Fall Picnic- Bit Of Hope Ranch
5:30 p.m. Youth Ministry

Monday, October 21:  
11:00 a.m. Women’s Bible Study

Tuesday, October 22:
9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting
4:00 p.m. Investment Meeting
6:00 p.m. Worship & Music

Wednesday, October 23:  
8:00 a.m. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Sewing Ministry
12:00 p.m. Prayer Lunch
5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Alive- Audrey Frank, Speaker
5:30 p.m. First Kidz
5:35 p.m. Sanctuary Ringers
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choir

Thursday, October 24:
8:30 a.m. Yoga
7:00 p.m. Thrive Rehearsal

Friday, October 25:  
Newsletter Deadline

Saturday October 26:
Presbytery Meeting, Asheville
2:00 p.m. Thrive Rehearsal