Weekly Announcements


Welcome Rev. Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Benz! 

FPC looks forward to welcoming our Interim Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Cindy Benz, and her husband, Steve, at our worship services on Sunday, April 14. Dr. Benz will participate in worship Easter Day, April 21, and will preach her first sermon on Sunday, April 28.
Holy Week and Easter Opportunities

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14
9:00 a.m. Thrive, Fellowship Hall
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship with the Carolina Brass, Sanctuary

Children’s Egg Hunt following the 11:00 service (gather in the Memorial Gallery about 12:00 p.m.) Don't forget to bring your basket!

Wednesday, April 17
Lenten Lunch at Holy Trinity Lutheran, 12:00 p.m.; Rev. Lauren Sease Vanacore, preacher

7 Stations of the Cross; Meal at 5:30 in the Fellowship Hall; Stations will begin at 6:15 from the Fellowship Hall

Maundy Thursday, April 18
Drop-in Communion, 11:30a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Gather in the Session Room first; groups will be escorted into the Sanctuary)

Good Friday, April 19
Tenebrae Worship, Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 21
On Easter Day, please bring a live floral stem to adorn our “Flowering Cross” outside the sanctuary entrance.
Sunrise Service, 6:45 a.m., Columbarium
Thrive, 9:00 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Sunday School, 10:00 a.m.
Festive Easter Worship, 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary
Lenten Food Drive
Please contribute non-perishable food items now through Easter Day, April 21 as we minister to alleviate hunger in our Community. Food may be dropped off at the Receptionist desk area. All food contributions will fill the shelves at S.O.C.K.S.

Family Promise
April 28 - May 5
Sign Up via our website at FPCgastonia.org or at the Reception desk. Volunteers are needed during this busy time. Your willingness to serve in any capacity is appreciated.

Faith & Fiction
Will meet on Sunday, May 5, at Covenant Village at 5:00 p.m.. We will be discussing "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. Hostesses will be Betsy Burleson and Mary Ann Brown.

Vacation Bible Spectacular!
Join us for an out-of-world experience. Volunteers are needed, please contact Jill Kimbirl by phone or email jkimbirl@fpcgastonia.org.
Date: June 17th - 20th
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Ages: Rising K - Rising 5th grade

This Week At FPC
see our website calendar for a full list.

8:00 a.m Nominating Committee Mtg.
9:00 a.m. THRIVE
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Five Cents A Meal
11:00 a.m. Worship - Carolina Brass
12:15 p.m. Egg Hunt
5:00 p.m. Youth Ministry
6:00 p.m. Diaconate Mtg.

8:30 a.m. Yoga

4:30 p.m. Communications/Membership Development Mtg.
6:00 p.m. Youth Ministry Committee Mtg.
6:30 p.m. Worship and Music Mtg.

10:00 a.m Sewing Ministry
Noon Lenten Luncheon; Holy Trinity Lutheran; Pastor Vanacore preaching.
5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Alive - Stations of the Cross
5:35 p.m. Handbells
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choir

7:30 a.m. Finance Ministry Mtg.
8:30 a.m. Yoga
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Drop-in Communion
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Drop-in Communion
7:00 p.m. Thrive Rehearsal

7:00 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service

The Church office closes at noon on Good Friday, April 19th and is closed Easter Monday, April 22nd

Presbytery Mission Trips
Two Opportunities to Volunteer
April 28 – May 4 Wilmington
May 5 – 11 Lumberton
Cost: $50
More information and application on the Presbytery website:
Or call the Presbytery office.    Phone: 828.438.4217