First News
February 24, 2020
A Prayer for the Lenten Journey

Lent begins this week. The Lenten journey, to which we all are invited, is a journey in the Wilderness. Wilderness is a place without a map, a place of wandering and wondering, yet a place where we are often surprised by God’s presence. Our Lenten journey in the Wilderness is a journey of risking letting our faith be re-formed as we follow the way our Lord walked.

A prayer that has helped me gain focus on this journey is one shared by some Scottish friends. I commend it to you.

Lord Jesus Christ;
you called your disciples to go forward with you
on the way of the cross.

Since you first walked that road
countless millions have followed you.

In all that we do as your disciples,
save us from false familiarity with your journey.
May we never presume to step into your shoes,
but make us small enough to fit our own,
and to walk in love and wonder behind you. [i]

Grace and peace,


[i] From Stages on the Way, Wild Goose Resource Group, Glasgow, Scotland
This past Sunday we had a great turn out at our Lenten Lunch where Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity led us in an introduction to the devotional "Wilderness" that she and her colleagues from A Sanctified Art have put together. Please make sure to pick up a copy of this devotional to take home and use as your guide as we journey through Lent.
We invite you to Ash Wednesday worship on February 26th at 6:30 pm.  We will gather in the sanctuary for the Imposition of Ashes and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.  Nursery childcare is provided.
Our congregation will be preparing and serving Sunday supper at Triune Mercy Center on Sunday, March 22. If you are interested in participating in this local mission opportunity, please speak to Louis Adams, FPCG Triune Deacon or Whitney.
Thank you for your continued support of the Backpack Buddies Pantry.  Thanks to your generosity, each weeks bags are packed for weekend supplemental food for students at Dunbar Child Development Center and Greer Middle School.  Current Pantry Needs: small cereal boxes, pop-tarts, small cans of veggies, and juice boxes. Visit our Amazon Wishlist
Wednesday Lenten Study Begins March 4  
You are invited to join us for our five week Lenten study which will be on Wednesdays at 10am and 6pm in upstairs Kirk Hall on March 4 - April 1. This Lenten season, we’ll dive into discussions about spiritual practices and use Adam Hamilton’s The Walk which covers the practices of worship, study, service, giving, and sharing. Books will be available from Whitney or in the church office for $12.
We took 10 youth and 5 youth advisors snow tubing in Hendersonville, NC on Sunday afternoon and had a blast tubing together with lots of laughter, screams of delight, and good conversation on the drive there and back. We continue to build positive energy and 

We also had 14 youth and 6 youth advisors at the congregational Lenten lunch program with Reverand Lisle Gwynn Garrity. 

We now have 18 youth advisors who are building relationships with our middle and high school youth and helping to pass on the faith and connect our youth to the wider congregation. Please continue to pray for our youth and their youth advisors.
Middle School youth advisors: Kelly Thorfinsson, Peyton Proffit, Graham Cobb, Val Hendrickson, Stacey and Brian Shamis, Chris and Bob Castello, and Dottie Metropol.
High School youth advisors: Leanna and Thad McCord, Becky Schafer, Nick and Missy Nicholson, Suellen McConnell, Jessica Bruce, Susan Burch, and Christy Driggers.

March 8th
All Youth Program
5-7 pm
Meet at the church for dinner, fellowship & devotions!

March 13th-15th
Confirmation Retreat including worship with other faith communities

March 14th
Middle School Retreat and field trip
2-7 pm

March 20th - 22nd
High School Youth @ Mini Montreat
5-7 pm
With Foothills Presbytery PYC

March 22nd
Confirmation Sunday

March 29th
Youth Lunch at Wild Ace
following 11:00 worship

March 1st @ 1:00 pm
Basketball Banquet to celebrate another great season on basketball at First Presbyterian! Players, families and coaches will gather in fellowship for lunch and some friendly competition on the court between parents and coaches! Reach out to Jason Mangum with questions.
The next Fabulous Friday will be on March 13th from 6-8 pm. We hope your children will be able to join us as we consider our exploration of the Fruits of the Spirit with activities centered around Faithfulness . Sign up here.
Save the Date!!
“Won’t you be my neighbor?” Save the Date
Congregation wide, Inter-generational Faith Formation Event
Evenings of June 14-17, 2020
The PNC would like your input as we begin the search for our next Pastor. Follow this link to share your thoughts confidentially.
IHN Volunteers of First Presbyterian Greer-
Thank you so much for being a huge blessing to my children and I!  
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  

Lauren, Lawrenz, Camryn, Madison, Kendall, Alana and Bria
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Calendar of Events
February 24

February 25
1:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry

February 26
6:30 Ash Wednesday Service

February 27

February 28

February 29

March 1
8:55 Worship in Sanctuary
10:00 Sunday School
11:00 Worship in the Sanctuary
12:00 Operations Committee Meeting
1:00 Basketball Banquet

March 2
1:00 Care of the Congregation Meeting

March 3
1:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry
3:00 Book Club

March 4
10:00 Bible Study
6:00 Bible Study
6:15 Chancel Choir
7:15 Handbell Choir
8:15 Praise Team

March 5

March 6

March 7

March 8
8:55 Worship in Sanctuary
10:00 Sunday School
11:00 Worship in Sanctuary
12:00 Diaconate meeting
5:00 Youth Gathering @ FPCG