Weekly Announcements
July 11 - July 17
Ephesians 1:3-14
"Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ"

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Worship Ministry News
Due to the recent changes implemented by Gov. Roy Cooper regarding COVID-19 guidelines for the state of NC, we have lifted some of the restrictions for our in-person worship service.
  1. Registration is no longer required.
  2. We are no longer adhering to capacity limits within the sanctuary.
  3. We will no longer be taking temperature checks and requiring you to sign in before worship service.
  4. You STILL must wear a mask at all times.
  • For church Re-Opening Information, click here


Other ways that we are bringing you the Word of God!!!
  • Our worship service is streamed live every Sunday @ 11 am from FUPC's sanctuary via our church's website (www.fupcc.org), Facebook page (@firstunitedcharlotte), and Zoom.
  • We also continue to partner with First Pres every 4th Sunday via First Presbyterian Church's TV ministry, channel 64- WAXN.

Meeting ID: 879 8931 0381
Passcode: 933562
Dial-in: 1-301-715-8592 and follow the prompts

Education Ministry News
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Black History Moment brought to us by History.com:

"Marcus Garvey"

Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican-born Black nationalist and leader of the Pan-Africanism movement, which sought to unify and connect people of African descent worldwide. In the United States, he was a noted civil rights activist who founded the Negro World newspaper, a shipping company called Black Star Line, and the Universal Negro Improvement Association, or UNIA, a fraternal organization of black nationalists. As a group, they advocated for “separate but equal” status for persons of African ancestry, and as such, they sought to establish independent Black states around the world, notably in Liberia on the west coast of Africa.
Christian Nurture/Service News
Church Family, please keep the following members in your hearts, thoughts, and prayers as they recuperate at home:
  • Barbara Cannon
  • Sherri Freeman
  • Ronald Mullen
  • Eugene Stitt
  • Fannie Watermann

Happy Birthday to Our July Honorees!!!
Daisy Titus ~ July 1st
Joan Antrum ~ July 2nd
Juanita Herron ~ July 3rd
Ellen Smith ~ July 3rd
Arnie McClain ~ July 6th
Daniel Freeman, IV ~ July 9th
Kennedy Lynn ~ July 11th
Kiah Lynn ~ July 11th
Darlene Brown ~ July 13th
Geralene Hill ~ July 15th
O'Neil Junious, II ~ July 16th
James Flanders ~ July 19th
Keyondra Harrison Clark ~ July 23rd
Xavier Brown ~ July 24th
Dr. Sandra Govan ~ July 28th
Mahogany Yongue ~ July 28th

Happy Anniversary to Our July Love Birds!!!
Rufus & Terisa Harris ~ July 6th
Kyron & Jody Williams ~ July 21st
Michael & Alexandra Huff ~ July 30th
FUPC Calendar of Events
Administrative News
FACILITIES AND MAINTENANCE TEAM

Attention faithful FUPC congregants!!! We need volunteers to be a part of our new Facilities and Maintenance Team. We believe God has given each of us unique gifts and called us to serve. Sharing God's love in a tangible way through service is a reflection of our faith and Christ’s example.

It is the responsibility of this team to maintain the facilities and grounds.  To do this takes a lot of volunteer coordination between the Facilities and Maintenance (F&M) Team, Administration Unit, staff, and the congregation, as approved by the Session.

The Facilities and Maintenance Team will meet bi-monthly (days and time TBA). December and summer months may be excluded. Team members should be able to work together to find solutions to a variety of issues ranging from heating to roofing, electrical, and plumbing repairs, as well as the outdoor maintenance of the grounds, and also with due consideration of the need for upkeep of the overall appearance.  It is a plus for F&M Team members to be willing to volunteer for labor on occasion to help save on costs.

It takes significant funds and volunteer teamwork to maintain our facilities and grounds.  Maintaining our house of worship in service to the Risen Christ is part of the mission of First United Presbyterian Church.

Among the duties of Facilities and Maintenance are:
  • Determining the scope of work to be done and whether or not the team feels the work can be performed by qualified church members or whether it should be posted for bids and contracted out to a qualified contractor.
  • Contracting vendors in coordination with the Office Manager (as approved by Session from Administration Unit).
  • Obtaining bids and making recommendations on the repair and/or replacement of the church’s mechanical systems and equipment.
  • Obtaining bids and making recommendations for such services as cleaning, lawn care, and snow removal.
  • Yearly inspection of building and grounds, reviewing findings and making recommendations on the annual F&M Team budget.
  • Long-range planning for maintenance and improvement of the facilities and grounds.

If you are interested in providing your time and gifts to be of service to this team, please contact the church office at (704) 376-8014.
Community News
Historic African American Neighborhood Survey 

Dear Community: 
Johnson C. Smith University is thrilled to announce “A Virtual Sense of Place: African American Urbanism,” a digital project that will visually reconstruct several historic Black communities of Charlotte. JCSU has joined forces with Duke University, UNCC, and UNCG, along with local sponsors (including the Levine Museum of the New South and the NC Center for Film) to bring Charlotte’s African American history into the present through the creation of an augmented reality experience. Many of these neighborhoods were destroyed or remade by urban renewal policies, and the project will utilize photographs, documents, and oral histories from the people who lived there and who remember what was lost. Communities that will be part of this study include Brooklyn, Greenville, First Ward, Third Ward, and Biddleville. 
In preparation for this unique project, we ask for your input, and we want the final product to reflect your voices! 

Step 1: Please fill out this survey by clicking the link or pasting this URL into your browser, so we can learn about your experiences, ideas, and desires relative to how our collective story is told. (Personal information will remain private--only tabulated results of the survey will be shared). 
(Click Here or Paste the following link): 

Please complete the survey by July 15th so that your thoughts can inform us! Please forward to friends, neighbors, and community members! 

Step 2: You are invited to attend one of the four (4) Listening/Feedback Sessions. Please join us at the Allegra Westbrook Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road on any these dates: 
  • July 12th, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00pm or 5:00pm - 7:00 pm 
  • July 26th, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00pm or 5:00pm - 7:00 pm 
 
Light refreshments will be served! Please bring any photographs or documents that you would like to add to the project, come and watch our presentation, and give us feedback!  

For questions or to share information please contact: jcsuarchives@gmail.com 
 
We look forward to hearing from you, 
Dr. Tekla Ali Johnson     
Historian
Project Director

Mr. Brandon Lunsford 
University Archivist and Digital Manager
Co-Project Director
                                
James B. Duke Memorial Library Director,
Monika Rhue Project Consultant,
Mr. Dave Mason of Uncommon Immersive Agency 
 
Funding for this project has been provided by: The Knight Foundation, the National Parks Service, and the National Archives and Records Commission 
Youth Sunday School Invitation


Dear Siblings,

It is with joy that I share an invitation from Rev. Dot Killian and Memorial Presbyterian Church for the children and youth of your congregation to participate in Sunday School via Zoom. Please see the letter of invitation from Rev. Killian below:

The Educating and Equipping Ministry Team of Memorial Presbyterian Church would like to extend an invitation to our sister churches to participate in our online Sunday School for children and youth.

Our team has put together an amazing curriculum with teachers who are committed and dedicated to delivering thoughtful and relevant lessons each Sunday.

The classes are held via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Youth classes are held on 1st and 3rd Sundays, and children’s classes are held on 2nd and 4th Sundays. A new series will begin in August 2021.

We have enjoyed collaborating with our sister congregations for other educational activities, and we would like to expand these opportunities to other children and youth in our presbytery.

For more information about Sunday School at Memorial, please contact Cheryl Merritt, cmer919@prodigy.net, or Tanita Toliver, gotoliv@aol.com.

Blessings,
Dot Killian, M.Div., J. D.
Interim Pastor
Memorial Presbyterian Church
The Big Pop Up - Charlotte: People Helping People


Greetings to you all,
 
I am reaching out to share an opportunity to support a community event, The Big Pop Up™.  The Big Pop Up™, a Charlotte Area Fund, Inc. free drive-thru event will supply food products as well as household and personal items.  As a part of the North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA), the Charlotte Area Fund, Inc., changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. 
 
We need YOU to help make The Big Pop Up™ event a success through sponsorship and/or volunteering. Volunteers with smiling faces are needed to help sort donated items, stuff bags, distribute items, and assist with drive-thru registration. Volunteers are needed as soon as July 14 for prep.
 
  • Event: The Big Pop Up™!
  • What: FREE to the public - Food items, household products, and more
  • How: Drive-thru in a safe and socially distanced environment
  • When: Thursday, July 29, 2021, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
                 RAIN or SHINE
  • Where: The Park Expo & Conference Center
 800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28205
 
If you are interested, please email AndreaA@charlotteareafund.org or call 980-310-7348.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.
 
This link provides an idea of what The Big Pop Up™ will do in the Charlotte area:    https://youtu.be/0q9wZm2_08g