AGO presents Matthew Cates at FPC

AGO presents Matthew Cates at FPC
On Saturday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m., at FPC, the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present organist Matthew Cates on organ, featuring the complete works of Maurice Duruflé. Entitled “The Last Impressionist—The Complete Works of Duruflé,” the listener will be immersed in a sea of vivid and descriptive poems that tells a unique story in the life of Duruflé. Read about Matthew Cates here.

Support the next Durham CAN Assembly

Support the next Durham CAN Assembly

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 27, for the Durham CAN Assembly. The meeting will be held here from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by a walk across the street to the Board of Elections office for a non-partisan “Souls to the Polls” event. The meeting will focus on criminal justice issues involving bail reform and will be attended by judicial candidates and the new district attorney. We need your support, hoping at least 40 people from FPC will attend!

2019 Stewardship Campaign: Love in the Heart of the City

2019 Stewardship Campaign: Love in the Heart of the City

This year’s campaign: Love in the Heart of the City (part 2) is built around a narrative of First Church’s four great strengths. Click on the links below to read what members are saying:

Commitment to Social Mission

Commitment to Worship and Music

Commitment to Building Beloved Community

Commitment to Inclusion and Welcome

Adult Sunday School Offerings 2018-2019

Adult  Sunday School Offerings 2018-2019

Classes begin promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Adult Lectionary: What Scripture readings we will be using in worship on Sunday?  This class reviews the four texts from The Revised Common Lectionary, offering background information and insight that will enhance the worship experience for the day. This class is team-taught and welcomes lively discussion.

Faith and Community: What topics are pertinent to expressing our faith within the contemporary context of our community?  We are excited to kick off this year with a series on Love Letters of Faith, featuring the letters of the Apostle Paul, Dorothy Day, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Guest presenters from the church and the community lead the class. October will feature discussions on the paper, Reclaiming Jesus, and on The Barmen Declaration of Faith, found in the PC(USA) Book of Order.

Women’s Spiritual Formation: A group of women who meet for sharing, mutual support, and prayer on Sunday mornings; led by Susan Dunlap (Parish Associate).  All women are welcome to join.

The Pleasures of Parenting:  A time of discussion and support for parents who find raising children in today’s world to be an exciting and daunting task, led by Mindy Douglas (Pastor/Head of Staff).

Membership Inquiry Class:  What membership means at FPC, three class sessions led by clergy and laypersons held Sundays at 9:45 a.m. on the following schedule: September 9, 16, 23 (2018); January 13, 20, 27;  May 5, 12, 19 (2019).

Journeys & Scratch Young Adults:  A hybrid class of seasoned and younger members, this inter-generational class will explore Prophetic Voices this year, beginning with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, The Belhar Confession from South Africa, readings from Flannery O’Connor, and later, Walter Brueggemann’s Prophetic Imagination.

Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Journeying Toward Wholeness  Sponsored and taught by FPC’s Racial Equity group, this will be an eight-part mini-course on themes of racism, diversity, white privilege, and barriers to inclusivity.  The core of the study will be based upon the book Becoming an Anti-Racist Church by Joseph Barndt.  Anyone can participate.

Fall Sunday School for Children and Youth

Fall Sunday School for Children and Youth

Older twos – 2nd grade will follow the PC(USA) Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum.

Third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders are using a Rotation Model of study this year, which will let the children experience one Bible story a month in a variety of ways.  Using the Godly Play curriculum for the foundational stories of the Old Testament, children will express and experience these stories through maps, LEGO models, drama, music, games, gardening, feasting, and prayer. They will be getting their hands dirty and using all of their senses to understand the stories so basic to our Judeo/ Christian tradition.  Guests and friends are always welcome.

Confirmation (grades 7 – 9, and up)  It’s a confirmation year for our 7th – 9th graders.  Together with their adult mentors, our confirmands will spend the first semester of this year visiting and observing other faith communities in Durham to notice what we have in common, and how we differ.  We will be learning to be good guests in our pluralistic neighborhood.  Then after Christmas, we will spend some classroom time together exploring what it means to be a Christian in the Reformed Tradition.  Most classes will take place during the Sunday School hour.

High School (grades 10-12)  High Schoolers will start by discussing The Apocrypha.  Visitors are always welcome.

It’s available! New book on the history of FPC

It’s available!  New book on the history of FPC

Downtown By History and Choice: First Presbyterian Church of Durham, NC, 1871-2013.  Copies of Peter Fish’s book on the history of FPC can be purchased in four ways:  1) – At the church for $25 (make check payable to First Presbyterian Church); 2) – at The Regulator Bookshop ($30); 3) – By Mail Order with discount: Go to the Carolina Academic Press web site (; click on “Shopping Cart;” enter title (Downtown by History and Choice); click on “Check Out;” on page 1 of “online Order Form” go to box labelled “Discount Code” and enter FPCBOOK (in caps); make payment including shipping charge and sales tax for N. C. residents. Cost is typically $38.44;  or 4) – Through for $65.00.