“Just Mercy” Summer Study

“Just Mercy” Summer Study

Over the summer, the Faith and Community Sunday School class will be reading and discussing together Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy, as part of Pastor Mindy Douglas’ sabbatical on “Breaking Down the Dividing Walls: Truth-telling, Reparations, and Racial Equity”. Beginning on June 9, class discussions will be led by pastors and members of the Racial Equity Team. The study will conclude with a panel discussion that will include panelists from the community with knowledge of and experience with mass incarceration and the redemptive potential of justice and mercy.  Click here for the study schedule.

Be Part of a Community Choir, One-Night event!

Be Part of a Community Choir,  One-Night event!

Choir friends,

Allan Friedman and Judea Reform are leading the way for people to help vulnerable immigrants in our community. On July 11, if you are in town and willing to come to Judea Reform (1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham) at 6:30 that evening to be a part of a musician choir to sing some easy Social Justice pieces, please email Allan below and let him know that you are coming. He can then send out additional information to those who will be able to attend and participate. 

Allan Friedman, D.M.A.
Educator, Conductor, Composer, Musician
[email protected]

Great Big Church Family Festival

Great Big Church Family Festival

FPC hosted the first night of the Festival. Click on picture to see slideshow

FPC’s hosting duties are over, so now it is time for us to return the favor as good guests.  Mt. Bethel Presbyterian of Durham is hosting the second festival night on Sunday, July 7. Service projects for this event will be focused on helping our veterans.  The cost of the meal is $5 per individual; $10 per family.  If your youth needs summer service hours, they can acquire those by helping prepare for the evening and participating in the event (perhaps 3 hours of service per event). So, plan to join us for dinner and service at this next GBCFF. Community Service volunteer forms will be available for youth at registration.  Mt. Bethel is located at 3541 Rose of Sharon Rd, Durham, NC 27712.  For more information, call Mt. Bethel at: (919) 383-3854.

GBCFF this year will be geared towards service projects that we can do together as a family, young and old. If your youth needs summer service hours, they can acquire those by helping prepare for the evening and participating in the event (perhaps 3 hours of service per event).  So plan to join us for dinner and service at this summer’s GBCFF. Community Service volunteer forms will be available for youth at registration.

Mt. Bethel is located at 3541 Rose of Sharon Rd, Durham, NC 27712. For more information call: (919) 383-3854.

Myrtle Fest 2019

Myrtle Fest 2019

Join us on Sunday, June 30 at 11:00 a.m. for worship as the congregation engages in an old-fashioned hymn sing. Music will be provided by world-renown, award-winning mandolin player, Tony Williamson. Following worship, we will picnic outside under the crepe myrtles and enjoy more music.  All are welcome to bring side dishes and a blanket or lawn chairs!

Open Position: Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families

Open Position: Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families

First Presbyterian Church, a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), is now accepting applications for the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families position. The position will continue an effective ministry that promotes and nurtures the Christian growth of our diverse and inclusive youth in 6th through 12th grades. Click here to view the Ministry Information Form (MIF).  Resumes or questions may be submitted by email. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Cafe Justo available at FPC

Cafe Justo available at FPC

Café Justo – Organic Arabica Coffee for sale in 1-pound bags ($10 per bag).

Café Justo is an outgrowth of a Presbyterian Hunger Program partnership with growers in Salvador Urbina, Chiapas, Mexico, and roasters and packers near the Lily of the Valley Presbyterian Church, in Agua Prieta, Sonora.

Want to place an order for coffee?      PLEASE choose from the following varieties:

  • caf, whole bean,  medium roast
  • caf, whole bean, dark roast
  • caf, ground, medium roast
  • caf, ground, dark roast
  • decaf, whole bean, medium roast
  • decaf, whole bean, dark roast
  • decaf, ground, medium roast
  • decaf, ground, dark roast

Tell us how many bags (one-pound bags, freshly roasted, $10 each), and specify the process (CAF or DECAF), the grind (WHOLE BEAN or GROUND), and the roast (MEDIUM or DARK).  Send an email to John ([email protected]), or leave a message at the church office.

Our order is shipped directly from Douglas, Arizona, on the Mexican border.  Except for the shipping cost – about one dollar per bag – all proceeds go to the Café Justo cooperative south of the border.

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 (www.cap-press.com); 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 Amazon.com for $65.00.