Those who are doers of the word are blessed in what they do. – James 1:22-25

Let's Can-Do It!

can-do-stampStewardship season this year is about CAN-necting and DO-ing!

DO as many CAN-paign activities (below) as you like and collect a CAN-DID sticker for each one. Affix the stickers to your Passport and bring it to the Welcome Center Nov. 12-19. We will total your stickers and give you an equal number of raffle tickets. There will be a decorated CAN for each prize, and you choose where to drop your tickets.

See the prizes -- CAN-nection opportunities with our ministry leaders and other members (all involve food!) -- below. The deadline to claim your raffle tickets is Sunday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 am. After worship that day, come to the Welcome Center as we draw the winners.

Stewardship season is a fun time of year for us, and it should be because the opportunity to give is itself a blessing that brings us joy. The week before Stewardship Sunday, a 2018 giving card will be mailed to you. Complete it and offer it during worship on Nov. 12, online or at the church office. Return your card by Nov. 19 to participate in the drawing.

As you move through the season, notice the ways that ours is a CAN DO community of faith – in our caring, in our serving, and in our giving.


Prize Cans

Senior Pastor Sid Batts perfected his gumbo skills while living in Mobile, Ala. A dozen men will win a seat (and a bowl) at the table!

Associate Pastor Dolly Jacobs, Louisiana born and bred, will stir up jambalaya for a dozen women. BYO beads, ladies!

Executive Pastor Neil Dunnavant, famed for eats that are tasty and healthy, will cater a dinner for eight – you choose your guests!

Christian Formation director & bluegrass fan Donna Chase will host you & your plus-one at a High Lonesome Strings show at Stonefield Cellars.


Can-paign activities

Kick-off / CROP Walk

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:45 pm, meet outside Mullin Life Center

Join our team (captained by Kelly Harrill) in the Greater Greensboro CROP Walk to Fight Hunger. Our goal is 150 walkers wearing our CAN DO T-shirts!

Sign up!

Dish Up Some Hope

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 9, 5:30 to 7 pm, Mullin Life Center

Volunteer at Hot Dish & Hope. This fabulous ministry is almost 10 years old! Come prepared to be surprised at what God is doing in our midst. Info: Camille Townsend,

The Way We...Where

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2 pm, Greensboro Historical Museum

Learn about FPC’s history in Greensboro with a tour of our former building led by our resident historian, Betty K. Phipps. Points of interest will include the burial site of our founder, Father William Paisley, in the Old Presbyterian Graveyard behind the museum. Bring a non-church member friend and you’ll get a bonus sticker!

Care Prayers

Thursdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 9, 8:30 am, Fred Horner Quiet Center (Smith 231)

Participate in the weekly Intercessory Prayer group. Stickers available on dates listed.

Pews & Prayground

Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 am-noon

Polish the pews in the Sanctuary or work on projects on the Elm Street Prayground. Meet Property Director Tim Millisor at the Greene Street door to the Sanctuary. Supplies will be provided.

Rookie Invitational Choir

Sunday, Oct. 22, 9:30 am rehearsal, Sanctuary

If you have never sung in the choir, join Mark Yarbrough, Myles Fish, and other rookies in the chancel at the 10:30 service. You will be in the safe hands of Choir Director Robert Wells, one of UNCG’s teachers of the year in 2016-2017!

Global Worship Experience

Sundays, Oct. 22-Nov. 5, 4 pm McAlister Scout Room (below Memorial Chapel)

Participate in our fourth weekly worship service! Our members from Africa lead a service in Swahili that reflects their cultural heritage. Stickers available on dates listed.

Hanging Invitation

Sunday, Oct. 22

It’s been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his thoughts to a church door and launched the Reformation. Keep the movement going by helping us invite 1,000 people to visit FPC! In worship this day, pick up invitations to hang on the door of a neighbor, colleague, or friend before Nov. 1. Pick up a sticker at the reception desk after you deliver them.

Fish Bowling with Youth

Sunday, Oct. 22, 5:30-7 pm middle school or 6:30-8 pm high school, Mullin Life Center

Come for youth group and take a turn in the Fishbowl! This game gives adults and students insights into each other’s lives and minds. Dinner at $6:30 for $5. To help us plan food, RSVP by October 17: or 336.478.4723.

Trunk or Treat

Sunday, Oct. 29, 4-6 pm set-up, Fisher Park Circle

Families come from across the community for our Trunk or Treat. Decorate your trunk or pull together friends, Church School classmates, small groups, or committees to share the fun (you will each get a sticker). Reserve a space for your car and get a list of approved candies and toys: Lisa Witherspoon, or 336.478.4726. Baked spaghetti dinner is available at 5 pm; get your tickets by Oct. 26. Sign-up info here.

Hear Her Can-Do Story

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 pm, Mullin Life Center

Author Kathy Izard will share her inspiring and motivational story of faith, family and friendship. Join us to hear her journey to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless. Copies of her book The Hundred Story Home are available for $15 at the Welcome Center and during reception & book signing 6:30-7 and after her presentation. Attend and receive 1 sticker. Bring a non-church member friend and get a second sticker.

First Preszer Paparazzi

Post pictures from FPC activities you are involved in on social media with #FPCcando & tag First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro. Staff will check tags and leave an envelope with your stickers at the Welcome desk on Nov. 12.

Organ Crawl & Climb

Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 am, Sanctuary

John Alexander will demonstrate the extraordinary capabilities of our unusual organ and explain its inner workings. Those who can climb a ladder will get a tour of the 6,900 pipes we enjoy every week but haven’t seen.

Save our parents!

Saturday, Nov. 4, 5:30-8:30 pm, Mullin Life Center

Offer parents of young children one magical evening when they can finish their sentences, dine someplace without a kids’ menu, and remember what silence sounds like. Be a caregiver for our Pizza, Playground & Pixar Parents’ Night Out! We will have kids from infant through fifth grade, so there are jobs for people of all mobility abilities! Contact Lisa Witherspoon, or 336-478-4726. Everyone who participates gets a bonus sticker – because our youngest Christians are worth it!

Biscuit & Bible

High School: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7:20 am, Panera Bread, Pisgah Church Road
Middle School: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7:20 am, Chick-fil-A, Pisgah Church Road

Enjoy breakfast, fellowship & a faithful start to your day as you share in a devotional time led by the greatest young people in town – our youth!

Card One Another

►Sunday, Nov. 5, Welcome Center and Mullin Life Center

Congregational Care will prepare packets of Thanksgiving cards & addresses for new members & senior members. Pick up a packet, write a personal note from you and your family, pray for them, and send the card by Thanksgiving Day!

Sweet Salutes

Our new Veterans Fellowship Group launches this fall. Make cookies for their first meeting, and drop off by noon Nov. 8 in Redhead Hall.

Stock the Freezer

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10:30 am to noon, Mullin Life Center kitchen

Make hearty & heart-healthy soup at church with other members and chef Terri Maultsby & get some new recipes! Reserve your apron: Dolly Jacobs, or 336-478-4734. Or make a freezable meal (4-6 portions) at home for us to deliver to a family with a newborn or a member returning home from the hospital. Drop off during the annual campaign at Rev. Dolly Jacobs’ office, Smith 225.

Urban Pilgrimmage

Thursday, Nov. 9, 9 am to 1 pm, Greensboro Urban Ministry

Join Rev. Frank Dew to tour parts of our community that you might not be familiar with: Beginning at Greensboro Urban Ministry, we will visit the jail, the courthouse, the civil rights museum, a medical clinic, and lunch at a soup kitchen. RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 7 to 336.478.4799 or

Judaism Behind the Gospels

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 pm, Virginia Gilmer Room

Rabbi Fred Guttman from Temple Emanuel will speak about “Judaism during the Time of Jesus” after fellowship dinner. Knowing more about the lives, beliefs & actions of the Jewish community from which Jesus came will help us better understand the Christian Gospels. Bonus sticker if you bring a non-member friend. Wednesday Fellowship Dinner will serve baked spaghetti beginning 5 pm. Get tickets before 1 pm Sunday, Nov. 12.

Gospel Comes Alive

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 pm, Sanctuary

Our finale event is a dramatic recitation of the Gospel of Mark by John Robinson, local teacher & actor. Bonus sticker if you bring a non-member friend.

Behind the Scenes Worship Experience

Want to know more about what happens behind the scenes for our worship services? Help the flower ministry team make the chancel arrangement on a Saturday morning, or shadow an usher during a service. Contact Anne Albert to sign up: or 336-478-4711.

Tips for Jobs for Doughnuts

When one of its members finds a job, FPC’s networking group serves doughnuts at its meeting to celebrate. Keep the doughnuts coming by sending Triad Career Network a tip on a job opening. Contact Bill Linton at, 336-288-2467 or 336-202-2467. Or share the job opening in person Tuesdays or Thursdays, 8:30 am in Memorial 304.

And the Canniest Can-Do

By year’s end we want to donate 10,000 pounds of canned food to Greensboro Urban Ministry’s food pantry. Drop off a sack of protein, veg, fruit, or baby formula in the red wagons in the Welcome Center, Tower Room, or Mullin Life Center. Collect your sticker from the reception desk. More info.

Give to the 1824 fund!

The 1824 Fund (named after the year we were founded) is for people who find it easier to set up regular contributions via checking, PayPal, credit card or other accounts via computer, pad, phone, etc. Set up your giving here.

Giving is easy

Digital giving

Digital Giving for generosity anytime. Contribute using our secure online server. You can choose either credit card or electronic check transactions.

Stock transfers

To transfer stock gifts, contact Myles Fish,

Paisley Heritage Fund

Paisley Heritage Fellowship

Paisley Heritage Fund to make the church’s ministry part of your estate’s legacy. Through Paisley Heritage Fellowship, church members can plan estate gifts that will continue their legacies for future generations. Read about some of our "future givers."

Giving news

Charitable tax provision

Congress has passed a permanent charitable IRA tax provision in December of 2015. This change will permit people who are 70½ years of age and older to donate up to $100,000 to FPC (or another charity) directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts. These distributions will not be treated as taxable income. Depending on your circumstances, this could be an excellent way to fulfill campaign pledges, annual pledges, or to make a special year end gift to the ministries of First Presbyterian Church. Please consult with your tax advisor before making a final decision, but we wanted you to know that this provision is now permanent.


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