October happenings


Jill Duffield has officially been installed as FPC’s 12th Senior Pastor! Watch the service.



Worship series:  From Jill Duffield’s messages on Sundays to weekly devotionals and a music playlist, explore the gifts of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. This week’s devotional video on Peace, by member Victoria Alexander, is here, and you can subscribe to receive it via email. Spotify playlist here

We have boomerang-ed back to church and lots is happening! Check the Fall guide here! 


Help welcome Afghan families!

Through Church World Services, FPC is forming a refugee resettlement team  of 8-10 people. Teams help with all aspects of making Greensboro home, including finding a rental property, providing basic furnishings & supplies, outfitting the kitchen, and helping find a job and possibly a vehicle. Team members may help find English classes, practice job interview skills, help register children for school, navigate shops, and generally learn skills to meet their family’s needs. The team will disband in 4-6 months, once the family is settled. If you’re interested, contact Tamara Slaughter, 336-456-8022.



  • Beginning October 24, youth elder Howell Pierce will collect items for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in the Piedmont Triad. Especially needed are: Clorox wipes; toilet bowl cleaner; Dawn dish soap; 13-gallon trash bags; paper towels; Ziploc bags in sandwich, quart, and gallon sizes; single-serve snacks and treats, breakfast items, meals, and fruits; microwaveable paper bowls and plates; cream and powdered creamer; preemie and newborn diapers, onesies, and outfits; teen & Adult BINGO prizes/gifts (DVDs, playing cards, sports trivia books, baseball hats, umbrellas, small tool kits or tools, older child craft projects, older child/adult puzzles, travel games); and gift cards for gas. Leave in the red wagons in the Welcome Center, Tower Room, and Mullin Life Center or at the Wednesday Food Drive-by. 


  • Seeking a congregational nurse: Pastoral care seeks a part-time congregational nurse and director for the Sadye Bowles Fund. Although the position is not open to members, members are encouraged to refer qualified candidates. Information here.
  • Young Adult Volunteer support: Our member Victoria Alexander has been commissioned for yearlong work in Scotland through PC(USA)’s YAV program. Each volunteer is asked to raise $5,000 to cover expenses. If you would like to contribute, use this link. Make sure to add the ECO number E210102 so that the contribution goes to her fund. You may also call 800-872-3283 (mention her code, E210102) or send a check to PCUSA, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 (put E210102 on memo line).
  • Yard signs! Pick up an FPC yard sign to invite your neighbors to visit us. Available at the reception desk in the Welcome Center.
  • NEED TO SIGN UP FOR AN EVENT?  This page lists all current registration/RSVP events.




  • Monday
    • Sheroes of the New Testament –Zoom discussion of the Canaanite Woman (see Donna Chase’s video). Contact Yolanda Baxter for Zoom link.
    • Lectio Divina: Rev. David Partington leads this practice of immersing yourself in scripture, on Zoom at 11 am. Contact David for link and info.
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
    • Fruit of the Spirit devotional video, Lisa Witherspoon on “Kindness,” is available here. New videos are available on Wednesdays, and you can subscribe  to get them via email. Catch up on the playlist here.
    • Men’s Lectionary Bible study, 7:30-8:30 am on Zoom. Contact Jack Harrington.
    • Where Does It Hurt? Listening to Heal Our Children: for parents of preschool, elementary and middle school kids. What does trauma, anxiety, and stress look like in children who have very little language for expressing their feelings? What should parents look for? How do WE help? When do we seek professional help? Dr. Maddy Lowman leads a special gathering for families with preschool and elementary age kids. 9:15-10:30 am, Redhead Hall.
    • Food Drive-By: Drop off canned food for Urban Ministry and diapers and wipes for Faith Action, 10 am to 2 pm on Elm Street in front of Redhead Hall. Be a greeter: Sign up for a 2-hour shift under the tent!
    • Choir rehearsals: Cherub and Credo, 5 pm and Canticle Choir, 5:30 pm, both in Smith 301; Chancel Choir, 7 pm in the sanctuary.
  • Friday
    • Thank God on Friday: A one-minute video devotional with Rev. Dr. Jill Duffield guides us into the presence of God as we look toward the weekend. Posted Fridays on Instagram & Facebook. YouTube playlist here.
    • Grace on Fridays women’s group, 9:15-10:30 am, Garden Room. Study of Psalms led by Lisa Witherspoon.
  • Saturday
    • All-Youth Parking Deck Fall Gathering: 7-8:30 pm. Games, devotion, and s’mores at the firepits on the Shetler parking deck. Contact Kevin Murray for more info. 
  • Sunday
    • Children’s Sabbath! Senior Pastor Jill Duffield continues her sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit with “Goodness.” Scriptures: Exodus 33:12-32 & Matthew 7:7-10. Rejoice! at 9 am in Mullin Life Center, Traditional at 11 am in the Sanctuary. Masks required for both. Sanctuary service also livestreamed (box on our home page).
    • Adult Faith Formation, 10 am. Masks required for all groups meeting indoors:
      • Lens of Love: 10 am in Cannon’s Solarium. Led by Rachel Fitch, based on the book A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World by Dr. Jonathan Walton, Dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity and Wait Chapel, and Presidential Chair in Religion and Society. Join us for an opportunity to get to know our Sid & Cathy Batts Pastoral Resident and delve into a fresh and relevant way to interpret scripture through a lens of love. Reading the book is optional. For the final meeting on November 14, Dr. Walton will lead the class by Zoo
      • Corinthians – Paul’s words about affliction, humility, forgiveness, boldness, generosity, and all things comprising a Christian life make this the perfect study for our time. Led by Professor Sandie Gravett on video. YMBC will watch in Redhead Hall; the Agape class will watch in the Garden Room; or you can watch from the link on our home page.
      • Parables of Jesus – Seekers class, Main 125, with conference call option. Contact Gerard Davidson.
      • Fruit of the Spirit – Faith Builders class, meeting outdoors in Memorial Columbarium.
      • Self-guided prayer stations in the Virginia Gilmer Room, behind the sanctuary, through October. Based on Fruit of the Spirit.
  • Peacehaven Farm Harvest Celebration: 3-5 pm: Live music from JDC, the Peacehaven Band, an apple cider press, fun and games & more! CDC guidelines will be followed.
  • Celebrating 20 years with the LeTourneau organs: Bel Canto Company & John Alexander, 7:30 pm, streamed at musicforagreatspace.org Yves Castagnet’s Messe Salve Regina. Also with Timothy Olsen. Live Q&A with the artists after the performance.
  • Reformation Sunday: October 31.



  • Hunger Action
    • Food Drive-By: Drop off canned food for Urban Ministry and diapers and wipes for Faith Action, 10 am to 2 pm on Elm Street in front of Redhead Hall. Be a greeter: Sign up for a 2-hour shift under the tent!
    • Meals on Wheels: Volunteers & substitutes needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors on the third Wednesdays of each month and on fifth Mondays during the year. Contact Linda Allen, lkwallen70@gmail.com or 336-549-3367.
  • Earth Care
    • Recycle your glass: Drop off in bins on the upper level of the parking deck behind the Shetler Building, enter off Fisher Avenue.
    • Recycle Styrofoam: Clean, No. 6 Styrofoam goes to bins on lower level of the deck.​Or, go the extra mile-and-a-half — take styrofoam directly to Tiny House at 1310 West Gate City Blvd., only 1.5 miles from the church​.



Current coronavirus guidelines from our task force.





  • Families with children are invited to coffee, donut holes and fellowship, 9:45-10:05 am in the Solarium courtyard.
  • Milestone classes at 10 am. First Grade, Getting to Know My Bible; Second Grade, Worship; Third Grade, Communion; Fourth Grade, Catechism; Fifth Grade, Bible Skills.

Coming up

  • Church & Treating! October 31 during Church School. Gather at the back of the Life Center (with an adult) at 10 am. Wear your favorite costume – special prize if it includes plaid (it’s Reformation Sunday!) or a Bible character! Costumes are welcome in worship before or after!

More to know



  • Faith Formation, Sundays. Families with youth are invited to coffee, donut holes and fellowship, 9:45-10:05 am in the Solarium courtyard. Youth church school starts at 10 am in the Spencer Love Room, Memorial 200.
  • Grade-level small groups explore Galatians with an emphasis on the Fruit of the Spirit. Various days & times. Contact Kevin Murray.
  • Check the Youth Ministry web site for happenings.