Announcements

Poinsettia Order Deadline Extended

Our sanctuary will be decorated again this year with poinsettias to be displayed December 16 and 23. Due to the winter storm, the order deadline has been extended to Monday, December 17.  The price of a poinsettia is $13.  The listing of poinsettias dedicated in...

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Called Church Conference Delayed Til Dec. 30

Due to the winter storm that canceled our worship service and called church conference on December 9, the called church conference has been rescheduled to be held at the end of the worship service on December 30.  We will vote on the proposed 2019 Ministry Funding...

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Building Update 12.13.2018

This week around the church house… As you might imagine, the 14” snowfall made for an interesting week around the church house with our building project! Like every other area around our city, work has stalled or been delayed because of the snow. Everything from the...

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Advent Celebrations

CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT BROOKRIDGE |Wednesday, December 19 | 6 pm | Brookridge Meet us at Brookridge to visit with our homebound members and share the joy of the season through song. All ages welcome! CHRISTMAS BRUNCH | Sunday, December 23 | 9:15 am | Kelly Auditorium...

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A Mason Jar Advent

OBSERVE (AND PRESERVE!) YOUR ADVENT PRACTICE THIS YEAR Before there was plastic, we preserved summer's bounty in simple mason jars, so that even in the barren days of winter, we could taste God's goodness and foretaste the bounty and harvest to come. This season, we...

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Advent at First on Fifth

PLEASE JOIN US DURING THIS ADVENT SEASON This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent, this season of waiting and hope where we look forward to the arrival of the Christ Child.  Advent at First on Fifth is rich in activity and tradition, where all ages and life stages...

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Churchwide Sunday School

LONGING AND HOPE: JOURNEYING THROUGH ADVENT WITH THE GOSPELS OF MARK, MATTHEW & LUKE This Advent, you are invited to participate in a Bible study led by Mary Foskett that examines the human longing and the divine promise that sets the stage for the Gospel stories of...

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Blue Christmas Service

BLUE CHRISTMAS | A Service of Healing and Hope | Monday, December 17 - 7 pm in the Sanctuary The holidays can be a difficult season for those who have experienced loss. While many are celebrating the joys of the season with parties and holiday meals, others among us...

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Exploring Grief in a Season of Hope

From Darkness to Light is a three-week devotional study open to anyone interested in exploring the experience of grief in the context of Advent's message of hope. Weekly noontime gatherings in The Commons on December 5, 12, and 19 will provide a safe space to...

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Building Update 11.21.2018

We pause with our regularly-scheduled building updates to recognize all the leaders whose tireless efforts over the last five years have led us to this hinge moment in the life of our church. Among them, these leaders have served on the Special Committee on Facilities...

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Building Update 11.15.2018

This week around the church house… At long last, the temporary boiler is putting out heat in our building! We are so grateful for all who worked tirelessly to ensure we are safe, dry, and warm in the church house. In this rainy, rainy week, all the exterior work has...

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Building Update 11.8.2018

This week around the church house… The temporary boiler is on site, set up, and inspected, and Piedmont Natural Gas has installed the gas line we’ll need to power it. We anticipate that the installation of the gas meter will come soon -- perhaps this week! Thanks also...

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Senior Adult Holiday Excursion to Pinehurst

Come join the Senior Adults for their annual Holiday Buffet Luncheon to the Pine Crest Inn in Pinehurst on Thursday, November 29.  One of the stops will be Southern Supreme near Bear Creek. We will travel by Black Tie Motor Coach (50 passenger). Cost for the trip is...

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Churchwide Advent Study

Longing and Hope: Journeying Through Advent with the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke This Advent, you are invited to participate in a Bible study that examines the human longing and the divine promise that sets the stage for the Gospel stories of Jesus. Hear anew...

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Children & Prayer Partners Advent Workshop

Sunday, December 2 following worship Calling all children, families and their prayer partners! Come join us in Kelly Auditorium to learn more about the special season of Advent. We will have lunch together and participate in exciting stations to learn and grow...

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Building Update 10.25.2018

This week around the church house… Jackhammering on the retaining wall between Buildings B & C and Building A is nearing its end (see photo to the left), and truckloads of dirt are beginning to arrive to backfill the space where the buildings once stood. When...

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Building Update 10.18.2018

This week around the church house… Jackhammering on the retaining wall between Buildings B & C and Building A continued this week! As the back part of our property is reshaped, part of this retaining wall will remain: from five feet below the ground and down. What has...

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Children & Youth Tanglewood Outing

SAVE THE DATE! CHILDREN & YOUTH TRIP TO THE TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS November 25 at 5 pm All children and youth (babies through 12th grade) and families are invited to join us Sunday, November 25, for the annual Festival of Lights at Tanglewood!  We will meet in...

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Building Update 10.11.2018

This week around the church house… As debris removal in the back lot winds down, the folks from Foss Demolition spent several days this week jackhammering part of the retaining wall that connected Buildings B & C to the breezeway. It’s been a loud and rumbly week...

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Building Update 10.4.2018

This week around the church house… Debris removal in the back lot continues, and the crew from Foss Demolition anticipates that this should be completed by the end of next week. Soon, you will begin to see truckloads of dirt coming to begin leveling off this land!    ...

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Helping “Neighbors Beyond Our Walls”

In October, we have several unique opportunities in which our members can engage. From serving the homeless to reaching out to our friends at Forest Park Elementary to providing support to those in eastern NC who have been impacted by Hurricane Florence, we are able...

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Hurricane Relief Efforts

FIRST ON FIFTH PARTNERING WITH NEIGHBOR CHURCHES TO PROVIDE HURRICANE RELIEF Our neighbors across the street, Centenary United Methodist, have organized and issued a call for a supply drive to offer relief to those affected by Hurricane Florence in our region. They...

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Building Update 9.27.2018

Demolition on Buildings B & C has continued fully this week, and as of Wednesday morning, the primary standing structures have been fully pulled down. The demolition crews are hard at work to complete their task, and they continue sorting materials, hauling them away,...

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“A Boundless Home” Preaching Series

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that...

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Fall Film Series

JOIN US FOR THIS THOUGHT-PROVOKING FILM SERIES!   We will explore the theme of "Bold Love and Boundless Compassion" this fall with three powerful films. The screenings will be followed by dialogue and discussion. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. ...

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Building Update 9.20.2018

This week around the church house… Demolition on Buildings B & C continued in earnest, and as of Wednesday night, Building B is completely down. The demolition crew has been sorting materials and beginning to haul them away from our block. Work has begun this morning...

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9.13.18 Building Update

This week around the church house… Bright and early on Tuesday morning, demolition began on Building B! A small crew of FBC members gathered to witness the historic moment, giving thanks for what has been and giving to God what will be. Grading work also began in...

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Jake Hill Expands Role at First on Fifth

We are pleased to announce a job transition for Jake Hill from "Organist" to "Music Associate and Organist". In addition to continuing his role as FBC organist, Jake will give leadership and direction to the children and youth music ministry on Wednesday nights. He...

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September Sermon Series

OUR VISION, GOD'S VISION Inspired by God at work within our people, written by the Special Committee on Facilities and Mission, and unanimously affirmed by the congregation in March, our church's new vision statement tells a story about a people, a place, and a...

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Building Update 8.30.2018

This week around the church house… Work on the ‘bridges’ that connect Building A with Buildings B & C continued in earnest this week! The demo crew is on track to be completed with this part of the project by the end of the week.   The ramp you saw last week outside...

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Wednesday Fellowship Meals

For years, churches like ours have grappled with the growing reality that Wednesday night fellowship -- once a one-stop shop for fellowship, prayer, musical training, and discipleship for all ages -- struggles to continue providing for all these needs in this specific...

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Building Update 8.23.2018

This week around the church house… On Wednesday night, the congregation heard a presentation from Gary Knight, chair of the Special Committee on Facilities and Mission, related to the receipt of the Guaranteed Maximum Price for Phase One of our project. That number is...

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Building Update 8.16.18

This week around the church house… Interior demolition work on Buildings B & C is nearing an end! This week saw the removal of several of our treasured windows in and around the chapel, which have been saved for our future repurposing. Starting on Monday, demolition...

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Building Update 8.9.2018

This week around the church house… The crew from Foss Demolition has been hard at work these past few weeks, abating whatever asbestos they find inside and removing any fixtures and finishes (sinks, ceiling tiles, flooring, windows, etc.), all to prepare Buildings B &...

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Building Update 8.2.2018

Accessing Our Church House During Demolition By now you know that the entirety of our back parking lot will be closed off for the duration of asbestos abatement and demolition of Buildings B & C, a period of time to last a total of 10-12 weeks. As such and after...

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Church Votes to Approve Phase One

In Sunday's Called Church Conference to hear the recommendation from the Special Committee regarding  Phase One of our building project, the congregation voted to proceed with the substantial first phase of our work. The motion passed overwhelmingly with 90% of voting...

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