Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Friday Night Fun

On Friday, February 24th, Uncle Calvin's Coffehouse presents a family friendly concert featuring George Gagliardi and Tom McDermott with all profits benefitting The Stewpot. Uncle Calvin's is located within (and sponsored by) NorthPark Presbyterian Church.

This promises to be a fun, relaxed evening of good music, delicious coffee and desserts - and a great way to support our homeless and at-risk friends!

For more information or to order your tickets go to

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rock My Soul

The Stewpot hosted a Community Concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church on Valentine’s Day for our friends. The concert was underwritten and sponsored by the David Nathan Meyerson Private Foundation.

Eye-popping dancers and soul stirring music by artists young and mature have always strikes a "high note" but the true SHOW STOPER is the spur of the moment STEWPOT CHOIR! People sign up for the choir the day of the evnet and they rehearse, share pizza and perform.

If you heard them, you'll want to here more voices from the street-put the Annual Stewpot Talent Contest (2pm on October 31st) in INK on your calendar. You'll love it!

Today's Stewpot choir was under the direction of the Rev John Thornburg accompanied by Daniel Harp. Tom Froelich shook the house playing the 3000 pipe organ of 1st Presby, where he has been the organist for 35 years.

Floramay Holliday stirred our "ripe for the picking" Valentine hearts with guitar and vocal. Pieces of her own composition and a Hank Williams favorite: "I Saw the Light" all did just that: Shared the Light!

It was a first in our concert series to have a Mother/Daughter performance. Mom, Norlynn Price on piano accompanied her daughter, Hannah, on violin. Hannah is a sophomore at Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts. Wow!

Gary Floyd, singer and pianist and world renown jazz vocalist, Terry Loftis delivered the Grand Finale. It was a return performance for Gary. They were stunning and inspiring!

We thank all who shared their gifts.

Other gifts were shared as people left the concert-backpacks stuffed with great things were handed out-people made a beeline to the Stewpot, across the street for the drawing of the VERY POPULAR door-prize of TWO NIGHTS in a Dallas Hotel.

There were no losers, everyone was a winner!

All pictures taken by the David Nathan Meyerson Private Foundation. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Saturday School

On a typical Saturday morning you will find Byrd Hall and the 3rd floor children’s area alive with activity. 110 children from City Park Elementary and other surrounding areas come to FPC to eat breakfast and lunch and to participate in a variety of educational and fun activities. The children enthusiastically participate in learning musical genres, making a volcano in science class, learning how to play chess, and reading a new story in library. The children describe Saturday School as “Fun!” and “Cool!” while volunteer groups from around the city have called the program “Engaging, organized” as well as commenting on the “interactive and loving environment” that has been created for the children. The student’s delightful and well mannered behavior has even garnered sponsorship offers from a few local bowling leagues!

Leading the group of staff and volunteers on Saturdays is the new Assistant Director of Children and Youth, Lilli Curtis. Lilli has worked with Saturday School for 6 years on a part time basis. Four of the staff are current community ministries scholarship recipients and are now able to be great role models to the younger children. Many of the volunteers are participants in the Venturing Crew on Wednesday nights and are giving their time back to the programs.

For more information on volunteering with Saturday School contact Lilli Curtis at 214-746-2785 x326 or