March 15, 2018
Youth Sunday
The youth have been thoughtfully and creatively preparing to lead worship this  Sunday, March 18th . Come and celebrate their gifts as we worship with the heartfelt prayers they have written, the beautiful music they have prepared, and the unique gifts and perspectives they bring to the life of this church. O ur young people deserve our enthusiastic encouragement as they offer their gifts to God, so please come and support them as we worship together and as they lead us through the fifth Sunday in Lent.
Wednesday Night Fellowship
On Wednesday, March 21st, we will continue the conversation from Peter's program last week about "Prayer and Biblical Hospitality."  There will be a series of prayer stations and practices set up to be led by Rachel and Lynne.  Please join us in envisioning a prayer ministry in Concord, and sign up for dinner by Monday, March 19th.   Menu:  meat and vegetable lasagna, salad, fruit, dessert
Can You Hear Me Now?
The Session recently voted to move forward with sanctuary renovations this summer. Part of this process will be the evaluation of our present hearing loop system with the potential to upgrade to a newer one. A hearing loop system is designed to help carry an amplified signal to a t-coil equipped hearing aid. All cochlear implants and most external devices have a t-coil installed.   On Tuesday, March 27th at 2 o'clock in the sanctuary, a demonstration of the system will occur. All interested members are invited to attend. If you have difficulty getting good reception in the sanctuary with your hearing device, this would be a good opportunity to help us address this problem. Be advised, you may have to get your t-coil activated by your hearing specialist prior to this demonstration. Questions or comments, please contact Bob Smith at  or 704 786 4783.
Holy Week Worship Schedule
Worship Services - 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
The Sanctuary Choir, accompanied by guest instrumentalists, will perform special music including a heralding "Hosanna" composed by Jacquie Yost for the 11:00 a.m. service.
Worship Service at 6:45 p.m., Davis Hall
We will celebrate Maundy Thursday, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a meal and fellowship.  Worship will follow at 6:45 p.m. in the same space (Davis Hall).  Communion will be served by intinction.  Members of the Sanctuary Choir will lead music for the gathering with hymns and an anthem.  Please remember to make your reservations for the meal.
Stations of the Cross
First Presbyterian will join several other churches for a time of worship and contemplation as we walk together the "Stations of the Cross."  Walking through downtown, we will stop periodically to hear the story of Good Friday and join in prayer.  Stops include Memorial Garden and our FPC Sanctuary.  The "mobile" service begins at 3:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church (the corner of Chestnut and Tournament) and will end around 5:30 p.m.
Sunrise Service , Memorial Garden, 7:00 a.m.
Peter, Lynne, and Rachel will lead this service.  Please bring a folding chair or blanket as none will be provided.  After the service, you are invited to tour the garden and enjoy coffee in the Jones Yorke Room.  In case of rain, the service will be held in the sanctuary.
Flowered Cross Service
Sanctuary, 10:15 a.m.
We will celebrate the wonder and beauty of the resurrection in this service for families and children.  Remember to bring your flowers to place on the Flowered Cross.  Children are reminded to bring their One Great Hour of Sharing fish boxes.  There will NO Sunday School classes or nurseries during this service.
Easter Worship Services 
8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
At both services, members of the Sanctuary Choir and guest instrumentalists will gloriously supplement the uplifting message of the resurrection with festive anthems like "And I Saw a New Heaven", "Oh, Love That Will Not Let Me Go," and the triumphant " Hallelujah" from Messiah by Handel that the congregation will be invited to sing.  Communion will be served in the pews with trays.  A nursery for infants and children up to age 4 will be provided during both services.
Girl Scouts
This past Sunday, March 11th, the Girl Scout troops sponsored by First Presbyterian Church celebrated the 106th anniversary of the first Girl Scout meeting in the United States.  The scouts served as greeters and ushers at the 11:00 a.m. service.  As a thank you to the congregation for their year-long support of scouting, the girls served lemonade and Girl Scout cookies in the courtyard, following worship. Several girls in Troop 334 were also recognized for completing their  My Promise, My Faith  award:  Jahlea Burch, Kate Bynum, Molly Bynum, Ella Fink, Breanna Mayfield, Kate Prager, Kate Smith, and Mikayla Williams.
Pictured left to right:  
Front row :  Norah Schooley, Heidi Johnston  Second row:  Aiyanna Bostian, Chloe Cline, Reven Harris Fulghum, S ydni Mauldin   Back row:  Molly Bynum, Kate Prager, Betsy King, Kate Bynum
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 18th
   Youth Sunday

Opportunity House Fundraiser
Barbeque Chicken Fundraiser
Tickets $10/plate
Tickets will be available
 at the door, but quantities will be limited, so advance purchase of tickets is suggested.
Pre-order today
704-786-4020 or
Pickup:  March 20th
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Midway United 
Methodist Church
708 S. Main, Kannapolis
All proceeds will benefit the homeless ministries at Opportunity House.
Red Cross 
Blood Drive
Cabarrus County VIP Blood Drive
Monday, March 19th
2:30 p.m.
Davis Hall
To schedule an appointment, visit
and enter Cabarrus VIP
Sign-up Links
Wednesday Night Fellowship Supper
March 21st, 6:00 p.m.
Sign-up to help 
in the kitchen on
Wednesday evenings
Tuesday Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, March 20th
 11:45 a.m.
Guest Speaker:
 Jennifer Woodford, 
NC Research Center, Kannapolis
Sanctuary Flowers
To give the congregation a gift of sanctuary flowers, please click here 
to sign-up for one or more Sundays during the year.
Senior Pastor

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

Associate Pastor
for Christian Formation

Director of Music and Organist


Children's  Music Associate

Administrative Assistant

Financial Secretary

Heath Ritchie
Maintenance  Superintendent
Director of First Kids

Church Hostess

Wedding Director


Sunday, March 18 (Youth Sunday)
8:45 a.m.    Worship
9:45 a.m.    Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship
12:15 p.m.  PW Spring Luncheon
3:00 p.m.     Children's Choir (K-5th Grade)
Monday, March 19
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
11:30 a.m.  AA
2:30 p.m.    Red Cross Cabarrus VIP 
                   Blood Drive
Tuesday, March 20
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
11:45 a.m.  Lunch Bunch
1:00 p.m.    Donation Drop-off for Church St.
                   Market for Mission
5:00 p.m.   Meal for Habitat College Students
                  ( S&D Sunday School Class)
7:00 p.m.   PW CT Meeting
Wednesday, March 21
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
11:00 a.m.  First Kids Eat, Play, Grow
                   Parenting Workshop
6:00 p.m.    Fellowship Supper
6:30 p.m.    Adult Program
7:30 p.m.    Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, March 22
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
12:00 p.m.  Lenten Devotion Group
6:30 p.m.    Boy Scout Advancement Boards
                   of Review
7:00 p.m.    Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, March 23
9:00 a.m.    First Kids Preschool
Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday)
8:45 a.m.    Worship
9:45 a.m.    Confirmation Class
9:45 a.m.    Sunday School
11:00 a.m.  Worship
3:00 p.m.     Children's Choir (K-5th Grade)
4:00 p.m.    Combined Youth Choir
5:00 p.m.    Combined Youth Fellowship

Church Report
Sunday, March 11th:  11:00 a.m. - 147
March 16    David Farmer
March 17    Lorraine Dobson, Andrew Olson, Cathy West
March 18   Tara Mitchell
March 19   Elizabeth Cain, Peggy Carlough, Rawlings Cuthbertson, Beth Gaul, Reese Olson
March 20   Miller Finney
March 21   Elizabeth Barnett, Kae Bradley, Francey Brown, Bella Burke      
First Presbyterian Church | (704) 788-2100 |
70 Union Street North  Concord  NC  28025
Mailing Address:  PO Box 789  Concord NC  28026-0789
Church Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed Monday