THE BANNER
February 17, 2021
Online Bible Study on the Book of Job, led by Rush Otey
This study on Job will continue through March 27. Watch for the weekly Thursday emails. A separate email will give notice near the end of each month for the Zoom discussion forums.
Session Meeting Highlights from February 9, 2021
  • The Session met on February 9th using Zoom Internet video and audio. 
  • We are excited about our Annual Congregational and Annual Corporation Meetings this coming Sunday, February 21. It will be a Zoom meeting and it will be so great to be “together” and see many faces that we haven’t seen in a while!
  • William Niblock presented a positive report on our income and expense budget for the first month of the year. 
  • Be sure to pick up your Lent Bags from the Fellowship House and/or the Deacons will deliver as needed!
  • The Session approved the Girl Scouts holding a drive-through cookie sale at the church – don’t miss this on February 14, noon-1:00 p.m.
  • Rene Prager reported a number of youth activities and trips in the works, and plans are beginning for Vacation Bible School.
  • Susan Otteni and Kathy Pilkington reported about the February 6th Presbytery meeting and the efforts to help us prepare for what to expect in the wake of the pandemic.
  • The Deacons are considering how best to support the Salvation Army in the fundraising efforts for their new building.
  • The next Session meeting will be held on March 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

As Presbyterians, decisions affecting our worship, education, spiritual nurture, physical property, and budget are made by our elected leaders. To connect with church officers, see the list of Elders and Deacons and their committee assignments on the church website under the “ABOUT” tab, “Staff and Leadership.”

The Session meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Minutes are open and available by request after they are approved at the following month’s Session meeting.
Congregational Meeting this Sunday
There will be a Zoom Congregational Meeting this Sunday, February 21, at 11:00 a.m. for the purpose of presenting the 2021 budget and 2020 statistical report. Watch your inbox for the Zoom link information to come out about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. We hope you will join us for our first full congregational Zoom meeting!
Virtual Spring PW Nurture Event Last Call to Sign Up

Presbyterian Ladies, just a reminder that you need to register for our zoom annual event, Pilgrimage to Sacred Places, Sunday, March 7th, by this Thursday, February 18. Thank you!

Everyone who attends will receive a special spiritual spring bag.
*Please register by February 18th and your spiritual spring bag will be delivered to your home before our event.
Blessing Box Drive-Up Collection!
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 27th, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. The Youth of the church will be hosting a drive-up collection for the Blessing Box during their in-town Mission Weekend.
Items collected will be used to restock the Blessing box over the weekend and throughout the month of March. The most needed items are ready-to-eat foods and basic toiletries.

Please click here for a link that gives specific suggestions.
Thank you for helping to support our Youth and our community in need!

Last call: All 6th -12th graders are invited to participate in our Youth Mission weekend, February 27 & 28, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. each day.
Please use this link to RSVP by the end of the day, February 24th.

We will be taking part in a Thank You card movement for our local health care workers, hosting a Blessing Box donation drive, filling our college care packages, assembling sandwich and lunch bags for those in need at Opportunity House, and creating Easter cards for our VIPs.

We hope that YOU can join us for this fun event! Questions?
Please contact René Prager at: r.prager@firstpresconcord.org.
Hear our own Jacquie Yost in concert!
We are blessed at First Presbyterian Church to have Dr. Jacqueline Yost, who is renowned as one of the finest classical musicians in the area, as our organist. On March 1 we will have an opportunity to hear Jacquie play an all-Bach organ concert at Davidson College Presbyterian Church as part of the annual Bach Birthday Bash at Davidson College. The concert will be available to the public via live streaming.

Click here for more information and to view the announcement.
Easter Hams for Operation Breadbasket
The S & D Sunday School class invites the congregation to join us in providing Easter hams to families in-need, served by Operation Breadbasket. Brian Moore is purchasing 110 hams and, along with S & D class members, will shop and deliver those hams to Operation Breadbasket in time for their Easter distribution. If you would like to donate, please make your check out to Brian Moore and either drop it off at the church office, or mail to him: 2401 Bethlehem Church Rd, Gold Hill, NC 28071. Thank you!
CCM Monthly Needs Update
I’m looking out on a sunny day at our drive-through pantry for the first time in about a week! Praise the Lord! We also are praising the Lord for a marvelous response to the annual Scouting for Food drive earlier this month. I know many of your congregations sponsor Boy Scout troops. So far they have collected and brought in a record-smashing 14,000 lbs. and it’s still coming in! Much of that already has been shared with our satellite pantries scattered around the county.

Our current big needs continue to be:
        Cereal
        Peanut Butter
        Soup
        Canned carrots, peas, potatoes and mixed veggies
        Canned fruit
        Any dried beans
        Pasta Sauce
        Toilet paper

As always, we especially seek low sodium items, no-added-sugar items, and whole grain items.

Right now, we have plenty of the following:
       Canned chicken and tuna
       Canned green beans and corn
       Canned Pinto Beans
       Spaghetti noodles
       Macaroni & Cheese
Thank you for the continued support from our church partners. Our Crisis Center at 246 Country Club Drive NE in Concord serves as the warehouse for most of the food. We will gladly accept all donations at that site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bethel Baptist Helping Hands Food Pantry, located at 1209 1/4 Opal Street in Kannapolis, will gladly accept donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. The food pantry located at Westford UMC on Highway 49 and the Kannapolis Food Pantry at West Point Baptist Church can accept donations on Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Feeding Our Souls Food Pantry at Bethel UMC in Midland, and North Kannapolis Baptist Church Food Pantry will accept donations by calling the church in advance. The pantry at New Life Baptist Church is temporarily closed.
Girl Scout News - Second Cookie Drive Announced

The Girl Scouts of First Presbyterian Church would like to thank the congregation for supporting their cookie sale on February 14th!
The girls will host a second drive-up cookie booth in front of the sanctuary on Girl Scout Sunday, March 14th, from noon to 2 p.m., so if you missed the opportunity the first time you can still get those cookies!
Racial Equity Reads
Our next Racial Equity Reads book will be "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson. We will begin our discussions on Sunday, February 21st at 4 p.m. via Zoom with Part 1 (Ch. 1-3). As part of our ongoing commitment to this work, we encourage you to purchase your books through black-owned booksellers if possible. For more information or to sign up to join the discussion, please contact Lynne Keel at lynne.keel@firstpresconcord.org. 
Services Update- Worship Available earlier on Sunday Morning
Our pastoral staff continues to preach and teach through various means of technology. Please join us for all of our worship opportunities on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/firstpresconcordnc/),
Worship is posted at 8:30 a.m.
Sign-up Links
Sign up to read scripture during our virtual services.
Questions, contact Hunter Morrison: huntermorrison@gmail.com
Lay Liturgists

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Calendar
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Rev. Rush Otey preaching

Thursday, February 18
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Friday, February 19
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Sunday, February 21
8:30 a.m. Worship available online
9:45 a.m. Journey Sunday School
10:00 a.m. S & D Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting
4:00 p.m. Racial Equity Reads
Monday, February 22
9:00 a.m First Kids Preschool
Tuesday, February 23
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Wednesday, February 24
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Church Report
Marriage
Congratulations to Allison Goff and Brian Clark, of Raleigh, who were married on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the home of her parents Dave & Gina Goff. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Janice Odom of Raleigh.

Birthdays
February 18 - Elaine Blackman
February 19 - Andy Martin, Rachel Perdue
February 20 - Cynthia Rohrer
February 22 - Alison Sloop
February 23 - Annabeth Bethune, Kathy Pilkington, Emma Prager
February 24 - Brianne Campbell, Austin Entwistle
**To enjoy a sung happy birthday, click here!**
Staff
Rush Otey
Temporary Supply Pastor 

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

René Prager
Interim Youth
Programs Coordinator



Director of Music and Organist

Choirmaster

Suzanne Russell
Church Administrator

Financial Secretary

Heath Ritchie
Maintenance Superintendent

Director of First Kids

Kim Mazzola
Financial Administrative Asst.

Wedding Director
Contact Info
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, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Friday
The Commons Prayer Room Hours:
Closed

Memorial Garden:
(704) 786-8009
36 Spring Street SW
Concord NC 28025
 
Garden Hours: 
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Closed Monday