January 13, 2021
Weekly Devotional
“It is the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of (people) willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy, and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood . . .to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.”   ---Letter from the Birmingham Jail (April 1963), Martin Luther King, Jr.  
We Welcome Chuck Collier to Our Worship Service on January 17
A graduate of Memphis State University, a Vietnam veteran, a former commander of the North Carolina Air National Guard and pilot for Piedmont/US Airways, a senior consultant with businesses and government and nonprofit agencies, Chuck has spent the past years organizing and leading Racial Equity Cabarrus. REC has included a number of First Presbyterian members in their training workshops and as board members, and we are honored by Chuck Collier’s presence on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend. He and his wife Pam have lived in Concord for over thirty years and are active members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Their daughter, Kimberly Leatherman, along with her spouse Britt and their children, Collier, Hayes and Cannon, are devoted members and servant leaders at First Presbyterian.
Lay Readers for Virtual Services
Lay scripture readers have always been a vital part of our worship services, and more recently, they have helped make our online worship all the more interesting.
Seeing familiar faces from the congregation taking part in the virtual services has helped us feel closer to each other, even while physically distanced. 
For the past six months lay readers have been lined up by the Worship and Music Committee. Beginning in February we will go back to using the Sign Up Genius. We will need readers to be recorded ahead of the scheduled Sundays at least through Lent. Once you signup on the website, you will be contacted to set up a time for your recording by someone involved in the video process.  Please feel free to sign up in 2021, even if you have been a reader over the previous 6 months. You may sign up by using this link. If you have specific questions, you may email Hunter Morrison at
Backpack Program Update
There is still time to participate in the Presbyterian Women’s Backpack Program’s celebration of the 31st anniversary of the Souper Bowl of Caring by helping us provide our Backpack families at Coltrane-Webb Elementary School with soup bags. If you would like to help, this is what we need:
Tomato Soup – 10 ½ ounce cans
Chicken Noodle Soup – 10 ½ ounce cans
Vegetable Soup – 10 ½ ounce cans (any vegetable soup, with or without meat, is fine)
Dried Onion Soup Mix – 2-ounce boxes containing 2 envelopes
Saltine Crackers – one-pound boxes (typically 4 sleeves of crackers)
Cookie Packs – individual serving sizes packed and available in multi-pack boxes

House brands are perfectly acceptable but sticking to the sizes shown helps us help our families in the best way possible.

Drop your items off in the red wagon in Fellowship House by noon on Monday, February 1, and give yourself a pat on the back and a “Good on you!” from everyone on the Backpack committee. And a huge thank you for your support from Presbyterian Women!

As always, thank you for your generosity!
S & D Sunday School
The S & D Sunday School class is beginning a new study this week: From Judgment to Hope, A Study on the Prophets by Walter Brueggeman.
If you are interested to joining us, please contact Sallie Dotger at for a book and/or link to the Zoom meeting.
Red Cross Cabarrus County VIP Blood Drive
Monday, January 18th, in Davis Hall from 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
To schedule an appointment click here and enter 28025 or
visit and enter: Cabarrus VIP Blood Drive
Request from the Deacons
As part of our responsibilities to First Presbyterian Church, the Deacons serve as the church’s hosts and hostesses. We haven’t had many, or even any, opportunities to host anything in a long time, but we are making an effort to reach out to our older members to let them know we are thinking about them, and to get any prayer requests they might have.

We’ve also discovered that there are a number of these members for whom we have incorrect telephone numbers, so we are seeking your help. If you know how to contact any of the members listed below, please let Susan Brooks know at If you don’t know how to contact them, but know of a family member we could ask, please let Susan know that as well.

Thanks so much for your help!

Christenbury Jr., Plase (Plase Maxwell) and Christenbury, Henrietta
Hedgpeth, James
Cochrane, Ray (William Ray)
Gray, Michael (John Michael)
Grey, Bebe (Beatrice Boyd Colerider)
Jones, Kathleen (Kathleen Edith Morgan)
Leatherman Jr., Buddy (Olin L.)
Nelson, Rhee (Willa Rhee E)
Batson, Jane (Jane H.)
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 (,
Worship is posted at 8:30 a.m.
Sign-up Links
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about all events related to youth who are in 6th-12 grade.
Sunday, January 17, 2020
Rev. Rush Otey preaching
Chuck Collier guest speaker
Thursday, January 14
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
6:00 p.m. GS Junior Troop online
6:45 p.m. Brownie Troop 323 online
Friday, January 15
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Sunday, January 17
8:30 a.m. Worship available online
9:45 a.m. Journey Sunday School
10:00 a.m. S & D Sunday School
1:30 p.m. GS Troop 334 online
Monday, January 18
Office Closed
2:30 p.m. Red Cross VIP Blood Drive
Tuesday, January 19
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
6:00 p.m. Dunford Committee Mtg
7:00 p.m. PW CT
Wednesday, January 20
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Church Report
Congratulations to Sara and Josh Hyatt on the birth of their son, William Henry Hyatt, born on January 9 in Garner, NC. Grandparents are Sally and Bill Cochran.

January 14 - Joy Cook, Kay Niblock-James
January 15 - Caroline Hedgecock, Greg Leeman, Brandon Say
January 16 - Sandy Aldridge
January 17 - Mike Ellis, Kelly Gilbert
January 18 - Tricia Iglehart, Carol Vuchnich
January 19 - John Bishop, Doreen Devore, Julia Patrum, Pat Waters
January 20 - Jerry Dyer, Bill Morrison
**To enjoy a sung happy birthday, click here!**
Rush Otey
Temporary Supply Pastor 

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

Financial Secretary

Director of Music and Organist


Suzanne Russell
Church Administrator

Heath Ritchie
Maintenance Superintendent

Director of First Kids

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:

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