February 27, 2019
Ash Wednesday
'You are dust, and to dust you shall return" (Gen. 3:19)
At 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6th, we will begin our observance of the season of Lent with our annual Ash Wednesday Service. In accordance with our usual pattern, we will gather first in Davis Hall for our fellowship meal at 6:00 p.m. After supper, we will move up to the sanctuary for the service. There, through confession of sin and the imposition of ashes, we will corporately acknowledge the brokenness in our lives and our need for God's grace. As Lent begins, we hope you will join with us as walk together the honest but hopeful road that leads to Easter. Menu: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fruit, salad, dessert
Lenten Lunch Series
From simple practices such as walking, working, and getting lost to deep meditations on topics like prayer and pronouncing blessings, Barbara Brown Taylor reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see. In the season of Lent, join Rachel on Thursdays at noon to reflect on readings from "An Altar in the World," in which she writes about the importance of paying attention to the ordinary if we are to live an engaged and authentic life. Beginning Thursday, March 7th at 12:00 p.m., come each week and dive into themes and Lenten practices of paying attention, devotion, and prayer. We will meet in Davis Hall; please feel free to bring or purchase lunch prepared by our church hostess for $6. Sign up here to purchase lunch and/or purchase a book. All are welcome!
Deepen Your Faith in Lent
Lent Photo-a-Day:
You're invited to join a photographic journey through Lent with First Presbyterian. Each day share a picture that represents the word of the day and post it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and tag with #lentwithfpc. Find the list on instagram @firstpresconcordnc or on our Facebook page.

Devotion and Coloring Calendar:
Take home a devotional journal and coloring calendar to reflect on the theme of cultivating and letting go. This 2-part devotional resource features a large Coloring Calendar with shapes to color in each week of Lent. The shapes hold imagery inspired by weekly scripture from the lectionary. To accompany the Coloring Calendar, the Devotional Guide Booklet offers you weekly scripture, written reflections, poetry prayers, and journaling prompts. We hope you will carve out space each week to complete the readings, coloring, and journaling at your own pace. Materials can be picked up from the church office.

40 Days/40 Things:
For a missional Lenten discipline, consider setting a box out in your home, and place one object in the box each day for each of the 40 days of Lent. We will be gathering much needed supplies for WM Irvin Elementary School and Christian Cooperative Ministry. The list below contains the items the organizations need most, and we will receive donations during Holy Week, Easter or the week after:  
  • Diapers (size 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Dry Erase markers
  • Notebooks: spiral and/or composition
  • Pencils/Pens
Bring Donations for Church Street Market Tuesday!
Thank you to everyone who has already donated wonderful items for the Church Street Market sale! The next collection date is Tuesday, March 5th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., in Room 306 of the Will Young Building. Things needed include home and seasonal decor, linens, vintage items, artwork, children's clothing and adult jackets, like new shoes, purses and bags, jewelry, and household items. We do want furniture but ask that you keep it until September as we do not have a place to store it. The April collection will be Tuesday, April 2nd, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The sale will be held on Saturday, October 5th, with proceeds going to The Commons prayer room and the Haiti mission project
College Addresses!
We are collecting the addresses for all of our First Presbyterian Concord undergraduate college students. Please e-mail Rene Prager ( with your student's name and shipping address by March 10th. The high school youth will be putting the packages together in March and they will be shipped out in advance of exams this spring.
Youth Bake Sale
Following worship on March 10th, come find some tasty treats baked by our middle and high school youth. The youth are baking to raise money for OFCB, our brothers and sisters in Haiti. All baked goods are baked with love and are offered by donation. Youth will be offering their baked treats at tables outside of the sanctuary following worship. Thank you for supporting our youth and OFCB in Haiti!
Sign-up Links
Ash Wednesday Supper
Wednesday, March 6th
6:00 p.m., Davis Hall
Circle 3
Tuesday, March 5th
11:45 a.m., Davis Hall
Lay Liturgists
Sign up here to be a lay liturgist to
read scripture in worship on Sundays.

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.
Shepherd for Sunday School
Please help us fill the Spring calendar!
Sign up here to be a Shepherd in our Elementary and Middle School Sunday School.
A Shepherd helps our teachers by being another adult in the room, to make sure that we have a safe classroom, and to fulfill the requirements of our Child and Youth Protection Policy. If you have questions about what it means to be a Shepherd, please reach out to one of the members of the Christian Education Committee or Rachel Vogado.  
Youth Newsletter
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about all events related to youth who are in 6th-12 grade.

Do you have a love of cooking and feeding hungry youth? Each Sunday, our Middle and High School youth gather around a meal together for shared fellowship and fun. We need your help to fill the meal calendar to feed the youth on Sunday night. Please consider signing up with a friend for a Sunday night or two. The youth's stomachs thank you! Rachel will send out meal specifications, including allergy needs, etc. Sign up here! 
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Luke 9:28-43
Rev. Rachel Vogado preaching
Sunday, March 3
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Confirmation Class
11:00 a.m. Worship
12:30 p.m. Haiti Mission Team Meeting
3:00 p.m. Children's Choir
4:30 p.m. Youth Choir
5:00 p.m. Combined Youth Fellowship
Monday, March 4
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
11:30 a.m. AA
6:30 p.m. Circle 1
7:00 p.m. Boy Scout District Steering Com.
Tuesday, March 5
9:00 a.m. First Kids
10:00 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
11:45 a.m. Circle 3
7:00 p.m. Board of Deacons
Wednesday, March 6
7:30 a.m. Men's Bible Study
9:00 a.m. First Kids
6:00 p.m. Fellowship Supper
6:45 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service
6:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, March 7
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
12:00 a.m. Lenten Lunch Series
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, March 8
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
9:30 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
Sunday, March 10
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Confirmation Class
11:00 a.m. Worship
12:00 p.m. Youth Bake Sale
12:30 p.m. Youth Lunch
3:00 p.m. Children's Choir
4:00 p.m. Youth Choir
4:30 p.m. Circle 5
Church Report
The sympathy and condolences of the congregation are extended to the following families:
  • Jim Wall on the death of his mother, Esther Grier Wall, who passed away February 21st;
  • Amy Murphy on the death of her mother, Barbara Sanford, who passed away February 26th in Gastonia, NC
Feb 27 - Tom Brown, Scottie Dickens, Lee Dunlap, Buzz Mongold, Alex Porter, Frank Sellers, Hanna Smith
Feb 28 - Emmaline Moore, Carolyn Perry
Mar 01 - Jeremy Hitt
Mar 02 - Ali Bethune, Ian Cook, Ruthie Hillman, Scott Pless, Susan Smith
Mar 03 - James Garmon, Howard Irvin, Grace Morrison, Matthew Steel
Mar 05 - Jennie Davis
Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

Associate Pastor
for Christian Formation

Director of Music and Organist
Heath Ritchie
Maintenance Superintendent

Director of First Kids

Church Hostess

Wedding Director
Contact Info
First Presbyterian Church

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:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Open for Scheduled Groups
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday mornings for FPC

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