THE BANNER
July 8, 2020
News Update: PCUSA General Assembly 2020, Baltimore
For most Presbyterians, church life tends to revolve around what is happening in their local church and little thought is given to what is happening in the larger church, regionally or nationally. However, our bi-annual national meeting (General Assembly) is a good reminder that we are part of a “connectional church” of more than 10,000 congregations and 1.7 million members.

This year’s meeting was unusual in that it was the first time it met “virtually” — all online, a technological challenge both for organizers and commissioners, something that many Presbyterians a generation ago probably never could have imagined. The assembly had been scheduled to meet in Baltimore June 20-27, but the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) decided formally in April that, because of the need for social distancing, that could not happen.

It was also held during a stunning season in American life — an aching time when more than 130,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, when protesters have filled the streets night after night to protest racial injustice and the police killing of George Floyd, when churches are trying to live into the new realities of worshiping online, when the world seems to tilt in a new direction almost every hour and who knows what will come next? Fittingly, the new theme of this assembly is “From Lament to Hope” — the implications of which seem to expand day by day.

Attached to this article is a “bulletin insert” that summarizes the business that was transacted a couple of weeks ago. Interestingly, you will see that much of the “national” business of the church is the same as the “local “business of the church. It is a reminder that “we are all in this together.”

Blessings,
Scott Kenefake
Interim Pastor
Mask Wearing and Social Distancing are Spiritual Practices
Read this by clicking here.
Race Together - Four week FREE workshop
Most of us want to better understand Race and Racism in the U.S. but might be overwhelmed and not know where to begin. Others of us have some information but want to understand the topics more clearly. The Race Together team believes if we are more fluent in our understanding of Race and Racism, we can be more aware of its nature and how it impacts us all. More importantly, we will be more equipped to dismantle it and combat its effects from where we stand. Click here to Learn More and/or Register.
Staycation Bible School
Join us July 27-31 as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Experience Vacation Bible School from the comfort and safety of your home this year, or take VBS with you if you will be traveling!
  • Sign up to receive a Staycation Bible School kit that will be available for pick up from the church the week before our VBS adventure begins. This will include Bible stories, crafts, snacks and service ideas for you to do as a family!
  • There will also be a daily video delivered to your inbox each day of the week with the Bible story, as well as links to music and movement videos and songs. You can choose the time each day your child will watch the video and when to do the crafts and other explorations. 
  • Staycation Bible School is for children aged 4 through 5th grade. Families will need to fill out a one-time registration form where they will enter all children of their family who will be using a kit.
  • Once registered, look for more information in your inbox about kit pick up times and other VBS related questions. You can also contact Rachel with any questions you might have as well.
Sign up early to claim your kit by clicking here! Registration is due by July 15th. 
 We hope you will join us!
Habitat for Humanity needs your help during Covid-19
Home is where we shelter from the storm and hold our friends and family close. Home is where we gather to grieve our losses and rejoice in our triumphs. In our community, one group uses hands and hearts to bring people home. Due to the pandemic, and the loss of several fund raising events, Habitat for Humanity needs your help. A link below is provided for contributions from the congregation, and during the month of July, those contributions will be matched up to $5000 by your Board of Deacons! Please give now. Help Habitat bring people home.

Go to our website to give by clicking her e and choosing the Habitat for Humanity fund from the drop-down box. If you'd like to pay by check make it payable to FPC, put Habitat in the memo line, and mail to the church's PO Box 789, Concord, NC 28026.

Click here to watch our YouTube video on this campaign.
Red Cross Cabarrus County VIP Blood Drive
Monday, July 20th, in Davis Hall
2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit  redcrossblood.org and enter Cabarrus VIP
to schedule an appointment.
Services Update - Summer Worship Schedule
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/),
Summer Worship is posted at 10:00 a.m.
Sign-up Links
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
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
Sign up here to receive the Youth Newsletter for detailed information
about all events related to youth who are in 6th-12 grade.
Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Rev. Dr. Scott Kenefake preaching

Sunday, July 12
10:00 a.m. Worship online
Church Report
Condolences
The sympathy and condolences of the congregation are extended to the family of Mark Murphy, whose mother, Ellie Murphy, died on July 6 in Michigan.
Birthdays
July 9 - Hugh Malone, Jennifer Newton, Mary Rohrer
July 10 - Gabriel Tibor Chikes, Ashlyn Harkey, Betsy King, John McCoy, Hugh Morrison
July 11 - Laura Young Alley, Jim Davis, John Eapen, Tony Dale McBride, Jane Pegram
July 12 - Connie Bauman, Claudia Dugan
July 13 - Scott Connelly, Rob Steel
July 14 - Deacon Garmon, Caren McBride, George Patterson
Staff
Scott Kenefake
Interim Senior Pastor 

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

Associate Pastor
for Christian Formation



Director of Music and Organist

Choirmaster

Suzanne Russell
Church Administrator

Financial Secretary

Heath Ritchie
Maintenance Superintendent

Director of First Kids

Wedding Director
Contact Info
First Presbyterian Church
(704) 788-2100
s uzanne.russell @firstpresconcord.org  

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
Open for scheduled groups:
Tuesday,Thursday, Friday
Open to Public:
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 am - 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 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed Monday