October 31, 2018
Guest Preacher, Larry Lyon
This Sunday, November 4th, we welcome back Rev. Larry Lyon to the pulpit. Honorably retired as a PCUSA pastor, Larry now serves as the part-time staff associate for senior adult ministries at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. He served as solo pastor of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian in Blowing Rock from 1998-2006, and as senior pastor of West End Presbyterian Church in West End from 2006-2015. He had a first career in newspaper journalism. He and his wife Martha live in Cornelius.
Don't forget to fall back!
Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 4th.
The Commons (Community Prayer Room)
The Commons is opening to the public this Saturday, Nov 3rd at 10 a.m! The hours will be 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., M, T, Th, F, Sat; Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Closed Sundays but will be open for our congregation’s use on Sunday mornings. We could still use a few devotionals if you have any to donate. Leave in box marked "The Commons" in Fellowship House entrance. Several volunteers are needed to open and close (only about a 20 minute commitment a few times a month) Contact Carrie Myers at if you would like to be a part of this new community outreach. Questions?? Call Carrie 704-467-0962 Hunter Morrison 704-807-8799 or Susan Smith 704-723-1189. More to follow!
Wednesday Night Fellowship
Please join us on November 7th for a delicious meal and and our series on Faith Practices. This week we will talk about Service. This program is kid-friendly, so bring the whole family! Please sign up online or in the church office by noon Monday, November 5th. Menu: chicken pot pie, rice, vegetable, salad, fruit, dessert.
Haiti Mission Trip: 3/14/19-3/19/19
We have scheduled another "RelationTrip" to Bayonnais, Haiti! If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please join us at one of our two optional information meetings on Sunday November 4th or 18th immediately following worship in the Library Conference Room. If you are not able to attend one of those sessions and are interested in going, please email Lynne Keel.
Christian Education Children's Book Fair
The Children's Book Fair co-hosted by the Christian Education Committee and First Kids Preschool will be open for shopping at the following times in Davis Hall:
Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 4th
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, November 5th
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Come shop for wonderful books for infants to pre-teens to help them thrive spiritually, emotionally, and socially.
New Nursery Faith Formation Opportunities
There are exciting new things happening in the nursery on Sunday mornings for our infants and toddlers! Thanks to the sharing of gifts and time from Brian and Margaret Moore, infants and toddlers are now getting to hear, see, and experience Bible stories in wonderful, age-appropriate ways. Using our new Frolic Curriculum, our little ones in the nursery can hear Bible stories from the Old and New Testament in a way that is engaging, visually stimulating, and featuring play-based Sunday school lessons including Bible stories, prayers, music, and more. Little ones will also meet the Frolic characters who help kids explore feelings and navigate different developmental milestones, Ava the lamb, Hal the hedgehog, Jo the goat, Rufus the dog, and Uri the dove.
We are also looking for people who might be interested in reading Bible stories on Sunday mornings and sharing in the good work of helping our littlest members of our faith family grow up in God's love. Learn more or share your interest by reaching out to Rachel Vogado or Margaret Moore, and this week you can meet those characters and see other books that are used in the nursery that are available to purchase at our Book Fair! Come and see the new and faithful learning opportunities in our nursery!
Report from the Dunford Fund
In the past year the Presbyterian Women have given $21,930 from their portion of the Dunford Fund to worthy projects in our church and community. Among these were the Ridenhour Scholarship given annually from the fund in memory of Mrs Johnsie Sims Ridenhour to support a seminary student.
This year some of the funds were used in our own church facilities due to unexpected costs of the Prayer Room and to support a related Eagle Scout project.  Donations were also made for a respite program for pastors to the William Black Lodge at Montreat and for Circle #3’s postal expenses for care packages for military women serving in war zones.
Funds were distributed to afterschool, tutoring and literacy programs offered by the Boys and Girls Club, Academic Learning Center, Cabarrus Bilingual Preschool, Community Care of Southern Piedmont, and El Puente Hispano.
Materials and equipment were provided for Handprints Ministry for the hearing impaired, the Salvation Army Women’s auxiliary for their Christmas Stocking workshop, and to Habitat for Humanity’s 2018 Women Build. And, finally, subsidies were given to Amazing Grace Advocacy to provide counseling and advocacy services to several families of children with brain disorders.
The Dunford fund was left in the care of the Presbyterian Women by Nancy Ridenhour Dunford in honor of her mother, Mrs. Johnsie Sims Ridenhour, a faithful member, in 1982. Funds are limited and are often unable to cover all of requests so the grants have to be allocated according to the extent to which the requests reflect the goals of the organization. For more information, please contact Cathy Floyd, treasurer.
Cabarrus Meals on Wheels
15th Annual Sunday Soup Sampling
Cabarrus Meals on Wheels will hold it's 15th Annual Sunday Soup Sampling on Sunday, November 4th, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at the City Club at Gibson Mill (325 McGill Ave. NW, Concord, NC).

At This Event You Will Enjoy…
  • All you can eat signature soups & fabulous desserts from local restaurants & caterers in a beautiful setting.
  • A variety of breads
  • The opportunity to vote for your favorite soup!
  • The chance to win great prizes in our auction! 

Tickets to the Soup Sampling are just $30 and proceeds allow Cabarrus Meals on Wheels to continue to provide a hot meal and a warm hello to the elderly and home bound of our community!
Cabarrus Partnership for Children Cuddle Up Coat Drive
Join us once again in collecting new and gently loved winter coats for children in Cabarrus County! Each year, the Cuddle Up Coat Drive provides over 500 winter coats to children in our community. We are collecting:
New/VERY gently loved children's coats, sizes 12 months - size 10
Preschool sized gloves and hats
NEW packages of preschool sized socks and underwear
Kohl's Cash and gift cards

Drop Box is located in the Fellowship House
Sign-up Links
Presbyterian Women's Spiced Sunday
November 11th
12:15 p.m. Davis Hall
Reservations due by November 5th
Presbyterian Women's Circle 3
Tuesday, November 6th
11:45 a.m.. Davis Hall
Reservations due by November 5th
Wednesday Night Fellowship
November 7th
6:00 p.m., Davis Hall
Reservations due by November 5th
Lay Liturgists
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Sanctuary Flowers
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Shepherd for Sunday School
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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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Sunday, November 4, 2018
Mark 12:28-34
Rev. Larry Lyon
Sunday, November 4
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Children's Book Fair
11:00 a.m. Worship
12:00 p.m. Children's Book Fair
12:00 p.m. Haiti Information Meeting
3:00 p.m. Children's Choir
5:30 p.m. Adult Study Group
Monday, November 5
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
9:00 a.m. Children's Book Fair
11:30 a.m. AA
12:00 p.m. Children's Book Fair
5:00 p.m. First Kids Family Fun Night
6:30 p.m. Circle 1
7:00 p.m. Boy Scout District Steering Com.
Tuesday, November 6
9:00 a.m. First Kids Closed (Election Day)
11:45 a.m. Circle 3
7:00 p.m. Board of Deacons
Wednesday, November 7
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
4:30 p.m. Interim Pastor Search Com.
6:00 p.m. Fellowship Supper
6:30 p.m. Program
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, November 8
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
9:00 a.m. Academic Learning Center Board Mtg
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, November 9
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Sunday, November 11
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship
1215 p.m. PW Spiced Sunday Luncheon
3:00 p.m. Children's Choir
4:00 p.m. Combined Youth Choir
4:30 p.m. Circle 5
5:00 p.m. Combined Youth Fellowship
Church Report
Congratulations to Kelly and Scott Durkee on the birth of their daughter, Meredith Ann Durkee, born on October 29, 2018, in St. Claire Shores, Michigan.
The sympathy and condolences of the congregation are extended to the family of Beverly Murphy Bell who passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in Macon, GA.
Oct 31 - Ray Cochrane, Dave Goff, Robert Sparks
Nov 01 - Brad Barnett, Sue Hartsell, Elizabeth Johnston, Beverly Kopelic, Heath Ritchie
Nov 02 - Scarlet Mandujano, Betty Jean Prewitt
Nov 03 - Channing Smith
Nov 04 - Trey Fisher, Kathryn Mandujano, Leila McMillan, Larry Ostema, Brianne Underwood
Nov 05 - Katherine Barnett, Jeff Henderson, Sandra Sellers, Avery Wall
Nov 06 - Dee Hoskins, Fred Irving, Bette Thomas
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
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