June 5, 2019
Pentecost 2019
This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, that festival of communication and understanding. Licked by tongues of flame and filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ disciples found themselves suddenly able to speak in many different languages and be understood by native speakers, “devout Jews from every nation under heaven.” What seems at first like a reversal of Babel becomes something even better: God’s reaffirmation of the variety of languages in which human beings speak of the things that matter most. So, on Pentecost , rather than scattering in confusion, people of many tongues gather close and listen together.

A major theme we will be exploring in worship together is this: comprehending “God’s deeds of power” —the freeing of Jesus from death, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit—requires more than finding the equivalent expression in our own language . Comprehension does not arrive, once and for all, once we have looked up all the words. For example, we glimpse the meaning of Easter intermittently in the life we share with others and those who heard the disciples preach on Pentecost comprehended the message in their own language. But that was only the beginning . It was in the life they lived together that their answers to “What does this mean?” began to take shape. And it was the life they lived together that inspired others to try to answer that question as well.

I look forward to seeing those who are able to be here on Sunday.


Scott Kenefake
Interim Pastor
First VBS Summer Camp
June 17 - 20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Looking for some summer fun?! Sign up to help with VBS and help our children in the church learn about God through fun, recreation, music, and art. VBS is possible because of the help of our Middle and High School Youth and Adult volunteers. Thank you for signing up to so that we can provide a fun, safe, environment for the children of our church and community to learn and grow.
Are you a Middle or High School youth or an adult who wants to help with VBS Summer Camp?

Volunteer forms are available on the church’s website or in the church office.

There will be two volunteer training times offered on Sunday morning at 9am in Davis Hall on June 9th and 16th. You only need to attend one session. We will cover theme and story overviews, best practices for working with young children, share what the VBS schedule will look like, and answer any questions you have.
Updates to the Website
If you haven't been on our website recently, go check it out! We have added a link to the website of the Commons prayer room as well as updated "Our Staff & Leadership" page to include contact information and bios of our new Interim Pastor and Church Administrator. As you scroll down the page, you will see a new listing of the Deacons and Elders as well as their assigned areas of ministry. Click here to see the updates!
Sign Up for our Prayer Chain
In 2016, First Presbyterian launched an email Prayer Chain to strengthen church family connections through the power of prayer. Today, over 150 of our members have joined to lift up individuals who have requested prayer. If you would like to be included on the prayer chain and/or you have a prayer request, please send an email to : . If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Lynne Keel. “A world at prayer is a world at peace.” – Father Patrick Peyton

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
Rev. Dr. Scott M. Kenefake preaching
Acts 2:1-21       
Thursday, June 6
9:00 a.m. First Kids Summer Camp
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, June 7
9:30 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
Sunday, June 9
9:00 a.m. Summer Choir
9:00 a.m. VBS Volunteer Training
10:00 a.m. Worship/Officer Ord/Installation
Monday, June 10
9:00 a.m. First Kids Summer Camp
11:30 a.m. AA
Tuesday, June 11
9:00 a.m. First Kids Summer Camp
10:00 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
6:15 p.m. GS Troop 334
Wednesday, June 12
7:30 a.m. Men's Bible Study
9:00 a.m. First Kids Summer Camp
Thursday, June 13
9:00 a.m. First Kids Summer Camp
Friday, June 14
9:30 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
Sunday, June 16
9:00 a.m. Summer Choir
9:00 a.m. VBS Volunteer Training
10:00 a.m. Worship
Monday, June 17
9:00 a.m. VBS Summer Camp
9:30 a.m. Concord Garden Council
11:30 a.m. AA
Tuesday, June 18
9:00 a.m. VBS Summer Camp
10:00 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
Wednesday, June 19
9:00 a.m. VBS Summer Camp

Church Report
Worship Schedule
Our summer worship schedule will continue through September 1st. Our worship service will be at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday .
Summer Choir
If you are interested in singing in our Summer Choir, please come to the choir room on the 3rd floor of the Education Building from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Summer Choir is open to children, youth, and adults of all ages. We would love to have you!

 The Banner Newsletter
During the summer the newsletter will be printed on the following dates:
June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21, August 28
Nancy Craig - Families in Need, General Endowment, Lunch Bunch
Ann Crosland - Families in Need, Backpack Program
Betty Laughlin - (mother of Kathy Pilkington) - Backpack Program
Carl Spears - Families in Need
Kitty Taylor - Families in Need
Jeff Wampler - (former pastor ) - Families in Need, Backpack Program, General Endowment
Dr. D. E. Ward Jr. - General Endowment
Mary Kent Weaver - Memorial Garden, Backpack Program
Evelyn Barrier and Gene Light - Backpack Program
Congratulations to Tara and Brandon Mitchell on the birth of their daughter, Catherine Abigail Mitchell, born May 12, 2019, in Honolulu, HI. Grandparents are Sara and Irvin Newberry and the great grandmother is Rona Newberry.
June 5 - Davilla Gilbert, Gary Nelson, Mary Katherine Underwood
 June 6 - Rylee Neal, Nancy Rotan, Avery Sloop
June 7 - Cordelia Andrews, Ann Cline
June 8 - Sallie Dotger, Skip Eubanks Jr., Will Ruth
June 9 - Nancy Bibby
June 10- Kristin Morgan, Lisa Ostema, Prior Sparks, Amy Woolwine
June 11 - Jennie Morrison, Mary Niblock
June 12 - Gray Carpenter IV
June 13 - Woody Liles, Hines Liles, Mollie Norris
June 14 - Hayes Clark, Daniel Johnson
June 15 - Taylor Haynes, Kimberly Leatherman
June 16 - Rich Leeman, Jeff Monroe, Lisa Niblock, Alex Teague
June 17 - Sarah Morrison
June 18 - Linda Fesperman, Jim Iglehart, Tara Trahey, Pat Verner, Sarah Younce
Scott Kenefake
Interim Senior Pastor 

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

Associate Pastor
for Christian Formation
Director of Music and Organist


Suzanne Russell
Church Administrator

Financial Secretary
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 Summer Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday - Open for Scheduled Groups
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday mornings for FPC

Memorial Garden:
(980) 621-0719
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