April 7, 2021
Congregational Meeting this Sunday, April 11, 2021
We are excited for you to join us for a Congregational Meeting this Sunday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom for the purpose of voting on the recommendation from the Pastor Nominating Committee for a New Senior Pastor and the Terms of Call for the Senior Pastor!

The Zoom link for this meeting will be emailed to the Congregation a few hours before the live meeting at 11 a .m., so watch your email for the Zoom link.

*Voting will be live during the meeting, so if more than one person in a household wishes to cast a vote, they must be logged into the Zoom meeting on a separate device. Each computer, laptop, smartphone, ipad, etc. only allows one vote.*

*If you are using a smartphone you must download the Zoom app to see the poll.*

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.!

*Members that receive the Banner in the mail will receive a letter by mail with a copy of the Terms of Call and a ballot to return their vote*
Daily Devotional
Jesus calls us to recognize that gladness and sadness are never separate, that joy and sorrow really belong together, and that mourning and dancing are part of the same movement. That is why Jesus calls us to be grateful for every moment that we have lived, and to claim our unique journey as God's way to mold our hearts to greater conformity with God's own. The cross is the main symbol of our faith, and it invites us to find hope where we see pain, and to reaffirm the resurrection where we see death. The call to be grateful is a call to trust that every moment of our life can be claimed as the way of the cross that leads us to new life. Source: The Essential Henri Nouwen
Outdoor Community Prayer Wall
Following the success of our Advent Community Prayer wall, the Christian Education Committee has brought a fresh, new adaptation (from the Commons) to the front of our campus.

Please stop by and see what we are offering you and our neighbors this Spring!

*A Very special thank-you to the creative energy and time of Margaret Moore!

Flowered Cross Tradition
Thank you to all who took part in our annual Flowered Cross tradition.

A special thank you to: Harris and Kate Morrison, Knox and Betsy Morrison, and Ben and Porter Peterson and their families for serving as greeters during the morning drive through event on Easter morning.

The picture on the left is this year's completed cross.
Good Friday with the Concord Community of Faith
The annual Stations of the Cross procession through downtown Concord took place April 2nd. Approximately twelve to fifteen First Presbyterian Church members were among the sixty participants who traveled from Grace Lutheran Church to Forest Hills United Methodist Church, with a number of stops along the route, including Memorial Garden and First Presbyterian Church. Hunter Morrison and Valerie Thomas served as readers during the stop in front of the sanctuary.
Youth Mission Weekend Highlight: College Care Packages
This week's Youth Mission Weekend highlight is on our college care packages. Due to COVID, our annual care packages did not go out in 2020, so we are excited for the opportunity to support our college students this spring! The Youth worked to assemble the packages, which include snack foods, candy, coffee and tea, post-it notes, prayer rocks, and more! The Youth also wrote notes of encouragement to each college student and these will be included in the packages which will arrive in time for final exam week!
Calling ALL Youth!
Mother's Day, May 9th, will be Youth Sunday. Our entire worship service will be youth led and we hope that all of the youth of the congregation can participate. Please take a moment to sign-up here.

Continue to watch The Banner and your e-mail for additional details!
Presbyterian Women
Please register for our Annual Birthday event: Sunday, May 2nd, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will reflect on our accomplishments over the last year, celebrate the lives and contributions of the women whom we have lost since our last Birthday Event, and install our new Coordinating Team officers and Circle Leaders, as we look forward to the year ahead.
We will offer a birthday gift bag to accompany the event theme. Please indicate if you would like to pick up your bag at the church between 11 a.m. and noon on May 2nd, or if you would like it to be dropped off on your front porch.
Please RSVP here by April 19th. 
College Exam Time!
Please keep our college congregation members in prayer over the coming weeks as exams begin as early as this week for some of our First Presbyterian Church college students. Many colleges and universities altered spring schedules in an attempt to best serve students this semester. These changes mean that some students complete their final exams this week, and others will finish as late as the third week of May.

If you or your college student graduated in December 2020, or will graduate this spring, please contact the church office to let Suzanne Russell or René Prager know so that we can celebrate this milestone.

We will be celebrating our High School graduates on Sunday, May 16th. Please look for an upcoming e-mail and watch The Banner for additional information.
2021 Vacation Bible School

2021 Vacation Bible School!
S’more Adventures with God

June 21-24 (Monday to Thursday)
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This outdoor adventure is open to two-year olds to rising 5th graders.
Volunteers needed! Please use this link to sign-up to help: 2021 FPC: Volunteers - Vacation Bible School
Registration is now OPEN! Please register here today! Due to COVID protocols, May 24th will be a firm deadline for VBS registrations. This will allow us the necessary time to implement in-person programming for our exciting week of VBS!
Save the Date
Middle School (rising 6th-8th grade): Camping Retreat: July 9-11

High School (rising 9th - 12 graders, plus the graduating classes of 2021 and 2020): Montreat Youth Conference, Week 4: July 18-24

Please contact René Prager at for more information.
Services Update - Worship Available 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
Sign up to read scripture during our virtual services.
Questions, contact Hunter Morrison:
Lay Liturgists
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Rev. Rush Otey preaching

Sunday, April 11
8:30 a.m. Worship online
9:45 a.m. Journey Sunday school (sanctuary)
9:45 a.m. S & D Sunday School (online)
11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting (online)
Monday, April 12
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
11:00 a.m. Circle 4 (online)
1:00 p.m. Trumpet recital rehearsal (sanctuary)
7:00 p.m. Boy Scout District Roundtable
Tuesday, April 13
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
1:30 p.m. Cicle 3 (courtyard)
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Pack 3
7:00 p.m. Session
Church Report
Morris Trulock Bell - Memorial Garden, Operating Budget
John David Hayworth - Backpack Program
Nancy Odell - Backpack Program
Erwin Spainhour - Operating Budget
April 8 - Christopher Connelly, Julia Connelly, Henry Garrison, Grace Rotan, Olivia Rotan
April 9 - Katie DeLizza, Timbs Fulghum
April 10 - Britt Alley, Katie Brefoot, Carol Beam, Henrietta Christenbury, Jacob Ellis, Betsy Morrison, Glenn Quintana
April 11 - Seth Barbee, Sydney Kopelic, Hayes Leatherman, Trey Little
April 12 - Jake Dunlap, Katie Dunlap
April 13 - Katherine Benbow, Dominic DeLizza, Sandra Grey
April 14 - Lolo Dobson, Ellen Faust
**To enjoy a sung happy birthday, click here!**
Rush Otey
Temporary Supply Pastor 

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

René Prager
Interim Youth
Programs Coordinator

Director of Music and Organist


Suzanne Russell
Church Administrator

Kim Mazzola
Financial Administrative Asst.

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 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed Monday