THE BANNER
October 17, 2018
An Update from the Interim Pastor Search Committee
The members of your Interim Pastor Search Committee want to keep the congregation updated on our determined efforts to find the best intentional interim pastor for our church. The committee has met several times already and will continue to meet weekly until we have found that right person. We have received our required training from the Charlotte Presbytery and have begun crafting a job description for the position, using our church’s strategic plan as a starting point. Although we strongly desire an inspiring leader in the pulpit, we are even more impassioned to find a pastor who can help our church unpack its strengths and weaknesses, acknowledging that this work is necessary to be prepared to welcome our next senior pastor for a long-term stay at our church.
Dedication Sunday
Please join us for Dedication Sunday where we will commit our time, talent, and treasure for the coming year as well as re-dedicate our worship space through special liturgy and music offered by the Sanctuary Choir and on the organ by Jacquie Yost. This will be a joyful Sunday to give thanks for the many good gifts that God has given us, and all are invited to share in "the joy of giving" as we dedicate our gifts to God. After worship, we will continue the celebration, with lunch and fellowship together during our picnic on the Church grounds.There is fun for the whole family with music and games on the lawn! Please bring a blanket or folding chairs . Don't miss the fun! To ensure that we have enough food, please sign up here.
Wednesday Night Fellowship
Join us on Wednesday, October 24th, for a delicious meal and a program led by Bob Smith to hear about all the good work that was done with our Sanctuary renovations. Please sign up online or in the church office by noon Monday, October 22nd. Menu: meat loaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fruit, salad, dessert.
Christian Education Children's Book Fair
Save the date for a Children's Book Fair co-hosted by the Christian Education Committee and First Kids Preschool! Partnering with First Kids for their Scholastic book fair, October 28-November 5. The CE Committee will be selling books, Bibles, and devotionals that are used with our nursery and elementary age curriculum, along with other faith based books. The book fair will be open for shopping on Sundays from (9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) and Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.). Please note that First Kids will be closed on Monday, October 29th for a Teacher Workday. Come shop for wonderful books for infants to pre-teens to help them thrive spiritually, emotionally, and socially.
Knitting Group
This is a reminder for all church members and any interested friends: the Healing Shawls and the Hookin’ Club have combined. ( And no, we aren’t the “Healing Hookers”). We will meet the 4th Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Fellowship House. Our next meeting is October 25th. Please come join us even if you don’t have any craft projects to work on or you want to learn to knit. ALL ages are welcome. Soup will be provided for a light lunch at 12:00 p.m. So, bring a sandwich and come be a part of our lively fellowship! Any questions please contact Margaret Moore: 704-467-7789 (cell) or gomaggiem@gmail.com. 
Church Grounds Workday
The Grounds Committee has scheduled a workday for Saturday, November 3rd, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., to do basic yard clean-up, weeding, and trimming. Bring your own work gloves and clippers. There will be coffee!
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
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.
Wednesday Night Fellowship
October 24th
6:00 p.m., Davis Hall
Shepherd for Sunday School
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
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.
Calendar
Dedication Sunday, October 21st
Rev. Lynne Keel
Romans 12:1-8
Dedication Sunday, October 21
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship
12:00 p.m. Church Family Picnic
3:00 p.m. Children's Choir
4:00 p.m. Combined Youth Choir
5:30 p.m. Adult Study Group
Monday, October 22
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
11:30 a.m. AA
Tuesday, October 23
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Wednesday, October 24
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
12:00 p.m. Cabarrus Wellness Coalition
4:30 p.m. Interim Pastor Search Com.
6:00 p.m. Fellowship Dinner
6:30 p.m. Program
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, October 25
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
10:00 a.m. Knitting Group
5:00 p.m. Boy Scout Advancement Boards of Review
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, October 26
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Sunday, October 28
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Christian Education Children's
 Book Fair
11:00 a.m. Worship
1:30 p.m. Combined Youth Fellowship
3:00 p.m. Children's Choir
4:30 p.m. Combined Youth Choir
5:30 p.m. Adult Study Group
Church Report
Birthdays
Oct 17 - Debbi Burke, Ike Faust, Pete Faust, Argie Hardy, Mary Frances Ritchie
Oct 18 - Stephanie Englerth, Jonathan Hitt, Hugh Morrison, Hunter Morrison
Oct 19 - Isabell Bishop, Mary Stanton Bryant, Bane Floyd, Jeff Schmidt
Oct 20 - Sarah Bradley, Kim Foust, Craig Gilbert, Debbie Harris, Lisa Kies
Oct 21 - Meg Aldridge, Wayne Cline, David Fersperman, Myrna Gaylord, Catherine Ostema,
Mark Shelley, Meredith Stafford, Maxton Voncannon
Oct 22 - Mitchell Kelling, Knox Morrison
Oct 23 - Donna Cline, Debbie Little, Amber Williams
Staff
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