THE BANNER
January 27, 2021
Weekly Devotional
Wallace Fridy was a United Methodist pastor who served in South Carolina during the last century. He was active in the civil rights movement and also wrote several devotional books. Here is one of his prayers:

O God, help us

to be generous in our opinions of others,
to be considerate of all we meet,
to be patient with those with whom we work,
to be faithful to every trust,
to be courageous in the face of danger,
to be humble in all our living,
to be prayerful every hour of the day,
to be joyous in all life's experience,
and to be dependent upon Thee
for strength in facing life's uncertainties.
-Wallace Fridy

Rush
Online Bible Study on the Book of Job, led by Rush Otey
Job has to do with universal human experiences of suffering and faith, loss and hope, despair and friendship, humanity and the vastness of Creation. It seems particularly important during a worldwide pandemic. Beginning on February 11 and going through March 27, each Thursday I plan to send a one or two page document by e-mail to the entire congregation which will invite us into this book. If you are not interested or don’t have time, simply delete the documents. At the end of February and again at the end of March, we will have evening Zoom forums on this study, and the link for the Zoom conversations will be sent in advance. Since Job is a bit daunting in its length and depth, a good commentary may be helpful. Here are a few, all of which are available from Amazon or any reliable bookseller:
     “Job” by Norman C. Habel, Knox Preaching Series, 1982  paperback version is $8.56 and used copies from $4.59  Habel’s commentary was also published in a couple of other series.
     “The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person,” by Harold S. Kushner, 2012  The renowned rabbi reflects on his professional and personal life, with honesty and poignant wisdom.  $14.94 new, used from $3.47
     “Job” by J. Gerald Janzen, in the Interpretation commentary series—used from $4.03, paperback $24.99, Kindle $14.37  Janzen’s work is more scholarly and technical, but also gives many important historical and critical insights.
Remaining Backpack Needs
Just one item needed for soup bags for Coltrane Webb!

Due to the tremendous response to our request for food items for our Souper Bowl of Caring soup bags for Coltrane Webb Elementary School, we only need the following item:

Vegetable soup (14.5 oz. cans; with or without meat)

Thank you all so very much!
Middle and High School Youth - Save the Dates!
Please save the dates February 27th & 28th for a Mission Adventure right here in Concord!

The youth will host a drive through donation collection for the new Blessing Box, pack lunches for Opportunity House, create Easter cards for our VIPs, and fill care packages for our college students.

Watch for more information and sign-ups soon.
Adult volunteers will be needed. Please reach out to René Prager at r.prager@firstpresconcord.org if you are interested in taking part in this exciting weekend!
William Robert Young 1/22/1904 - 3/9/2000
When the Will Young building was under construction, WBTV did a story on the man the building is named for: William Robert Young. Born on January 22, 1904, Will worked for First Presbyterian Church for 70 years, from 1929 until 1999. He passed away just a year later, on March 9, 2000. WIll knew many generations of church members and was dearly loved by all. Earlier this month WBTV returned to do a follow-up to that story. Click here for a link to their story, or type in the following Youtube link for the original story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Tr4t2yXiU
Monthly Update from Cooperative Christian Ministry
Happy New Year to all our faithful food donation partners!

We have been SO blessed by our community partners over the past year! In 2020, our community donations (not counting what came from or through Second Harvest Food Bank) were up 39% from 2019! That was such a blessing, because we also served a record number of households through our Crisis Center Food Pantry. Thank you so much to all our church, organization, and business partners who found a way in the midst of very challenging times to collect and donate food.

We will continue to operate our drive-through pantries in the coming year, and we anticipate serving continued high numbers. We greatly appreciate your continued partnerships!

Our current big needs are:
        Cereal
        Peanut Butter
        Soup
        Canned carrots, peas, potatoes and mixed veggies
        Canned fruit
        Any dried beans
        Pasta Sauce

As always, we especially seek low sodium items, no-added-sugar items, and whole grain items.

Right now, we have plenty of the following:
       Canned chicken and tuna
       Canned green beans and corn
       Canned Pinto Beans
       Spaghetti noodles
       Macaroni & Cheese
Thank you for the continued support from our church partners. Our Crisis Center at 246 Country Club Drive NE in Concord serves as the warehouse for most of the food. We will gladly accept all donations at that site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bethel Baptist Helping Hands Food Pantry, located at 1209 1/4 Opal Street in Kannapolis, will gladly accept donations from 9 am to 1 pm on Monday and Thursday. The food pantry located at Westford UMC on Highway 49 and the Kannapolis Food Pantry at West Point Baptist Church can accept donations on Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Feeding Our Souls Food Pantry at Bethel UMC in Midland, North Kannapolis Baptist Church Food Pantry and the New Life Baptist Food Pantry will accept donations by calling the church in advance.
College Addresses!
We are collecting the addresses for our First Presbyterian Concord college students. Whether learning remotely or in person, we would like to connect with them! 
Please e-mail René Prager: r.prager@firstpresconcord.org with your student's name, shipping address, e-mail address, and final exam week (if known). If their address changes during the semester, please let us know!
Services Update- Worship Available earlier 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 (https://www.facebook.com/firstpresconcordnc/),
Worship is posted at 8:30 a.m.
Sign-up Links
Sign up here to read scripture during our virtual services.
Questions, contact Hunter Morrison: huntermorrison@gmail.com
Lay Liturgists
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Calendar
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Rev. Lynne Keel preaching

Thursday, January 28
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Friday, January 29
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Sunday, January 31
8:30 a.m. Worship available online
9:45 a.m. Journey Sunday School
10:00 a.m. S & D Sunday School
4:00 p.m. Racial Equity Reads
Monday, February 1
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
6:30 p.m. Circle 1 Zoom
Tuesday, February 2
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
7:00 p.m. Board of Deacons
Wednesday, February 3
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Church Report
Birthdays
January 28 - Kathryn Kiser, Jerry McLester, Ginger Solomon
January 29 - Michael Gray, Julie Lopez, Olivia Reiff, Robbie Sherrill
January 30 - Alyson Caldwell, Susanne Hamilton, Dave Rogers
February 1 - Agustin Niblock, Elaine Stamey
February 2 - Holly Cagle, Avery Garmon, Thomas Moore, Sarah Neal Simpson
**To enjoy a sung happy birthday, click here!**
Staff
Rush Otey
Temporary Supply Pastor 

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

René Prager
Interim Youth
Programs Coordinator



Director of Music and Organist

Choirmaster

Suzanne Russell
Church Administrator

Financial Secretary

Heath Ritchie
Maintenance Superintendent

Director of First Kids

Kim Mazzola
Financial Administrative Asst.

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:
Closed

Memorial Garden:
(704) 786-8009
36 Spring Street SW
Concord NC 28025
 
Garden Hours: 
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Closed Monday