October 9, 2019
Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) Selection Committee
Dear fellow members of First Presbyterian Church Concord,

We are excited to begin the next phase to select our congregation’s Senior Pastor. The session has engaged our committee to prepare a slate of eight nominees, including one high school youth to serve on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). Once this slate is prepared, it will be submitted to the congregation for a vote. 

Please give prayerful thought to PNC candidates. If you decide to nominate yourself or another church member there are important considerations associated with this commitment. Members on the PNC should:
• Be active in the life of our church. 
• Be open minded, collaborative, and able to maintain confidentiality.
• Be familiar with Presbyterian beliefs and traditions.
• Commit to ongoing and regular engagement, meetings and some weekend and overnight travel for up to one year. 
• Have a vision for our future journey to be a “21st Century Church”. 

On or before October 23, please provide names of candidates who meet and accept the considerations above and who agree to be nominated to: 
Suzanne Russell, Church Administrator or
Jim Monroe, PNC Selection Committee Chair

We are confident God is preparing the way for us, and we ask you to continue to keep our church, its members and its future in your prayers. 

PNC Selection Committee: Tripp Carpenter, Sallie Dotger, Carol Hovey, Janna Mitchell, and Jim Monroe. 
Bake Sale this Sunday after Worship
Come enjoy a bake sale after worship this Sunday, hosted by Katharine Morrison and Grace Morrison. Donations raised will be used to purchase supplies for Care Packages for our Homeless Neighbors. You can learn more about these Care Packages at our next GIFT Sunday on Oct. 27th, and this will be a mission project for the Elementary Sunday School class and others that are interested in joining the good work!
Calling All College Students!
Hey College Students, if you are looking for a retreat away and a space to connect with other college students and young adults, all while exploring your faith and issues that matter, then this is the conference for you! The theme this year is "Remembering Sabbath" with many great speakers and conversation leaders. Contact Rachel Vogado if you are interested in going. The conference is January 2-5, 2020 in Montreat, NC. 
Deadline to sign up is October 10th with a $50 deposit.
Total cost for the trip is $150 which includes conference fees, lodging, and meals. 
65 Church Street Market was a Success!
Many thanks to everyone who helped in so many different ways! A small core of women met every Tuesday for the last 3 months to receive and sort donations. Everyone seemed to pitch in to make the EXODUS happened and the treasures got to Davis Hall in record time. The core committee and volunteers showed up every day the week of the sale to unpack, clean, sort, stage, and arrange items. Heath Ritchie checked on the work every two hours to see how he could lend a hand and Jayne helped make sure we were fed! Wednesday Night Fellowship was dedicated to sale preparation. All total (including the day of the sale when set up started in the dark) more than 60 members helped—and that doesn’t include the EXODUS. We reached out to our neighborhood through our own village and it took a village! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Over $12,600 was raised which will enable our mission partner in Haiti to get much needed help for the children in Bayonnais. A small portion of the proceeds will be used to provide the Commons with operating funds. Finally, many, many thanks to all who donated items for the sale, for without your donations this would not have been possible!
Tuesday Lunch Bunch
Come have lunch on October 15 at 11:45 a.m. in Davis Hall and enjoy a presentation and tasting by Greg Stewart with the Cabarrus Health Alliance on "Nutrition Made Easy". Remember to make your lunch reservations by noon Monday, October 14th.
Wednesday Night Fellowship
Join us on October 16th to hear our own Scott Verner talk about the mill towns' baseball teams. There's no better way to celebrate the baseball championships, so be there or be square!  Dinner will be spaghetti, fruit, salad and dessert. Be sure to make a reservation with the church office by Noon on Monday, October 14th. There is a sign up sheet in the Fellowship House.
Special Guest Speaker in the Todd Hobbie Sunday School Class
Please join the Todd Hobbie class in Davis Hall on Sunday Oct. 20 at 9:45 for a presentation about our Todd and Betsy Hobbie Scholarships in Congo. These scholarships make it possible for 2 students to attend and complete nursing school. The speaker is Woody Collins, director of Congo Helping Hands, an organization whose mission is to partner with local Congolese agencies (churches, nonprofits, schools, health organizations) to improve the quality of life of Congolese children and adults through intervention projects in education, health (including water, sanitation, and hygiene), and agriculture.
Ensemble Nobiles Performs!
Dear Church Friends, 

Please mark your calendar for two very special upcoming musical concerts in October. The vocal quintet ENSEMBLE NOBILES has generously agreed to sing a concert in Davis Hall on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. (following the Wednesday night dinner) and on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Both concerts are free and open to the public, and will feature two separate programs, so please consider coming to both! Repertoire will include the composers Sibelius, Tallis, di Lasso, Dvořàk, and Reger. A free will offering to defray some of their travel costs will be taken at the concert on Thursday evening. 
I met these very talented musicians during my three recent summers abroad in Germany. This young group of male singers have each been formally trained through the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, which is none other than the church where Johann Sebastian Bach's served as organist! Their repertoire is vast and eclectic from sacred to secular. You won't wish to miss this amazing opportunity!

Ms. Jacquie
Celtic Evensong with Communion
On the first Sunday evening in November (November 3rd, 5:00 pm, sanctuary) we will be offering a special contemplative worship service (30 minutes or so in length) that has filled a deeply felt need for many in churches around the country (including lots of Presbyterian congregations!)—and around the world in recent years and is accessible to people who have little or no experience with Christianity, those who gave up on the church long ago, and others who are adherents of other religious traditions or members of other churches. So, please invite your friends, family, and neighbors.  
It is a Christo-centric service that is a fresh expression of ancient worship. The service includes Holy Communion, significant periods of silence, calming music, candlelit ambiance, real life reflections/meditations by laity in place of the conventional sermon, and the laying on of hands for healing for those who want to receive it.  
The instrumentation for the service is normally classical—violin, cello, flute, oboe, harp, classical guitar, along with accompanying piano. The music is often classical, as well, with a generous representation of music from Celtic traditions, both Old World Celtic (Ireland, Scotland, Wales) and New World Celtic Appalachian derivatives), emphasizing those pieces with an undertone of joy and hope. 
We will enjoy a simple meal together following the service.
To see how one congregation does this service: click here
Church Historian, Diana Butler Bass, had this to say about the service on her Facebook page: click here

I look forward to seeing those who can come.
Scott Kenefake
Interim Pastor
Presbyterian Missions
A good number of people in the congregation have recently requested an opportunity to explore ways to take a "deeper dive" into current Presbyterian Church USA mission initiatives on a local, national, and global level. For those interested, we will have a brief 30 minute "brainstorming" meeting in Fellowship House, following the 11 am worship service, on Sunday, November 3rd, at 12:15 pm. In preparation for the meeting, please peruse the links below, as well as:  Presbyterian Church (USA)

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Wednesday Night Fellowship
October 16
6:00 p.m., Davis Hall

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Sunday, October 13, 2019
Rev. Dr. Scott Kenefake preaching
Luke 17:11-19
Thursday, October 10
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Membership Drive
Friday, October 11
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
9:30 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
Sunday, October 13
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Choir
11:00 a.m. Worship - Moment for Mission
12:15 p.m. PW Spiced Sunday Luncheon
1:00 p.m. Cabarrus County Crop Walk
2:00 p.m. Circle 5
3:00 p.m. Children's Choir
4:00 p.m. Youth Choir
Monday, October 14
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
11:00 a.m.. Circle 4
11:30 a.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Boy Scout Roundtable
Tuesday, October 15
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
10:00 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
11:45 a.m. Lunch Bunch
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
7:00 p.m. PW CT
Wednesday, October 16
7:30 a.m. Men's Bible Study
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
2:00 p.m. Staff Meeting
6:00 p.m. Fellowship Supper
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir

Church Report
Congratulations to Deaven and Thomas Niblock on the birth of their son, William Lane Niblock born on October 1, 2019 in Concord, NC. Grandparents are William and Anne Niblock.

October 9 - Courtney Sparks
October 10 - Pat DeLizza, Emily Lippard, Don Seitz, Scott Sherrill
October 11 - Rebecca Patten, Elizabeth Payne
October 12 - Rachel Andrews, Wilma Caldwell, Tripp Carpenter III, Trip Ruth III
October 14 - Isabel Cook, Alicia Watson
October 15 - Betsy Bare, Whitney Carpenter, Michael Dickens, Sally Moore, Alex Porter Jr.
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