February 24, 2021
Blessing Box Drive Up Collection!
This Saturday, February 27th, from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. the Youth of the church will be hosting a drive-up collection for the Blessing Box during their in-town Mission Weekend.
Items collected will be used to restock the Blessing box over the weekend and throughout the month of March. The most needed items are ready-to-eat foods and basic toiletries.

Please click here for a link that gives specific suggestions.
Thank you for helping to support our Youth and our community in need!

Last call: All 6th -12th graders are invited to participate in our Youth Mission weekend, February 27 & 28, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. each day.
Please use this link to RSVP by the end of the day, February 24th.

We will be taking part in a Thank You card movement for our local health care workers, hosting a Blessing Box donation drive, filling our college care packages, assembling sandwich and lunch bags for those in need at Opportunity House, and creating Easter cards for our VIPs.

We hope that YOU can join us for this fun event! Questions?
Please contact René Prager at:
Farewell First Presbyterian Members
As my time working for your church comes to an end, I just want to let everyone know what a wonderful experience it has been for me.
Thank you for all the kindness, the fond memories, and the knowledge that has been bestowed upon me over the past sixteen years.
I wish the church the best as you move into a new phase with a new minister.
Yours in Christ,
Christy Canupp
Racial Equity Reads Update
It's not too late to join in our Racial Equity reads group. We had our first meeting last Sunday, but as we continue this week you can quickly catch up on the conversation on our book: "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson. For more information or to sign up to join the discussion, please contact Lynne Keel at
Hear our own Jacquie Yost in concert!
We are blessed at First Presbyterian Church to have Dr. Jacqueline Yost, who is renowned as one of the finest classical musicians in the area, as our organist. On March 1 we will have an opportunity to here Jacquie play an all-Bach organ concert at Davidson College Presbyterian Church as part of the annual Bach Birthday Bash at Davidson College. The concert will be available to the public via live streaming.

Click here for more information and to view the announcement.
Easter Hams for Operation Breadbasket
The S & D Sunday School class invites the congregation to join us in providing Easter hams to families in-need, served by Operation Breadbasket. Brian Moore is purchasing 110 hams and, along with S & D class members, will shop and deliver those hams to Operation Breadbasket in time for their Easter distribution. If you would like to donate, please make your check out to Brian Moore and either drop it off at the church office, or mail to him: 2401 Bethlehem Church Rd, Gold Hill, NC 28071. Thank you!
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 (,
Worship is posted at 8:30 a.m.
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Questions, contact Hunter Morrison:
Lay Liturgists

To be a Sunday Stories reader
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Rev. Rush Otey preaching

Thursday, February 25
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Friday, February 26
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Saturday, February 27
2:00 p.m. Blessing Box Drive Up Collection
Sunday, February 28
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, March 1
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool early dismissal
12:00 p.m. First Kids Staff Training
6:30 p.m. Circle 1
Tuesday, March 2
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
7:00 p.m. Board of Deacons
Wednesday, March 3
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Church Report
February 25 - Kirby Sheridan, Bill Wightman
February 26 - Anne Morrison
February 27 - Tom Brown, Scottie Dickens, Lee Dunlap, Buzz Mongold, Alex Porter, Frank Sellers, Hanna Smith
February 28 - Emmaline Moore, Carolyn Perry, Resat Say
March 1 - Jeremy Hitt
March 2 - Ali Bethune, Ian Cook, Scott Pless, Susan Smith
March 3 - James Garmon, Howard Irvin, Grace Morrison, Matthew Steel
**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

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:

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