THE BANNER
November 14, 2018
Wednesday Night Fellowship
Please note that we will NOT have our regular Wednesday Night Fellowship supper and program on November 21st. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
Upcoming Wednesday Night programs are:
  • The JOY OFFERING Dinner on November 28th in Davis Hall. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for sparkling grape juice and cheese straws. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Dinner reservations will be accepted until noon on Tuesday, November 20th after which time your name will be placed on a waiting list. Childcare available for infants - preschool by reservation (please bring a bag supper for each child).
  • The Children's Choir Christmas Showcase on December 5th in Davis Hall at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $6 per adult and $3 for children 10 and under. Please make your dinner reservations by noon Monday, December 3rd.
Men's Bible Study

Wednesday Mornings, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Room 201 of the Education Building
Led by Hunter Morrison
It’s a time of fellowship, conversation and study. 
Bring a cup of coffee and join us! 
Angel Tree Christmas Ministry
The Board of Deacons is pleased to join with FPC members in support of the Angel Tree Fellowship. This Christmas gift program helps incarcerated parents from Cabarrus County to restore and strengthen relationships with their loved ones. If you would like to participate in this project, Sunday, November 18th is the last day to select one of the remaining nine "Angel tag/ornaments from the tree in the narthex. All wrapped gifts should be returned to the Fellowship House before Monday, November 26th.
Concord Christmas Parade
The annual Concord Christmas Parade is this Saturday, November 17th from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. We encourage everyone to come out for this fun event. Our church provides assorted cookies, cocoa and lemonade free of charge as an outreach to the community. Bring blankets or chairs. There is plenty of open space to sit on the church grounds and enjoy fellowship while watching the parade.
We would welcome cookie donations. Store-bought or homemade are both great. If you would be able to bring two dozen cookies, please email Ashley Fischer at ashcun@gmail.com by Thursday, so that we know about how many cookies to expect. You can drop off cookies, marked "The Christmas Parade," in the Fellowship House during church office hours (M-Th 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) or on Sunday morning. Also, we would welcome help to set-up, help to man the tables during the parade, and help with clean-up.
November 25th Guest Preacher, Larry Lyon
On Sunday, November 25th, we welcome Larry Lyon back to the pulpit. Honorably retired as a PCUSA pastor, Larry now serves as the part-time staff associate for senior adult ministries at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. He served as solo pastor of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian in Blowing Rock from 1998-2006, and as senior pastor of West End Presbyterian Church in West End from 2006-2015. He had a first career in newspaper journalism. He and his wife Martha live in Cornelius.

There will be no Sunday School classes meeting that day, but you are invited to a fellowship hour in Davis Hall at 10:00 a.m., where we will hear from a representative of Camp Grier. Come have a cup of coffee and learn about this powerful camp ministry in the mountains!
Poinsettia Orders
To order poinsettias in memory or in honor of a loved one, please click here. There are are also paper order forms available in the narthex and the lobby of the Fellowship House. All orders must be received by the church no later than December 5th.
Opportunity House Tent Appeal
REACHING PEOPLE IN PRACTICAL WAYS FOR JESUS

Now in existence for almost ten years, Opportunity House offers support for the disadvantaged in our community. In order to meet our mission, we rely on the generosity of individuals, churches, and businesses alike. Without the support of community-minded individuals like yourselves, we would not be able to continue our work serving the homeless, the unemployed, and the under-employed in our community each year.
Now that cooler weather is setting in, Opportunity House is in need of tents, tarps, and sleeping bags for the population we serve. If you would like to help, but don’t know anything about these items, Academy Sports (locations in Northlite Shopping Center and on Concord Mills Boulevard, or online at academysports.com) carries the items we typically buy:
  • Magellan Outdoors Tellico 3 Person Dome Tent – $24.99
  • Magellan Outdoors 30 Degrees F Rectangle Sleeping Bag – $14.99
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors 8 ft x 10 ft Polyethylene Tarp – $6.99

If you’re comfortable shopping online and would like to ship directly to us, our address is: Opportunity House Mission, 72 Corban Avenue SW, Concord, NC 28025

We’re also happy to do the shopping for you if you’ll note on your contribution that it’s for tents, tarps, and sleeping bags.
 
Thanks to all the members of First Presbyterian Church for your continuing support of Opportunity House.
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
Christmas Joy Offering Dinner
Wednesday, November 28th
6:00 p.m., Davis Hall
Reservations due by November 20th
Children's Choir Christmas Showcase
Wednesday, December 5th
6:00 p.m., Davis Hall
Reservations due by December 3rd
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.
Shepherd for Sunday School
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
Sign up here to receive the Youth Newsletter for detailed information
about all events related to youth who are in 6th-12 grade.
Calendar
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Rev. Rachel Vogado

This Sunday we will receive our Thanksgiving Offering benefiting the Children's Hope Alliance in Barium Springs, NC. By supporting the Thanksgiving offering, you're helping children find a safe place to live, therapy to heal their hurts and encouragement for a healthy start.

A Community Thanksgiving Service will be held this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hills United Methodist Church. You are invited to bring canned food for CCM, and an offering will be received to support this community ministry.
Sunday, November 18
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship
12:00 p.m. Haiti Mission Trip Information Mtg
3:00 p.m. Children's Choir
4:00 p.m. Combined Youth Choir
4:30 p.m. Adult Study Group
7:00 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Service
Monday, November 19
9:00 a.. First Kids Preschool
11:30 a.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Boy Scout District Roundtable
Tuesday, November 20
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
11:45 a.m. Lunch Bunch
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir
Wednesday, November 21
First Kids Closed
12:00 p.m. Church office closes
Thursday, November 22 - Happy Thanksgiving
Church Office and First Kids Closed
Friday, November 23
Church Office and First Kids Closed
Sunday, November 25
10:00 a.m. Family Fellowship in Davis Hall
11:00 a.m. Worship
Monday, November 26
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
11:30 a.m. AA
Tuesday, November 27
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Wednesday, November 28
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
12:00 p.m Cabarrus Wellness Coalition
2:00 p.m. Staff Meeting
4:30 p.m. Interim Pastor Search Committee
5:30 p.m. Joy Offering Dinner
7:30 Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, November 29
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
10:00 a.m. Knitting Group
6:30 p.m. Boy Scout Advancement Boards of Review
7:00 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 3
Friday, November 30
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Red Cross Cabarrus County VIP Blood Drive
Monday, November 19th in Davis Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org and enter Cabarrus VIP
Church Report
Birthdays
Nov 14 - Austin Rohrer, Ashe Simpson
Nov 15 - Daniel Grist
Nov 16 - Fred Pinion,
Nov 17 - Griffin Cagle, Jock Liles, Will Taylor, Anna Watson
Nov 18 - Allison Mitchell, Steffany Moffitt, Harrison Reiff, Marty Weaver
Nov 19 - Steve Kopelic, Dan McDonald, Mack Morgan, Jennifer Rinker, Jacqueline Yost
Nov 20 - John Price
Nov 21 - Elly Curley, Debbie Johnston, Joanne Say
Nov 22 - Whitney Mudd, Casey Terwelp, Jim Wall
Nov 23 - Casey Aldridge, Brian Gluf, Erwin Spainhour, Erin Trahey
Nov 24 - Ron Barus, Andy Jones
Nov 25 - Lela Bishop, Timothy Neal, Giovanni Salazar
Nov 26 - Guy Beaver, Chip Clark, Robert Johnson, Emily Meeks, Edward Morrison
Nov 27 - Vernon Byrd, Mary Cannon Dickens, Betsy Hobbie
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
The Commons Prayer Room Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed, 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday

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