THE BANNER
May 22, 2019
Guest Preacher, Lisa McLennan
This Sunday, we welcome Lisa McLennan to the pulpit. Lisa is the Admissions Director of Union Presbyterian Seminary's Charlotte campus and serves as a Parish Associate at Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Summer Schedule
Worship Schedule
Our summer worship schedule will begin this Sunday, May 26th and continue through September 1st. Our worship service will be at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday in the Sanctuary.

Summer Classes
The S & D Sunday School Class invites all adults (and our high school students!) to join us this summer. We will continue to meet weekly on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship House. We just started the book: Simon Peter by Adam Hamilton. Extra books are available and we would love to have you join us! Please contact Rene Prager ( thepragers@yahoo.com ) if you would like to be added to our e-mail list or Sallie Dotger or Todd Phillips if you have any questions about the current study. Whether you plan to study with us all summer or just drop in when you are in town, we look forward to seeing you!

The Journey Class invites you to join for a June Summer Book Study of "Neighborhood Church" by Krin Van Tatenhove and Rob Mueller. Meeting on Sunday mornings for fellowship and discussion, this book will invite us to consider the questions, "How can we embody the values of love, grace, and justice? As faith communities, how can our collective embodiment of these values shine even brighter? The answers to these questions must always unfold right here, right now, exactly where God has planted us." The class will meet on Sunday mornings (8:45-9:45) in June in the Sun-room of the Fellowship House. Books can be purchased at various online bookstores, or you can purchase a book through the church for $12. Look for a bookmark at the church with more information and a reading schedule for the book!

Summer Choir
If you are interested in singing in our Summer Choir, please come to the choir room on the 3rd floor of the Education Building from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings beginning May 26th. Summer Choir is open to children, youth, and adults of all ages. We would love to have you!

The Banner Newsletter
The newsletter will be printed on the following dates:
June 5, June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21, August 28
Christian Education Workday
The Christian Education Committee has scheduled an all-church workday for Saturday, June 1st at 9:00 a.m. in Davis Hall. People of all ages are invited to come join the fun as we tidy our church campus as we wrap up our program year. We need your help as we help get our classrooms cleaned up and prepare our campus for our VBS Summer Camp. We will be decorating and getting ready to go "To Mars and Beyond." There is a job for everyone and there will be a light breakfast served. We hope you will join us as we rally together to make our church and its classrooms better and brighter for all. Sign up here to let us know if you plan to help!
W. M. Irvin Elementary Adopt a School Program
W. M. Irvin Elementary School Adopt A School Program is in need of volunteers. Each year the school struggles to have a sufficient number of proctors for the EOG testing as mandated by state requirements. This year EOG's are taking place on June 4th, 6th, and 10th. Proctors are needed each of these mornings from 7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, but testing may end earlier than 12:30 p.m. and volunteers may then be able to leave earlier. A "Sign Up Genius" has been set up for those who are able to schedule a morning in support of our Adopt A School Program. There you will find a full description and be able to specify a particular date.
** This link has been corrected as the link in the bulletin was wrong** Click here.
Be sure to fill in your contact email address for any last minute instructions or changes. Thank you for your support.
First Kids News
We are pleased to announce that 44 children will walk the bridge on Thursday evening to advance to Kindergarten or to the TK Class. 
We proudly congratulate the following children:
MWF Fours: Audrey Booth, Ava Burrage, Avery O'Neail, Bryan Lambert, Carter Pasiak, Drew Conte, Emmit Golder, Finn Pilczak, Tucker Seifert, Graham Troutman, Harper Smith, Lennon Sooklal and Violet Engleka

Five-Day Fours: Audrey Lynn Benfield, Benny Willis, Bianca Plummer, Brody Glenn, Cannon Benfield, Cole Dain, Gibson Carpenter, Hutson Blackwell, Isaac Jay, Jack Ross, Lucy Branham, Oliver Taylor, Payton Barbee, Shepherd Hartsell, Stella Reed Huneycutt & Tate Tadlock

Transitional Kindergarten Class: Amanda Jane Williamson, Brody Plemmons, Catherine Frye, Elliot St. Louis, Everly Lockavitch, Isabella Black, James Prudhomme, Joey Prentice, Justin Chamblin, Kian Ward, Lillian Hartsell, Lincoln Castrodale, Luke Cwynar, Madeline Frye and Rye Hassenfritz

A Loving Farewell

It is with heavy hearts that we also bid farewell to two outstanding teachers, Kathryn Monroe and Amy Murphy, who have each been with First Kids for 17 years.
They have blessed each student with their talents, their wisdom, their humor, and their boundless love. We wish you well, ladies, and thank you for your service to our school. You will be missed!  
2019 Graduates
On May 5th, our 10 graduating seniors were celebrated and recognized before and during our 11a.m. worship service. The Presbyterian Women hosted a reception for the graduates and their families in the Fellowship house during the Sunday School hour. Judy Mongold decorated cookies shaped like graduation caps and diplomas in each student's school colors for the reception. Rachel Vogado and Lynne Keel presented each graduate with the book " Prayers for the Road" during the 11 a.m. service.
For those unable to attend on May 5th, please stop by the Fellowship House to pick up your book and cookies.
Pictured: Back row, left to right: Kate Prager, Collier Leatherman, Mary Morrison; front: Emily Mitchell, Rachel Perdue, Abigail Hedgecock. Not pictured: Timmy Jones, Jack Neal, Julia Patrum, & Ross Wilder.
A Fond Farewell to Deborah from the Personnel Committee
Twenty-eight years, that’s a long time. That’s how long, Deborah, you have served this church. I’m surprised that way back in 1991 that this church was willing to entrust so much responsibility to one who must have been a mere teenager. You came on board while Buddy Craig was serving as our interim head of staff, between Jim Holderness and Todd Hobbie. And you have seen and heard and done much. Think about this: Deborah; you have had the pleasure, or maybe, the challenge, of working alongside Buddy, Todd, John Todd, Peter, Julie, Leslie, Brad, Ben, Ken, Claire, Lynne and Rachel, and that’s just the ministers. Not to mention, the music leaders from Jeff LeDuc to Kevin Holland to Jacquie and Jeff. And you know how music people can be, just kidding. And then there’s Christie and Heath and all of the other staff members that you have worked with. You’ve put together something like 1,450 bulletins. You’ve sent out over 330 session and diaconate agendas and minutes. You’ve helped to coordinate hundreds of funerals and weddings and dinners along with approximately one kazillion other tasks, that’s kazillion with a k. You have done your best to keep the trains running and to keep us on the tracks. I dare say that you know more about us than we know about ourselves. And we should all give thanks that you can keep secrets. Will someone give me a hallelujah and amen for someone who can keep a secret? You have served this church with wisdom, skill, maturity, and lots of plain old hard work. Your organizational skills are unsurpassed and are matched only by your commonsense and level-headedness. I don’t know what we will miss more, your wealth of knowledge or your caring attitude and friendly smile and calming voice when answering the phone. But I do know that we are a better church, and a better church family because of you and we hope and pray that you can look upon your time here at First Pres with nothing but fondness. For you have been a true blessing to this church, and we thank you for all you’ve done for us. We wish for you and all your family the best in the years to come.
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts from First Presbyterian Church marked 13 years of filling plastic Easter eggs for the kindergarten classes at Coltrane-Webb Elementary school this year. The tradition originated in 2007 when the then co-leader of First Presbyterian's Daisy Troop 3631, Rachel Acton, also a kindergarten teacher at Coltrane-Webb at the time, connected the two groups in this partnership. The Girl Scouts donated the plastic eggs and the treats inside, filling them and delivering them to the school in time for the annual egg hunt.  

Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary School has added an additional partner into this traditional spring event. In recent years, the eggs filled by the Girl Scouts were delivered to St Andrews Living Center in Concord and the residents hid the eggs. St Andrews' residents also dye eggs with the students when they visit for the egg hunt.

Pictured: These members of Girl Scout troop 334 have been filling eggs for Coltrane-Webb since they were in kindergarten, this is year 12 for Meredith Sheridan and Ella Fink, and year 13 for Kate Prager. Left to right: Sheridan, Prager, Fink
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Calendar
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Rev. Lisa McLennan preaching
John 5:1-9
Sunday, May 26
9:00 a.m. Summer Choir
10:00 a.m. Worship
Monday, May 27
Memorial Day
Church office closed
11:30 a.m. AA
Tuesday, May 28
10:00 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
6:15 p.m. GS Troop 334
Wednesday, May 29
7:30 a.m. Men's Bible Study
Thursday, May 30
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, May 31
9:30 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
Saturday, June 1
9:00 a.m. CE Clean Up Day
Sunday, June 2
9:00 a.m. Summer Choir
10:00 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Pot Luck Luncheon
Monday, June 3
9:00 a.m. First Kids Summer Camp
11:30 a.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts
Tuesday, June 4
9:00 a.m. First Kids Summer Camp
10:00 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
7:00 p.m. Board of Deacons
Wednesday, June 5
7:30 a.m. Men's Bible Study
9:00 a.m. First Kids Summer Camp
Thursday, June 6
9:00 a.m. First Kids Summer Camp
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, June 7
9:30 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
Church Report
Circle #3
Members of Circle 3 will meet at 44 Mills, Afton Ridge Tuesday, June 4 at 11:45 a.m .
Condolences
The sympathy and condolences of the congregation are extended to the family of Nancy Craig, wife of former associate pastor, Ken Craig, who died on May 20, 2019. The funeral will be this Friday, May 24, at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church .
Birthdays
May 22 - Sue Davis
May 23 - Paige Johnson, Nathan Woolwine
May 24 - Austin Everett, Doug Crawford, Carter Morrison
May 25 - Bob Smith
May 26 - Brian King, John Nelson, Harold Thomas III, Margie Underwood, Haley Wrightman
May 27 - Kacy Mize, Hunter Snellings
May 28 - Susan Brooks, Kathryn Monroe
May 29 - Beth Barbee, Daniel Foust, Lindsay Hough
May 30 - Jeff Price, Meredith Sheridan
June 1 - Margaret Campbell, Daniel Seth McDonald, Jane Nierenberg, Hunter Rogers
June 2 - Ginny Hoover, Donna Quintana, Tom Simpson, Michael Simpson
June 3 - Austin Deva, Betsy Gebhardt, Jackson Neal
June 4 - Jane Faust, Trey McMillan III, Timothy Watson
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:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Open for Scheduled Groups
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 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