October 23, 2019
Ensemble Nobiles Performs Tomorrow!
Plan to attend a very special musical concert tomorrow evening. The vocal quintet ENSEMBLE NOBILES has generously agreed to sing a concert this Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The concert is free and open to the public. Repertoire will include the composers Tallis, Heller, and Harris. A free will offering to defray some of their travel costs will be taken at the concert on Thursday evening. 
ALL 6th-12th grade Girls Invited to join Girl Scout Troop 334
This Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m, Girl Scout Troop 334 will gather for tie-dye fun at the home of Mary Ann Johnson. We invite all 6th-12th grade girls in the congregation to join us for a fun morning and to help plan our next event. On our fall/winter agenda: Daniel Stowe Botanical garden and serving dinner at the Salvation Army Night Shelter. We hope you will make plans to join us. Please RSVP for the October 26th tie-dye event by end of day, October 24. Troop membership is open all year! Please contact leaders:
Kirby Sheridan: or Rene Prager:
GIFT Sunday this Week
Join us this Sunday, October 27th for a time of hands-on intergenerational learning. All ages are welcome to experience GIFT Sundays - Generations in Faith Together, a new Sunday program by the Christian Education Committee. Beginning with a light breakfast at 9:45 a.m., we will be learning about how being a good neighbor invites us to share our gifts. This will be the only Sunday School offering that morning, with all classes meeting together in Davis Hall, and nursery will be provided for infants and toddlers. Come learn and grown in faith together!
Dedication Sunday this week - October 27, 2019
Please join us for Dedication Sunday where we will commit our time, talent, and treasure for the coming year. This will be a joyful Sunday to give thanks for the many good gifts that God has given us. All are invited to share in the joy of giving as we dedicate our gifts to God. After worship we will follow the Bagpiper outside to continue the celebration with lunch and fellowship together during our picnic on the Church grounds. There is fun for the whole family with more music and games on the lawn! Don't miss the fun! The cost is $5 per boxed lunch. To ensure that we have enough food, please sign up here.
All Church Read- Neighborhood Church
Join us in November and December as we study the book "Neighborhood Church" by Krin Van Tatenhove and Rob Mueller. Together we will ask the question, "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." 
Books can be bought online or they can be purchased through the church office for $12.
All Adult Sunday School classes as well as the High School Sunday School class are invited to gather in Davis Hall starting on November 3rd at 9:45 a.m. We hope you will join us!
Congo Helping Hands
Seven years ago, following the retirement of Todd Hobbie, the Presbyterian Women established a scholarship to honor Todd and Betsy Hobbie, celebrating their early work in The Congo. Each year, through generous donations from our congregation, we are able to sponsor one or more nurses, by guaranteeing their full four-year tuition. This scholarship program is through Congo Helping Hands, a non-profit organization founded and led by Woody Collins, a member of the Whitewater Valley Presbytery in Indiana.

This weekend, Presbyterian Women were pleased to host Woody Collins, allowing him an opportunity to share his story with a focus on his work in The Congo and the impact of our scholarship funding.  All of our adult Sunday School classes were invited to attend his hour-long program in Davis Hall Sunday morning and the full congregation was able to enjoy his Minute for Mission at 11 a.m. He provided an eye-opening look at daily life in The Congo and the huge impact that even a small financial donation can make. $200 covers a full year of tuition, room, and board for nursing students. The nursing school has other needs that include textbooks and hands on teaching models. If you feel called to support this mission and the Todd & Betsy Hobbie Scholarship, please consider a donation to First Presbyterian Women, noting Todd & Betsy Hobbie Scholarship Fund in the memo section.  
Wednesday Night Fellowship
Join us on Wednesday, October 30, for an update on the good works of CCM (Cooperative Christian Ministry) by Executive Director Ed Hosack. Dinner will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit, salad and dessert. Be sure to make a reservation with the church office by Noon on Monday, October 28th. There is a sign up sheet in the Fellowship House.
Alternative Worship Committee Update
As we at First Presbyterian look at the different ways we can worship together, the Alternative Worship Committee is endeavoring to present varied formats of worship where we can experience God speaking to us in ways that are not our traditional 11 o’clock format.  
The first of these services was planned by Scott, Lynne, and Jacquie as a “Blessing of the Animals." It was a blessed day as many of our friends, neighbors, and congregants gathered on the front lawn to celebrate the joy of their pets, both large and small, who received a blessing. The service also supported the Humane Society of Concord and Greater Cabarrus County. Thank you Scott, Lynne and Jacquie!
On Sunday evening, November 3rd at 5:00 p.m. all are invited to a Celtic Evensong in the sanctuary. After the service we will have dinner in Davis Hall so you may sign up here. See Scott's article and the links below for further details on what a Celtic Evensong is.
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 the Fellowship House following worship on Sunday, November 3rd, at 12:15 p.m. In preparation for the meeting, please peruse the links below, as well as: Presbyterian Church (USA)

Save the Date for a Special WNF Event
Calling All Poets! Or those who have always wondered how the hymns we sing at worship on Sunday morning are written. Please join the Alternative Worship Committee on Wednesday, November 13th at Wednesday Night Fellowship as Jacquie Yost leads us in a liturgical poetry workshop, teaching us how hymns are written and set to music. She will tell us how the hymns we sing are constructed musically and encourage us to write our own poems of praise. After a time of reflection and creativity, we will give our poems to Jacquie. She will put them with tunes, and we will have a worship service where we sing the hymns we have written in praise.  Let your creativity shine as you share your talents with all.  
Celtic Evensong with Communion
On the first Sunday evening in November (November 3rd, 5:00 p.m, 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
Irvin Elementary School Needs
For several years we at First Presbyterian Church have partnered with Irvin Elementary as part of the Adopt A School Program supporting students and teachers in a variety of ways. The school maintains a clothing closet with items that are used when children arrive at school wearing inappropriate attire for the season, or when their clothing becomes unwearable during school hours. There is a pressing need now for new boys and girls socks in sizes youth small to adult medium, and for boys and girls underwear sizes youth small (4-6) to adult small. In addition, there is a need for belts, youth sizes small, medium and large, and for deodorant.
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, we all have much for which to be thankful, and we should remember there are many children in our community of lesser means in need of adequate clothing during school. Please consider purchasing any of the items mentioned above and bringing them to the Fellowship House where a well marked receptacle will be placed inside the back door. We are collecting donated items between now and Sunday, December 1. All collected items will be delivered to the school after Thanksgiving and be available to needy students during late fall and winter.
Final Tally for Habitat for Humanity Campaign
Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to the 2019 Habitat for Humanity campaign.The total raised for the campaign was $5,689.
Just a reminder that we will have a volunteer workday in January, 2020 and anyone who can swing a hammer or use a paint brush is welcome to volunteer. No prior experience needed!
Thanks again, The Board of Deacons
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Sunday, October 27, 2019
Rev. Dr. Scott Kenefake
    Luke 18:9-14          
"Reformed and Always Reforming"
Thursday, October 24
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
6:30 p.m. Boy Scout Adv. Board of Review
7:00 p.m. Concert by Ensemble Nobiles
Friday, October 25
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
9:30 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
Sunday, October 27
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Choir
11:00 a.m. Worship - Moment for Mission
12:15 p.m. Fall Picnic
Monday, October 28
11:00 a.m. Atrium Health Lunch Group
11:30 a.m. AA
Tuesday, October 29
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
9:00 a.m. Book Fair
10:00 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
Wednesday, October 30
7:30 a.m. Men's Bible Stud y
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
9:00 a.m. Book Fair
6:00 p.m. Fellowship Supper
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir

Church Report
October 23 - Donna Cline, Debbie Little, Amber Williams
October 24 - Mike Brown
October 25 - Celia Entwistle
October 26 - Ken Johnson, David Niblock
October 27 - Kathleen Jones, Cheryl Kelling, Emily Mitchell
October 28 - Frankie Godley, Jonathan Wall
October 29 - Sherry Brandon, Shelton Johnson, Esta Wannamaker
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:
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