THE BANNER
November 4, 2020
Racial Equity Reads - New Book Starts Sunday
In faithful response to the biblical commands to love our neighbor, in light of the current events of our country, and as part of our commitment to be a Matthew 25 congregation, we seek to continue hosting intentional space for dialogue, understanding, and action for anti-racism and justice work.

We will be reading "White Fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism" by Robin DiAngelo. Discussion begins this Sunday, November 8th at 4 p.m. via Zoom. If you would like to sign up to join this group, please let Lynne Keel know by emailing her at lynne.keel@firstpresconcord.org. We encourage you to order your book ASAP (through a black-owned bookstore, if possible) as there are book shortages and shipping delays associated with the current pandemic as well as increased interest in discussing racial equity. We hope you will join us for this critical conversation.
A Few Minutes for Stewardship
It is Stewardship season at First Presbyterian Church! The pandemic has affected us all, including the church. We invite you to hear how your gifts are being used and how your future gifts are crucial to offset the challenges we are facing. Click the video below to watch!
Tune in and Subscribe
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Presbyterian Women Meal Ministry
The Presbyterian Women coordinate a Meal Ministry to assist those in our church family who are coping with illness or injury, support families with new babies, and comfort the grieving. All people in the church are invited to join in this volunteer effort. Email notices and signup sheets are sent out using apps like Take Them a Meal or Meal Train to notify our volunteers of opportunities to serve. If you would like to be notified by email whenever the need to provide a meal for someone arises, please sign up here.
Note: The Church is not automatically notified when there is an illness or hospitalization within our church family. Members who become aware of such needs for support in our church are asked to notify the church office so the need for assistance can be explored.  
Girl Scouts Celebrate New Year of Scouting
Brownie Troop 323, Junior Troop 3142, and Cadette and Senior Troop 334 met in the courtyard on Thursday to celebrate the official start of the 2020-2021 scout year with a candlelight Investiture and Re-dedication ceremony. The troops welcomed in three first-time Girl Scouts. The evening also included activities for founder, Juliette Gordon Low's birthday, as well as a Día de los Muertos celebration. The scouts are incorporating world holidays into their meetings this year to learn about other cultures.

November meetings are scheduled for November 5th and 19th. If your 2nd-12th grade girl is interested in participating, please contact Rene Prager at thepragers@yahoo.com.
Christian Education
Be sure to check out our Virtual Sunday School Classroom with our new Growing in God's Love curriculum. For Pre-K through 5th grade children, this includes a monthly supply kit to take home and use with the virtual classroom each week.
The kits are available in the lobby area of the Fellowship House. Be sure to grab your kit to be ready to go for the lesson this Sunday. You can access the virtual classroom by clicking here or by going to the First Presbyterian Church website! The content will change weekly as we hear a new story each Sunday.
This Sunday continues our unit, "Brave Women and Men in the Old Testament." Kits can be picked up in the church office or reach out to a member of the Christian Education Committee!
Also, please help us as make our kits. Fill out this short questionnaire to help us best prepare for you and be good stewards of our resources! https://forms.gle/gVDJVUxn5X7vfw488
First Youth Fellowship
If you are a family that has a Youth in grades 6th through 12th, be sure to sign up to receive the First Youth Fellowship newsletter. That is the best way to see all the ways youth can get connected and deepen their faith through service, community, and fun! Sign-up here to receive the Youth Newsletter for detailed information about all youth happenings. **If you didn't receive the Youth Newsletter last week, please be sure to check your spam or junk folder.
All youth families, please fill out the following short questionnaire to help Rachel best prepare and anticipate the needs for our various youth gatherings. Questionnaire found here: https://forms.gle/Z63UdUmwV43xojgG6
Services Update
Our pastoral staff continues to preach and teach through various means of technology. Please join us for all of our worship opportunities on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/firstpresconcordnc/),
Worship is posted at 11:00 a.m.
Sign-up Links
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 8, 2020
Rev. Rush Otey preaching


Thursday, November 5
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
6:00 p.m.Girl Scouts
Friday, November 6
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Sunday, November 8
11:00 a.m. Worship
3:00 p.m. Circle 5
4:00 p.m. Racial Reads via Zoom
Monday, November 9
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
11:00 a.m. Circle 4
7:00 p.m. Boy Scout District Roundtable
Tuesday, November 10
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
1:30 p.m. Circle 3
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts
7:00 p.m. Scouts Pack 3
7:00 p.m. Session
Wednesday, November 11
6:30 p.m. PNC online
Church Report
Condolences
The sympathy and condolences of the congregation are extended to the families of Clemi Hacker and Lina Hacker Gibson as they mourn the loss of their sister, Sharron Hacker Plumb, who died on October 31 in Dusseldorf, Germany where she lived.
Memorials
Judy Holloway - Music Ministry, Backpack Program, Todd & Betsy Hobbie Scholarship Fund
Erwin Spainhour - Endowment Fund, Salvation Army Center of Hope, Commons, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army Center of Hope, Boy Scout Troop 3, Habitat for Humanity, Operating Budget,, Haiti Mission, Music Ministry, Backpack Program, Todd & Betsy Hobbie Scholarship Fund
Gail Prager (mother of Chris Prager) - Todd & Betsy Hobbie Scholarship Fund

Birthdays
November 5 - Katherine Barnett, Jeff Henderson, Sandra Sellers, Avery Wall
November 6 - Dee Hoskins, Fred Irving Jr., Bette Thomas
November 7 - Merl Hamilton, Jessie Robbins
November 8 - Gerry Knorr
November 9 - Kevin Barbee
November 10 -Bill Covington, Tom Hartsell, Eleanor Irving, Nancy Simpson
November 11 - Freddy Bell, Lawrence Lentz
**To enjoy a sung happy birthday, click here!**
Staff
Rush Otey
Temporary Supply Pastor 

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

Associate Pastor
for Christian Formation



Director of Music and Organist

Choirmaster

Suzanne Russell
Church Administrator

Financial Secretary

Heath Ritchie
Maintenance Superintendent

Director of First Kids

Wedding Director
Contact Info
First Presbyterian Church
(704) 788-2100
suzanne.russell@firstpresconcord.org 

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
Open for scheduled groups:
Tuesday,Thursday, Friday
Open to Public:
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday mornings for FPC

Memorial Garden:
(704) 786-8009
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