THE BANNER
May 6, 2020
Nominated Officers
Dear Friends,

Despite the unusual times we find ourselves in, the work of the Congregational Nominating Committee has been completed and the committee is very happy to present the following slate of 14 nominees to serve as Elders and Deacons in the class of 2023, and two Deacon nominees to serve 2-year terms in the class of 2022.

As instructed by the Session and in accordance with our Manual of Procedures for the Congregation, we make the following nominations:

Nominated for Office of Elder
Dale Carpenter
Merl Hamilton
Harris Morrison
Amy Murphy
Susan Otteni
Susan Smith
Erwin Spainhour

Nominated for Office of Deacon
Linda Barnett
Tripp Carpenter
Kimberly Leatherman
Jeff Nelson
Ellie Sherrill
Dakeita Vanderburg
Amanda Williamson

Deacon Nominees for 2-year terms: Class of 2022
Kate Morrison
Scott Verner

Since we are not able to be together for a congregational meeting as was scheduled, the Session has approved a process for a congregational vote to be held online.

The Nominating Committee gave very serious and prayerful consideration to the nominating process and greatly appreciates the many recommendations that were submitted. Special thanks go to the nominees who so readily agreed to serve our church and community.

Prayerfully,
Gina Goff
Chair, Congregational Nominating Committee
Clerk of Session

As set-forth in our Manual of Procedures, the Nominating Committee included:
Elder-at-Large - Hunter Morrison
Moderator of the Board of Deacons - Janna Mitchell
Moderator of Presbyterian Women - Susan Hannah
Sunday School Representative - Kevin Garrison
Youth Representative - Elizabeth Anne Dover
Election of New Church Officers (Elders and Deacons)
Dear Friends,

With all the extra challenges of this time, the congregational vote for the election of new church officers will happen digitally this year.

The congregational vote will be held on Sunday, May 10th, via a congregational email that will be sent out through constant contact. We will be able to track how many people both open the email and click- which will help us navigate a digital quorum.

We are asking for people to respond to the email by Monday, May 11th; essentially you will have 24 hours to respond. We will also mail the letter to folks who don't receive the newsletter, and people can call the church voice mail to leave their vote.

Thanks for your patience and understanding with this process. We are all trying to keep the work and mission of the church moving forward during this difficult time.

Blessings,

Scott Kenefake
Interim Pastor
Dave Sheridan's Devotional Message from a Recent Session Meeting
It is often easy to complain about how someone dresses, how they speak or how they behave in public. In particular, in light of our current level of public discourse it seems that negativity has become the norm. We all come from different circumstances and have different stressors in our lives, but overall, I believe most people are striving to find happiness and avoid suffering. I have tried to remind our children that, like in the video, one never knows what may be happening in others lives - a death in the family, struggling to make ends meet, a single working parent, or drug or alcohol abuse.

Prior to reacting to a difficult encounter with another person we would do well to remember that we all have struggles in life and if we could see other’s struggles through their eyes we might react more kindly and treat that person differently.

Colossians 3: 12-14: Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, 13 forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Prayer: Lord, grant us compassion and empathy as we interact with others. Help us to remember that we all have difficult times in our lives. Help us to recognize that the lack of a smile, a short answer or ill mannered behavior may reflect an underlying angst or stressful time in the life of others. Let us pray for those individuals, that they find comfort in your warm embrace.

Click here to watch the youtube video about empathy.
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/),
Virtual Sunday School
You're invited to join us for virtual Sunday school as we will gather to connect, hear stories from and for our faith, and learn together. All ages are welcome! It is probably helpful to have some paper and something to write or draw with close by as there will be time to reflect and create. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom; you can access the meeting here:
Password: 014941
or call (646)558-8656 and use
Meeting ID: 871 0978 3443
Password: 014941
Gather your family around the computer or phone as we learn and grown in faith together!
Film Discussion Series Thursdays at Noon
Please join us for a seven week film discussion series where Walter Brueggemann discusses key concepts from his new book, Materiality as Resistance: Five Elements for Moral Action in the Real World. We will be discussing who we are called to be in the world through the lens of loving God, loving ourselves, and loving our neighbor. It is not necessary to purchase or read the book to participate in the discussion. We will begin this Thursday April 30th at noon via Zoom.

Click here to join the meeting.

Time: May 7, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 875 9201 7203
Password: 075815
Journey Sunday School
This Sunday, May 10th, JOURNEY will continue virtual Sunday School via Zoom for May.
The link below will be used for all meetings, which will be live on Sunday's at 10 a.m.

Topic: FPCC Journey Sunday School - May 2020
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime - live meetings Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Meeting ID: 965 475 4450 (No Password is needed to enter this meeting)
Spring Book Discussion
What : Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others , by Barbara Brown Taylor 

When : Wednesday evenings (May 6, 13, & 20), 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Where : Zoom 

Who : all curious adults 

Host/Discussion Facilitator : Scott Kenefake (please email at Scott.Kenefake@firstpresconcord.org to get Zoom information!

Order the book here
A summary of the book is here
Discussion guide is here
Red Cross Cabarrus County VIP Blood Drive
Monday, May18th, in Davis Hall
2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter Cabarrus VIP
to schedule an appointment.
Pictures from the CCM Food Drop
Deacons Response to Covid - 19
Since the stay-at-home order was issued in NC, our Deacons have approved discretionary funds for the following:
* $750 to supplement our Coltrane Webb Back Pack program with Food Lion gift cards
*$3,000 to help Meals on Wheels create additional shelf stable meals, and
*$1,000 to CCM for the food pantry

Additionally, Deacons have been calling our older adult members along with our Visitation team to chat and receive prayer requests. We will continue to listen for the needs of our congregants and our community and respond with Christ's love. If you are aware of additional needs or would like to become involved with these and/or other efforts, please let Lynne Keel or Janna Mitchell know.
Sign-up Links
Lay Liturgists
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read scripture in worship on Sundays.

Sanctuary Flowers
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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
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about all events related to youth who are in 6th-12 grade.
Calendar
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Rev. Dr. Scott Kenefake preaching

Thursday, May 7
12:00 p.m. Zoom film discussion
Sunday, May 10
9:30 a.m. Sunday School via Zoom
10:00 a.m. Journey Sunday School via Zoom
11:00 a.m. Worship on Facebook
Tuesday, May 12
7:00 p.m. Al Anon meeting
Wednesday May 13
7:00 p.m. Spring Book Discussion via Zoom
Church Report
Birthdays
May 7 - Ike Faust
May 8 - Judy Mongold, Peg Morrison
May 9 - Helen Gould, Kathy Maroney, Chrissy Rotan
May 10 - Brooks Fulton, Jerry Otteni
May 11 - Amanda King
May 12 - Emily Epler, Kate Morrison, Brenda Todd
May 13 - Kevin Finney, Lynne Keel
Staff
Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

Associate Pastor
for Christian Formation

Director of Music and Organist
Director of Music and Organist

Choirmaster

Suzanne Russell
Church Administrator

Financial Secretary

Heath Ritchie
Maintenance Superintendent

Director of First Kids

Church Hostess

Wedding Director
Contact Info
First Presbyterian Church
(704) 788-2100
s uzanne.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