August 22, 2018
Update from Lynne, Rachel and Session
Grace and Peace to you! Since Peter’s announcement of his departure, the leadership of the church (including staff, Session, and Deacons) have been hard at work discussing and preparing for the next steps in the life of our congregation. As you can see, the Banner is packed with many exciting opportunities for learning, mission, fellowship, and worship, and there will be more as we move into the Fall! Session will be meeting with representatives from Presbytery next week to begin the process of searching for an Interim Pastor. In the meantime, the Pastors and staff are sharing additional responsibilities as well as seeking guest preachers to supplement the preaching. We are grateful for your patience during this transition. We anticipate returning to our renovated Sanctuary on Rally Day September 9th, with Sunday School at 9:45 and worship at 11:00 a.m. This will be our Sunday morning schedule until we can secure an Interim Pastor, whereby we will return to our previous schedule of Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the Pastors or members of Session.
Help Fill the Bus for Haiti
Be on the lookout for a yellow school bus on our church campus August 30 – September 3. Friends of OFCB has purchased a bus for our friends in Bayonnais, Haiti. Before sending the bus to Haiti we want to fill it with much needed supplies. Please help us help our partners in Haiti by donating items or money to help fill the bus.

Items can be dropped off anytime before September 3rd during church hours at the church office, or contact Betsy Liles and she will arrange a time to pick up your items. or 704-791-6166

ITEMS NEEDED: Rice, dried black beans, cooking oil, prenatal vitamins, Vitamin C, Tylenol, Children's Liquid Tylenol, naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen, Imodium (or generic), chewable children's vitamins with iron
Rally Day
Mark your calendars for  Rally Day on September 9th ! Come celebrate with your church family as we kick off the Fall season! As our Fall programming and the 11:00 o’clock worship service returns, all ages are invited to gather over a delicious breakfast at 9:45 a.m. in Davis Hall to learn about all the educational and faith building opportunities you can experience during the Sunday School hour. The celebration will continue as we worship in one service together at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. As we fellowship together, we will share our hopes and joys for the new church year as we are welcomed home as a faith family.
Blessings of the Backpacks
All children and youth (preschool through 12th grade) are invited to bring their backpacks and join us for a blessing on  Sunday, September 9th  during the 11:00 a.m. worship service! Whether your child has already started school or is starting soon, First Presbyterian Church wants to support them as they start a new year. As we pray for their education and school year activities, backpacks will be blessed, and they will receive a reminder that God is with them -- wherever they are!
Christian Education Workday
The Christian Education Committee has scheduled an all-church workday for Saturday, September 8th  at 9:30 a.m. in Davis Hall. People of all ages are invited to come join the fun as we tidy our church campus for the start of a new church year. We need your help as we help get our classrooms ready and prepared for our teachers and learners. 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.
First Youth Fellowship Kickoff
All youth (6th-12th grade) and their parents or caregivers are invited to  First Youth Fellowship on September 9, 5-7 p.m . Come to Davis Hall ready to play, engage, and connect as we learn what this year has in store for us. During this combined time, we will share a meal together and jump into Youth Fellowship! Along with fun, this will be a time where we cover important information and forms for Youth Fellowship.  At least one parent or caregiver should accompany your youth.   
Have questions?  Contact Rachel
Wednesday Night Fellowship
Join us on September 12th as we kickoff our Wednesday Night Fellowship. This fall we will gather for
food, fellowship, and fun! We will dine on some of Jayne's greatest hits as well as deepen our walk of faith together. We'll be exploring many topics central to practices of the church: prayer, food, worship, sacraments, money, service, and community, featuring a diversity of voices leading us to new ways of thinking about these faith practices. Be sure to make a reservation with the church office by September 3rd.
First Kids Open House
All students and their families are invited to come meet their teachers and classmates for the new school year!

Open House - Thursday, August 30th
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. MW, MWF and 5-day Fours Classes
11:00 a.m. - Noon - TTh and TK Classes
First Days of School - September 4th and 5th
Our First Kids Staff
Director- Maureen O'Bryan
Assistant/Financial- Pam Prentice 
Ones- Amber Huggins, Jennifer Wedner & Korighan Gabriel 
Two A- MaryAnn Harrison & Lisa Sackeli
Two B- Gordana Coley & Amber Williams
Threes MWF- Gordana Coley, Julia Holshauser
Threes/Fours- Julianna Willis & Dana Barnhart
Fours MWF- Pam Prentice & Vicky Nicastro
Fours-5-Day- Kathryn Monroe & Amy Murphy
TK- Kristen Dain & Holly Westbrook
Music- Gordana Coley
FPCC Couch to 5K
Come anyone and everyone! Whether you are a first time runner to seasoned marathoner, we want to inspire fitness and fellowship for all. God surrounds us wherever we are, as busy as we are, and it is our goal to come together to take note of the Spirit’s presence with us as we spend a couple months outside enjoying the leaves changing and the temperatures dropping. We will kick it off Tuesday September 11 th at 6:00 p.m. in the Courtyard with the goal to run the 5K Santa Scramble during this year’s Concord Christmas Parade. During these 8 weeks, we plan to finish our runs at Streakers on Union to catch our breaths and re-hydrate! Even if you cannot attend the kickoff, if you are interested, please contact Hunter Morrison ( for more information!
Invites you and your son to learn about the upcoming year
(boys ages 11-17)
at the home of
Kate and Harris Morrison
Thursday, September 13th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m
556 Hermitage Drive SE, Concord
Light refreshments and Presentation
Church members and and non-members are welcome.
Please spread the word and invite others!

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Circle 3
Tuesday, September 4th
11:45 a.m., Davis Hall

Wednesday Night Fellowship
September 12th
6:00 p.m., Davis Hall
Sunday, August 26th
8:45 a.m. Summer Enrichment (Youth Room )
10:00 a.m. Worship (Davis Hall)
Revelation 21:1-6
Rev. Lynne Keel, preaching

A congregational meeting has been called by the Session during the 10:00 a.m. service
for the purpose of dissolving the pastoral relationship between Peter Bynum
and First Presbyterian Church Concord.

Our "Noisy" Offering will be received this Sunday.

Presbyterian Women's Kick-off Dinner
Wednesday, August 29th
6:30 p.m., Davis Hall
Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Friday
S unday, August 26
8:45 a.m. Summer Enrichment Series
9:00 a.m. Summer Choir
10:00 a.m. Worship
Monday, August 27
11:30 a.m. AA
Tuesday, August 28
9:00 a.m. First Kids Staff Meeting
12:00 p.m. First Kids Staff Luncheon
7:00 p.m. Called Session Meeting
Wednesday, August 29
6:30 p.m. PW Kick-off Dinner
Thursday, August 30
9:00 a.m. First Kids Open House
Sunday, September 2 (Communion by Intinction)
10:00 a.m. Worship
Monday, September 3
Church Office Closed
11:30 a.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Boy Scout District Steering Com.
Tuesday, September 4
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
11:45 a.m. Circle 3
3:00 p.m. Communion at Taylor Glen
7:00 p.m. Board of Deacons
Wednesday, September 5
9:00 a.m First Kids Preschool
7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, September 6
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
5:00 p.m. Girl Scouts 334 - Cadette, Sr., Ambassador
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, September 7
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
Saturday, September 8
9:30 a.m. All-Church Workday for church classrooms
Church Report
Aug 22 - Courtney Finney, George Garven, Jean Sharp
Aug 23 - Mac Clark, Grace Davis, Chip Moore, Preston Porter
Aug 24 - David Austin, Shelly Johnson, Morgan Kay, Rob McNairy, John Shaw
Aug 25 - Bill Connolly, Kim Hocutt
Aug 26 - Tracy Patrum, Jane Prichard, Valerie Thomas, Rob White
Aug 27 - Karen Barefoot, Charlie Bixler, Hilary Robbins Helfter
Aug 28 - Mark Clark, Susan Pless, Sam Plyler
Aug 29 - Heath Hedgpeth
Aug 30 - Cathleen Rogers
Aug 31 - Randy Hardy, Thomas Niblock, Christine Seitz
Sep 01 - Leslie Burke, Ellie Sherrill
Sep 02 - Caroline Bixler, April Cline
Sep 03 - Mary Bost Gray, Eric Johnson
Sep 04 - Mary Ida Beaver, Nickolas Reid
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
Memorial Garden:
(704) 786-8009
36 Spring Street SW
Concord NC 28025
Garden Hours: 
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed Monday