May 1, 2019
Graduation Sunday, May 5
On Sunday, May 5th, we will celebrate our graduating High School Seniors. The Presbyterian Women will host a reception for the Seniors and their families, and we will recognize them in worship. Please join us as we joyfully celebrate their graduation and support them in prayer as they go forth from this place in new ways. We congratulate the following seniors: Abigail Hedgecock, Timmy Jones, Collier Leatherman, Emily Mitchell, Mary Morrison, Jackson Neal, Julia Patrum, Rachel Perdue, Kate Prager, and
Ross Wilder.
Join us in Celebrating Deborah Mesimer!
Please come for a reception honoring Deborah Mesimer, Church Administrator at First Presbyterian Church, on Thursday, May 9th in the Fellowship House from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the dining room. At 5:00 p.m. William Niblock, on behalf of the congregation, will present our gifts to Deborah in gratitude for her dedication and devotion to our family of faith from July, 1991 - May, 2019.
The Commons is looking for a few good men….and women!
If you can spend an hour or two a couple of times a month as a presence in the room it would be so helpful. You might have an hour of peaceful quiet time to read, pray or think yourself. Or you might have an hour of welcoming folks into the space. Do it with someone: it doesn’t have to be just you….would be a perfect place to spend some time with your spouse or a friend.
Our new mission is evolving, and we are adapting with it. Call Carrie Myers at 704-467-0962 (NOT the number in the directory) to learn more and get a brief orientation. 
Bring Donations for Church Street Market Tuesday!
Thank you to everyone who has already donated wonderful items for the Church Street Market sale! The next collection date is Tuesday, May 7th, 1:00-4:00 p.m., in room 306 of the Will Young Building. Things needed include home and seasonal decor, linens, vintage items, artwork, children's clothing and adult jackets, like new shoes, purses and bags, jewelry, and household items. We do want furniture but ask that you keep it until September as we do not have a place to store it. The June collection will be Tuesday, June 4th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The sale will be held on Saturday, October 5, with proceeds going to the Haiti mission project and The Commons prayer room.
First Kids and First VBS Summer Camp
First Kids Summer Camp ($65 per week)
Week 1 June 3 - 6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Week 2 June 10 -13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Rising 2 year olds - 2nd grade)

First VBS Summer Camp (Free)
June 17 - 20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Rising 2 year olds - Kindergarten & 1st Grade - 5th Grade)

Join us as we go To Mars and Beyond where kids will discover the wonders of God's universe through art, music, science, story time, mission, outdoor fun and more. Campers will become voyagers on a journey through space, exploring where God's power can take them. "Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by God's power at work within us." Ephesians 3:20
Registrations are due by May 15th

Are you a Middle or High School youth or an adult who wants to help with VBS Summer Camp?

Session Highlights from the April 9, 2019 Meeting
The Session joyfully met with and heard the faith statements of confirmands Lilly Bryant, Eli Farmer, Avery Garmon, Michael Gilbert, and Gregory Watson. The Session voted to recommend that each of these young people be received as active members of the church pending their public professions of faith in worship on April 14. 
A reception to honor the longtime service of Deborah Mesimer will be held late in the afternoon on May 9th in the Fellowship House. 
Suzanne Russell has been hired to take Deborah’s position and will begin work on April 23. 
The BackPack Program storage and workroom will be moving to the 2nd floor of the Education Building to allow better access for loading and unloading. 

Locations on our campus of first aid kits and AEDs are being reviewed to assure access. Training needs to use the AEDs are being assessed.
Important upcoming dates:
  • Graduation Sunday: May 5
  • Fourth Grade Bibles: May 12
  • Last day of Sunday School: May 19
  • Begin Summer Worship schedule: May 26
  • Vacation Bible School: June 17-20
  • Sr. High School Summer Trip: Montreat July 21-27

The Session meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Minutes are open and available by request after they are approved at the following month’s Session meeting.

To connect with church officers, all Deacons and Elders and their committee assignments are listed on the church website under the “ABOUT” tab, “Staff and Leadership.”
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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Rev. Lynne Keel preaching
Acts 9:1-20
Sunday, May 5
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. PW Birthday Luncheon
4:00 p.m. Youth Choir
5:00 p.m. MS Youth Fellowship
6:00 p.m. All Youth Supper
6:30 p.m. HS Youth Fellowship
Monday, May 6
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
11:30 a.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Boy Scout District Steering Com
Tuesday, May 7
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
9:30 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
7:00 p.m. Board of Deacons
Wednesday, May 8
7:30 a.m. Men's Bible Study
8:45 a.m. First Kids Mother's Day Tea
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choi r
Thursday, May 9
8:45 a.m. First Kids Mother's Day Tea
9:00 a.m. Academic Learning Center
Board Meeting
4:00 p.m. Reception for Deborah Mesimer
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Troop 3
Friday, May 10
9:00 a.m. First Kids Preschool
9:30 a.m. Adult Literacy Tutoring
Sunday, May 12
All Day Mother's Day
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship
Church Report
Jeff Wampler (former pastor) - Families in Need, Program Endowment
Mary Kent Weaver - One Great Hour Sharing Offering, Memorial Garden
The sympathy and condolences of the congregation are extended to the family of Mary Kent Weaver who died on April 18, 2019.
Congratulations to John Wesley Goff and Becca Seifel whose marriage was celebrated on April 13 in Pelham, NC.
May 1 - Abbie Bauman, McKenzie Bauman, Sara Beth Caldwell, Reven Fulghum, Mack Harrison,
Susan Schneider
May 2 - Spencer Hillman, Michelle Patrum, Dalton Sloop
May 3 - Susan Bethune, Harris Morrison, Julia Schneider, Samuel Schneider
May 4 - Lou Anne Clark, Lata Eapen, Rachel Vogado
May 5 - Ashley Fischer, Michael Fischer, Elizabeth Maroney, Meghan Maroney, Noah White
May 6 - Lynn Neal
May 7 - Ike Faust
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:
(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