May 26, 2021
Summer Worship - in person and live-streamed
Our Summer Worship schedule begins this Sunday, May 30, with worship at 10:00 a.m. through Labor Day weekend. Just a reminder that we are still using sign-up genius for worship. You can access that link here.
Come Watch the Parade of First Kids Graduates!
Church members are invited to gather this Thursday, 5/27, on the church grounds at 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. to be part of the spectator cheering section of the First Kids graduation parade.
Vacation Bible School
We are still looking for a few adult volunteers to help at VBS as: Shepherds, Recreation, and Art.
We are also accepting donations of bed sheets / pillow cases (especially) and spray paint for backdrops, camping gear (including tents, camp chairs, canopies, rafts/tubes, cooking gear, lanterns, etc.)
If you have items to donate, please bring it by the church office by June 3 or contact René Prager at
Journey and S & D Sunday School Class Summer Schedules
Starting this week the S & D class will meet at 11:00 a.m. after worship.
The Journey class will not meet this week. Starting next Sunday, June 6, they will also meet at 11:00 a.m. after worship.
Market for Mission Sale
Our first official drop-off day is next Tuesday, June 1st between 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. This will be the only drop off day in June. We will also have one drop off day in July, on Tuesday, July 6th, at the same time.
Starting in August we will be available every Tuesday afternoon between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.. Drop offs can be made to room 306 in the Will Young Building. If you need assistance (and/or a cart) there will be a cell number posted on the Preschool entrance to call. Please bring items clean and ready to sell (in working order) That really helps!
If you have any questions about what might be ‘donate-able,’ please call Carrie (704) 467-0962 or Gina (704) 794-2228. Here is a review of items we have sold in the past and a few new ideas:

Home Decor, Housewares, Small Electrics, Outerwear for All Ages, Fall/Halloween Decor, Christmas Items, Linens, Vintage & Collectables, Jewelry and like new Purses & Shoes, Children’s books & small toys, Garden, Lamps, and Art. No books EXCEPT Coffee Table books & Cookbooks. No draperies, curtains or cornices please. At our last sale we had several specialty tables based on donations and that is great too, i.e. Beach, Pet, Bar, Tools. This year because of the pandemic we think a Puzzle table will probably happen!

As a reminder the church wide sale accomplishes three things: 1) Supports the school children of Bayonnais, Haiti 2) Serves as an outreach to our local community and 3) Serves as a bonding experience for First Pres members. We are hoping to make this sale as successful as the 2019 sale that raised over $12K. And as we cautiously gather together again what a wonderful project to look forward to. Thanking you in advance for your support.
2020 Joy of Giving Annual Report
The 2020 Joy of Giving Annual Report is now on our church website under the tab "About Us."
In preparation for the 2021 Annual Report, we are collecting photos from our church family that represent our programs and activities throughout the year. Use this link to drop your photos. Contact Suzanne Russell if you have any questions regarding these photos. The more the merrier!
Celebrating a Successful Cookie Season

Brownie Troop 323 and Junior Troop 3142 celebrated record cookie sales with an outing to Lake Norman Miniature Golf in Cornelius last week. The girls hit some great shots and had fun navigating the water features throughout the course.
Thanks to all who bought cookies!
Reopening News on the Website
Visit the NEWS section of the church web site for up-to-date information on the re-opening of our Church campus for worship and other activities. We anticipate things to change frequently over the next several weeks and will post all updates for the congregation under that section of the website.
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Sunday, May 30, 2021
Rev. Rush Otey Preaching

Thursday, May 27
9:00 a.m. First Kids Staff Meeting (Davis Hall)
5:00 p.m. First Kids Graduation - Drive-By
6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts (Courtyard)
Sunday, May 30
9:00 a.m. Choir Practice (Choir Room)
10:00 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary or Live-stream)
11:00 a.m. S & D Sunday School (outside)
Monday, May 31
Office Closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 1
1:30 p.m. Market for Mission drop-off
6:00 p.m. Cub Scouts
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Pack 3
7:00 p.m. Board of Deacons
Church Report
Congratulations to Julie and Chris Clark on the birth of their son, Jack Christopher Clark, born May 6, 2021, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Grandparents are Pat and Buddy Delizza.
Congratulations to Derek and Alison Crawford Roane on the birth of their daughter, Lily Mae Roane, born May 15, 2021 in Cary, NC. Grandparents are Doug and Kay Crawford.
May 27 - Kacy Mize, Hunter Snellings
May 28 - Susan Brooks, Kathryn Monroe
May 29 - Beth Barbee, Daniel Foust, Lindsay Hough
May 30 - Jeff Price, Meredith Sheridan
June 1 - Margaret Campbell, Daniel Seth McDonald, Hunter Rogers
June 2 - Ginny Hoover, Donna Quintana, Tom Simpson, Michael Simpson
**To enjoy a sung happy birthday, click here!**
Rush Otey
Temporary Supply Pastor 

Associate Pastor 
for Care and Mission

René Prager
Interim Youth
Programs Coordinator

Director of Music and Organist


Suzanne Russell
Church Administrator

Kim Mazzola
Financial Administrative Asst.

Heath Ritchie
Maintenance Superintendent

Director of First Kids

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

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:

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