We are pleased to welcome back Mike Morgan! Mike was well received here last July and led a special Apostles’ Creed service. On March 6 he will lead worship during the morning service, followed by a special concert at 2pm called, I Will Sing New Songs of Gladness!: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. This will be a collaborative recital with David Hamilton. Mike is currently the music director at Edenton Baptist Church in Edenton, NC. He is a tremendously talented organist and musician. We hope to see you there!
Amahl and the Night Visitors will be presented in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church Kannapolis on Friday December 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday December 13 at 2:00 p.m. This musical drama has been a favorite among audiences since it premiered on television on Christmas Eve 1951. I have personally sung the role of King Kaspar in nearly 100 performances throughout North and South Carolina. From my early days studying at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Amahl has had a special place in my heart. While at UNCG I got to work with the late Dr. William McIver, renowned vocal pedagogue. Dr. McIver was the second boy to sing the role of Amahl. He was 12 years old and had the privilege to work under the composers direction. The story is about disability (Amahl is crippled), poverty, desperation, forgiveness, healing, and salvation through Christ. Our production at First Presbyterian Kannapolis is a large undertaking for a church of this size and I am excited to have so many in the church pitching in and using their gifts whether it be with costumes, set, music, or promotion. It is my wish that this production be an outreach event to the community and beyond. The story is a wonderful ministry as it points us all to Christ and the hope He brings to the marginalized and poor. Please spread the word and invite friends who may not have heard the good news of Jesus Christ. I hope to make this a tradition at First Presbyterian. I hope to see you there!
Place: Near Bethlehem.
Time: The first century, just after the birth of Christ
Amahl, a disabled boy who can walk only with a crutch, has a problem with telling tall tales. He is sitting outside playing his shepherd’s pipe when his mother calls for him (Amahl! Amahl!). After much persuasion, he enters the house but his mother does not believe him when he tells her there is an amazing star “as big as a window” outside over their roof (O Mother You Should Go Outside; Stop Bothering Me!).
Later that night, Amahl’s mother weeps, praying that Amahl not become a beggar (Don’t Cry Mother Dear). After bedtime (From Far Away We Come), there is a knock at the door and the mother tells Amahl to go see who it is (Amahl … Yes Mother!). He is amazed when he sees three splendidly dressed kings (the Magi), one of whom is black. At first the mother does not believe Amahl, but when she goes to the door to see for herself, she is stunned. The Three Kings tell the mother and Amahl they are on a long journey to give gifts to a wondrous Child and they would like to rest at their house, to which the mother agrees (Good Evening!; Come In!), saying that all she can offer is “a cold fireplace and a bed of straw”. The mother goes to fetch firewood, and Amahl seizes the opportunity to speak with the kings. King Balthazar answers Amahl’s questions about his life as a king and asks what Amahl does. Amahl responds that he was once a shepherd, but his mother had to sell his sheep. Now, he and his mother will have to go begging. Amahl then talks with King Kaspar, who is childlike, eccentric, and a bit deaf. Kaspar shows Amahl his box of magic stones, beads, and licorice, and offers Amahl some of the candy (Are You A Real King?; This is My Box). The mother returns (Amahl, I Told You Not To Be A Nuisance!). Amahl is told to go fetch the neighbors (All These Beautiful Things; Have You Seen a Child?) so the kings may be fed and entertained properly (Shepherds! Shepherds!; Emily! Emily; Olives and Quinces; Dance of the Shepherds).
After the neighbors have left and the kings are resting, the mother attempts to steal for her son some of the kings’ gold that was meant for the Christ child (All That Gold). She is thwarted by the kings’ page. (“Thief! Thief!”) When Amahl wakes to find the page grabbing his mother, he attacks him. (“Don’t You Dare!”) Seeing Amahl’s weak defense of his mother and understanding the motives for the attempted theft, King Melchior says she may keep the gold as the Holy Child will not need earthly power or wealth to build his kingdom. (“Oh, Woman, You Can Keep That Gold”) The mother says she has waited all her life for such a king and asks the kings to take back the gold. She wishes to send a gift but has nothing to send. Amahl, too, has nothing to give the Child except his crutch. (“Oh, No, Wait”) When he offers it to the kings, his leg is miraculously healed. (“I Walk, Mother”) With permission from his mother, he leaves with the kings to see the Child and give his crutch in thanks for being healed.
Click HERE to view a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Click HERE to Print the Registration Form and return to Amy by November 29th
Join us for Wednesday Night Life beginning September 13th! Dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m., followed by Kid’s Quest and Adult Small Group at 6:15 p.m.
We will be having a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall immediately following the Wednesday Night Life supper. We need volunteers to work in teams at each packaging station. Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck. We need several strong volunteers who are able to lift 50 lb. bags throughout the event. Please let Sharon Stricker know if you are able to help in this way. The assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. The meals are shipped throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief. The food is stored easily, transported quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years. We sincerely hope that everyone will want to participate in this fun and worthwhile event! To avoid congestion at the registration tables on the night of the event, we are asking you to please register online at http://events.stophungernow.org/FirstPresKannapolis. The cost is just .29 per meal packaged. Our goal is to package 10,152 meals. In order to accomplish this goal we need to raise $2,944.08. Donations can be made online at the site listed above or you may write a check to FPC and mark it “Stop Hunger Now”.
All are invited for breakfast in the fellowship hall beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. followed by our guest speaker, Don Wehmeyer, at 9:40 a.m. Don is one of the missionaries we sponsor and we are so blessed to have him come speak for us. Click HERE to learn more about Don’s mission.
SHINE means Seek Him IN Everything! This group will include all children ages 4 through 6th grade (under age 4 will be in the nursery). SHINE will start June 7 to September 6, when Sunday school finishes for the year. It will be 10:00-10:45am. It will meet in the choir room as well as the room across the hall. This class will be led by David and Amy Hamilton, with a rotating assistant to help them. This will be a fun and engaging time of both worship and learning. There will be both signing and a time of learning. We will be Seeking Him in Everything – in Word and Song!
Who doesn’t love a good story, especially one that tells about the amazing love and healing power of Jesus! Each of us has stories to tell, even as we may struggle with feeling ordinary or not good enough. That’s what is so amazing–God meets us right where we are; and so often we know this truth personally, yet we do not share in the joy of experiencing it together. Summer Stories gives us a relaxing space to talk about the encouraging ways God works in our lives.
This is a youth and adult class (7th grade and above) that will be divided by gender. It will meet at 10:00-10:45am on Sunday mornings, from June 21 to September 6. The Women’s Group will meet in the Drummond room, and the Men’s Group will meet in the Session room.
It’s time to register for our upcoming VBS, Camp Courageous—
Equipping for Life, where your child will learn that following Jesus leads to
the good life…the genuine Christian life. The life changing journey takes
place at First Presbyterian on June 21 – 24 from 5:45 to 8:00 p.m. You don’t want to miss it!
Hope to see you there!
Click the link below to access the registration form. Fill it in, print it out, and return to FPC, 201 Vance Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081 today!
FPC will have a Maundy Thursday/Tenebrae service on April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. All are invited to attend!