Join us for an Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15th from 10:30am-12:00pm on the playground of First Presbyterian Church, Kannapolis. Together we will reflect on Jesus’ resurrection, share refreshments, make crafts, play games and enjoy an egg hunt. The egg hunt will start promptly at 11:00am. Mark your calendars and invite a friend! If weather is uncooperative that day we will move our celebration into the Fellowship Hall.
On Good Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7 pm, The Chancel Choir, instrumentalists, and soloists will present The Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois. The choir has been working on this Lenten Cantata since January, and the drama and urgency in the musical score has a sweeping sound that takes us into the middle of Christ’s passion. I have performed this work a few times and those who hear it are often moved to tears by the melodies and dramatic flair that enhance our understanding of Christ’s suffering on Good Friday. The seven last words of Christ or seven sayings of Jesus on the cross are a traditional collection of short phrases uttered by Jesus at his crucifixion immediately before he died, gathered from the four Gospels.
Theodore Dubois was born in France in 1837. He spent most of his life in Paris, where he studied at the Paris Conservatory. While he was not recognized as one of the great musicians of his time, he was highly respected by his more famous counterparts, including Franz Liszt (who gave him musical encouragement), Cesar Franck, and Camille Saint-Saens. Dubois was the organist and choirmaster at the Church of St. Clotilde in Paris (where Cesar Franck also served at one time) when he wrote the “Seven Last Words of Christ.” This composition was first performed in 1867 for the Good Friday service at the Church of St. Clotilde. The original French title is Les Septs Paroles du Christ. You will be happy to know that we are singing it in English.
Please tell friends and family, and consider inviting someone new to church for this special service.
There will be a 6:30 pm Ash Wednesday service on February 10, as Lent begins. We will also begin our “40 Days of Prayer” in which each person is invited to pray for two friends who are not part of a church family and invite them on Easter Sunday (March 27). Click on the card below to print it out, fill in and pray for your two friends throughout Lent.
What is it?
When Jesus was born, wise men travelled from the East to visit him. Following a star, they came to the town of Bethlehem and when they found him, they were overwhelmed with joy. The Bible then tells us, “On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Luke 2:11)
From the very first Christmas, simply being in Jesus’ presence has always brought great joy. And with that joy – being with the King of Kings – there is often an irresistible urge to celebrate him, to bring him gifts and to give thanks for the gift of life.
This year we are celebrating the birth of Jesus by showering him with praise and gifts in a new way: we are giving him a baby shower. What could be a more appropriate way to celebrate the birth of the Divine Child? If you’ve never heard of a “Baby Shower for Jesus Tree,” neither have we. The missions team made it up. …But it sure sounds like fun to us!
How does it work?
It is much easier than an angel tree. The “Baby Shower for Jesus Tree” will be in the foyer outside the sanctuary. The process is very simple: take a tag off the tree, and go buy the gift. The tags will be either blue or pink for a boy or a girl, and they will either list an item (such as a bib or diapers) or give the chance to write a check (such as for $5 or $10). Then, simply place the unwrapped item under the tree on or before Christmas Eve (earlier is preferred). Or, if it’s money, simply put it in the offering plate or give to the front office (if the office door is locked, there is a mail slot in the office door that may be used). That’s it! No paperwork; no lists; no wrapping. Gifts will be collected through (and including) Christmas Eve. There will be a special offering Christmas Eve as well.
Where does it go?
These Baby Shower gifts will help pregnant women, including teenagers, and their newborn babies. We are doing this in partnership with the Cabarrus Women’s Center (formerly known as the Crisis Pregnancy Center). They offer free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and STD testing to women facing unplanned pregnancies in the Cabarrus/Rowan Region. They have already surpassed their 2015 goal of 120 babies by assisting 195 pregnant women by the end of October. It has been a very fruitful year and they are thankful for the grace of God.
Simply put, we are celebrating life in the Name of the One who is the Author of Life. If you have any questions, please see Renée Goodnight, Sharon Stricker or find the CWC online at www.friendsofcwc.com.
Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday, Jesus!
The church has received many positive comments about Summer Stories that became our Sunday School hour during the summer months of 2015. At this time we shared our stories to build a closer relationship among the church family and to grow closer to God in our faith. Because these stories were so well-received, a booklet of Autumn Stories is being released to the members. Autumn Stories are stories that came from long-time member interviews during our Centennial Year. Some of these members have gone on to their heavenly reward. Because this seems such a fitting time to review our stories, they are being made available to all in the church who are interested. Click here to view and/or print the .pdf document, or you may purchase a hard copy from the church office at a cost of $7.00 each. A copy will be given to the History Room and one placed in the church office if you would like to review it before downloading a copy or purchasing one. Please call Terri Pruett, Judy D. Goodnight, or the church office for more information. We hope you enjoy Autumn Stories.
Operation Christmas Shoebox – It’s the time of year that we start gathering supplies for our shoeboxes while supplies are on sale! This year we will pack the most boxes ever! Please bring items such as toiletries, crayons, markers, small note pads, small games, etc. and place in the bin outside the fellowship hall. Complete lists are available outside the sanctuary and fellowship hall or by clicking HERE. Please note that we do not need anymore toothbrushes, tooth paste, or shoe boxes and please do not donate liquids, lotions, and food. If you don’t have time to shop for items, you may donate money and we’ll shop for you. Also each box costs $7.00 to ship so any donations would be greatly appreciated! The boxes will be packed Nov. 11.
FPC will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, August 3rd from 2:00 pm until 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Sign up sheets to assist at the blood drive will be in the Narthex of the church on Sunday morning. We need several volunteers for the sign in desk and the canteen. Donors will be building their own ice cream sundaes! Donor sign up sheets will also be in the narthex on Sunday or you can register online at www.redcrossblood.org. Be sure to select First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis as several other Presbyterian churches are having drives about the same time. ALL donors are welcome! Come and bring a friend or neighbor.