Vol. XXXI No. 5
First Presbyterian Church
Kannapolis, North Carolina
May 2009 Kannapolis, North Carolina
Our mission is to know Christ, to serve Him, and to make Him known.
Busy Month Offers Activities for All Ages!
As usual, there is a lot going on in May. lives by his own rules. As they prepare to
No matter who you are, you’re going to find enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s father
something interesting, and something you’ll asks his son to try an experiment: The Love
want to bring friends to enjoy with you! Dare. But is it too late to rescue the
Be sure and read all through this marriage?
Forecast, mark your calendar, and invite Following the film, the church will
some friends! provide a pizza and salad supper and a
time for informal discussion. A nursery
and children’s program also will be
F ir e p r o o f Movie provided.
Especially for Couples
First Presbyterian will present a free
showing of the exciting film Fireproof on Informal Worship &
Sunday, May 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the
Forec ast is published Fellowship Hall. All married couples and
monthly by those in committed relationships are
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Sunday, May 31 is Pentecost Sunday,
201 Vance Street
encouraged to come view this exciting
movie starring Kirk Cameron about a the traditional birthday of the Christian
Kannapolis, NC 28081
firefighter and a marriage important enough Church. This year, we will celebrate with a
to save. special Hymn Sing and Informal
We are located at the south end Worship Service at 10:55 a.m., followed
of Cannon Village.
Fireproof was created by the same folks
The church office is open who produced Facing the Giants. Although by a church-wide lunch.
Monday through Friday, playing in only 1,000 theaters nationwide in
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
September 2008, the movie opened at No.
4, remained in the top 10 for three weeks,
www.FirstPresb.org and was No. 11 for two more weeks. This
made it one of the top grossing independent (Continued on Page 2)
Dr. Joe Crawford
Pastor films of the year. The book, The Love Dare,
originally a plot device, became the No. 1
Kris Edscorn bestseller on the New York Times paperback Inside this Issue!
Director of Ministries
for Church Growth advice list.
and Forecast Editor From the Pastor: Encouragement . . . . . 2
KEdscorn@FirstPresb.org Children’s 100th Birthday Party . . . . . . . 3
Dr. Don Simmons Grades 6-8 Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Director of Music/Organist
JOY Group Picnic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Music Ministry Recognition . . . . . . . . . . 4
Mike & Cheryl Lange
Youth Ministry Directors The story involves Captain Caleb Holt Bible Teaching Association Dinner . . . . 4
email@example.com (Cameron), who lives by the old MS Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
First Presbyterian is a firefighter’s adage: Never leave your HIS-story: Mr. Bill Goodnight . . . . . . . . 5
congregation of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
partner behind. However, at home and in
his marriage to Catherine (Erin Bethea), he
Encouragement—The Help Everyone Needs!
“Let us not give up 3. Most people can tell when someone has faith in them.
meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let
us encourage one another...” Hebrews 10:25 An Epidemic of Hope
What do you think everyone in our community needs? Do you have someone who brings hope into your life?
You probably can list any number of things. But what kind Are you a person who brings encouragement to others? Is
of help does every one of us need in times of challenge, there someone within your reach that is standing in a cold
stress and difficulty? One that I know for sure is this . . . bucket of troubles, discouragement and frustration? What
encouragement. if each of us decided we would not let a day go by
An experiment was conducted years ago to measure without sincerely encouraging at least three people?
people’s capacity to endure pain. Psychologists measured Perhaps we could create an epidemic of hope—a good
how long a barefooted person could stand in a bucket of virus that progressively infects more and more people with
cold water. They found that one factor made it possible for practical deeds and words encouragement. Actually, this
some people to stand in the ice water longer than others. is what those who claim the name of Christian are already
Can you guess what that factor was? It was called to do.
encouragement. When another person was present, giving “Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you
support and encouragement, the sufferers could endure the will fulfill the law of Christ.” - Galatians 6:1-2 “To bear
pain much longer than their un-encouraged counterparts. one another's burdens simply means to help each other
along. If you see someone leaning, prop them up; if you
Giving Others Faith in Themselves see them stumble, help them get their footing; if they fall,
When a person feels encouraged, they can face the pick them up.”
impossible and overcome incredible adversity. As the root There’s no lack of opportunities to encourage people
of the word implies, the help we all need is courage that today. You can make an incredible difference in many
grants faith and hope. Here’s a couple of thoughts we lives! In these difficult and challenging days . . . let’s make
should all ponder: the most of it!
1. Most people don’t have faith in themselves. Praying we all may become fully engaged in the joy of
2. Most people don’t have someone who has much faith in bringing encouragement to others!
Pentecost Service (Continued from Page 1)
The service will include lots of favorite hymns, and time of great joy and thanksgiving. It was on Pentecost
some newer songs. There also will be an opportunity for that the followers of Jesus received the Holy Spirit,
folks to share what the Holy Spirit has been doing in their evidenced by tongues of fire and the sound of a rushing
lives and in the life of this congregation. And Dr. Rick wind. They then immediately took the Good News to the
Efird, a Son of the Church, will bring the message. festival streets, with three thousand people accepting
The lunch will feature a sandwich and salad bar, Christ as their Savior in that first day!
prepared by our kitchen committee. Donations will be Thus, for us too, it is a day of celebration, as we focus
accepted. on the Holy Spirit and his work in our life. And it should
Rick Efird is the son of Don & Iris. A graduate of be a time of thanksgiving, as we recognize how God’s
Bryan College, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Phoenix spirit has led to the harvesting of soul’s for his kingdom.
University, Rick has been the lead Pastor at Desert Springs Plan to join with us in this wonderful day of rejoicing!
Bible Church in Phoenix, Arizona since 1986. Dress will be casual. We do encourage the
Pentecost is a Jewish feast, marking 50 days from the congregation to wear red, the traditional color of Pentecost
Passover Feast. In the Jewish culture of Palestine, it was (symbolizing the tongues of fire?).
a time of celebrating the conclusion of the grain harvest–a
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Children’s 100th Birthday Party
Our Centennial Celebration turns its focus on the may bring friends too!
children this month. As they conclude the program “year”
for Discovery Club and our Wonderful Wednesday Discovery Club Recognition on May 10
program, the children will celebrate with a 100th Birthday We have completed our third wonderful year of
Party for the Church on Wednesday, May 6. Discovery Club! About 25 children were enrolled, from
The Party will take place age 3 through 5th Grade, and on many weeks we had about
from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. If the 20 children in attendance. Another twelve or so youth
weather is nice, meet on the were involved in the FUEL Study for Grades 6-8. We
playground. Otherwise, meet greatly appreciate our wonderful Discovery Club Staff:
in the Fellowship Hall. Debby B., Alpha B., Judy D. G., and Luanne W., who
Activities will include made this program such a crowd pleaser!
games from 1909 and We will recognize the children and staff in
those that involve Discovery Club and their accomplishments this year
“100.” All children are during the 10:55 a.m. Worship Service on Sunday, May
invited to come, even if they 10.
have not been participating in Discovery Club. And they
Grades 6-8 Go Racing
The Grades 6-8 Group will spend an afternoon at going to the Great Escape Middle School Conference at
the NASCAR Speed Park at Concord Mills on Sunday, Western Carolina University on June 28-July 2. The Great
May 3. Bring a change of clothes to church–departure will Escape is the oldest conference for Middle School youth
be right after worship. Bring $ for rides and fast food in the United States, and is put on by Youth Conference
lunch. V i s i t w w w . N A S C AR S p e e d P a r k . c om/ Ministries, an arm of Presbyterians for Renewal. The
ConcordPricing.html for information on ticket prices. deadline to register is also Sunday, May 3. Please see
Please let the Langes know in advance if you plan to go Emily for more information. Checks for the $90 deposit,
(704-644-0044). or for the full student amount of $156 should be made out
to “First Presbyterian Church” and designated “Great
Great Escape Registration Deadline Escape Conference.”
Emily G. is coordinating a group of Grades 6-8 youth
Seniors Head to Country for Spring Picnic!
John & Brenda Gail R. have invited the JOY Group In case of rain, the event
for a picnic at their home on Saturday, May 16, will be moved to the Fellowship
beginning at 4:30 p.m. All Seniors and Retirees are Hall. The R’s live way out
invited to come along! Please bring a covered dish. The Centergrove Road. Meet at the
R’s will furnish the tea. church at 4:00 p.m. to caravan
to their house.
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Music Ministry Honored on Bible Teaching Dinner Coming
May 17 Up!
We have experienced a wonderful year in our music The Kannapolis Bible Teaching Association’s
ministry with beautiful seasonal musicals and special Annual Dinner is Monday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the
music by both the Kidz Khoir and Chancel Choir. Shoe Show headquarters on Trinity Church Road. If you
Our Director of Music, Don Simmons, wishes to take are interested in attending this event, please see Steve G.
a few minutes during the May 17 or Bill J.
Worship Service to recognize the
accomplishments of our music
volunteers. Let us join
together in expressing our
gratitude to these hard-
MS Walk Comes to Kannapolis!
The Cabarrus County Multiple Sclerosis Walk is of our congregation are affected with MS, including
Saturday, May 9, here in Kannapolis. Registration is at Briana L. and Charles S. Recently Kannapolis and the NC
8:00 a.m., and the walk steps off at 9:00. It is a 3-mile Research Campus became a hotspot for MS news. David
loop, beginning and ending at the North Carolina Murdock, with the help of Charlotte businessman and
Research Campus, and going on the new 8th Street philanthropist Herman Stone, established a fund to finance
Greenway, Bakers Creek Park and Greenway, and Cannon a research team on the campus that will specifically study
Village. You may pre-register to walk with “Briana’s the disease. A top geneticist and MS expert from Duke
Team” online at the MS Society’s website University, Dr. Simon Gregory, is being brought in to lead
(nationalmssociety.org), using the password “Briana,” or the research. He will build on a recent discovery that links
by contacting Brian or Kathi L. “Briana’s Team” t-shirts a specific gene to MS. His research will seek to determine
in “Wonder green” are also available for $6. what environmental factors trigger the gene to cause the
Several of our members and extended family members disease.
Coming July 19-22
Vacation Bible School
Where Fearless Kids Shine God’s Light
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NOTE: At the request of the would take up offerings to buy the Bibles, then we'd get
Centennial Task Force, long time together to wrap and mail them. I have, also, been a part of
members of First Presbyterian the Men of the Church.
Church have been interviewed so
Describe the church buildings when you attended this
that current members of the
church. How have they changed?
church may learn more
They have changed enormously!! The old church was
about the faith journey of
never finished. It had a temporary roof. I can remember
that person, the history of
opening windows with chains attached because we did not
the church and of that
have air conditioning. Everybody had hand fans to try to
period of time. The
keep cool and in the winter it was pretty cold. The old
Centennial Task Force
church was torn down because state laws wouldn't let you
appreciates members who have so willingly shared
remodel or add on to it. There was no steel support. I
intimate and personal details with us to the glory of God.
remember the G. brothers, Ray, Aubrey and Ralph, along
In Psalm 78 it is explained so well, “…we will tell the next
with Herman S., helped tear it down.
generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power
and the wonders He has done…so the next generation What are your first memories of church life? Describe
would know them, even the children yet to be born, and a typical Sunday at church when you were young.
they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put We were always expected to be at church and Sunday
their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but School. I can't ever remember playing “hookie.” I wouldn't
would keep His commands.” dare. Our Boys S. S. Class was downstairs in the basement
~ Judy D. G., Centennial Task Force Chair of the old church. Some of the boys I remember were Gip
W., Sonny W., Don E. and the McK. twins. Between
Bill G. Sunday School and church the men would gather under a
Interviewed - April 2009 Carolina Poplar tree to talk. The younger boys liked to
play on the iron rails in front of the church. Our family
What is your full name? always liked to sit on the back pew on the right side of the
BILL GIBSON G. (Son of Jim and Eula G.) church.
When did you come to this church? How old were you? What were some memorable events in the life of the
Were you baptized in this church? church in your early years here?
My dad's family (Mr. & Mrs. H. H. G.) were members of Vacation Bible School was always held in the morning for
Bethpage Presbyterian Church which is the mother church two weeks during the summer. I don't remember the
of First Presbyterian. Dad grew up in that church and was church having picnics in the early years, but they are good
probably baptized there. I can remember they said it would now. We always looked forward to Christmas programs
take about an hour to get to church by horseback. My and especially the “Christmas pokes” filled with fruit and
grandparents are buried at Bethpage. It was after Mom and candy. It made everybody feel special.
Dad married at Organ Lutheran Church, where mother I can't remember being too involved with youth
grew up, that they became members at First Presbyterian meetings and I was never in the Boy Scouts, but my
Church, so, this is where I grew up and was baptized here. brother Jack and I had a friend, Oscar B., who was a scout
in another church. Our only scouting adventure was with
What positions have you held in the church? In what his troop when a group of boys met at the Concord
organizations and ministries of the church have you Armory and were bussed to Lake Waccamaw for a whole
been involved? week. It rained the whole time. We slept in pup tents and
When we had Deacons and Elders I served on the Board of cooked out of doors. Everything was soaking wet all week
Deacons. I have always been active in Sunday School . . . all our clothes . . . everything. When we got back to the
since a child. We are members of the Walter Goodman Armory we couldn’t get in touch with our parents because
Sunday School Class. The class had a project of sending we didn’t have a telephone. We walked along the road
Bibles to children in Africa in answer to some letters from the Armory to the hospital and then walked the
written to the “Good Man” Sunday School Class. We railroad to Kannapolis. That was at least ten miles to get
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home. Besides all that, that was my first trip away from I had to unload and warehouse essential supplies to be
home as a young boy. airlifted over the Berlin wall for military and civilians.
As far as weddings, I remember when my sister, There w as a lot of the trouble in Germany the U. S. didn’t
Carolyn, was married to Tom S. by Rev. Fain, the preacher hear about. We couldn't communicate then like we do now
then. Mary Iris Goodman played for the wedding and I was but we knew our people were praying.
the one that had to take her back to Charlotte after the
How do you feel the church has changed in the years
you have been a member?
Do you have a favorite memory about a pastor, church We don’t have evangelistic services like we used to, but I
leader, Sunday School teacher, Boy Scout leader? think our people are a lot more friendly.
Preacher Goodman was like family to all of us. He visited Another thing, when we were growing up we had
in homes a lot. special clothes for school, another kind of clothes for work
and different clothes to wear to church. It's different now.
Why are you Presbyterian? Why are you a member of
Kannapolis First Presbyterian Church? In your Do you have a favorite hymn? Bible Passage?
opinion what makes us different from other My favorite hymn is Onward Christian Soldiers. It's kind
denominations? of like the military. We need to carry out the orders. God's
My Parents raised us in the Presbyterian Church. They ways are not our ways. He is the Pilot of this world.
loved this church. They did not teach or anything like that, The Bible passage I like is the Twenty Third Psalm.
but they were faithful and loyal and worked hard as the
Were there any special awards given at church? Did
Caretakers of the church for years, looking after both the
you receive them?
inside and outside yardwork. They wanted our church to
When the church gave out perfect attendance awards for
be well kept and took pride in doing that.
Sunday School I received fifteen awards for perfect
The way we are different is our form of government.
I think Presbyterians have a better form of government
than most other denominations. What is the funniest thing a child or grown-up ever did
What have been the significant events - good and bad -
Daddy expected us to be good with no foolishness. He said
in the life and history of the church and how did we
that we were to be seen and not heard.
I was in church when Pearl Harbor happened. That was a If you could pass on one special thought or memory
low day. Later after World War II, I went into the U. S. about Kannapolis First Presbyterian Church what
Army Air Force, June of 1948, and served 3 years in would you like to pass on to others?
Germany as a Supply Technician. Germany had been I believe in Jesus Christ and the Word of God. You don't
divided and Berlin became a divided city. Russians have to understand it, but you need to believe the Word of
controlled East Berlin and Allied Forces controlled the God. Our church is a special place. The church is a family
Western part. The Russians blocked passage into the area . . . a body of believers who belong to Christ.
controlled by the Allied Forces, so, as a Supply Technician Don't look back . . . look forward!
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