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Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church Celebrates 150 Years

Nov 10, 2017 05:56PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Courtesy of the Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church website.

This Sunday November 12th, 2017, Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church will celebrate 150 years. 

As a large part of the history within the community, Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church is also one of the oldest African-American Presbyterian Churches in the United States. It was also one of the first churches in Cabarrus County. They were founded in 1867.

Courtesy of the Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church website.

To celebrate this milestone, a new seal was created. "In celebration of the church’s 150th anniversary," its website states. "Cedar Grove Presbyterian is proud to introduce a new seal that represents the fabric of Cedar Grove’s story."

This new seal represents this history, as well as its notable presence and impact in the community. "Among countless others, Cedar Grove has been the spiritual home to the first African-American Chief Assistant Clerk in the U.S. House of Representatives, one of the first Montford Point Marines, numerous honorable veterans, one of the first African-American students to attend Cabarrus County Public Schools and other champions of education," the website says.

The seal features nine key elements:

  • Olive wreath – Conveys victory.
  • Shield – Signifies protection; trust in the Lord’s protection.  Also refers to salvation, faith and safety.
  • Ribbon/Banner – Presents the name of Cedar Grove with distinction.
  • Cross – Serves as an anchor for the design, as the symbol of our risen Lord’s sacrifice is the anchor of the church itself.
  • Center circle – Highlights Cedar Grove’s 150 years of existence.
  • Nation's Capitol – Represents contributions to U.S. history, including the first African-American Chief Assistant Clerk in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Military – Underscores the commitment to protect and preserve North Carolina and the United States through local and national military service ever since African-Americans were first permitted to enlist.
  • Education – Corresponds to an abiding legacy of the importance of education.  A heritage of connections to local Historically Black Colleges and Universities; courageous students integrating schools in the 1960’s; outstanding leadership in training youth; and learning institutions as namesakes of distinguished educators.
  • Love – Characterizes the West African adinkra (or visual symbol) for the power of love, independence, freedom and emancipation.  “Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan” literally means, “Love never loses its way home.”
The 150th celebration will be held at the Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church, 105 Odell School Road in Concord, at 11am. Reverend Edward Newberry, former Pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, will be the guest speaker to commemorate the moment. There will be an anniversary dinner following the service as well as a celebration. 

Congratulations on 150 years! 

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