New Seal for Cedar Grove embraces Church History and Service

New SealIn celebration of the church’s 150th anniversary, Cedar Grove Presbyterian is proud to introduce a new seal that represents the fabric of Cedar Grove’s story.

The root meaning of “church,” from the Greek word “ekklesia” (ecclesia), is defined as "an assembly" or "called - out ones;” much more than a building.  Since 1867, Cedar Grove’s leadership and membership has been a part of North Carolina -- and United States -- history in many ways.  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.  

How befitting, then, to acknowledge this journey with a permanent symbol.  It illustrates the essence of individuals who, with God’s help, have made a difference during their time on this earth.  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.”