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August 22, 2019

Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Rev. Steve Clark preaching
"Grace in the Gap"
Romans 7:15-8:4

It can be a source of both frustration and confusion that we are never able to fully live the kind of life God intends for us - or even the life we dream of living as we follow Christ. One way of thinking about God's work in our lives is that this gap between "Ought" and "Is" is exactly the place where the Spirit of Christ brings the gift of transforming grace.


  Mission Committee "Living Waters"


     We’ve been focusing on tips to help preserve, protect, and conserve water locally. While we are enjoying our easy and abundant access to safe drinking water, let’s be mindful about the current global water crisis. 
     Water is essential to life, yet 844 million people in the world - 1 in 9 - lack access to it.159 million people depend on surface water to meet their basic needs. Women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water every day. Additionally, more than 800 children under age 5 die from diarrhea attributed to poor water and sanitation every day.
   Currently, the world's second-most populous country is running out of water. About 100 million people across India are on the front lines of a nationwide water crisis. A total of 21 major cities are poised to run out of groundwater next year, according to a 2018 report by government-run think tank NITI Aayog.
   According to a report by the World Economic Forum, the water crisis is the #4 global risk in terms of impact to society. If you are interested in learning more about this topic and ways you can help, please visit or


Homecoming Sunday
following worship

Reconnect as summer winds down and church activities pick up! There will be a moon bounce, music, and a potluck picnic! Fried chicken and drinks will be provided. (Sign-up sheets in Sanctuary & outside the office – let us know how many will attend and what salad, side dish, or dessert you will bring along to share.) Casual dress, serious fun!!!


Worship Music & Arts Fund

Concord is blessed to have a wonderful music program that enhances our worship experience. Most of this is provided by our Chancel Choir, Youth Choir, member instrumentalists, & organist/accompanist Jeff DeVault, all under the leadership of Matthew Pressley. However, we also benefit from the strategic use of professional musicians. The brass at Easter, the contemporary ensemble for Gospel Sunday, & Barbara Prugh’s contribution to our Veterans; Day service are all examples. Support for these additional musicians that enhance our worship life comes from the Music & Arts Fund. (The Concord Concert Fund is used exclusively for the Concert Series.) If we want to continue to experience these enhancements to our worship, the Music & Arts Fund needs to be replenished. Please consider making a contribution to keep this ministry vibrant.


Epiphany House
Service Opportunity!

Epiphany House is a transitional housing program run by Friendship House. The program provides a secure, home-like environment for women ready to work hard on their issues through a rigorous & holistic program. The goal is to help the women re-establish themselves as independent, self-supporting members of our society able to assume their responsibilities to their families, co-workers, & friends.
Concord members Judy Hayes & Torill Drury have made & shared meals with Epiphany House residents on the 4th Friday of each month for a number of years. Now they have stepped down & we are hopeful there is someone in the congregation who will feel called to step up & continue this outreach. This can be as simple as picking up pizzas to share when time is short! If you are interested in this activity, please contact Dottie Harding.

Coming up at Concord!
here for our
monthly calendar. 

Thursday, Aug. 22
7:00pm: Mission Committee (JR)

Friday, Aug. 23
5:30pm: Epiphany House Dinner

Sunday, Aug. 25
Rev. Steve Clark preaching
10:30am: Worship in the Sanctuary
Deacon-in-Charge: Steve Studer
Liturgist: Wes Diemer
Ushers: Marcie Jorgensen, Melanie Slezak

Flower Delivery: Rick Rudolph

Monday, Aug. 26
Preschool closed
9:00am: Diaspora Prayer

Wednesday, Aug. 28
Preschool closed
9:30am: Mug & Muffin (SL)
9:30am: Emmanuel Dining Room East

Friday, Aug. 30
Preschool & Church Office closed

Sunday, Sept. 1
Rev. Steve Clark preaching; Deacons' Fund offering
10:30am: Worship in the Sanctuary
Deacon-in-Charge: Paul Pringle
Liturgist: Ron McKinney
Ushers: Gerry Crock, Terry Lynch

Flower Delivery: Ron McKinney

Monday, Sept. 2
Labor Day
Church Office & Preschool closed

9:00am: Diaspora Prayer

Tuesday, Sept. 3
Preschool parent orientation
FH Breakfast Closet delivery

9:30am: EDR South

Wednesday, Sept. 4
First day - Preschool 
9:30am: Mug & Muffin (SL)
7:00pm: Joint Board mtg (JR)
7:30pm: Session (JR)
7:30pm: Deacons (SL)

The LORD is near to all those who call on God,
to all that call on the Holy One 
in truth.

Psalm 145:18

Prayers for:
All those around the world in need of access to clean water.

Prayers of support & strength for: 

Steve Clark's mother Jackie - preparing to leave her home of 54 years to move from CA to AZ to live near her daughter.
Michael Persak (adult son of Paul & Maria) - prayers for a sense of direction in his life.
David Lockhart, Susy Greene's brother - receiving palliative chemotherapy but experiencing pain.
Preschool Dir. Pat Armbruster as she & her family continue to mourn death of her husband Chuck.
Prayers of healing for:

Lesley Swanson, Priscilla's daughter & caregiver - fall resulting in broken shoulder.
Betty Bates - back in Kentmere after hospital stay. No PT in hospital - bit of a setback.
Kay Jewett - cataract surgery this week. Also concerns about her mother.
Carol Lind - still in PT for dropped foot; has now received a brace and is learning to walk with a cane.
Karl Jorgensen - recovering from hip replacement surgery last week.
Gerry Crock's friend Polly - broken hip.
Liz Rowe's co-worker Angela - suffered a stroke.


Prayers of rejoicing for:
Steve Clark's first Sunday in the pulpit; special music w/ Bob Reuther, Bob Brown & Matthew Pressley.
Judy Hayes -
moving to her new residence at Maris Grove.


A Diaspora Prayer Group  prays on Mondays at 9:00am for those on the church prayer list (of which this is just a part). If you would like to add names/needs to this list and this ministry of prayer, click here:


Adult Education
Embracing the Prophets
with Walter Brueggemann

Suns., Sept. 8 - Oct. 13
9:30-10:20am, Jessie's Room

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