Sunday, August 25, 2019
Rev. Steve Clark preaching
"Grace in the Gap"
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.
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 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
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 worldvision.org or water.org.
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!!!
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 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, &
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!
Click here for our
Thursday, Aug. 22
Friday, Aug. 23
Sunday, Aug. 25
Rev. Steve Clark
in the Sanctuary
Deacon-in-Charge: Steve Studer
Jorgensen, Melanie Slezak
Flower Delivery: Rick Rudolph
Monday, Aug. 26
Wednesday, Aug. 28
9:30am: Mug &
Dining Room East
Friday, Aug. 30
Preschool & Church
Sunday, Sept. 1
Rev. Steve Clark
preaching; Deacons' Fund offering
in the Sanctuary
Deacon-in-Charge: Paul Pringle
Crock, Terry Lynch
Flower Delivery: Ron McKinney
Monday, Sept. 2
Church Office & Preschool
Tuesday, Sept. 3
FH Breakfast Closet delivery
9:30am: EDR South
Wednesday, Sept. 4
First day -
9:30am: Mug &
Board mtg (JR)
7:30pm: Deacons (SL)
LORD is near to all those who call on God,
to all that call on the Holy One
All those around the world in
need of access to clean water.
Prayers of support & strength
mother Jackie - preparing
to leave her home of 54 years to move from CA to AZ to live near
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
Preschool Dir. Pat Armbruster as
she & her family continue to mourn death of her husband
Prayers of healing for:
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
Liz Rowe's co-worker Angela
- suffered a stroke.
of rejoicing for:
Steve Clark's first Sunday in the
pulpit; special music w/ Bob Reuther, Bob Brown & Matthew
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
with Walter Brueggemann
Suns., Sept. 8 -
9:30-10:20am, Jessie's Room