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July 11, 2019

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

Sunday, July 14, 2019
Rev. Kathie S. Pownall preaching

This Sunday we will worship God with a special celebration of song. We will also be sending Elizabeth on her way with joyful hearts for a job well done and with best wishes for her next challenge. It seems only appropriate that we use music as our avenue of commemoration. It has the power to touch our hearts, lift our spirits, and bring us closer together and closer to God's glorious presence.

In the scriptures, we will remember the way the Ark of the Covenant [2 Samuel 6:1-5] brought rejoicing from David and company. And with our voices, as stated in Psalm 95, we will kneel before God and remember that we are the people of God's pasture and the flock under God's care. 


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, and organist/accompanist Jeff DeVault, all under the leadership of Minister of Music 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, and our summer guest musicians 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 replenishment.
Please join me in making a contribution to keep this ministry vibrant.

Carol Haas, Chair
Worship & Music Committee


Mission Committee "Living Waters"
Providing and looking for opportunities
to preserve and protect our watershed.



by Global Water Alliance | Jul 21, 2018

10 Shocking Facts About Plastic Pollution

FACT #1: 8.3 BILLION Metric Tons (9.1 BILLION US Tons) of plastic has been produced since plastic was introduced in the 1950s. The amount of plastic produced in a year is roughly the same as the entire weight of humanity.
FACT #2: Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).
FACT #3: 91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. And since most plastics don’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, all that plastic waste could exist for hundreds or even thousands of years.
FACT #4: 500 MILLION plastic straws are used EVERY DAY in America. That’s enough to circle the Earth twice.
FACT #5: Nearly TWO MILLION single-use plastic bags are distributed worldwide every minute.
FACT #6: 100 BILLION plastic bags are used by Americans every year. Tied together, they would reach around the Earth’s equator 773 times.
FACT #7: ONE MILLION plastic bottles are bought EVERY MINUTE around the world — and that number will top half a TRILLION by 2021. Less than half of those bottles end up getting recycled.
FACT #8: 8 MILLION METRIC TONS of plastic winds up in our oceans each year. That’s enough trash to cover every foot of coastline around the world with five full trash bags of plastic…compounding every year.
FACT #9: There is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way.
FACT #10: If plastic production isn’t curbed, plastic pollution will outweigh fish pound for pound by 2050.


Hopefully, the thought of plastic outweighing fish in the ocean by 2050 or the fact that every piece of plastic ever made still exists today, will catapult you into action. The Plastic Free July website  has made it easy to start making changes in your daily routine. They’ve even made a Choose Your Challenge list and posted actions in order of ease and popularity as well as biggest impact so your plan can be well thought out.

Potluck to Celebrate our
Time with Elizabeth
This Sunday, July 14

Join us in a celebration to honor Pastor Elizabeth Lyman - and bring a dish to share! We'll gather in Fellowship Hall after the service to say 'thank you' for the service, energy, dedication, leadership, and so much more that she has given to us. Come and enjoy good food (whatever y'all bring), fellowship, a little music, and a good time. Any help with set up and clean up would be greatly appreciated, of course.


Our outstanding Chancel Choir sings regularly in Sunday services September-May. During the summer, they receive a well-deserved respite. We traditionally use this time to foster our own talented musicians with solo and small ensemble opportunities, while also welcoming some highly accomplished professional and aspiring young guest artists. It is our hope and belief that this enhances our ministry and worship experience. The Chancel Choir will resume weekly rehearsals and their regular role as worship music leaders in early September. Until then, enjoy our featured artists!

July 14 - Old-Time Hymn Sing w/ Summer Choir


Collection for 
Hanover Food Pantry
Sunday, July 14

Concord youth will be volunteering at Hanover Food Pantry on Thurs., July 18 & we would like to take along donations to help stock the shelves. If you would like to contribute, please bring your donations of canned goods & staples to church this Sunday, July 14 & place them in the basket in the Narthex. Hanover Food Pantry offers temporary relief to hungry people in times of crisis.


Concord VBS
July 29-August 2, 9:00am-noon
Children ages 3-9

Registration forms for VBS are available online at or in the Church Office. For more info, contact Christina Pressley, Dir. of Children & Youth Ministries.

If you would like to donate to snacks for VBS, please write your check to Concord Church, memo: 'VBS snacks' & place in the offering.

Coming up at Concord!
here for our
monthly calendar 

Friday, July 12
Church Office closed

Sunday, July 14
Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing, Farewell Lunch for Elizabeth - Rev. Kathie Pownall preaching. Food collection for Hanover Food Pantry.
10:30am: Worship in the Sanctuary
11:30am: Farewell Potluck Lunch (FH)
Deacon-in-Charge: Steve Studer
Liturgist: Nancy Tucker
Ushers: Terry Lynch, Dan Voelker

Flower Delivery: John Barineau

Monday, July 15
Church Office closed
9:00am: Diaspora Prayer

Wednesday, July 17
9:30am: Mug & Muffin (SL)

Thursday, July 18
7:45am: Youth Group (Hanover Food Pantry)

Friday, July 19
Church Office closed

Sunday, July 21
Sister BJ Brown preaching
10:30am: Worship in the Sanctuary
Deacon-in-Charge: Jim Silvius
Liturgist: Raven Studer
Ushers: Troy Gehret, Jan Moore

Flower Delivery: Troy Gehret

Monday, July 22
Church Office closed
9:00am: Diaspora Prayer

Wednesday, July 24
9:30am: Mug & Muffin (SL)


Children's Sermon
July 7, 2019


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 of condolence for:
AT Moffett & family - mourning recent death of her father.
Preschool Director Pat Armbruster & family - husband Chuck Armbruster died June 25; burial today.
Rev. John Riley & family (First Pres. - Smyrna) - death of mother last week.

Prayers of gratitude:
For our Pastor Nominating Committee for their long journey of discernment and nomination of our new pastor.
For the worship service on Sunday - Christina Pressley for an active children's sermon about self-care (see photos) and Edee Fenimore for her sermon on crab cakes & celebration of the Lord's Supper. 

Prayers of comfort & strength for: 
Mary Hunter - two recent strokes & seizures in May. Recovery not going well. Prayers also for Jim.

Preschool teacher Monica Brennan & family, especially her son Ricky.
Our new pastor Steve Clark a
s he prepares for a new chapter in his life and ours.
Prayers of healing for:

Gerry Crock - hospitalized last week but now home, a bit weak & tired.
Former member Faith Kelley - Wilmington Hospital with an aneurysm.
Elizabeth as she continues her recovery from knee replacement June 25 - pain lessening, has 'turned a corner.'
Betty Bates - recovering at Kentmere Rehab following hospitalization due to infection.
Carol Lind - continuing PT for 'dropped foot' as a result of her back surgery. Has caused several falls.
Richard Harding - broken ankle.

Rev. Bruce Gillette, former co-pastor of Limestone - diagnosed with acute leukemia. Hospitalized in Rochester, NY for extensive chemotherapy.

Prayers of rejoicing for:
Bill & Betty Bates -
 celebrating birthdays this month.

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:


Tues. - Thurs., 10am-3pm
Closed Mon. & Fri.

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