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July 18, 2019

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

Sunday, July 21, 2019
Sister Barbara Jean Brown preaching

Hospitality is at the heart of God’s life, and it is one of the major characteristics of those created in God’s image... that is us!  Join us this Sunday as we welcome Sister BJ Brown, retired director of the Interfaith Resource Center and frequent leader of our adult education classes, to our pulpit to explore just what hospitality means in in today's world.


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


From Farewell Celebration for Pastor Elizabeth Lyman - Sunday, July 14

To my Concord Family,
Words cannot express how deeply I was moved by your gracious goodbye at last Sunday's service. All of it will stay close in my heart. Whenever I wear the stole, I will think of Concord and its beautiful people.

In Christ,

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 21 - Jeff DeVault, organ/piano; Jenny Godowsky, soprano sax; Bob Brown, percussion; Christina & Matthew Pressley, keyboards


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

For more info, contact
Christina Pressley, Director of
Children's & 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.


Epiphany House
Service Opportunity!

Epiphany House is a transitional housing program run by Friendship House. The program provides a secure, supportive, & 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. Judy & Torill have now stepped down & we are hopeful there will be 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.



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

Coming up at Concord!
here for our
monthly calendar 

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)

Friday, July 26
Church Office closed
9:30am: EDR East
5:30pm: Epiphany House dinner

Sunday, July 28
Rev. Jessica MacMillan - Connectional Presbyter preaching
10:30am: Worship in the Sanctuary
Deacon-in-Charge: Steve Studer
Liturgist: Carol Haas
Ushers: Cynthia & Jim Miller

Flower Delivery: Gerry Crock

Monday, July 29
VBS, Church Office closed
9:00am: Vacation Bible School (FH)
9:00am: Diaspora Prayer

Tuesday, July 30
9:00am: Vacation Bible School (FH)

Wednesday, July 31
9:00am: Vacation Bible School (FH)
9:30am: Mug & Muffin (SL)


Pacem in Terris Summer Film & Discussion Series
Tues., July 23 - 6:30pm

St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
1301 N. Broom St.
Wilmington, DE 19806

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds - the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

Free and open to the public.
For info, visit

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:
Preschool teacher Jen Halligan - death of her sister.
Marj Johnson's friend Joanne - son died in climbing accident in CO.

Prayers of gratitude:
For Pastor Elizabeth and the gifts she has shared with us - it has been a blessing to have her with us these past two years.
Our new pastor Steve Clark as he prepares for a new chapter in his life and ours.
From Elizabeth for all the cards, calls, meals, ice & dog walkers. She has turned a corner & her knee is much less painful.

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.
Betty Bates -
rehabbing in Kentmere following hospital stay. Also for son Rob Bates who would appreciate rides to visit her (302-478-3971).
Cynthia Miller's sister-in-law - dementia.
Colleague of Nancy Tucker - wife now in hospice.
Gerry Crock's friend Addie - multiple health issues.
Prayers of healing for:

Former member Faith Kelley - recovering at home following hospitalization for aneurysm.
Carol Lind - will be fitted with a brace to improve her "dropped" foot. Has caused several falls.
Marc Housley, Elizabeth's nephew - non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Former pastor Neta Pringle - fall resulting in badly twisted knee.
Richard Harding - broken ankle.

Rev. Bruce Gillette, former co-pastor of Limestone - acute leukemia. Hospitalized for extensive chemotherapy.

Prayers of rejoicing for:
Vacation Bible School -
beginning July 29.
Heloise Osborn - recently retired & will be celebrating 50th wedding anniversary later this summer.
The Lunds - Wesley's Special Olympics swim team wore red bracelets in memory of Wesley, then sent them to Dottie & Al.
Kay & Alan Jewett - spent a week babysitting grandchildren.
Kathie Pownall - had opportunity to visit with Gabbie & Steve & her granddaughter Eden.
Sally Coulson's grandson came over to visit & clean up her yard.

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:

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