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March 18, 2020

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

Siloam – by Lisle Gwynn Garrity © A Sanctified Art 

The wilderness is a place of isolation; it is also a place of connection
 Lent IV - Sunday, March 22
Pastor Steve Clark preaching

For Sunday, READ John 9:1-41 and REFLECT: The disciples' question in verse 2 reflects their belief that a person's suffering, including illness, results from a sinful life. Jesus' response to the disciples indicates that they are asking the wrong question - which seems to be the Pharisees' error also. Some translations suggest Jesus is say the man's situation is part of God's plan. What do you think about either of these views? What would you want to say to the disciples, or ask them? What about Jesus; what would you want to say to him, or ask him?

About the Art (from the artist): "When I place myself in the man’s shoes, I imagine myself receiving Jesus’ command to go—to go beyond what is familiar into territory unknown; to be an active participant in my own continual healing and transformation; to surrender myself to a death of sorts, one that forces me to submerge into God’s murky and living waters so I can once again be reborn and awaken to the world with new eyes. In this image, the pool of Siloam surrounds and lures the man, like baptismal waters claiming his place in the family of things."
- Lisle Gwynn Garrity 



...for another Connects with info about participating
in "virtual" worship this Sunday.




Mug & Muffin
March 25, 10:00am

Today's Mug & Muffin via Zoom went well; we're going to do again next week at 10:00am instead of 1030. Details to follow on how to join the conversation. 


As part of the community-wide effort to limit spread of the Covid-19 virus, Concord Presbyterian is closed through the end of the month for worship and all group gatherings. We apologize for the inconvenience and pray that you stay safe in this challenging time. 

·        THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED during this time. Staff, including Margaret, will not have stated office hours and will work "off campus" most of the time. As usual, staff can still be reached via email and phone. (We'll be checking our voicemail messages on a daily basis.) If you require access to the building and do not have a key and alarm code, please leave a message on the Church Office voicemail. Margaret will contact you to make necessary arrangements.

·        ELDERS & DEACONS WILL BE PHONING each Concord Family member or household on a weekly basis, as a way of staying connected during this time of physical separation. The church directory is being divided into an equal numbers of households, with an officer taking responsibility for making calls each week to check in. It's one way to care for each other in these strange days, and to discover any needs requiring pastoral or other immediate attention. 

·        WE ARE EXPLORING use of electronic means to continue opportunities for fellowship and study. For example, Mug & Muffin and Pastor Steve's Lent series on C. S. Lewis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (Watch for coming announcements of "gatherings" and how to participate. And we will continue to send out a "video worship" message each Sunday morning, so watch your email.)


Prayer Requests
Carol & Phil Lind - both at home & coping well, although Carol is still having a lot of pain.
Sally Coulson's grandson Tim & wife Carla are proud parents of a baby daughter Charlotte. Additional prayers for Carla, who was in labor for 48 hours.
Prayers of rejoicing also for Steve's daughter Ashley & husband Kris expecting their second child. His niece Leslie is also expecting.
Special prayers for Dottie & Al Lund today, as it was a year ago today that Wesley died.

The Jewetts are in AZ enjoying their grandchildren & will be traveling home in the next week. Prayers for their safe travel. 
Kay requests prayers for the family of Charlie Alexander, a husband, father, & grandfather in his 60s who fell down some stairs Friday evening, had severe intracranial bleeding, & died on Monday.
A Concord member struggling with numerous issues at work & home - prayers for comfort & successful resolution.
Prayers of healing for Cynthia Miller, who has a cold, & her sister Nancy, in Healthcare at Cokesbury, dealing with continuing issues.

Prayers of safety & support for medical professionals, first responders & caregivers working to care for those effected by the rapidly spreading new coronavirus & facing a shortage of protective equipment.
Nancy Tucker - prayers for safe travel.
Prayers of healing for Margaret O'Boyle's father - hospitalized for 6 days w/ pneumonia & flu. Prayers also for her mother, isolated in her apartment in retirement home. 
Carol Haas' sister who has asthma, as well as all others with higher risk of catching & suffering complications from Covid-19.
Rob Bates, whose pulmonary testing has been postponed, as well as Peggy Carter & Duane Jessup, whose surgeries are also delayed due to virus' strain on hospitals. 
Two of Joyce Johnson's granddaughters in NYC, who are facing reduced hours & financial difficulties due to virus shutdowns. Another granddaughter in DC works as an OT in a hospital.
Kathie Pownall is having PT for her very painful sciatica.

Buzz Buswell - in Cadia with continuing health issues.
Prayers for relief of anxiety & isolation for those self-isolating, under quarantine, or undergoing treatment for coranavirus.


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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