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March 26, 2020
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

Unbind Me – by Lauren Wright Pittman © A Sanctified Art

The wilderness is a place of new life - resilient life.
Lent V - Sunday, March 29
Pastor Steve Clark preaching

For Sunday, READ Ezekiel 37:1-4 and John 11:1-45 and REFLECT: There are several scenes in the John story: Jesus with his disciples (vs. 1-16), Jesus with Martha (vs. 17-27), Jesus with Mary (vs. 28-32), and Jesus at the tomb (vs. 33-45). Pick one of the scenes and imagine yourself as one of the characters in that particular encounter with Jesus. What do you understand about what Jesus says and does, and what confuses or upsets you? What question(s) do you have for Jesus? What message(s) do you think are in this story for our congregation and for our world?

About the Art (from the artist): "Jesus’ humanity is apparent in this narrative. Here is a greatly disturbed man convincing himself of God’s providence as he bears guilt and grieves the loss of his close friend. I imaged Jesus in sorrowful hues, tearfully imploring his friend to come out, while the crowd bears down on his shoulders. No matter our vocation, we can find comfort that even Jesus felt overwhelmed by the gravity of his call. When we stumble under this great weight, God strains and weeps with us, but also longs for us to be set free from the pressure. God accompanies us with open hands, ready to unbind us as we learn to lean in confidence on God’s provision. We’ve got to be unbound in order to release others from that which keeps us in spiritual death—that which obscures and steals abundant life." - Lauren Wright Pittman



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


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


THE OFFICE REMAINS CLOSED during this time. FYI, the Delaware "stay at home" order from Gov. Carney, which went into effect Tuesday, exempts religious organizations from this requirement. But our current protocols will remain unchanged: 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.) 

ELDERS & DEACONS HAVE BEGUN 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 has been divided into 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.
CRITICAL INFORMATION will continue to be sent on a regular and timely basis though Concord Connects emails such as this. Aware that some of our members either don't have or don't monitor an email account, SOME INFO will also be sent via "snail mail"- either to the entire congregation or to a targeted group that we know doesn't use or access email.

WE WILL CONTINUE using available technology to provide worship and study opportunities. SUNDAY WORSHIP will continue to be posted each week. MUG & MUFFIN will continue meeting via Zoom each Wednesday morning, 10:00-11:00am; info will be provided each week on how to join the meeting via computer, tablet, or phone. 


Soup/Chili Cook-off & Chocolate Challenge

March 1, 2020



Prayer Requests
Cynthia Miller's sister Nancy Wolfe died yesterday morning, a week after suffering a major stroke  - prayers of comfort for Cynthia & her family.
Prayers for Margaret Twelves & family following the death of her brother who lived in VT. 

Carol & Phil Lind - both with health issues.
Kathie's daughter Gabby, expecting second child in May - worried about being in hospital alone during labor. Prayers for trust that all will be well. 
Marj Johnson's grandson Greg home from college program in Spain & in isolation. One of his friends had a fever upon reaching home. 
Jim Moore's cousin Kathy, who had experienced the return of her brain tumor, has died. Prayers of consolation for all the family.
Prayers of rejoicing for last Sunday's "virtual" worship service & thanks to all who made it happen.
Sally Coulson's grandson Tim & wife Carla are proud parents of a baby daughter Charlotte. 
Prayers of rejoicing also for Steve's daughter Ashley & husband Kris expecting their second child. His niece Leslie is also expecting.
Jennie Clark's parents Claire & David & family as they watch Claire slip further into dementia.

Buzz Buswell - in Cadia with continuing health 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.
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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