Sunday, April 26
Rev. Kathie S. Pownall
This week we will take a walk with
two ordinary people who make a miraculous discovery. In this time
when we are all dealing with the trauma around us due to the virus,
it is good to know that in the midst of it all God provides us with
surprises and comfort.
Jesus is Walking With Me
I've been thru the valley, I've been through the fire;
I've walked thru deep water, I've bowed in the mire;
I've fought in the battled with courage all gone,
But this is the reason I always go on.
Jesus is with me
- my shepherd and guide,
All that I need He is there to provide;
That makes the difference - this friend by my side;
Jesus is walking with me.
DOING MISSION in the Wilderness - May 3
"I was hungry and you gave me
food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. . ."
In this unsettled time, we’re all
very aware of what we aren’t able to do. We also know there’s a lot
of need in our community and world. So a lot of us are asking, How
can I help?
Here’s one answer: Concord’s Mission Committee has
re-imagined our planned May 3 SERVICE
SUNDAY as a day to bring donations of
needed goods to the Concord parking lot from 12:00-2:00pm. There
will be strict protocols regarding drop-off to ensure everyone’s
safety! Donations will go to Hanover Food Pantry, Seamen’s Center,
and members of our church family and Fairfax community with
Click on this link and open
"Service Sunday Letter" to see what is needed
we are the church, together
Participating in OGHS Amidst a Pandemic
The three programs supported by One Great Hour of
Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger
Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different
ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial
disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits
together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.
Each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing supports
efforts to relieve hunger through the Presbyterian Hunger Program,
promote development through the Presbyterian Committee on the
Self-Development of People, and assist in areas of disaster through
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Your donations are especially
needed during this time of crisis as PC(USA) works to respond to
the pandemic and reach out to the most vulnerable.
- This link (concordpc.org/give/donate/)
takes you to our website, where you can click on the “Donate”
button to pay by PayPal or credit card. Please send an email
to Treasurer Ron McKinney (email@example.com)
indicating that donation is for One Great Hour of Sharing.
- Use your personal banking app (utilizing Zelle®) to
send a cash donation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that gift is for OGHS.
- Mail your check (payable to Concord, memo: OGHS) to
Concord Presbyterian Church, 1800 Fairfax Blvd., Wilmington,
Join with Presbyterians worldwide in
sharing God's love with
neighbors-in-need around the globe - through April 30.
If you have photos
you'd be willing to share with your Concord family, please send
them to Margaret. Show us how you're coping with social
distancing and working from home, how you're worshiping, hobbies
and activities you're involved with, interesting hairdos you're
sporting in these days of no barbers/stylists...! We'll try to
share a few photos in each issue of Concord
Connects and include others in a photo gallery we're
setting up on our website.
A couple of things
Jan Moore is doing at home during the quarantine: gardening and
driveway art therapy with sidewalk chalk!
From the Rowes: A
little tough to read but we spelled out “Be Well Brandywood” for all
the friends and neighbors who pass by.
Margaret O'Boyle's father died Wed.
following a valiant battle with complications of Covid-19. Prayers
for Margaret's family, especially her mother who is under
quarantine at her retirement
Kay Jewett's nephew's mother-in-law died last
week. Prayers for the Christiansen family.
Allene Goodfellow feels better but is
still in pain & can't walk after a fall several weeks
ago. She has help now but hasn't been X-rayed & doesn't
want to go to the hospital.
A seminary classmate of Steve's - Bill Anderson
- recently retired from his ministry in Florida. His wife
suffered a massive stroke & died suddenly. Prayers for him
& his family.
Jan Moore's friend Tina is having no
success with the treatment for her advanced breast cancer. She
was to start a new treatment this last week. Prayers for her
and her family.
daughter Gabby Pownall-Johnson as she
prepares for the birth of her second child in early May. Has
childcare arrangements for two-year-old Eden finalized but is
understandably concerned about entering hospital at this time.
Marie Lower, now at
home with home healthcare aides.
Anna, friend of Jan Moore, in
Christiana Hospital with pneumonia. Her
cancer has returned and spread, even in her brain, which is causing
some confusion. Her prognosis isn't good.
Carol Lind - her back
is feeling better but still issues with foot & balance.
Apprehensive about follow-up office visit with surgeon.
Prayers of sympathy for the family
of The Rev. Dr. John Dean, retired pastor of Westminster
Presbyterian (Rehoboth), who died on Easter Sunday. Click here to read obituary.
Birthday blessings for Connie Polleck,
celebrating this Friday.
Prayers for all whose lives have
been changed by this terrible virus - from contracting
the illness, losing someone to it, working in the medical field...
For those who still go to work every day
so that others can be fed or transported or get their mail...
For all those who have lost their jobs
& their livelihood & have trouble getting food for
themselves & their families...
For those who have had to postpone important surgeries
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: email@example.com.