New WORSHIP SERIES for Spring & Summer
Here's what the
creators behind this resource we're using say about the theme: What
happens when our world falls apart? How do we press onward when our
tightly-knit plans unravel into loose threads? What do we become
when our identity—or the path we’re on—comes undone? What if all of
this is not the end we fear it will be? In our unraveling,
sometimes life surprises us with unexpected joy, love, and
hope—with a new beginning we couldn’t have imagined. Sometimes we
need God to unravel us, for we long to be changed.
our worship and preaching we'll look at 12 stories of people in the
Bible whose plans were undone by circumstances, their own actions,
or by the work of God. In these stories we'll look for lessons for
our own living in the face of plans that don't work out - which
seems to be the current situation in which the entire world finds
itself right now.
We begin THIS
SUNDAY with a look at one crucial moment in the
lives of Abraham and Sarah
(Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7).
May 3, 2020
"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. . ."
Sunday was a lovely day, and
Service Sunday went well. Church members and neighbors were very
generous! The Hanover minivan was absolutely stuffed with
non-perishable food and precious toilet paper, and we also
collected a large number of games, puzzles, DVDs, etc. for the
Seamen’s Center. Both groups were extremely appreciative. In
addition, we received a large number of masks for distribution to
both church members and the local community. It was especially nice
for Concord members to see one another in person, albeit masked and
from a social distance! Many thanks to Concord volunteers Pastor
Steve Clark, Dottie Harding, Marj Johnson, Liz and Phoebe Rowe; to
everyone who stopped by and brought donations; and to the Lord for
the great weather! (See photos below.)
Emmanuel Dining Room
continues to support Emmanuel Dining Room by baking cookies and
meatloaves to go along with bananas, green beans, and roasted
potatoes we donate. EDR staff package our donations as takeout
meals. The price of beef is way up but Haldas, knowing this is a
church mission, split the cost increase with us! Thanks to Haldas
for the donation! And many thanks to Dottie and Al Lund for
helping us continue to be the church and carry on the ministry of
Christ in these difficult times.
Prayers of joy for the birth of
Jonah Gabriel Johnson to Kathie Pownall's daughter Gabby
and husband Steve Johnson early Tuesday morning.
Prayers of thanks for the
generosity of our Concord and Fairfax communities with all the
food and games that they brought to the church last Sunday.
Prayers of sympathy for the family of former Concord
member Diane Evans, who died April 27. (obit)
Prayers of healing for Nancy Tucker's mother Jackie, who
has tested positive for Covid-19 but is feeling okay so far.
Prayers for Barbara, a neighbor of Kay Jewett's mother, suffering
from Covid-19 at Jenner's Pond. Also for Cynthia
Miller's great-grandnephew Zach, delivery driver
for Amazon, showing signs of the virus.
Gerry Crock, who went to the ER last weekend with
vertigo & high blood pressure. Feeling a bit
better with new medication.
Prayers for all those graduating from college & high
school in these difficult times - very limited job
opportunities, missing out on important societal rituals like
graduation, prom, etc.
Allene Goodfellow - very slow recovery
from a fall several weeks ago. Able to walk a bit but still in
pain, no x-ray yet.
Continued prayers for Margaret O'Boyle's mother, under
quarantine at her retirement
home & mourning the death of Margaret's father. (obit)
Al & Dottie Lund have lost
several friends recently - Dorothy & Gerry Allen and David
Cox. David leaves his wife who is not able to live on her
own. Prayers for those families & in their decision making.
Pastor Steve asked for prayers for
Jennie's parents & their family. Her mother Claire
is calm now with the help of medication & is in Skilled
Nursing. Her parents cannot be together & must communicate by
phone. Also, Claire's sister Sally died last week.
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.
"Voices from the Wilderness: The Life and Writings
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and C. S. Lewis"
This six-week series, led by Pastor
Steve, begins this evening (May 7).
The sessions will be 7:00-8:00pm each Thursday evening
via Zoom. In addition to Steve's presentation of the material,
there will be time for questions and feedback. To
join the meeting ONLINE, click on the picture below:
To join BY
(1) call 646-558-8656
(2) you will be asked to enter the meeting number;
enter 879-780-5150 (without the dashes) followed by the # sign
(3) when asked to enter your participant ID, just press
the # sign
(4) when asked for meeting password, enter 489133
followed by the # sign
Our weekly MUG
& MUFFIN study meets again next Wednesday,
May 13 from 10:00-11:00am. To join the Zoom
gathering, follow the instructions below.
To join ONLINE, click on this link.
To join by CALLING IN:
(1) dial 646-558-8656
(2) If asked, enter the meeting number 879-780-5150 (no
(3) When asked for participant ID, just press the # sign
(4) When asked for meeting password, enter 489133, followed by
the # sign
is happy to celebrate their accomplishments for 2019 and share a
digital copy of their 2019 annual report (click here).
lieu of our annual meeting this year, our Board of Directors
will host a virtual town hall meeting where our Executive
Director will answer your questions about Friendship House -
either the past, present or future.
Join us Thursday, May 7 starting
at 6:30 pm!
Zoom Meeting Link: Click Here
Meeting ID: 872 1644 5830
We are requesting questions be submitted ahead of time. Please
send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
and join us for a live question and answer period! We will
leave time for additional questions submitted during the meeting.