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Subject:                                         Concord Connects - May 7, 2020


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May 7, 2020
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

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.
   In 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).



Service Sunday
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. . ." (Matthew 25:35)

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

Concord 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.




Prayer Requests
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:



"Voices from the Wilderness: The Life and Writings of
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:


(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 dashes)
(3) When asked for participant ID, just press the # sign
(4) When asked for meeting password, enter 489133, followed by the # sign



Friendship House is happy to celebrate their accomplishments for 2019 and share a digital copy of their 2019 annual report (click here).

You Are Invited!


In 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
Password: 674986
We are requesting questions be submitted ahead of time. Please send your questions to and join us for a live question and answer period! We will leave time for additional questions submitted during the meeting.


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