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Subject:                                         Concord Connects - June 11, 2020


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June 11, 2020
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

   The Challenge of Reopening for In-Person Worship
At its June 3 meeting, Session discussed issues and timing surrounding gathering in our building once again for Sunday worship and other events. Click here to read their letter with details about the path ahead.



Restored (The Conversion of Saul) – by Lisle Gwynn Garrity © A Sanctified Art 

   For this Sunday, READ Acts 9:1-20 and REFLECT: What details in this story catch your attention and make you want to know more? Imagine you had a chance to talk to Saul a couple weeks after his experience on the road to Damascus. What question(s) would you ask him? What about Ananias; what more would you want to learn from him about his experience? At two later points in the book of Acts, Saul (now named Paul) will tell in his own words the story of his encounter on the Damascus road; each time he will tell it a little differently. If you were to tell your story of an encounter you had with God, what would you say?
   FROM THE ARTIST: "In this image, a halo hovers around the hand of Ananias, nodding to the sacred courage required to melt the hatred of his oppressor with intimacy and connection. Scales pour out of Saul’s eyes, purging him, cleansing him, igniting him with a new and particular mission: to pour out God’s grace wherever humans try to limit it." — Lisa Gwynn Garrity
   IMPORTANT CHANGE: Our weekly worship videos will continue to be posted on the home page of our Concord website each Saturday night or Sunday morning, but you will no longer receive an email each weekend with info and a link to the video. You can just go directly to to access the video. You can also access it from our Concord Facebook page.



"Virtual" Concord Connects
this Sunday (June 14) - 11:30am

Stick around after participating in the worship video, and join our Zoom gathering at 11:30am for lemonade, treats, and conversation. (Reminder: This gathering is "BYOG" - Bring Your Own Goodies.) A chance to see and hear everyone again after being apart for many weeks. 

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



Saturday, June 13 - 4:00-5:00pm

 Park in the church parking lot (every other space will be available).
Bring chairs, some chalk (we will have some to give out for you to keep—no sharing), and decorate the space next to your vehicle with inspiring words or designs to share with the community!
Free Ice Pops for everyone
Participants will be expected to follow the rule of keeping a distance of 6 feet from anyone not in your family.  Please wear a mask.



Wanted: Mask Makers

   Concord Mission Committee's first mask giveaway to the Fairfax community was a great success - 100 masks were picked up by our neighbors in less than 24 hours, and many notes of appreciation were posted. Our next undertaking was providing masks for all Concord Preschool staff members in anticipation of the Preschool reopening on June 15. Now we are taking on a project providing masks for a Ministry of Caring youth event on August 1, possibly followed by a second Fairfax giveaway.
   Needless to say, we could use some help with this ambitious agenda. We would like to recruit more mask makers and would also appreciate donations of suitable fabric for our masks. If you can assist with either of these needs, please call or email Dottie Harding or Marj Johnson




Your "Passing the Peace" videos are still more than welcome to be received, so that we can add them to a montage of faces and voices in future Sunday worship videos. Take them with your digital camera or smart phone using the landscape position and email or text them to Pastor Steve (, 734/612-4590).  



Click on the picture to read more and to take the Challenge.



Concord Photo Gallery

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 your photos in Concord Connects as space permits. 



Kathie Pownall's grandchildren Jonah (born May 5) & big sister Eden, age 2.


Gayle & Chip Hazel on another bicycle ride-by, connecting with Liz & Phoebe Rowe. 



Prayer Requests
Prayers of condolence for the family of Margaret Twelves who died last Thursday. Her memorial service will be Sunday, June 21 here at Concord. (obit)
 Prayers also for Carol Haas' friend Jean, whose husband Don passed away recently.
Cynthia Miller, scheduled for breast cancer surgery June 17.
Troy Gehret who underwent back surgery on Friday - in considerable pain, having an MRI soon.
Carol Lind requests prayers for herself & Phil, as they are facing some coming challenges.
Joys for members who were able to visit with loved ones: Al & Dottie Lund went fishing with Tim, Joyce Johnson's daughter Lynn is visiting, Sally Coulson enjoyed her new great-granddaughter, the Greenes picnicked with daughter Meg.
Prayers for Kathie Pownall's daughter Rachelle - now settled in her new apartment with great views of Wilmington. Also for Kathie's niece Karlin - recent surgery & tests, numerous health issues.
Prayers of rejoicing for new grandmother Dottie Harding - daughter Anne had a baby boy, Porter, last week.
Gail Greene, her back is much improved
Dan & Nancy Pressley and family.
Kathie Pownall's cousins Lea & Lee, both suffering from Covid-19.
Lea is at home, but her husband Lee is in hospital & now on a ventilator. 

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 series, led by Pastor Steve, finishes up this evening (June 11), 7:00-8:00pm, 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 DIALING IN: (follow Mug & Muffin instructions below)

If you missed any previous classes, click here to view online.



Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wednesday, June 17 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


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