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June 25, 2020
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

New Roots (Encouraging the Israelites in Exile to Plant Gardens & Build Houses)
by Lauren Wright Pittman © A Sanctified Art 


For this Sunday, READ Jeremiah 29:1-14 and REFLECT: This text tells about a letter the prophet sends to the community of Israelites now living in the foreign city of Babylon, taken there as captives when the Babylonians defeated Israel and turned Israel into a vassal state. Imagine what it feels like to be a virtual prisoner in the empire that has defeated your own country. What are you feeling and thinking? What are you dreaming about and hoping for? How are you feeling about your Babylonian neighbors? What is your reaction to the prophet's claim that God is telling you to stop pushing back against your situation, to just settle down, settle in, and make yourself at home? How does that fit with what you have believed about God? 
From the artist: "The Israelites were forced into exile, ripped from their homes, places of worship, and way of life. They find themselves in Babylon where they dream of the day they’ll return to where they belong. Jeremiah’s words are comforting, yet painful. They are told to stay, plant gardens, and allow their families to flourish in this strange land... This new place can be a gift—a place of flourishing and a conduit for deep, authentic connection with self and community." ~ Lauren Wright Pittman



Wedding of Carolou Schlegel & Mike Convertito

Saturday, June 20





   If you are worried about sending your child to public school in the fall, we have the solution for you. Concord Kindergarten has been operating a quality program at Concord Preschool for over 60 years.
   We offer a small class size (max. 15), with lots of individual student attention from our qualified kindergarten teacher and our experienced aide. 
   Now more than ever we might suit your needs for a smaller group setting where your child is exposed to fewer individuals. While we have always used professional cleaners, a small classroom size enables us to ensure our classroom is sanitized to the new Covid-19 guidelines.
   Visit our website for details on the curriculum and activities we offer your child. Our kindergarten hours are 9:00am-3:00pm, but your child is eligible for FREE childcare whenever we are open (7:30am-5:30pm). 

As we all try to adjust to changes in our plans that we did not expect, please consider kindergarten at Concord for your child and share our offering with friends and neighbors.



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, special events, children or pets being adorable...! We'll try to share your photos in Concord Connects as space permits. 


This year's graduating kindergarten class from Concord Preschool -
congratulations to Jill, Emma, and Conrad. Graduates received gifts, balloons, a diploma, and many virtual hugs.


Marj Johnson participating in Walk for Justice and Peace on Friday, June 19 (Juneteenth) in Wilmington. This was a peaceful, prayerful, and silent walk to promote an end to racial and social injustice. Over 100 walkers started at First & Central Presbyterian and ended at the Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew. 


Concord Connects Coffee Hour, via Zoom - Sunday, June 14 @ 11:30am.
Look for more BYOG (Bring Your Own Goodies) get-togethers in the future.



Prayer Requests
Prayers of happiness for Carolou Schlegel & Mike Convertito, married Saturday at Concord. Prayers of thanks also for all who organized & participated in the joyous outdoor celebration after the service.
Prayers of sympathy & caring for Karen, Brendan & Megan, wife & children of Jeff Leary who died suddenly on Sunday while jogging with friends. The Learys are close friends of the Pressley family.
Prayers for continued progress for Preschool student Natalie, suffering from a malignant growth behind her face. She has completed radiation & is still undergoing chemo. Latest scan shows 70% of cancer is gone. 
Anna Woodford, who grew up at Concord, received her Master's degree from Penn State. She works with special populations learning speech and communication.
Prayers of comfort for the family of former member Judy Chilton who passed away Tuesday.

Cynthia Miller, feeling well after surgery on June 17 & awaiting test results. Also, blessings for Cynthia & Jim's granddaughter, marrying this weekend in PA. The Millers will attend via Zoom.
Prayers of healing for Troy Gehret recovering from back surgery.
Continued prayers for Carol Haas' friend Jean, still grieving the recent death of her husband & trying to manage estate despite delay in obtaining death certificate.
Carol Lind requests prayers for herself & Phil, facing challenges in the weeks ahead.
Prayers of refreshment & renewal for Christina & Matthew Pressley & the boys during their week in Montreat, NC.
Kathie Pownall, who has been under a doctor's care this past week with a recurring health issue.
Kathie Pownall's cousins Lea & Lee, both recovering at home from Covid-19. Lee had been hospitalized 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:



Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wednesday, July 1 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



Delaware School Board Elections

School Board elections in Delaware will be held July 21. There are contested races in Brandywine, Red Clay, and Appoquinimink. You can apply for an absentee ballot at To find information on the candidates running in your district, go to


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