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Subject:                                         Concord Connects - June 4, 2020


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June 4, 2020
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

Jesus Looked Up (Zacchaeus the Wealthy Tax Collector) – by Hannah Garrity © A Sanctified Art 


   THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 7, is a Communion Sunday. If you would like to participate in celebrating the sacrament, have your bread/cracker/cookie/? and juice/wine/water/? ready when you begin the video and join the service. We also receive the offering for the Deacons' Fund the first Sunday of each month. Your contributions provide immediate assistance to individuals in our community in financial crisis. Please prayerfully consider a donation.
   READ Luke 19:1-10 and REFLECT: I wonder what Zacchaeus had heard that made him so eager to "see who Jesus was" (v.3)? Imagine yourself as Zacchaeus in the tree, and Jesus stops, looks up directly at you and calls you by name. What are you thinking or feeling at that moment? The original language of v.8 leaves open the possibility that Zacchaeus was either making a new promise in response to Jesus' welcome - OR he was describing how he was already handling his wealth. What difference do these two options make to the story for you? 
   FROM THE ARTIST: "Seeing, taking notice, acknowledging, lifting up—Jesus did all of these things as he looked up at Zacchaeus, calling him down, resting love and responsibility on his shoulders… By the standards of society, exhibited by the comments of those around him, this man does not deserve to be acknowledged. When he is finally seen... [Zacchaeus] immediately rises to the occasion. Take notice, acknowledge, lift up. See." — Hannah Garrity




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.





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).  
Very simple: once the camera starts rolling, pause 2-3 seconds looking at the screen before speaking, say "Peace be with you" OR "The peace of Christ be with you." Then pause again for 3-5 seconds without saying anything before saying "And also with you." Then pause one final time for 2-3 seconds, still facing the camera/phone but not speaking, before stopping the video. All the pauses give us space for editing the videos together.



The Church Officer Nominating Committee needs three members of the congregation to help with the task of nominating candidates to serve as Elders and Deacons for the coming three-year term (2021-2023). These three "at-large" members of the committee cannot be currently serving on the Session or Board of Deacons. If you have a name (or names) to suggest, please email them to Pastor Steve. Three names will be selected from those suggested and presented to the congregation for election at a special congregational meeting this summer (date/time still to be determined -though it will likely be a "virtual" meeting done electronically).



More Concord Graduates!

Christina Pressley and Gayle Hazel were on the road again, delivering balloons, congratulations, and best wishes to more graduates from our Concord Church family! If you would like to send an email or note of personal congratulations to the graduates, please contact Christina for addresses. 


Aleea Brutus, graduating from kindergaren at Academia Antonia Alonso.


Kendall Law, graduating from eighth grade at First State Montessori Academy and attending Wilmington Friends in the fall. 


Sofia Roseo, eighth grade graduate of First State Montessori Academy - attending Hodgson Vocational Technical High School this fall.



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. 


Gayle & Chip Hazel ride their bikes 3-4 times a week, sticking mainly to neighborhood streets and back roads. Along the way, they enjoy connecting with members of their Concord family. On this ride-by, they visited (from a distance) with Gwen & Ralph Fuller.


Ryan Moffett & Simone (with her flounder!)



Prayer Requests
Prayers of comfort & care for Margaret Twelves, hospitalized with an aortic dissection - in considerable pain, prognosis not good. Fortunately her family is able to be with her.
 Allene Goodfellow requests prayers for former member Marilyn Hetrick - medical tests & health issues. Allene herself is doing better - using wheelchair to get around.
Healing prayers for Phil Lind - home from the hospital but still facing health challenges.
Prayers for Kathie Pownall's daughter Rachelle - move to new apartment delayed due to unrest in Wilmington.
Troy Gehret - back surgery rescheduled Friday.
Pastor Greg Stovell of First Presbyterian (West Chester) - tested positive for Covid-19, but asymptomatic so far.
Friend of Gail Greene requests prayers for her son-in-law Joe, who had quadruple bypass surgery Wed.
Alex Greene, back in his apartment & much improved, contemplating return to work. His parents are currently staying with him.
Prayers of rejoicing for new grandmother Dottie Harding - daughter Anne had a baby boy, Porter, earlier this week.
Gail Greene, possible recurrence of back issues.
Dan & Nancy Pressley and family.
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24)

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, continues this evening (June 4). 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 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, May 20 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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