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August 20, 2020
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

Begged to Leave (Jesus Heals Legion, a Man Possessed by Demons) by Hannah Garrity © A Sanctified Art

Pastor Steve Clark preaching -
Sunday, August 23, 2020

For this Sunday, READ Mark 5:1-20 and REFLECT: This story comes immediately after Jesus has stilled a storm as he and the disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee. That story ends with the disciples asking, "Who then is this . . .?" (4:41) What kind of answer(s) does this story give to the disciples' question? Thinking about the different descriptions of the man before the healing (vs. 3-5) and after (v. 15), what can you imagine the man telling his neighbors about "how much the Lord has done" for him, and "what mercy [God] has shown" him?

TO JOIN US in worship this Sunday, August 23, CLICK ON THE PICTURE above to go to the home page of our Concord website. Near the bottom left on the home page, click on that same picture to connect with the worship video. The worship video will be accessible after 9:00am each Sunday morning.




At our August 5 meeting, after much discussion, Session voted unanimously to sign the New Castle Presbytery Statement on Racism. To learn more, you can find the full text of the statement here, and a video of some of the elders discussing their decision by clicking on the picture above.



Pop-Up Fellowship Gathering
Friday, August 21, 7:00-8:00pm
in the Concord Church parking lot

~All are welcome!!~

You are invited to bring a chair or blanket, as well as outside games and toys!
Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.




The Session has called a special Congregational Meeting for 12:00pm on Sunday, September 13. The meeting will be held in the parking lot of Concord Presbyterian Church. Business to be conducted at the meeting will be limited to the following items:

·        ELECTION of three at-large members to Nominating Committee. Names being presented for these positions are Jan Moore, Marj Johnson, and Ryan Moffett. Per meeting requirements, nominations from the floor may be offered.

·        AMENDMENT OF CORPORATION BY-LAWS to allow for electronic meetings of the congregation/corporation. The amendment, to be inserted as paragraph 5 in the bylaws with all following sections renumbered to reflect the change, shall read as follows:
The corporation may meet by electronic means if all members have reasonable notice of the electronic meeting and the ability to discuss and vote on business items. The quorum for such a meeting shall be the same as for all Corporation meetings: one-tenth (1/10) of the Active Membership Roll of the church.

A reminder that this meeting shall be held during the Homecoming Tailgate gathering on September 13, so join us for the fellowship and fun as well!




Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wednesday, August 26 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



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. 


The Pressleys enjoying a sunset last week from a rooftop deck in Ocean City, NJ.


Eden & Jonah, Kathie Pownall's grandchildren, doing what they do best -
being adorable!



Prayer Requests
Prayers of sympathy & caring for Mary Helen & family following the death of Tom Murphy, former Concord pastor (1977-1986), on Sunday at his home in Rodanthe, NC.
Prayers of thanks for the life of William Brown & condolences to the family he left behind. (He was the uncle of Kathie Pownall's daughters & had been ill with cancer & glaucoma.)
Prayers also for Elizabeth Lyman & family - she lost her cousin Barb earlier this week.
Prayers of healing for Jan Moore's friend Tina, as she continues her struggle with breast cancer treatments & surgery. She has now been hospitalized with pneumonia.

Prayers of thanks that Kathie Pownall is feeling better following her week of tests & procedures. She is taking it easy for a few days.
Prayers of relief for Troy Gehret, still suffering back pain following surgery this spring.
Prayers of safety for Willie Kalema, living with Felleng & commuting daily to NYC by train.
Prayers for those dealing with continuing health issues, including Gail Greene, JoAnn Marsh, Carol Lind & Audrey Horner.
Prayers of continued healing for Phil Lind, recovering & building strength at Cadia; able to enjoy "distanced" visits with Carol.
Prayers of comfort for Allene Goodfellow, home following a stay at Kentmere.
Also for Priscilla Swanson, continuing bi-weekly PT to improve walking.
Prayers of patience for Jenny & Dean Godowsky as they seek effective treatment for daughter diagnosed with ADHD.
Prayers of rejoicing for Joyce Johnson & family as granddaughter Rachel & fiance Tyler marry this weekend in OR. (Joyce will participate via Zoom.)
Sally Coulson had a joy - a visit from grandson on his way to school at Purdue & a concern - recent death of a distant cousin Gretchen. Prayers for family & friends.
Healing prayers requested by Heloise Osborne for Charles & Anita Wilson, family of her sister-in-law. Both are hospitalized with Covid-19.
Prayers for the safety of firefighters battling wildfires across the country, including the Cameron Peak fire in CO which is near cabin owned by the Greenes' son-in-law's family.
Prayers for Iowans still struggling to recover from the derecho that caused widespread devastation 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:



Homecoming Tailgate – September 13 @ noon!

It’s been a long, long time that we’ve been apart. Here’s an opportunity to come together safely to welcome a new church season. While we won’t be worshiping together, we can still gather outside for a Tailgate Party!
Just bring your own food to eat and a chair, pop your trunk, and enjoy. If you want to decorate your trunk – that’s fine, too. We’ll plan some individual activities for the kids such as:

  • Jump rope
  • Bubbles to wave
  • Chalk drawing
  • Hula hoops

We’ll do our best to keep everyone as safe as possible. We will:

  • Use every other parking space
  • Require people to wear masks except when they are eating/drinking
  • Keep appropriate social distances
  • And probably more 

Mark this in your calendar. Space will be limited so this is one time when
we REALLY need people to SIGN UP IN ADVANCE – first come, first served.
Please respond to Nancy Tucker –





     Email and text "scamming" seems to be on the rise yet again, and religious organizations are not immune. The Church Office has received several reports of texts and emails purporting to be from Pastor Steve Clark that he did not send.
     If you receive a questionable communication, take the time to look at it carefully. In the case of an email, check the originating email address and in the case of texts, the cell number, to determine that it is actually from a church staff member. 

Please exercise caution and, if in doubt, contact the Church Office
(302/654-9652, before you act. 


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