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October 29, 2020
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

This Sunday, November 1, 
join Trinity Presbyterian Church
for online worship @ 9:30am

This Sunday, November 1, Pastor Steve Clark will still be away, spending time with family. Once again, co-pastors Brad Martin and Barbara Price-Martin and the congregation of Trinity Presbyterian Church on Darley Road have invited us to join them in their live-streamed worship service. 
To join Trinity in worship this Sunday, November 1 at 9:30am, CLICK HERE OR ON THE PICTURE ABOVE to go to the "Livestreamed Worship" page on Trinity's website. You will be taken to a page with a video screen on the right-hand side. Before 9:20am, the video just shows a picture of the church with a little countdown. Around 9:20am, the stream goes "live" with some quiet prelude music. Around 9:30am, the service begins and everyone at home should see inside of Trinity's sanctuary. 
No bulletin is needed - everything is posted in the video stream. There is also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page there on the website if anyone runs into problems. When the service is over, the video remains available on the website for a week... so folks can watch it at a later time as well.  




Evening Prayer Service
this Sunday, November 1 - 4:30pm
led by Rev. Emily Schwenker


There will be two more opportunities to join us for socially-distanced worship on the church lawn near the office: November 1 and 15 at 4:30pm. (Please note earlier time.) Bring your own chair*, wear a mask, and be a part of a brief service of scripture, prayer, and song. (Emily Schwenker will lead us on Nov. 1; Pastor Steve Clark will be back for the Nov. 15 service.)

* We'll set up a few extra chairs for those who don't have their own.




to benefit the Seamen’s Center of Wilmington
Sunday, November 1
in the Concord Church parking lot
DONATION DROP-OFF from noon-1:00pm
(click on picture for item details)
 Unwanted Halloween candy is a great addition to the boxes!
          BOX ASSEMBLY from 1:00-1:30pm
Youth Group, Sunday School and Parents invited to help!
Arrive at Concord Church at or before 1:00pm with donations and/or empty shoeboxes.
Help fill boxes assembly-line style, maintaining 6 ft. distance from others.
Masks required. Gloves provided.
Contact Christina Pressley at or 302/740-8078




Daylight Savings Time ends
@ 2:00am on Sunday, November 1

Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night 

(and change the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors).




Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 10:00-11:00am (led by Parish Associate Kathie Pownall, who will be preaching on Nov. 8). 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




A Letter from the Finance and Stewardship Committee

To the faithful and generous stewards of Concord Presbyterian Church,
In a year full of unimaginable events, one of the special comforts of 2020 has been the way that our Concord family has ‘imagined’ staying connected. Through virtual worship, online meetings, Zoom gatherings, and even socially distanced in-person experiences, we have seen what God’s love has made possible. As Steve referenced in his letter, although we have spent time apart, it has provided us with time to reflect on what has been and imagine what wonderful things are yet to come for Concord.
Through all of the disruption, Concord’s staff has demonstrated resilience and creativity to sustain our joyous music, generous mission, and inspiring worship experiences. This stewardship season, as we look toward the future, we are asking you to consider increasing your pledge for 2021 by at least 1% to enable collection of $310,000 in pledges. Pledges represent the largest portion of our annual income and are particularly important when other resource streams are less certain due to the pandemic. Imagine if we were all able to meet that challenge!
We hope you have seen the video testimonials featured in our virtual worship services and special email messages. They illuminate the many missions and organizations we support and provide a glimpse into how your generous donations contribute to them. They also highlight the ways that you might imagine supporting Concord by volunteering your time and talents as well.
Using the enclosed pledge card, we welcome your pledges sent by mail. However, if possible, we encourage you to take advantage of the online tools for giving that are available on the Concord Presbyterian Church website. Go to and click on the “Pledge” button for an online pledge form or on the “Financial Resources” button for an auto-debit authorization form which can be filled out and sent to the Financial Secretary (Alan Jewett) via email or mailing to the church office. Our pledge dedication is Sunday, November 22nd.
The falling leaves are such a distinctive sign of the changing seasons. If we can imagine that the trees are showing us how lovely it is to “let go” of things, let us also imagine that the future holds a time when we’ll be able to let go of what has been, and celebrate being back together in worship and living out the mission and ministries we hold so dear. Imagine that!
With gratitude and sincere thanks for your generosity,
The Finance and Stewardship Committee




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. 


From Al Lund: Steve & Jennie Clark's new grandson came home from the hospital yesterday, along with his mother Ashley. When asked the baby's name, Steve replied, "Rex (for the king of Mardi Gras), Luis (for San Luis, maiden name of the father’s grandmother, who immigrated from the Philippines) Comegys."  Prayers for Concord's first family and all in the path of hurricane Zeta. Storm is moving fast so may not be as bad in Louisiana as the previous four!


Kathie Pownall's cat Kitten following recent routine surgery.
Cat and owner are both recovering nicely.


Some local wildlife photographed during Duane Jessup's recent Florida vacation.
Apparently large iguanas are plentiful, showing no fear of humans in their quest for handouts.
Kind of makes one appreciate squirrels...



Prayers of rejoicing for Steve & Jenny Clark's daughter Ashley, her husband Kris, and big brother Byler as they welcome a new baby into the family (see Photo Gallery above). Prayers of safety also for the entire family there in New Orleans, which is being threatened by yet another hurricane.
Prayers of happiness for Ray Ciabattoni & fiance Ashley Chase, who will be holding their postponed wedding here at Concord around the Christmas holidays.
Prayers for other couples (including Sally Coulson's granddaughter) whose wedding plans have been disrupted due to the pandemic.
Prayers of sympathy for Nancy Tucker's sister Roberta and her adult children Nicholas, Samantha, and Caitlin following the death of Roberta's husband Steve yesterday. 

Prayers of condolence for Jan Moore's co-worker Ellen, who lost her adult daughter a few weeks ago.
Prayers of thanks for Al & Dottie Lund, who coordinated Mug & Muffin yesterday. Kathie Pownall will lead next week.
Prayers for Cullen, 2-year-old recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. He is grandson of a friend of Kay Jewett.
Healing prayers for Phil Lind, still at Cadia Rehab with cellulitis in both legs. Hopes that PT will eventually be helpful. Prayers of strength also for Carol Lind, who is under much stress dealing with Phil's and her own health issues.
Prayers for Rob Bates - has lost vision in right eye and is having procedures done at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in hopes of saving vision in his left. 
Prayers for Gail Greene - continuing health issues, search for a new doctor to assist with recovery.
Prayers for our country during this election season. Help us focus on what we have in common and not just our differences. Grant us peace with the outcome and the ability to work together towards a brighter future for all. 

Prayers for the folks in California and Colorado whose homes and lives are threatened by continuing wildfires. Also prayers for the safety of firefighters who work so long and so hard to contain the threat.
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:




  • WORSHIP  VIDEO EDITING: The worship video editing team welcomes Soren Sundleaf! Soren, currently a senior at Brandywine High School, brings technical skills to the art of editing videos. Soren has already edited several of the worship videos, providing new variations in aesthetics and presentation. We welcome his fresh viewpoint. If anyone else is interested in joining this team of editors in producing worship videos, please contact Pastor Steve.
  • VETERANS DAY: In Concord Connects on November 12, we will honor and remember members of our Concord Church family who have served our country in wartime and in peacetime. We have a list from previous years, but if you have family or friends you would like to add, please contact the Church Office.




November Preschool Happenings

  • FOOD DRIVE: The Preschool will be holding its annual holiday food drive for the needy from November 2-19. The children are encouraged to bring in a canned good to put in our collection box. (The canned goods will go to Hanover Food Pantry, and church members are welcome to participate. Drop off donations at the Church Office M-F, 11:00am-1:00pm.)
  • FALL BOOK FAIR: We will be having our book fair online this year. The dates are November 9-22. Maybe you can do some early Christmas shopping for your family...? Here are some of the shopping features:
  1. Access to over 6,000 products
  2. Orders are shipped directly to your home
  3. Free shipping on orders over $25
  4. All purchases support the Preschool

Visit our Book Fair home page to learn more and get started with online shopping -




For More About Ulrich Zwingli 


If Kathie Pownall's sermon on Reformation Sunday (October 25) piqued your interest in Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli and you would like to learn more, you may wish to read "Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli Can Help Church Discern How to Meet the Challenges of Covid-19" on the PCUSA Mission website. You can also click on the picture to read the Presbyterian Historical Society's Reformation Sunday bulletin insert about Zwingli and his "Plague Song." 



(For all the election information you need, click on the picture.)


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