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concordconnects
  
October 8, 2020
  
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

Sunday, October 11, 2020
Pastor Steve Clark preaching



 

     For this Sunday, READ Matthew 22:1-14  and REFLECT: What detail(s) in Jesus' parable stand out for you - and why? Keeping in mind who Jesus is speaking to (see 21:23), what question(s) would you want to ask Jesus about this story? In verse 12, one of the guests is thrown out of the banquet because they weren't wearing the proper clothes for the occasion - but they'd only been invited at the last minute . . . as an afterthought. What do you think Jesus is trying to say with this detail?

     TO JOIN US in worship this Sunday, October 11,  CLICK ON THE PICTURE above to go to our Concord website. Near the bottom of the home page, click on the same picture to connect with the worship video. The worship video will be accessible after 9:00am each Sunday morning.

 

 

 

Virtual Bingo Night
Friday, October 23 @ 7:30pm


 

Let’s get together online and have some fun – on Bingo Night! It’s a great game for the young and not so young. We’ll have some special prizes, so be sure to save the date on your calendar. Watch the weekly Concord Connects in coming weeks for more information and instructions.
 
If you would like to donate a prize (gift cards are great) or if you have any questions, contact Nancy Tucker at ntuckerde@gmail.com.

 

 

 


Evening Prayer Service
Next Sunday, October 18 - 5:00pm
led by Rev. Edee Fenimore


 

Our Sunday evening worship services have gotten off to a great start! Join us at one of the future gatherings, always at 5:00pm on the church lawn near the office entrance: October 18, November 1 and 15. Bring your own chair*, wear a mask, and be a part of a brief service of scripture, prayer, and song.
 

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

 

 


Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wednesday, Oct. 14 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

 

 


A Note from Pastor Steve:

     The next few weeks, I will experience a change of  practice and a change of  location. The change in practice is that starting this Saturday, October 9, I will begin a two-week quarantine in preparation for an upcoming trip (more on that in a moment). That means I will slip in to the sanctuary on Thursdays as usual to record video for various portions of worship, including the sermon, for the upcoming Sunday. But I will not be coming in to the office any other time during those two weeks--though I will still be "on the job" and reachable by phone/email/text/Zoom/ ESP (worth a try!). The change in location, and reason for the quarantine, is that I will be out of town October 22 through November 4 spending time with our daughter and her family in New Orleans so we can be on hand to greet the birth of a new grandson on or around October 26.
     During the time I'm away, Kathie Pownall will be preaching and leading worship on October 25 and November 8. For our November 1 worship, we will again be invited to join online worship at another New Castle Presbytery congregation. The specific congregation has not yet been selected, but details on how/when to connect with their service will be provided the week prior.
     My quarantine and travel also means I will not be able to participate in our Sunday evening prayer services, which have been well-received through our two gatherings so far. But not to worry: along with Matthew's usual skilled music leadership, Edee Fenimore will lead the October 18 service, while Emily Schwenker will be on hand for November 1. I will rejoin you for the final gathering on November 15.

 

 

Concord's Outdoor Movie Night

Last Saturday evening, Christina Pressley and the Spiritual Formation Committee arranged an outdoor showing of Disney's Lady and the Tramp. The film was shown on a 20-ft. inflatable screen in Concord's parking lot. The audience of church, preschool, and community families (more than 80 in attendance) greatly enjoyed the experience! 

 

 

 

 


At our meeting on October 7, Session APPROVED:

  • Proposal from Physical Plant Committee for expenditure of an additional $7,000 from Endowment Fund for replacement of roof on the chapel and other areas (this is in addition to the $18,000 already in this year's budget; the extra funds reflect cost changes since the project was first explored)
  • Proposed asking budget from Finance & Stewardship Committee that they will use in planning for the fall stewardship campaign
  • Request from Pastor Steve to change the date of the November Session meeting as he does not return from vacation until the evening of November 4. Session approved moving the meeting to Thursday, November 5.

 
At the meeting, Session also DISCUSSED:

  • A report from Pastor Steve on the evening prayer services. The two gatherings so far have been well received. He reported that he will be in quarantine for the next service and visiting his daughter and family for the one after that. Edee Fenimore will partner with Matthew to lead the service on October 18; Emily Schwenker and Matthew will lead the November 1 gathering.
  • Pastor Steve also reported that he and Matthew and Christina have begun meeting to make plans for Advent and Christmas worship services and other activities.
  • Rick Rudolph reported that the Nominating Committee is beginning to make contacts with prospective nominees for elder and deacon.
  • Heard an update from Communications & Technology Committee on their investigation into equipment and volunteer staffing for possible live-streaming of Concord worship even after in-person worship resumes. Alan Jewett reported that the group working on this (Alan Jewett, Ron McKinney, Chip Hazel, Bob Brown, and Pastor Steve) has requested proposals from three vendors on providing and installing equipment, based on expected needs provided to the vendors. Once proposals are received and discussed by the task force, they will bring this information to Session for further discussion and consideration.

 
If you have questions or concerns about any of these items, or other activities or decisions of Session, feel free to contact Pastor Steve or any member of Session. And, as always, please continue to be in prayer for these leaders as they seek to faithfully guide us in our shared ministry and life during this unusually challenging time.

 

 

 


Prayers for the family of Concord choir member Winthrop "Buzz" Buswell, who died last week after being hospitalized following a fall and contracting pneumonia. Services tentatively planned for the spring.
Prayers of sympathy for the family of former member Alma Seebach Bergmann who passed away Oct. 14 at her home in Chapel Hill, NC. (Obit)
Prayers of condolence also for the family, students, friends, and colleagues of Jan Moore's friend Tina Eisenhauer, who died this week after a long battle with breast cancer. (Obit)
Healing prayers for Phil Lind, still in Christiana with continued bleeding from one leg. Seeking a rehab facility where he can be transferred and helped. Prayers of strength also for Carol who has been unable to visit.
Prayers for Kay Jewett's mother who had a fall recently. Concerns that she is becoming more frail.
Prayers of comfort and healing for Sally Coulson's daughter-in-law Jen (David's wife) following major abdominal surgery. Recovery will be long and painful but she is progressing.
Prayers for Dottie and Al Lund, remembering Wes, whose 35th birthday would have been this week.
Prayers for Rob Bates and his father Bill - health issues.
Prayers of joy that Carl Crock, Gerry's son, is recovering well from hip surgery several months ago. Continues with PT.
Prayers of congratulation for the Millers' daughter Lauren & husband Andy Jenkins - celebrating their 34th anniversary.
Prayers for Bettye Shirar's brother and his wife, Jim and Betty Lowder.

Prayers for members of AA who are unable to meet regularly or in-person. May they find ways to continue to get the support they need to recover.
Prayers for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators as they adjust to the new normal this school year.

Prayers for those suffering from covid-19. Also prayers that all will be mindful and follow proper protocols and best practices to stem a recent upsurge in cases locally and nationally.
Prayers for the safety of those in the path of Hurricane Delta,
many of whom are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Laura in August.
*** 
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: info@concordpc.org.

 

 



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