Sunday, October 11, 2020
Pastor Steve Clark preaching
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
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
If you would like to donate a prize (gift cards are great) or if
you have any questions, contact Nancy Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
(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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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: email@example.com.
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