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concordconnects
  
November 5, 2020
  
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!

Sunday, November 8 
Rev. Kathie S. Pownall preaching

     This Sunday we will be hearing Roman’s 12: 9-21 - basically a passage with lots of sayings with one theme: “Get Along with One Another.” As Christians we are to remain hopeful and diligent in our calling to bring our faith into the light. How do we do that? How do we confront despair or hate or bullying? What power do we have? Paul’s words to the Romans give us words upon which to reflect. Ask God to pour out God’s power, show us the way, and turn us toward healing. Amen
     TO JOIN US in worship this Sunday, November 8,  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.

 

 


CHRISTMAS AT SEA PROJECT



Thanks to members of Concord Church, Concord Youth Group and Sunday School, Hugs 'n Stitches, and the Fairfax community for your generous donations to the Seamen’s Center of Wilmington’s Christmas at Sea program! We were able to complete 32 shoe boxes as gifts, plus donate many more hats, scarves, and other items to be distributed at the Center. (In photo above, Christina Pressley, Gayle Hazel, and Marcie Jorgensen help Dick Carter load up ditty boxes for delivery.) 
 

 

 

From New Castle Presbytery's
Special Post-Election Edition of the 'Midweek Musings'...


 

Dear Beloved Siblings,

As of this writing, we have no idea of how the election will turn out or what kind of reaction our nation will have. Many of us and our people are sick with agitation and anxiety. No matter the results, it’s clear there will be lots of unhappy people. We all seem to feel sure that we know what will happen if this candidate wins or that one, largely based on the information we get from social media or our favorite news sources. We can’t understand how any sensible person can vote differently from the way we do. But indeed, we have church members, family members, and neighbors who do.

Those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ are by no means of one mind about politics. We have red churches, blue churches, and some that are checkered or cross-hatched with both. We can’t understand how any faithful Christian can approach politics differently from the way we do.  But, indeed, they do. We have a fractured society that seems less and less capable of seeing ourselves as siblings in a common world.

So. Who are we called to be?

For people who belong to Jesus Christ, our life is rooted and grounded in God’s love first. That comes before our political party and our nationality. It shapes who we are and how we live. No matter how the election turns out, we have the same instructions God’s people have had for millennia: “…learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)

The timeless words of the Apostle Paul hold true in our turbulent time just as they did in his own: Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; …Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. ...Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.  (Romans 12, selected verses)

Please know that you are loved. Know that we will support one another in living out the love of Jesus Christ in every way we can. Whether you dance or weep this week, know that our work as followers of Jesus Christ continues no matter what. “And [may] the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding… guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Grace and peace,
Tracy Keenan, Missional Presbyter
Sara Holben and Bob Schminkey,
Co-Interim Connectional Presbyters,
New Castle Presbytery

 

 

 

Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wednesday, Nov. 11 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

 

 

Evening Prayer Service
Sunday, November 15 - 4:30pm

 

There will be a final opportunity to join us for socially-distanced worship on the church lawn near the office November 15 at 4:30pm (weather permitting). 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.

 

 


 

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 concordpc.org/give/ 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 in the Fall

Please send us a photo of you (and/or your family) with something that you really enjoy about the fall  - a tree in full color, nice fall decorations, making soup or other comfort food, or whatever strikes your fancy. We'll share this with our Concord family. If will be so good to 'see' you in this way.

Nancy Tucker, Chair
Congregational Life

 


Nancy sent along this picture of her and Fran decorating their yard to start off our
'Concord in the Fall' photo collection.

 


Dottie Harding's grandson Porter truly got into the Halloween spirit,
with a bit of assistance from parents Anne & Clay.

 


Another fall ritual - voting. This is the line in front of the polling place at Concord on
Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30am.

 

 


Prayers of patience and healing for Phil Lind - discouraged and anxious to come home from Cadia but unable to due to cellulitis in legs. Will be consulting with vascular surgeon to try to resolve. Prayers also for Carol.
Prayers of thanks for Concord's Emmanuel Dining Room volunteers -
Al & Dottie Lund, Jim Silvius, Nancy Tieste, Ellin Foote, and June Tshudy. Additional cookie bakers welcome - contact Dottie for info.
Healing prayers for Kathie Pownall - having eye problems.
Cynthia Miller requests prayers for residents of Cokesbury Village - cases of Covid among staff and residents of Healthcare.
Prayers for Kathie Pownall's niece Karlyn, tested positive for Covid and awaiting results of second test. She suffers from compromised immune system.
Prayers of safety also for Duane Jessup's brother Ron, just completed round of chemotherapy and member of his immediate family has been exposed to Covid.
Prayers of rejoicing for Al Lund's 70th birthday and birthday dinner with Tim & MaryBeth.
Prayers of happiness for Ray Ciabattoni & fiance Ashley Chase, who will be holding their postponed wedding here at Concord around the Christmas holidays.
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 last week. 

Prayers for our country as we wait for election results. 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. 
*** 
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.

 

 



 

  • 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 -
www.scholastic.com/bf/concordpreschool

 

 

 



 

 

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