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
New Castle Presbytery's
Special Post-Election Edition of the 'Midweek
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
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.”
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
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
(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
along this picture of her and Fran decorating their yard to
start off our
the Fall' photo collection.
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
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
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
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.
- 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.
- 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,
- 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
- Access to over 6,000 products
- Orders are shipped directly to your home
- Free shipping on orders over $25
- All purchases support the Preschool
Visit our Book Fair
home page to learn more and get started with online shopping -