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concordconnects
  
December 17, 2020
  
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 
Concord Presbyterian Church!


Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 20
Pastor Steve Clark preaching

    "A Dream Confirmed" by Lisle Gwynn Garrity

     For this Sunday, READ Luke 1:26-45 and REFLECT: Imagine this story from Mary’s perspective. Why does she flee to Elizabeth’s house? How does she receive and process the angel’s news? What thoughts and emotions wash over her? What does this calling require of her?  Now imagine the story from Elizabeth’s perspective. Imagine the feeling of deep knowing—ignited within your own core—that something is real and very, very good. How would you respond to that feeling? (reflection questions taken from Those Who Dream resources by A Sanctified Art ©)
     Artist's Statement: "As soon as Mary falls into Elizabeth’s arms, Elizabeth knows and feels it to be true. Yes, I feel it too. We are pregnant with promise. We carry this together. This is not a dream deferred. It is a dream confirmed, a dream shared. A dream that will birth joy. In this image, Mary and Elizabeth’s bodies are tenderly intertwined. Halos, like crescent moons, encircle each of them and their wombs, signaling the cosmic change they bring forth."
     TO JOIN US in worship this Sunday, December 20, 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. 
 

 

 

Reverse Advent Calendar Drop-Off
This Sunday, December 20
1:00-2:00pm

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Youth Group-sponsored Reverse Advent Calendar to benefit Hanover Food Pantry! We will be available in the church parking lot this Sunday, December 20 from 1:00-2:00pm to receive your non-perishable food donations. Concord youth and parents will take the donations to Hanover Food Pantry at 2:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Pressley at christina.pressley@concordpc.org or 302-740-8078.
 

Don't forget to pick up your candles for our Christmas Eve service
when you drop off your food donations (see below).

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Thursday, December 24
7:00pm (Online)


Our online service will combine features of the two distinct services (one family/ children-focused, the other traditional with choir) we have provided in past years - and hope to return to in 2021! The service will be available online beginning at 7:00pm and can be accessed any time after that. See next week's issue of Concord Connects for details.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLES FOR PICKUP! If you'd like to join in the traditional "Festival of Light" as we sing Silent Night during our (online) Christmas Eve service this year, you can use whatever candle(s) you have at home. OR you can come by Concord and get one of the candles we've used in our services in past years. Drop by 1:00-2:00pm THIS SUNDAY, December 20 OR 12:00-1:30pm TUESDAY, December 22. (If neither of those times work for you, drop by the church office and we'll have them available when Margaret is here - so call ahead to make sure.)

 

 

 


 

     The Finance Committee wishes to thank all of you who have submitted your pledges for 2021. We know that during this unusual year, there is a lot on our minds and hearts. If you haven't yet submitted your pledge, we understand that it may just have fallen to the bottom of the to-do list. As we approach the end of 2020, and are planning for our new church year, we ask you to prayerfully consider what you are able to pledge for 2021. We will happily receive your pledge card in the mail, or you can go to concordpc.org/give and select the "PLEDGE" button on the website. 
     Our pledge total has not yet reached the 2021 operating budget of $310,000, so this is a reminder that every pledge moves us closer to what is necessary to fulfill our worship and mission. Thank you for the many ways you make a difference at Concord; we are thankful and grateful for all that you do.  

With gratitude, 
The Finance and Stewardship Committee

 

 

 

Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wed., December 23 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

 

 



Prayers of sympathy for Elinor Weaver and family -  Elinor's sister Jane from TX passed away on Monday. Elinor and her sister were very close, speaking by phone almost every day. 
Prayers of sympathy for the family of former member Jeanette Durstein-Brown who died Dec. 7. (obit)
Prayers for pain relief for Gail Greene - suffering from a sudden onset of sciatica. Hopes that this can be resolved by medication & PT.
Prayers for the family of Christina Pressley's friend Yvonne, a family practitioner. She has been diagnosed with Covid and is feeling poorly; her husband and two teenagers are quarantined at home with her.
Healing prayers for Dottie Lund's niece Abigail - hospitalized with acute pancreatitis caused by her medication. She is bi-polar and may be hospitalized for a few weeks as alternative medication is sought.
Prayers for Carol Lind - injured her finger badly in a fall. Must wear a splint for 6 weeks. Continued prayers of healing for Phil.
Prayers for Carol Lind's aunt Sue Morgan and her daughter Kellen
- both have contracted the virus.
Prayers of joy and relief for Kay Jewett's 4-year-old grandson - briefly hospitalized with severe peanut allergy. He is home and doing well now.
Continued prayers for 11-yr.-old Shane Newton, brother of a Preschool student - recent surgery to remove a brain tumor. Will be receiving PT and continuing treatments at CHOP.
Prayers of strength and healing for Paul Persak's wife Maria - currently battling cancer.
Prayers for the speedy recovery of Gail Dill's grandson Nic, who is very ill with mononucleosis.
Prayers of joy for last Sunday's Service of Lessons & Carols - kudos to Minister of Music Matthew Pressley.
Prayers of thanks that the first doses of Covid vaccine have arrived in the state and are being administered to our frontline healthcare workers.
*** 
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.

 

 


We will receive the Christmas Joy Offering throughout the month of December. Checks can be made payable to Concord Church, memo: Christmas Joy. Donations can also be made online - just send an email to Treasurer Ron McKinney to let him know that the gift is for the Christmas Joy Offering. 

 

 


                                                                   (Cris Barrish/WHYY)
Friendship House & New Castle County Code Purple

     Covid has changed many things, including how to help people facing homelessness this winter. When the county asked Friendship House to host Code Purple at the Hope Center (the former Sheraton Hotel near Newport), FH Executive Director Kim Eppehimer agreed. The Hope Center will be open for guests Dec. 15, just in time for the first snowstorm of the year. So far, 69 guests have registered to come, with many more expected. Read more about this ambitious undertaking on the FH blog and the WHYY website.
     Many have asked what you can do to help. If Covid-19 guidelines allow, FH will offer volunteer opportunities. They need hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap. They will also need non-perishable food items such as bottled water and individually wrapped snacks. Also socks, underwear, and winter items. Donations will be accepted at the Friendship House Administrative Office in Wilmington and the Boxwood Empowerment Center in Newport. Early next year, Concord will look at sponsoring a collection drive to help meet these needs. 

 

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