Eve Candlelight Service
Thursday, December 24
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 5:30pm and can be accessed
any time after that. (CLICK HERE to visit Concord's home
page for the link.)
First Sunday of Christmas - December 27
Pastor Steve Clark preaching
Christ" by Lauren Wright Pittman
For this Sunday,
READ Luke 2:22-40 and REFLECT: As you read this story, what details
stand out for you? If you've read/heard this story before, is there
anything you hadn't noticed before? Pick one of the characters in
story (Mary, Joseph, Simeon, or Anna) and think of a question
you would like to ask them. Then imagine a possible response
they might make to your question.
Statement: "This passage highlights
postures of faithfulness. After intense interactions with angels
and seemingly impossible directives from God, Mary and Joseph
remain faithful to the Mosaic law. Despite a long life of
anticipation, Simeon remains faithfully diligent, awaiting the
coming Messiah. After losing her husband and living a long,
solitary life, Anna faithfully worships, fasts, and prays at the
temple. Their faithful journeys converge at the temple where Jesus
is to be designated holy before the Lord. I wanted the composition
of this image to emphasize the focus of the actions and words of
Simeon and Anna. Instead of centering themselves, they center
TO JOIN US in worship this Sunday, December 27, CLICK ON
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.
Our weekly MUG
& MUFFIN study meets again next Wed.,
December 30 from 10:00-11:00am, led by Rev.
Kathie Pownall. To join the Zoom gathering, follow the
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
Office, as well as Concord Preschool and Childcare, will be closed
until Monday, January 4, 2021. Email and phone messages will be
checked periodically, and yearend donations and pledges can be made
online, mailed, or dropped through
the mail slot in the exterior office door. In the event of a
pastoral emergency, Rev. Kathie Pownall can be reached
services for December 27 and January 3 will be accessible on
Concord's website at 9:00am each Sunday morning. There will be no Concord
Connects on December 31; the next issue will be
distributed Thursday, January 7.
Concord Photo Gallery
If you have photos you'd be willing to
share with your Concord family, please send them to Margaret. Show us how you're preparing for
the holidays, how you're worshiping, special occasions, children
or pets being adorable...! We'll try to share your photos in Concord
Connects as space permits.
Concord's Youth Group
preparing to deliver Reverse Advent Calendar donations to Hanover
Food Pantry last Sunday. Many thanks to all who participated.
Cookie decorating at
the Rowe house.
Note that syringes are not just for vaccines 😉
It's a Very Kitten
Christmas at Kathie Pownall's house this year!
Prayers of joy and
congratulations to Ray Ciabattoni and Ashley Chase, married on Tuesday afternoon in Concord's
Prayers of sympathy for Elinor Weaver and family
- Elinor's sister Jane from TX passed
away last week. Elinor and her sister were very close, speaking by
phone almost every day.
Prayers of condolence for the family of Christina
Pressley's friend Karen Leary, whose sister died
suddenly last week. Karen's husband
Jeff had passed away unexpectedly in June.
Condolences also for the family of Marj Johnson's friend
Carol. She died shortly after beginning hospice
Healing prayers for
Dottie Harding's mother Polly Rowlett, who underwent emergency surgery Friday
evening for a serious lumbar hernia. Following her hospital
stay, she will go to rehab before returning to her assisted
living facility in Williamsburg, VA.
Prayers of thanks
that Gail Greene is
feeling well and able to enjoy food once again.
Prayers for Jo Ann Cipolla, scheduled to
undergo surgery this Monday.
Prayers for the Jewetts' 4-year-old grandson Jay, hospitalized
again with a severe peanut allergy.
Prayers of healing for Sally Coulson who
injured her shoulder in a fall.
Prayers of gratitude that Gail Dill's grandson
Nic is on the road to recovery from
Prayers for Gerry Crock's friend Jackie Hathaway
who lives at Maris Grove and has contracted COVID.
Prayers of thanks that the first doses of
COVID vaccine have arrived in the state and
are being administered to our frontline healthcare workers. Prayers
for those responsible for distributing and administering the
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joy Offering has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the
1930s. The Offering distributes gifts equally to the
Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to
Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of
color. The Assistance Program provides critical financial
support to church workers and their
families. Presbyterian-related schools and colleges provide
education and leadership development while nurturing racial
and ethnic heritage.
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
Friendship House & New Castle
County Code Purple
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.