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February 11, 2021
  
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 

Concord Presbyterian Church!
 

 



Transfiguration of the Lord
Sunday, February 14
Pastor Steve Clark preaching

     For this Sunday, READ Luke 9:28-45 and REFLECT: This text consists of two scenes: one on a mountain with Jesus and just a few disciples, the other with Jesus and a crowd. What message(s) or lesson(s) do you find in each of these scenes? How does each affect your understanding of the other? As we are about to enter Lent, we encounter Jesus on a mountain. At the end of Lent we will encounter Jesus on a hill . . . on a cross. What message(s) or lesson(s) do you find in each of these moments? How does each affect your understanding of the other?
     TO JOIN US in worship this Sunday, February 14, 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. 

 

 



7:00pm - February 17 (online)
To join us for this brief service of readings, music, and prayer, CLICK ON THE PICTURE above to go to our Concord website. Click on the same picture there to connect with the Ash Wednesday worship video. The video will be available after 7:00pm Wednesday evening.

 

 



12:00-1:00pm & 5:00-6:00pm
February 17
Concord parking lot

Since we are not able to place ashes during our evening service, we are providing two opportunities to come to Concord during the day and receive ashes. You will stay in your car, and the ashes will be administered by Pastor Steve and Pastor Kathie in a safe manner: they will be masked, and will place the ashes using a 6" swab that will be discarded after each use (one swab per person).
 

NOTE: This is open to the community, so if you have a neighbor or friend who would like to receive ashes, let them know about this opportunity.

 

 



Lenten Prayer Calendar

Journey through Lent with a prayer a day. Click here to download a calendar with a daily prompt to inspire you.
Please use the calendar, starting on Ash Wednesday, as a reminder to focus on different needs and different communities.

 

 



Thank you to all who contributed toward Concord Youth Group’s Super Bowl of Caring 2021!
350+ food items were collected for Hanover Food Pantry this year,
supporting the greater Wilmington community in need.

 

 

Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wed., February 17 from 10:00-11:00am, led by Pastor Steve Clark. 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 the family of Melanie Slezak's cousin Scott Liggett, who died suddenly on Feb. 2. (obit) Scott was an organ donor and in death, brought new life to others.
Prayers of comfort and healing for Melanie's mother Mary Ruth Zehrung, who fell and fractured her elbow.
Healing prayers also for Margaret O'Boyle's mother, who fell on Sat. and broke her wrist. She is in some pain but fortunately no surgery will be needed.
Prayers of thanksgiving for Jo Ann Cipolla who tested negative for COVID this past week, meaning no coronavirus was found in her system. She will be able to get her vaccination in April. 
Joyce Johnson's friends, Fran and John, are in need of prayers. His Alzheimer's has reached the point where she cannot care for him so he has entered Memory Care at Kendall. She was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Kathie Pownall offered prayers of joy for the talk she had with Sally Coulson's daughter, Sandy. They remembered Sally together and both found some comfort. Sandy plans to hold a service for Sally in the late summer.

Prayers of comfort for Bldg. Manager Duane Jessup - still unable to return to work following concussion suffered in hit-and-run auto accident.
Prayers for Gail Dill, scheduled for surgery Feb. 17 - will determine next steps in dealing with her colon cancer.
Prayers for Jane Diemer's sister Martha Miller, scheduled for shoulder replacement surgery this week.
Carol Lind's son Kevin recently lost his job as the company relocated his department overseas. Prayers that he find a new position quickly. 

Prayers for Carol Haas' sister Mary Ann - undergoing medical tests for troubling symptoms.
Prayers of thanks for the hard work of some of our members, reported at the annual meeting on Sunday: Chip Hazel for his work on the proposed new live-streaming system for the Sanctuary and Ron McKinney for his work on the budget and for editing our worship videos.

Prayers of patience and persistence for those seeking appointments to receive the COVID vaccine. Prayers also for those administering the shots, and distributing and manufacturing the vaccines.
Prayers of thanks for the opportunities that are all around us where we can be of service and let God's Spirit work through us. Help us to be aware of those times.

*** 
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.

 

 

Adult Christian Education Series
Tuesdays, February 23 - March 30, 2021
7:00pm via Zoom


Join us during Lent to develop a better understanding of our country's racial history, a legacy of racial inequality grounded in the enslavement of millions of Black people, followed by decades of terrorism and racial subordination through public policy and cultural attitudes. For a class summary and brief biography of presenter Sue Linderman, click here. If you would like to register for the class, please email the Church Office, and we will send you the link (same link we use for Mug & Muffin Bible Study). 


 

Another Lenten Study Opportunity
Walking Through Lent for Peace: A Focus on Palestine/Israel
February 21 - March 17, 2021
(offered by Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Portland OR)



Come walk the path to peace with justice for Palestine/Israel. The series begins with Palestinian Tarek Abuata preaching online at Ainsworth UCC followed by four evenings. Each of the four evenings will be a combination of film on the Palestine/Israel conflict, readings and prayers, and a responder to questions. The UCC Palestine Israel Network resolution A Declaration for a Just Peace Between Palestine and Israel will be provided as a study piece. A Palestinian, Israeli, or American role will be provided for your private reflection to walk with through Lent. Click here for a PDF containing a full course description.

Here is the link to sign up for this Lenten ZOOM Experience: http://bit.ly/Lent2021CPCPIN.


The evening sessions will be an hour and a half to two hours. We will start with a Lenten reading, give some encouragement to take on a role, show the films for an hour, and then the evening Responder will answer questions put in the chat box. We will close with a prayer. You will have an opportunity to pick a role to play as you go through this series. (You will get a list of roles if you sign up for the course. If you would like a preview, please email Marj Johnson.) 

- submitted by Marj Johhnson

 

 

Lent Family Kits



Families will be receiving these this weekend. Contents: weekly devotional activity booklet centered on prayer, Lent prayer-a-day calendar, items for a home prayer space.
(Plus a valentine from the Concord church family
❤️)

 

 


Every Black History Month, the people that are usually celebrated are repeated figures from history - civil rights leaders and abolitionists whose faces are familiar. This month I suggest we focus on people that don’t often make the history books. Each of them transformed America in a deep way and sometimes did not fit the conventional definition of “hero.”  Various people were weighed down with personal issues and misunderstood by those around them. These were not household names, but all of them were pioneers. 
 

A jazz composer who redefined big band music
Gerald Wilson, composer and bandleader, 1918-2014

     Gerald Wilson was a major innovator in jazz music and one of the most important composers and bandleaders of his time. He  never got the attention of big band arrangers like Duke Ellington, but he was also a major innovator in jazz music. 
     Not only did Wilson work with Duke Ellington but also Count Basie, Ray Charles, and Ella Fitzgerald. He was known for his energy and passion. A slim, enthusiastic man known for his personal kindness, he almost danced to the music as he conducted.
     A lover of many musical styles, he incorporated everything from blues, Basie, and Bartok in his arrangements. His arrangements were archived by the Library of Congress and in 1990, the National Endowment for the Arts honored him with a Jazz Masters Award.
     Wilson’s music still sounds cutting-edge. One critic noted that Wilson’s influence was so wide that “even if you had never heard of him, you were often hearing him.”

Submitted by Kathie Pownall

 

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