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
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
7:00pm - February
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.
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.
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.
you to all who contributed toward Concord Youth Group’s Super
Bowl of Caring 2021!
350+ food items were collected for Hanover Food Pantry
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
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
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.
Carol Haas' sister Mary Ann - undergoing medical tests for troubling
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Walking Through Lent
for Peace: A Focus on Palestine/Israel
February 21 - March
(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
- submitted by Marj
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
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