First Sunday of Lent
Pastor Steve Clark preaching
For this Sunday,
READ Luke 10:25-42 and
REFLECT: The first part of this text,
in which Jesus tells the story we have come to know as
the Parable of the Good Samaritan, is very familiar to many of us.
If so, read it more slowly than you usually would, and see if
there's anything in the text that you never noticed before or that
stands out in a new way. Whether familiar or brand new, what stands
out for you in either the story itself or in the conversation
that precedes and follows Jesus' telling? In the second part
of the text, what lesson do you think Jesus is trying to teach
Mary? What lesson is there in this for you?
US in worship this Sunday, February 21, 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 - Tomorrow,
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.
Tomorrow, 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.
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.
- Livestreaming Task Force
- Last week there was a cleanout
and re-organization of the storage room where the
Livestreaming Control/Broadcast Station will be set up
(S203, across from the Sanctuary Lounge). Thanks to Chip
Hazel, Bob Brown, Ron McKinney, and Don Potter for their
assistance. This work means the closet in this room can
remain in place. There's now plenty of room for the
equipment, including social distancing next to a window so
ventilation is facilitated. We will also save hundreds of
dollars using an existing electrical outlet to serve the
- Also, the new, hard-wired internet connection to
this room has been installed.
- Bob Brown has interviewed two electricians.
Hopefully one of them will soon have in place the new
electrical outlets needed for the four TV screens.
- submitted by Chip Hazel
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 continued
healing for Bldg. Manager Duane Jessup - finally back at work but still dealing
with after-effects of concussion suffered in hit-and-run auto
Prayers for Gail
Dill, scheduled for surgery tomorrow - results will help determine next
steps in dealing with her colon cancer.
Prayers for Julie
Klabunde, a friend of Bettye Shirar and Jan Moore, who needs bypass surgery and is fearful
of the added risk of COVID.
Prayers of comfort for Greenes' daughter Kate, who will
have a procedure to repair hereditary condition in one of her eyes
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 broke
her wrist in a fall. She is in some pain but fortunately no surgery
will be needed.
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.
Prayers for the
safety of those impacted by the extreme cold and winter storms effecting large portions of the country.
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: email@example.com.
Christian Education Series
Tuesdays, February 23 - March 30, 2021
7:00pm via Zoom
Much of the racial
turmoil in our country today can be traced directly to elements
of our history, even before the founding of the United States.
Many of the racial stereotypes we hear - or hold - are a direct
consequence of intentional economic and public policy and beliefs
that have no grounding in genetics. Understanding this history
gives us a foundation for action to address the profound
inequities that exist in our society today.
Each session will
include a presentation by Sue Linderman, followed by times for
Q&A and discussion. No preparation is needed. Attendance at
all sessions will be helpful to participants, but it's not
required. (All sessions will be recorded and made available later
through Concord's website.)
a course summary, biography of presenter Sue Linderman, and
online registration form, please visit the homepage of Concord’s
website (www.concordpc.org). After you register, we will send you a link.
[Please note: This is not the same link as Mug
& Muffin, so you must register to attend.]
If your family has
not received their kit, please contact Christina Pressley.
(As you can see from the photo above, Allison Lenz is
already enjoying hers!)
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
The woman was Amelia Boynton Robinson and
she lay sprawled unconscious in the road, beaten and gassed by
Alabama state troopers. A White officer with a billy club stood
over her. A famous photo of that shocking moment helped galvanize
the civil rights movement. It was taken during the “Bloody Sunday”
march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7,
1965. The attack horrified the nation and led to the passage of the
Voting Rights Act. It also revealed the toughness of Robinson,
dubbed “the matriarch of the voting rights
movement.” Later, she said, “I wasn’t looking for
notoriety, but if that’s what it took, I didn’t care how many
licks I got. It just made me even more determined to fight for our
As far back as the 1930s, Robinson was
registering Black voters in Alabama – a brave undertaking that
could have cost Robinson her life in the Jim Crow South. In 1964,
she became the first African American woman to run for Congress in
Alabama. President Obama honored her half a century later when he
clutched her hand – she was frail by then, and in a wheelchair – as
they crossed the Selma bridge in March 2015 to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Robinson died five months later at
Quintessentially American — “Robinson was as
strong, as hopeful, and as indomitable of spirit — as I’m sure she
was that day 50 years ago,” Obama said at her death. “To
honor the legacy of an American hero like Amelia Boynton requires
only that we follow her example — that all of us fight to protect
everyone’s right to vote.”
Submitted by Kathie
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