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April 15, 2021
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 

Concord Presbyterian Church!

Third Sunday of Easter
April 18

Parish Associate Kathie Pownall preaching
One Great Hour of Sharing

     For this Sunday, I encourage you to think about being a “child,” or rather God’s child. How do we as Christians respond to the immeasurable love that God bestows upon us as God’s children? Having a “righteous” parent is rather an awesome responsibility. John knew that we often get focused on the wrong thing when we think about righteousness. We don’t typically understand what God desires, so we simply try to “be good.” We try to watch our language, we try to smile at people we don’t really like, we try to watch our heath habits, we try to gossip less – we focus on external things. But over and over Scripture teaches us that what God really wants is a complete righteousness that transforms us from within. Yet when we hear this, we don’t know exactly what it means, so we just go on trying to “be good” and hope for the best. If you have faced this struggle and these kinds of thoughts, this week’s passage will be of great benefit to you. As we look at the words from I John 3:1-7, we can try to understand how to have fellowship with God and how to be righteous. The writer zeroes in on our identity in Christ and gives us convincing motivation to live life differently. What does that look like?
    TO JOIN US in worship this Sunday, April 18, 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. 





When Manuel Nazario casts his net into the water these days, his catch is far less plentiful. In the remote area of Bolivia near the Paraguay-Argentina border, Manuel and the members of his indigenous community are finding that fishing, their traditional livelihood, is now in severe jeopardy. The Capirendita community is grappling with the devastating impact of climate change, irregular rainfall patterns, prolonged droughts, and mining pollution. As a result, their age-old ways of life and their means of economic support are increasingly threatened.

Manuel has emerged as one of the leaders of his fishing community. He is now leading families in Capirendita toward the promise of a better way. Because of gifts received through One Great Hour of Sharing, the community is building infrastructure (500 meters of pipes) to transport safe well water to those in need and distributing plastic containers to collect and save rainwater. 

OGHS also helps address critical water needs in places like South Sudan, training technicians to dig wells for their communities and on maintenance, hygiene, and sanitation. And in places like Detroit, our gifts have enabled local organizations to secure access to water for those who have had their water shut off during the pandemic. 

One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to share God's love by becoming "repairers of the breach," joining with people in need to build God's house, together. Together we are making a better world for those in need no matter where they are. Please give generously during April, for when we all do a little - it adds up to a lot. 

Checks can be made payable to Concord, memo: OGHS.
Donations can also be made online through Concord's website.



     At our meeting last week, Session approved returning to in-person worship beginning May 23, Pentecost Sunday. Worshipers will be required to follow safety protocols which at a minimum will observe state mandates and guidelines, and CDC guidelines. These will include mask-wearing and social distancing; details for all protocols are still being worked out and will be communicated as we get closer to May 23. That service, and all that follow, will be livestreamed so they can be joined online as they're happening and recorded so they can be watched at any later time or day.
      TAKE NOTE: The worship staff and livestreaming team are planning to begin actual live "broadcast" of worship from the sanctuary beginning May 9, without worshipers present in the sanctuary. That means services on the 9th and 16th will be available online each of those Sundays beginning at 10:30am, when they are actually taking place at Concord. As with all livestreamed services, each service will also be recorded and can be accessed at any later time/day.
     Information on how to access live-streamed recordings will be provided in the next few weeks.



Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wed., April 21 from 10:00-11:00am, led by Parish Associate Kathie Pownall. 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




Deacons Meeting
Wed., April 21 - 7:00pm (online)

To join this Zoom meeting, 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




Jennie Clark's mother Claire Byler went into hospice care last week and is near the end. Prayers for her comfort and for those who love her - husband David and daughters Jennie, Becky, Julie, and their families.
Prayers for Gayle Hazel who broke her left wrist in a fall last weekend. She will have surgery this morning.
Prayers of comfort & healing for Dawn, a relative of Kay Jewett. Will have cancer surgery in early May.
Prayers of rejoicing for Kathie Pownall, who was able to spend time with her daughters and grandchildren over the weekend, and for Kay Jewett who will be attending a 50th reunion for her medical school class via Zoom.
Continued prayers for Dottie Lund's sister Marianne & her husband Richard - Marianne is still in the process of moving from AZ to IN and Richard is not doing well without her.
Healing prayers for Denise Becker's sister Laurie Ann, diagnosed with COVID & in a living situation that makes quarantine difficult.
Prayers of healing also for Meg Greene, suffering from a bad case of the flu & unable to work.
Prayers for Margaret O'Boyle's mother, faced with the difficult decision of moving to assisted living.
Prayers for help and healing as we try to find our way to racial reconciliation and seek to end actions and inactions
that contribute to racial injustice.

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:



Saturday, June 5, 2021
Concord Church parking lot

     Concord Presbyterian Church has been a long-time friend and supporter of Friendship House. Building on successful Concord teams in previous years, we have formed a team in support of Friendship House in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. All the money we raise goes to the programs at Friendship House, programs that serve the homeless in New Castle County, Delaware. Our Concord Mission Committee has suggested that we target the donations to the FH fines and fees fund, to help people dig out from court-imposed fees and fines which can keep vulnerable people ensnared in a vicious cycle of poverty and incarceration (more info).
      In 2020 we had a virtual walk, but in 2021 we will walk together (with masks and distancing per Delaware protocols) or virtually, as you feel comfortable. Join us June 5 at Concord Presbyterian as we walk for the homeless with Friendship House. We will meet at 10:00am and walk through our Fairfax neighborhood. We hope to recruit our neighbors in Fairfax and Deerhurst to walk with us. Enjoy getting out in a good cause with Friendship House. 
      We hope you will join our Concord team as a walker or donate to support the team or your favorite walker on the team. A generous friend of Friendship House will donate another $1,000 for every team that raises $2,000 and recruits 20 walkers. We hope we are fortunate enough to reach those goals.  Please know that each walker and each donation is important. To sign up, visit Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community – Wilmington.

Team Captain. John Barineau (



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 coping with COVID, how you're worshiping, special occasions, children or pets being adorable...! We'll try to share your photos in Concord Connects as space permits. 


The Rowes' "Silver Linings" wall - started at the beginning of the pandemic to intentionally find the positives.
(Having Phoebe at home was the first silver lining, and additions have accumulated over the past year.) 


Al Lund with his first fish of the 2021 season - a 2.5 lb. smallmouth bass from the Conowingo Reservoir on March 26. 


Ella, Isabel, & Conrad constructing a fort in the wilderness (well, at Talley Day Park).



Concord Preschool Fundraiser
Thursday, April 29 -11:00am-9:00pm

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza (5611 Concord Pike, next to Trader Joe's) will donate back 20% on all orders received from Preschool parents and friends on that day. Watch future Connects for details!



  • All persons 16+ may now sign up for the state waitlist or through a pharmacy site.
  • Though you are eligible now, it may still take a few weeks to make a vaccination appointments based on the size of this group.
  • Persons 16 & 17 years old are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine – check the vaccine being offered at each site closely.
  • If you have difficulty accessing a computer or need accommodations because of a disability, contact the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715


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