Fourth Sunday of Easter
Parish Associate Kathie Pownall
Earth Sunday, One Great Hour of
This week's scripture is John
10:11-18: The Good Shepherd. There was a movie a number of years ago
called Babe, which modeled
"good shepherding." Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett won a
piglet named Babe at a county fair, and Babe narrowly avoided being
Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decided to show him in the
next fair. In the meantime, Babe bonded with a motherly border
collie named Fly and discovered that he could herd sheep, too. Babe
became the highest-scoring good shepherd at the herding
competition. One dog herded the sheep by nipping at them. Then Babe
spoke to the sheep respectfully, telling them what needed to be
done...and they did it. In the passage from John, Jesus is
recognized as the Good Shepherd who, by words and actions, cares
for his sheep. What opportunities do we have to be Good
US in worship this Sunday, April 25, 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.
Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are
helping Black Women’s Blueprint in its mission to take action on
social justice issues and to deliver educational resources and
support services to women and girls, including those who have
suffered sexual and other forms of abuse. They’re not just
addressing issues of trauma but they’re also providing things
like food and housing assistance that people need in order to be
Because we are the Church, together… we give to One Great Hour of Sharing because of where
the church belongs, of who the church is. Please give generously
during April so that our Church can continue to be with those
struggling for justice, righteousness, and peace for life. 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.
Blessing Bags - April 18
Youth Group's BIG question on Sunday: Why
make Blessing Bags and share them with those in need. Answers:
- To take care of people
- To share our resources
- To let people know they are seen
- To let people know they are loved
- To extend a community that begins with God and
continues with us.
The Blessing Bags assembled last Sunday
will be distributed to the community at Brandywine High School's
Outdoor Flea Market on Sat., April 24 (see flyer below).
Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wed., April 28 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
(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 still under hospice care, but doing a bit better.
Prayers for her comfort
and for husband David and family.
Prayers for Anais Brutus' brother-in-law Mario who is
suffering from a severe case of COVID. He is
hospitalized near his home in Chile in serious condition & is
Prayers also for Jan Moore's friend's mother Nancy,
a frail 90-year-old hospitalized with pneumonia.
Prayers of comfort for Gerry Crock's friend Jean,
recently moved to Shipley Manor when her husband could no longer
care for her at home.
Prayers of continued healing for Gayle Hazel - surgery
last week on broken wrist went well.
Prayers of wisdom for Denise Becker as
she deals with a co-worker having performance issues.
Prayers for Meg Greene, back at
work following treatment for strep, but still not feeling well.
Traveling mercies for
Pastor Steve - in
NOLA for visit with his daughter & family and baptism of
Also for Susy Greene as she drives
to/from Florida for a brief time away.
Prayers of thanks
from Margaret O'Boyle
for the expressions of appreciation received on Administrative
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: email@example.com.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Concord Church parking lot
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 –
Team Captain. John
Concord Photo Gallery
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.
Ryan O'Boyle's cat
Raj was enjoying a bit of sun on his new deck when he was suddenly
accosted by an uninvited guest! Friend or foe? Raj bravely
decides... he's gotten enough sun for the day.
Kathie Pownall &
family at a recent birthday celebration (left); Kathie's
grandchildren Eden & Jonah at Easter.
YOUR CALENDARS - COMING SOON!!!
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.
The Preschool will use funds raised for new playground equipment.
ways to order:
- Call 302-477-1488 and mention that you are with
Concord Preschool before placing your order.
- Visit the ACFP website
and order online for pickup. In the section for order notes
or special instructions, include 'Concord Preschool.'
- Visit the location and place your order from
their storefront for take-out. Be sure to mention Concord
Preschool when you place your order.
Thank you for your support.