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April 22, 2021
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 

Concord Presbyterian Church!

Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 25

Parish Associate Kathie Pownall preaching
Earth Sunday, One Great Hour of Sharing

     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 Shepherds? 
    TO JOIN 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. 





Because Healing Empowers

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 whole.

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.



Concord Youth Group
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 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 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 receiving oxygen.
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 grandson Rex.
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 Professionals Day.
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. 


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.



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. The Preschool will use funds raised for new playground equipment.

Three 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.




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