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April 29, 2021
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 

Concord Presbyterian Church!

"Christ Ascending," from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN

Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 2

Pastor Steve Clark preaching
Ascension of the Lord, Communion*

     For this Sunday, READ Acts 1:1-14 and REFLECT: As you read vv1-5 summing up the author’s “first book,” how does that match with what you know or remember about the Gospel of Luke? What do you think the disciples mean by “restore the kingdom to Israel”? Imagine yourself in that scene, one of those asking Jesus that question. What thoughts or feelings do you have after hearing Jesus’ reply? Verses 9-10 describe what is called the Ascension. What difference does it make to you, or to the church, that Jesus “ascended into heaven,” in the words of the Apostles’ Creed?
    TO JOIN US in worship this Sunday, May 2, 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. 

*This Sunday we will celebrate the Lord's Supper as part of the service.
Please have something ready for eating and something ready for drinking



Concord Youth Group
Blessing Bag Giveaway

The great Blessing Bag Giveaway at the Brandywine High School Flea Market last Saturday was a success! Concord Youth Group gave away ALL 60+ blessing bags (assembled at youth group the week before). Each bag contained snacks, water, masks, tissues, wipes, and hand sanitizer. Blessing Bags can be kept in the car and handed out to those in need. Thanks to our youth and their parents for being God’s hands and feet in the world!




Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN study meets again next Wed., May 5 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



Former church secretary Elaine Darling has requested prayers for her husband Tom. He has advanced cancer and prognosis is poor.
Healing prayers for JoAnn Cipolla who fell last weekend and broke her wrist. She is still in Wilmington Hospital and scheduled for surgery today.
Prayers of comfort and relief for Kathie Pownall who had a second injection for her back on Tuesday and is still in some pain.
Jennie Clark's mother Claire Byler still under hospice care, but stable. 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 still hospitalized with fluid in her lungs (cause uncertain).
Prayers of relief that Dottie Lund's sister Marianne has finally moved back to IN with the help of her sons. Her husband Richard has had a change in medication and is more lucid and adapting to his new situation.
Prayers of thanks that the Millers have had a visit with daughter Robin, up from NC, and with Joyce Tannian from Water is Life Kenya who is home from Africa.
Prayers for the people of India who are suffering mightily from COVID. They are desperately in need of supplies and the medical staff is vastly overworked.

Prayers of thanks for the Shepherds of Concord. They are working very hard to care for us during our time apart. 

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:



Thank You from Concord Preschool

Thanks to Marj Johnson and other Concord volunteers for making face masks for our Preschool staff during the pandemic. We can't mask our appreciation!



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 Preschool Fundraiser
TODAY!!! -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 today. 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.



For the past couple of months, Concord Church’s Spiritual Formation team has been troubleshooting and brainstorming possibilities for holding a version of our traditional 5-day Vacation Bible School this summer. After much discussion and discernment that involved considering protocols that would need to be put in place, using outside space, weather concerns, alternatives to the Preschool playground (licensing and state guidelines do not allow us to share space with the Preschool), as well as the safety of our non-vaccinated campers and youth counselors, we have decided to go in a different direction for this year.
We will be planning a couple of FREE weekend events (and possibly weekday evening) in the Concord Church parking lot for VBS families that will include activities such as youth counselor-led skits, games (think GIANT Simon Says, Freeze Dance, etc), music, crafts, all done tailgate-style in family pods. Look for more details to come in Concord Connects, on Concord’s Facebook page, and in your email! Stay safe and be well

Blessings and Peace,
Christina Pressley
with Concord’s Spiritual Formation Team: Liz Rowe, Liane Gehret, Gayle Hazel, Heather Janas, Marcie Jorgensen, Holly Reuther, Carly Twilley




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