Ascending," from Art in the Christian Tradition,
a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN
Fifth Sunday of Easter
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?
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
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
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
(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
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
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
Prayers also for Jan Moore's friend's mother Nancy,
a frail 90-year-old still hospitalized with fluid in her lungs
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.
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.
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,
with Concord’s Spiritual Formation Team: Liz
Rowe, Liane Gehret, Gayle Hazel, Heather
Janas, Marcie Jorgensen, Holly Reuther, Carly