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

Concord Presbyterian Church!

Sunday, July 18 @ 10:00am
"Voices from the Psalms: Hallelujah!" - Psalm 100
Pastor Steve Clark preaching

     For this Sunday, READ Psalm 100 and REFLECT: The writer is clearly "pumped" about God. Have you ever had a time when you felt that way? What did you do to express that feeling? The image of being God's "sheep" is a common one in scripture; even Jesus used it on several occasions. What thoughts or feelings does it evoke to think of yourself as one of God's "sheep"? If, like most of us, you have little experience with raising or caring for farm animals, what image could you use that carries the same meaning(s)?
      Join us for IN-PERSON WORSHIP on Sunday at 10:00am; doors open at 9:40am. We have developed guidelines for your safety, including social distancing, mask wearing, and collecting contact tracing information. Click here to read a complete list of these guidelines if you plan to attend.
     For those who are not yet ready or able to attend our service in person, a live-streamed/recorded option is available on our website. 
To join us in WORSHIP ONLINE this Sunday, July 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 service will be available live at 10:00am Sunday morning or later in the day to view at your convenience. 




Dear Concord Friends:
     As we experience changes in the scope and nature of the COVID pandemic in recent months, the CDC and Delaware have been adjusting safety protocols and mandates to reflect these new realities. We continue to closely monitor the situation and establish protocols for Concord activities that reflect best practices for keeping us all safe. With recent changes in the situation, we have decided to make the following adjustments to our protocols for in-person worship:

  1. Worshipers will no longer be ushered to pews prior to the service but may seat themselves where they wish in the available open pews - while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  2. Worshipers will no longer be dismissed by rows, but may simply leave the sanctuary at the end of the service - but are still asked to exit the sanctuary as quickly as possible and continue conversation and fellowship outside.
  3. The air conditioning and heating will continue to run during the service; it will not be turned off as the service begins.

     Masks continue to be required for anyone attending worship, and must be kept on while in the sanctuary. The only exception: those leading worship may remove their mask only when they are  actually speaking or singing as they lead the service, and must replace it when not actively leading. As always, we ask you to be sensitive to those around you and continue to act in the best interests of your neighbors.
    We will continue to monitor the situation as vaccines continue to provide protection and variants continue to provide new threats. At our August Session meeting we will again discuss current protocols and decide whether further revisions are appropriate.
     We are grateful to you all for your understanding and cooperation as we continue to navigate this challenging time.
Your partners in the gospel,
The Session



SUNDAY, JULY 25 - 7:00PM

JOIN US at Concord SUNDAY EVENING, July 25, for the second in a series of evening prayer services this summer. The 30-minute service of prayers, scripture, and music, led by Parish Associate Kathie Pownall, begins at 7:00pm on the church lawn near the office entrance. Bring your own chair and plan on social distancing (currently 3 feet).
Masks not required but wear one if you prefer.

The Spiritual Formation ministry team will also be offering a "Praying in Color" activity for children and youth during outdoor evening worship (7-7:30pm) at the far end of the parking lot. Please join us!

Services will be held twice a month through the summer: July 25, August 15 & 29.






Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN gathering will meet in Jessie's Room next Wednesday, July 21, at our usual 10:00am meeting time, led by Parish Associate Kathie Pownall. You can still connect via Zoom (same info as always, shown below) if you would prefer to join the conversation that way. 

For those attending in person, there are still required protocols to follow:

  • Bring your mask. Unless all of those present are vaccinated and agree to go without masks, we will wear masks and practice social distancing during the gathering.
  • Bring your iPad, smartphone, laptop - whatever you generally use to connect from home. This will allow those joining via Zoom to see all the other participants.
  • If all those present are vaccinated and agree, participants may consume beverages they bring

To join ONLINE, click on this link.



Friendship House School Uniform Initiative

For many families in the Wilmington area, purchasing school uniforms is a hardship. Working to meet their basic needs consumes all of their energy. Some of these families are on the verge of homelessness. There are few resources for uniforms, but many schools in Delaware require them. Without the required school uniform, the consequences for students can be significant. Any help that we can offer to ease this one burden for these students and families will make a huge difference and provides students with the confidence needed to excel in academics.


For the upcoming school year, Friendship House's goal is to provide uniforms for 2,000 students in 5 target schools in Red Clay Consolidated School District. Want to help? We made it super easy. We have created a Target registry where you can simply purchase the uniforms and have them sent directly to Friendship House - no need to even get off the couch! Old Navy is also having a uniform sale where items are 20-40% off! Click this link to head to Old Navy's website. To donate funds to allow Friendship House to purchase the uniforms directly, click here. A $50 donation supports one student.

Additionally, we know that there are many outgrown school uniforms that still have a lot of life left in them, and we are working hard to capture them and redistribute them to other students.  We need gently-used uniform items in children sizes 3T – 20. Please bag these items separately and label "School Uniforms" before dropping off at the Clothing Bank.

  • Pants & Shorts: khaki & navy
  • Polo shirts and cardigans: white, navy & light blue
  • Dresses & skirts: khaki & navy

To learn more about this initiative, visit the Friendship House website.



Prayer List
Prayers for Youth Group & leaders this week as they work and play and learn how to best serve their community.
Kay Jewett expressed thanks for the prayers & thoughts offered following the death of her mother last week. 
Prayers of comfort & condolence for Concord's mail carrier, his son & daughter. His wife passed away late last month after a long battle with cancer. He is back at work but having difficulty coping with her loss.
Prayers of sympathy for Betty Shirar's friend Shirley, whose son drowned last week.
Continued prayers for Bldg. Mgr. Duane Jessup's brother Ron - undergoing radiation & chemo treatments for an inoperable tumor.
Jan Moore has requested prayers of safe travel for Julie as she goes to Mexico for 3 weeks with Clowns Without Borders.
Prayers for Kathie Pownall as she seeks relief for severe back pain - beginning a course of medication & PT.
Prayers of rejoicing that John & Susy Greene have found a house in Oregon. Now must sell their current home in Delaware...
Prayers for Carol Lind as she visits a cardiologist this week re concerns from recent EKG.
A joy for Ginnie Mayforth - daughter Robin is visiting from CA.

Prayers of continued healing for Wayne Stahl, now in Manor Care for PT and rehab. Beginning to gain strength but still unable to walk.
Prayers of thanks that Denise Becker's stressful work situation is improving & she is learning to "let go and let God."
Prayers of comfort & healing for Margaret O'Boyle's Aunt Lois who broke her knee in a fall. Following surgery & blood transfusions, she is improving and ready to move to rehab facility.
Prayers for Anna Mae Landt, recently shaken up by a fall but now feeling better.
Prayers for those cleaning up & seeking assistance in the wake of Monday's flooding in Northeast Philadelphia & nearby counties.

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:



Rev. A. Thomas Murphy, Jr.
Celebration of Life
Sat., July 24 - 11:00am
via Zoom

Below is the link to register to attend the Celebration of the Life of Tom Murphy [former pastor of Concord Presbyterian (1977-1986)]. Please click on it and complete the VERY brief and simple registration process now. It will then immediately send you the Zoom link that you will need to attend the event on July 24 at 11:00am EDT. We look forward to seeing you all there! And please feel free to share this registration link with anyone else you think might want to attend. Thank you.

— Betsy, Kathy, Pat, Andrew, and Mary Helen

Link for memorial service:
To read obituary, click here.



 Praying in Color
Sunday evening, July 11






 We have all been apart far longer than anyone predicted in March 2020. It’s only been a few brief weeks of being in the sanctuary together, and my single greatest joy is seeing and welcoming worshipers back to Concord! If you are able to attend worship in person, please help Welcome and Assist others by serving as a Greeter and/or Usher. You arrive at 9:30am, and by about ten minutes after worship ends are out the door. Follow the web link below or call the Church Office and Margaret will help you find a morning that suits your schedule.

You’ll be amazed by the amount of joy it brings you and others!

Raven Studer, Worship Committee


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