Sunday, July 18 @ 10:00am
"Voices from the Psalms:
Hallelujah!" - Psalm 100
Pastor Steve Clark preaching
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:
- 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
- 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.
- The air conditioning and heating will continue to
run during the service; it will not be turned off as the
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
We are grateful to you all for your
understanding and cooperation as we continue to navigate this challenging
Your partners in the gospel,
EVENING PRAYER SERVICE
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.
MUG & MUFFIN
LIVE AND IN PERSON!
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
- 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
- If all those present are vaccinated and agree, participants may consume beverages they bring.
To join ONLINE, click on this link.
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 &
- Dresses & skirts: khaki & navy
To learn more about
this initiative, visit the Friendship House website.
Prayers for Youth Group
& leaders this
week as they work and play and learn how to best serve
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
Prayers for Kathie Pownall as she seeks relief for
severe back pain - beginning a course of medication
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: email@example.com.
Rev. A. Thomas
Celebration of Life
Sat., July 24 - 11:00am
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: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvcOmprj8oHdToOqcPR_Kvw1lseYy8H1sr
To read obituary, click here.
Praying in Color
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!
Studer, Worship Committee