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September 9, 2021
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 

Concord Presbyterian Church!

Homecoming Sunday, September 12 @ 11:00am (note later time)
Luke 10:25-37 - "Centered in Christ, Sowing Life"
Pastor Steve Clark preaching; Communion 

     For this Sunday, READ Luke 10:25-37 and REFLECT: As you read this passage, which includes what is one of the most famous parables Jesus tells, what stands out for you? Imagine yourself watching this conversation take place; what would you want to say to Jesus before he tells the story? What about after? What would you want to ask the lawyer after Jesus has given his answer? Setting the parable aside for a moment, what stands out for you in looking at the give-and-take between Jesus and the lawyer?
     Join us for IN-PERSON OUTDOOR WORSHIP on Sunday at 11:00am in the church parking lot. Bring your own chairs and your lunch. After our special outdoor communion service and brief congregational meeting, we'll stay to enjoy fun and fellowship together as we welcome a new church season.  
     THERE WILL BE NO LIVESTREAM of the Sunday, September 12 worship service, however we will record the service and post it on the website later in the afternoon. To watch the service once it is available, click on the picture above to go to our Concord website. Near the bottom of the home page, click on the same picture to view the worship video. 





Our annual Homecoming Sunday celebration is coming, with some new twists:

  • WORSHIP at 11:00am in the parking lot. (note TIME change--just for this week)
  • FOOD, FELLOWSHIP & FUN for all ages immediately following worship. 
  • It’s BYOC&F for everyone: Bring Your Own Chair(s) & Food. As we did last September, we’ll commit to keeping each other safe by not having our usual potluck and by maintaining social distancing.
  • NO LIVESTREAM of worship, BUT we will record the service and it will be posted online in the afternoon (see above). We'll resume our usual 10:00am worship with livestream next Sunday.





Homecoming Sunday - September 12
following 11:00am worship in the parking lot

Session has called a meeting of the congregation for the purpose of filling an unexpired term on the Board of Deacons. 




to benefit Friendship House Clothing Bank   

  • Saturday, September 11 from 9:00am-noon
  • Sunday, September 12 (after Homecoming worship)

in the Concord Church parking lot. All clean, gently-used clothing will be accepted with a special request for school uniforms (see below).

Friendship House goal
For the upcoming school year, we want to provide uniforms for 2,000 students in 5 target schools
in Red Clay Consolidated School District.

New or gently-used uniform items in children’s
sizes 3T – 20

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

 For more information about Friendship House Clothing Bank and the School Uniform Initiative:
School Uniform Initiative – Friendship House (

 For more information contact:



Weds. @ 10:00am via Zoom

Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN Bible study meets again next Wed., September 15 from 10:00-11:00am, led by Pastor Steve Clark. 

 To join the Zoom gathering online, click on this link.



Prayer List
Prayers of sympathy for the family of Concord member Dorothy Baker, who passed away September 2 at Country House. She was predeceased by her husband Marshall (2019).
Prayers of strength and comfort for Elinor Weaver, who did not suffer a stroke but is currently in Manor Care for therapy.
Visitors welcome!
Healing prayers for Tim Lund following hernia surgery.
Prayers of celebration for Joyce Johnson's son Mark & wife Judy on their 41st wedding anniversary.

Prayers for those who lost loved ones on 9/11, for survivors who suffer lingering physical & psychological effects, for those who saved lives as firefighters & rescue workers, and for all whose lives were changed as a result of those terrorist attacks.
 Prayers for those whose homes and communities are torn and flooded by the winds of Hurricane Ida, for those who abide in darkness and in oppressive heat, trying to begin the work of rebuilding, especially for those whose resources and access to help are tenuous.

Prayers of safety for pupils & teachers as school begins again.
Continued p
rayers for those impacted by the devastating earthquake in Haiti & the refugee crisis following the end of the war in Afghanistan.
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:




The Color of Compromise:
The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

7:00-8:00pm Mondays (Zoom and recorded)
September 20 – November 15

     Drawing on Jemar Tisby’s book of the same name, this video-based nine-session series provides a unique survey of American Christianity’s racial past, revealing the ways people of faith have worked against racial justice, as well as the complicit silence of racial moderates. We will look at tragic and often-ignored aspects of our past and suggests ways to foster a more just future among God’s people.
     Participants are encouraged to get a copy of the book, The Color of Compromise, to read during with the 9-week series (available on Amazon and other bookseller sites). But everyone is welcome to join any or all sessions, even if you don’t have the book. Every session will be recorded and posted on our Concord website for those not able to connect with the live Zoom conversations.

Jamar Tisby (BA, University of Notre Dame; MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is a Christian, historian, writer,
and speaker. He is the president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, where he writes about race,
religion, politics, and culture.





It was a full docket, with many important issues and decisions to consider. Here’s a summary:

  • NEW MEMBERS: Session members shared stories of connections to Concord and current involvement in our ministries and heard Miguel Gonzalez and Jane Lim share some of their own stories, reflect on their journey of faith, and respond affirmatively to questions of faith and membership. Pastor Steve reported that he had spent time via Zoom with Jane and Miguel on August 29 reviewing core elements of our Christian faith, distinctives of Presbyterian practice and belief, and the practices and priorities of our Concord “family.” Following the conversation, Session voted enthusiastically to welcome Jane and Miguel into active membership at Concord. They will be received in worship on September 19.
  • APPROVED REQUEST FOR BAPTISM of Johan Rafael Gonzalez-Lim, son of Miguel Gonzalez and Jane Lim. Pastor Steve reported he had met with Miguel and Jane to discuss the meaning of Christian baptism and the responsibilities of parents and congregation when a child is baptized. The sacrament will be celebrated in worship September 19.
  • CALLED SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING following worship on September 12 to elect Deacon to fill unexpired term of a Deacon who resigned for reasons of time commitment. The term to be filled concludes January 2023. Nominating Committee will bring a nominee to be considered.
  • APPROVED allocation of Concord’s 25% of upcoming Peacemaking Offering to go to Seamen’s Center or other appropriate recipient designated by Mission Committee. Committee’s final decision will be communicated to Session).
  • APPROVED proposal from Spiritual Formation to begin a weekly Sunday activity for families with children. The activity will take place 10-10:30 Sundays, outdoors when possible, indoors when weather requires. This new program will begin September 19.
  • APPROVED Physical Plant to move forward with looking into costs and design for new outdoor signs to replace our deteriorating wooden signs (and our temporary banners which are often damaged or destroyed by strong winds). When a specific design and cost is decided on by the committee, it will be presented to Session for approval. Current expectation is that the process will take several months.
  • DISCUSSED at length current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and our current protocols. Decision was made to not alter any protocols at this time. Also directed Physical Plant to investigate options for improving effectiveness of air filtration and flow in impeding virus transmission within our building. The committee will bring a report, along with any recommendations, to a future meeting.
  • APPROVED holding worship in the parking lot on October 10, to be followed by a Mission Fair providing info on ministries at Concord as well as local ministries/missions we currently support. It was not decided whether worship will be at its usual 10:00am time that day or delayed to 11:00am as it has been for our Homecoming gathering on September 12.
  • PRESBYTERY MEETING: Carol Haas and Don Potter agreed to serve as Concord commissioners to New Castle Presbytery meeting on September 14, and Session agreed to their election as such.
  • APPROVED contracting with the Rev. Tom Patterson of Sound Coaching to lead a workshop to help us discern, and begin planning, our next steps in ministry and mission. Workshop participants will include Elders and Deacons, program staff, and invited members of the congregation. Day and time of the workshop to be determined.


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