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
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
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.
THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
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.
US FOR THIS SPECIAL GATHERING!
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.
CLOTHING/SCHOOL UNIFORM DRIVE
to benefit Friendship
House Clothing Bank
- Saturday, September 11 from
- 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).
For the upcoming school year, we want to provide
uniforms for 2,000 students in 5 target schools
in Red Clay Consolidated School District.
WHAT WE NEED:
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 &
For more information about
Friendship House Clothing Bank and the School Uniform Initiative:
School Uniform Initiative –
Friendship House (friendshiphousede.org)
For more information contact: email@example.com
MUG & MUFFIN
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
join the Zoom gathering online, click on this link.
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.
Healing prayers for Tim Lund following
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
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 prayers 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Color of Compromise:
The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in
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
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
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.
SUMMARY – SEPTEMBER 1
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
- 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.