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October 7, 2021
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 

Concord Presbyterian Church!

Paul in Prison by Rembrandt, 1627.

Sunday, October 10 @ 10:00am
Outdoor Worship. Mission Fair
Pastor Steve Clark preaching 

      For this Sunday, READ Philippians 1:21-30 and REFLECT: The apostle Paul is writing this letter from a Roman prison cell, with the possibility of execution looming over him. In vs. 21-26 he seems to be thinking/deciding aloud about how he feels about this possibility. What are your thoughts and feelings as you read his musings? Can you identity with them in any way? In vs. 27-30 he turns the focus off his own situation and begins to instruct and encourage the members of the Philippian church. How do you respond to his words in those verses? How do you see them applying to your own situation? To our shared life and ministry at Concord?
     Join us for IN-PERSON WORSHIP on Sunday at 10:00am. We are planning an outdoor service in the parking lot, but we'll meet inside the Sanctuary if bad weather is predicted. (Check the website or Facebook page for updates.) 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, October 10, 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. If the worship service is held indoors, it will be available live at 10:00am Sunday morning or later in the day to view at your convenience. If outdoors, there will be no livestream, but we will record the service and post it on the website later in the afternoon.



If the service this Sunday is held outdoors, there will be no J.A.M Session for children and families.
We will all worship together in the parking lot. If the service is moved indoors due to inclement weather,
we will hold our J.A.M Session in the Chapel (windows open, masks required).



STILL Feeding, Serving, Building & Celebrating

Sunday, October 10 following worship

Stewardship season has arrived! Come learn more about the many ways that your time, talents, and treasure support Concord's ministries and mission by joining us after worship this Sunday, October 10 for a Mission Fair! Following our 10:00am worship service (indoors or outdoors), you will be able to stroll around and see displays from church committees such as Spiritual Formation, Mission, Worship & Music, Physical Plant, and more! In addition, stop by to find out what's happening in the Preschool and at Friendship House! Not only will you catch up on what's new and exciting, but you may even feel inspired to get involved in some new activities this year. We are looking forward to seeing you there! 




Weds. @ 10:00am via Zoom

Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN Bible study meets again next Wed., October 13 from 10:00-11:00am, led by Pastor Steve Clark. To join the Zoom gathering ONLINE, click on this link.



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. (Click here to view past sessions.)

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.



Prayer List
 Prayers of sympathy for the family of former member Walt Miller who passed away last week after a long illness. Condolences can be sent to his wife Dot at 566 Coral Drive, #A-2; Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512.
   Prayers of rejoicing that Johan Gonzalez-Lim was baptized last Sunday, and that his parents Jane Lim & Miguel Gonzalez officially joined our Concord Church family.
Healing prayers for Kathie Pownall’s sister Jackie & her husband Bill – Jackie has tested positive for COVID & Bill is suffering from pneumonia.

Continued prayers for Duane Jessup’s brother Ron – cancer has spread to his bone marrow. He will be coming home from Penn soon with palliative care.
Prayers of comfort for Denise Becker’s friend Amy who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is to have a double mastectomy.
Travel mercies for Dottie & Al Lind, driving to IN for the service for Dottie’s brother-in-law who passed away recently.
Prayers of joy for Nancy Tucker, leaving soon to visit with her sister in Asheville, NC. 

Prayers of condolence for Steve Studer and for the family of his friend George Robbins who died last week.
Prayers for Carol Lind, scheduled for heart ablation at the end of October.
Healing prayers for Meg Greene, scheduled for a second heart ablation soon.

Prayers for Leonard Eley, father of Country House employee, scheduled for extensive shoulder surgery Oct. 5. Hoping to regain use of his arm again.
Continued prayers for Margaret O'Boyle's Aunt Lois - feeling much better & due to be released from hospital today following bout with COVID.
Prayers for the 82.4 million people worldwide who have been displaced - for the families struggling to get enough to eat, who have no possessions, and who are trying to survive in a strange country. Your gifts to the Peace & Global Witness Offering help more people experience the gifts of freedom & dignity that Christ wants for everyone, everywhere.
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:



Concord Photo Gallery

Show us how you're worshiping, special occasions, children or pets being adorable...!

If you have photos you'd be willing to share with your Concord family, please send them to Margaret.

We'll try to share your photos in Concord Connects as space permits. 


J.A.M. friends filling Blessing Bags for the congregation last Sunday.


J.A.M. friends also helped "baptize" Johan - with bubbles!




Is Asking Your Help!

As they begin their work of discerning Concord members who might serve as Elders and Deacons for the coming three-year term, you are invited to suggest names for them to consider. Elders serve as the spiritual and organizational leaders of the congregation; Deacons are partners with Pastors Steve and Kathie in providing care and support to congregation members, especially those unable to be present for Concord worship and other events, as well as members facing challenges or losses in life.  To suggest names for the Committee to consider (including your own if you feel the Lord may be leading you that way),  email Pastor Steve (




The Peace & Global Witness Offering will be received  throughout the month of October. Concord's portion of the offering will benefit the Seamen's Center of Wilmington, helping meet the needs of seafarers from around the world who visit the Port of Wilmington and offering a respite from the loneliness, isolation, and hazards of the sea. 

Make checks payable to Concord Presbyterian Church, memo: Peacemaking or donate online at




Our mission co-worker Karla Koll has posted an update from Costa Rica.
Catch up on how God is at work in this part of the world!


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