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December 16, 2021
  
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 

Concord Presbyterian Church!
 


Fourth Sunday of Advent
"A Very MARY Christmas: Going to Bethlehem" - Luke 2:1-6
Pastor Steve Clark preaching 

Sunday, December 19 @ 10:00am

     For this Sunday, READ Luke 2:1-6 and REFLECT: Why do you think Luke goes into such detail about the imperial census and "Who's Who" at this point in the story? Verse 4 is the first time Joseph does anything in the story, and his sole task is to get Mary to Bethlehem. How does that fit, or not fit, into how you usually think of the Christmas story? Bethlehem is about 60 miles from Nazareth; on foot it would take 4-5 days to make the journey. Imagine being with Joseph and Mary on that journey; what do you imagine they're feeling and thinking as the walk along? What do they talk about together? 
     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 December 19, 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. 

 

 

 

 


Proof of full vaccination will be required of everyone attending the concert, including children. If you plan to attend and would like to have your vaccination status on file in order to expedite entry that evening, please bring your card (or a clear photo of it) to worship this Sunday, December 19, and show to the greeter.
The concert will also be live-streamed and recorded for those unable to attend in person.
Link will be available on Concord's website on Sunday.

 

 



CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
(in person and livestream)
5:00pm

This service will combine elements of the two services we did for many years prior to the pandemic. Lots of singing, telling of the Christmas story, and candle lighting as we sing Silent Night. Chris and Jeanmarie Braddock (The Nearly Valentines) will join us to share their musical gifts. Bring friends and family and join us for this special celebration. (The service will not include celebration of the Lord's Supper.) 
 

[NOTE: We will follow the same COVID protocols as for Sunday morning worship, with mask wearing required throughout the service.]

 

 

 


 

MUG & MUFFIN
Weds. @ 10:00am via Zoom

Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN Bible study meets again next Wed., December 22 from 10:00-11:00am,
led by Parish Associate Rev. Kathie Pownall. To join the Zoom gathering ONLINE, click on this link.
Note: Mug & Muffin will not meet on December 29.

 

 


  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5) 

     As night fell on December 10, a horrific line of powerful tornadoes ripped across several states, ending the lives of more than 100 people and wreaking devastation across many communities by the time morning had broken. One of these tornadoes was on the ground for a terrifying and unprecedented 250 miles, more than 200 of those miles in Kentucky alone, where the town of Mayfield saw the catastrophic destruction of much of the downtown area, including the Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist churches.
     It is the season of Advent — a time of watchful expectation that begins with a warning of impending judgment, the end of days, and continues with a prayerful journeying toward the birth of the Christ Child at Christmas, an ordinary babe dependent on the love and care of others for his survival.
     In the wake of these terrible and catastrophic storms, it is the role of ordinary people of faith like us to shine as light in this bleakest of winters. We are called to be the hands and feet of God as we reach out to shelter, feed, care for, and help rebuild the lives of those who have lost loved ones, homes, work, and a sense of safety as a result of the tornadoes. 

To share your financial blessings with survivors of the December 10 tornadoes in Kentucky, Illinois, and surrounding states, make checks payable to Concord, memo: PDA: Tornadoes.

 

 

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FLOWER FUND FOR CHRISTMAS

If you would like to contribute to the Flower Fund for the upcoming holiday season, please make your check for $15/poinsettia payable to Concord Presbyterian Church, memo: “Flower Guild.” Place it in the offering or the Church Office mailbox. Be sure to include a note stating how you wish the acknowledgment to read in the bulletin. Contributing to the grace and beauty of the Christmas decorations is a lovely way to remember or honor a loved one. Questions? Contact the Church Office.

 

 

Prayer List
Bonnie Twilley's father Watson Day died on Tuesday. Bonnie asks for prayers of discernment & comfort as the family comes together to plan his service and for prayers of clarity for Bonnie's mother in the days ahead.
Prayers of consolation & strength for Duane Jessup & family - his elderly aunt passed away this weekend in Williamsport, PA. Continued prayers also for Duane's brother Ron - under hospice care & heavily medicated.
Prayers for the Linds - Phil fell & cracked his rib; very painful. Carol is dealing with Phil's declining memory, as well as her own health issues.
Prayers of comfort for Gayle Hazel - up & about but still feeing after-effects of COVID, especially severe headaches.
Prayers for Carol Haas' friend Jean - her husband died last year & now she has been diagnosed with lupus.
Prayers also for Steve's son's friend Jess who was also recently diagnosed with lupus.
Healing prayers for Kathie Pownall's daughter Gaby & family - all suffering from a stomach virus.
Gerry Crock's friend Carol - underwent valve replacement surgery on Dec. 13, then needed additional surgery for a blood clot in her leg.
She is now doing well & on the road to recovery.
Healing prayers for Preschool teacher Kathleen Nelson - suffering with long-term medical issues; multiple hospitalizations.
Prayers for Brenda Kidder who underwent shoulder surgery Nov. 29 - recovering at home & preparing to begin PT.
Prayers for members of First Presbyterian Church of Millville, NJ. Church is over 200 years old but will have last service at the end of January. This was Steve's first pastorate & he will join them for the service.

Prayers of comfort for Wayne Stahl - experiencing persistent nausea from anti-seizure medications.
Prayers for those impacted by the devastating tornadoes last week in Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas & Tennessee. Be with those who lost loved ones, homes, & livelihoods. Grant strength & support to relief agencies & those rendering emergency assistance.

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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: info@concordpc.org.

 

 

Preschool Christmas Family Chapel

On Tuesday morning, Concord Preschool kindergarten and four-year-old classes held their annual Christmas Family Chapel. Two classes wore costumes and presented the Christmas story, while other classes provided music during this special worship time. Christina Pressley and all the students worked hard on their singing and speaking parts, and parents were invited to attend this lovely celebration of Christmas. 

 

 

 




We will receive the Christmas Joy Offering throughout the month of December. 
Give a gift that opens doors.
When we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!
Make checks payable to Concord, memo: Christmas Joy or donate online.

 

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