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December 23, 2021
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 

Concord Presbyterian Church!


(in person and livestream)

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.]



First Sunday of Christmas - December 26 @ 10:00am
"Where's Jesus?" - 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 & Luke 2:41-52
Parish Associate Kathie Pownall preaching 

     This Sunday's readings have two temples and two boys – one apparently lost and one apparently given away. But the one boy is not at all lost but is at home in the Temple doing God’s work, and the other is making his home in the Temple and slowly discovering what may well be the focus of his own life’s work for God.
     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 26, 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. 



We will not gather for J.A.M Session on Sundays, December 26 and January 2, but we hope children of all ages will join us for worship in the Sanctuary both Sundays.
J.A.M. Session will return Sunday, January 9 in the Chapel, with Bible stories and fun activities for children and families.





on Wed., December 29

Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN Bible study will return Wed., January 5 from 10:00-11:00am,
led by Pastor Steve Clark. To join the Zoom gathering ONLINE, click on this link.



Sunday, January 9
following worship
(in person and via Zoom)

Purpose: Election of officers
(Zoom link will be available in Jan. 6 issue of Concord Connects.)



  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.
          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.



Prayer List
Bonnie Twilley's father Watson Day died on Tues., Dec. 14. Prayers of sympathy for Bonnie's entire family, especially her mother, in the days ahead. (obit)
Prayers of sympathy also for the family of former Concord member Louise Weldy, who passed away Nov. 29 in Mechanicsville, PA. (obit)
Prayers of comfort & consolation for Jean Custin & family. Her mother Ann Jacobs died recently.
Continued prayers for Duane Jessup's brother Ron - under hospice care at home & 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.
Carol Haas expressed thanks that Chris Hazel was home & able to step in at the last minute to manage the camera for the live-stream Christmas concert. The concert has been viewed over 400 times online - a joy.

Prayers for Carol Haas' friend Jean - her husband died last year & now she has been diagnosed with lupus.
Prayers also for Steve's daughter-in-law Jess who was also recently diagnosed with lupus.
Healing prayers for Preschool teacher Kathleen Nelson - suffering with long-term medical issues; multiple hospitalizations.

Prayers of comfort for Wayne Stahl - experiencing persistent nausea from anti-seizure medications.
Safe travels for all those visiting over the holidays, including Alex Greene, heading east from OR to visit a friend. Also prayers of patience & safety for airline/ airport employees working hard over the holidays to get folks to their destinations.
Prayers for all the mariners who are "stuck" on the ships waiting to be unloaded at ports on both coasts of our country.
Prayers for doctors & healthcare workers dealing with yet another COVID variant.

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:



Advent J.A.M. Session #4


Each Sunday morning in Advent, Concord’s JAM sessions have begun with a special gathering time around the Communion table using Godly Play. As we began each story, we were reminded that “Advent is the time we get ready to celebrate the mystery of Christmas, the time we are all on the way to Bethlehem. But who will show us the way?”

  • The prophets, like Isaiah, show us the way. Isaiah said that one day the Messiah would be born and would be like a light shining in the darkness.
  • Mary and Joseph show us the way. An angel came to them and said “Do not be afraid. Be joyful. You will have God’s special son. You will name him Jesus.”
  • The shepherds show us the way. An angel came to them and said “Do not be afraid. Be joyful. Today a savior, God’s special son is born in Bethlehem. You will find him lying in a manger.”
  • The Magi show us the way. The Magi saw a special star in the sky, a star for a king. They followed the star to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn king: gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

 Let us enjoy the light of the prophets…the Holy Family…the shepherds…and the Magi.


As part of Sunday’s J.A.M activities, Concord’s children and youth decorated and filled luminaries to light the way to worship on Christmas Eve. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”


Also, just for fun and no theological reason whatsoever, J.A.M. Session participants made adorable pom-pom gnome ornaments. (Christina still hasn't quite worked out how to include the gnomes in the Christmas story...)



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.



Concord Photo Gallery

Show us how you're worshiping, special occasions, vacations, 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. 




After Wesley's death I wrote several "Lessons" that he taught us while he was alive. One of my favorites came to mind when I learned Al and I would be lighting the Advent Wreath this Sunday, and I would like to share that with you. Enjoy.

 – Dottie Lund


Wes Lesson #3 – “Jesus is the Light of the World”,
a Statement of Faith

     An Advent tradition in our church is to have an Advent Wreath displayed up front and to have a different family light a new candle each week throughout Advent. Each family member recites or reads a little passage. Wes loved the Advent wreath and we had one at home also.
     One year when Wes was about 5 or 6 years old, we were asked to light a candle. Each of us read a little passage and I wasn’t sure what Wes could say since he was not very verbal. So I decided to teach him to say, “Jesus is the light of the world.” We practiced this each night and he got it memorized. When his turn came, I held the microphone and he repeated, “Jesus is the light of the world” into the microphone.
     Five or six years later I took Wesley to see the Disney movie The Prince of Egypt. It is the story of Moses. Wesley was munching on his popcorn, and I didn’t really know if he was paying attention. Then we got to the part in the movie about the burning bush. Disney depicted it as more of a radiant light coming from the bush; on fire, but the bush was not consumed. All of a sudden, Wesley said, clear as a bell, “Jesus is the light of the world”.
     I was immediately in tears because he was able to communicate to me that he understood that fundamental truth, and the movie had triggered that understanding. The miracle was that he was able to share that with me.
     We continued to watch the movie and they came to the part where a pillar of fire leads the Israelites through the dessert at night. Disney depicted this as a whirlwind, a narrow tornado shape, which was on fire. Wesley looked a moment and then again said, “Jesus is the light of the world.” 
      From then on, I knew that Wesley understood the faith that our congregation tried to teach him all those years.
      It’s a simple faith: “Jesus IS the light of the world” and if we can learn to live like Jesus taught us, we will have a good life here and join Him in heaven when our spirit passes on. Wesley knew that and accepted that as simple truth.
Lesson Learned: Share your faith with others, mostly in your actions, but sometimes in words. Keep it the simple truth.


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