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Subject:                                         Concord Connects - June 23, 2022

 

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concordconnects
  
June 23, 2022
  
Keeping you connected to the life and ministry of 

Concord Presbyterian Church!
 

 



Sunday, June 26 - Galatians 5:1, 13-26
Worship In Person & Online @ 10:00am
Pastor Steve Clark preaching

     For this Sunday, READ Galatians 5:1, 13-26 and REFLECT: "Freedom" is a central value and commitment (at least theoretically) in our American society. How do you see Paul's understanding of "freedom" in Christ similar to, or different from, how we think and talk about "freedom" in American society? As you think about our life together at Concord, what do you think being free in Christ frees us from and what do you think it frees us for? How do you understand Paul's challenge (v25) to "walk in the Spirit"?  ("keep in step with the Spirit" in some translations)
 
     Join us for IN-PERSON WORSHIP on Sundays at 10:00am; doors open at 9:40am. We have developed guidelines for your safety, including encouraging (but not requiring) mask wearing and social distancing. 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 June 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. 

 

 



ACTIVITIES AT CONCORD: PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES

EFFECTIVE Monday, June 20, 2022
 
CURRENT RISK LEVEL FOR NEW CASTLE COUNTY—MEDIUM

 
The Session has adopted a policy of following the CDC guidelines for all building use based on the risk level for New Castle County.

This includes when the risk level is:

  • High:         Masks are required, and social distancing is encouraged.
  • Medium:   Masks are encouraged but not required, and social distancing is encouraged.
  • Low:          Masks are not required.

 
It is important that those who are showing symptoms—whether COVID or not—stay home no matter what the risk level so that we minimize the spread.

If you have tested positive, please inform anyone with whom who have been in close contact so that they can take appropriate action. 

If you have tested positive or have had close contact, please review the CDC guidelines using this link for the Quarantine and Isolation Calculator.

 

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation;

we all need to do our part to avoid spreading this virus.

 

 


Summer Worship for Children 
Children are always welcome in worship here at Concord.
Children's Sermons will continue during the summer, and there will be quiet activities
available in the back of the sanctuary that children may take to the pews during the service.
J.A.M. Session will resume in September.
 

 

 

At our regular meeting on June 15, the following items were discussed and/or acted on:

  • APPROVED REPORT of the Clerk of Session.
  • APPROVED REPORT of the Treasurer, reporting both overall good financial health, as well as a significant decrease in congregational giving in May.
  • RECEIVED A REVISED DRAFT of the Child Protection Policy. The revision was drafted and recommended by the Spiritual Formation Committee. Prior to our next scheduled meeting (August 17) Session members will review the draft policy and offer feedback. The Policy will be presented for a vote at the August meeting.
  • RECEIVED A REPORT from Physical Plant & Technology Committee regarding repair of the deteriorated exterior steps on the Foulk Road side of the sanctuary. A contractor submitted an estimate for the repair; the committee will seek additional proposals/bids before going forward with the project.
  • ENDORSED (by consensus) A RECOMMENDATION from Pastor Steve regarding the Seven Days of Prayer resource/program, part of the Vital Congregations Initiative of the PCUSA. Steve gave to session members a card for elders to use in a regular discipline of daily prayer over the coming weeks. Steve will present the Seven Days of Prayer practice during a coming worship service, inviting the congregation to participate.

 

 

 

 

The Church Office will be closed June 27-29 (vacation) and
next week's issue of Concord Connects will be published one day later than usual.

 

 

 Prayer List
Prayers for the Janas family as they move this week to Buffalo, NY. They will be missed!
Prayers of thanks that our Afghan family's baby girl was born this morning. The baby & her mother are doing well.
Prayers of comfort for Carol Lind & family, as well as continued prayers for Carol as she deals with health issues. 
Marj Johnson's daughter Cara came through her neck surgery well & arrived home from the hospital late last week. Prayers for healing & a good outcome.
Prayers of thanks that John Greene will not need dialysis at this time. He is feeling much better & likes his new doctor.
Prayers for Meg Greene who has contracted COVID & is feeling badly. Prayers also that Don & Gail have not contracted it.
Prayers also for Kathie Pownall's daughter Rachelle who just tested positive for COVID but has no symptoms as yet.
Prayers of comfort & healing for Kathie's sister who had a large skin cancer removed from her leg yesterday & is awaiting test results.
Prayers for the recovery of Gerry Crock's sister Ernestine, who had a brain bleed several weeks ago. She is now back in her home in WV, doing well & continuing her physical therapy.
Prayers of consolation for Joyce Johnson's neighbor Mr. Chiu & family. His wife Lucy just passed away. 

Prayers for our nation & the world this week: for solutions to international unrest & internal conflict; for those lacking food & shelter; for those impacted by earthquakes, floods & fires: for those in need of justice & mercy; for those burdened by tragedy & despair; for those working to bring rescue, hope & safety.
*** 
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.

If you have prayers of joy or concern for yourself or others that you would like included in Prayers of the People during worship, call or email Pastor Steve (concord.stevec@gmail.com, 302/654-9557) prior to Sunday morning. For reasons of privacy and confidentiality, Steve will mention only first names in the service and may exclude some details as seems appropriate.

 

 

Concord Photo Gallery

If you have photos you'd be willing to share with your Concord family, please send them to Margaret. Show us how you're worshiping, special occasions, children or pets being adorable...! We'll try to share your photos in Concord Connects as space permits.

 


Emma, Maeve & mom Heather Janas on their last Sunday at Concord. Emma & Maeve received snuggly, hand-tied fleece blankets to help them remember their friends & teachers at Concord. Eric, Heather, Emma & Maeve will be moving to Buffalo, NY this weekend, and we send our prayers & blessings along with them.

 


A new addition to our Afghan family - this adorable, 7-lb. baby girl was born Wednesday morning. The baby and her mother are both doing well.

 

 

Your Help Is Needed...


Fellowship & Refreshments following Worship

As you may know, we have resumed fellowship on the lawn after church for the summer. We need folks to volunteer to "host" for a Sunday.

What do you need to do? Bring your smile and a simple snack - nothing fancy or homemade required! Supplies for the fellowship can be found in the narthex kitchenette. Set out cups, napkins, trash can, cold beverages (provided by the church), and your snack. The Deacon in Charge will set up two tables on the lawn - in case of bad weather, there will be no indoor fellowship to minimize the potential for spread of COVID-19. 

To sign up to host, click on the following link:
 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b4da9ab2ea2f94-concord
Please be sure to scroll down to the bottom and hit "SUBMIT" - you'll get a confirmation right away and a reminder on the Friday before you are hosting. Thanks to those who have already served or signed up. Worshipers are enjoying having a chance to "reconnect" and join in fellowship! 
 
Your consideration and hospitality for this ministry is truly appreciated, 
Raven Studer

 

 


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

Our weekly MUG & MUFFIN Bible study meets June 29 from 10:00-11:00am,
led by Pastor Steve Clark. To join the Zoom gathering ONLINE, click on this link.

 

 

AFGHAN REFUGEE PROJECT - UPDATE
Click on this link to see Nancy Tucker give an update on our work
with the Afghan refugee family we are supporting.

 

 


Mission Co-worker Karla Koll has posted an update from Costa Rica. Click on the link below to catch up with how God is at work in this part of the world:
A Pandemic Journey in Biodiversity - June 8, 2022

 

 

Click on the poster to watch a video about the history of the Makemie churches
and the Presbyterian Church in the United States.

 

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