Weekly Announcements for the Week of January 23 - 29, 2022

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

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✛We will gather inside for the Divine Service this Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.

✛Masks are now strongly encouraged – in view of the latest increase in numbers of COVID cases.

✛Livestreaming of the service begins around 10:15 a.m. on our homepage, concordiade.com.

✛Holy Communion will be served during the 10:30 service.  Please space-out accordingly.

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Readings for this Sunday, January 23, 2022 (Click HERE for all 4 readings in one place):

✠ Neh. 8: 1-10;    Psalm 19: 1-14;   1 Cor. 12: 12-31a;   Luke 4: 16-30

Stay Connected – We are taking precautions and encouraging responsible behavior: optional masks, good spacing, and hand washing to keep our gathering as safe as possible. 

The service may be heard in the Mueller Library, the room to the right as you enter church.  Clipboards and activities for younger children are located on the table in narthex.


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THIS WEEK 

Sunday Morning Bible Study – in the Mueller Library at 9:15 now studying the book of Deuteronomy!

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. – The Divine Service. (Livestreamed at 10:15 a.m. on our homepage: concordiade.com).                                                                                                

Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. –  We are studying 2 Peter.  We meet in-person in the Mueller Room with Zoom for those who are not attending in person (Meeting ID: 856 5714 6312    Passcode: 300321)

Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. – Prayer Shawl group 2nd Wednesday each month at 10 a.m. in the Mueller Room. This ministry is starting its 12th Year this month.  Lynn Good started the group in January 2010. A lot of shawls, afghans, blankets and pocket prayers have been given out to members and non-members during this time.

Thursday at 8:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast Bible Study.  The group meets on Thursday via Zoom at 8:00 a.m. to study the Lectionary for the coming Sunday.  For more information email Dan Good.   


WORSHIP

Livestreaming – The Divine Service begins livestreaming at 10:15 a.m. on our homepage: concordiade.com 

The Lord's Supper – We receive Jesus in the Divine Service at 10:30. 

Altar Flowers – Altar flowers today are placed today by Nancy Ebert in loving memory of her husband, Phil.    If you would like to remember a special person(s) or date with altar flowers, please sign the Flower Chart on bulletin board outside the Mueller Library. Available Sundays: Feb. 13, 20, & 27; arrangements are $20 each. When paying for flowers please note 'altar flowers' and date flowers placed on altar, on your check. 


FELLOWSHIP   

Disaster Relief – Another natural disaster (part of the curse on creation) is always around the corner.  The LC-MS has a dedicated ministry to support those suffering from such disasters.  Click HERE to volunteer or give financially.

Visitors – Concordia is known as the 'friendly' church; so please introduce yourself to anyone you don't know. If they are visiting, guide them to the new iPad sign-in located on the desk outside the library.  

Youth Group – Click HERE to visit the IMPACT blog for upcoming events.  Meets in the youth room at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday Mornings.               

Saturday Morning Fellowship Group – Saturday fellowship gathers at 9 am in the Narthex.  Feel free to bring snacks and your own adult beverage!! please bring a friend or neighbor with you! 

Friday Fellowship Group – Next Friday, January 28 at THE Well coffee shop in Hockessin, every other week. Perhaps bring a game to play!  The coffee is good, the tables are spaced appropriately for safety and staff are seen cleaning frequently.

Deacon Meeting – Do you have anything to share about worship? hymns? service projects? needs of any members? Please contact your deacon. If you don't know who your deacon is, please ask.  

Many MEMBERS make their home in Assisted Living Facilities.  Some of these members have no family locally and would love a short visit.  No need to spend an entire afternoon: 15 min. is great! Phone calls are welcome as well, especially when many are isolated by Covid!  Send a card or postcard to brighten their day.

  • Pat Dorler   Methodist Country House – 4830 Kennett Pike 426-8008. Mask, call for appt to visit. dorlerpa@aol.com
  • Gen Nied   Parkview Nursing Home – 2801 W 6th St   call for appt. 302.655-6135. temp check, sign in procedure
  • Jackie Scheetz   Harbor Chase – lives  at 2004 Shipley Rd.  No appt necessary; bring record of vaccination.   302.273-8630
  • Linda Blancett  Sunrise – 2215 Shipley Rd  302.358-2225.Call for appt, show proof of vaccination.
  • Lois Jenkins   Shipley Manor – 2723 Shipley Rd  302.475-7293.  No appt, wear mask; prove vaccination.
  • Tracy Clarke  Foulk Manor North – 1212 Foulk Rd.  front entrance for brief screening. 302.478-

If you are willing to provide transportation to church for one of these folks, please contact church office 302.478-3004.

Pray:

  • Henry Porreca – Reports feeling stronger after his 3rd immunotherapy treatment !!! 2207 Lower Lane, Arden, De. 19810.
  • Valerie Hutchinson Porreca having surgery after a fall, at Wilmington Hosp, Rm 720. 501 W 14th St.  Wilm.  19801.
  • Pat Dorler has returned to the medical section at church home. Methodist Country House,  4830 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807.  302.584-6199
  • Dick Hartman – Dick has returned home, taking it slow in physical therapy. Julie takes him to appointments: cardiology this week. Please pray that he stays out of A. Fib since he cannot take anticoagulants now. 985 Fleet St. apt 353 Va beach 23454.
  • Caroline Goetz is recovering from a spell of weakness at the Barclay Friends, 700 N Franklin St, West Chester, Pa. 19380. Bob is at her side daily.
  • Anna Gottschaldt – appreciates everyone praying for her.  So far new chemo is tolerated well.  701 Bristol Rd.  Wilmington, De 19803
  • Allison Bacher – Jody has been advised not to attend church and to be especially careful about masking etc.  Many of the staff who care for Allison are out with Covid. Please keep praying.  2103 Valley Ave.  Wilmington, De. 19810-2540
  • Layne Wykoff - Please continue to pray for healing. His faith has certainly kept him through all his surgeries and infections. Nettie has been so supportive!!!   14 Elmwood Place, Swedesboro, N.J. 08085.  new phone 856.490-3416.
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  • 'Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling'  (Do YOU hear?) -calling for you and for me.....watching for you and for me...'
  • 'Bind us together Lord, bind us together with cords that cannot be broken' ....even by the evil of the Covid 19 virus!
  • Pray the Holy Spirit will guide and strengthen our youth group.
  • Grant us grace to have those 'difficult conversations' where differences and strife abound. Help us lovingly engage each other toward compromise.

EDUCATION

Confirmation – Next class is February 2 at 7:15 p.m.  We will meet in the Mueller Room and on Zoom.   Meeting ID: 705 650 5384; Passcode: 300321

Sunday School – Begins at 9:15 a.m. for all ages.  Adult Bible study of Deuteronomy in Mueller Library 

Weekday Bible Study – Tuesday at 1:00 PM with Pastor Dave.  We are studying 2 Peter in the Mueller Room WITH Zoom for those who are not able to attend in person. (Meeting ID: 856 5714 631 Passcode: 300321).  Next class is January 11.  

The Men's Breakfast Bible Study – The group meets on Thursday via Zoom at 8:00 A.M. to study the Lectionary for the coming Sunday.  Email Dan Good for more information.  

Concordia Preschool – Please wear masks when you enter the building whenever pre-school students is in session. Director Helen reports no one has contracted covid at the pre-school!!    Contact Helen Spillan (click), Preschool Director, at 302-478-3876, or visit the website, concordiapreschool.org.  

Ladies' Dessert Night for Concordia Preschool – March 31.  Click HERE for the invitation.  Click HERE to support Ladies' Dessert Night.

1 John Bible Study –  The Word of the Lord Endures Forever is a daily 15-minute verse-by-verse Bible study produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Will Weedon.  Pastor Weedon will begin a study this week on I John.  You can listen on-demand at thewordendures.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.

Question and Answer – Have you ever thought about what the word Epiphany means?  Epi- means upon and phany refers to the Greek verb to shine.  To shine upon Jesus is the heart of this season.  Thus, the readings highlight his miracles, revealing him (shining upon him) to be the Son of God.  The season moves directly into Lent, when Jesus shows us the way to the Cross, where his glory is manifested in his suffering there for you and me! Did you know that Martin Luther also wrote a LARGE catechism?  


SERVICE

Wanted – just a little of your God-given time and talents!   Can you:

  • Teach Sunday school? every week?  once in a while? one Sunday/month?
  • Substitute in the office? What day is better for you?  Thursday? Tuesday?
  • Usher?
  • Concordia will deliver Meals on Wheels this month from Jan 24- 27. Here's an opportunity to be Jesus' hands and feet in Delaware.
  • Helping to put away Communion ware after service is a brief service you can offer. Altar Guild accepting part time workers.  Why not 'hang out' after church one day to learn?
  • Can you make a casserole for Emanuel Dining Rm? click here for recipe.  Make sure you sign up; casserole  will be included in your financial statement as a donation.
  • Thanks for all those who are volunteering!

Emmanuel Dining Room – Jesus says, in Luke 11:28, “But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.”  We serve this month on Jan 27.  ..keep those casseroles coming!! Be sure to sign in, since your casserole donation will be included in your financial statement. Click HERE for recipe.

Orphan Grain Train – Help us bring Christ's name and character to suffering people around the world by donating new or gently used clothing in good condition. Our Mid-Atlantic Branch, in conjunction with thirty other locations around the US, fulfills this mission by shipping material aid wherever it is needed. Everyone is welcome to volunteer with us at our Jennersville warehouse (8 Federal Rd, West Grove, PA, 19390) to sort and pack donations. In an abundance of care and concern for our workers we ask our unvaccinated guests to please wear a mask when visiting the warehouse. Please click HERE to visit our web page for hours of operation, to see photos, and to review the full list of materials our recipients need most. If you have questions, please contact Tom Fuesler.  Read all about OGT on the bulletin board by the library, or visit their webpage.! It is our hope that you will prayerfully consider sharing a portion of your blessings to bless others.  Donated items may be placed in the closet in All Saints' Hall (to the right as you enter the room)

Meals on Wheels Serving our community meals during the last full week of each month (Jan 24-28, 2022). The time commitment is usually 1 ½ hours (11:00 AM-12:30 PM). Please contact Susan Fuesler. Meals are picked up at Silverside Church with directions for delivery route. Please consider volunteering; you will bless others and be greatly blessed as well!    contact Sue Fuesler flrwgirl22@aol.com.

Handmade Prayers Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 A.M. (February 9) in the Mueller Library. This is a working meeting so bring your yarn projects! We welcome anyone that is interested in crocheting or knitting to join us.  If you know someone that is in need of a gift from us, please let us know. For more details, contact Lynn Good.

LCMS Missionaries in Africa – Leanne Bier, VP of Administrators, is collecting Bibles for all age groups in the bin outside Pastor’s office. Monetary donations are needed to pay shipping which is extremely costly. Please use your missions envelopes and label them for LCMS African missions. Visit www.guineamission.com for more information and photos of ongoing projects. 
 


STEWARDSHIP

Look for your Financial Statements in the coming week.  If there are discrepancies on your statement, or if you have any questions about the numbers, please contact Karen Blach: celc.fin.sec@gmail.com   OR  leave a note on her desk in the church office. 

Online Giving is Available–on our website. Click HERE. Let us thank Jesus that He continues to provide for us! Offerings can be set up through your bank or your credit card. Questions related to financial giving can be addressed to celc.fin.sec@gmail.com.  FYI communicate directly with the financial secretary at    celc.fin.sec@gmail.com

Weekly Announcements–If you have information that you would like included, please email Pastor Dave (click) directly.

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