Concord Presbyterian Church Newsletter

January 2020

From the Parsons Bench:

Happy New Year! A common greeting this time of year, but did you know that it wasn't until 1582 A.D. that the precursor to our modern calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, was first introduced. Pope Gregory XIII introduced a correction to the Julian Calendar (Julius Caesar, 45 B.C.), as it lost 11 minutes a year regarding solstices and equinoxes. Our modern calendar is a variation of the Gregorian Calendar.


Anthropologists and archeologists suggest that the pre-modern calendars were liturgical in nature, emphasizing various religious ceremonies and holidays. In India, the Hindu calendar alone has 5-6 variations. The Eastern Orthodox Church still uses the Julian Calendar for religious observances. And the list goes on.  Maybe that's why it's getting harder to remember what day it is!!!


The Bible has about 700 references to time. The well-known passage in Ecclesiastes 3 perhaps says it best: "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." And from Mark, "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel." So, as we enter this New Year, 2020, may it be with our vision lifted towards eternity, and our backs stooped low with the current work God has given us. As the Psalmist said so eloquently: "And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us."


God Bless Us All in His New Year!

Men of the Church

The Men of the Church will have their first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.  Our speaker will be the Reverend Wyn Bryant.  Chef Mike Berger will provide a meal of poppyseed chicken with noodles, peas & corn, bread, and a dark chocolate cream pie. Please mark your calendar and enjoy an evening of fellowship, a wonderful meal, and Wyn’s program.



Please add this to your calendar

The Sweetheart Banquet will be held at 6:30pm, Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The speaker will be the Reverend Sarah Morgan, Associate Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church.



Joy Gift Program

On December 15th, we had a wonderful performance of “The First Christmas” for the Joy Gift program.  A great big thank you to the children for a truly memorable evening.  For all who assisted with the play (director, music, video, audio, backstage, food), a heartfelt thank you for your willingness to assist/help the kids present a wonderful Christmas Joy Gift Program for the church members, church friends, and church guests.  Not only was the play a success, the church collected over $300 for the Joy Gift Offering!  This special offering supports retired church workers as well as supports opportunities for future leaders at Presbyterian racial ethnic schools.  Praise be to God!!


The church Christmas missions this year provided 11 medium to large gift bags for Knox County home bound seniors, several coats for the Coats for the Cold project, and assisted five families with a Christmas meal as well as presents for their children. The Mission Committee wants to take this opportunity to thank each one of our church members for the blessings you provided this Christmas Season to many needy individuals and families.



Concord Presbyterian Church Annual Meeting of the  Congregation and Corporation

The Session has called the Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation for Sunday, January 26, 2020 following the worship service. The purpose will be to review the 2020 budget, approve the pastor’s Terms of Call and elect the Elder Nominating Committee.



Souper Bowl Sunday

Come join us for soup and fellowship after the worship service and annual meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2020. There will be a variety of homemade soups for you to enjoy all provided by the church members. In lieu of paying for your meal, the church will collect a donation to give to Second Harvest Food Bank.