Concord Presbyterian Church Newsletter

November 2019

From the Parsons Bench:

As October comes to an end with Reformation Sunday (10/27); Halloween (NOT a religious holiday or national holiday - although it sometimes is treated like one!), and November begins with All Saints Day (11/1) and the end of Daylight Savings Time (Lord, help us all !) - we look forward to our "new" annual tradition of remembering those in our lives who have gone on to their reward over the past year. Our first Remembrance of the Saints was last year (10/28) - and we had a lot of ground to make up! This year we will hold this special service on November 10th. If you have a friend, family member, neighbor, etc. that you would like mentioned during the service, then please fill out the card in the pew before November 10th.


Other important dates in November include Veterans Day (11/11) - a day set aside to remember and honor all veterans; and Thanksgiving on November 28th. The Worship Committee and volunteers hope to decorate the Sanctuary and fellowship hall for Christmas on Sunday November 24th. Please mark your calendar to lend a hand after worship that morning. Sandwiches, etc. will be provided. Mary Nell and I are invited to have Thanksgiving in Vermont with our son, daughter-in-law, and 2 grandsons - so we will miss out on "Hanging of the Greens" this year (poor scheduling on my part!) But it is always a fun time, so please join in! Thanks to everyone who makes all of this possible.


What if today turns out to be your last tomorrow?  That phone call, the handwritten note, the forgiveness you’ve been thinking about . . . I meant to, I was gonna’, I should’ve.  There is some validity to seize the day, get ‘er done, just do it.  We plan and God plans, sometimes they don’t intersect, and we miss opportunities to right a wrong or finish a task.  Just saying  . . .



Why did the cookie go to the ER ? He felt crummy

Remembrance of the Saints Sunday

November 1 is All Saints day in the Christian Church. All Saints’ Day is dedicated to all Saints of the church who have attained heaven. Concord Presbyterian Church is celebrating All Saints’ Day on November 10.  If someone important in your life departed this life in the PAST YEAR and entered into the heavenly place and you want to celebrate their life, please fill out the card that is located on the back of the church pew in the pew pocket and place the card in the offering plate. The names will be read by the elders of the church, and the church bell will ring in their honor.

The Worship Committee


Men of the Church

The Men of the Church will meet on Tuesday, November 12th.  We will start gathering in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:45 p.m. Our speaker will be the Rev. Dwyn Mounger. Chef Mike Berger will prepare a dinner of meatloaf, green beans, potatoes, bread, and pumpkin cheesecake.



Women of the Church

The Women of the Church will meet on Tuesday November 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Church Office Building.  The meal will be a communal salad with the lettuce and dessert provided.  For those that attend, we ask that you bring an item for the salad.  Please join us for a night of food, fellowship, and a program.



Coats for the Cold

Don't forget to bring your coats to the church for the Coats for the Cold Project by Sunday, November 3rd. Prestige Cleaners will clean them and then deliver the coats to Karm who will distribute the coats to those in need.



A raindrop landing on your cheek is a kiss from someone that

lives in Heaven and is watching over you.

NOVEMBER 11, 2019





JOHN CRAIG, US ARMY, 1968-2001



RAY LAFFIN, USMC, 1967–1970



JIM SHAWN, US ARMY, 1963–1966



And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17 NIV



Holiday Gift Bags for Knox County Homebound Seniors

This year the Mission Committee will be collecting holiday gift bags for Knox County homebound seniors. For ideas on what to purchase, please see the list of suggestions on the vestibule and hall table. The deadline for collecting the holiday bags is November 24th. If you have questions, please contact Teri Berger.


December 7, 2019

Make reservations for the first, and possibly the only, choir hosted – and - served Christmas Dinner!  Sign up during the month of November to attend this unique gala which will feature the Concord Presbyterian Church Choir singing and serving.  The dinner will be in the Fellowship Hall, and the menu will be determined after an approximate headcount at the end of this month. “Why?” you ask. Well, the kitchen crew has to be able to get a lot of plates loaded and ready to serve while the choir sings and the food has to be yummy and stay hot.  Hmm.  The number of dinner guests will determine what will best fit all of those requirements.  The last day to sign up will be Sunday, November 24, 2019.  And, the best news is  . . . there is no charge!  Yep, you heard it right, no charge!  However, donations will be accepted.  More specifics will be forthcoming in the bulletins regarding menu and ride sharing.  Plan to attend – this is gonna’ be fun.