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`I am the vine you are the branches.' Phone ­ 724-846-4739 ­ FAX 724-891-3004 ­ Office Hours 8 a.m. ­ 4 p.m. Monday - Friday CHURCH WEB SITE Newsletter Deadline ­ 4th Sunday of the Month ­ Mailed on the following Wednesday ­ Unless otherwise noted in the Bulletin

The Monthly Newsletter for:

285 Concord Church Road ­ Beaver Falls, PA 15010

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Rev. Brad Neel, Senior Pastor [email protected] Rev. Tom Kennedy, Associate Pastor [email protected] Josh Nash, Director of Youth Ministries youth [email protected] Curt Scott, Worship Director [email protected] Margaret Gillingham, Secretary/Office Manager & Newsletter Editor Cindy Daniels, Receptionist Dan Pflugh, Custodian Faith Tritt, Faith Community Nurse

Issue 3 Issue 3

March 6, 2011 March 6, 2011

decided to stop our Saturday evening Blend service. Our last Saturday evening service will be on March 5th. Looking back at this service we can celebrate its history as it served to "birth" our Sunday morning Celebration service. As you remember, the Blend originally began as the "Celebration" service in order to incorporate a service that was centered around Contemporary music. It grew in attendance start a Sunday morning "Celebration" service. Our average

Following a time of prayer, reflection and discussion, we have

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over the next few years. Following that success, it was decided that we attendance on Saturday evening is 20.


8:30 & 11:00 Sunday Worship 11:00 Prime Time ­ September-May for Children from 4-4th Grade

CONTEMPORARY SERVICE 11 a.m. Sunday Celebration 9:45 Sunday School for all ages Nursery Available for all services And Sunday School For Infants to 3 years 180 Sept. to May Youth

Sunday Evening ­ 6-8:15 for 4th-12th

forward and move into the next chapter of what our Church can offer as an alternative worship experience. Let us enter into this new season we look forward to what God has planned for us

This is not a time of going back but rather a time to look

together in a spirit of prayer and anticipation as as we seek to follow Him into this new season of growth.


ABLAZE ­ Summer Youth Program

Tuesday Evening ­ 7:30-9:30 - for 4th-12th

(Mid June-Aug.)

At Concord's Pavilion with Bethany Hall as backup

Spaghetti Dinner for Outreach a Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our spaghetti dinner. It was not only a fundraiser but a great fellowship time for everyone that attended. The profit of $1017.74 will help the outreach team to begin their planning of Outreach Opportunities. A special thank you to Ron and Vicky Caldwell for the donation of ground meat for the spaghetti. I would especially like to thank the youth who helped serve: Brett and Austin Thumm, Julie Streckheisen, Catie Kellner, and Jason Pettner. Thank you also to Debbie Winne and Jamie Winne, Brandon and Stephanie Pettner, Kelsey Hermann, All the team members and anyone else that helped to make this a huge success. The next Outreach Team Meeting will be March 8th at 7:00 at the church. If you would like to get involved, please come join us. We have lots of ideas and will begin to make plans on ways we can reach out and make a difference in our community. We would love to have you be part of our team. If you can't make the meeting, watch for announcements on ways that you can help.

By Tonya Pettner, Outreach Chairperson

By Georgia Zahn

Help the Concord Grapes stomp out cancer! We are registering members for the Ellwood City Relay For Life which will be held on May 20-21, 2011. We had lots of fun last year raising money to fight cancer! If you would like to join us, registration forms are available on the main bulletin board near the Sanctuary. Questions contact Georgia Zahn 724-846-9468 for more information. Come to the next meeting on Thursday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Fellowship Hall of Concord United Methodist Church Covered Dish dinner and fellowship. Call Martha Caldwell or Sally Harris with questions.

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 11th at 6 PM

Breast Cancer Support Group

(formerly the Alzheimer's Support Group) WILL BE MEETING ON THE 2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH AFTER MARCH - BUT. . . March's meeting is going to be the 1st Thursday of March (March 3rd) at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall of North Sewickley Presbyterian Church, 106 Chapel Drive, Ellwood City because of our special guest speaker is Attorney Greg Douglass. He will speak on the legal issues facing ALL of us. A new address/phone directory is in the works. ­ Do you have an address change? Do you want your e-mail address in the directory? Will you please either e-mail your changes to the office at concord.secre[email protected] or call and let us know. You can also put it on the attendance pad and either Cindy or I will call to get your updates. We must have your new information before March 15th.

North Sewickley Presbyterians Church's Caregivers Support Group

We are now taking reservations from Concord Family and those outside of Concord for the rental of our pavilion this summer. The Trustees have determined the price this year will remain the same - $50 for members and attenders and $75 for outsiders. If you are interested in scheduling your event here, please call Margaret at 724-846-4739 or e-mail [email protected] Beaver Falls Meals on Wheels is in desperate need of any type of bake goods, cookies, cakes, breads, and/or bars ­ Please do not use icing. They also would appreciate monetary donations to help keep the cost down for their clients, since most are on fixed incomes. Drivers are also needed. If you are interested in helping in any of these areas or would like to make a donation please contact Kathi Irwin at 724-843-5450 from 6:30 am to 10:30 am Monday thru Friday.

By Cindy Daniels


Oliver Joseph, son of Ron and Kasey (Tritt) Kraus was born on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Magee Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh. Oliver weighed 5 lbs. and 10 ounces and was 19 ½ inches long. Maternal grandparents are John and Faith Tritt of North Sewickley Township and paternal grandparents are Ron Kraus of Baden and the late Karen Kraus. The Kraus' live at 133 Householder Rd. New Brighton, PA 15066.

From the Bradshaw Family:

We would like to thank our Church family and friends for all your prayers, cards, food and Brad and Pastor Tom for all their visits and support. Your prayers and support have An additional note from the Bradshaws ­ over the past year. God Bless you. carried us through many difficult days. ­ God Bless.

support shown to us over the past year during Bob's illness. A special thank you to Pastor

Dear Concord Church Family ­ Thank you so much for the flowers and plaque and your cards, prayers and food

From an appreciative Concord Family Member To the congregation of Concord ­ we would like to express our utmost gratitude for your caring and prayers and generosity and the contribution of oil for heat for our mother's home and also for your gift cards for Giant Eagle. Your out-pouring of prayers and giving in our mother's time of need is so gratefully appreciated ­ more than words can ever say. We thank you and may God bless you all.

Don and Karen Lutz celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on December 26, 2010. They renewed their vows with Rev. Brad Neel officiating. Fun and food were shared in the Fellowship Hall here at Concord with family and friends attending.

My heart is very heavy as we have decided to discontinue our Saturday evening worship service, called "The Blend." March 5 will be the last service. Those attending have been so faithful; some attending since it started in 2001. Please reach out to them and wrap your arms around and want you to know how much we love you all.

these faithful and loving brothers and sisters in Christ. Pastor Tom and I are hurting with you

The Courage to Be Imperfect

Connie Sabo's story of living with 4 types of cancer is told in her book, The Courage To Be Imperfect. She shares how she learned to "become bigger than the disease, and to move beyond it." Connie "learned to truly live while enduring cancer so that the results were positive, regardless of the prognosis." Connie shares insights on how to have such a mindset. Here are some excerpts:

· "Communication is one of the answers to getting through life's problems. Running from the truth or hiding it from others is never the answer. Letting others help is not a sign of weakness but instead, a sign of strength, trust and unity. "An interested thing was happening at that time: I was unable to pray for myself. Every time I would try, my mind went blank. This taught me something I am not sure I could have learned on my own. I had always been strongly independent and relied heavily on "me". Now, my well-being and even my mere existence were entirely in His hands."

by Connie Sabo (Reviewed by Pastor Brad)


Connie is honest about who she is and the struggles she endured and what she learned along the way. She makes herself approachable and seems like the girl that just lived down the road. As a matter of fact, Connie grew up in North Sewickley Township and is the sister of Nancy Altsman. Connie went to be with her Lord Jesus on July 22, 2009. Her life with Jesus helped her to learn to live with cancer and to live eternally as well.

By Josh Nash, Director of Youth Ministries

On Sunday March 20th, Concord Student Ministries will take time to give back to the church body and the community with the 180 Spring Service Day. Each family group has been given the opportunity to decide on a service project to do. If you have any work that you need help with, please give the church office a call and we may be able to help out! There will be no 180 meeting that evening. When: Friday April 1st-Saturday April 2nd (8:30 pm-7:30 am) Who: Any & All 7th-12th Grade students st On April 1 (no joke!), we're having our 1st annual 180 all-nighter. There'll be food, games, laser tag, music, and more! For more info, get in touch with Josh Nash.

180 Spriing Serviice Day 180 Spr ng Serv ce Day

180 Allll-Niighter 180 A -N ghter

I am writing this letter the night before our team leaves for Russia. When you read this, we will either be on our way home or have just returned from our trip. While we look forward reporting what God has done on the trip, I wanted to send out a huge thank-you for the tremendous support we received. So many donated craft items, gifts for the orphans and made financial contributions to help with the program costs in Russia. I am truly amazed by the generous hearts of the Body of Christ at Concord. We pray God's blessing on you and look forward to sharing more about our trip when we return.

From Renee Duffy and the entire Russia Team! Thank-you Thank-you THANK-YOU!

In the last two weeks we have lost two of our Concord Family. Our sympathy goes to their families and friends. Both were active members in the Friendship class who will miss them greatly. Our sympathy goes to: Shirley Bradshaw and Connie Mason and their families on the death of Shirley's husband and Connie's father, Bob Bradshaw on Saturday, February 19, 2011. Bob had been a member of Concord for 35 years. Bob Stacy and his family on the death of Bob's wife, Pat on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Pat had been a member of Concord for 48 years and very active in the Friendship Class. Others in our family have also lost loved ones since our last newsletter and we extend our sympathy to them: Ed and Barb Rhodes on the death of Barb's sister, Karen Marchegiano who resided in Texas Ray and Gerry Bonzo on the death of Ray's brother, Wilmer Bonzo Bob and Terri Williams on the death of Bob's father, Robert C Williams from Bloomsburg, PA. and Terri's grandmother, Margaret Wilson

Dear Friends, It was only four weeks ago that I was blessed to worship with my church family. In some ways, it seems as if it was an eternity ago! I want to say, "Barka, barka, barka" to you for all you have done for me in the past & still yet continue to do so. The prayer time, praying me off, and anointing will always hold a special place in my heart. A big thanks to my Sunday School Class for the sendoff party & bag of goodies. I am using them sparingly so they will last. Thanks, too, to the Mission Committee and Don Okon for my favorite ­ homemade wedding soup. I appreciate all of you who stopped by to greet me, pray with me and encourage me as I have begun a new chapter of this great adventure that God has given to me. I miss you guys already! My life has changed drastically! For one thing, there is no snow! My mode of transportation is a bicycle, while wearing a dress. I wash my clothes by hand and hang them on a clothes rack to dry. I actually bought fresh pork at an open air market! Fresh fruits & vegetables have to be washed in a special rinse, rinsed with clean water, not from the tap, and air dried before they can be eaten. The piece I didn't buy still had the tail attached. I have started language learning, taking lessons from a gentleman who will be commissioned as a pastor in June. I hang out with the children for a while most afternoons, so they will get used to me. I do have internet through a cell phone company. You can reach me at [email protected] .I have an address, too: Sue Kolljeski, PO Box 62, Lawra, UWR, Ghana I would appreciate prayers for health, language learning and cultural adaptation and for the children and staff at Lawra Integrated Health Centre. Keep up with the latest adventure on my blog: May God bless you as you have been such a blessing to me! In His Grip, Sue Kolljeski and

By Nancy Herrmann, 175th Anniversary Chairperson While planning for Concord's 1 75th Anniversary, we noted how many of our members have left Concord to proceed into the ministry field. We are so proud of their endeavor that we have asked them some questions for a brief bio. The following are excerpts of the information they returned on the road they chose.

The following questionnaire was requested and returned by Bill Simon, son of Bill and Karen Simon and brother of Rachel Simon.

I attended Concord from the time I was born (1980) until 1998, when I left Beaver County to attend Penn State University. These were certainly formative years where I learned the Bible and the foundations of the faith. I remember and value Sunday School and all the kind teachers I had through the years, confirmation class with Pastor John Smith, playing the piano for Mrs. Cooper's Cherub choir, and getting to know a lot of faithful people along the way. It was the seniors--not high school seniors, but real seniors, like my grandmother Catherine Rose, and Mr. and Mrs. Kemp--who most inspired me along the way. Seeing folks that had spent their whole lives following Jesus and taking joy in it is a source a motivation and happiness. At Penn State, I had a slow start on pursuing my faith. But in my sophomore year, a fellow I knew from my part-time job invited me to a campus ministry meeting called Turning Point. I would soon find out that this was Asian American Christian Fellowship (the fellow who invited me was Chinese-American), a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. In this and future meetings of AACF, I found fellow students who were really fired up about living for Jesus. It was like their lives had really been transformed by the Gospel and they had new priorities. I was motivated by this passion and began to re-prioritize my life, making Jesus the true center. By my senior year of college, I was involved with worship ministry and leading a Bible study in AACF. Upon graduation, I found work at Penn State, and was happy to stay in State College. I continued to volunteer with AACF, leading the worship team, helping with the men's ministry and taking on some administrative tasks. In 2005 I joined Campus Crusade for Christ as a staff affiliate--a volunteer committed to serving the campus ministry as well as raising funds for ministry purposes. In 2006 I was thrilled to be part of a missions trip to East Asia, in a country where Christianity is statecontrolled, and where the true faith is actually growing faster than anywhere in the world. Each year my role in the ministry shifts a little as different needs appear. Today, because of my full-time work with Penn State, I often act as a campus liaison for the fellowship. My technical skills have also earned me the title of webmaster! I enjoy leading worship and developing the worship team. As AACF helped me to mature in my faith and grow in my desire to serve God, so I want to help students in that way. I am passionate for worship, leadership development, and seeing students serve God in whatever way He asks them. In January 2010, I married Alisha Witmer, who I met in AACF back in 2000. She was another "misfit" of sorts--a "white person" in an Asian American Christian group! She teaches English as a Second Language at a nearby private school, and also volunteers in campus ministry, but in a different group--the International Student Christian Fellowship. Here she uses here English teaching skills to help people understand the Gospel message, and her warm friendliness to share the joy of Christ with everyone she meets. The UMW sponsores a monthly cookie drive for the Yellow Ribbon Girls on Sunday, March 13th. All of Concord is asked to participate in this drive. Make cookies only 2 inches so that they can fit into a Pringle Can and if you have extra Pringle Cans you may drop them off in the blue bin in the coat area to the Sanctuary. Please bring your cookies to the covered entry and place on the rack before 1 p.m. on the 13th. Grace Eisenbrown oversees this area for the UMW

Updated by Concord Trustees ­ 1-25-11 In January of 2011 the Trustees went over the guidelines and costs for the use of our social halls. As has always been, Bethany Hall and Fellowship Hall are a part of Concord United Methodist Church. They are being treated as part of the church building which is a place of worship, fellowship and ministry. They are not just another 'social hall'. (The Trustees decided a number of years ago that parties like Tupperware / Mary Kay /

Trustee Guidelines for Using Bethany Hall, Fellowship Hall and Concords Pavilion

candle parties and the like would not be held in the Fellowship or Bethany Hall. This would benefit an individual who was selling a product for profit.) It could also jeopardize our Non Profit Status. Anyone calling for reservations for Bethany Hall or Fellowship Hall from 2-2011 on will pay these prices.


Who can use the facility:

Members and regular attenders (persons who have been attending regularly for 6 months prior to reserving the facility) may reserve the social hall for showers/anniversary parties/private dinners or basketball and volleyball. PLEASE do not rent the hall for a person who is not a member or regular attender of Concord Church under your name.

How Can it be Rented:

Costs? (Maintenance fee)

Arrangements are made through the office manager as the church schedule permits. You are to leave the building as you found it. Reservations are not made more than 2 months in advance of the event. (Wedding receptions are totally separate and are planned separately from these guidelines.) Paperwork with detailed instructions and Maintenance Fee Envelopes will be sent to you near to your scheduled date. Basketball/volleyball ­ (No kitchen usage) for a 2-3 hour period $75 (winter rates) from October 16-May 15 and from May 16-October 14 the cost will be $125 summer rates) Showers/Private Parties (includes kitchen usage) $100 (winter rates) from October 16-May 15 and from May 16-October 14 the cost will be $150.


Who can use the facility: How Can it be Rented:

Members and regular attenders and persons outside of the Concord family. Arrangements are made through the office manager as the church schedule permits. You are to leave the building as you found it. Those outside of the Concord Family are asked to come and go through the facilities with the office manager to be familiar with what is available, setup and guidelines.

Costs? (Maintenance fee)

Concord Members & Attenders For showers / smaller dinners ­ No cost for the use of Fellowship Hall ­ arrangements must coordinate with church schedule ­ If you are unsure about the facilities you are welcome to come to the church and look over our facilities in the Fellowship Hall. Persons outside of the Concord Family $75 for the use of Fellowship Hall ­ arrangements must coordinate with church schedule and they are asked to come to the church to go over the facilities. .


Who can use the facility: How Can it be Rented:

(These maintenance fees were approved at the Jan. 25, 2011 Trustee meeting for the 2011 season)

Members and regular attenders (Concord Family) and persons outside of the Concord Family. Arrangements are made through the office manager as the church schedule permits. Church activities are scheduled first and then after Feb. 1 dates are reserved for Concord Family and persons outside of the Concord Family on a first come basis. Concord Family Members - $50 Those outside Concord - $75

Costs? (Maintenance fee)

March 2011

Sun Sun Mon Mon Tue Tue

10:30 Staff Mtg. 1 6:30-8 Den Meetings / Bethany Hall 7 Scouts/Back SS Rm. 7 Church Council / Fellowship Hall

W ed W ed


5:30 Wednesday Night Live ­ Dinner 6:15-7:30 Groups 7:30 Choir / Open Gym /BH // Wed. Night Workout / F.H.

Thu Thu


9 a.m. Women's Bible Study / #3 room in Bethany Hall

Fri Fri


Sa t Sa t


9-1 Home Schoolers/ 7 `Blend' Service / downstairs SS Rm. (1st Bethany Hall ­ Final & 3rd Fridays) Service

1 p.m. UMW Meeting ­ 3-9 Bethany Hall Call to Prayer and Self Reserved / Geist Denial 7 Caregivers Support Group / @ NSP Church 9 a.m. Women's Bible Study / #3 room in Bethany Hall 6 Breast Cancer Support Group / Fellowship Hall 7 Relay for Life Meeting / Fellowship Hall

8:30 & 11 Services in Sanctuary 9:45 Sunday School Classes 11 Service in Bethany Hall Prime Time 6-8:30 180 (4th-12 th)


9 a.m. Counting Committee

10-11 Bible Study /Bethany Rm. #1 6 TOPS / Fellowship Hall 6:45 Beth Moore Study / Bethany Hall 7:30 Worship Team Practice

7 10:30 Staff Mtg.

6:30-8 Den Meetings / 7 Ash Wed. Service 7:30 Choir Practice? Bethany Hall 7 PROGRAM TEAM MEETINGS (Outreach / 7 Men's Bible St./Rm. 7 Worship Team Practice 7 Scouts / Fellowship Hall




5:30-8 Fellowship Hall Reserved / K. Tillia


Fellowship Hall reserved until 3 p.m./ V. Brown 9-3 Bethany Hall Reserved / M. Johnson


8:30 & 11 Services in Sanctuary 9:45 Sunday School Classes 11 Service in Bethany Hall Prime Time 6-8:30 180 (4th-12 th)


9 a.m. Counting Committee

10-11 Bible Study /Bethany Rm. #1 6 TOPS / Fellowship Hall 6:45 Beth Moore Study / Bethany Hall 7:30 Worship Team Practice

9 a.m. Counting Committee


6:30-8 Den Meetings / 7:30 Choir Practice Bethany Hall 7 Scouts/Fellowship Hall.

10:30 Staff Mtg. 15



9-1 Home Schoolers/ downstairs SS Rm. (1st 6 p.m. Friendship & 3rd Fridays) Class/Fellowship Hall




8:30 & 11 Services in Sanctuary 9:45 Sunday School Classes 11 Service in Bethany Hall Prime Time YOUTH SERVICE DAY No 180 (4th-12 th)

21 10:30 Staff Mtg. 22

6:30-8 Den Meetings / 7:30 Choir Practice Bethany Hall 7 Men's Bible St./Rm. 11 7 Worship Team Practice 7 Trustees / Conf. Rm. 7 Scouts / Fellowship Hall





10-11 Bible Study /Bethany Rm. #1 6 TOPS / Fellowship Hall 6:45 Beth Moore Study / Bethany Hall 7:30 Worship Team Practice

APRIL NEWSLETTER 10-11 Bible Study DEADLINE - NOON /Bethany Rm. #1 8:30 & 11 Services 6 TOPS / Fellowship in Sanctuary Hall 9:45 Sunday School 6:45 Beth Moore Study Classes / Bethany Hall 11 Service in Bethany 7:30 Worship Team Hall Practice Prime Time 6-8:30 180 (4th-12 th) (#3 Sub Sale Sheets available tonight) Printed on: March 4, 2011

Youth Sunday 27

9 a.m. Counting Comm.

28 10:30 Staff Mtg. 29

6 P.M. Cemetery Cleanup / meet in parking lot 7 Worship Team Practice

8 A.M. Newsletter Mailing Team/Conf Rm. 7:30 Choir Practice



Friday, Apr 1

Sat. April 2

8:30 p.m. ­ 7:30 a.m. `180' ALL NIGHTER FOR 7TH-12 TH GRADERS

Now is the time to begin `Spring Cleaning' for our Rummage Sale.

bring items to the church until May 31. So if you are cleaning you cupboards right now ­ keep it all at your house until the end of May. More information will be in the next newsletter but you at least know it is coming and you can get ready.

Want to get your newsletter the day it is printed? Don't like waiting for the mailman? All you have to do is send me an e-mail requesting that you would like | to have the monthly Grapevine sent to you via your e-mail address. It is as easy as that! You get the exact same newsletter that you would get in the mail but you get color graphics and some color print. You will continue to get the Advent and Lenten Letters that are sent out twice a year but it will save about $1.20 a year per family if you choose e-newsletter. You can try it and if you don't like it you can always e-mail me to put you back on the regular mailing list.

The dates this year are Friday and Saturday, June 3 & 4. You cannot


United Methodist Women's March Meeting: will be held on Thursday, Mar. 3rd at 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Olive Tyson will present the program `Call to Prayer and Self Denial' and Dee Morrison will lead the devotions. Dessert Hostesses are Vicky Caldwell, Carol Bofinger and Leann Kennedy. The April meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7th.


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