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Wesley UMC’s Vision Statement
We strive to quiet the conflict among all people by creating a compelling environment that fosters spirituality, community engagement, and social justice.
Wesley UMC's Inclusivity Statement
Persons of all races, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations are welcomed as full participants in the life and mission of this congregation.
United Methodist Church's Mission Statement
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
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Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness
  Join us and be present for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am or during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. New episodes appear each Tuesday at 4:30 pm and re-air on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, Thursdays at 10:30 am, Fridays at 7:00 am, Sundays at 1:30 pm, Mondays at 10:30 am.

  Request prayers by email from our Prayer Chain at this link. Join us for fellowship via Zoom at this link.
Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Passcode: Wesley

Give or tithe to Wesley's mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or visit this secure link on our website to use your debit or credit card. 
Find opportunities to serve our neighbors in need and imagine ways to witness your faith below or on our website.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Archer Brand 03/21
Jessa Fogel 03/22
Lynne Lemay 03/22


- Please keep Bill and Jane Broadrick in your prayers. Bill has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that is treatable but not curable. They are waiting to see an oncologist to learn of his treatment options. They have experienced the love and prayerful support of our Wesley family in the past and know that they can count on that again as they enter this new phase of their faith journey.  
- Bethlehem Bible College suffering from effects of the pandemic both from the loss of tourism and the virulent variant strains of COVID.
- Al Sidney who is at home recovering following time in the hospital for pneumonia and other health issues.
- For Norma Kane and the children & grandchildren of her favorite cousin, Shirley Padgett, who was one of her bridesmaids in 1957, and who passed away on March 10, 2021 at age 84, in Marceline, MO.
- For Wesley's ministries: Family Promise, Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, Abbot-Downing School, Second Start Alternative High School;
- For our children and youth programs and our new Messy Church offering last Friday and again next month on March 26th at 6:00pm on our YouTube channel;
- For Dick Kipperman's granddaughter, Ken Gallager's mom Ann, Cindy Nix, 
Dick Hart's daughter Caroline, Larry Haynes;
- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia struggling with both malaria and COVID.
- For Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua.
- For the United Methodist Church, that we may stand up for LGBTQ+ persons, BIPOC and all those who are hurt and oppressed by unjust systems;
- For our world governments as they seek to care for the health of their citizens, fairness in commerce, peace with other nations and equality across the potential barriers of economic, religious, racial and physical ability differences;
- For our Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, our District Superintendent Taesung Kang, our Pastor Cheryl Meachen, our staff, our volunteer church leaders and each member and friend of Wesley.


This fifth Sunday of Lent, March 21st, we will hear scripture from  Matthew 8:18-27 by  Bill Broadrick and our theme will be Restoration.


Rev. Cheryl L Meachen is our lead pastor.
Anne Roberts is her Administrative Assistant.
Christina Catino, our Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries will share a delightful children's message.
Deborah Venator compiles and produces our video.
Ken Gallager is our talented organist.
Ben Greene directs the virtual choir compiling individual video recordings.
Alan Schulte directs Electric Praise, compiling their lively music and setting it to video.
Jen Savoy is our intern from Boston University School of Theology.
Judy King and Myrna Evans design our altars


LONGTERM FORECAST
Each of our Lenten Sunday Services can be viewed on our YouTube Channel at 10:30 on Sunday

March 28 - Palm Sunday: Holy, Wholly Matthew 9:1-8
April 1 at 7pm Maundy Thursday (Bow Mills UMC YouTube page)
April 2 at 7pm Good Friday on YouTube: Electric Praise Contemporary Service; also details about Greater Concord Interfaith Council traditional service coming soon.
April 4 at 6am and 10:30am Easter Sunrise outdoors at 6:00 am at Dimond Hill Farm and on YouTube with Hallelujah chorus at 10:30am
April 11 - Guest Preacher: Seminary Intern: Jen Savoy - 
Romans 8:26-30
Easter Season - A worship series from Marcia McFee's Worship Design Studio called Dare to Dance Again


You can also check out our archive of this week's service after it is aired, as well as previous services on our YouTube channel.
All services are available on CCTV Channel 22 the Tuesday following the premiere air dates, as well.
CCLI License #2293792


Find the addresses of our homebound members at this link to send a special card! If you don't have our participant directory, please email Jane Broadrick at this link to get a copy so that you can send cards, call to chat and text to keep in touch with all of your church friends. Pastor Cheryl lovingly encourages you to stay connected with your beloved community.

"The Hour Has Come"
Good Friday: April 2, 2021 7:00pm 

This virtual service is presented as a dramatic reading of the Passion story, paired with contemporary musical selections, which follows the journey of Jesus in the last days of his life on earth. As a continuation of the narrative according to the Gospel of Matthew, the service picks up at the anointing and progresses through the series of events that led to the betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus Christ. 
Please join EP for this service on YouTube.

Please send photos and the thoughts provoked by your Lenten worship materials. Left photo is courtesy of Gail Page, " The broken pieces gathered again to make us whole at the resurrection." Right photo is courtesy of Anne Roberts, "Each week is a little different, rearranging the elements clears my mind and promotes a break for mindfulness."

Please send photos to Anne.

Good morning, Beloved,

The New York Times reported this week that, "The Vatican said on Monday that priests could not bless same-sex unions, calling any such blessing “not licit.”

The ruling said that the church should be welcoming toward gay people, “with respect and sensitivity,” but not endorse their unions."

The saddest part of this is that the Vatican "issued the judgment in response to questions raised by some pastors and parishes that sought to be more welcoming and inclusive of gay couples."

This comes after seeming support by Pope "Francis (who) has repeatedly expressed support for gay people. Only a few months after his election in 2013, he famously said, “Who am I to judge?” when asked during a papal flight from Brazil about priests who might be gay. The pope also made headlines in October when he appeared to endorse same-sex civil unions. The Vatican later clarified that the pope believed that gay couples deserved civil protections, including legal rights and health care benefits, but that his comments had not marked a change in church doctrine."

The United Methodist Church, too, is unclear and equivocating in its position on gay marriage but Wesley UMC is not. We firmly stand in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other persons. We unequivocally support the right of each of God's children to experience the joy of ordination and marriage by the church. We mourn the harm that has been perpetrated on these beloved persons over the years by society and by the church. We pray and work seeking to bring justice to those oppressed by this broken system.

Rev. Kim Manion shares, "Churches keep putting limits on God’s love but God doesn’t. You are loved and your love matters."

Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen

Response to Shootings in Atlanta

In response to the targeted killings in Atlanta this week, Bishop Devadhar issued a letter on March 17, 2021. The New England Conference Commission on Religion and Race also responded with a letter in support of our Asian Community on March 17, 2021.

Please join us in continuing to hold the victims of these and all hate crimes and racial injustice in your prayers.


Wesley is slowly moving toward the time when we will be able to hold in-person gatherings once again. At this point, it is only staff members returning to work in the office a few days a week (with no drop-in guests, please) and working toward summertime parking lot services, where you'll be able to sit in your car and tune your radio to hear the service which will take place on the steps.

When we are able to return to in-person worship, our plan is to continue to livestream services. To that end we are exploring what equipment and expertise will be needed to do that. In addition to our computer, sound and camera volunteers that can be seen working at the back of the sanctuary each week during worship, we're going to need skilled technical people familiar with both computer and sound technology to run an additional mixer that will monitor the transmission of the livestream. If you or someone you know might be qualified, please contact Pastor Cheryl.

Enjoy A Moment of Gracethe short video devotional on our Facebook page or YouTube at this link with Pastor Cheryl each morning of Lent on the topic of healing, as well as the paper devotional prepared by seminary intern Jen Savoy based on Marcia McFee's series and distributed to you in the Lenten packet. You can begin any time!

Family Promise Help Needed!

Wesley’s folks are scheduled to provide meals or grocery gift cards from March 28 th to April 3rd !The program currently has two Moms, both with little boys who are staying in the parsonage of Henniker Congregational Church. Here is how you can help: send your cash donations or grocery store gift cards to the church office, OR if you would like to provide a meal, contact Ruth Engel to schedule a time for pick-up and delivery to Henniker. Your support is appreciated!
Here are two short videos of moms in the program saying thank you:
watch here and here.

The CCEH Corner

CCEH CORNER March 21, 2021

CCEH SPONSORSHIP
Our sponsorship drive is finished for this year.  Wesley United Methodist Church is a Bronze Level Sponsor which is $250. This is our first year for being a sponsor and we want to thank everyone for your enthusiasm and generosity. Next year we will begin our sponsorship in February as sponsorships should be in by March.  But this is our first year and we are learning.  However, CCEH will acknowledge us and they appreciate having new sponsors.  Perhaps next year (COVID-willing) we can put on a fundraiser and have a more fun with hands-on participation. 

BLESSING BAGS
We hope you are enjoying filling your blessing bags.  Each gallon size resealable plastic storage bag should be filled with the everyday necessities that a person would need for everyday hygiene.  Everything should be in INDIVIDUAL/TRAVEL SIZE. We have previously made suggestions for these items so we won’t reiterate here. Remember to include your children in filling these blessing bags. Then they will have a sense of ownership in this gift.  Pastor Cheryl will dedicate our Blessing Bags on Palm Sunday.

 BATH TOWELS
We just received notice that CCEH is in dire need of Bath towels so that clients can take showers. They are down to six towels. They are asking for new bath towels or a gift card to buy towels.  We will pick up any donations from the yellow drop box outside the church doors. If you would rather not leave a gift card in the box, please mail it to: WUMC, 79 Clinton St.

Please keep the SOUPERFEST on Saturday in your prayers. And next year, we should be once again helping with this fundraiser in person. 

Thank you all for making this new mission a blessing for our church and and those we serve in Jesus’ name.
Spiritual Formation and Education


Monday Morning Quarterback Bible Study

Weekly questions from Pastor Cheryl to continue studying 
Matthew 8:18-27
 from the worship service at home.


1. We adore Jesus and we are people who value hospitality yet in this passage he affirms that he has nowhere to lay his head. What does that mean for our faith and for our ability to welcome others?


2. This story involves a scribe who responds to Jesus' call by saying, " I will follow you wherever you go." How do you understand God's call on your life? What is being asked of you in terms of your devotional life and in terms of your service to others?



3. Another disciple so-inclined says "first let me bury my father." Why is it so difficult to follow Jesus? What are we afraid of? What obstacles have you encountered? If you have overcome them, how did you do that?
Adult Sunday School Starts Study of 1 Thessalonians and Galatians
Newcomers welcome! At 9 a.m
 What’s the first book of the New Testament?  Most of us will quickly answer the Gospel of Matthew.  But what is the first book that was written?  That’s a different question. And a different answer!    We hope to see you on March 14!
Join Zoom at this link. 
Meeting ID: 863 3723 2049  Password: 003935  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Sunday School Zoom at 10:00 am each week
Join Zoom Meeting at this link
Meeting ID: 726 9853 8230
Passcode: Sunday
Youth Zoom at 1:00 pm each Sunday
Join Zoom Meeting at this link
Meeting ID: 736 0199 3984
Passcode: Youth


It was so fun, let’s do it again! Messy Church 2 will premiere Friday, March 26th, 2021 6:00pm on Wesley’s YouTube Channel! Check out this website to see what it’s all about, here! If you missed our first Messy Church, check it out HERE! This is a fun, once-a-month, family fun, fellowship building time for our church and greater Concord community! Meet us on Facebook and YouTube and have some Friday night family fun! Invite and share with your friends, this is for ALL ages! Materials list to come! (Want to help with a future event? Let Ms. Christina know!)

Youth Mission Work This Summer: Things are still very fluid at this time all around our community and world… We’ve got several ideas on the “launch pad” but are still awaiting more directives, conversation, and insight into how things are going to look moving forward!

Pictures Wanted! Send in pictures of your Lent paper chain or of you completing some of the activities! We miss you!

💗Thank you!! 
Ms. Christina

Music Ministry
 Virtual Choir Rehearsals 
All are invited to attend Thursdays at 7:15 pm. We meet via Zoom at this recurring link each week: Meeting ID: 779 7127 5619 Passcode: 9M6QX9
Reconciling Ministries Network
 
RMN is hosting a Taizé-style worship service on March 21st at 8pm ET | 5pm PT. Come with your hopes and lamentations for our Church and our world. Find them on FaceBook.
Taizé is a village in France where people live in a communal and contemplative lifestyle. 
 

In light of announcement made by the Pope RMN posted this prayer:

To our Catholic siblings:

Your pain is valid.
Your Church is hurting.
Your identity is good.
Your being is holy.
Even when the Church's love fails, God's love does not.

But that doesn't ease the pain of systemic exclusion.

We've been there. We're still there. Holding this space in prayer with you.
Living Our Best Lives


Have you ever been on the fence about throwing something away when you think it could be reused?  Please share some ways you repurpose your household items.
 Check out these repurposing ideas here.


Lemon Ricotta Pasta
1 lb  pasta 
2 cup whole-milk ricotta
16 oz fresh baby spinach, washed
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve
2 unwaxed lemon, zest and juice
6 lemon wedges, to serve (optional)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2 garlic clove, grated or pressed
salt and black pepper, to taste
For more instructions and add-in suggestions click here 
Members' Corner
Nancy Vigue is moving and is looking for a home for her cat, Lulu. She is a wonderful cat. Lulu is older but healthy. She is shy at first, but friendly when she gets to know you.  She is ok with other cats but doesn’t like dogs. Lulu is declawed and up to date with shots. Please email Nancy.
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Matthew 8:18-27

 

Would-Be Followers of Jesus

Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. A scribe then approached and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ Another of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’

Jesus Stills the Storm

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’

Opening Prayer of Confession

Leader: Let us acknowledge our need to restore, repair, renew our Holy Vessels, especially this holy container of life on which we live–this very planet.
Let us pray:

Life-giving God,
In the beginning, you created this universe with a phrase, “Let it be…”
and the waters and dry land, the sky and the creatures were formed. You set humanity among these wonders and invited us to care and honor all things. We have not successfully answered that call. Seeing the abundance as a feast that would never end, we gorged ourselves, taking more than we could replenish at a rate that could not be sustained. We are beginning to comprehend the magnitude, beginning to see that things cannot just keep going “as usual” and not have dire consequences. We are frightened, which is partly why we are slow to accept it.
But we now are witnesses to the forces of a world more broken that when we inherited it: water, wind, and wave, fire, drought, and earthquake that signal it is time to pay attention and to make real change. Too often we think there is nothing we can do–that the change required is too great. It all feels overwhelming and so we look away, sometimes even from the small things that could make a difference
for our own community.

Help us, Healer.
Show us our ability to chart a different course.
Forgive our inaction.
Move us to move
one step at a time toward greater care for one another.

In this silence, we sense and acknowledge our yearning for wholeness.

 

62nd Annual Lenten Luncheon Series

Thursdays from 12:15 pm -1:00 pm on Zoom
 

March 25 - To Be Announced 

We will open at 12:15 with introductions and prayer. Our speakers will talk for 20-25 minutes. There will be a brief time for questions and comments at the end.

Join Zoom Meeting at this link. Meeting ID: 841 5087 7100 Passcode: 617557 

Admission is free, but donations to these local programs are encouraged and appreciated: 

Friends of Forgotten Children 

Riverbend Community Mental Health 

Or mail a check noting how you want the donation applied to: 

Greater Concord Interfaith Council 

PO Box 362 

Concord, NH 03302-0362 

Questions? Contact Margaret Morrill or Eleanor Kimball  

Zoom link and additional details will be posted on Facebook and the Council’s website


 Mike Ard (Baha'i) and Dori Bongiovanni (Buddhist), President of GCIC are facilitating a biweekly interfaith discussion on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 7:00-8:00pm. You are welcome to bring a prayer or reading from your faith tradition to share. The first 40 minutes will be sharing and the last 20 minutes for questions about each other's traditions and discussion. Join at this recurring Zoom link
Wanakee United Methodist Center
Wanakee, Summer 2021
Wanakee’s year-round staff and volunteers on our Board and Committees are focused on the painstaking work of developing plans for Wanakee to open in 2021. We are hoping to re-open, in-person, for camp this summer.
Staff applications are open. Click here to apply.
Regulations and recommendations remain fluid (new guidelines are expected 3/1), and we are developing contingency plans for a range of possible scenarios. To learn more, please visit our Summer 2021 Frequently Asked Questions, and thank you as always for your support and patience.
Click here for a message from the executive director.

Save the Date - May 22, 2021 - 10 am - 12 pm
Resource Day with Leonard Sweet 
"Deep and Wide" hosted by the Granite District

Clergy and Laity are encouraged to join in this online session. Details and registration link HERE


Lay Servant Ministries
 Course Planning

The Granite District Lay Servant Ministry team is planning a Basic Course and Advanced Course(s) that will be offered virtually before spring, 2021. 
Read more here.
In the United Methodist church we are all called to be ministers. As Christians we practice the ministry of vitality. In our daily lives, we are called to be salt, light, and leaven in a broken world. The Lay Servant Ministry Committee of the Granite District Announces Spring Courses

Here is the list with description of Granite District Spring Courses
Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course: Instructors Pam Maden and Callie McMahon.  Ministry isn’t just a clergy endeavor; all Christians are called to serve. Laity serve on the front line of evangelical living. We are all called to be salt and light to a hurting word. The course helps laity explore and discover their unique calls in serving God, neighbor and the greater church. Requirements: Participant’s handbook “Lay Servant Ministries” by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson. Required at course start. Available at Amazon, Upper Room Store at about $11.00 Starts April 5, 2021, at6:30 p.m. and unless agreed otherwise by participants, will continue Monday, 4/12, 419, 4/26 and 5/3 but the starting time could be moved earlier. Registration form or equivalent is due to by March 26.

The participants' hand book is “Lay Servant Ministries” by Sandy Jackson and Brian Jackson. It’s $11.00 and available on Amazon,

Here is an explanation of the ministry from “Chuck Knows Church“ 

Apply now for NEAC scholarships

United Methodist adults and recent high school graduates pursuing undergraduate education are invited to apply for a scholarship from the New England Conference for the 2021-22 academic year. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2021. Learn more and get the application forms here.


2021 Annual Conference Session - Online
From the Conference Office...The health of our members and communities remains our priority, and it is uncertain that we will be able to gather safely in June, so we have made the decision to hold the 2021 Annual Conference Session online. While we would like to meet together, we cannot ensure that we will have access to all the services required for an in-person gathering at that time.
 
All clergy and lay members should hold June 10-12 for the online session. Tentatively, clergy session will be June 10 with Ordination/Commissioning on June 12 for the classes of 2020 and 2021 (with a limited number of participants). The service would be livestreamed. 
More information about registration and a detailed schedule will be announced in March.


Equalization Members Needed for Annual Conference

The format of this year’s annual conference (whether in person or virtual) is not yet certain, but what is certain is that the dates are June 10-12, 2021, and we will need some lay people to serve as District Equalization Members.

If you are interested in being an equalization member please contact Phyllis in the District Office to be added to the list for consideration.

Community Offerings


Have you run out of Scout popcorn? There is a sale right now. Click here for more information and to place your order!


 


Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Mondays, April 5 - May 10
10 - 11:30 a.m.


Are you a family caregiver? Caregiving can add stress to our physical and emotional health. "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is an educational program to help family caregivers learn to take care of themselves. This interactive online workshop helps caregivers learn to: • Reduce personal stress • Change negative self-talk • Communicate more effectively • Handle different feelings • Make challenging caregiving decisions
Registration is required.

To register, call (603) 224-4093 ext. 5815 or visit  here. Please note that a camera and microphone is needed to complete the program. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to the program.
Matter of Balance
Mondays, April 5 - June 7
(No class on May 31)
1 - 3 p.m.

Don’t let the fear of falling limit your activities - “A Matter of Balance” classes provide the tools needed to gain confidence and learn simple fall prevention strategies.
Registration is required.

To register, call (603) 224-4093 ext. 5815 or visit here. Please note that a camera and microphone is needed to complete the program. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to the program.
Interfaith Women of New Hampshire

On March 22 at 6:45pm, Interfaith Women of New Hampshire invite you to a Zoom panel and discussion titled, "Let’s Talk: Faith and Race." This program will feature Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant speakers. Register for free here.
Pastor Cheryl is available by phone, Zoom, Facebook messenger, text or email for pastoral support or to discuss church business. Set a time by emailing her at this link or by calling the church phone 224-7413 which is monitored remotely by our Administrative Assistant, Anne Roberts. If you or someone who you know that needs help would like to apply for assistance from the Pastor's Discretionary fund you can initiate the process by filling out the application at this link. If you know of someone who would like to receive a print version of the eWeekly please let us know by calling 224-7413 or emailing the office. You can also read Pastor Cheryl's occasional blog posts at this link.
If you'd like to join other Prayer Messengers please contact coordinator, Norma Kane to volunteer. You may also forward your prayer requests directly to our prayer chain coordinator, Laura Fry.
AMAZON SMILE
Last quarter $33.48 was donated to Wesley through AmazonSmile! If you shop on Amazon, please consider naming Wesley UMC as your designated Smile charity. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items purchased. Use this link to select Wesley UMC-Concord NH. Detailed instructions are available here. As always you are invited to support Wesley directly by mailing your gift to 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or electronically at Concord WUMC.org/donate.
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