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THIS WEEK AT WESLEY

This Week’s Calendar
Tomorrow!
11:45 am Soup & Stories, Hanna Hall
Monday: 1:00 pm UMW Board Meeting, Chapel
Wednesday: 7:00 pm Ad Board, Chapel
Thursday: 4:00 pm Household of Faith Sacred Dance rehearsal, Chapel
 5:45 pm Jubellation Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary
 7:15 pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday: 8:00 am Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester Street, Concord
Sunday: 8:30 am Communion Service, Chapel
 9:00 am Adult Sunday School, Parlor
 9:00 am Choir rehearsal, Library
 10:00 am Prayer Messengers, Chapel
 10:20 am Praise Music, Sanctuary
 10:30 am Sanctuary Service, Sunday School and Childcare 
 11:45 am UMW Pledge Banquet, Hanna Hall

Click the picture above or this link to access the church calendar, including future meetings and events.

Pastor Cheryl will finish the sermon series on resolutions titled “Change for the Better.” This week’s installment is titled, “Goals" is based on scripture in Jeremiah 29:4-14 in which verse 11 states, "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." We'll explore what the Bible has to say about setting and achieving goals and  seek to understand and fulfil God's plans for us. Electric Praise will sing a great praise set beginning at 10:20 and more throughout the service. Ken Gallager will play the organ. The choir, directed by Ben Greene will sing Majesty. Miss Christi will share children's worship titled "You Have a Message" based on Matthew 4:19.  You're invited to stay following worship for Soup and Stories, a time of sharing our history and anticipating our future here at Wesley while enjoying a delicious lunch lovingly prepared and free for all. Invite your friends, family, neighbors and Wesley folks you haven’t seen in a while to participate in worship and our special events throughout the season.

Lenten Sermon Series and Bible Study

Join us at Wesley UMC for a sermon series throughout Lent called Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Lent. We'll be sharing worship and study with our sister church, Bow Mills UMC, and drawing on creative resources designed by renowned worship planner, Marcia McFee. The book we will study by the same title was written by Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. The study will run Tuesday evenings at 7pm from March 3rd through April 7th. Please let the office know if you'd like to participate in the study and we'll order the book for you which will be about $10, scholarships available.
All are welcome!

Shrove Tuesday-2/25      Ash Wednesday-2/26      Palm Sunday-4/5       Maundy Thursday-4/9      Good Friday-4/10      Easter Sunrise-4/12


SUNDAY MINISTRIES

Greeter: Jeff and Loraine Schindler

Liturgist: Bill Platt

Coffee Cleanup: Ruth Engel

Counters: 

 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Christian Robinson 01/26

 


PRAYER REQUESTS
 
Prayers for Hugh Sycamore - in the hospital and in need of encouragement;

Diane McFall's daughter, Carole - Celebration that Friday's surgery was successful and prayers are requested for her continued recovery;

Diane McFall's son, Jim - that he will have a definite diagnosis and treatment plan in place soon;

Klaylea's neighbor, Dot's husband - Celebration that he is home from the hospital.

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home or in a small group:

Read Jeremiah 29:4-14

  • As we conclude our series on resolutions and changing for the better, we focus on goal setting and putting things in order. This is where our intention and attention get to work. The prophet assures us that God has plans for us for a future with hope. This is a tricky promise to understand since Methodists decidedly do not believe in predestination. It is a Calvinist belief to think that God ordains each event and outcome. Rather, John Wesley taught free will and that salvation is available to all. When we read that God has plans for us, it is ultimate plans for our salvation, for the grace that is bestowed on us and for our going on to perfection. What do you think about that?
 
  • Jeremiah is speaking here to a people still in exile of God’s promise to restore, hear and gather. The passage explicitly says to “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile.” (v7) Think of a current cultural situation that you would rather have resolved and imagine how you could seek the good of the community even in the midst of the adversity.
 
  • Consider v 11 and delight in God’s plan for you that is a future with hope. What does that look like?

New Year Devotion:    
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition        
(Contemporary Version)

I am no longer my own,
but yours.
Put me to what you will,
place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing,
put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you
or set aside for you,
Praised for you
or criticized for you.
Let me be full,
let me be empty.
Let me have all things,
let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things
to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven. 
Amen.

Join us in welcoming our new Administrative Assistant!
  Bonnie Leach of Concord will begin work in WUMC's office on Monday, February 3rd. She will work each Monday through Friday from 9:00 - 1:00.
  Bonnie is a (semi) retired professional, working for most of her adult life in offices, handling various jobs to include sales, office assistant and manager, and operations specialist, with a very heavy focus on customer service. She is a "people person", and has always enjoyed helping others. She has volunteered for various organizations throughout the years. Children have always held a special place in her heart, as have the elderly, and that is where she has focused many of her volunteer hours. She has worked with the homeless, through a local church food pantry when living in southern NH years ago, and most recently financially supported the Campton, NH Community through their food pantry and fire department. 
  Bonnie downsized her home and simplified her lifestyle a couple of years ago, to be able to work less hours and also to move to Concord to be closer to her children and grandchildren.  She has strong office skills and looks forward to  making a difference in the lives of people by working here with us. Welcome, Bonnie!
Soup and Stories
Join us for a special time of history sharing tomorrow, Sunday, January 26th after worship. Come share Heart and History with a Hearty Meal and learn about Wesley’s journey or share your own stories as we delight in our past, revel in our present and dream for the future. There will be a free soup, bread and dessert meal for all to share. 


Check out this video of the birth of Wesley UMC, from the merger of Baker Memorial and First Methodist Churches.





Check out this 50th anniversary booklet that describes Wesley through the years. 
Go to this link and then scroll down to the Announcements section.




 
Click on these links to learn more about the Mission of Peace to China for High School students or the work of the Open Spirit Task Force that is analyzing the various outcomes from recent denominational legislation and plans as they pertain to LGBTQ inclusion.
 
Did you miss the Christmas pageant this year? Or, would you like to see it again? Visit this link to watch the video of our precious children and this hilarious script!
 
Volunteers needed: Please consider reaching out to Miss Christina if you would be interested in serving our Sunday School as a teacher or a helper to the teacher! There will be a Safe Sanctuaries training on Sunday Feb. 9th following the 10:30 worship service to train any volunteers who will or currently work with our children and/or youth to get you certified!
 
Are you interested in chaperoning our Youth Mission Trip to Kentucky this summer at the end of July? Let Miss Christina know and we’ll even get you Safe Sanctuaries trained and ready to go with everyone else who works with our children and/or youth on Sunday Feb. 9th following the 10:30 worship service!
 
If you have not yet turned in your child’s Sunday School Registration form, please do! If you need a registration form, please see Miss Christina!

 January Ingathering

For the teachers and students at Abbot-Downing School: Lysol disinfectant wipes, hypoallergenic baby wipes, tissues, fold-down small plastic sandwich bags, #2 pencils with erasers, glue sticks, and crayons. For Concord’s Homeless Resource Center: toilet paper and laundry detergent.   


UMW Pledge Banquet - Sunday, February 2 at noon: Join Wesley's United Methodist Women for our annual pledge banquet in Hanna Hall and enjoy a smoked turkey lunch, make Valentines for our Alternative High Schoolers, and support UMW. 
 

Scout Sunday is on February 9 recognizing and celebrating scouting (both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts) at our Chartered Organization (Wesley UMC). The Pancake breakfast will be served from 8 am to 10:15 am in Hanna Hall. The food is cooked and served by the Boy Scouts. The cost is $5.00 each or a family is $15.00, and you can pay at the door. Menu: pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, coffee, tea, juice, milk, muffins, pastries, and fruit. Come and join us for a delightful and tasty breakfast!

Check Out Scouting!
Cub Scout Pack 86 meets in Hanna Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and is for boys and girls ages 5 to 10. Boy Scout Troop 86 meets in Hanna Hall on Thursday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and is for boys ages 11 to 17. We’d love to have you come and check out a meeting! Even bring a friend with you too!  You don’t have to be a member of Wesley to be in the Pack or Troop. For more information, contact the Cubmaster of the Pack: Dan Dupuis or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy.
 

Kelly Fullerton has prepared detailed instructions about how to designate Wesley UMC as the beneficiary of 0.5% of the proceeds from your eligible Amazon.com purchases using Smile. Click here to download and use her instructions for your purchases.
 
Join the Read That! Book Club on February 20th to discuss Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.  Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
 


Check out District and Conference news and events on their regular newsletters. 

The Bishop expresses his gratitude for our response to the Christmas Giving Challenge fully at this link and summarized here:
  "With the support of our Cabinet and the Conference Committee on Finance and Administration (CCFA), I shared with you why it is important to support the goal of fulfilling 100 percent of our obligation to World Missions at such a time as this. 
  As part of our Christmas Giving Challenge, we invited you to share the cost of 60 cups of coffee, so we could participate in our worldwide missions and conference benevolence without violating the will of the Annual Conference by dipping into our reserves. 
  We are grateful and celebrate the ways you responded to the challenge!"

NHD - Open Spirit Task Force Info Session
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tilton-Northfield UMC - 400 West Main St., Tilton, NH 03276

The New England Delegation to the 2020 General Conference and the Open Spirit Task Force (OSTF) have been moving forward with their work, and at this gathering facilitators from the OSTF and delegation will share the options that will be presented at the Annual Conference in June 2020 and provide educational materials that will help facilitate congregational conversations about these options. 

Photos from Tuesday's UMW Martha Circle meeting at Nancy Fransen's home taken while ladies watched a DVD taken at the July 4 2008 event on the church lawn. It was nice to see friends who are no longer with us. Photo credit: Nancy Fransen
 
The Concord Homeless Emergency Winter Shelter is in great need of overnight volunteers, especially on weekends. Here are the links to the website and the signup genius where you can sign up to help. Any questions can be emailed to Michael Caswell, Shelter Manager.

The January PFLAG NH Support Group Meeting will be held in the Parlor on Sunday, January 19, 2020  from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.   

PFLAG is an organization of parents, families and allies united with LGBTQ+ people to move equality forward – providing support,  education and advocacy.  PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed – regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

All are welcome to attend our monthly support group meetings held every 3rd Sunday of the month from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For more information about the organization please visit our website www.pflagnh


Palestinian Scientist, Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh, to speak at South Church, Concord, NH

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Free and Open to the Public

Mazin Qumsiyeh is the Director of the Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Institute for Biodiversity Research in Bethlehem. He’s spoken all over the world about denial of Palestinian human rights and issues of climate change and biodiversity in the Middle East and the world. He was formerly Director of the Cytogenetics Department at Yale University. In 2018 he was a National Geographic grantee. He is author of several books including "Sharing the Land of Canaan" and  “Popular Resistance in Palestine”
Also..  Here is a link to an interesting article  Biodiversity and hope flourish at Palestine's first natural history museum The museum's vision is of a sustainable community where humans and nature work and live together harmoniously.
Can you find yourself in this picture?
It's one of the first things people see when they check out our website. If you haven't browsed it recently, check it out at this link and share it with friends.

Jeremiah 29:4-14

4Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. 8For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, 9for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, says the Lord.

10 For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfil to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

FRIENDLY KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 Erle Huntington is looking for Wesley UMC folks to help staff the Friendly Kitchen. Her team prepares the meals for 60-120 people each third Thursday with food that has been donated and store at their facility. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office and we will put you in touch. We might even be able to form a team to serve a Wednesday lunch where they’re looking for monthly help.

CHOIR PRACTICE 
Choir practice is held Thursday evening at 7:15 pm in the Sanctuary. There is also a practice Sunday morning at 9 am in the library. All are invited to lift their voices and sing to the Lord! No experience is necessary. Email Choir Director, Ben Greene for more information.

SACRED DANCE
Please join the Household of Faith Dancers, led by Renee Doucette, in the parlor on Thursdays from 4-5 pm. No dance experience required!

SUNDAY GREETERS
If you would like to help greet our guests at worship some week, please call or text Nancy Fransen at 603-224-7635.

ALTAR GUILD
Join us in preparing the pews, candles, banners and more in our sanctuary for worship each week by contacting Joan Beldin at 715-8888.

PICTORIAL DIRECTORY
Get a copy of our electronic pictorial directory by contacting the church office. If you would prefer a printed copy, bring $3.00 to cover the cost of the printing.
PRAYER MESSENGERS
The Prayer Messengers gather in the Chapel each Sunday at 10:00 AM to pray together for Wesley Church, its pastor, its people and special concerns through INTERCESSORY PRAYER- a prayer to God on behalf of others. Jesus prayed for others and taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer. When we pray to God, we are not simply saying, "God, remove all these problems and make everything easy. Snap your cosmic fingers and make it all better." Following a short devotion, we pray to God, consciously thanking God for our blessings and inviting God into our struggles. You are welcome anytime during this prayer time. In this way we empower ourselves to fulfill our mission in the world. Paul instructed in Ephesians 6:18, "Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." For more information contact Norma Kane.                                                   
LOST & FOUND
If you are in search of a lost item, please check the basket in the coat room or contact the office.
ELECTRONIC GIVING
Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal.

USED EYEGLASS COLLECTION
Please place used eyeglasses in the labelled basket in the Narthex, or give them to Spencer Kingsland for the Lions Club's worldwide project "Eyesight Conservation and Work for the Blind."

VIEW SERVICES ON TV OR ONLINE 
If you can't be here on Sunday, that doesn't mean you have to miss the service. Concord TV, Channel 22, shows our service during the week: 
Sunday          1:30 PM
Monday       10:30 AM
Tuesday        4:30 PM
Wednesday   2:00 PM
Thursday     10:30 AM 
Friday            7:00 AM
Or view services at any time at this link.

VOLUNTEER REQUEST
The Housing First program of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness seeks volunteers to drive clients to shop at the grocery store or food pantry.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Angela Spinney or 603-290-3375. Volunteers aged 55 or over are encouraged to apply to RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) through the Friends Program at 228-7615. Once accepted, they provide volunteers with insurance while driving for the program. Please specify that you are volunteering for the Housing First Program of CCEH to expedite the connection from them to CCEH. 

Visiting
Please contact Pastor Cheryl when you or someone you love is hospitalized or would like a visit. Contact her when you have a graduation, anniversary, or other special event that you would like her to pray for. When you are facing a difficult decision and would like someone to discuss it with, she is here to listen and to offer prayer for wisdom and guidance. When planning a wedding, Pastor Cheryl can provide premarital counseling and planning for a Christian ceremony. When anticipating a death in the family, let her pray for you and your loved one as she or he transitions from this life to the eternal. Pastor Cheryl is here to serve you and encourage you in all of life’s situations.
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