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a weekly email about the ministry of Wesley Church

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We strive to quiet the conflict among all people by creating a compelling environment that fosters spirituality, community engagement, and social justice.

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 Persons of all races, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations are welcomed as full participants in the life and mission of this congregation.


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THIS WEEK

AT WESLEY

 
 Sunday 12/1/19
  8:30 a.m.  Communion Service, Chapel
  9:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School, Parlor
  9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library 
 10:00 a.m.  Prayer Messengers, Chapel
 10:20 a.m.  Praise Music, Sanctuary
 10:30 a.m.  Worship Service, Sanctuary
 12:00 p.m.   Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser
  Sunday School and Childcare are offered at 10:30 a.m. service. 
   
Friday 12/6/19
   8:00 a.m.  Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester St.
 
Sunday 12/7/19
   8:30 a.m.  Chapel Service, Chapel
   9:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School, Parlor
   9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library
  10:00 a.m. Prayer Messengers, Chapel
  10:20 a.m. Praise Music, Sanctuary
  10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Sanctuary
  11:30 a.m.   Advent Crafts and Cardmaking
    Sunday School and Childcare are available at 10:30 a.m. service. 


Please note the office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please have any information for the bulletin or eWeekly into the office by Tuesday morning. Thank you!

THIS WEEK'S GREETER
Spencer Kingsland

COFFEE CLEAN UP
Mary Harmon

 HAPPY  BIRTHDAY!​

Belated birthday wishes to Janet Sidney!
Terry Large
Al Sidney

If we missed your birthday, please let the office know so we can update our records.  Thank you! 


PRAYER REQUESTS
Concerns:Therese having back surgery, Jill’s dad Ray hospitalized, people struggling with addiction, Deanna having a very rough time, Ronnie, Laura, and their dog Gizmo in the midst of hardship, family of Amir Ayyad-a 7-year-old boy killed in bombing in Gaza Strip, Christine’s mom in hospital
Joys: birth of new baby in the Doucette family, birth of new baby in Claudette’s family
Traveling Mercies: The Doucettes headed to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving

FRIENDLY KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 Erle Huntington is looking for more 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 whichever time works best for you. All are invited to lift your voice and sing to the Lord! No experience is necessary. Any questions? You can email our Choir Director, Ben Greene, at bengreene820@gmail.com.

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!

ATTENTION SUNDAY GREETERS
 
Nancy Fransen volunteered to manage our Sunday (second worship service) "Greeters." If you would like to greet Nancy can be reached via cell phone #  603 224 7635.   Text is acceptable, too.

ALTAR GUILD
New members are needed for the altar guild.  If you can volunteer a few hours a month to keeping our sanctuary ready for worship, please contact Joan Beldin 715-8888.

WESLEY'S PICTORIAL DIRECTORY

The Pictorial Directory is ready for distribution. To receive an emailed copy simply get in touch with Marybeth at the Church Office and she will send one out to you as an attachment. If you are unable to print it, Marybeth can print it for you for $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, at momkane2002@yahoo.com.                                                   

                                                                                                                                       Did you know you now have the option of online giving to Wesley?Through this secure web page you may donate 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 to view services at any time, go to www.yourconcordtv.org/on-demand-player/.

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 at angela@concordhomeless.org 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. 

LOST & FOUND
If you are in search of a lost item, please check the basket in the coat room or contact the office.

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.
                

Worship Forecast

Pastor Cheryl’s sermon titled, “Live in the Light of Hope" is based on scripture in Romans 13:11-14, describing a time of awakening and light, putting on the Lord, Jesus Christ. We will explore what it means to wait and hope for the activity of the Messiah in our lives in this time. We will celebrate the lighting of the Advent Candle and Holy Communion each week of Advent.

December 8, 2019 – Peace

Isaiah 11:1-10 – The Promise of Peace

December 15, 2019 – Joy

   Luke 1:47-55 – From the Tips of Our Toes

December 22, 2019 – Love

   Matthew 1:18-25 – Hesed: Kindness, Mercy, Loyalty, Love

December 24, 2019 – Christmas Eve

Pageant at 4:00 pm – Starry Night, Noisy Night featuring our wonderful Sunday School and Youth.

Christmas Eve service with musical prelude at 7:00 pm.

Candlelight, lessons, carols and communion with musical prelude at 11:00 pm.

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.


Romans 13: 11-14

An Urgent Appeal

11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.


 
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

Bible Study Questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.

Read Romans 13:11-14

·       Paul urges us to “wake from sleep” (v11) What kind of sleep is he inferring? What is the difference between waking into enlightenment and sleeping in darkness?

·       How do we “know what time it is?” (v11) What signs tell us? What are we expecting? How does it feel to wait?

·      “The day is near.” (v12) What makes our salvation nearer now? What has happened to prepare us? What more needs to occur?Advent Devotion: "Wait for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait for the LORD".  Psalm 27:14


ADVENT HOPE

We’ve heard a lot about hope over the past few weeks: the hope of a new season in pastoral partnership, the hope of a successful stewardship campaign and the hope that we celebrate each year as we begin Advent.

Advent hope is rooted in the Israelites longing for a Messiah to set them free. It is so much more than the blithe hope that our day will go our way. It is a deep desire for freedom from oppression and the grace and mercy that we crave in the midst of a judgmental and too often hateful world.

We experience this hopeful longing each year as we recognize there is still a deep need for new expressions of freedom from oppression, justice and mercy. During the season of Advent, we turn down the lights and consider the darkness. We settle in the discomfort of knowing that simply existing within this society, we are a part of the system that perpetuates oppression when there are homeless and hungry children of God just down the road and children held in cages at our nation’s borders. We consider the darkness of racially motivated violence and increased suicide rates among the LGBTQ+ community and weep.

Despite this attention to the darkness, Advent is not a time of hopelessness. It is a time that is pregnant with possibilities. Just as Mary was pregnant, expecting a son, so are we expectant, awaiting the presence of the One who will bring peace and power and love to society’s ills. Acknowledging the darkness provides the opportunity to turn on the light. Turning our attention to the poor, oppressed, hated and endangered children of God shines the light of our attention on them. We begin to see beyond ourselves into the Creation that God has entrusted to us and we begin to care and we begin to serve. We begin to hope.

Pastor Cheryl


CONSECRATION SUNDAY

Thank you all so much for your dedication and support of our shared mission and ministry here at Wesley UMC. We all had a wonderful time at last week’s worship service and celebratory luncheon. Our campaign has raised 90% of our goal, thanks to you!
Pastor Cheryl


ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS EVE

We’re planning fun events each Sunday of Advent following worship. If you’d like to contribute to the holiday goodies by sharing your grandma’s best cookies or need an opportunity to try out that great new idea on Pinterest, let Pastor Cheryl know or sign up at this link. 
Join us each Sunday in Advent for worship and fun.

11/30-12/1 from 12-6pm for our Christmas Tree Sale;

12/8 at 11:30 for Advent Crafts and Cardmaking;
12/15 at 11:30 for a Holiday Wrapping Party; and
12/22 at 11:30 for Caroling.
12/24 Christmas Eve: Children’s pageant at 4pm; Main service at 7pm; Carols, communion and candlelight at 11pm.


CHRISTMAS TREE SALE FUNDRAISER

The Finance Committee is spearheading a new fundraiser for the church offering Christmas trees this Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st from 12-6pm each day. We need your help! Please volunteer by signing up in the Narthex or speaking with Claudette Galbraith or Theresa Beldin. Trees are $30 or $20 for tabletop size. The Youth Group will also be offering hot cocoa, cider and cookies to raise funds for their Kentucky Mission Trip. Please tell your friends, family and neighbors to buy their tree here to help support Wesley’s Mission and Ministry!


December
Alternative High School
Ministries

December 1-15 Collecting money* for gift cards for 28 students
December 8 Used Coat Drive
December 29 Fifth Sunday Food Collection

Suggested items: Cup of Soup, Oatmeal Packets,
Crackers & Cheese or Peanut butter,
Individual Mac & Cheese
Chef Boyardee, Breakfast Items

*Make checks payable to Wesley UMC and note that it is for the
Alternative High School.


Bishop's Giving Challenge

Churches throughout the conference are finding it difficult to pay mission shares resulting in our inability as a Conference to meet our obligation to the World Service Fund for mission throughout the world. Bishop Devadhar, DS Kang and Pastor Cheryl invite you to help make up this shortfall by making a one-time gift of $180 (or more) through a check payable to Wesley and by designating it for Mission Shares.


CHRISTMAS PAGEANT INFORMATION

Christmas pageant planning and preparation is underway! We will be doing “Starry Night, Noisy Night” this year and it is sure to be a noisy fun time! We will be working on it a bit in Sunday School, Miss Christina will e-mail and post a link to the pageant for home practice, as well as hold a few “full” rehearsals! Is there a way you can help with your talents? Acting, snacks, costuming, scene/prop. work, chaperoning, music, etc.? Let Miss Christina know! 

For those participating in this year’s Christmas pageant, “Starry Night, Noisy Night”, please check out this link for practice! It’s got all of our songs and narration for you to practice with and listen to at home! Also, please see Ms. Christina if you are going to be part of the pageant and you have not yet received your script!


CHILDCARE POLICY DRAFT

SPRC has crafted and approved a draft of Wesley's Childcare Policy. The purpose of having this policy at Wesley is to provide safe, caring, God-centered childcare with written guidelines for our church.The next step will be for the Administrative board to review then approve/revise it  so it can be implemented. You may view our policy by clicking this link.


LAST CALL FOR POINSETTIA ORDERING 

This year we will be ordering poinsettias via sign up sheet in the narthex. The choices will be red, white, and marble with a cost of $15 each. Payment may be made to the office (checks may be made out to WUMC with "poinsettia" in the memo line) along with the dedication of your choice for the Christmas bulletin. Order deadline is Dec. 1. Thank you!


 2020 TAIZÉ Spiritual Pilgrimage
for Youth and Young Adults
with Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

July 24 - August 3, 2020 
Registration deadline - January 15, 2020

All youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 are invited to join a life-changing pilgrimage to Taizé, France, a place filled with deep Christian spirituality and broad ecumenism. This week-long experience will be led by Bishop Devadhar. MORE HERE


 

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 at nhpack86@gmail.com or the Scoutmaster of the Troop: Keith Hagemeyer at klhag03@gmail.com  or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy at mshellfc@comcast.net 
 


UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT
 
United Methodist Foundation of New England Presents:
Clergy and Spouse - Pre-retirement Seminar
December 4, 2019 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
New England Conference Office - 411 Merrimack St., Methuen, MA 01844
MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
 
Granite State Ringers Present “Traditions”
December 7th - 3:00 pm
St. Paul’s UMC - 335 Smyth Rd. Manchester, NH
Tickets: $10 Adult, $3 kids, $25 Family
MORE INFORMATION
 
Creative Angels Bazaar and Cookie Walk
December 7th from 9 am - 3 pm
Includes jewelry, Christmas revisited, and a variety of cookies.
Contoocook UMC - 28 Maple St., Contoocook, NH
 
Blue Christmas Meditation and Healing Service
December 18th - 7:00 pm
First UMC - 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH
This service is for anyone, but especially those who have experienced the loss of a loved one and find that Christmas is a difficult holiday because of that loss.
 
 

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