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  Join us and be present for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. Let us know you've watched by calling 224-7413 or at this link. You can also watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. New episodes appear each Tuesday at 4:30 pm and reair 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.

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Wesley United Methodist Church is standing  in the midst of this pandemic to do no harm. will not hold in-person worship services or resume meetings or other gatherings inside the church building until it is demonstrably safe to do so. Our Re-entry Team is working hard to ensure that we implement the safest practices for our eventual return. Once returning to in-person worship becomes viable, we will continue to offer livestream via YouTube and also televised services during the week. 
 
 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Rachel Venator 10/19
Nancy Fransen 10/19
Ann Ramsey 10/19
Alex Nix 10/20
Suzanne Fraher 10/23



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.

 

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.


This Sunday, October,18th, we will hear scripture from Matthew 25:31-40, read by Christine and Terry Large.

Have  you ever wondered what Wesley does beyond the walls of the church? Have you ever wished there was a way you could become more involved in mission work through the church and live out your faith in action? Have you heard of some of the ministries that Wesley does, but have no idea what they are or what they do? Join us this Sunday as we celebrate our laity and hear about all the great things they are doing in the community as Wesley members! We look forward to worshipping with you and serving with you in our community!


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.

Judy King designs our altars.
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October 25 – When You Don’t Get to See the Results – Deuteronomy 34:1-12
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 15 - Christ the King
November 22 - Thanksgiving
November 29 - First Sunday of Advent

 



For Sue Bowles who asks for wellness, wholeness, financial security, peace of mind, love, and harmony for her friend/live-in-Aide (Adrian), myself, relatives, and friends
For all who are navigating difficult emotional terrain
For those in helping professions carrying enormous workloads during this time when so much help is needed
For our Jericho Team as we do the work of breaking down walls and welcoming those who have felt unwelcome in their homes, churches and society
For our world as we live into a new paradigm accelerated by COVID, sometimes uncomfortable, always unfamiliar





Monday Morning Quarterback

Bible study questions
from Jen Savoy this week
to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.


Read Matthew 25:31-40
(which you can find at this link)
 Jesus reminds the sheep at the shepherd's right hand, "for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

 

1.  Matthew 25:31-40 talks about Jesus’ parable of the sheep and goats. He tells us that whatever we do for “the least of these” we do for Jesus. What does this passage mean to you? How can you live this out in your own life?

2.  Who are “the least of these”? Why do we consider them “the least”? How can we change our view of who is least or last in this world and in God’s Kingdom?

3.  God likes to get people out of their comfort zones! What are some things that you would like to try doing for others that are maybe a little out of your comfort zone? How can you break out of that zone and start serving God in new and wonderful ways?


 
Dear Beloved,
This week we celebrate Laity Sunday in worship. It is a time when we appreciate the gifts and graces of our fellow pewmates in the mission and ministry of the church in the world.
We understand ourselves to be one body, united in Jesus. We hear examples of this in his parable of the vine and throughout Paul’s and other writings in the new testament about the body of which Christ is the head.
The text from Romans on this topic is particularly meaningful where it says, “we are members of one another.” What a wonderful gift: to be a part of a community where we are members of one another! It means we can rely on each other for support during difficult times with our health, our emotional well-being, our jobs, our spirituality and especially now, during this time of COVID. I pray this Laity Sunday will remind each one of us that we are members of one another and that we are inspired to reach out both in times of need and to collaborate together to help others during this time of COVID. Who has been there for you? Who have you been there for? Who could you reach out to this week?
The scripture goes on to say that we don’t all serve the same function. I think you’ll see that very clearly during this week’s worship service where seventeen different members will share information about seventeen different mission areas as we celebrate together.
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Romans 12:4-8
Notice how the gifts we are given are given by grace to each of us! See the wonderful opportunities that are presented! Are you grateful for the gifts you’ve been given? Do you use them or leave them sitting on a shelf?
I pray that as you watch Sunday’s worship service on our YouTube Channel or on Public Access Channel 22 in Concord during the week, that you’ll feel that grace, those gifts and the Holy Spirit working in you to activate them. Maybe you’ll hear something about a mission to the poor in the Concord community that you’d like to help with.
Maybe you feel drawn to something else. The Ad Board and other leaders have developed thirteen goals for our church that include some wonderful, prayerful service opportunities that you might be perfect for. The Nominations and Leadership Development Committee has been meeting for the past few weeks discerning what leaders might serve in what capacities for the coming year. I hope your heart is open as you receive phone calls from these members.
I know what it is like to follow Jonah’s course of going the opposite direction from where God is leading. I was being called to ordained ministry but I tried taking the shorter, easier path to Lay Speaking instead because I thought I couldn’t afford college and seminary and through God’s grace I received scholarship after scholarship making it obvious that nothing could thwart God’s purpose for me. Perhaps God is calling you to something too? Take a moment this week in silence and really listen to hear what you can do to share God’s love at Wesley.
  We will celebrate All Saints Day on November 1st. This is a time when you are welcome to send photographs of the saints in your life to Deborah Venator by Friday, October 30th to share in the Worship Service. All Saints Day is also one of the four times during the year that we remember our baptism and welcome new members. If you would like to discuss becoming a member, please contact Pastor Cheryl.
Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Visit my blog for inspiration at this link.
 Join me in a moment of appreciation for Pat Neal who serves on our Stewardship and Endowment committees, as well as singing in our choir, adding her creativity, financial expertise and beautiful alto voice in service to Wesley UMC. Thank you Pat for all you so capably do! 
Gratefully, Pastor Cheryl
About the Business of the Church: As the Nominations and Lay Leadership Committee has been doing their work last year and this year we’ve been bringing committee membership into line with the model in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. The primary focus of this work last year was to increase the conversation between committees so that SPRC, Finance and Trustees all had representation on Ad Board and on the Finance Committee.
This year we’ve affirmed that while many of our committees function on a three-person/three-year term rotation, there are some that are populated with representatives from other committees. We’ve also affirmed the stance in the Book of Discipline that not every committee needs to meet every month. While there are instances when activity might require additional meetings, both the SPRC and Ad Board are required to meet only a minimum of quarterly. This allows freedom for when we choose to have fewer meetings during the summer when scheduling is difficult due to vacations or during winter when there are storms. It could also mean that these two committees could meet every other month to make it easier for the representative who may serve both. Similarly, this time of working remotely has taught us that much business can be conducted virtually using email and Zoom.
Another value that we’ll be enforcing in the coming year will be building all of our work in committees on a foundation of prayer. Prayer should support each decision, each task and each time of visioning and discernment. It will also include the opportunity for us to do relationship-building as part of our opening devotions. This can be as simple as offering an example as a reflection in response to the devotion, eg. the meaning behind a favorite flower that provokes a memory that was spiritually significant.
Finally, Pastor Cheryl will be working with each committee to streamline our meetings so that they run as efficiently as possible, between 45-90 minutes. This will include members coming prepared by reading minutes and supporting information ahead of time. This will enable us all to value one another’s investment of time and energy.
Wesley UMC's Church Conference has been scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 5pm. Please mark your calendars for this important annual meeting.
*** Please be aware that you may receive an email from Norma asking for gift cards. This message is not from Norma, please delete it. ***
Click here for the registration form for the New England United Methodist Women Conference on October 24th: 
Reflections on Race
Honoring the Charter for
Racial Justice

Mission and Ministry


The Friends of Forgotten Children is looking for new winter items as well as food donations to fill their Thanksgiving baskets. They accept donations on Thursdays  9am-8pm. For information on donations, client services or volunteering please click here. 
 


                                                                                         

Are you looking to get involved as a volunteer in your community, but don’t know where to start? Please visit Volunteer New Hampshire. There are many opportunities to match your skills and availably.
 
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Friday, October 16, 12 – 2 p.m
. (while supplies last) the NH Food Bank will once again set up their drive-thru food pickup in parking lots A/B (large lots near athletic fields) at NHTI. This took place once this summer along with the NH National Guard as workers, and it ran very smoothly. NHTI is pleased to partner with them in this important effort. This is a drive-thru distribution model. Please remain in your car and volunteers will distribute fresh produce, non-perishable items and more, right to you. These events are open to anyone in need – please share and help us to spread the word!

 The Alternative High School Program is putting a strong emphasis on community service for their students this year and want very much to be able to help the church in any way possible.  They are also open to taking their students to people's homes to do outside work--raking, cleanup, snow removal, etc--during school hours, Monday through Friday. It would be a community service so no payment would be involved. They especially spoke about doing this for elderly or handicapped folks. A staff person would always accompany and supervise their students when they are doing community service. Please contact Jane Broadrick at this link if you'd like to take them up on this generous offer.  
A special thank you to the Second Start Alternative High School for all the hard work they did tackling the bittersweet vines around the church. The students came to the church on Thursday the 8th and worked very hard together to clean up the vines!



Join us on Saturday, October 31st at 9:30 a.m. for the 9th Annual (virtual) Wicked FIT Run in Concord, NH and a Facebook LIVE broadcast kick-off. This family-friendly Halloween themed 5K run/walk benefits Families in Transition-New Horizons and its programs, including housing and services for families and individuals who are homeless in Concord, Manchester, Wolfeboro and Dover, NH.  This year the Wicked FIT Run will be a virtual event - which means anyone, anywhere can participate! No matter where you are, walking or running, every step matters - invite friends and family to join us!  To register click here.


The Abbot-Downing Team will be collecting the school supplies Wesley’s parking lot on Sunday afternoons 10/18 & 10/ 25,  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.                           
Abbot-Downing Wish list:
  
 Cloth masks (Notice to all seamstresses), sandwich-size zip lock bags for each student to put their masks in, Baby wipes, disinfecting wipes, tissues, pencils, glue sticks, markers, crayons, scissors, sharpies
*Starting off with remote classes, there are homeless students who have requested help with purchasing clothes. Janet Moffett, RN has an emergency fund to help these students and also for other needs.  If you wish to give money for this fund, make a check payable to Wesley UMC for Abbot-Downing Fund 
The help from our congregation will continue to support Abbot- Downing School.  Any questions, call 603-856-8014 Gal 1:9 “Let us not be weary in doing good works.”


 


     Election Day is on Nov. 3rd, but voting season is already here.                
There is still time to request your ballot. If you have questions or need assistance call the WUMC office: (603) 224-7413. 
You can Vote Early by mailing or dropping off your absentee ballot at your town clerk’s office before Election Day.  It’s time to make your voice heard!
Find your clerk’s office here

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


Have you ever wondered about co-hosting a meeting? Share your thoughts with Ms. Christina!
Choir Director Ben Greene invites EVERYONE to attend Virtual Choir Rehearsals Thursdays at 7:15 pm. We meet via Zoom at this recurring link each week: Wesley Virtual Choir Zoom Link Meeting ID: 760 1812 7168 Passcode: jWaed4. ALL are welcome to attend
Adult Sunday School Studies Acts of the Apostles
 How did Christianity grow from a fringe sect of Judaism into a world religion? How did Jesus’ disciples, scattered and frightened at his crucifixion, become powerful apostles of the new faith? And how was one of Christianity’s most ardent persecutors transformed into the person most responsible, after Jesus, for its theology and evangelism?
Adult Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. No outside reading is required. We will read Acts in class, with discussions guided and informed by the background study of teacher Byron Champlin.
If you would like to participate in the study, phone him at 228-0097.
Newcomers welcome! Join Zoom at this link. 
Meeting ID: 863 3723 2049  Password: 003935  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Matthew 25:31-40

 

The Judgement of the Nations

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

 

Call to Worship

We come together in spirit and love to celebrate our laity

We come together to worship our God 

We come together in praise and thanksgiving to celebrate our God

We come together to worship our God 

I am the church!

You are the church!

We are the church together! Let our church come together to worship our God with joyful hearts!





 
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.
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.
While Wesley UMC is not meeting in person, we will be holding meetings and Bible studies via conference call and Zoom. Links can be found on our website and Facebook to all of our media. If you need help using any of these programs, please contact Paula Delbonis-Platt.
We've designed a plan to keep us in touch with one another. If you're not already connected and would like to hear from your church friends more regularly, please let Jane Broadrick know.
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VISITING
Pastor Cheryl has made a variety of special visits where allowed recently. If you'd like a visit, please contact the office at 224-7413 or concordwumc@gmail.com for prayer or to schedule a masked, socially distanced, outdoor visit during this time.
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