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ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS CANCELED pursuant to the Governor's Order, which as of this writing is  May 31 .

Once returning to church becomes viable, we are planning a phased return to maximize safety for all involved. We anticipate continuing to offer online and televised services.

Click here to access the church calendar, including future meetings and events.
 





HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Susan Bradbury 05/17
Kitty Lane 05/17
Renee Doucette 05/18
Jared Espineda 05/18
Leona Davis 05/19
Jeff Schindler 05/19
Matt Engel 05/19
Keith Gelinas 05/21



Molly Schulte's mom in hospice
Meister Family
Kelly Smith at the passing of her dad
Pastor Cheryl's friend Sarah diagnosed with cancer
Calvin Dowling's coworker, Sandesh's sister is very ill in Nepal.  She's young, just was married this year, and has sepsis and has been on a ventilator two days now.   No obvious reason for this, not Covid 19 related, but very dire.  They're a very close family.  
Charge Conference (Ad Board members) as they meet Tuesday to ratify PPP grant/loan
SPRC as they have their regular monthly meeting Wednesday 
Staff as they have their regular weekly meeting Friday
Join our Prayer Messengers in praying for guidance for our government about when to reopen businesses and our church about balancing ministry needs and worship services with keeping our members and community safe

This week we will hear the scripture from Acts 17:22-31 where Paul praises the Athenians religious nature and goes on to describe that God who made the world and everything in it does not live in shrines made by human hands. In a time when we are recreating our lives in the face of the need to stay safely away from contagious settings like our beloved church and the ways we serve people personally in the world, it is deeply comforting to know that our God is always creating. God creates new ways for us to be the church in the world, reveals new ways for us to worship and new ways for us to love and serve our neighbors. Paul also reminds us in this comforting passage that God is not far from us. For in God we live and move and have our being. Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen will share scripture, sermon, prayer and song proclaiming the good news of God's nearness and ongoing creation.

Ken Gallager is our talented organist, Deborah Venator compiles and produces our video, Dan Greene is our liturgist this week, Christina Catino will share a delightful children's message and Lynne Lemay has prepared slides with lyrics and prayers for you to follow along at home. Judy King has created a lovely altar that segues between worship segments. Ben Greene and Alan Schulte have prepared music for the anthem and offertory. Choir members have contributed their voices to a virtual choir. Laura Fry will record the prayers you type into the chat screen and share them with our Prayer Chain. 


Participate in our virtual choir!
It's really easy! And your voice will be combined with others, just as when we sing together in person, so there's no need to be shy. You can listen to the hymn as many times as you want if it's not familiar to you already.

Watch this video tutorial by Choir Director Ben Greene. Download the audio of Ken playing each hymn and the sheet music to sing the words by going to this directory and finding the folder for this week, May 17. Record yourself singing 152 I Sing the Almighty Power of God and 2027 Now Praise the Hidden God of Love (to a very familiar tune!) and send the audio file to Ben and voila! We'll make a virtually joyful noise to the Lord!! Give it a try! 

Participate in this week's service!
Share your photos of places you find God, such as nature or people, for a congregational photo montage by sending your photos to Deborah Venator by noon Saturday, 5/16. 


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May 24 - Luke 24:44-53 - Ascension Day - HERITAGE SUNDAY!! Send older pictures of your time at Wesley. We'll be honoring 50 year members and all members as we remember John Wesley's Aldersgate experience where upon hearing the preface from Romans, his heart was strangely warmed.

May 31 - Acts 2:1-21 - Pentecost - We'll share a connectional service prepared by Bishop Devadhar and others while our staff takes a much needed week off. Send your Pentecost photos for a Wesley introduction, though!
June 7 - Matthew 28:16-20 - Trinity Sunday and Graduation Sunday
June 14 - Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)  - You are the equipment! and Children's Sunday
June 21 - Genesis 21:8-21 - Hagar and Ishmael and Father's Day
June 28 - Genesis 22:1-14 - Abraham sacrifices Isaac


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.


Photo credit: Nancy Fransen
Monday Morning Quarterback
Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.

Read Acts 17:22-31

1. Paul commends the Athenians for being very religious but then points out that they worship "an unknown god." What does it mean to you to be very religious in Paul's context? In today's world?

2. The text says God made everything but then that God does not live in shrines made with human hands nor need to be served by human hands. What is our role in worshiping God and ministering to our community in light of Paul's words?

3. Think deeply about the phrase "in him we live and move and have our being." How is God like the air all around us, that we rely on for life?
Grace and peace, dear one.

I was asked to provide the devotions for our District Clergy Meeting this past week and I wanted to share those thoughts with you:

First, take a moment to notice the rhythm of your breath or the rhythm of your heart. Look at the picture below and imagine the rhythm of the waves.



Hear the Word of God from Hebrews 13:8:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

And from poet, Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings
​I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.
We may be tempted, during the stress of staying home and worrying about coronavirus, since life has changed so dramatically, to worry. But Jesus reminds us in Matthew that "the lilies of the field, they toil not, neither do they spin." We don't need to spin in our fear and anxiety. We know the risen Christ. We know the One who is as near as our own breath, as steady as our heartbeat, as relentlessly present as the waves of the sea. We can be confident in the presence and persistence of God's love. We can relax in the soothing rhythm of the promise of eternal life.
​I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

God bless you.
Pastor Cheryl
Wesley is the recipient of a loan from Merrimack County Savings Bank under the CARES Act - Paycheck Protection Program. Our SPRC and Ad Board have discussed and voted on moving forward in this matter with input from Treasurer, Dawn Haynes, Reverend Cheryl Meachen, DS Taesung Kang and others. The loan, in the amount of $37,700 will be used to pay our staff and payroll expenses, as well as utilities over the next eight weeks. As long as the funds are used as designated, we can apply for forgiveness through the act of at least 75%. If any part of the loan remained unforgiven, it would be paid over a two year period after a six month deferral at a 1% interest rate.



Our Bishop has asked that churches receiving such funds hold a Special Charge Conference to ratify the loan once it has been received. A Special Charge Conference is one where only the members of the Church Council (Ad Board in Wesley's case) are required to attend and eligible to vote. District Superintendent Kang has appointed Rev. Meachen, in the linked letter, to preside over the Zoom meeting which will be held Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm. Notice is hereby given according to the Book of Discipline 246:1-10. As with all meetings (except SPRC) in the United Methodist Church all members are permitted to attend without vote.

Here are the Zoom credentials:
Simply click this link or
Meeting ID: 884 0520 2738  Password: Wesley
By Phone: +1 929 205 6099  Password: 376552

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen, Pastor
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord NH

Visit Pastor Cheryl's blog for inspiration and encouragement

Sixth Sunday of Easter

“He convinced me there is something in religion 
to which I am a stranger.”  

Scripture: Hebrews Chapter 11

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 

Story

In John Reynolds’ Anecdotes of the Rev. John Wesley (1828), he tells the story of Wesley’s student days at Lincoln College in Oxford. A porter knocked on Wesley’s door one evening and asked to speak with him. After some conversation Wesley noted the man’s thin coat, for it was a cold winter night. Wesley suggested that he had better get another coat. The porter replied: “This coat … is the only coat I have in the world and I thank God for it.”Wesley asked the man if he had eaten and the porter replied: “I have had nothing today but a draught of spring water … and I thank God for that.”Wesley, growing uneasy in the man’s presence, reminded him that he would have to get to his quarters soon or be locked out. “Then what shall you have to thank God for?” Wesley asked.  “I will thank Him,” replied the porter, “that I have dry stones to lie upon.”Wesley was deeply moved by the man’s sincerity and he said to him, “You thank God when you have nothing to wear; … nothing to eat … [and] no bed to lie on. I cannot see what you have to thank God for.”The man replied: “I thank God… that he has given me life and being, and a heart to love Him, and a desire to serve Him.” (8-9)After the man had left with a coat from Wesley’s closet, some money for food and words of appreciation for the witness he had made, Wesley wrote in his Journal: “I shall never forget that porter. He convinced me there is something in religion to which I am a stranger.”

Prayer

 We thank you Father for the Season of Easter, 
Through the humanity of your son who emptied himself of his divinity, 
We encounter our transformation taking place.
We must decrease and our Lord must increase.

Through the Cross, Our Lord emptied himself of his humanity 
And entered into the darkness of sin and of death.
We encounter our transformation taking place
by your presence in our minds, in our hearts and in our being,

Through the Resurrection, Our Lord conquered sin and our death, 
Revealing to us that our Faith in You is never misplaced.
We encounter our transformation taking place
Revealing to us that we too are the Beloved of the Father

Father, your Son, our brother is Glorified and is present to us in the darkness of our Faith. 
A darkness brighter than any earthly  light.
Renew our Faith Lord, that will lead us  to-experience our new life

Scripture

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  John 16:33 

Reflection

We are living in a  fatigued  period of time. Our search for a deeper truth in life beyond human reason is almost non existent. There is nothing wrong with reason or science and both are not at odds with religion. Our reasoning power has diminished when it comes to dealing with one another. The simplicity of the golden rule has left the room.  Reasoning power certainly has not diminished in the field of science. The narrative to determine what is good and what is evil is tired and people are tired. Our knowledge of good and evil is of the Garden  of Eden variety. That serpent lied. Knowledge of good and evil will not make us like gods. In life my good may be your evil. Your evil may be my good. Attempting to shore up or resurrect tired political and economic ideologies from yesteryear with reason is doomed to fail. The  failure in politics is the presence of tribalism as in two tribes warring against one another. There was a nobility to politics. Two people who differed  from one another in what they believed and how people should be governed could sit down and compromise. 

We seem to go through life either accepting or rejecting similar through a walk down the aisles of Walmart..We are bimodal. It is probably hard wired in us. We desire control, power and money. We forget that is our lower nature.  What is interesting is speaking with people who are involved in the arts and encountered an experience of beauty. The first thing that takes place is a sense of unity about life. The everyday brain goes out like a hot coal. There is a lack of control but something behind the wall of misery has seeped through validating life because of the existence of beauty. It is the same with a religious experience or falling in love. Our everyday mind gives way to a sense of unity. 

That experience needs to return to the west. Without it, decisions in life will be practical. Just grab onto an ideology that meets your economic or political needs and believe you have found truth. Our Lord gave us good advice. Unless you hate your mother and father, you cannot enter the Kingdom—And who are my brothers and sisters; anyone who does the will of the Father. 

Corona Virus appearing in our dreams.

We continue with a stay at home strategy.  It is a confusing time and a very stressful time. Our stress at times is hidden from our awareness and seeks expression through our dreams. A guest Doctor on CNN informed viewers, it is not unusual to have strange dreams and/or nightmares during this present crisis. It is quite normal. Many of our brother and sister Americans,  are experiencing nightmares in real time, while awake, facing the unexpected loss of a loved one to the virus.  It is moving to hear those who are grieving, offer thanksgiving for the nurses and the doctors who cared for their loved ones up to the moment they died. In suffering and struggle, we witness the largeness of hearts that leave us with hope for the future.

The sand man visited me with a dream. I went back in time to the year, 1960 when I was in the 5th Grade. I thought of my friends.  During the summer months, on Friday evenings, we took turns camping overnight in the  yards of one another. (We were city kids.)  On Friday, a tent was set up during the day. Inside a “treasure chest” appeared - a cooler filled with soft drinks, Twinkies, crackers and a jar of peanut butter and jelly. After supper on a camping Friday,  we met at the designated camp site, - the designated yard, tossed our sleeping bags inside the tent and played baseball or tag while we waited for the dark of night to appear  slowly blotting out  the summer’s daytime light. As dusk settled we moved into the tent, turned on a lamp plugged into an extension cord coming from the house.We played board games, traded baseball cards and laughed. In the midst of our laughter and stories we would always promise each other that we would be friends forever.  After a few hours of darkness, we lined up our sleeping bags outside the tent in a row on the recently mowed grass lawn and looked up at the sky.

Aided by technicolor imagery imprinted  on our minds along with feats of  super human strength gathered together from several years of watching cartoons, we invented a game that we thought hilarious.  We knew the details of each other's homes the way we knew our own. We began the game taking turns describing with great detail,  the house where we camped coming apart.  First the roof for no reason would lift up, fly away like a huge spinning square Frisbee with the chimney still intact, and smoke rising from it. The roof disappeared into the dark mountains (hills) that surrounded our neighborhood on all sides. The roof was always the first to go.  We looked up at the sky from the imaginary living room floor, feeling the breeze, seeing the moonlight illuminating our living room walls. The walls made us feel secure and protected. We described the pictures hanging on the wall for one another.  Then without notice it would be made known the walls, one at a time, in perfect condition  fell down - slamming into the ground, wall paper side face up. We laughed. It was funny to us. We saw with our imaginations.  With the house in pieces, we  described how each one of our possessions along with the possessions of our dad, mom, brothers and sisters, would  fall to the floor, breaking into a thousand pieces after floating in the wall—less living room. That set us off laughing and laughing, on our way to being completely out of control until either a mom or a dad would open the door, turn on the porch light and threaten to send us home, never to camp out again if we did not quiet down… We shshhhhed each other and then settled down looking up at the stars feeling opens around us, the earth below us and then without trying or even shutting our eyes, we fell asleep.

Miss Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

For Children: 
Hello, Wesley Families! Well, look at that... You did it again! Another week down! 🤗 You ROCK! Please let me know if there is any other way that I can support you! I am here for you at all times!
  It's time for your weekly Sunday morning "set up"! 🙂 Your Children's Time message is here!  There are also some activity ideas attached below, and your Zoom invitation awaits you! Join me for some fun or just a chat on Zoom! I'll be available starting at 10:30! 
Children's Time Videohttps://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos 
Pre-K lesson ideas Lesson 11
Elementary lesson ideas Lesson 11
Zoom Invitehttps://zoom.us/j/211945061?pwd=bFVFU2xSazJPVG43cWFqb0FhRk44UT09
Meeting ID: 211 945 061     Password: 030905 
For Youth: Hello, you rock star youth and families!
  Well, look at you... Rockin' this whole stay at home/remote situation! You did it again! Another week down! Please let me know if there is any other way that I can support you! I am here for you at all times! Is there anything you need?
  Here is your weekly Sunday "set up"! 🙂 Your Zoom invite is below! Let's get together to talk about several things, including how YOU envision things being when the church is ready to open again! I want YOU to be able to have a voice and be a part of this important moment! We meet at 1:00!
  This week, I send along this tidbit for you to consider: Youth Group at Home - Week 9 (Who Am I?) (message starts at 17:30 minutes with their fun/silly intro. before!)! This week starts a whole new series, "Who Am I?", all about identity... Our own identity, our religious identity, God's identity and seems like it will be WONDERFUL and is nice to help us navigate finding our own identity in this world!
You've. Got. THIS. I promise!! 🤗  
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Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/306446927?pwd=Z0NFazAyeS9MSEZNczl3cHo2aW1nQT09
Meeting ID: 306 446 927     Password: 026325
Graduation Sunday at Wesley will be held on 6/7 - Send us pictures of your graduate, along with their degree, school they're graduating and a note of future plans like college, military or work for a special celebration!

 
VBS curriculum has been ordered and the dates of July 6-10 have been reserved. We're not sure whether it will be virtual or in-person yet, but stay tuned for more details. 
Abundance Orchard VBS
“Where faith grows and hungry people are fed”

We’ll bring community and faith family together with a Vacation Bible School experience they are bound to love in Abundance Orchard™ - a complete, all-in-one hunger-action themed VBS program. We’ll start with the Old Testament in Part 1 and walk our students through scriptures exploring God’s miraculous provision and abundance for His people. Then we’ll follow up with the New Testament in Part 2, and focus o
n scriptures illustrating Jesus’ use of meals to gather those most in need of His love.
Downtown, Inc. has reported that the Market Days Festival is still a go! Their Board of Directors has made the decision to reschedule Market Day to August 20, 21 & 22, 2020. We have a booth reserved for the State House lawn and will be planning activities and outreach to our community soon.
Pastor's Notes from Committee Meetings 
Some of you might have discovered a lovely succulent on your doorstep compliments of our Congregational Care Committee. Some of you have caught our elves in action so it's no longer a secret that Jane and Bill Broadrick armed with a Directory and a GPS have delivered these symbols of Wesley's care for each of you. The other elf was Jess Tatro who provided and potted these succulents from her trial gardens. We are so grateful to each of them for their kindness!
This Wednesday the Finance Committee met via Zoom. Dawn Haynes presented the April Treasurer's Report and expressed gratitude that our faithful and generous givers have continued to give during this uncertain time. The data also indicates that taking advantage of the Conference forgiving pension and property insurance payments, the receipt of the stimulus package proceeds through CARES:PPP and having paid our Mission Shares in January using a portion of Janet Reynolds estate gift, we are fiscally sound. Dawn shared the details of applying for a loan under the CARES Act - Paycheck Protection Program and the fact that most of it is eligible to be forgiven when we prove that we used it for eligible payroll and utilities expenses. We are working on the ability to receive donations by text message. We discussed our email poll in which we considered Jess Tatro's offer and beautifully crafted plan to run the Plant Sale virtually, as well as our ultimate decision that it was not prudent in the current situation. We discussed getting started on asking committees to begin to work on their 2021 Budget. Theresa agreed that it makes sense to call a meeting of the Fundraising Committee to discuss possibilities, even during the pandemic. Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 
On Thursday evening, the District Clergy met together with the DS, as well as the Bishop and Dan Entwistle, Executive Director of Church of the Resurrection in Kansas. Dan shared that COR is offering worship and conducting business much as we are here at Wesley. He had given a great deal of thought to returning to in-person worship and shared some of his wisdom and the preferences of his staff and congregation that leaned toward waiting until July and proceeding very cautiously irrespective of what the government allows.  
On Friday the Staff held their regular weekly meeting via Zoom. We discussed the SPRC's encouragement that we all take a week off and take advantage of the worship service being produced by the Conference for Pentecost. We talked about the many challenges and considerations of returning to in-person worship and how we feel it is unwise to return too quickly and not meaningful if the service is stripped of elements like singing together and communion. We made the commitment to continue livestreaming services even when we eventually return to in-person. We discussed the desire that more choir members and congregation members participate in the virtual choir, as well as the possibility of EP producing songs as a virtual band. Pastor Cheryl shared the prospect of a pastoral intern from BUSTH joining us and asked for input. If you have a globe you're not using, please consider donating it to Judy King for use in our altar decor. We debriefed last week's service and discussed this week and upcoming services. We will meet again next Friday.

Blessings,
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Mission and Ministry
It’s almost softball season. If you are interested in playing please contact Norm Lemay.


 
Anne Drewniak of Step Ahead Preschool shares: In lieu of our graduation ceremony, we are going to have a car parade and sing a long in the parking lot Wednesday, May 20th at 10 am. Our plan is to have families park, and remain in their cars, facing the playground so we can sing a few songs and give a little hooray for our graduates.

We respectfully request that anyone doing church work that day could park in the spots right along Norwich Street since cars parked on that side of the lot could get caught in the parade and end up staying longer than they intended!

Thank you for all your support!


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention listed the following resources... National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK Text TALK to 741741 The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 TrevorText: text TREVOR to 202-304-1200 Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860 SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline: 1-888-234-SAGE The LGBT National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

Concord Hospital
is in dire need of cloth masks. Click on this link for their newsletter including directions on how to make the style they need.
The Homeless Resource Center has a number of needs. Click on this link to see the list sent in their recent newsletter to see how you might help with things like paper towels, $5 gift cards, toilet paper, hand soap, hand sanitizer, sleeping bags, insect repellant and more.
 
Family Promise Update
Family Promise continues to host a family of three, the same family who stayed at Wesley in February. Due to the stay-at-home order, they are housed at the day center/parish hall of the IHM church. This week Wesley has been providing them with a few meals along with groceries and restaurant gift cards in order to maintain social distancing. Thank you, Diane McFall, Norma Kane and Lorraine Schindler for providing meals. To our other fabulous cooks, we will look to you next time! Pending the governor’s re-opening our upcoming hosting schedule is as follows: June 28-July 5, August 30-September 6, December 27-January 3 and March 28-April 4. Thank-you to our dedicated volunteers. If you would like to be involved in Family Promise, please contact Ruth Engel.
We know that there are some who need help with this new virtual world, setting up computers and phones to remain in contact with our beloved church community. If you NEED help or if you have the gifts TO help, please let the church office know at 224-7413 and we'll begin matching solutions!
Help with Groceries
Nicole Trent has graciously offered to help folks by delivering groceries on the weekend. Contact Nicole at this link.
Riverbend Community Mental Health finds that, because of Riverbend Now Has Mobile Crisis Services | Concord, NH Patchthe COVID pandemic, many of their clients are in need of food. (One family was down to a box of waffles in their freezer, for example.) You are welcome to donate nonperishable food items, bringing them to 278 Pleasant Street in Concord, and left for Sheryl Putney, who will distribute as needed. Call the church if you'd like help delivering your donations. Pastor Cheryl has also provided several $50 grocery gift cards to these folks from the Pastor's Discretionary Fund to help during this desperate time.

Through the COVID-19 Response Fund, UMCOR is committed to:
  • Reducing food insecurity
  • Providing water and sanitation facilities
  • Strengthening health care systems
  • Responding to economic instability 
Your response, today, can make that happen!
 UMCOR | United Methodist Committee on Relief

Together, we can quickly provide critical and tangible support to those most affected by COVID-19.
 
If you are able, please give, today through Wesley by indicating “UMCOR COVID-19” on your PayPal donation or check.
Encouragement
From Judy King:
Did you hear Queen Elizabeth speak to British citizens last week to commemorate VE Day? She spoke about not being able to have a big public celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic. Her words painted such a beautiful and powerful picture. She said, "We remember from our homes and from our doorsteps. But our streets are not empty. They are filled with the love and care that we have for each other." I think that about our online worship services also. Our church building is not empty. It is filled with the love and care that we have for each other. Thank you for all the extra work you all do to make our online worship services happen each week. They are wonderful. 
From Nancy Fransen:
Passages from the book, "One Simple Act" Discovering the Power of Generosity by Debbie Macomber-a recommended UMW book

Simple Acts of Hope
Keep cards with pen, stamps, your address book together. Make it Convenient to write to a friend.

The Bible is filled with passages of hope and consolation.
Here are a few of the author's favorites.
You'll want to take time to search for others, since much of the hope we offer will come from the time spent in God's Word.

Jeremiah 32:27 - "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?"

Isaiah 54:10 - "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord, who has compassion on you."

Isaiah 46:3-4 - "Listen to me...you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth.  Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."

Romans 68:38-39 - "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Psalm 68:19-20 - "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death."

Isaiah 43:1-2 - "Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."

1 Peter 5:7 - "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

Isaiah 40:28-31 - "The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

John 1:14 - "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,
the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Another Note from the author is to Recall Memories and shared experiences.
Have you ever noticed how people love to laugh and share stories at funerals?
You know why, don't you? Stories connect us in a deep, personal way. "I'll never forget the time" often ushers in a long-forgotten memory. Knowing that someone is critically ill makes friendship, kinship, and shared experiences all the more precious to us. Don't be afraid to say that. And don't be afraid to spin stories. "I remember when" stories are always welcome, especially the humorous ones. Nothing lightens the load like laughter and recalling happy times.
 
Focus on Life and Hope 
No matter how desperate the situation, there is always hope.  Even if physical healing in not likely, we can find eternal hope and eternal healing in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  As C.S. Lewis said to a friend, "Christians never say goodbye."  There is hope in each new day.........the world is God's and the sun rises each day. Hope springs from such reminders.

Hope is not a gift we have to manufacture ourselves.  It is a gift from the God Who delights in giving the best to His children. All we need do to give this gift is invite others to join us in looking to the Giver.
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Acts 17:22-31

Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, “To an unknown god.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For “In him we live and move and have our being”; as even some of your own poets have said,
“For we too are his offspring.”


Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.’

Call to Worship

by Thom Shuman

Come to worship, people of God, with praises on your lips.
Even when we are feeling isolated and fearful,
we can glorify the One who holds our hands in our loneliness.
Come into the presence of the One who makes holy
every place, every space, holy and sacred.
Even where we continue to stay safe in our homes,
the doors of grace are flung wide open for us.
Come and hear the stories of the One who loves you.
In living rooms, on laptops and devices,
We will sing our songs and tell those tales
of the peace and of the hope which is ours.
Amen.
Join us for worship live on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. You can also click here for our virtual welcome clipboard to let us know you joined us to keep in touch throughout the week or connect with us for the first time as a guest.
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.
Our Virtual Fellowship on Zoom following worship last week was delightful! Please join us this week to catch up with your church friends, see their wonderful faces and hear how they're doing! Right after Ken's postlude on our YouTube broadcast, grab your coffee and come on over to Zoom at this link or using the credentials below:

Meeting ID: 826-9124-7213, with password: Wesley
Phone: +1 929 205 6099, with numeric password: 570260

You can copy the link in the YouTube chat to be directed to the Zoom fellowship, but be sure to close the YouTube browser to avoid having another service run in the background.
Keep up the great work participating as a congregation each week! Thank you so much to those of you who have sent pictures in. The staff invites you to send in photos for the following special upcoming events:

  5/17 - Pictures of church, home or sacred wilderness places to demonstrate that God doesn't live in temples made with human hands
  5/24 - Pictures with notes about how long you've been at Wesley for Heritage Sunday
  5/31 - Pictures of you wearing red for Pentecost or of beautiful geraniums or fire
  6/7 - Pictures of our graduates for Graduation Sunday, along with their degree, school colors, school they're graduating, note of future plans like college, military or work.
6/14 - Children's Sunday: pictures of yourself as a child with your name (and which person is you, if many are in the picture) 
6/21 - Parent/Child photos to celebrate Father's Day

All of these can be sent to Deborah Venator, our webmaster.
Virtual Choir Directions

If you would like to record yourself singing the hymns and Doxology for this Sunday please follow the directions below.
  1. Print the music for each hymn at this link
  2. For each musical selection you will listen to the recorded organ part to the selected hymn also at this link. Listen to this recording using headphones. 
  3. When ready to record yourself listen to the recording of the organ and and at the same time using the voice memos app on your phone record yourself singing.
  4. When you are finished save the voice recording and send it to Choir Director, Ben Greene. Make sure I have your name. Only send one email for each recording. 
  5. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask and I look forward to having you be part of this ministry.
Take care,
Ben Greene
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.
 Join Byron Champlin for virtual Adult Sunday School at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings on Zoom at this link.  We're studying the Psalms and you can jump in any time. Newcomers welcome!
Meeting ID: 824 9476 3383  Password: 817519  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
 See our Virtual Children's Time with Miss Christina each week.

Join Sunday School Zoom Sundays from 10:30-11
Meeting ID: 211 945 061   Password: 030905

Join Youth Zoom Sundays from 1:00-1:30
Meeting ID: 306 446 927   Password: 026325

For other children's activities, check out Wanakee's Facebook page where you'll find occasional livestream craft demos and more!
While Wesley UMC is closed, 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.

ZOOM Note: there will be an upgrade that will be implemented at the end of the month if you haven't done it already. Take a moment to ensure your app is up-to-date to avoid delays getting into your meeting.
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. We'd love volunteers to write notes to our homebound members. Find a list of their addresses at this link.

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VISITING
We have suspended in person visits during this time of contagion. Please contact Pastor Cheryl by phone, email or social media for prayer during this time.
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
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