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

  Request prayers by email from our Prayer Chain at this link. Join us for fellowship via Zoom at this link.
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  Find opportunities to serve our neighbors in need and imagine ways to witness your faith below or on our website. 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Joy Dustin 06/07
John Gelinas 06/09
Jeremy Espineda 06/10
Erik Forsten 06/12
Thomas Estabrook 06/13



-For Pastor Cheryl's nephew Forrest's classmate, Tong who is in critical condition and for Tong's family who traveled here from China to be at her side,
- For students of all ages as they face additional challenges during this time of COVID or re-entry,
- For Stephen Kane, Norma's grandson, in the Navy traveling to a new destination,
- For Peter Spaulding with pancreatic cancer whose wife Beth sings with our choir,
- For Lesley Masters
- For Dennis Broussard,
- For
Al Sidney,
- For Arline Little,
- For Bill Broadrick,
- For Ken Gallager's mom Ann,
- For Larry Haynes,
- For all the things our friends and neighbors are dealing with that we know nothing about, but God does and holds them close to the heart of love,
- For Wesley's ministries: Family Promise, Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, Abbot-Downing School, Second Start Alternative High School;
- For our children and youth programs and our new Messy Church offering;
- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia.
- For Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua.

- For our Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, our District Superintendent Taesung Kang, our Pastor Cheryl Meachen, our staff, our volunteer church leaders and each member and friend of Wesley.


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 Jill Savage 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.

 



Worship this week will be the Reconciling Ministries Network Pride Service: Love Embodied at 8pm on Sunday, June 6th in celebration of Pride Month. Wesley's staff will not produce the usual 10:30 am service on YouTube this week and we will celebrate communion next week. Love Embodied is an RMN worship service celebrating the diversity of queer and trans bodies. Service will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Click here to RSVP on Facebook and receive a reminder of the event. We heartily encourage you to click here to go to the Reconciling Ministries Network YouTube page and watch our Pride Service this Sunday, June 6th at 8:00pm. You can also watch it anytime after its initial broadcast.


If you are missing your usual Wesley fix or would like a morning alternative, you are welcome to go to our YouTube Channel and rewatch any previous worship service. You can also click on the "playlist" tab and listen to Ken's beautiful organ music, the choir's inspired anthems, many hymns, including Christmas carols, or EP's lively music Sunday or anytime.

As always, you can also scroll to the bottom of this eWeekly to see the day's scripture and prayer and Pastor Cheryl has included an inspirational message herein that can be saved and read on Sunday for personal worship.

Longterm Forecast

Each of our Sunday Services can be viewed on our YouTube Channel at 10:30 on Sunday.

June 13 - Children's Sunday- Mark 4:26-34

June 20 - Father's Day- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
June 27 - Healing- Mark 5:231-43


Rev. Cheryl L Meachen is our lead pastor.
Anne Roberts is her Administrative Assistant.
Christina Catino is our Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries.
Deborah Venator compiles and produces our videos.
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.
Judy King and Myrna Evans design our altars


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

June is Pride Month.

Wesley UMC is an open and affirming, welcoming congregation to all people and a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network. We encourage you to worship this Sunday by watching the Pride Service called Love Embodied at 8:00pm on the Reconciling Ministries Network YouTube page.

If you plan to do that, please read on. If you would prefer, you may save this message for reading during personal worship time on Sunday morning, along with the scripture and prayer below and perhaps going to Wesley's YouTube Channel to view some organ music, hymns and praise music to put together your own service of praise.
 
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It is a core belief here at Wesley that God loves each and every one of us, equally and unconditionally and that we are called to love one another in that same magnanimous way.

I often reflect on how each thing we do at Wesley reflects our core values and beliefs. Do we take every opportunity to grow with God? Do we regularly and faithfully go to serve? Are we truly inclusive? I think about this with each meeting, each phone call, each program, each visit, and each worship service. Sometimes, I can see that we're doing a great job. Other times, I wonder how we can help each other do better.

Looking at this week's lectionary passage from Genesis 3:8-15 (which you can find at this link or by scrolling down to a following section of the eWeekly) It is described as the fall or the original sin. It's a challenging passage. There is blame. There is separation from God. There is disobedience. 

These stories from the Old Testament have been told over thousands of years and they are meant to convey a lesson. They are full of meaning and hope. They are told from a human perspective and cannot possibly contain all the good that the divine imparts to creation. I feel especially lucky to be a United Methodist with the Wesleyan quadrilateral at my disposal. Knowing that our faith is based in scripture and discerned through the lenses of tradition, reason and experience is a gift, especially when faced with understanding a difficult passage or topic. Opening our hearts and minds to new interpretations, new vantage points, new situations to which we can apply what we learn about scripture is delightful.

When we look at this particular story, we can set aside the things we've learned over the years and dive in more deeply, searching harder for the nugget of hope and grace that we know is there. Rather than being frustrated with the binary expression of gender, we can be grateful that there is some expression of diversity between at least two genders and that the expression has the opportunity to grow as humans grow in understanding of themselves and creation.

Rather than being angry at the seemingly misogynist way in which the woman gets the blame, we can be grateful for the message that it was she who sought knowledge. Rather than being exasperated that God is denoted by pronouns as masculine, we can be grateful that our forebears understood the divine enough to identify closely enough with them to attribute personhood. In all these things we can be grateful for the continuing unfolding of our understanding of what love has done and is doing in the world.

Another radical way of looking at the passage is not dwelling on the sin and punishment, but rather examining the actions of the created and the Creator. It is dangerous to look at a small pericope of scripture and use it out of context to harm someone else, but it is life-giving to look closely at the nuances of scripture and glean what was meant in the context of the time it was written or to learn how it can inform our lives now. 

In verse 8, the two humans heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze. How wonderful it is that the divine was present to them in this way, enjoying creation, and walking among them. Since this story, we have had the knowledge of God walking among their people again in the person of Jesus and even now, blowing, as an evening breeze, among us as the Holy Spirit. The point being, God is with us, always.

Nichola Torbett writes, "Belonging—and the loss of it—is a central theme in this scripture passage. The Garden of Eden is the quintessential image of belonging where everyone and everything was in mutually supportive relationship."

God calls to the humans and asks "Where are you?" To my ear, this sounds like a loving familial yearning for connection, the parent looking for their children or one partner looking for the other, desiring to be connected, to spend time together.

So far our lens has been quite like rose-colored glasses, full of love and connection, but we cannot totally discount the fact that the humans in this garden have hid themselves, listened to evil and sought to meet their needs without trusting in God's provision.

“To say that God drove Adam and Eve out of Eden is apparently a euphemism for saying that Adam and Eve, like the rest of us, made a break for it as soon as God happened to look the other way. If God really wanted to get rid of us, the chances are God wouldn’t have kept hounding us every step of the way ever since,” writes Frederick Buechner about this passage.

Isn't this the very nature of sin: a disconnect with God, a failure to trust, listening to false witness? We can see how pervasive sin is, separating us from the love of God, even in this rosey retelling of the story. The one thing that telling the story in this way accomplishes is allowing us to continue to acknowledge our worth, our relationship with the divine, and our innate goodness made so apparent in God's "hounding us ever since."

It helps not to completely devastate the humans in the story by assigning blame and fault. It helps us to find our way back to God, back into the garden of the evening breeze where God walks alongside us. Seeing the good in one another enables us to love each other as God has loved us. Remembering that even despite our turning away, God calls out asking, "Where are you?" enables us to remember we are deeply cared for and valued and so is each and every one of God's created ones.

We need this story, this first story that teaches us that we are loved in order to learn how to love others and value their sacred worth.

We need to look at this story in a new way.

Just like the two people looking at the same piece of paper where one has drawn a six and the other sees a nine have different perspectives, we need to understand that new perspectives are enlightening (and delightful! Isn't it cool that same number looks so different from two different positions?)

Just as those who were taught math one way cannot understand the new math come to realize that children are learning more readily and more naturally in this new way, we can trust that new or foreign ways can be helpful and may actually work better even though we have difficulty letting go of our own interpretations.

The world is full of varied expressions of the divine, varied ways of understanding the meaning of life and each one of them is valuable. God delights in you and calls "where are you" even when you turn away. Remember your belovedness and turn back into the arms of the one who knows your name.


In God's inclusive, lavish, grace-filled love
Pastor Cheryl

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen


Door Locks: Your key will still work but the mechanism has been changed. Please be sure the door is locked when you use it.
We are still looking for folks with real estate, legal, building and other expertise to help find new organizations to use our space now that Step Ahead Preschool has closed. Please send an email  to Pastor Cheryl to volunteer your ideas and your time.
Wesley UMC, Concord will return to in-person worship on Sunday, September 12, 2021! There will be some COVID restrictions including but not limited to: 
Masks required. 
Contact tracing required. 
Social distancing required - group size must be monitored. 
Sanitizing of surfaces required by group - sexton will thoroughly clean daily.
Open windows preferred. 
Door to remain locked during meetings. 
Any COVID case or exposure must be reported immediately. 
Registration will be required for in-person worship.

A new in-person/outdoor gathering opportunity called Midweek Pickup will launch soon on the lawn, socially distanced (masked or immunized). We will share prayer, some guitar music and have a speaker with a presentation and opportunity for questions and answers. We are putting together a schedule of leaders of our missions and various community leaders in social justice areas. We hope to hold these every other Thursday or so at 6:30 pm. I hope you'll join us. Stay tuned for details of our first Midweek Pickup!
United Methodist Women

Elizabeth Lee hosts: Just Energy For All, a monthly meeting (3rd Wednesday of the month at 3pm) the current campaign is to 'take action' and support legislation regarding climate change.  Join other faith leaders from across the country in urging Congress to support climate and clean energy investments? Click here to take action now!
  Join us on Saturday, June 5th at 9am for our second 'Recipe for Success'! The first one was fun and it's a great way to find out what we do as United Methodist Women! Email Anne for more information.

HOUSING FIRST CONCORD
CCEH has several “arms” all working towards ending homelessness in the Concord area. One arm is Housing First Concord, which is the permanent supportive housing program for helping individuals who have struggled with homelessness for over a year and who also have some kind of disability (physical, developmental, mental health, substance use disorder, or a combination). In addition to providing a rental subsidy, Housing First also provides intensive, ongoing caseworker support to the participant to make the transition to being stably housed, and to address other participant-driven goals as they are ready. Providing housing and caseworker support can cost LESS than having a person remain on the streets. An individual experiencing chronic homelessness can cost the community between $30,000- $50,000 (source: Ending Long-Term Homelessness for People with Complex Needs) per year. It costs approximately $12,000-$15,000 to provide an individual with housing and support through Housing First Concord.

Spiritual Formation
and Education
Monday Morning Quarterback Bible Study

Weekly questions from Pastor Cheryl to continue studying scripture 
from the worship service at home.

Read:
https:  Genesis 3:8-15

1. This story includes a scapegoat. What's one example of a scapegoat often blamed for systemic injustice in our country?

2. This scripture uses vivid imagery. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the scene. What are the smells and tastes and feelings and sounds and sights? What are the emotional and spiritual feelings you experience?

3. When in your life have you turned away from God? What was the result? When have you turned toward God? How did that result differ?
Adult Sunday School Studies 1 Thessalonians and Galatians
Newcomers welcome! At 9 a.m.
 
 What’s the first book of the New Testament?  Most of us will quickly answer the Gospel of Matthew.  But what is the first book that was written? That’s a different question. And a different answer!  Join Zoom at this link.  Meeting ID: 863 3723 2049  Password: 003935  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

 

Sunday School ended for the Program Year on May 30th. Join us on June 13th to celebrate our graduates and to share a special Children's Program!


This year's Pride Concord is going to be virtual! This Online Event will occur on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm and is free. Anyone on or off Facebook is welcome to join in. Get more information at this link.

RMN's header with a watercolor background. It says "Reconciling Ministries Network: Reconciling Recap"

This year for Pride, the Reconciling Ministries Network is hosting events throughout the week to celebrate and honor our community. Here's the schedule. More details about each event are forthcoming:

Sun., 6/6 - 8pm ET | 5pm PT
Pride Worship Service: Love Embodied

Love Embodied is an RMN worship service celebrating the diversity of queer and trans bodies. Service will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Click here to RSVP on Facebook and receive a reminder of the event.

Sun. 6/6 9pm et | 6pm PT – Sun. 6/13 8pm ET | 5pm PT
Virtual Auction
Bid on items and experiences from artwork to a get-away, a fundraising consultation to a writers' workshop, all in support of RMN's mission. Bidding will take place online and end on Sunday with a live-streamed finale and announcements emceed by Ben Weger.

Tue., 6/8 - 12pm ET | 9pm ET
Letter-Writing to Reconciling Youth

Join us for an hour to write letters to queer, trans, and allied youth in Reconciling ministries around the connection.

Thu., 6/10 - 8pm ET | 5pm PT
Film Screening & Discussion

Join us for a brief screening of an LGBTQ short film followed by a discussion with fellow Reconciling United Methodists.

Sun., 6/13 - 8pm ET | 5pm PT
Virtual Auction Finale

At the end of the auction, catch us live-streaming on Facebook to hear the auction results! Followed by a virtual parade.


Music Ministry



The choir will continue to record hymns throughout the summer! Contact Choir Director Ben Greene to join the fun!
Softball
Hello, Wesley softball players. The softball league expects to play this summer.  If you are interested in playing please email Norm Lemay. Reed field is reserved as our home field. The season goes from mid June to mid August.
This Week's Prayer and Scripture
Genesis 3:8-15

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ The Lord God said to the serpent,
‘Because you have done this,  cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go,  and dust you shall eat  all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.’
 



Prayer

The One who birthed all life into being created us for relationship:

With each other.
With the land and all its creatures. With Spirit, present all around us.


The One who rights all wrongs and lifts up the suffering:

Reveals the evils that threaten our connections. Ushers us all toward redemption.

The One who makes healing possible:

Calls us home to our purpose and potential.
Amen
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(c) enfleshed 

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Who is eligible to get the vaccine right now?

New Hampshire vaccine appointments are available to NH residents ages 12 to 15. To sign up to receive a coronavirus vaccine in New Hampshire go to the state’s registration system. This includes out-of-state college students and second home owners. 

Here is where where we stand:


New Hampshire
Doses given Fully vaccinated % of population fully vaccinated
1.55M
1,550,000
675K
675,000
49.6%
49.6%

United StatesUnited States
Doses given Fully vaccinated % of population fully vaccinated
297M
297,000,000
+509K
+509,000
136M
136,000,000
+288K
+288,000
41.5%
41.5%
+0.1%

Registration is Open for Overnight Programming

At this writing Wanakee is 55-percent full but there is still space available in every session, starting with Week 1 beginning on June 27. We recommend you sign up soon to claim your preferred dates. See you at camp!

Dates and rates: www.wanakee.org/2021-dates-and-rates
Sign-up: wanakee.campbrainregistration.com/
COVID-19 info: www.wanakee.org/faq

WANAKEE to Participate in NH Gives 2021

Mark your calendars for June 8-9 when Wanakee will participate in NH Gives, a 24-hour online fundraising event designed to create excitement and connect donors to local nonprofits.

Wanakee's Executive Director James Tresner recently shared thoughts in related articles with The Concord Monitor and NH Business Review. 

2021 Annual Conference 
The 2021 virtual Annual Conference session will take place June 10-12; Clergy Session will be held June 9. See a tentative schedule.

Non-voting members are invited to watch the session via livestream on the Conference YouTube channel.

Pre-Conference Materials now Available

Donate to the 2021 Annual Conference offerings

Though we are not able to meet in person, we wanted to offer everyone the opportunity to support mission and ministry in New England, and beyond, through our Annual Conference offerings. Click the link to find out about the offerings planned and make your gift. Thank you!
Make a donation
Community Offerings
ART & POETRY CHALLENGE

Challenge Rules:
The Racial Unity Team will host its 3rd Annual Racial Unity Day Art and Poetry challenge. Everyone is invited to submit a poem or visual work of art   inspired by a line chosen from  Amanda Gorman's Inauguration Poem, "The Hill We Climb." 
  The challenge is open to all residents of New Hampshire and the Seacoast Region. All contestants must submit their poem or artwork by September 1, 2021.
  Winners will be announced in late September. Plans are to exhibit all submissions at the Town Hall Gallery in Exeter or in a virtual exhibit. Optionally, poetry winners will be asked to read their poem aloud and art winners describe their art in a special video.
  To read the contest rules visit their website.
  If possible you are encouraged to complete an interest submission form by August 1, 2021.  
  Email a document of your poem or photo of your artwork. Include your name, address, age and the inspired line chosen from Amanda Gorman's Inauguration Poem, "The Hill We Climb." If you are in school, please also include SAU district, name of school, and grade you will attend in the 2021-22 school year.
Pastor Cheryl is available by phone, Zoom, Facebook messenger, text or email for pastoral support or to discuss church business. Set a time by emailing her at this link or by calling the church phone 224-7413 which is monitored remotely by our Administrative Assistant, Anne Roberts. If you or someone who you know that needs help would like to apply for assistance from the Pastor's Discretionary fund you can initiate the process by filling out the application at this link. If you know of someone who would like to receive a print version of the eWeekly please let us know by calling 224-7413 or emailing the office. You can also read Pastor Cheryl's occasional blog posts at this link.

If you'd like to join other
Prayer Messengers please contact coordinator, Norma Kane to volunteer. You may also forward your prayer requests directly to our prayer chain coordinator, Laura Fry.

 
AMAZON SMILE
Last quarter $20.64 was donated to Wesley through AmazonSmile! If you shop on Amazon, please consider naming Wesley UMC as your designated Smile charity. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items purchased. Use this link to select Wesley UMC-Concord NH. Detailed instructions are available here. As always you are invited to support Wesley directly by mailing your gift to 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or electronically at Concord WUMC.org/donate.

Wesley's Administrative Policies can be found in paper copies in folders in the standing desk in the Narthex and this online folder so that members can access them as needed. 
 
Visit our website at this link 
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