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Grace and peace, beloved.

As you know, our country and the world are facing a pandemic due to the coronavirus called Covid-19. Wesley values the health and well-being of each of its members and the community and seeks to take appropriate steps to do its part to keep the pandemic from growing. 

The Ad Board met via phone tonight and decided:

  a. To hold Rena Jones' memorial service and reception tomorrow at 10am

  b. To hold worship with the Bishop Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30, as well as, Sunday School, but NO coffee and NO St. Patrick's Day luncheon 

  c. To cancel worship services, bible studies, rehearsals and meetings for the remainder of the month of March, livestreaming and videoconferencing instead. By the March 25th video Ad Board meeting we should have more information about when the pandemic will ease and can reassess when to reopen.

 d. To close our building to all outside groups during this same period and offer help to them in meeting via zoom or conference call.

 e. To support the decision of Step Ahead to remain in session and follow the Concord School District, eg., if they close, Step Ahead will too.
 
"In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul tells us, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” This is a time for us to use our power, love, and sound minds to act rationally but decisively to help keep those most vulnerable to COVID-19 safe and cared for by slowing its spread, thus buying time for our health care providers to meet the surge of need that is almost certainly coming. Dr. Tedros, Secretary General of the World Health Organization, echoed this call yesterday saying, “Today’s declaration of a pandemic is a call to action – for everyone, everywhere. It’s also a call for responsibility and solidarity – as nations united and as people united. As we fight the virus, we cannot let fear go viral … Let’s overcome this common threat together.” Adam R. Taylor, Sojourners sojo.net/articles/time-act-community-now
 
We have suspended in-person pastoral and visitation ministry visits especially to nursing facilities (that have been ordered closed by the governor), rehabilitation facilities and hospitals except for life threatening or end of life situations. Please reach out to your friends via phone to maintain that community which defines us as the body of Christ. If you would like to be in contact, but need help connecting to others, please contact Jane Broadrick. We will also offer other creative suggestions in the next eWeekly.
 
Please remember that your generous giving is still needed during this time as electric and heating bills, as well as salaries and missional needs continue. There are links at the bottom of this email for online giving and you're always welcome to drop a check in the mail.

While we are unable to meet in person, we will continue to provide our videos of worship to CCTV per the schedule below and which are also available on our YouTube channel and website. We also plan to livestream our services so that we can be in prayer together at 10:30 am each week. We'll provide instructions how to watch on Facebook next week. If you are unable to use the technology to watch and would prefer a bulletin mailed to you with prayers and scriptures that you can use, along with lighting a candle in your home to pray "together" with us each Sunday morning, please contact the office.

In addition to loving each other and supporting each other in community, a key characteristic of we people called Methodist is our missional outreach which is threatened by this mandate to distance ourselves from one another. I ask your prayers in this, that we may once again be free to serve one another in love and compassion. Consider:

What---if done by a church in the midst of a pandemic---would cause neighbors to be stunned by their kindness, courage, generosity, faith, hope and love? Let's do that.

Blessings,
Pastor Cheryl





  ALL EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH MARCH 31



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

We are delighted this week to welcome our Bishop, Sudarshana Devadhar, his wife Prema, our District Superintendent, Taesung Kang and his wife, Mina Oh to worship and to our St. Patrick's Day luncheon. Bishop Devadhar's sermon, titled, “The First Evangelist” and is based on  John 4:21-37. Electric Praise, directed by Alan Schulte, will sing a lively praise set and provide inspired music throughout the service. The Jubellation handbell choir will play "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." The choir, directed by Ben Greene, will sing "Beneath the Cross" by Mark Patterson. Ken Gallager will skillfully play lovely organ music and accompany our hymns. Christina Catino will share a children's message titled, The Teaching

Video link to March 8th service, The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger.
Video link to March 1st service, The Parade: Risking Reputation.


You can also check out our archive of previous services on our YouTube channel.

Lenten Bible Study

Beginning this week, March 17th, we will hold our class via Zoom. You will be sent a link where you can connect via your computer and be able to see and hear the video, PowerPoint and other participants. You will also be able to connect by phone if necessary. The study happens Tuesday evenings through April 7th. 


Bishop Devadhar to preach - March 15 at 10:30 am at Wesley UMC (UMW St. Pat's Day Lunch)
Tentative Schedule:
Palm Sunday - April 5 at 8:30 and 10:30 am at Wesley UMC
Maundy Thursday - April 9 at 7:00 pm at Bow Mills UMC
Good Friday - April 10 at 7:00 pm featuring Electric Praise at Wesley UMC
Holy Saturday - April 11th - 24 hour prayer vigil - sign up for your shift in the Narthex
Easter Sunrise - April 12 at 5:45 at Dimond Hill Farm, 314 Hopkinton Road, Concord

Easter brunch will be available. Easter services will be held at 9am and 11am
SUNDAY MINISTRIES

Greeters: 

Liturgist: Amanda Brand

Coffee Cleanup: Lorraine & Jeff Schindler

Counters: Rick Blackburn and Richard Nugent

Altar Flowers given by Barbara Ward, in memory of daughter, Paula Ward Cuomo


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
  • Sean Emery          03/16
  • Robert Forsten      03/16
  • Byron Champlin    03/19
  • Josh Hey               03/19
  • Darcy Prouty         03/20
  • Ruthie Littlefield     03/20
  • Archer Brand          03/21
 
 

Monday Morning Quarterback
Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home or in a small group:
Read Mark 12:28-34, Deuteronomy 6, Leviticus 19

  • What does it mean to love God or your neighbor?
  • If we took these commands seriously, what would have to change in our lives? In our churches?
  • What would we have to risk if we took these commandments more seriously?
  • When has following God’s commands helped you feel freedom or joy?


Prayer Concerns
Lynne Lemay, who had surgery on Tuesday;
The world's people living in fear, let them know you are there with them;
For those suffering following tornadoes;
For Angel, who has medical issues;
For premature baby Caroline, who is
gaining weight and looking forward to discharge;
For Bethany, with a birthday and starting her nursing career.
For those suffering from Covid-19 or from the precautions to contain the spread of it.
 

Wesley News
There will be a memorial service for Rena Jones at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 14th, featuring the choir and with a collation following.



 
Bishop's Visit
We are honored to be receiving a visit from our New England Conference Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar on March 15th at BOTH the 8:30 and 10:30 services. Bishop Devadhar will be preaching and we will celebrate his time with us here in New England prior to his upcoming retirement. He and his wife Prema, as well as District Superintendent Taesung Kang and his wife Mina will dine with us following worship. Join us!
 St. Patrick's Day Luncheon POSTPONED
Watch for the rescheduled date.

 
SouperFest 
The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness will be holding Souper Fest on Saturday, March 28 from 4:00 to 7:00. Wesley has volunteered for this event for many years and Norm Lemay will be organizing table bussing again this year. If you are able and interested in helping please email Norm at nlbl@gsinet.net, letting him know which time slot you are able to fill: 3:45 - 5:30 or 5:30 - 7:15.
Other ways you can be involved and help support the
Concord Coalition to End Homelessness 
March 15th  from 5 – 7 PM* Bake 5 dozen cookies or finger food desserts (sign up in narthex)
* Bake 4 loaves of artisan bread or 5 dozen rolls (sign up in narthex)
*Take your family for a fun afternoon at Funfest 2:00 pm
*Come and eat some soup, bread & cookies and join the fun! 4:00 – 6:30 pm
$10 - per person
           $5 - kids 12 & under
(You'll see other Wesley folks volunteering and dining there!)

Open Spirit Task Force district gatherings cancelled
Due to concerns about public gatherings in light of the coronavirus, the Open Spirit Task Force (OSTF) has decided to suspend the remainder of its planned district gatherings. Instead, the OSTF will produce a video and other materials to share with members of the New England Conference. We will publish information on how to access those materials when it becomes available.


Donate jewelry to support youth programming
The start of a new year is a great time to sort through your old jewelry. ​Our Bishop's wife, ​Prema Devadhar ​is collecting gently used jewelry ​sell at Annual Conference, ​from June 11-13​,​​ ​to benefit youth programming in the New England Conference. ​​Please contact our Wesley UMC "collector" Barbara Ward with jewelry you'd like to donate.
Altar Flowers:Consider donating flowers for the altar in honor or memory of your loved one. There are still weeks open in June, July and August. The cost is $25, and you will be billed directly by McLeod’s Florist. Please contact Sara Lutz-Blackburn at 715-1366.

Volunteers needed: Please consider reaching out to Miss Christina if you would be interested in serving our Sunday School as a teacher or a helper to the teacher!  

Are you interested in chaperoning our Youth Mission Trip to Kentucky this summer at the end of July? 
 If you have not yet turned in your child’s Sunday School Registration form, please do! If you need a registration form, please see Miss Christina!
A Prayer Vigil will be held for 24 hours on Holy Saturday, April 11 in our chapel beginning midnight Friday and through midnight Saturday. There will be a signup sheet in the Narthex soon for you to choose the hours in which to be present here and pray, contemplating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and its impact on our world today. You may also contact coordinator, Norma Kane to volunteer.
Fifth Sunday Food Collection
For Second Start's Alternative High School students
March 29th
Suggestions: 
Any single service food item is appreciated
No canned goods please

Plant Sale Signup
We'll be holding our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 16th. Our youth will also offer a car wash and the Boy Scouts will offer a yard sale that day. We need YOUR help. Please sign up on the bulletin on the office wall in the Narthex to take a shift helping to sell plants, as a cashier, carrying to patron's cars, setting up or breaking down.
Changing the locksThe Trustees will soon be upgrading and changing the locks on the church doors. If you currently have a key, please contact the church office to say which doors you have access to so that we may be sure you get a new set when they are installed.
 
Mission Shares paid in full!
Wesley United Methodist Church is in good fiscal shape two months into the year following some difficult work last year. We have even paid our Mission Shares to the New England Conference in FULL and these will go a long way to aiding mission and ministry throughout New England and the world. Thank you all for your faithfulness in turning the tide. Now we're ready to grow!

Policies and forms available in Narthex and at these links
Personal Auto Use Policy - You are encouraged to carpool and offer rides to friends to church events. We want to be clear that the church's insurance does not cover you in the event of an auto accident, but rather that your own auto policy does. If you transport others, please obtain this form, fill it out annually and return it to the office to place on file.
Safe Sanctuaries Policy - Wesley UMC maintains a Safe Sanctuary policy and conducts periodic trainings on that policy to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the emotional and physical safety and the spiritual growth of all the children, youth, and adults involved in Wesley UMC’s ministry. All volunteers and staff who work with children are required to take training and explore the document. Trainings will be held twice a year. The document will be reviewed by the Ad Board every three years. Volunteers will be asked to renew their certifications at least every three years.
Child Care Policy - Wesley UMC’s goal is to provide safe, caring, God-centered childcare to the children attending worship and other Wesley events in our building. In order to provide the best care possible, this set of guidelines will help to establish clear policies to facilitate communication and cooperation between parents, caregivers and Step Ahead personnel who also use the facility.

Grace and peace, beloved.

Unfortunately, we have once again become victims of a phishing scam. I truly apologize for the concern and inconvenience of this intrusion. As I mentioned before, the best protection against falling victim to these scams is: 

1) Check the sender's email address to be sure it is completely correct. Often these perpetrators use a slight variation of the true address. (Mine can be found on the back of the worship bulletin or by calling the office.)

2) Report the email as spam using your email provider's button or process for doing so.

3) Always double-check with the sender using a separate type of communication. If you get an email, call the office, ask in person or text the sender to be sure they actually sent the message. 

I have learned that similar phishing schemes happened to many of my colleagues on this same day, both United Methodist and those in the Concord area. These perpetrators prey on us as caring individuals and have adapted their scheme to appeal to our hearts. 

Know that I will never make an appeal via email for financial donations to help someone. Our Pastor's Discretionary Fund supports these requests and your generous donations there are gratefully received.

Blessings,
Pastor Cheryl
Community News
The anti-racism training, scheduled for March 14th at NHTI from 8-1pm has been postponed.
Lenten Luncheons, sponsored by the Greater Concord Interfaith Council, will be held on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm throughout Lent, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 211 North Main St. in Concord. The cost will be $7.00 per person per luncheon, with the proceeds going to area nonprofits.  
 
March 19 - Spiritual Care at Concord Hospital
March 26 - Creative Justice
April 2 - Sharing our Faith with Children & Grandchildren


Benefit Concert POSTPONED Wesley UMC will host a benefit concert for establishing a Free Violin School at our sister church at Haven UMC. Talented musicians will offer their gifts with piano, violin, clarinet and tenor featuring classical, jazz and gospel music. Children are welcome. A freewill donation will assist Haven UMC in establishing a free youth music program.

Check Out Scouting!
Here's a link to our Scout Sunday worship service. 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! Bring a friend with you too!  You don’t have to be a member of Wesley to be in the Pack or Troop. For more information, contact the Cubmaster of the Pack: Dan Dupuis or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-ConroyIt's the hundredth anniversary of Methodist Scouting. Click on this article to read more!


PFLAG NH Support Group Meeting: PFLAG is an organization of parents, families and allies united with LGBTQ+ people to move equality forward – providing support, education and advocacy.  PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed – regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Monthly meetings are held every 3rd Sunday of the month from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. All are welcome to attend our monthly support group meetings. For more information about the organization please visit our website www.pflagnh

This Week's Scripture

John 4:21-37

Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’ Then the woman left her water-jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’ They left the city and were on their way to him.

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest”? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.”

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

Want to reconnect with your Wanakee Friends, share a pizza, sing your favorite camp song, join in a campfire conversation and close with communion?   Now is your chance.  The Next Campfire Connection is at St. James United Methodist Church in Merrimack, NH March 15th  from 5 – 7 PM


Resource Day with Leonard Sweet
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wesley UMC - 79 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03301



Can't wait for summer?
Neither can we! 
View Wanakee's summer schedule 
Online Registration is open.
You can register online
or by phone at (603) 279-7950

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

PICTORIAL DIRECTORY
Get a copy of our electronic pictorial directory by contacting the church office. If you would prefer a printed copy, bring $3.00 to cover the cost of the printing.                                      
LOST & FOUND
If you are in search of a lost item, please check the basket in the coat room or contact the office.

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."

SUNDAY GREETERS
If you would like to help greet our guests at worship some week, please call or text Nancy Fransen at 603-224-7635.
ELECTRONIC GIVING
Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal.

AMAZON SMILE
Get 0.5% for Wesley. 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.
CHOIR PRACTICE 
Choir practice is held Thursday evening at 7:15 pm in the Sanctuary. There is also a practice Sunday morning at 9 am in the library. All are invited to lift their voices and sing to the Lord! No experience is necessary. Email Choir Director, Ben Greene for more information.

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

ALTAR GUILD
Join us in preparing the pews, candles, banners and more in our sanctuary for worship each week by contacting Joan Beldin at 715-8888.
THE CONCORD HOMELESS EMERGENCY WINTER SHELTER
is in great need of overnight volunteers, especially on weekends. Here are the links to the website and the signup genius where you can sign up to help. Any questions can be emailed to Michael Caswell, Shelter Manager.
FRIENDLY KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 Erle Huntington is looking for Wesley UMC folks to help staff the Friendly Kitchen. Her team prepares the meals for 60-120 people each third Thursday with food that has been donated and store at their facility. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office and we will put you in touch. We might even be able to form a team to serve a Wednesday lunch where they’re looking for monthly help.
VOLUNTEER REQUEST
The Housing First program of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness seeks volunteers to drive clients to shop at the grocery store or food pantry.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Angela Spinney or 603-290-3375. Volunteers aged 55 or over are encouraged to apply to RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) through the Friends Program at 228-7615. Once accepted, they provide volunteers with insurance while driving for the program. Please specify that you are volunteering for the Housing First Program of CCEH to expedite the connection from them to CCEH. 
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