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

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


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THIS WEEK

AT WESLEY

 
 Sunday 11/17/19
  8:30 a.m.  Communion Service, Chapel
  9:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School, Parlor
  9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library 
 10:00 a.m.  Prayer Messengers, Chapel
 10:20 a.m.  Praise Music, Sanctuary
 10:30 a.m.  Worship Service, Sanctuary
  Sunday School and Childcare are offered at 10:30 a.m. service. 
  
Tuesday 11/19/19
  7:00 p.m.  Bible Study, Chapel
 
Wednesday 11/20/19
  
  6:30 p.m.  Finance Committee, Chapel
 
Thursday 11/21/19
  4:00 p.m. Sacred Dance, Parlor 
  5:45 p.m. Handbells, Sanctuary
  7:15 p.m. Choir, Sanctuary

   
Friday 11/22/19
   8:00 a.m.  Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester St.
 
Sunday 11/24/19
Consecration Sunday
   8:30 a.m.  Chapel Service, Chapel
   9:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School, Parlor
   9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library
  10:00 a.m. Prayer Messengers, Chapel
  10:20 a.m. Praise Music, Sanctuary
  10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Sanctuary
   11:45 a.m.   Consecration Luncheon, HH
    Sunday School and Childcare are available at 10:30 a.m. service. 

This Week's Greeter
Louise Poole

COFFEE CLEAN UP
Cyndy Burke

 HAPPY  BIRTHDAY!​

Caitlin Haynes
Marcia Gray
Megan Newhall
Kathryn Littlefield
Jeff Batula
Andrew Proctor


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


PRAYER REQUESTS
Concerns: Jennifer Zanes’ mom is in the hospital, Barb Drotos surgery, Diane’s daughter Carole diagnosed with breast cancer, Veterans, Joan’s friend Althea for her sight and her move out west

FRIENDLY KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 Erle Huntington is looking for more Wesley UMC folks to help staff the Friendly Kitchen. Her team prepares the meals for 60-120 people each third Thursday with food that has been donated and store at their facility. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office and we will put you in touch. We might even be able to form a team to serve a Wednesday lunch where they’re looking for monthly help.

CHOIR PRACTICE 
Choir practice is held Thursday evening at 7:15 pm in the Sanctuary. There is also a practice Sunday morning at 9 am in the library whichever time works best for you. All are invited to lift your voice and sing to the Lord! No experience is necessary. Any questions? You can email our Choir Director, Ben Greene, at bengreene820@gmail.com.

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

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

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

WESLEY'S PICTORIAL DIRECTORY

The Pictorial Directory is ready for distribution. To receive an emailed copy simply get in touch with Marybeth at the Church Office and she will send one out to you as an attachment. If you are unable to print it, Marybeth can print it for you for $3.00 to cover the cost of the printing.


 
PRAYER MESSENGERS
The Prayer Messengers gather in the Chapel each Sunday at 10:00 AM to pray together for Wesley Church, its pastor, its people and special concerns through INTERCESSORY PRAYER- a prayer to God on behalf of others. Jesus prayed for others and taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer. When we pray to God, we are not simply saying, "God, remove all these problems and make everything easy. Snap your cosmic fingers and make it all better." Following a short devotion, we pray to God, consciously thanking God for our blessings and inviting God into our struggles. You are welcome anytime during this prayer time. In this way we empower ourselves to fulfill our mission in the world. Paul instructed in Ephesians 6:18, "Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." For more information contact Norma Kane, at momkane2002@yahoo.com.                                                   

                                                                                                                                       Did you know you now have the option of online giving to Wesley?Through this secure web page you may donate using debit, credit or PayPal.
 

USED EYEGLASS COLLECTION

Please place used eyeglasses in the labelled basket in the Narthex, or give them to Spencer Kingsland for the Lions Club's worldwide project "Eyesight Conservation and Work for the Blind."

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

VOLUNTEER REQUEST
The Housing First program of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness seeks volunteers to drive clients to shop at the grocery store or food pantry.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Angela Spinney at angela@concordhomeless.org or 603-290-3375. Volunteers aged 55 or over are encouraged to apply to RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) through the Friends Program at 228-7615. Once accepted, they provide volunteers with insurance while driving for the program. Please specify that you are volunteering for the Housing First Program of CCEH to expedite the connection from them to CCEH. 

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

CONCORD HOSPITAL NOTICE
Concord Hospital is unable to provide the church with names of Wesley UMC patients.  If you or a relative would like a pastoral visit at the hospital, please contact the church office at 603-224-7413 or office@concordwumc.org.
                
Pastor Cheryl’s sermon titled, “We Don’t Labor in Vain" is based on scripture in Isaiah 65:17-25, describing God’s Glorious New Creation where the wolf and lamb feed together. We will explore this promise that before we call, God will answer with respect to our work here at Wesley for the kingdom. We will imagine together how that promise of provision in building and planting is manifest in our lives and the life of Wesley—how our labor for the kingdom such as through our programs and our stewardship cannot be thwarted by fighting factions. All are welcome and heartily encouraged to invite others that you haven’t seen for a while here at Wesley!

Isaiah 65: 17-25

The Glorious New Creation

17 For I am about to create new heavens
    and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
    or come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
    and its people as a delight.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
    and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
    or the cry of distress.
20 No more shall there be in it
    an infant that lives but a few days,
    or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;
for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
    and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
21 They shall build houses and inhabit them;
    they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit;
    they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
    and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain,
    or bear children for calamity;[a]
for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord—
    and their descendants as well.
24 Before they call I will answer,
    while they are yet speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
    the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
    but the serpent—its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
    on all my holy mountain,
says the Lord.


 
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

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

Read Isaiah 65:17-25

·      Isaiah uses words like glad, rejoice, delight, build, plant and joy to describe God’s Glorious New Creation. Where do you find these encouraging things in your life? At Wesley?

·      Isaiah prophesies a world in which the wolf and the lamb shall feed together and “they” shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain. (v25) What threatens God’s creation? This church? How might you imagine them “feeding together?”

·      Isaiah shares God’s promise that, “(You and I) shall not labour in vain” (v23) and “before (we) call (God) will answer.” (v24) These are powerful promises of God’s presence and power. I encourage you to include them your prayer this week.

Daily Devotion: Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. ~ John Wesley


ADVENT DELIGHT

Join us each Sunday in Advent for worship and fun.
12/1 Christmas Tree Sale – Come worship, stop by Hanna Hall for hot cocoa or cider and cookies and buy your Christmas tree.
12/8 Annual Advent Crafts and Cards – Come worship, stop by Hanna Hall for some lunchtime hors d'oeuvres make - cards and craft simple gifts for our homebound members.
12/15 Holiday Wrapping Party – Come worship, stop by Hanna Hall for some holiday munchies and bring those gifts that you would like someone else to wrap or that you would like to wrap while having a fun conversation with others.
12/22 Caroling – Come worship, stop by Hanna Hall for some finger food and fun and carpool with others to Presidential Oaks, Havenwood and Harris Hill bringing Christmas joy to our homebound members and others.
12/24 Christmas Eve – Come worship during any of our three services! The Children’s pageant, “Starry Night, Noisy Night” will happen in the sanctuary at 4pm followed by our main service at 7pm that begins with a half hour musical prelude and includes carols, prayers, scripture and sermon and finally a Midnight service of lessons, carols, communion and candlelight that begins at 11:30 pm.
Pastor Cheryl


STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

As we near the end of our Annual Stewardship Campaign, we are so grateful for your commitment and dedication to the mission of Wesley UMC through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness.
Spending this time thinking together about our support for our beloved church’s mission and ministry is a prayer of hope. We’ve themed our campaign A New Hope and that thread was woven throughout the letter you recently received, along with a pledge card.
In that letter, I wrote:
Our hope is renewed as we begin each year with the Advent season, the first Sunday of which is “Hope!” It is indeed a new hope each year, even though it is an ancient story that we retell, over and over. Advent is a sacred liminal space. It is where we hold our emptiness alongside our anticipation. It is where we find hope. Amy Scott Robinson writes, “Advent is the hush in the theatre between the house lights going down and the curtain going up.” That hopeful space is a place of expectation and imagination. It is where Divine Love (God) is at work in our hearts, compelling us to reach out, transforming the world with love and grace.
   This pledge card sets out our Wesley Leaders’ affirmation that your gift investing in the ministries and missions of Wesley United Methodist Church at the local, national and international levels by pledging your financial support for the next year helps with development of realistic budget forecasts and strengthens ability to continue making essential, critical and transformative differences in the lives of people and communities both near and far.
   If you have not received a pledge card, there is a supply of them in the Narthex (entryway) of the church or you are welcome to call the office at 224-7413 to have one sent to you. Electronic giving is also an option that the office can help set up for you.
   Join us on November 24th for worship where we will bring our pledge cards as our offering to the altar. After worship, our youth (young padwans) will provide a meal inviting us to celebrate as a family.
I am full of hope through God for all that we will accomplish in the coming year and invite you to pray these words of gratitude with me from Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.”
Pastor Cheryl


                                      Join us for Consecration Sunday!
Plan to join our Wesley family on Sunday, November 24, as we celebrate and consecrate our pledges to support the worship and work of the church. During both services on Consecration Sunday we will be bringing our pledge cards forward to the altar where they will be blessed to God’s work. Following the 10:30 a.m. service, we will gather in Hanna Hall for a meal of celebration provided by our youth. (Faith offerings to support the youth mission trip will be accepted.) In the intervening week, please prayerfully consider increasing your pledge—or making a pledge for the first time--to sustain Wesley in its mission to you, to our community and to the world.
Byron Champlin, Chair, Stewardship Committee

Plan to join our Wesley family on Sunday, November 24, as we celebrate and consecrate our pledges to support the worship and work of the church. During both services on Consecration Sunday we will be bringing our pledge cards forward to the altar where they will be blessed to God’s work. Following the 10:30 a.m. service, we will gather in Hanna Hall for a meal of celebration provided by our youth. (Faith offerings to support the youth mission trip will be accepted.) In the intervening week, please prayerfully consider increasing your pledge—or making a pledge for the first time--to sustain Wesley in its mission to you, to our community and to the world.
Byron Champlin, Chair, Stewardship Committee


CHRISTMAS TREE SALE FUNDRAISER

The finance committee will be selling trees Sat. Nov. 30 and Sun. Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please plan on buying your Christmas Tree here to help us raise funds for the coming year.! Volunteers to sell are needed-if you are interested please sign up in the narthex.


NEWS ABOUT OUR YOUTH

From the children and youth ministries: The Youth mission trip choices have been released and planning is getting under way! Can you help? Please keep your eyes open for our various fundraising opportunities this year such as our leaf raking project happening NOW! Get those leaves cleaned up before snowfall AND help our eager and excited youth! We will also be placing a donation box in the narthex for people donate to our youth program whether it be for our mission trip or any of the other community building we do! Any help is greatly appreciated! Big things are coming from our children and youth! Contact Christina Catino Museique06@gmail.com with any questions!


CHRISTMAS PAGEANT NEWS

Christmas pageant planning and preparation is underway! We will be doing “Starry Night, Noisy Night” this year and it is sure to be a noisy fun time! We will be working on it a bit in Sunday School, Miss Christina will e-mail and post a link to the pageant for home practice, as well as hold a few “full” rehearsals! Is there a way you can help with your talents? Acting, snacks, costuming, scene/prop. work, chaperoning, music, etc.? Let Miss Christina know at Museique06@gmail.com


FALL CLEANING

As Fall cleaning is in progress, please keep our nursery in mind! We could really use a replenishment of board books and toys and games that are gently used and no longer needed for our youngest church goers! You can drop them off any time either at the main office or Miss Christina’s office at the back of the church by the music room!


POINSETTIA ORDERING TIME

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


Wesley’s Read That! Book Club is moving to Thursdays

Come discuss Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, a true tale of the 1925 exploration of the Amazon, on Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm. New readers are welcome.


FROM THE UNITED METHODIST FOUNDATION OF NEW ENGLAND

Fine tune your 2020 philanthropic vision with a new look for your IRA. There will be a webinar November 19, 2019, 7:00-8:00 p.m. If you are over 70 1/2 years old, chances are you have an IRA  and are familiar with the RMD-Required Minimum Deposit regulations. What you may not know is that you can direct some, or all, of your RMD to your church (or favorite charity) and not be taxed! In fact, you can give up to $100,000 per year from your IRA by taking advantage of the Charitable IRA Rollover. This webinar will help you to: get clarity concerning IRA/RMD regulations, understand how a Charitable IRA works, learn of the benefits that can be had, learn the correct steps to avoid any tax traps. For more, https://neumc-email.brtapp.com/!LcjYbPDz7rZGCoye28Yy8QqaaevH7OvlckhjzDAYqdEcU7dG0LUGGRG3StAicfTyM.


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

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

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


ON-LINE TOWN HALL INVITATION 
Tuesday Nov 19th - 7:00 pm

The Open Spirit Task Force is an exploratory body of the New England Conference of the UMC. Their mandate is "to examine whether and how United Methodists of New England might align with, create, or form a new church body in the Methodist tradition (independently or in collaboration with others)."
 You are invited to participate in a Conference-wide Town Hall forum hosted on-line through Zoom. The evening's topic will be the work of the OSTF to date, and the implications of that work, looking forward. MORE HERE


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.

The November monthly support group meeting will be held in the Parlor on Sunday, November 17, 2019  from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.    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


Check Out Scouting!
Cub Scout Pack 86 meets in Hanna Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and is for boys and girls ages 5 to 10.
Boy Scout Troop 86 meets in Hanna Hall on Thursday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and is for boys ages 11 to 17.
We’d love to have you come and check out a meeting! Even bring a friend with you too!  You don’t have to be a member of Wesley to be in the Pack or Troop.
For more information, contact the Cubmaster of the Pack: Dan Dupuis at nhpack86@gmail.com or the Scoutmaster of the Troop: Keith Hagemeyer at klhag03@gmail.com  or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy at mshellfc@comcast.net 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

Mystery Play & Dinner - “The Mild, Mild West”
November 15th - 6:00 pm
November 16th - 12:00 Noon and 5:00 pm
Bow Mills UMC - 505 South Street Bow Mills, NH
Proceeds from the performances support the Wanakee Campership Fund
MORE INFORMATION
 
Holiday Fair
November 23rd - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
First UMC - 18 Wesley Way Gilford, NH
Gift baskets, baked goods, silent auction, gift emporium and more.
Vendor applications: office.nhhope@gmail.com or call 524-3289.
 
United Methodist Foundation of New England Presents:
Clergy and Spouse - Pre-retirement Seminar
December 4, 2019 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
New England Conference Office - 411 Merrimack St., Methuen, MA 01844
MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
 
Granite State Ringers Present “Traditions”
December 7th - 3:00 pm
St. Paul’s UMC - 335 Smyth Rd. Manchester, NH
Tickets: $10 Adult, $3 kids, $25 Family
MORE INFORMATION
 
Creative Angels Bazaar and Cookie Walk
December 7th from 9 am - 3 pm
Includes jewelry, Christmas revisited, and a variety of cookies.
Contoocook UMC - 28 Maple St., Contoocook, NH
 
Blue Christmas Meditation and Healing Service
December 18th - 7:00 pm
First UMC - 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH
This service is for anyone, but especially those who have experienced the loss of a loved one and find that Christmas is a difficult holiday because of that loss.
 
 

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