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  Join us and be present for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. Let us know you've watched by calling 224-7413 or at this linkYou can also watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. New episodes appear each Tuesday at 4:30 pm and reair on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, Thursdays at 10:30 am, Fridays at 7:00 am, Sundays at 1:30 pm, Mondays at 10:30 am.
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  Give or tithe to Wesley's mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 through this secure link on our website using debit or credit card.
Wesley United Methodist Church is standing  in the midst of this pandemic to do no harm. will not hold in-person worship services or resume meetings or other gatherings inside the church building until it is demonstrably safe to do so. Our Re-entry Team is working hard to ensure that we implement the safest practices for our eventual return. Once returning to in-person worship becomes viable, we will continue to offer livestream via YouTube and also televised services during the week. 
 
 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Mary Ann Wolfe 10/06
Joan Beldin 10/06
Patrick Conroy 10/06
Jessica Kane 10/07
Virginia Nugent 10/07
William Platt 10/09
Julie Runnells 10/10



Find the addresses of our homebound members at this link to send a special card! If you don't have our participant directory, please email Jane Broadrick at this link to get a copy so that you can send cards, call to chat and text to keep in touch with all of your church friends. Pastor Cheryl lovingly encourages you to stay connected with your beloved community.

 

You can also check out our archive of this week's service after it is aired, as well as previous services on our YouTube channel.


This Sunday, October,4th, we will hear scripture from Genesis 1:20-31, read by Erin Fogel telling the story of creation.

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen will lead an exploration of the Genesis story describing God’s loving creation of animals. She will encourage us to reflect on the companionship and loving comfort that our pets provide in our lives. She will lead us in a prayer that we might bless those companions through our loving care for them and the environment in which we all live and breathe and have our being.

Rev. Cheryl L Meachen is our lead pastor.
Anne Roberts is her Administrative Assistant.  
Christina Catino, our Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries will share a delightful children's message.
Deborah Venator compiles and produces our video.

Ken Gallager is our talented organist.
Ben Greene directs the virtual choir compiling individual video recordings.
Alan Schulte directs Electric Praise, compiling their lively music and setting it to video.
Jen Savoy is our intern.

Judy King designs our altars.
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October 11 – Have You Prayed About It? – Philippians 4:1-9
October 18 - Laity Sunday
October 25 – When You Don’t Get to See the Results – Deuteronomy 34:1-12
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 15 - Christ the King
November 22 - Thanksgiving
November 29 - First Sunday of Advent



For Larry Haynes having surgery October 15 to remove his kidney and for his family: Dawn, Sarah and Caitlin as they support him
For Byron Champlin's cousin Violet with Alzheimer's and nearing death
For Donna Osborne and family mourning the death of her uncle from COVID 
For those affected by Wednesday's storm
Lynne Lemay shares her gratitude for her sister, Laura, who lives on Mt. Hood in Oregon and evacuated her home to be safe. She has since returned home and can get outside and breathe fresher air
For our Jericho Team as we do the work of breaking down walls and welcoming those who have felt unwelcome in their homes, churches and society
For our world as we live into a new paradigm accelerated by COVID, sometimes uncomfortable, always unfamiliar




Monday Morning Quarterback

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


Read Genesis 1:20-31
(which you can find at this link)

This is the Genesis story describing God’s loving creation of animals.

1. You’ll notice that today’s reading includes the fifth and sixth days of creation. Who was created first: animals or humans? Why do you think that is?

2. In Genesis 2:18 a second story of creation includes God’s provision of a help mate. In John 14:26 Jesus promises the Comforter. Does God desire that we have companions, even beyond these examples of human and divine? Do pets count?

3. The Rainbow Bridge is the theme of several works of poetry written in the 1980s and 1990s that speak of an other-worldly place where pets go upon death, eventually to be reunited with their owners. Do you believe pets go to heaven? Why or why not?

Dear Beloved,

This week we witnessed the first presidential debate of the 2020 election year. For many, it produced anxiety because of the contentious nature of the exchange or disgust at the lack of civility between the two candidates. It may have left some feeling as though they just want to tune out of the debate and commercials or even the election itself.

 Looking at the issue from a spiritual perspective, God gave humans dominion (Genesis 1:26-2). God, who is Love, entrusted us as stewards of all that is created. That Divine Love which cares for neighbor has given us not only this gift, but also the responsibility for its care. Likewise, we are not only blessed to live in a country characterized by freedom and plenty, but we are responsible for ensuring that ALL may partake of those gifts. We are responsible for participating in elections by exercising our right to vote.

 The US fought in the Revolutionary War to gain autonomy over our lives. It took years for some classes of people to receive the right to participate by voting with women finally able to participate in 1920 and black people in 1965. Even though the Voting Rights Act of 1965 sought to enable Native Americans to vote, there have been a number of efforts to suppress that vote through unjust requirements like literacy tests. In most states felons lose the right to vote while incarcerated. In NH that vote returns once they are released. Some teens wait excitedly to turn 18 so that they might participate in elections and yet some of us fail to exercise that precious right.

 Recently deceased United States Representative John Lewis of Georgia said,

 "The right to vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy."

 In the Bible, figures like Joseph, Esther, Mordecai and Paul used their influence for “the good of their people and for the welfare of all their descendants” (Esther 10:3).
 
We at Wesley encourage you to vote, to exercise this precious, sacred tool for the good of yourself and your neighbors. If you have questions about how to register or vote, please contact the church office at 224-7413 so that we can help you.

Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Visit my blog for inspiration at this link.
  Join me in a special moment of appreciation for Norma Kane, our Prayer Messenger Leader, retiring Financial Secretary, sender of cards for our Congregational Care Team and Abbot-Downing School outreach leader for her incredible devotion and tireless work on behalf of our congregation in outreach, prayer, bookkeeping and care for our members. Thank you Norma for all you so capably do! 

Gratefully, Pastor Cheryl
About the business of the church, About the business of the church, Pastor Cheryl serves the Greater Concord Interfaith Council as secretary. Most of our sister interfaith organizations have both a clergy and lay representative to this Council. Would you be interested in serving? Please let Pastor Cheryl know!  
Wesley UMC's Church Conference has been scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 5pm. Please mark your calendars for this important annual meeting.
Choir Director Ben Greene invites EVERYONE to attend Virtual Choir Rehearsals Thursdays at 7:15 pm. ALL are welcome to attend. The virtual nature of the work lends itself to more flexibility and we hope that you will join us. We meet via Zoom at this recurring link each week: Wesley Virtual Choir Zoom Link Meeting ID: 760 1812 7168 Passcode: jWaed4
Click here for the registration form for the New England United Methodist Women Conference on October 24th: 
Reflections on Race
Honoring the Charter for
Racial Justice

Martha's Circle will meet 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 6 at Lang's Ice Cream
Don't forget to register via email for the Zoom UMW District fall meeting on Sat. Oct. 3 by sending to this email.
Adult Sunday School Studies Acts of the Apostles
  How did Christianity grow from a fringe sect of Judaism into a world religion? How did Jesus’ disciples, scattered and frightened at his crucifixion, become powerful apostles of the new faith? And how was one of Christianity’s most ardent persecutors transformed into the person most responsible, after Jesus, for its theology and evangelism?
  The Book of Acts tells the dramatic story of how the Holy Spirit worked through men and women like us to spread the Gospel throughout the Roman world. Written by the author we know as Luke, Acts of the Apostles is a sequel, picking up where Luke’s Gospel leaves off. It is full of dramatic speeches, hairs-breadth escapes, miracles and even a shipwreck. But mostly, Acts of the Apostles is an inspirational story of the power of faith.
  Adult Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. Each class will meet for an hour through Zoom, which worked extremely well after the shutdown last spring. No outside reading is required. We will read Acts in class, chapter by chapter, with discussions guided and informed by the background study of teacher Byron Champlin.
  If you would like to participate in the study, email Byron at chamby@comcast.net, or phone him at 228-0097.
Join Zoom at this link.  Newcomers welcome!
Meeting ID: 824 9476 3383  Password: 817519  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
  
Sunday School Zoom at 10:00 am each week
Join Zoom Meeting at this link
Meeting ID: 726 9853 8230
Passcode: Sunday

Youth Zoom at 1:00 pm each Sunday
Join Zoom Meeting at this link
Meeting ID: 736 0199 3984
Passcode: Youth

We will have a blast while worshiping together in a fun and innovative way!
(Don't forget to check your email for recurring Zoom invites.) 
Check out our Children's Time YouTube Channel here!


Are there any youth or children who would like to co-host our Children's Time (or contribute in other ways)? Let Ms. Christina know.
"Messy Church" - some AMAZING "messy" ideas are brewing! Keep your eyes and ears opened!
October 4th is our special "Blessing of the pets", don't forget to submit your pictures. 
Our Boy Scout Troop 86 is recruiting boys and girls who are interested in joining the Boy Scouts. Contact Dan Dupuis at this email for more information.
Mission and Ministry

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The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is having a virtual "Howlween" 5K. For more information on how to participate go to their website. There will be a finish line celebration Sunday, October 18 at 11 AM on Facebook live at ARLNH.


 


There is still time to get your absentee ballot processed!

If you are calling Concord or Bow Town Hall to request an absentee ballot, here is the process:
First, call to request the absentee ballot request form. Townhall will mail the request form to you. Complete the request form and mail it back to Townhall. Townhall will mail you the Official Ballot. When you receive your ballot, Vote! Then mail your completed ballot back to Townhall. Ballots must be received by the close of business day 11/3 Election Day at each Town Hall. (The average door-to-door time for the USPS is 2-3 days each way.)                                           
If you need further assistance Concord City Hall phone number is 225-8610 or visit their website.
If you live in Bow and have questions, Bow  Town Clerk and Tax Collectors phone number is 223-3980 or visit their website. A few reminders:

Both Town Halls are open to the public at this time.
Concord residents: last day to register to vote is 10/21. Bow residents: last day to register to vote is October 28.  
Don’t worry if you miss the mail, you can still drop off your ballot at your local polling place on Election Day.
A note from Erica Fuller at the Red Cross:
We are looking for volunteers! If you or someone you know possesses interest in the following categories let me know by calling me (802)735-8842 or by email.
Disaster Shelter Teams
Volunteers are needed to support the day-to-day activities within a shelter which may include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information, or other areas within a shelter. Free online training will be provided.
Disaster Health Services Teams
Are you a licensed healthcare professional? If so, we also have a high need for health care workers to provide assistance and healthcare to shelter residents as needed. Free online training will be provided. If the need arises, volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 4, 8 or 12 hours each.. Licensed required: RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, MD, DO, PA, NP, APRN.
If you have supervisory experience, we are also looking for individuals to fill leadership roles called “shelter supervisor” and “Health Services Supervisor”.
 Blood Donor Support
*Note: Opportunities to volunteer at Blood Drives will vary based on your location.
You can also volunteer at blood drives or join our mission-critical volunteer positions to carry out other aspects of our lifesaving work. The American Red Cross has an urgent need for Blood Donor Ambassadors to continue delivering services to our communities. These volunteers help support local blood drives by providing hospitality to blood donors and helping to enhance safety measures.
To view their recruiting flyer, click here.
 A note From Norma Kane:
First, Janet Moffett, RN. sends her appreciation for all Wesley has done!  Secondly, The ABBOT-DOWNING SCHOOL TEAM is providing an update on the 2020-21 School year as well as on-going supply needs.  It is anticipated  to be In-Classroom (Oct 3), Remote Learning and hybrid classes. Students will be unable to share supplies like crayons, scissors and markers.  Visitors or anyone signing in to the school we will be required to use a pen and take it with them so not to reuse and risk contamination.  One of the biggest mitigating factors is social distancing.  We are encouraging the 6 feet social distancing everywhere and are hoping that a fair number of classes and gatherings can happen outside.
Our Wish list is:  
1)  Cloth masks (Notice to all sewers out there), sandwich-size zip lock bags for each student to put their masks in. 
2)  Baby wipes, Disinfecting wipes, Tissues
3) Outdoor chairs and picnic tables
4) Pencils, glue sticks, markers,  scissors, sharpies 
Even though we are starting off remote, we have homeless students that have requested help with purchasing clothes, an emergency fund would help these students.
I hope our congregation will continue support Abbot- Downing School. 
From, 
Norma

The Alternative High School Program is putting a strong emphasis on community service for their students this year and want very much to be able to help the church in any way possible. They'll be doing fall cleanup at the church on October 8th in gratitude for our 5th Sunday Collection for them in August. They are also open to taking their students to people's homes to do outside work--raking, cleanup, snow removal, etc--during school hours, Monday through Friday. It would be a community service so no payment would be involved. They especially spoke about doing this for elderly or handicapped folks. A staff person would always accompany and supervise their students when they are doing community service. Please contact Jane Broadrick at this link if you'd like to take them up on this generous offer.

This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Genesis 1:20-31
And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
So God created humankind in his image,
   in the image of God he created them;
   male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.



Call to Worship
 
The animals of God's creation inhabit the skies, the earth, and the sea.
They share in the fortunes of human existence
and have a part in human life.
God, who confers gifts on all living things,
has often used the service of animals
or made them reminders of the gifts of salvation.
Animals were saved from the flood
and afterwards made a part of the covenant with Noah. (GENESIS 9:9–10)

The paschal lamb recalls the passover sacrifice
and the deliverance from slavery in Egypt. (EXODUS 12:3–14)

A giant fish saved Jonah; (JONAH 2:1–10)

ravens brought bread to Elijah; (1 KINGS 17:6)

animals were included in the repentance of Nineveh; (JONAH 3:7)

and animals share in Christ's redemption of all God's creation.
We, therefore, invoke God's blessing on these animals.
As we do so, let us praise the Creator
and thank God for setting us as stewards
over all the creatures of the earth.
Pastor Cheryl is available by phone, Zoom, Facebook messenger, text or email for pastoral support or to discuss church business. Set a time by emailing her at this link or by calling the church phone 224-7413 which is monitored remotely by our Administrative Assistant, Anne Roberts. If you or someone who you know that needs help would like to apply for assistance from the Pastor's Discretionary fund you can initiate the process by filling out the application at this link. If you know of someone who would like to receive a print version of the eWeekly please let us know by calling 224-7413 or emailing the office.
If you'd like to join other Prayer Messengers please contact coordinator, Norma Kane to volunteer. You may also forward your prayer requests directly to our prayer chain coordinator, Laura Fry.
While Wesley UMC is not meeting in person, we will be holding meetings and Bible studies via conference call and Zoom. Links can be found on our website and Facebook to all of our media. If you need help using any of these programs, please contact Paula Delbonis-Platt.
We've designed a plan to keep us in touch with one another. If you're not already connected and would like to hear from your church friends more regularly, please let Jane Broadrick know.
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VISITING
Pastor Cheryl has made a variety of special visits where allowed recently. If you'd like a visit, please contact the office at 224-7413 or concordwumc@gmail.com for prayer or to schedule a masked, socially distanced, outdoor visit during this time.
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