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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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Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness
  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 by clicking this link. You can also watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. 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 which is also provided in the worship video.
Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Passcode: Wesley

Give or tithe to Wesley's mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or visit ConcordWUMC.org/donate through this secure link on our website using debit or credit card. 
Find opportunities to serve our neighbors in need and imagine ways to witness your faith below or on our website ConcordWUMC.org.
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. 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Richard Evans 02/28
Nathaniel Platt 03/07
Noah Chezick 03/08
Peter Engel 03/08
Nick Darling 03/08
Arline M Little 03/10
Corey Engel 03/11
Pat Neal 03/12


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.


- For Dick Kipperman's 19-year-old granddaughter who is going through a rough patch;
- For those dealing with sadness and loneliness due to COVID;
- 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 last Friday and again next month on March 26th at 6:00pm on our YouTube channel;
- For Ken Gallager's mom, Ann, with health issues;
- For Cindy Nix for ongoing health issues;
- For Dick Hart's daughter Caroline, an EMT in Chicago dealing with COVID every day;
- For Larry Haynes and others with cancer diagnoses;
- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia struggling with both malaria and COVID.
- For Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua.
- For our Jericho Team as we do the work of breaking down walls and welcoming those LGBTQ individuals who have felt unwelcome in their homes, churches and society
- For our world governments as they seek to care for the health of their citizens, fairness in commerce, peace with other nations and equality across the potential barriers of economic, religious, racial and physical ability differences;
- 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.


This third Sunday of Lent, March 7th, we will hear scripture from  Matthew 9: 27-33 by Faren Thorson and our theme will be Stories.

This is Communion Sunday. Please have have a small piece of bread or cracker and some juice or water with you during worship, which we will bless and receive together.


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 from Boston University School of Theology.
Judy King and Myrna Evans design our altars


LONGTERM FORECAST

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

March 14 - Lent 4: Different Pictures - Matthew 9:18-26
March 21 - Lent 5: RestorationMatthew 8:18-27

March 28 - Palm Sunday: Holy, Wholly Matthew 9:1-8
April 1 at 7pm Maundy Thursday (Bow Mills UMC YouTube page)
April 2 at 7pm Good Friday on YouTube: Electric Praise Contemporary Service; also details about Greater Concord Interfaith Council traditional service coming soon.
April 4 at 6am and 10:30am Easter Sunrise outdoors at 6:00 am at Dimond Hill Farm and on YouTube with Hallelujah chorus at 10:30am
April 11 - Guest Preacher: Seminary Intern: Jen Savoy - 
Romans 8:26-30
Easter Season - A worship series from Marcia McFee's Worship Design Studio called Dare to Dance Again


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.

CCLI License #2293792

Good morning, Beloved,

I was talking with my brother this week about something called toxic positivity.

It seems like a contradiction in terms, toxic = bad and positivity = good, by definition.

The reality is that it is more nuanced than it seems. Sometimes we can try so hard to put a positive spin on things that we end up hurting the ones we're trying to help. When we fail to listen to someone's pain and simply brush it off with a blithe statement that it will be fine, we are exercising toxic positivity. 

Toxic positivity has been defined as "an overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state that results in the denial, minimalization and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience."


So often we want to "fix things" for those we care about. We just want the hurt to go away. Often, there is no fix and often, that's not what those in pain seek. When we are in pain, unsure and anxious, the most healing thing is to know someone is there, someone cares, someone is listening.

I hope you'll join me in a Lenten exercise of examining our responses to others, ensuring that rather than exercising "toxic positivity" we listen well,
we walk alongside and bear one another's burdens.

Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Visit my blog at this link

Yesterday, our Trustees met for their regular monthly meeting by telephone. It was SO good to hear the precious voices of Kathy Hamilton, Pete Engel, Dan Haines, Joan Tessier, Ray Masters and Bob Lundholm! This is a group that gets things done and has fun doing it.

Among the issues we discussed were the placement of our Church Mutual Insurance Flood Sensor upgrade; the Boiler #2 pressure release valve repair and scheduled inspection for St. Patrick's day; humidifiers and meters placed to improve the atmosphere necessary for the organ to be tuned and repaired; scheduling work for the upgrade of former classrooms to be offered for use by the community; steps to repair the faucets in the custodian's room; the ongoing inventory of church equipment; and the need to file our Annual Report by month's end. The Trustees held their annual Election of Officers: President-Kathy Hamilton, VP-Bob Lundholm, Treasurer-Dawn Haynes, Secretary-Joan Tessier. Other items discussed included the purchase of an FM transmitter for parking lot services proposed for the summer (before we re-enter the building); several small repairs and painting projects at the parsonage as well as the installation of outdoor electrical outlets; the affirmation of the Chapel as primarily worship space v. conference room space; and various sexton projects.

Of note: we plan to REVIEW the CONTENTS of the wooden storage closets in Hanna Hall before reinforcing and repairing them. We will be looking over the costumes and electronic equipment and then giving some away to the Community Players or High School and throwing others away. If you feel strongly about items in these storage areas, please let any of the Trustees named above know or call the church office to convey a message to them.
The CCEH Corner
CCEH CORNER March 7, 2021

The weather certainly has been miserable for the last couple of weeks. It has been a real blessing to many people to have the facilities at the Resource Center. First, thank you for the many donations that we have been receiving. Last week we received 4 Blessing Bags. You have been wonderful in supporting this new Wesley mission!

BLESSING BAGS
Speaking of Blessing Bags, WUMC is making Blessing Bags for our Lenten gift to CCEH. Each bag will be filled with everyday necessities and given to guests at the Resource Center, as needed. We suggest that you fill gallon size resealable plastic storage bags with any of the following INDIVIDUAL/TRAVEL SIZE items for donation:
Shampoo, conditioner, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, body wipes, disposable razor, Chapstick, foot powder, Band-Aids, Q-tips, tissues, toe/had warmers, breakfast bar,  pack of peanut butter crackers. It is not necessary to get each and every one of these items.  Whatever you feel comfortable with will be very much appreciated. It might be nice, if you have younger children, to have them help fill the bag.  They might even include a drawing to make the bag extra special. And in taking an active part, the children will learn to give to those who need our help. Make it a family activity. 

SOUPERFEST
March 20th is the SOUPERFEST date to remember.  This is a major fundraiser for CCEH.  Soups will be made by local eateries and it is take-out only this year because of COVID. You may pre-order here for $5 a bowl. You may pick up your order at White Park, 1 White Street.  So take a night off on the 20th and enjoy a “soup night” catered by leading chefs in Concord. 

SPONSORSHIP
As was mentioned earlier, Wesley is hoping to be a sponsor of SOUPERFEST this year.  The sponsorship levels are Bronze $250, Silver $500, Gold $2,500.  Which one will Wesley be?  Please send your donation for sponsorship to Wesley UMC and indicate on your check that it is for SOUPERFEST .  If you contribute using PayPal, please send an email to the church treasurer indicating the amount and that it is for SOUPERFEST.  This is our first time being a sponsor for this important fundraiser. 

Again, thanks to everyone for your wonderful support of CCEH. 
Plastic Bag Recycling 
Pine Haven Boys Center, Allenstown is participating in the NexTrex plastic film recycling challenge. The center will earn a plastic bench if it can collect a minimum of 500 pounds of soft plastic.

The center is looking for produce bags, store bags, ice bags, zip-locs, bread bags, cereal box liners, newspaper sleeves and bubble wrap. For more information, contact Prudy or call 485-3113.

 



We are doing a little spring cleaning, Please call, 224-7413 
or email Anne at the office if any of these belong to you. 
 

 

Spiritual Formation and Education
  


Monday Morning Quarterback Bible Study

Weekly questions from Pastor Cheryl to continue studying 
Matthew 9:27-33
 from the worship service at home.

1. In verse 28, Jesus asks, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" In this series on healing, we have been exploring different elements of our society, earth and selves in need of healing. 

a. We are at war or too close to the brink of war at any given time with other nations, with family members, with our neighbors, within ourselves. Do you believe Jesus is able to heal this?
b. Climate change is devastating to more people every day. Storms have left people in Texas without power or heat and burning their furniture to stay warm. Do you believe Jesus is able to heal this?

c. COVID has taken so many lives and made so many people ill with long term effects. We miss each other so much. Too many have been impacted with the loss of their jobs or with food insecurity. Do you believe Jesus is able to heal this?

2. The healing power of our faith is not magical. It doesn't happen without our participation. In so many stories, Jesus is astonished at the faith -- the belief of those seeking healing. Why is it important to believe? What are the qualities of our Christian belief? How can we refine, enhance and strengthen our ability to believe in good--that Love will prevail?
Adult Sunday School Starts Study of 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!   
 
On Sunday, March 14, the adult Sunday school class will begin a study of the writings acknowledged by most Bible scholars to be the earliest in the Christian canon: Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians and his letter to the Galatians.  Written to struggling Christian churches in the 50s A.D., these letters offer a glimpse of Christianity as it was evolving only two decades after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and another 20 years before the first Gospel (Mark’s) was written. In fact, it might be argued that these letters of Paul’s, and the thought behind them, helped to shape the perspectives of the Gospels that came later.
 
We hope to see you on March 14!
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 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


"Thank you to everyone who checked out our first "Messy Church" last week! We hope you had fun and enjoyed your delicious treat! We can't wait to do even more with this event in person, when we are safely able! Thank you especially to Ms. Mary Ann, Ms. Veronica, and Ms. Kelly, and Deb Venator for sharing your talents and knowledge with us in such a fun way! We're looking ahead to our second Messy Church, so stay tuned for more information coming soon!"

Thank you!! 
Christi

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Single Parents Support Group

Single Parents Support Group Starting on March 11!
We’re excited to announce a Single Parents Support Group organized by Wesley United Methodist Church meeting on Thursdays at 7:00 PM. Don’t worry about finding a place to park or sitting 6 feet apart or bringing your mask! We’ll be meeting online to be sure that we all stay safe.

         Please join us for a Support Group for Single Parents, organized by Wesley United Methodist Church on Clinton Street in Concord NH. This Group will be held on Zoom on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 beginning on March 11th . This group will initially run for 6 weeks. We will address topics such as stress management and self-care, co-parenting, disciplining with love, and coping with loneliness. The goal of this group is to provide a safe and healthy place to discuss the challenges and joys of single parenting. All are welcome! Although this is a church based group and will include some prayer, we embrace all single parents, regardless of faith background or spiritual beliefs.

If you are interested, please call the Wesley Church office at 603 224-7413 for more information.
Wanakee United Methodist Center
Wanakee, Summer 2021
Wanakee’s year-round staff and volunteers on our Board and Committees are focused on the painstaking work of developing plans for Wanakee to open in 2021. We are hoping to re-open, in-person, for camp this summer.
Staff applications are open. Click here to apply.
Regulations and recommendations remain fluid (new guidelines are expected 3/1), and we are developing contingency plans for a range of possible scenarios. To learn more, please visit our Summer 2021 Frequently Asked Questions, and thank you as always for your support and patience.
Click here for a message from the executive director.
Music Ministry
 Virtual Choir Rehearsals 
All are invited to attend Thursdays at 7:15 pm. We meet via Zoom at this recurring link each week: Meeting ID: 779 7127 5619 Passcode: 9M6QX9
Living Our Best Lives

Composting
It is almost time to start gardening! For those who garden or those who are starting to garden, composting is a fun way to "make your own soil" out of kitchen scraps and lawn clippings. 

All composting requires three basic ingredients:

Browns - This includes materials such as dead leaves, branches, and twigs.
Greens - This includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds. Water - Having the right amount of water, greens, and browns is important for compost development.
Ever thought about composting? Read here  and here

Lasagna Soup
1 lb ground beef, lean or vegetarian crumble
3 cups of beef broth or vegetable broth to make vegetarian
4-5 cloves of garlic minced
1 TB dried parsley
1 TB dried basil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1, 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1, 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 cup V8 or any vegetable drink
2 cups uncooked shell pasta
For more information click here
Please share your favorite recipe with us
This Week's Prayer and Scripture


Matthew 9: 27-33

 

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’ And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, ‘See that no one knows of this.’ But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.


Jesus Heals One Who Was Mute


After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, ‘Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.’

 

 

 Opening Prayer of Confession

Leader: Let us acknowledge our need to restore, repair, renew our Holy Vessels, and that the health of our minds deeply affects our physical and spiritual health.
Let us pray:

Centering and Calming Divine Breath of God, You gifted us with amazing minds, capable of so many things. You gave us the ability to think and feel, imbuing us with discernment of thought and emotion. Like our physical bodies, sometimes this aspect of our selves is beleaguered. We struggle under the strain of disappointment, despair, and delusion. Too often we hide this, afraid of what others might think of our difficulties in managing or moving forward, even in the face of devastating circumstances. Too often we perpetuate the stigma of a less-than-perfect state of mind by shaming ourselves and others. Millennia of misunderstanding compounds our fear. We label and belittle, all the while turning the hatred upon ourselves,
for no one is immune from troubles of the mind at some point. So many are suffering now, God, weary and distraught, grieving and at the end of their rope. We cannot fathom the proportions of loss and so we look away, sometimes even from the need in our own community.

Help us, Healer.
Show us our capacity for compassion.
Forgive our inattention.
Move us to move
one step at a time toward greater care for one another.

In this silence, we sense and acknowledge our yearning for wholeness.

62nd Annual Lenten Luncheon Series

Thursdays from 12:15 pm -1:00 pm on Zoom

March 11 – Rev. Jason Wells, Executive Director, NH Council of Churches

March 18 – Rev. Linda Fraser, Hospice Chaplain at Franklin VNA and Hospice 

March 25 - To Be Announced 

We will open at 12:15 with introductions and prayer. Our speakers will talk for 20-25 minutes. There will be a brief time for questions and comments at the end.

Join Zoom Meeting at this link. Meeting ID: 841 5087 7100 Passcode: 617557 

Admission is free, but donations to these local programs are encouraged and appreciated: 

Friends of Forgotten Children 

Riverbend Community Mental Health 

Or mail a check noting how you want the donation applied to: 

Greater Concord Interfaith Council 

PO Box 362 

Concord, NH 03302-0362 

Questions? Contact Margaret Morrill or Eleanor Kimball  

Zoom link and additional details will be posted on Facebook and the Council’s website


 Mike Ard (Baha'i) and Dori Bongiovanni (Buddhist), President of GCIC are facilitating a biweekly interfaith discussion on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 7:00-8:00pm. You are welcome to bring a prayer or reading from your faith tradition to share. The first 40 minutes will be sharing and the last 20 minutes for questions about each other's traditions and discussion. Join at this recurring Zoom link

A NH Faith-Based Conversation on White Supremacy

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 6:00pm

This event will be held online. Register for this event on Zoom.

See and share this event on Facebook.

Members of the Jewish, Catholic and Protestant faith communities of New Hampshire invite you to a conversation about our faiths and race relations. This online program follows-up to two earlier online conversations on faith and racial inequities in December and January.

The subject of this meeting is the state of white supremacy in New Hampshire.

The guest speaker will be Melissa Kraus, Esq., the Associate Regional Director at ADL New England. In that role, she leads the office’s work on legislative priorities and coalition work, including genocide education in New Hampshire. She also works on ADL New England’s incident response and community programming. Before starting at ADL, Melissa was a judicial law clerk in the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  She received her JD from Boston University School of Law.

After we hear her insights on white supremacy and extremism in NH, we will continue our community conversation about the problem of racism and intolerance in our society.

The panel will be moderated by Peter McBride, Director, Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Keene State College.

Register for this March 18 event on Zoom.

This conversation will continue on Wednesday, April 21 with details to come soon.


Film Screening and discussion on " Selma, A March to Remember".
Please RSVP Here.

Lay Servant Ministries
 Course Planning

The Granite District Lay Servant Ministry team is planning a Basic Course and Advanced Course(s) that will be offered virtually before spring, 2021. 
Read more here.

Apply now for NEAC scholarships

United Methodist adults and recent high school graduates pursuing undergraduate education are invited to apply for a scholarship from the New England Conference for the 2021-22 academic year. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2021. Learn more and get the application forms here.


2021 Annual Conference Session - Online
From the Conference Office...The health of our members and communities remains our priority, and it is uncertain that we will be able to gather safely in June, so we have made the decision to hold the 2021 Annual Conference Session online. While we would like to meet together, we cannot ensure that we will have access to all the services required for an in-person gathering at that time.
 
All clergy and lay members should hold June 10-12 for the online session. Tentatively, clergy session will be June 10 with Ordination/Commissioning on June 12 for the classes of 2020 and 2021 (with a limited number of participants). The service would be livestreamed. 
More information about registration and a detailed schedule will be announced in March.


Equalization Members Needed for Annual Conference

The format of this year’s annual conference (whether in person or virtual) is not yet certain, but what is certain is that the dates are June 10-12, 2021, and we will need some lay people to serve as District Equalization Members.

If you are interested in being an equalization member please contact Phyllis in the District Office to be added to the list for consideration.

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.
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