THIS WEEK AT WESLEY
This Week’s Calendar
Tomorrow! 11:45 am Safe Sanctuaries Training, Hanna Hall
Monday: 1:00 pm UMW Board Meeting, Chapel
7:00 pm Fundraising Team, Library
Tuesday: 7:00 pm Eclipsing Empire Bible Study with Pastor Cheryl, Chapel (Chapters X and XI)
Wednesday: 6:30 pm Finance Committee, Chapel
Thursday: 4:00 pm Household of Faith Sacred Dance rehearsal, Chapel
5:45 pm Jubellation Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary
7:15 pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday: 8:00 am Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester Street, Concord
Saturday: 9:00 am Women’s Book Study, Chapel
Sunday: 8:30 am Communion Service, Chapel
9:00 am Adult Sunday School, Parlor
9:00 am Choir rehearsal, Library
10:00 am Prayer Messengers, Chapel
10:20 am Praise Music, Sanctuary
10:30 am Sanctuary Service, Sunday School and Childcare
Click the picture above or this link to access the church calendar, including future meetings and events.
Tomorrow is Scout Sunday! Troop 86 will be on hand to greet us, share a wonderful pancake breakfast and lead worship. Electric Praise will sing a great praise set beginning at 10:20 and more throughout the service. Ken Gallager will play the organ. The choir, directed by Ben Greene will sing Scatter the Sunshine. Christina Catino will share children's worship titled "Let Your Light Shine" based on Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." All are invited following worship to participate in a short training on our revised Safe Sanctuary policy. Invite your friends, family, neighbors and Wesley folks you haven’t seen in a while to participate in worship and our special events throughout the season.
Lenten Sermon Series and Bible Study
Join us at Wesley UMC for a sermon series throughout Lent called Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Lent. We'll be sharing worship and study with our sister church, Bow Mills UMC, and drawing on creative resources designed by renowned worship planner, Marcia McFee. The book we will study by the same title was written by Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. The study will run Tuesday evenings at 7pm from March 3rd through April 7th. Please signup on the sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office and let the office know if you'd like to participate in the study and we'll order the book for you which will be about $10, scholarships available.
All are welcome!
Shrove Tuesday-2/25 Ash Wednesday-2/26 Palm Sunday-4/5 Maundy Thursday-4/9 Good Friday-4/10 Easter Sunrise-4/12
Coffee Cleanup: Cyndy Burke
Counters: Retta Weaver and Myrna Hanna
Jane Broadrick 2/11
Beth Runnells 2/11
JP Temchack 2/14
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK
Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home or in a small group:
Read Matthew 13:1-9
- Who is the sower? Who is the seed? Who is the soil? Are you one of them? Jesus? God?
- What life experiences feel like the birds ate the soil? Which ones feel like rocky ground that ended up scorched by the sun? Which life experiences or attitudes feel like they get choked by weeds? What about the good soil?
- Verse 9 says, “Let anyone with ears listen!” Don’t we all have ears? What is Jesus really saying here? What does it mean to truly listen and what do we hear through this parable?
Rena Jones who passed away this week and her family as they mourn. Joshua Smith of the Alternative High School who died this week by suicide, his family and the students who mourn, Michelle Fransen-Conroy's husband's cousin was in an accident. Kathy's neighbor, Donna Donovan, is having pain issues from Stage 4 ovarian cancer. Jeff and Jill's friend, Nancy, undergoing treatment for cancer. Those fearing coronavirus. The Doucettes ask for prayer for Drew and Brittany of GA as she delivered their first child on Wed, 3 1/2 months early, weighing 2 lbs. 14 oz. Marcia Gray's' sister, Kathy, having her first surgery on 02/04. Marcia Gray's cousin's husband Archie is on hospice. Holly Couture, prayers for Alan Cushing who underwent another surgery on his foot and is undergoing more tests, for Kay Mattozzi who had a 3rd (successful) chemo and radiation in CA, prayers for family, for all families & Kobe Bryant's family since the deadly plane crash, for Doris Rowden who will be having knee surgery on Monday, for Scott Rowden flying in from CA to be with his Mom, Doris, throughout her surgery, and thank you to everyone who bought her and her mother's cookies to help support Australia.
Check out this video of the birth of Wesley UMC, from the merger of Baker Memorial and First Methodist Churches.
Scout Sunday is on February 9
Check Out Scouting!
recognizing and celebrating scouting (both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts) at our Chartered Organization (Wesley UMC). The Pancake breakfast
will be served from 8 am to 10:15 am in Hanna Hall. The food is cooked and served by the Boy Scouts. The cost is $5.00 each or a family is $15.00, and you can pay at the door. Menu: pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, coffee, tea, juice, milk, muffins, pastries, and fruit. Come and join us for a delightful and tasty breakfast!
It's the hundredth anniversary of Methodist Scouting. Click on this article to read more!
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
or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy
Pastor Cheryl was the subject of a phishing scheme this week where emails were sent using her photo and a slightly altered email address to solicit Google Play cards for a fictional cancer victim.
Thank you to so many of you who raised the alarm. This phishing scheme has been reported and Pastor Cheryl has taken appropriate steps to safeguard against future problems. No church data was compromised or affected during this scheme. If you received such an email, please report it as "spam" using your email program to help the email servers identify it and keep it from happening to others. You can always verify requests for money by calling the office or Pastor Cheryl on her cell phone or, as so many of you did, by checking the email address against the correct one listed in the bulletin. Be as wise as serpents!
We mourn the loss of our friend Rena Jones
who passed away this week from complications of dialysis. Her family is traveling to Indiana to bury her. We will offer a memorial service at Wesley UMC upon their return.
We mourn with the students and staff of the Alternative High School
for their student who died by suicide this week. Our Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries, Christina Catino, will be leading our youth in creating a gesture of condolence with input from our liaison to the program, Jane Broadrick.
On March 14th, NHTI will offer an anti-racism training
, from 8-1pm. Sign up here
to attend this valuable training.
Our Administrative Board has approved several new policies. You can access them by clicking on their titles below. You can also find them in the Narthex podium desk or through the church office.
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. The policy has recently been reviewed and updated and all volunteers and staff who work with children are required to take the training to explore the document and renew their understanding of our policy. 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. The next training will be held after worship on Sunday, February 9th and will last between 45 and 90 minutes. Pizza will be available.
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.
Our first Family Promise week is February 23rd to March 1st.
Volunteers please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Ruth Engel
. Note: current and future volunteers are encouraged to attend the Safe Sanctuaries training on February 9th after the 10:30 service.
Keep informed with our new Jumbotron: Please take a moment to notice our monitor with announcements prepared by Deb Venator which used to be near the coffee in the Narthex. It is now located above the bulletin board.
Upcoming Events: We are hoping to have our annual plant sale in May, as well as, a special presence on the lawn for Independence Day again this year. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact the office.
Check out this 50th anniversary booklet that describes Wesley through the years.
Go to this link and then scroll down to the Announcements section.
Click on these links to learn more about the Mission of Peace to China for High School students or the work of the Open Spirit Task Force that is analyzing the various outcomes from recent denominational legislation and plans as they pertain to LGBTQ inclusion.
Did you miss the Christmas pageant this year? Or, would you like to see it again? Visit this link to watch the video of our precious children and this hilarious script!
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! There will be a Safe Sanctuaries training on Sunday Feb. 9th following the 10:30 worship service to train any volunteers who will or currently work with our children and/or youth to get you certified!
Are you interested in chaperoning our Youth Mission Trip to Kentucky this summer at the end of July? Let Miss Christina know and we’ll even get you Safe Sanctuaries trained and ready to go with everyone else who works with our children and/or youth on Sunday Feb. 9th following the 10:30 worship service!
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!
Join the Read That! Book Club on February 20th to discuss Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
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 February monthly support group meeting will be held in the Parlor on Sunday, February 16, 2020 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
Photos from last Sunday's United Methodist Women's Pledge Banquet. Photo credits: Nancy Fransen
Prayer Litany from Sunday's Service
We Were Made For These Times
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are
deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time
of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to
civilized, visionary people.
You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous
against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you,
ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose
hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been
learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.
I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls,
there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are
fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.
Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your
veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your
prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold
together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.
In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the
world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside
your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.
We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who
will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer?
Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to
be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world
that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion
of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will
cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.
What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing.
We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group
who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and
show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up
flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times
like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest
Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm
the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.
There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not
keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.
The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when
you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the
good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I
hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no
doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.
By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the
Check out District and Conference news and events on their regular newsletters.
Campfire Connections with Wanakee
February 9th - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
St. John’s UMC - 28 Cataract Ave., Dover, NH 03820
Please join Wanakee leadership for an evening of camp-style fellowship and worship. The evening begins with pizza at 5 pm, followed by worship based in conversation. Sing your favorite fireside songs, discuss relevant topics of faith and spirituality, and share in communion. All are welcome!
2020 - NH District Leadership Academy
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00 - 3:00
Wesley UMC - 79 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03301
Keynote Speaker - Mark DeYmaz
Pastors and congregational members are invited to join in a day of shared formation, learning, and development. Registration information will be published soon.
NHD - Open Spirit Task Force Info Session
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tilton-Northfield UMC - 400 West Main St., Tilton, NH 03276
The New England Delegation to the 2020 General Conference and the Open Spirit Task Force (OSTF) have been moving forward with their work, and at this gathering facilitators from the OSTF and delegation will share the options that will be presented at the Annual Conference in June 2020 and provide educational materials that will help facilitate congregational conversations about these options.
Resource Day with Leonard Sweet
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wesley UMC - 79 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03301
Messy Church - Children & Adults
February 21st - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
First UMC - 961 Valley St. Manchester, NH
||Can't wait for summer? Neither can we! With programs like You n' Me, Senior High, Creative Arts, Music and Performance (C.A.M.P), Sports and Games, and Wizards of Wanakee, we have camps for all ages and interests. This summer, we are again offering #CountdownToCamp and Multi-Week discounts.
The summer camp program guide will be in your mailbox soon; keep an eye out! In the meantime, you can view our summer schedule on the NEW Wanakee website. In addition,
Online Registration is open.
Wanakee's camper fees operate on a two-tiered "pay what's right for you" plan. Information is available in the forthcoming program guide as well as on our website. We are proud to keep camp affordable for families; a week at Wanakee starts at 50% less than the national average.
You can register online, by phone at (603) 279-7950, or print out and mail the registration form to the address below. We are so excited to see you this summer!
Can you find yourself in this picture?
It's one of the first things people see when they check out our website. If you haven't browsed it recently, check it out at this link and share it with friends.
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.
Need to contact a church member? Here's a link to our most recent directory.
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.
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.
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."
Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal.
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to select Wesley UMC-Concord NH. Detailed instructions are available here.
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.
Please join the Household of Faith Dancers, led by Renee Doucette, in the parlor on Thursdays from 4-5 pm. No dance experience required!
If you would like to help greet our guests at worship some week, please call or text Nancy Fransen at 603-224-7635.
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.
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.