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Join us with your Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness
  Join us for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. "Chat" with us as we watch the service together offering your PRAYERS and praise. Request prayers by email at Prayer ChainIf you can't watch live on your computer, watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22 (new episodes appear each Tuesday): 
Tuesday        4:30 PM           Wednesday   2:00 PM
Thursday     10:30 AM           Friday            7:00 AM
Sunday          1:30 PM          Monday       10:30 AM
  You can also click here for our virtual welcome clipboard to indicate your PRESENCE and to keep in touch throughout the week or connect with us for the first time as a guest. 
 
  Share your GIFTS with Wesley! Give or tithe to our mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 through this secure link on our website using debit, credit or PayPal or by texting a dollar amount eg. $100 to 855-938-4362! Read more detailed directions at this link
Check out our website at concordwumc.org under the "Go to Serve" link to join us in SERVICE in matters of social justice through our Jericho team breaking down the walls of inequality and division in society and more.
  Join us for virtual fellowship Sundays at 11:30 am where you can connect with others for small talk and WITNESS to your faith and share ways you've reached others with Christ's love during the week.
Here's the link we use every Sunday. 
Zoom Fellowship link. Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Password: Wesley
Phone: +1 929 205 6099   Password: 570260

Pastor Cheryl will be on vacation from 9/7-9/14.
Please contact Rev. Virg Fryer via this email link for any pastoral emergencies or call: 
603-228-0884 (office)
603-496-7328 (cell)

ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS CANCELED for the immediate future. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, summarized God's directives to the people in what he called “Three Simple Rules.” Wesley said that if we could “Do No Harm, Do Good, and Attend to the Ordinances of God (or, more simply, Stay in Love with God)” that we would be following God's plan for our lives.

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. 


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





HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Linda Plunkett 09/09           Robert Hanna 09/10
Thompson Parker 09/11            Sylvia Greene 09/12


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.



Nancy Fransen asks prayers for her neighbor Sam. his young daughters Alexa and Lillian and his wife Virginia who was admitted to Concord Hospital on Saturday with liver failure.
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 Pastor Cheryl for rest and rejuvenation during her vacation
For the wedding of Jake and Megan that Pastor Cheryl will officiate Sunday.
Laura asks prayers for one of her medical assistants, Carmen, who was in the hospital, pregnant with twins, and has an infection, likely to lose the two baby girls, too early to be viable.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers. 
Paula asks prayers for one of her dearest friends of many years, Noreen who was diagnosed in July with an aggressive brain cancer, underwent surgery and radiation and doing chemo 7 days/week. She is divorced, now out of her job on the fuel dock, and unable to drive. If you'd like to support her click on the link in this picture:
 

This Sunday, September 6th, we will share a Pride worship service produced by the ReconcilinMinistries Networof which Wesley UMC is a proud member.



Our staff will be taking a well-deserved week off before Kickoff Sunday next week when you can expect to hear an inspired message from Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen. Ken Gallager is our talented organist, Deborah Venator compiles and produces our video, Terri Forsten will be our liturgist, Christina Catino, our Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries will share a delightful children's message. Ben Greene directs the virtual choir compiling individual video recordings and Alan Schulte directs Electric Praise, compiling their lively music and setting it to video. Laura Fry will record the prayers you type into the chat screen and share them with our Prayer Chain.  CCLI License #2293792


September 13 - Kickoff Sunday with Member Videos and Communion
October 4 - Blessing of the Pets (Send a photo of you and your pet to Deborah at this link) and World Communion Sunday
October 18 - Laity Sunday
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 15 - Christ the King
November 22 - Thanksgiving
November 29 - First Sunday of Advent





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.

 



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

Read Galatians 3:23-28
(which you can read at this link)
This is Paul's admonition to the church at Galatia to understand equality in diversty.
1. "Paul writes, There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus." What dyads (pairs of different types of people) would you use in this phrase to represent today's  society?

2. What is it that Paul is describing that removes the divisions apparent in those characterizations that classify one as better than the other?

3. How do our differences enhance our ability to fully embody the diversity of God's creation?

4. What was most impactful for you from the Love is Resilient worship service? What shocked you? What delighted you?

5. What one thing can you do to welcome our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors?
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 resume Sunday, September 13 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
Pastor's Notes from Committee Meetings and Business
Ben Greene invites EVERYONE to attend Virtual Choir Rehearsals beginning September 10th at 7:15 pm. ALL members 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: Join Zoom Meeting at this link. Or Meeting ID: 862 5507 6232, Passcode: 156253, Phone: +1 929 205 6099
 
  Join me in a special moment of appreciation for Byron Champlin, Adult Sunday School Teacher and Stewardship Committee Chair for his thoughtful insight into scripture and dedication to sustaining the financial support from our generous members sustaining the work of the church. Thank you Byron for all you so capably do! 
Gratefully, Pastor Cheryl
Wesley UMC's Church Conference has been scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 5pm. Please mark your calendars for this important annual meeting.
  A group of committed leaders interested in seeing our church grow and thrive meet each week to develop a mission focus that represents who we are as disciples of Christ in the Concord community, and grow in vitality moving through COVID-19 and into the future reading and discussing the book Liquid Church together. Here are some questions from Pastor Cheryl and some participant responses to keep the conversation going. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Contact Pastor Cheryl to jump in.
Chapter 12 - Launch Points in the River: Suggestions for Leaders
You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. —Acts 1:8

Our leaders met for a final time to discuss the last chapter in our book this past week. We talked about setting goals for the future and there were some inspired suggestions. We plan to meet again on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 7:00pm. If you'd like to join us, please email Pastor Cheryl at this link.
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
  
Hello, wonderful Wesley families! Please take a quick moment to complete the short 5 question survey at this link for us to best serve you in our new Sunday School year while continuing our ministry from home!
 

Mission and Ministry

After our In-Gathering for the Alternative High School Program last week, Jane Broadrick reported that the staff at the AHS were beside themselves with gratitude for the food donated. They are planning to put 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 are 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.


One Planet Peace Forum (OPPF) is pleased to announce the virtual launch of its annual gathering for building a culture of peace online September 25-27. Sponsored by the Abbey of Hope, an interfaith Cooperation Circle of United Religions Initiative (URI), and funded by generous grants from URI and the Maine Humanities Council, One Planet Peace Forum was created as an annual event to offer a universal platform for people of all spiritual and secular expressions to co-create solutions to the most challenging issues facing humanity today. The program, from 3-5:30pm ET Friday, 9/25, Saturday, 9/26, and Sunday, 9/27, will integrate short keynote talks, panels with discussion, contemplative practice, and sacred performance to create a safe place for collaboration by applying universal principles, values, and tools, such as truth telling and unitive justice, to find common ground through interfaith and interdisciplinary dialogue and action. Learn more and register at this link
Hurricane Laura struck as a Category 4 hurricane and is now dropping rain inland in places already damaged by multiple spring and summer storms. On its wide and lengthy projected path through the country toward the Northeast, the storm will continue to cause damage and exacerbate living conditions for many as we all contend with staying safe and healthy during the pandemic.
UMCOR-trained volunteers are already preparing to assist people in their community. Your help is needed to provide the tangible items necessary for relief work including personal protection equipment that our volunteers will need to stay healthy.
Please help.
Your gift, today, to U.S. Disaster Response will enable UMCOR to serve people impacted by the catastrophic wind, rain and fire events of this season. We need your help, today.
Please give at this link
or you can send your check to  to Wesley UMC with a note that it is for UMCOR. 
It's Election Season. If you need help voting, please call the office at 224-7413 and we will help you get the information you need to get registered, get your absentee ballot and get it delivered.


Here is the current Go Fund Me donation page for Family Promise. At the last Host Coordinator Meeting, it was suggested in light of the Covid-19 situation restricting the ability for congregations to rotate shelter for families, some might be interested in helping this way. We are currently are using funds each month for homeless families to stay at the Rock ‘N Birch campground in Henniker. It is $600 per cabin, or $1,200 for our 2 families. This will likely continue through October. These funds are intended to be used for car repairs, registration or other direct family services. If you are interested, please click this GoFundMe link or check out our Facebook page. As always, we can never thank you enough for your help and kindness! Family Promise of Greater Concord


Abbot-Downing Ministry News from Norma Kane
The need for disinfecting wipes, Purell, Kleenex tissues are highlighted – possibly masks all due to Covid-19.  Janet says “We really appreciate your (Wesley’s) willingness to help us out and I think, now more than ever, we can use it.” 

Perhaps early shoppers will be able to avoid empty shelves.  Now is the time to pick up the above items whenever you find them for sale.  Keep them at home until these items can be brought to the church for delivery to Abbot Downing, the elementary school a couple of blocks from our church.  As in the past, our A-D Team still plans to support the teachers, students and staff at Abbot Downing with the assistance of our congregation.  Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.  At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”


The Concord Homeless Resource Center welcomes the donation of items for immediate use. Here are the top needs:
·         Bottles of water (as public water supply is limited and it's getting hot!)
·         Paper "to-go" coffee cups (we distribute coffee in disposable cups outside)
·         $5 Gift Cards to local restaurants or Dunkin' Donuts
·         Bug spray ('tis the season)
·         Gauze, medical tape and large band-aids
Please contact us ahead of time before dropping items off just email office@concordhomeless.org
We know that there are some who need help with this new virtual world, setting up computers and phones to remain in contact with our beloved church community. If you NEED help or if you have the gifts TO help, please let the church office know at 224-7413 and we'll begin matching solutions!
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Galatians 3:23-28

 

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

Hello United Methodist Women of the newly formed Granite District!
We are so excited to share this current Women Who Rock Newsletter with you and to invite you to our Fall Zoom Gathering on October 3, 2020! The Theme is "Women Who Rock" ---- "Rock the Vote!"
We would love for you to join us for a day of celebration, learning, fellowship, and worship! 
How do you join us?  ITS FREE! Just Register!
Email our wonderful Treasurer Mary Jane Anderson at this link 
Tell her: Your Name! Your local unit /church name /or district membership! And Your Email!
And NOW Just open this link to learn more about this day and lots of other UMW news! 
Each week we'll feature a Wesley Mission, describing what it is we're doing to transform the world with God's love.
JERICHO 
Jericho. One word says it all and captures what this diverse group of Wesley members seeks to do, to break down walls that keep so many individuals from experiencing the love of God and Christ’s presence in their lives, from feeling valued, loved, and appreciated as children of God. At Wesley UMC, Jericho has paved the way toward keeping alive Wesley’s long-standing commitment to full inclusion for all LGBTQ+ persons in the United Methodist Church and in society. As a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, Wesley UMC and the members of Jericho feels supported in this important mission and are working to expand the social justice awareness and activism at Wesley.
by Paula Delbonis-Platt
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 volunteer Judy King. 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 converted by Shoshanna Cone, printed by Judy King and mailed by Jill Savage, 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.
Upper Room Magazines Christian Daily Devotional Readings Back image 0Are you missing The Upper Room
Let the church office know and we'll make arrangements for you to pick up or have your copy delivered.
Also, Morning Prayer with The Upper Room via Facebook Live, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. (CT). These guided prayer experiences are archived so you may join us at your convenience if you miss it live.
A PDF File of the July/August issue of The Upper Room is available to our standing order churches. 
Visit our website at this link 
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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