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THIS WEEK AT WESLEY

Monday: 6:00 pm Fundraising Team, Library
Tuesday: 7:00 pm Passion of Jesus Bible Study, Chapel
(Please read: Chapter 2)
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
  10:00 am Staff meeting, Chapel
Saturday: 9:00 am Women's Book Study, Chapel
Sunday:  8:30 am Communion Service, Chapel
  9:00 am Adult Sunday School, Parlor
  9:15 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
Bishop Devadhar to preach!
 12:00 pm UMW Saint Patrick's Day Lunch, Hanna Hall

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

This week is the Second Sunday of Lent, a time of contrition and preparation for understanding the deep meaning of Jesus' death and resurrection. Our worship during this season is based on Amy-Jill Levine's book Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week. This week we're hearing the story from referring to the Gospel of John 2:13-21. Pastor Cheryl's sermon, entitled, The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger, will encourage us to consider how Jesus' actions in the Temple can be used to challenge notions of hospitality, grace the role of money in contemporary churches, and the problems that happen when churches are places where sinners feel relaxed rather than repentant. Pastor Cheryl will also describe strategies for turning feelings of anger at injustice into action. Electric Praise, directed by Alan Schulte, will sing a lively praise set and provide inspired music throughout the service. Ken Gallager will skillfully play lovely organ music and accompany our hymns. Christina Catino will share a children's message titled, Telling the Story Through a Child's Eyes: The Temple also based on the Bible story.  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.

A special note: Our Bishop will be preaching here at Wesley on March 15th! Be sure to come and share this special visit.

Here's a link to the March 1st service, The Parade: Risking Reputation.

Here's a link to the February 23rd service, Transfiguration

Here's a link to the February 16th service, Reconciliation.


Here's a link to our Scout Sunday worship service on February 9th.

You can also check out our archive of previous services on our YouTube channel.

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 $10, scholarships available.
All are welcome!


Bishop Devadhar to preach - March 15 at 10:30 am at Wesley UMC (UMW St. Pat's Day Lunch)
Palm Sunday - April 5 at 8:30 and 10:30 am at Wesley UMC
Maundy Thursday - April 9 at 7:00 pm at Bow Mills UMC
Good Friday - April 10 at 7:00 pm featuring Electric Praise at Wesley UMC
Holy Saturday - April 11th - 24 hour prayer vigil - sign up for your shift in the Narthex
Easter Sunrise - April 12 at 5:45 at Dimond Hill Farm, 314 Hopkinton Road, Concord

Easter brunch will be available. Easter services will be held at 9am and 11am
SUNDAY MINISTRIES

Greeters: Betty Geers

Liturgist: Laura Fry

Coffee Cleanup: Cyndy Burke

Counters: Sara Cohen and Theresa Beldin

Altar flowers given this week by: Winslow Fund, in memory of Edgar and Emma Winslow


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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
Janette Espineda    03/14

 
 

Monday Morning Quarterback
Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home or in a small group:
Read Psalm 69:8-16, Isaiah 56:6-8 and John 2:13-21

  • When does anger become problematic or sinful?
  • When is it appropriate to disrupt someone else’s comfort because of our anger?
  • How can we turn our anger into actions that do not hurt but help?
  • Imagine a situation that needs to be disturbed with moral conscience. What would I have to risk in order to address this situation?

PRAYER REQUESTS
 For Becky's Dad who died of cancer this week;
Continued prayers for healing for Allison Nyan, a Step Ahead Teacher;
Donna Osborne, for travelers coming home from vacation,
  and for her Daughter, Colleen coming home from a business trip in NY;
Diane Donovan who has stage 4 ovarian cancer

Bishop's Visit
We are honored to be receiving a visit from our New England Conference Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar on March 15th at the 10:30 service. Bishop Devadhar will be preaching and we will celebrate his time with us here in New England prior to his upcoming retirement. He and his wife Prema, as well as District Superintendent Taesung Kang and his wife Mina will dine with us following worship. Join us!

The Bishop will also make himself available for conversation between the first and second service. 
SouperFest 
The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness will be holding Souper Fest on Saturday, March 28 from 4:00 to 7:00. Wesley has volunteered for this event for many years and Norm Lemay will be organizing table bussing again this year. If you are able and interested in helping please email Norm at nlbl@gsinet.net, letting him know which time slot you are able to fill: 3:45 - 5:30 or 5:30 - 7:15.
Other ways you can be involved and help support the
Concord Coalition to End Homelessness 
March 15th  from 5 – 7 PM* Bake 5 dozen cookies or finger food desserts (sign up in narthex)
* Bake 4 loaves of artisan bread or 5 dozen rolls (sign up in narthex)
*Take your family for a fun afternoon at Funfest 2:00 pm
*Come and eat some soup, bread & cookies and join the fun! 4:00 – 6:30 pm
$10 - per person
           $5 - kids 12 & under
(You'll see other Wesley folks volunteering and dining there!)
 St. Patrick's Day Luncheon
Everyone is invited to a corned beef lunch on Sunday, March 15 at noon in Hanna Hall. There will also be carrots cabbage, potatoes, bread, and dessert. Celebrate the day and help raise funds for Judy Daka, our UMW missionary in Africa. Tickets are $10 at the door. See Sara Lutz-Blackburn for reservations.

Open Spirit Task Force
The General Conference will gather in May and will consider where to go as a denomination with respect to our significant differences about LGBTQ inclusion. Many paths have been proposed for consideration by the delegates, ranging from maintaining the status quo to replacing the United Methodist Church with new denominations in accordance with theological perspectives. No one can yet be sure how the 862 delegates will vote in May. In preparation, the Open Spirit Task Force is committed to safeguarding the sacred worth and dignity of all persons in our churches and communities, including those who identify as LGBTQ+ persons. We continue to listen for the Word that God is speaking to us in these challenging times. It is essential that we continue to grow in our understanding of where New England United Methodists find ourselves today and to maintain dialogue with one another: To that end:
• Carol Flavin-Veenstra and Wesley UMC's Jericho team will be coordinating a respectful and purposeful conversation with one another on March 29th following worship.
• A NH District meeting to learn more is being held March 21st from 10-noon at the Tilton-Northfield UMC.
The full text of the letter can be found at this link.


JERICHO Meetings
3/15 11:45 Jericho Meeting, Parlor
3/22 11:45 Jericho Meeting, Chapel
3/29 11:45  FULL CHURCH MEETING: denominational direction on LGBTQ inclusion, Sanctuary


Donate jewelry to support youth programming
The start of a new year is a great time to sort through your old jewelry. ​Our Bishop's wife, ​Prema Devadhar ​is collecting gently used jewelry ​sell at Annual Conference, ​from June 11-13​,​​ ​to benefit youth programming in the New England Conference. ​​Please contact our Wesley UMC "collector" Barbara Ward with jewelry you'd like to donate.
Altar Flowers:The cost is $25, and you will be billed directly by McLeod’s Florist.
Please contact Sara Lutz-Blackburn, 715-1366 if you can help. 

On March 14th, NHTI will offer an anti-racism training, from 8-1pm. Sign up here to attend this valuable training.
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!  

Are you interested in chaperoning our Youth Mission Trip to Kentucky this summer at the end of July? 
 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!
 
A Prayer Vigil will be held for 24 hours on Holy Saturday, April 11 in our chapel. There will be a signup sheet in the Narthex soon for you to choose the hours in which to be present here and pray, contemplating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and its impact on our world today. You may also contact coordinator, Norma Kane to volunteer.
Fifth Sunday Food Collection
For Second Start's Alternative High School students
March 29th
Suggestions: 
Any single service food item is appreciated
No canned goods please

Plant Sale Signup
We'll be holding our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 16th. Our youth will also offer a car wash and the Boy Scouts will offer a yard sale that day. We need YOUR help. Please sign up on the bulletin on the office wall in the Narthex to take a shift helping to sell plants, as a cashier, carrying to patron's cars, setting up or breaking down.
Changing the locksThe Trustees will soon be upgrading and changing the locks on the church doors. If you currently have a key, please contact the church office to say which doors you have access to so that we may be sure you get a new set when they are installed.
 
Mission Shares paid in full!
Wesley United Methodist Church is in good fiscal shape two months into the year following some difficult work last year. We have even paid our Mission Shares to the New England Conference in FULL and these will go a long way to aiding mission and ministry throughout New England and the world. Thank you all for your faithfulness in turning the tide. Now we're ready to grow!

Policies and forms available in Narthex and at these links
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. All volunteers and staff who work with children are required to take training and explore the document. 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.
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.

Grace and peace, beloved.

Jesus tells us, "Fear not little flock, for it is God's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32

I'm writing today to share some news. Step Ahead Preschool will be closing at the end of this academic year in May. They would like to honor their contract with us through June and then may ask if they can continue to pay us, storing items they distribute and dispose of them, perhaps through December.  

Fear not little flock. God is at work here. There are new opportunities even in this. We may be losing a significant source of income, $950 a month, but we are faced with an opportunity to reimagine how we are offering our space to the community. Interestingly, our guest speaker at this weekend's NH District Leadership Academy here at Wesley is speaking on the topic of The Coming Revolution in Church Economics with a special focus on ways to maximize income through church use. We have an opportunity to read Mark DeYmaz's book, attend a Friday night session with him here from 6-8, attend the Leadership Academy and hear his thoughts in the plenary, and in morning and afternoon workshops.

Additionally, back in January the Conference Office of Congregational Development identified Wesley as a vibrant church, ready to grow and has offered to pay the $4000 fee for us to attend workshops this year to develop a team that can identify and manage ways for us to offer our space to the community. The timing is fortuitous. Pastor Cheryl, Treasurer, Dawn Haynes and Endowment Committee member, Terry Large will be participating in this program, in video meetings and in-person sessions in Little Rock and Cincinnati, and bringing back best practices and inspiration to get us started.

Some of us have already been thinking about ways to offer our space out to non-profits and now this conversation can continue in earnest without worrying about the impact it will have on the daycare and their safety standards and licensing requirements. In fact, Pastor Cheryl has already had a substantial inquiry from a potential tenant, even before this news broke. If you have ideas of who we might offer space to or if you'd like to participate in the conversations going forward, please let Pastor Cheryl know.

It is a tender time for Step Ahead and I encourage you to share your good wishes to those parents, children and staff members whose lives are significantly impacted by this closure. I encourage you to greet our friends with gratitude and joy for the time we have shared under the same roof.

I am sharing the news with you today as a leader of the church. I invite you to pray for Wesley's future and for the vision that we will craft about how to live into that future in Christ's love, not out of a sense of fear, but out of a sense of curiosity and delight at what God can do through us!

Christ is alive, and goes before us,
To show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
Our God is making all things new. 

Brian Wren, UMH 383

Blessings,
Pastor Cheryl
Lenten Luncheons, sponsored by the Greater Concord Interfaith Council, will be held on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm throughout Lent, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 211 North Main St. in Concord. The cost will be $7.00 per person per luncheon, with the proceeds going to area nonprofits.  
 
March 5 - New Tools for Addressing the Opioid Crisis
March 12 - Living with Alzheimer's Disease
March 19 - Spiritual Care at Concord Hospital
March 26 - Creative Justice
April 2 - Sharing our Faith with Children & Grandchildren


Benefit Concert Wesley UMC will host a benefit concert on Friday, April 3 at 6:30 pm here for establishing a Free Violin School at our sister church at Haven UMC. Talented musicians will offer their gifts with piano, violin, clarinet and tenor featuring classical, jazz and gospel music. Children are welcome. A freewill donation will assist Haven UMC in establishing a free youth music program.

Check Out Scouting!
Here's a link to our Scout Sunday worship service. 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! 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-ConroyIt's the hundredth anniversary of Methodist Scouting. Click on this article to read more!


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. 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

John 2:13-21

 

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body.

Check out District and Conference news and events on their regular newsletters. 

Want to reconnect with your Wanakee Friends, share a pizza, sing your favorite camp song, join in a campfire conversation and close with communion?   Now is your chance.  The Next Campfire Connection is at St. James United Methodist Church in Merrimack, NH March 15th  from 5 – 7 PM


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. 

OSTF SESSION - REGISTER HERE →

Resource Day with Leonard Sweet
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wesley UMC - 79 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03301



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Neither can we! 
View Wanakee's summer schedule 
Online Registration is open.
You can register online
or by phone at (603) 279-7950

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VISITING
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.
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.
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.            

PICTORIAL DIRECTORY
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."
ELECTRONIC GIVING
Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal.

AMAZON SMILE
Get 0.5% for Wesley. If you shop on Amazon, please consider naming Wesley UMC as your designated Smile charity. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items purchased. Use this link to select Wesley UMC-Concord NH. Detailed instructions are available here.
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. All are invited to lift their voices and sing to the Lord! No experience is necessary. Email Choir Director, Ben Greene for more information.

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!

SUNDAY GREETERS
If you would like to help greet our guests at worship some week, please call or text Nancy Fransen at 603-224-7635.

ALTAR GUILD
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.
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 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. 
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