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
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  Request prayers by email from our Prayer Chain at this link. Join us for fellowship via Zoom at this link.
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Sarah Large 05/10
Evelyn Burke-Cohen 05/12
Christine Large 05/13
Logan Lemay 05/15

- For Stephen Kane, Norma's grandson, in the Navy & stationed in Japan is readying to leave port for an unnamed destination.
- For our sexton, Dennis Broussard as he recovers from surgery and recuperates over the coming weeks.
- For another Stephen, that his legal matters be resolved favorably on May 5.
- For Peter Spaulding being treated for pancreatic cancer. His wife Beth has been singing with our choir for the past few months.

- Continuing to celebrate Audra Gilson and Al Martin who have announced their engagement!
- For Al Sidney,
- For Arline Little,
- For Bill Broadrick who is undergoing chemo,
- For Ken Gallager's mom Ann,
- For Larry Haynes,
- 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;
- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia struggling with both malaria and COVID.
- For Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua.
- 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.

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 Jill Savage 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.

This Sunday, May 9th, we will hear scripture from
John 15:9-17 by Erin Fogel. 

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


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

May 16 - Not One Was Lost - John 17:6-19
May 23 - Pentecost - Acts 2:1-21 and Heritage Sunday
May 30 - Trinity Sunday - Isaiah 6:1-8
June 6 - Graduation Sunday- Genesis 3:8-15
June 13 - Children's Sunday- Mark 4:26-34

June 20 - Father's Day- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

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.

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Good morning, Beloved,

This Sunday is Mother's Day. For some, this is a joyous occasion when adult children call, visit, send flowers or a card. For others, Mother's Day is complicated. It is important as a Christian community that we understand that lives are different and varied and we are called to love and support one another through those differences, especially when they're painful. Below you will find a prayer for some of the experiences of motherhood (or not) for which there is no Hallmark card. Please join me in this prayer 
for Mother's Day, originally written by Amy Young, adapted by Heidi Carrington Heath

"I want you to know I'm praying for you if you are like Tamar, struggling with infertility, or a miscarriage.

I want you to know that I'm praying for you if you are like Rachel, counting the women among your family and friends who year by year and month by month get pregnant, while you wait.

I want you to know I'm praying for you if you are like Naomi, and have known the bitter sting of a child's death.

I want you to know I am praying for you if you are like Joseph and Benjamin, and your Mom has died.

I want you to know that I am praying for you if your relationship with your Mom was marked by trauma, abuse, or abandonment, or she just couldn't parent you the way you needed.

I want you to know I am praying for you if you've been like Moses' mother and put a child up for adoption, trusting another family to love your child into adulthood.

I want you to know I am praying for you if you've been like Pharaoh's daughter, called to love children who are not yours by birth (and thus the mother who brought that child into your life, even if it is complicated).

I want you to know I am praying for you if you, like many, are watching (or have watched) your mother age, and disappear into the long goodbye of dementia.

I want you to know that I am praying for you if you, like Mary, are pregnant for the very first time and waiting breathlessly for the miracle of your first child.

I want you to know that I am praying for you if your children have turned away from you, painfully closing the door on relationship, leaving you holding your broken heart in your hands. And like Hagar, now you are mothering alone.

I want you to know that I am praying for you if motherhood is your greatest joy and toughest struggle all rolled into one.

I want you to know that I am praying for you if you are watching your child battle substance abuse, a public legal situation, mental illness, or another situation which you can merely watch unfold.

I want you to know that I am praying for you if you like so many women before you do not wish to be a mother, are not married, or in so many other ways do not fit into societal norms.

I want you to know that I am praying for you if you see yourself reflected in all, or none of these stories.

This mother's day, wherever and whoever you are, we walk with you. You are loved. You are seen. You are worthy.

And may you know the deep love without end of our big, wild, beautiful God who is the very best example of a parent that we know. Amen."

In God's parenting love, 
Pastor Cheryl

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen

Wesley Plant Sale May 15th! 7:00 am - 1:00 pm (socially distant and masked).  You are invited to contact Theresa Beldin to volunteer to staff the sale, or to volunteer pop-up tents and wagons for use on the day. The Scouts will hold their yard sale and are looking for donations. You can contact Ben Venator to donate things to them.  See you at the Plant Sale!!

Mothers, Daughters and Friends 
On behalf of the Granite District UMW Board, we wish to thank 22 members who attended May 1 Spring meeting via Zoom. There are 13 UMW units in the Granite District(NH) so this is a small representation. I would be joyful to see more members and guests from Wesley attend our fall meeting. I'm sharing the following videos from our program:

Celebrating United Methodist Women: Tell me about UMW,  Mothering GOD hymn sung by Wesley UMC Concord Choir,  In Remembrance of ME   Blessings with Wesley Electric Praise Band 

A sunny spring morning was enjoyable 
time for sharing poems and stories about
Mothers, Daughters, Friends; making paper Hybrid flower'
and ending with an inspiring communion service.

"There is no velvet so soft as a mother's lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps." by Archibald Thompson.

 "As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure
it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine life without her."  by Kristin Hannah.

" Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." by Eleanor Roosevelt.

" Grandmothers always have time to talk and make you feel special." by Catherine Pulsifer.

"Only an aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister and share love like a friend."  Unknown

With God's blessing to wishing you a Happy Mother's!

Nancy Fransen, President
Granite District United Methodist Women.

Thank you Wesley - Pastor Cheryl received a handwritten note from CCEH thanking Wesley for our sponsorship and support: “Thank you Cheryl and everyone at Wesley United Methodist Church for all your support.” Last week Wesley did a great job fulfilling the needs of CCEH. With your help, Wesley donated 10 cases of water and 8 cans of bug spray.

Coffee and Tarps - This week, our friends need coffee, creamer, sugar, hot cups (no lids needed), stirrers and napkins. Our yellow bin is still open and ready for donations. 

If anyone has some tarps in your basement or garage, CCEH could really use them. As you know it has been a rather rainy two weeks and the shelter is no longer open for clients as of April 1st.

Other ongoing needs - Gift Cards for coffee shops, bug spray, ponchos

Talent Show - We hope some of you saw the CCEH Talent Show that WUMC helped to sponsor last Saturday night on Channel 22. It was amazing to see all the talent that is out there. We are so blessed that people are willing to share their gifts with us.
Bless you again for all that you do to show Christ’s love.

Thank-you to those who recently made a donation toward Wesley’s support of Family Promise! Wesley members and friends will again have the opportunity to provide meals for parents and children who are experiencing homelessness. For the year 2021, we have committed to four weeks in the summer beginning on the following Sundays: June 27th, July 4th, July 18th, and August 22nd. Cash donations to buy gift cards are needed and/or prepared meals and groceries. The families will continue to stay in the parsonage of the Congregational Church of Henniker at least until September. Thank you for your support! For more information contact Ruth Engel.

The students from Second Start Alternative High School will be coming to Wesley to do some yard work on May 19th. Contact Kathy Hamilton to volunteer to help or to provide water and snacks to our volunteers. They'd love to express their thanks if you would like to come by.

Spiritual Formation
and Education
Monday Morning Quarterback Bible Study

Weekly questions from Pastor Cheryl to continue studying scripture 
from the worship service at home.

John 15:9-17

1. Like a parent, God demonstrates unconditional love and encourages us to share that love. Think of a time when someone expressed unconditional love to you.
2. Jesus says that he shares this description of loving each other so that God's joy will be in us and that our joy may be complete. Depictions of love are often joyful. Think about some unusual ways that love is expressed and how God's joy can be found in those situations.

3. Near the end of the passage Jesus reminds us that he has appointed us to go and bear fruit. What relationship do the examples that you have imagined in answer to numbers one and two above bear to bearing fruit?
Adult Sunday School Studies 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!  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 on Zoom at this link
Meeting ID: 726 9853 8230  Passcode: Sunday
Youth Zoom at 1:00 pm each Sunday at this link
Meeting ID: 736 0199 3984 - Passcode: Youth

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. 

The choir will continue to sing Anthems and hold rehearsals through mid-May and everyone is welcome to join us as we continue to record hymns throughout the summer!
Living Our Best Lives

Herbed Butter is a wonderful way to get more uses out of your fresh herbs. Herbed butter lasts in the freezer for a couple of months.  Check out these recipes.

This Week's Prayer and Scripture

John 15:9-17

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

Responsive Prayer

 It is a joy to live the commandments of love.
A source of freedom from what deadens and destroys!

Through these teachings, we are born again.
Our spirits are nourished and our communities come alive.

What a gift, the love of God!
Abundant and unending.

In the knowledge of this power, let all come and abide.


(c) enfleshed

Concern for Palestine

A Cry For Hope
This four-part series introduces New Hampshire congregations to the work and witness of the United Church of Christ’s Palestine Israel Network—which encourages the Church to take bold and nonviolent action in support of Palestinian and Israeli partners and activists seeking a just peace. Friends from UCC congregations and other New Hampshire faith communities are most welcome. First part is May 6, then following on May 13, 20 and 27 at 7pm.

Gaza Strip hit by missiles
Because the US media ignores what is happening to the Palestinians at the hands of the Israelis, the United Methodist Kairos Response organization puts out a bi-weekly bulletin on the internet.  The below paragraphs are taken from the latest bulletin.  The Gaza Strip is a narrow strip of land which Israel blockades on land and sea, totally controlling the Palestinian residents' acess to the rest of Israel/Palestine and the world.
The harassment in the West Bank by Israeli "settlers" is daily and often deadly.

Gaza Strip hit by missiles while settlers wreak havoc on West Bank lives 
During this Ramadan, Gazans are not just coping with a surging pandemic.  On April 15 and again on April 16 Israeli F16s hit several sites in the Gaza Strip, which Israel called a response  to the firing of 2 rockets that landed in an empty field. The Associated Press said this broke weeks of “relative cross-border calm,” ignoring the live ammunition fired by soldiers at Gazan farmers on April 7 and April 13, and Israel’s incursion into Gaza’s central district with 5 armored bulldozers on April 11 to destroy crops.   Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that the IDF has prepared a plan to attack hundreds of targets in Gaza simultaneously.  In the West Bank settlers burned down at least 50 olive trees in Beit Fajjar, ran over and killed a 73-year old Palestinian woman in Hebron, and attacked the Palestinian mayor of Sebastia while he was trying to prevent  them from beating and abducting a child.  They also beat Rabbis for Human Rights activist Arik Ascherman as he attempted to stop outpost livestock from grazing on land belonging to the village Deir Jarir.   On April 13, Jonathan Pollard, who had served 30 years in prison for selling US military secrets to Israel, joined busloads of settlers who barged their way into Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, accompanied by the army.  
- Submitted by, Gail Page

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Who is eligible to get the vaccine right now?

Any person aged 16 and older, regardless of residency, is eligible to sign up to receive a coronavirus vaccine in New Hampshire through the state’s registration system. This includes out-of-state college students and second home owners. 

Here is where where we stand:

Vaccination overview
From Our World in Data · Last updated: 2 days ago
New Hampshire
Doses given Fully vaccinated % of population fully vaccinated

United States
Doses given Fully vaccinated % of population fully vaccinated

Be there with UMCOR Neighbors helping neighbors 

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is now open

We are so excited to resume in-person overnight camp this summer and inspired to make it our best season yet. More than ever, young people need opportunities to reflect, connect, experience radical acceptance, and explore how they might find peace and meaning through faith. While some things will be a bit different, the heart of Wanakee has always been rooted in time spent outdoors in small groups. That heart remains unchanged in 2021.

                               For Dates and Rates   Register here.     

Save the Date - May 22, 2021 - 10 am - 12 pm
Resource Day with Leonard Sweet 
"Deep and Wide" hosted by the Granite District, Clergy and Laity are encouraged to join in this online session. Details and registration link HERE

There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.” What will it take to free those rivers of baptismal water again to become founts of blessing and renaissance for your church? The signs of God’s stirrings are all around us. How can the church read the signs and open its creative floodgates to allow the sluices of heaven to flow freely, and the waters of the Spirit to quench the thirst of this TGIF (Twitter/TikTok-Google-Instagram-Facebook) and Covidian culture?

     For my people have committed two evils:
     They have forsaken Me,
     The fountain of living waters,
     To hew for themselves cisterns,
     Broken cisterns,
     That can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13)

 We will travel together simultaneously deep (local) and wide (global).

Helping Everyone get a Vaccine

The New England Conference Disabilities Committee issued a letter asking church leaders to help ensure that all eligible persons who want a vaccine are able to get one. Read the letter.

Save the date: Pre-Conference Conversations

Members are urged to attend two planned online conversations about the 2021 Annual Conference session. The content for each of the two sessions will be different. One session will focus on issues around disaffiliation; one will focus on the budget and other proposed legislation.
They will be:

  • 7 pm May 25, 2021; topic: disaffiliation 
  • 7 pm May 27, 2021; topic: budget, other legislation

The conversations will be recorded. You will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance and ask questions during the events. Watch this newsletter and the website for further details.

Get the latest information on Annual Conference2021 Annual Conference registration open

The 2021 virtual Annual Conference session will take place June 10-12; Clergy Session will be held June 9. See a tentative schedule.
Registration is open now. Members must register in order to get access to the meeting and get their voting credentials. Registration is free. Registration will remain open until May 31. There will be no opportunity to register after that date or during the session. Click here to register.
Only voting members need to register; all others can watch the session via livestream on the Conference YouTube channel.
Read Bishop Devadhar’s Call to Conference

Equalization Members Needed for Annual Conference

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

Community Offerings
The Red Cross is looking for volunteers! 

Check Out Our Next Virtual Volunteer Fairs
Tuesday, May 4th at 5-6pm OR Wednesday, May 5th at 12-1pm

 Our Volunteer Services team is offering two virtual information sessions for you to learn about urgent volunteer opportunities this season. These sessions are intended for anyone interested in learning more about ways of serving with the Red Cross. 
This event is hosted on Microsoft Teams and a meeting link will be sent following you registering by emailing Erica.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Thank you in advance for helping us find the workforce we need to fulfill our humanitarian mission of alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies.
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. You can also read Pastor Cheryl's occasional blog posts at this link.

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.

Last quarter $33.48 was donated to Wesley through AmazonSmile! 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. As always you are invited to support Wesley directly by mailing your gift to 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or electronically at Concord
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