THIS WEEK AT WESLEY
8:30 am Chapel Communion Service
9:00 am Adult Sunday School
9:00 am Choir Practice
10:00 am Prayer Messengers
10:20 am Praise Music
10:30 am Worship Service
2:30 pm Fireside Chat with Pastor
Sunday School and Childcare are available at 10:30 am service.
1:00 pm UMW Unit Meeting
5:30 pm Transition Team Meeting
7:00 pm Pastor’s Bible Study: Eclipsing Empire: The Journeys of Paul
7:00 pm Endowment Committee Meeting
1:00 pm Trustees
4:00 pm Household of Faith Sacred Dance rehearsal
5:45 pm Jubellation Handbell Rehearsal
7:15 pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
8:00 am Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester St.
Pastor Cheryl’s sermon titled, “Change for the Better: A Promise" is based on scripture in 2 Kings 23:1-3 and 1 Peter 1:13-25, describing the king who honored the covenant with God and all the people following in 2 Kings (reproduced below and found at the link above), as well as Peter's admonition to exemplify holy living showing genuine, mutual love through the living, enduring word of God. as the firstborn of all creation in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. We will explore New Year's Resolutions and how they fit into covenantal relationship and spiritual disciplines which are so important to our Wesleyan faith. This is also Epiphany Sunday so look for the Wise Men in the stable and we will share the Holy Meal of Communion together.
Invite your friends, family, neighbors and Wesley folks you haven’t seen in a while to join us in worship.
January 2020 - A Sermon Series for the New Year - The New Year is a time of resolutions, a time for new beginnings, when we all try to start with a clean slate. While very few of us succeed in all of our resolutions every year, the good news is that those who set New Year’s Resolutions are ten times more likely to actually change their behavior. In January Pastor Cheryl will lead a sermon series called Change for the Better lifting up the ten most common resolutions: Exercise more / Lose weight / Quit smoking / Get organized / Learn a new skill or hobby / Save more money-spend less money / Spend more time with family and friends / Travel more / Read more / Live life to the fullest. We’ll talk about what the Bible says and how to set achievable goals. Come and find support and accountability for keeping your resolutions with others trying to do the same here at Wesley UMC. Resolve to join us Sundays in January at 8:30 or 10:30 to explore the role our faith plays in making such positive changes in our lives. All are welcome!
Greeter: Nancy Fransen
Liturgist: Gail Page
Coffee Cleanup: Gail Page
Heidi Kitchen 1/4
Karen McMahon 1/4
Audra Gilson 1/6
Martha Eilers 1/7
Cody Lemay 1/9
Dennis who is having his second cataract surgery Thursday. Christine Large for persons who are missing: children and adults. Renee for friend's son Josh who was in a serious accident and broke his pelvis. MaryAnn offers gratitude for a family in Barnstead graciously adopting children and an adult immigrant. Pastor Cheryl asks prayers for her Aunt Caroline hospitalized in Tennessee. Kenny, a beloved pet, passed away suddenly last week. Boss, Tricia, returned safely from Washington DC and Georgia where she stayed with family friends and has a home there. Veronica Nugent's friend Dan Fisher for health concerns. Veronica Nugent's friend's father Mario entering hospice.
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK
Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home:
Read 2 Kings 23:1-3 and 1 Peter 1:13-25
- Where do you see a common thread between these two passages about covenant and holy living?
- Notice in 2 Kings where the king reads from the covenant and then makes a covenant and all the people follow. How is a covenant different from a New Year’s Resolution?
- 1 Peter reminds us that as God our Creator is holy, so are we holy. How can we exemplify this holiness born of “faith and hope...set in God” in the coming year?
New Year Devotion:
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
I am no longer my own,
Put me to what you will,
place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing,
put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you
or set aside for you,
Praised for you
or criticized for you.
Let me be full,
let me be empty.
Let me have all things,
let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things
to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven.
You're welcome to take a poinsettia home following worship today, from those which remain unclaimed, before they are disposed of. If you’d like to donate a poinsettia you ordered to someone we visit, please let Jane Broadrick or Judy Attorri know. Thank you.
Toilet paper and laundry detergent for Concord’s Homeless Resource Center.
5th Sunday Thank-you: The students and staff at Second Start’s Alternative High School extend a very heartfelt thank you to all who donated food for our 5th Sunday food collection. For some of the students, the meals they eat at school may be the only hot meal they receive all day. Wesley’s support in helping to keep their food pantry stocked is greatly appreciated.
Soup and Stories
Wesley has scheduled our history sharing night for January 26th after worship. If it snows that day we will hold it on February 16th instead. Come share Heart and History with a Hearty Meal and learn about Wesley’s journey or share your own stories as we delight in our past, revel in our present and dream for the future.
2020 TAIZÉ Spiritual Pilgrimage for Youth and Young Adults with Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
July 24 - August 3, 2020
Registration deadline - January 15, 2020
All youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 are invited to join a life-changing pilgrimage to Taizé, France, a place filled with deep Christian spirituality and broad ecumenism. This week-long experience will be led by Bishop Devadhar. MORE HERE Wesley has received a generous donation to provide scholarship assistance on this trip. Please let us know if you are interested!
Check Out Scouting!
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.
Check out District and Conference news and events.
2 Kings 23:1-3
23Then the king directed that all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem should be gathered to him. 2The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him went all the people of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great; he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. 3The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, keeping his commandments, his decrees, and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. All the people joined in the covenant.
1 Peter 1:13-25
13 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 14Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; 16for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’
A Call to Holy Living
17 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
22 Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For
‘All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord endures for ever.’
That word is the good news that was announced to you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOST & FOUND
If you are in search of a lost item, please check the basket in the coat room or contact the office.
Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal.
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."
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 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.
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.
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