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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Ruth Engel 04/20
Jonathon Schulte 04/21
Charlotte Dinnean 04/23
Caroline Dinnean 04/23
Amber Lemay 04/23
Daniel Landers 04/24


Audra experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms and awaiting test results.
Jim experiencing severe shoulder pain keeping him out of work.

This week, our theme will be Holy Humor Sunday and we will discuss the scripture referencing Doubtin Thomas. Ken Gallager will provide music, Deborah Venator will compile the production, Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen will share scripture, sermon and song, Sharon Gallager is our liturgist, Christina Catino will share an energetic children's message and Lynne Lemay has prepared slides with lyrics and prayers for you to follow along at home. Ben Greene and Alan Schulte have prepared music for the anthem and offertory. Laura Fry will record the prayers you type into the chat screen and share them with Pastor Cheryl and our Prayer Chain.

Participate in next week's service!
Next week we'll share the story of the Walk to Emmaus. Share your photos of you walking for a congregational photo montage by sending your photos to Deborah Venator 

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April 26 - Luke 24:13-35 - Walk to Emmaus - YOUTH SUNDAY!!
May 3 - 1 Peter 2:19-25 - Endurance
May 10 - 1 Peter 2:2-10 - Living Cornerstone
May 17 - Acts 17:22-31 - God does not live in temples made with human hands
May 24 - Luke 24:44-53 - Ascension Day - HERITAGE SUNDAY!!
May 31 - Acts 2:1-21 - Pentecost

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.


Photo credit: Nancy Fransen
Monday Morning Quarterback
Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.

Read John 20:19-31

1. Do all four gospels share the story of Thomas?

2. What valuable theological exclamation did Thomas make?

3. When have you sought proof of God's presence? What proof did you receive?

4. Name a special way that Christ has made himself known in a gathering you've been a part of. Name a way that you have encountered Christ individually.
Join us for worship live on our YouTube channel each Sunday at 10:30am. You can also click here for our virtual welcome clipboard to let us know you joined us to keep in touch throughout the week or connect with us for the first time as a guest.

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.

Check out Pastor Cheryl's daily blog, called Beloved Connection. Comment to stay connected or subscribe to receive it by email each day. 


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.

By popular demand the Adult Sunday School class WILL be meeting on Easter Sunday. Join Byron Champlin for virtual Adult Sunday School at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings on Zoom at this link.  We're studying the Psalms and you can jump in any time. Newcomers welcome!
Meeting ID: 540 560 220  Password: 739500  By phone: +1 646 558 8656

 See our Virtual Children's Time with Miss Christina each week.

Join Sunday School Zoom Sundays from 10:30-11
Meeting ID: 211 945 061   Password: 030905

Join Youth Zoom Sundays from 11:00-11:30
Meeting ID: 306 446 927   Password: 026325

For other children's activities, check out Wanakee's Facebook page where you'll find occasional livestream craft demos and more!

While Wesley UMC is closed, 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. We'd love volunteers to write Easter cards or weekly notes to our homebound members. Find a list of their addresses at this link.

Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal. You can also send a check to Wesley UMC, 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301.

 
Grace and peace, dear one.

We don't know what church and society will look like once this COVID-19 pandemic is over but we can be assured that God will be with us. Talking with my friend Rev. Steve Murray from The Rock Church recently, he mentioned that we do the church a disservice if we think that this crisis has simply pressed the pause button on our ministry, from which we can soon press play and continue along as though nothing had happened. Life will be radically different. Ministry will be different and we must adapt to survive. Other articles I've read have talked about the possibilities that exist in the blank slate that we'll have before us.

I invite you to vision with me what sort of church we want to be going forward. What things might have been winding down that we can let go of? What new things have energy and vision around them? What needs exist in our community that we have the gifts to meet?

This doesn't have to be a time of anxiety, worrying about what's next. It can be a time of wonder, curiosity and excitement about what resurrection brings. Paul writes,

Heirloom Black Krim Tomato Seeds – NDG Botanicals1 Corinthians 15:38 MSG You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don't look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different.

It can also be a time of strengthening our faith, drawing nearer to God and acknowledging our own belovedness. John writes,

1 John 3:1-3 KJV Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Let's trust in God together, knowing that as Christ has been revealed in resurrection, and continues to be revealed each day to us, that marvelous things are ahead for Wesley. Let's wonder aloud and vision together for a future full of Easter hope!

Blessings,Growing Tomatoes: From Planting to Harvest | The Old Farmer's Almanac
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen


Find daily inspiration from Pastor Cheryl at Beloved Connection.
2nd Sunday of Easter Reflection
by Dennis Broussard, former Catholic priest

“So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19-21

Reading from the 2nd Letter of Peter: Chapter 1

Growth in Christian Virtue

1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral-excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you. 12 Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you. 13 I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind.

Eyewitnesses

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”— 18 and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. 20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

Reflection:

A young graduate student in literature was asked, “What authors do you like?” He answered, “I enjoy Steinbeck, Hemingway, Joyce and Orwell and oh yeah, the Bible,” quickly adding, “but only as literature!”

The Bible is indeed literature. We can experience its beauty as literature. For example one of the most poetic lines found in scripture is from Peter’s Second Letter where he writes the moving and beautiful line:

“So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”
 
 Ancient travelers relied on the Morning Star to locate their position. It is the next brightest body in the sky after the sun and the moon. Therefore, it was a guide for travelers so they would not be lost.

Looking up toward the morning star while on an early walk before sunrise, one was enchanted by nature’s special hour. Humanity’s experience of the morning star, over the centuries, has allowed the sight to seep into humanity’s collective unconsciousness.

As a result of experiencing the morning star, it appears in poems, folk legends, Native American Indian Legends, paintings and even Shakespeare’s work. It becomes in art an experience of beauty.

TS Eliot wrote these meaningful words: “We had the experience but missed the meaning. And approach to the meaning restores the experience in a different form.”

In the Gospels the morning star appears in a different form: the morning Star, lining up with Jupiter, is believed by Christians, to be the star of Bethlehem.

The encounter of the Father’s final Revelation to humanity, to us, in the humanity of His Son’s life, death and Resurrection and the outpouring of the Divine Spirit infused into us, sets in motion all of creation now experienced as a direct and intimate revelation of the mystery of the Father. The morning star as a natural phenomena is experienced in the life of faith as a dynamic reminder of the Divine. We are now at a stage of spiritual evolution to be invited to witness the Father's surprising and joyful love in the creation of nature, in the morning star rising just as Jesus glorified the Father encountering the lilies of the field.”

Together though separated from one another in time and space, our solitude can unify us by our sitting with the Scriptures and together discover the One immediately present to us in being and because of the resurrection, now immediately present to us in mind and heart. The meaning of Easter is found in the discovery that God can never be grasped by our mind, but can be loved completely by each of us even as we are in this life.

Next Week; the third Sunday of Easter: the quiet power of the infused gift of Faith.

And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
First Peter 1:3-9
Miss Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries


For the Children:
It would be great fun, if you'd like, for you to send along pictures or videos of your families enjoying Church/Sunday School at home! Remember... You get to see/hear us, but we miss seeing and hearing you!! 😛 A fun way to stay connected, if you'd like! I have also included your Zoom invite for tomorrow morning at 10:30, below! (Would a different time be better?)

I miss you and your families dearly!!

Children's Time Video:

Pre-K lesson ideas:
 Lesson 7

Elementary lesson ideas:
 Lesson 7

Zoom Invite:

Topic: Christina Catino's Zoom Children's Sunday School
Time: This is a recurring meeting Sundays from 10:30-11

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 211 945 061
Password: 030905

For the Youth:

I am here for you in any way you need, including our Zoom meeting on Sundays from 11-11:30! (Link below.)

Please email me at this link for our "Youth Group at Home" series 

Because ASP has made the difficult decision to suspend summer volunteer hosting until August 1, 2020, we will have a Zoom discussion about whether to donate our deposit to the needy people we would have been helping there or as for a refund to use to fund our next Mission Trip.

Be there or be square!

This will be the only time we discuss what to do regarding our mission trip and money involved with it, so if you want a say, please show up or send me an e-mail by Sunday (since I know you might be Zoomed out)! Invite below! 👇

Miss you all dearly!
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Topic: Christina Catino's Zoom Youth Sunday School
Time: This is a recurring meeting Sundays from 11-11:30am

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/306446927?pwd=Z0NFazAyeS9MSEZNczl3cHo2aW1nQT09

Meeting ID: 306 446 927
Password: 026325 

The following people made Easter gifts to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund in lieu of Easter Lilies:
 
 
Faren Thorson - In memory of her grandmother, Exelia Wright
Jeff & Jill Savage - In memory of Roy & Jeanne Savage, Pat Carbiener & Paula Morgan, Kristofer  Klefos
Bill & Jane Broadrick - In honor and thanksgiving for all the people who are serving on the front lines to serve and protect us during this Covid-19 pandemic

Help with Groceries
Nicole Trent has graciously offered to help folks by delivering groceries on the weekend. Contact Nicole at this link.

Holocaust Remembrance Service. Temple Beth Jacob, with Temple Adath Yeshurun and Temple Israel, both of Manchester, will be hosting a service together over Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 947 6504 4621
Password: 385834
One tap mobile +19292056099
Click here to Register for lecture log-in details
 
Zoom Family History Workshop

Have you always wanted to write about your family’s history but didn’t know where to begin? Here’s an opportunity to get motivated in a Zoom workshop with Nancy Fransen as the facilitator.

“Writing your Memories” is a workshop that is designed to be informal and fun through writing, reading, and listening to class participants’ stories.  Formal training in writing skills is not required.  Only you will view your writings.  

The focus will be on recalling previous significant moments through various exercises including “Seasons of One’s Life.”  Seven Topics included in the guide book.  Two topics are “My Life as a Child” and  ”My Values and My Faith Journey.”

(Masks are not required.)

Since we have been using our computers and phones to be in touch with one another; I came up with the idea of facilitating my “Writing Your Memories.” class via “Zoom.”  I only have access to Zoom via my smart phone.  Attending this class will keep us from physical human contact.  

DETAILS:

The workshop will be conducted from my living room.
Zoom class will take place twice a week for One and Half Hours.
Days are Tuesday and Thursday.....or I can change days but Friday is not available.
Total of 6 classes = 3 wks.
Zoom Time is either late morning ( 10 to 11:30am) or afternoon (2 to 3:30pm)
No fee.  I will accept donations to cover mailing cost.
Prior to class, I will send you copy of my guide via postal mail.

Please call, text or email if you are interested in my Zoom workshop.
603-224-7635 (call & text)   Email:  nof42@comcast.net
 I have first-hand knowledge and experience in publishing three books about my family.  Along with conducting several classes at the Wesley United Methodist Church and Granite State College under the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program in Concord, NH, and a one-day workshop at "Rolling Ridge," I have a deep respect for the past and a passion for passing on accumulated wisdom to generations to come.  

"Psalms 78:4b, 6"
A Bible passage that may inspire participants to apply this message to their lives:

"We will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that He has done...that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and rise up and tell them to their children."

This Week's Scripture

John 20:19-31

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Jesus and Thomas

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

The Purpose of This Book

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

As each of us shelters in place to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we cannot help but be impacted by the scale of illness, death, and financial distress all around us. We could even be led to believe that this is a hopeless situation. But, thank God, that is not true!

Together, we can give compassion and care to others in this time of great need.

Since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators, and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of this disease. Now it is clear that the impact of COVID-19 will be far-reaching and demands a greater response.

Even as you shelter in place, you can be there for others.

The new UMCOR COVID-19 Response fund will equip partners in the U.S. and around the world to assist our most vulnerable populations. Grants from this fund will be disbursed quickly and efficiently to address health concerns, food insecurity, water and hygiene limitations, and other pressing needs.

When you say “yes” to supporting the UMCOR COVID-19 Response, you will help bring God’s love to life for those who need it most.

Join the UMCOR COVID-19 Response with your gift today.

Give to the most vulnerable at this link or mail your check noted "UMCOR" to Wesley at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 and we'll combine it with others and send it along.

who don’t have a safety net and need compassion and care as a result of the pandemic.

Visit our website at this link 
VISITING
We have suspended in person visits during this time of contagion. Please contact Pastor Cheryl by phone, email or social media for prayer during this time.
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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: 
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Monday       10:30 AM
Tuesday        4:30 PM
Wednesday   2:00 PM
Thursday     10:30 AM 
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