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  Join us and be present for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. Let us know you've watched by calling 224-7413 or at this linkYou can also watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. New episodes appear each Tuesday at 4:30 pm and reair on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, Thursdays at 10:30 am, Fridays at 7:00 am, Sundays at 1:30 pm, Mondays at 10:30 am.
  Request prayers by email from our Prayer Chain. Join us for Fellowship via Zoom at the link provided in the worship video.  Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Passcode: Wesley
  Find opportunities to serve our neighbors in need and imagine ways to witness your faith below or on our website.
  Give or tithe to Wesley's mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 through this secure link on our website using debit or credit card.
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. 
 
 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Susie Champlin 10/16
Jim Meachen 10/17
Kathie Goodwin 10/18



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.

 

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.


This Sunday, October,11th, we will hear scripture from Philippians 4:1-9, read by Bill Platt where it says'but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.'

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen will lead an exploration of this passage from the letter to the church at Philippi by the Apostle Paul that urges us to rejoice and pray. She will encourage us to examine our own work in the gospel together and our willingness or reticence to pray regularly for those things which distress us, but also for those things that are just, pure, pleasing and commendable. She will lead us in a prayer that we might exercise our praying muscle so that it becomes natural to turn in prayer for the peace which surpasses all understanding.

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.

Judy King designs our altars.
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October 18 - Laity Sunday
October 25 – When You Don’t Get to See the Results – Deuteronomy 34:1-12
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 15 - Christ the King
November 22 - Thanksgiving
November 29 - First Sunday of Advent

 



For Larry Haynes having surgery today, Friday, 10/9, to remove his kidney and for his family: Dawn, Sarah and Caitlin as they support him
For Byron Champlin's family as his cousin Violet has passed away, especially for her daughters, Heather and Kelly
For Ben Greene's friend Brenda whose husband has Alzheimer's and who herself has been diagnosed with Parkinson's necessitating that she give up playing the bassoon
For all who are navigating difficult emotional terrain
For those in helping professions carrying enormous workloads during this time when so much help is needed
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 our world as we live into a new paradigm accelerated by COVID, sometimes uncomfortable, always unfamiliar





Monday Morning Quarterback


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



Read Philippians 4:1-9
(which you can find at this link)
where it says, 'but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.'

1. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! (v. 4) Paul encourages the church at Philippi to Rejoiice! How does Wesley Rejoice? What do we have to rejoice for?

2. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (v. 5-6) Notice that Paul compels us to turn to God in prayer for EVERYTHING. He asks us not to be anxious knowing that the Lord is near. How easy or how hard is it to turn to prayer in all difficulties and remember that the Divine walks beside us?

3. Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. (v.8) In an election year where there is so much contention between candidates and parties and a time when there is so much anxiety about COVID, how easy or how hard do you find it to concentrate on positive things? to be hopeful? to trust in prayer?

Dear Beloved,
  Our Nominations Team is working on our Leadership Slate for the coming year and would be most grateful for your prayers for the leadership and mission of Wesley UMC, including the opening of hearts and minds to possibilities including their own ministry in new and as yet unforseen ways.
  Next week, October 18th is Laity Sunday and you will be hearing about the many wonderful ministries Wesley engages in throughout the Concord Community. I encourage you to watch this worship service with open hearts and imaginations. If you find yourself dreaming about a new ministry, please let us know by calling the office or emailing the pastor. If you find yourself ready to join one of the ministries already in progress, feel free to contact that leader directly or call the office. We welcome you to join us remembering the words of Howard Thurman, "Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
  We will celebrate All Saints Day on November 1st. This is a time when you are welcome to send photographs of the saints in your life to Deborah Venator by Friday, October 30th to share in the Worship Service. All Saints Day is also one of the four times during the year that we remember our baptism and welcome new members. If you would like to discuss becoming a member, please contact Pastor Cheryl.
Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Visit my blog for inspiration at this link.
  Join me in a special moment of appreciation for The Lemay Family: Lynne, who directs our handbells and creates our PowerPoint slides guiding our in-person worship; Norm, who serves on our Ad Board and has been a beloved Mission Trip Chaperone; Ben, who is our co-Lay Leader attending Finance and Ad Board Meetings and Logan, who gathers our Super Seniors for faith and fun for their incredible devotion and tireless work on behalf of our congregation. Thank you Lemayfor all you so capably do! 

Gratefully, Pastor Cheryl
About the business of the church, The Ad Board and others who participated in a 12-week "retreat" by reading Liquid Church together and reflected on it in weekly Zoom meetings, met one last time to present 13 formal goals that had bubbled up through our work. We ranked the goals and will place them in categories of Connection, Mission and Outreach and present them at the next Ad Board meeting for action and implementation.
The Stewardship Team met to design this year's campaign and some wonderful creative ideas were presented. The campaign will begin soon and will culminate on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 22, when we will consecrate our pledges.
Pastor Cheryl serves the Greater Concord Interfaith Council as secretary. Most of our sister interfaith organizations have both a clergy and lay representative to this Council. Would you be interested in serving? Please let Pastor Cheryl know!  
Wesley UMC's Church Conference has been scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 5pm. Please mark your calendars for this important annual meeting.
Choir Director Ben Greene invites EVERYONE to attend Virtual Choir Rehearsals Thursdays at 7:15 pm. ALL 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: Wesley Virtual Choir Zoom Link Meeting ID: 760 1812 7168 Passcode: jWaed4
Click here for the registration form for the New England United Methodist Women Conference on October 24th: 
Reflections on Race
Honoring the Charter for
Racial Justice

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 be 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: 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
Join Zoom Meeting at this link
Meeting ID: 726 9853 8230
Passcode: Sunday

Youth Zoom at 1:00 pm each Sunday
Join Zoom Meeting at this link
Meeting ID: 736 0199 3984
Passcode: Youth

We will have a blast while worshiping together in a fun and innovative way!
(Don't forget to check your email for recurring Zoom invites.) 
Check out our Children's Time YouTube Channel here!


Are there any youth or children who would like to co-host our Children's Time (or contribute in other ways)? Let Ms. Christina know.
"Messy Church" - some AMAZING "messy" ideas are brewing! Keep your eyes and ears opened!
Our Boy Scout Troop 86 is recruiting boys and girls who are interested in joining the Boy Scouts. Contact Dan Dupuis at this email for more information.
Mission and Ministry

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Things to Remember
One stamp will do!  One first class stamp will do the trick ($0.55). Address Change? If you have moved, changed address, changed your name, your registration will need to be updated. Check registration status here. Send forms early! Send in our absentee ballot request as soon as possible. Mail your absentee ballot as soon as possible. The best practice is to make sure you mail your completed absentee ballot 10 days before Election Day  (Oct 23rd). If it is after that time frame, plan to return your completed absentee ballot in-person at your town clerk’s office before Election Day or at your polling location on Election Day until 5pm.
Voting Absentee in person at your local clerk’s office:
If a voter prefers, they are also able to vote absentee in person at their local clerk’s office up to the day before Election Day. They can go to their clerk’s office, request the absentee ballot, fill it out and return it all on one visit. The voter should call ahead to ensure absentee ballots are available and a voter can also request accommodations for a safe visit.
Returning Your Absentee Ballot:
Return your ballot by mail up to 14 days prior to the Election. Because your ballot must be received by 5pm on Election Day, if you are within 14 days of Election Day (or after Oct 20th for the general election), you should return your absentee ballot in person or plan to vote in person on Election Day to ensure your ballot is counted.
Return your absentee  ballot in person at your town or city hall. You can take your ballot to your town or city hall during their open hours up until the day before the election. Some towns may have staffed drop boxes. Click here for more information.

Click here for a voting checklist. Join the Poll Worker Waitlist.


Important updates on voting Wards in Concord from Bryron Champlin, City Councilman:

Dear Friends:
I hope this note finds you and your loved ones well and safe.
Election Day is only a few weeks away and changes have been made to some Concord polling places of which you should be aware.  Although you may not live in one of the three affected city wards, I’m sharing this information with you so that you can pass it on to friends or family who do. 
The city has changed the November 3 rd voting locations for residents in three wards— Ward 2, Ward 7 and Ward 9. The Ward 9 change was in place for the primary elections, so if you live in Ward 9 you will vote at the same place you used in September.
Ward 2 voters will cast their ballots at the Barn at Bull Meadow, 63 Bog Road, rather than at West Congregational Church.  The Barn’s owners generously offered the space at no cost to the city.  It meets the space needs required during the COVID-19 pandemic and has ample parking.
Ward 7 voters should go to Abbot Downing School at 152 South Street to cast their ballots, rather than the West Street Ward House.  The space available at Abbot Downing better suits current distancing needs, has plenty of parking and was made available by Concord School District. 
Ward 9 voters will return to the City Wide Community Center at 14 Canterbury Road to vote.  You’ll recall that this polling place was moved from Havenwood Heritage Heights in September to protect the health of residents at the long-term care facility. 
If you’re unsure of in which ward you reside, you can find a city ward map 
here.
You can find information about how to register to vote or obtain an absentee ballot at 
http://www.concordnh.gov/elections.
The right to vote is one of our greatest freedoms. Please make a plan to vote on Tuesday, November 3 rd!

Byron Champlin
City Council, At Large


Riverbend Community Mental Health Riverbend Community Mental Health Center is a private not-for-profit organization that addresses the mental health needs of our community. Riverbend of Concord is accepting food donations for their clients again. Non-perishable, ready to eat meals, salt, pepper, condiments, toiletries and small dish soaps are truly appreciated. For drop-off location and more information, please email Sheryl Putney at Riverbend.


Mourning Into Unity
Nationwide candlelight vigils to mourn over 200,000 people who have died due to Covid -19 hosted by Bedford Presbyterian Church. 
Monday, October 12 & 19, 2020, 6pm. To attend either night go to their Facebook page. For more information on Mourning into Unity, please visit the New Hampshire Council of Churches website.

 Methodist Federation for Social Action has been fighting injustice and fighting for a balance of rights among all people who live on our soil since 1907. With over 100 years of history behind the organization, “ We continue to see the urgency of our work and make broad systemic change. Change that honors the dignity and worth of all people, puts people over money, and honors the earth and all her inhabitants." MFSA addresses issues ranging from the environment, war on poverty (not a war on poor people) and healthcare. MFSA is a nonpolitical organization lead by both Clergy and laypeople, who are not influenced by any person or party. They do however, encourage people to vote and educate themselves on the issues.
You can sign up for a class, a newsletter, find a resource that matches your interests or become a member at their website.                                                            
MFSA is a 100% membership supported organization.

The Abbot-Downing Team will be collecting the school supplies Wesley’s parking lot on Sunday afternoons 10/18 & 10/ 25,  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.                           
Abbot-Downing Wish list:
  
1)  Cloth masks (Notice to all seamstresses), sandwich-size zip lock bags for each student to put their masks in. 
2)  Baby wipes, Disinfecting wipes, Tissues
4)  Pencils, glue sticks, markers, crayons, scissors, sharpies
5)  Starting off with remote classes, there are homeless students who have requested help with purchasing clothes.  Janet Moffett, RN has an emergency fund to help these students and also for other needs.  If you wish to give money for this fund, make a check payable to Wesley UMC for Abbot-Downing Fund
The help from our congregation will continue to support Abbot- Downing School.  Any questions, call 603-856-8014 or email:  Norma Kane, Co Leader.

Gal 1:9 “Let us not be weary in doing good works.”

 

This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Philippians 4:1-9

41Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

Exhortations

2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Call to Worship
by Thom Shuman

God comes! So don't let go of all the reasons to rejoice.

We will sing a song to the One who fills our lives with joy.

God comes! So don't stop lifting your prayers with thanksgiving.

We will sing a song to the One who hears our words and silence.

God comes! So don't stop giving your hearts to God.

We will sing a song to the One who graces us with a peace we cannot begin to understand.
Amen.
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.
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.
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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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