It’s All Saints Sunday! This week, we’ll receive a new member. Pastor Cheryl’s sermon titled, “For All the Saints" is based on scripture in Ephesians 1:11-25, describing Jesus Christ who “fills all in all.” We will explore the glorious nature of Christ and the ways in which our saints exemplify his virtues. We will imagine together how Wesley can share the “gospel of salvation” (v.13) with the Concord community, that they might know they are loved through our care and attention. All are welcome and heartily encouraged to invite others!
Ephesians 1: 1-25
11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance,[a] having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14 this[b] is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[c] toward all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God[d] put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Monday Morning Quarterback
Bible Study Questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.
Read Ephesians 1:11-25
· Today we celebrate All Saints. Who are the saints in your life: people who are holy, virtuous, kind or patient?
· Highlight the words in today’s scripture: consider the words used to describe Christ: immeasurable, glorious, enlightened, above every name that is named; what words would you add to describe the Lord of all?
· How do you live your life differently because you revere “him who fills all in all?” (v.23)
Daily Devotion: Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. ~ John Wesley
We have a lot to celebrate! We recognize that the One who created us and sustains us, Divine Love, is at work in our lives creating community. I am so grateful for Wesley and each of you as we come together to do ministry in Concord and the world as beloved community, supporting one another and offering support to those in our community seeking healing and wholeness. We can do so much more together than we could do separately because we share the gifts of our grease and determination, and, of course, our financial gifts. Our Stewardship campaign is underway, that is, a team has estimated the pledges you might make in the coming year and the Finance Committee has prepared a budget based on those estimates. You have likely
received a letter asking for your support and in the coming weeks will also receive a phone call and an invitation to our Consecration Sunday on November 24th . On that day, you will be invited to complete a pledge card and place it on the altar of love where we will consecrate all of the gifts with a prayer. Following worship, we will share a Thanksgiving meal together as a church family, some of our internal programs which feed our souls, as well as some of our external programs which reach out to the community in Christian love. We pledge our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness to our precious church. Join me in taking a moment to
consider how you will pour those precious elements into Wesley’s work in the coming year.
How will you pray? How often will you be present? What gifts will you contribute to our $340,000 annual budget? How will you serve the church with your volunteer hours? Who will you witness your faith to, in order that they might reach out, seeking grace and mercy?
Join me in stewarding the mission and ministry of Wesley UMC as “we gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing” and as we celebrate together all we are doing in Concord.
We are going to discontinue our Saturday worship service due to low attendance for the time being. We hope that those of you who have enjoyed that service over the past year will join us at one of the two Sunday morning services at 8:30 or 10:30 am. The 8:30 service features communion and Taize hymns each week and the 10:30 service includes our wonderful organist, the Electric Praise band, a Children’s Time and plenty of fellowship.
Also, please save the date for our Christmas eve services on Tuesday, December 24th . We will have a Children’s Pageant at 4:00 pm, a lovely Christmas eve service beginning with a half hour prelude at 7:00 pm, continuing with scripture, hymns and sermon and concluding with singing Silent Night by candlelight, as well as a Candlelight Lessons and Carols service with Holy Communion at 11:30 pm.
Wesley women are invited to UMW’s November Thank Offering program and soup luncheon on Monday the 4th at 1pm. For more info or to RSVP: Sara Lutz-Blackburn 715-1366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wesley United Methodist Women give thanks to the bakers, buyers, and the receipt of cash donations for Dr. Belinda Forbes mission. The success of our results add up to $330.50 which will benefit Belinda's dental ministry in Nicaragua.
From the children and youth ministries: The Youth mission trip choices have been released and planning is getting under way! Can you help? Please keep your eyes open for our various fundraising opportunities this year such as our leaf raking project happening NOW! Get those leaves cleaned up before snowfall AND help our eager and excited youth! We will also be placing a donation box in the narthex for people donate to our youth program whether it be for our mission trip or any of the other community building we do! Any help is greatly appreciated! Big things are coming from our children and youth! Contact Christina Catino Museique06@gmail.com with any questions!
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT NEWS!
Christmas pageant planning and preparation is underway! We will be doing “Starry Night, Noisy Night” this year and it is sure to be a noisy fun time! We will be working on it a bit in Sunday School, Miss Christina will e-mail and post a link to the pageant for home practice, as well as hold a few “full” rehearsals! Is there a way you can help with your talents? Acting, snacks, costuming, scene/prop. work, chaperoning, music, etc.? Let Miss Christina know at Museique06@gmail.com!
As Fall cleaning is in progress, please keep our nursery in mind! We could really use a replenishment of board books and toys and games that are gently used and no longer needed for our youngest church goers! You can drop them off any time either at the main office or Miss Christina’s office at the back of the church by the music room!
Youth Raking Fundraiser
The Wesley youth will be raking leaves as a fundraiser for the upcoming 2020 mission trip. They will begin on Saturday, October 19th and continue as weather permits. There is no fee, but all donations are welcome! If you are interested in participating, please contact Paul Dustin or Kelly Fullerton to coordinate dates. Thank you for supporting the Wesley youth! Paul: email@example.com
, Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our dear friend and member of Wesley Church, Clarence Ashlin, is going through rehab at Presidential Oaks. He would love cards and visits from his Wesley friends! The address is Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH, 03301. Thank you!
POINSETTIA ORDERING TIME!
This year we will be ordering poinsettias via sign up sheet in the narthex. The choices will be red, white, and marble with a cost of $15 each. Payment may be made to the office (checks may be made out to WUMC with "poinsettia" in the memo line) along with the dedication of your choice for the Christmas bulletin. Thank you!
Wesley’s Read That! Book Club is moving to Thursdays!
Come discuss Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, a true tale of the 1925 exploration of the Amazon, on Thursday, November 21 at 7pm. New readers are welcome.
Check Out Scouting!
Cub Scout Pack 86 meets in Hanna Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and is for children 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 at email@example.com
or the Scoutmaster of the Troop: Keith Hagemeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy at email@example.com
Open Spirit Task Force plans town hall meeting
The Open Spirit Task Force is planning a town hall meeting (open to all via videoconferencing). The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019; details about how to join will be published when they become available. The OSTF also offered updates on the progress of its five work teams.
Volunteers needed for General Conference
Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2020 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 5-15, 2020.
At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: recorders, channel “B” identifiers, and verbatim transcribers/copy editors.Click the link below to find descriptions of these volunteer positions. Travel, double occupancy housing, and food per diem provisions will be provided. Applications are being accepted through Nov. 21, 2019.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN OUR DISTRICT
Snowman Craft Fair
November 2nd - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - POSTER
Bow Mills UMC - 505 South St., Bow, NH 03304
Roast Pork Supper
November 2, 2019 - 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Enfield UMC Fellowship Hall - Route 4, Enfield, NH
$12 adults, $6 ages 5-10, ages 4 and under free.
November 2nd - 8 am - Noon
Contoocook UMC - 28 Maple St., Contoocook, NH
Annual Church Bazaar
November 2nd - 10:00 - 2:00 pm
Groveton UMC - 46 Church St., Groveton, NH 03582
Fudge, baked goods, craft items, fabrics for sale, silver tea, jewelry, and more.
Fall Craft Fair
November 9, 2019 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. Paul’s UMC - 335 Smyth Rd., Manchester, NH 03104
United Methodist Foundation of New England Presents:
Clergy and Spouse - Pre-retirement Seminar
December 4, 2019 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
New England Conf Office - 411 Merrimack St., Methuen, MA 01844
MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
Creative Angels Bazaar and Cookie Walk
December 7th from 9 am - 3 pm
Includes jewelry, Christmas revisited, and a variety of cookies.
Contoocook UMC - 28 Maple St., Contoocook, NH
Generations of Hope - Suicide Prevention Conference
Mission Trip to Costa Rica Jungle
January 4-20, 2020
January 4-13 / January 10-20
Cost is $1500 - Includes air fare, food, local transport.
Work includes repairing one church and building another working with an indigenous Indian tribe. Accommodations will be camp style. We will be staying in the existing church and preparing our own food. Age of participation is 14 and up, but please understand this is a physical project and walking to the site is involved for one of the projects.
For more info and to participate please contact:
Timothy Hickey (603) 731-3517 Timberlandranch@aol.com