Pastor Cheryl’s sermon titled, “The True Prosperity Gospel " is based on scripture in Haggai 1:15b-2:9, describing God’s message to the Prophet Haggai of the future glory of the temple. We will explore expressed grief over the former glory and hear the promises that we need not fear because God is present and working. We will imagine together how God is shaking the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land and the nations and what it means when God claims the silver and gold as God’s own, demonstrating real prosperity in love and wisdom and grace and what that means for us in the pews. All are welcome and heartily encouraged to invite others!
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The Future Glory of the Temple
2 In the second year of King Darius, 1 in the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai, saying: 2 Speak now to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, and say, 3 Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it not in your sight as nothing? 4 Yet now take courage, O Zerubbabel, says the Lord; take courage, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; take courage, all you people of the land, says the Lord; work, for I am with you, says the Lord of hosts, 5 according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt. My spirit abides among you; do not fear. 6 For thus says the Lord of hosts: Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land; 7 and I will shake all the nations, so that the treasure of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with splendor, says the Lord of hosts. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts. 9 The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts; and in this place I will give prosperity, says the Lord of hosts.
Monday Morning Quarterback
Bible Study Questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.
Read Haggai 1:15b-2:9
· The prophet Haggai hears God ask, “who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory?” (v3) What feelings arise about your life, your family, this church, our society as you read that?
· God answers with “take courage,” “I am with you,” “Do not fear.” (v4-5) Can you trust in those divine promises? Why or why not?
· God goes on with “I will fill,” “The silver is mine and the gold is mine,” and “I will give prosperity.” (v7-9) What if that means all our human wealth and spiritual gifts, all that we are? How would that transform the world?
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
Advent Opportunities to Invite Friends
There are four Sundays in Advent and four opportunities to gather with your church family and invite friends and neighbors to join us for worship and fun.
12/1 will be in the midst of our Christmas Tree sale. You are invited to come to worship, stop by Hanna Hall for a quick bite and buy your Christmas tree (as a church fundraiser), along with a hot beverage (as a youth fundraiser).
12/8 will be our annual crafting extravaganza where you are invited to come to worship, stop by Hanna Hall for a quick bite and help make cards and gifts for our home bound members.
12/15 will be a gift wrapping opportunity for you to come to worship, stop by Hanna Hall for a quick bite and bring those gifts that you would like someone else to wrap or that you would like to wrap while having a fun conversation with others.
12/22 will be a time when you can come to worship, stop by Hanna Hall for a quick bite and then gather with others to go caroling, bringing joy to our home bound members and others.
12/24 is Christmas eve and we will have three services! The Children’s pageant, “Starry Night, Noisy Night” will happen in the sanctuary at 4pm followed by our main service at 7pm that begins with a half hour musical prelude and includes carols, prayers, scripture and sermon and finally a Midnight service of lessons, carols, communion and candlelight that begins at 11:30 pm.
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.
CHRISTMAS TREE SALE FUNDRAISER
The finance committee will be selling trees Sat. Nov. 30 and Sun. Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please plan on buying your Christmas Tree here to help us raise funds for the coming year.! Volunteers to sell are needed-if you are interested please sign up in the narthex.
SCOUT FOOD INGATHERING THIS SATURDAY-NOV. 9
The Scouts will be collecting food at Wesley Church this Saturday until 11 a.m. for their annual "Scouting for Food" program. You are welcome to bring food items to the church (items may not be in glass or have an expired date) where the Cub Scouts will count the food items, load them into a vehicle, and bring them up to the Concord National Guard Armory where Boy Scout Troop 86 will be awaiting their (and other area Packs and Troops) food donation drop-offs to sort and box them up for local food pantries and food banks. Thank you!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
, Kelly: email@example.com
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 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Scoutmaster of the Troop: Keith Hagemeyer at email@example.com
or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Fall Craft Fair
November 9, 2019 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. Paul’s UMC - 335 Smyth Rd., Manchester, NH 03104
Mystery Play & Dinner - “The Mild, Mild West”
November 15th - 6:00 pm
November 16th - 12:00 Noon and 5:00 pm
Bow Mills UMC - 505 South Street Bow Mills, NH
Proceeds from the performances support the Wanakee Campership Fund
November 23rd - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
First UMC - 18 Wesley Way Gilford, NH
Gift baskets, baked goods, silent auction, gift emporium and more.
Vendor applications: email@example.com or call 524-3289.
United Methodist Foundation of New England Presents:
Clergy and Spouse - Pre-retirement Seminar
December 4, 2019 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
New England Conference Office - 411 Merrimack St., Methuen, MA 01844
MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
Granite State Ringers Present “Traditions”
December 7th - 3:00 pm
St. Paul’s UMC - 335 Smyth Rd. Manchester, NH
Tickets: $10 Adult, $3 kids, $25 Family
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
Blue Christmas Meditation and Healing Service
December 18th - 7:00 pm
First UMC - 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH
This service is for anyone, but especially those who have experienced the loss of a loved one and find that Christmas is a difficult holiday because of that loss.