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We strive to quiet the conflict among all people by creating a compelling environment that fosters spirituality, community engagement, and social justice.

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 Persons of all races, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations are welcomed as full participants in the life and mission of this congregation.

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 Sunday 11/24/19
  8:30 a.m.  Communion Service, Chapel
  9:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School, Parlor
  9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library 
 10:00 a.m.  Prayer Messengers, Chapel
 10:20 a.m.  Praise Music, Sanctuary
 10:30 a.m.  Worship Service, Sanctuary
 11:30 a.m.   Consecration Luncheon, HH
  Sunday School and Childcare are offered at 10:30 a.m. service. 
Friday 11/29/19
   8:00 a.m.  Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester St.
Sunday 12/1/19
   8:30 a.m.  Chapel Service, Chapel
   9:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School, Parlor
   9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library
  10:00 a.m. Prayer Messengers, Chapel
  10:20 a.m. Praise Music, Sanctuary
  10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Sanctuary
    Sunday School and Childcare are available at 10:30 a.m. service. 

Please note the office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please have any information for the bulletin or eWeekly into the office by Tuesday morning. Thank you!

Mary Ann and Bob Wolfe

Joan Beldin


Claudette Galbraith
Sara Lutz-Blackburn
Penelope Schulte
Gwen Gulinello

If we missed your birthday, please let the office know so we can update our records.  Thank you! 

Concerns: Fitz-a 4 year old at Boston's Children hospital recovering from RSV, Claudette's friend Jeff having medical procedures, Evelynne recovering from partial mastectomy

 Erle Huntington is looking for more 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 whichever time works best for you. All are invited to lift your voice and sing to the Lord! No experience is necessary. Any questions? You can email our Choir Director, Ben Greene, at

Please join the Household of Faith Dancers, led by Renee Doucette, in the parlor on Thursdays from 4-5 pm. No dance experience required!

Nancy Fransen volunteered to manage our Sunday (second worship service) "Greeters." If you would like to greet Nancy can be reached via cell phone #  603 224 7635.   Text is acceptable, too.

New members are needed for the altar guild.  If you can volunteer a few hours a month to keeping our sanctuary ready for worship, please contact Joan Beldin 715-8888.


The Pictorial Directory is ready for distribution. To receive an emailed copy simply get in touch with Marybeth at the Church Office and she will send one out to you as an attachment. If you are unable to print it, Marybeth can print it for you for $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, at                                                   

                                                                                                                                       Did you know you now have the option of online giving to Wesley?Through this secure web page you may donate using debit, credit or PayPal.


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."

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 to view services at any time, go to

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 at 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. 

If you are in search of a lost item, please check the basket in the coat room or contact the office.

Concord Hospital is unable to provide the church with names of Wesley UMC patients.  If you or a relative would like a pastoral visit at the hospital, please contact the church office at 603-224-7413 or
Pastor Cheryl’s sermon titled, “Firstfruits" is based on scripture in Colossians 1:11-20, describing Christ as the firstborn of all creation in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. We will explore our giving as a response to God’s incredible gift of creation. Members will be invited to come and lay their pledge cards on the altar in a celebration of all God is doing through us at Wesley. All are invited to a lunch following worship continuing the celebration.

Colossians 1: 11-20

11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled[a] you[b] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.[c]

  The Supremacy of Christ

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in[d] him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in[e] him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.


Bible Study Questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.

Read Colossians 1:11-20

·      Notice how Christ is described as the firstborn (v15) that God has given us. We are called to give firstfruits, our best prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. How would you characterize the firstfruits you give to God?

·      We are to “share in the inheritance” (v12) How can we keep from taking our godly inheritance for granted? How can we demonstrate our gratitude for what we are given?

·      Read Malachi 3:10. Consider how God calls us to tithe and then pours down blessings from heaven. Think about this in concert with the boy in John 6:9 who models sacrificial giving of his loaves and fish that is then matched with giving by those throughout the crowd. Read and reflect on Romans 11:16.

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’re planning fun events each Sunday of Advent following worship. If you’d like to contribute to the holiday goodies by sharing your grandma’s best cookies or need an opportunity to try out that great new idea on Pinterest, let Pastor Cheryl know or sign up at this link. 
Join us each Sunday in Advent for worship and fun.

11/30-12/1 from 12-6pm for our Christmas Tree Sale;

12/8 at 11:30 for Advent Crafts and Cardmaking;
12/15 at 11:30 for a Holiday Wrapping Party; and
12/22 at 11:30 for Caroling.
12/24 Christmas Eve: Children’s pageant at 4pm; Main service at 7pm; Carols, communion and candlelight at 11pm.


Join us this Sunday for worship at 8:30 or 10:30 and then at 11:30 for a delightful meal prepared by our youth. If you’ve prepared a pledge card, please bring it and there will be an opportunity to lay it on the altar to be blessed to God’s work. We’ll also be handing out extra cards in the Narthex (entryway) where you can indicate your pledge or write the intangible gifts of your time and talents that are also blessed and for which we are so grateful.
Pastor Cheryl


The Finance Committee is spearheading a new fundraiser for the church offering Christmas trees on Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st from 12-6pm each day. We need your help! Please volunteer by signing up in the Narthex or speaking with Claudette Galbraith or Theresa Beldin. Trees are $30 or $20 for tabletop size. The Youth Group will also be offering hot cocoa, cider and cookies to raise funds for their Kentucky Mission Trip. Please tell your friends, family and neighbors to buy their tree here to help support Wesley’s Mission and Ministry!

Greater Concord Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service

 will be held this Sunday, November 24th at 5:30pm at Bow Mills United Methodist Church featuring music and readings from diverse religious traditions. Freewill donations will be directed to the community interfaith organization: New Hampshire Interfaith Power and Light, for work on climate change issues from a faith perspective.

Bishop's Giving Challenge

Churches throughout the conference are finding it difficult to pay mission shares resulting in our inability as a Conference to meet our obligation to the World Service Fund for mission throughout the world. Bishop Devadhar, DS Kang and Pastor Cheryl invite you to help make up this shortfall by making a one-time gift of $180 (or more) through a check payable to Wesley and by designating it for Mission Shares.


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! 

For those participating in this year’s Christmas pageant, “Starry Night, Noisy Night”, please check out this link for practice! It’s got all of our songs and narration for you to practice with and listen to at home! Also, please see Ms. Christina if you are going to be part of the pageant and you have not yet received your script!


SPRC has crafted and approved a draft of Wesley's Childcare Policy. The purpose of having this policy at Wesley is to provide safe, caring, God-centered childcare with written guidelines for our church.The next step will be for the Administrative board to review then approve/revise it  so it can be implemented. You may view our draft of this policy by clicking on this link.


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!


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. Order deadline is Dec. 1. Thank you!

 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


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 or the Scoutmaster of the Troop: Keith Hagemeyer at  or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy at 

Holiday Fair
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: 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
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.

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