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
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS EVE
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.
CHRISTMAS TREE SALE FUNDRAISER
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 INFORMATION
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!
CHILDCARE POLICY DRAFT
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.