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Wesley UMC’s Vision Statement
We strive to quiet the conflict among all people by creating a compelling environment that fosters spirituality, community engagement, and social justice.
Wesley UMC's Inclusivity Statement
Persons of all races, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations are welcomed as full participants in the life and mission of this congregation.
United Methodist Church's Mission Statement
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Join us with your
Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness
  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 by clicking this link. You can also watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. New episodes appear each Tuesday at 4:30 pm and re-air 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 at this link. Join us for fellowship via Zoom at this link which is also provided in the worship video.
Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Passcode: Wesley

Give or tithe to Wesley's mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or visit ConcordWUMC.org/donate through this secure link on our website using debit or credit card. 
Find opportunities to serve our neighbors in need and imagine ways to witness your faith below or on our website ConcordWUMC.org.
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. 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Sarah Cohen 02/04


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.


- For the efforts to vaccinate our citizens against COVID with joy that the vaccine is available and hope that the difficulties are ironed out;
- For our Trustees as they meet next week;

- For Ken Gallager's  mom with health issues;
- For Cindy Nix for ongoing health issues;
- For Dick Hart's daughter Caroline, an EMT in Chicago dealing with COVID every day;
- For Larry Haynes;
- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia struggling with both malaria and COVID.
- For Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua.
- For our Jericho Team as we do the work of breaking down walls and welcoming those LGBTQ individuals who have felt unwelcome in their homes, churches and society
- For our world as we endure the COVID pandemic and the surge of hospitalizations, deaths, food insecurity and unemployment;
- For our Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, our District Superintendent Taesung Kang, our Pastor Cheryl Meachen, our staff, our volunteer church leaders and each member and friend of Wesley.

 

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.
All services are available on CCTV Channel 22 the Tuesday following the premiere air dates, as well.

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This Sunday, January 24th, we will hear scripture from  Deuteronomy 18:15-20, 10 read by Jill Savage.

Prophets often come from unexpected places and we must be cautious of those who come from comfortable places that claim to be prophets but are not speaking on behalf of God who is Love.


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 from Boston University School of Theology.
Judy King and Myrna Evans design our altars


LONGTERM FORECAST
February 7 – Isaiah 40:21-31 (Jen Savoy, Intern, guest preacher)
Have you not known? The Lord is the everlasting God!
February 14 – Scouting Sunday
and Transfiguration Sunday
LENT
Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on February 17th and run
forty days until Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is considered a little Easter. It's about one-tenth of a year (like a tithe of time). Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians throughout the world will focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. It is a time of reflection and self-analysis and intentional consideration of what we believe and stand for. We will emerge in 40 days with an awakening to the possibilities of a transformed life.
Our Intern, Jen Savoy will be providing a devotional and Pastor Cheryl will be offering a Lenten Bible/Book Study as possibilities for your Lenten spiritual practices. Please consider what devotional practice you will take up this year for Lent.
February 17 – Ash Wednesday
February 21 – Lent 1
March 28 – Palm Sunday
April 1 – Maundy Thursday
April 2 – Good Friday
April 4 – Easter Sunday

Good morning, Beloved,

  This week I was blessed to be invited to participate in an all-day continuing education seminar by Tod Bolsinger, the author of Canoeing the Mountains, Tempered Resilience and Leadership for a Time of Pandemic.

  Canoeing the Mountains refers to the expedition of Lewis and Clark seeking a practical route across the western half of the continent. They set out in canoes thinking that their route would be via a waterway that they would follow up the Missouri River and then easily downward toward the Pacific Ocean. Instead, upon reaching the Lemhi Pass, all that lay before them were the Rocky Mountains. 

  Imagine reaching a point in your journey where you thought, "it will all be downstream from here" and instead you see these insurmountable obstacles ahead.

  You are not prepared mentally.

  You are not prepared in any way. This is 1804. You are a canoeist and these are 14,000 ft mountains.

  Now think about Wesley. We are really very good at being the church for a certain time in a certain place.

  But along comes COVID and we are plunged into an unknown territory with tools that are honed for a different type of work.

  Make no mistake, those mountains existed before Lewis and Clark's journey and the future of the church was going to be different even before the pandemic, but we have been accelerated into a place where we need to think deeply about how to adapt to the change that is necessary to be the church for the future. Just as Lewis and Clark had to dismantle their canoes and fashion walking sticks to climb those peaks, so we need to let go of old systems that are no longer useful and imagine ways to survive and thrive in a whole new environment.

  The mission is still the same, for Lewis and Clark to explore the West and for Wesley to Grow with God so that we can Go to Serve.

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

  So that Wesley can welcome persons of all races, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations as full participants in the life and mission of this congregation.

  So that Wesley can make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

  To be resilient in this time of deep change we must recognize the need to adapt to an ever-changing world, valuing our heritage AND ready to move into a very different future.

  Change hurts because it is the loss of the way we knew and loved but I believe we can still love the past building on the foundation that has been laid and also love the future just as we love our childhood selves of the past and love our grandchildren, seeing great potential in the future through their precious eyes. The parts of our faith that are real and true, God-inspired, God-created and God-sustained will drive the transformation of the world.

  We are already seeing incredible strides as society awakens to its own sinfulness with respect to 400 years of treating people of color as less-than. Programs that Wesley is involved in like the Friendly Kitchen, Family Promise and the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness are real and tangible efforts to bring an end to the injustice of poverty and hunger in our world. These are the very things Jesus taught us to pay attention to in Matthew 25: Feed the hungry! Welcome the stranger! Visit the prisoner!

  We're also exhausted from all this change, all this COVID quarantining, all this bad news all the time. This is a time when our spiritual disciplines are more important than ever. By spiritual disciplines I do mean things like prayer, scripture, journaling, fasting and more, but I also mean Sabbath time, down time, time with God, rest. It is more important than ever before that we let go of fear and anxiety and simply "rest in the Lord, wait patiently on God and God shall give you rest." Ps. 37:7

  And, it is critical that we take care of each other...that we CARE for each other, that we give each other space, always considering that the other person is going through things you have no idea they are going through AND that we draw close to each other in a virtual embrace, entering into each other's space ready to listen, ready to care, ready to help.

  Know that I am ready to lead you in this time. 

  Know that the leaders of this church are inspired, compassionate, God-loving people who are particularly equipped and called by God to the work that is before us. 

  Know that like Moses against the Amalekites in Exodus 17:8-16, where Aaron and Hur stood by his side to hold his arms high when he was exhausted, we will stand side by side supporting and edifying each other as we do the work of the church in the world.

  Know that God has called us, like Esther, to such a time as this and has equipped us. In fact, Jesus reminds us in Luke 9:1-5 MSG that we are called to this work, but need not bring canoes or hiking boots, that "we ARE the equipment."

  One of the key components of my faith, is faith itself, faith in the unknown, unseen, faith even in this time of unknowing. God who made the Missouri River, Lemhi Pass and the Rocky Mountains and God who made Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea, God who made Wesley and God who "created a good work in you will be faithful to complete it." Philippians 1:6

Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Visit my blog at this link

The Business of the Church

  One of Wesley's core ministries at this time is our support of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. I am delighted to share that this week, I was elected to the Board of CCEH and attended my first meeting. My prayer is that this connection will enable Wesley to engage even more deeply in tangible and productive ways with the agency in its justice work.

  Our newly comprised Ad Board, under the leadership of Pat Neal, met for the first time this year on Wednesday evening, at which time we passed the budget, as published in the Church Conference booklet on November 15, 2020. I am so grateful that we've passed this budget which gives our talented staff 2.6% raises in their salaries, so well-deserved in this time of creating new ways to worship together and remain connected. I am deeply appreciative of your continued faithfulness in supporting the church in a time when we can make so much difference by reaching out in ministry to a community in need of prayer, financial and tangible assistance. 
The CCEH Corner
CCEH CORNER January 26, 2021

Thanks to everyone for supporting the Wesley UMC mission, Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. We have donated as of last week: A dozen pairs of winter gloves, toiletries and batteries. The coalition is very grateful for each donation. I imagine during this past week of unending cold weather, we have been keeping the homeless in our prayers and are anxious to continue helping CCEH to provide services.

There will be some additional opportunities for us to help as the new year unfolds. The annual Souperfest is scheduled for March 20th . It will be a different this year because of the Virus restrictions. Watch for details at a later date. We hope to be a player in this fund raiser for CCEH.

Thank you also for being so responsive to our requests for targeted donations for the coalition. It is helpful for them to be able to ask for specific things needed to run the program. We have a new list for the next couple of weeks:

Large packet of paper towels
Clorox Gallon jugs
Ziploc Sandwich Bags
Ziploc Gallon Storage Bags
Individual Bottles of Water
And of course warm weather items are always welcome.

If each church family could add one item to your shopping list every week, think of the amount of items we could donate! That’s exciting to think about. We hope that the yellow drop-off bin by the church door is proving to be handy for everyone. You can drop off every week, every other week, or once a month. Whatever is convenient for your family. And always remember that adding our mission to your prayer list is a blessing for the coalition and a blessing for you.

                                    January 31, 2021 1-2pm Wesley UMC Parking Lot
                             
                             Fifth
Sunday Food Collection  
                  Second Start’s Alternative High School 



Fill the Broad ricks’ car with food items that can be heated with a microwave if necessary.(Breakfast Bars, Ra men Noodles, Individual Mac & Cheese, Soups, Peanut Butter Crackers, Canned Fruit, Pop Tarts, Any single serving food item is appreciated!)

Second Start Alternative High School mission and approach:
Second Start Alternative High School provides students, who face various academic and emotional challenges, with a smaller, more individualized, supportive setting. Many of our students have not had success as a result of obstacles that are not of their own doing. Second Start supports students in overcoming these obstacles, through a focus on William Glass er's Choice Theory, The Change Model (Awareness, Thinking, Planning, Action, Maintain) and what we call The Five Skills (Listen, Control Behavior, Contribute Effectively, Tolerate Feedback, Accept Responsibility). It's our belief that this focus helps students breakthrough barriers, build-esteem, and competency, and gain critical life skills.

In addition to intensive, individualized academic support Second Start students also receive, counseling, life skills, and job skills coaching, internship placements, and transition planning for life after Second Start. Perhaps above all of this, what Second Start students receive is time, patience, understanding, and a bit of tough love from caring, experienced, and skilled professionals.
The faith-based grassroots organization Granite State Organizing Project invites you to express your faith values by advocating for housing relief for our neighbors in need in their project for a housing Jubilee.

Watch this video to learn more.

Tell your elected official that as a person of faith you value your neighbor who is facing eviction during the COVID pandemic. The Housing Relief Fund is ending, and it seems the new Emergency Rental Assistance program money will not arrive for several weeks - it is vitally important to help people threatened with eviction now.

Please take just one minute to easily take action using this link.

If you have questions, please reach out to Chris Potter, Faith Community Organizer. 
Please share this on your social media:
         
       Family Promise Of Concord needs our help!
                        One of the program's participants is in need of a reliable and safe car. She has limited income and has a family of five. Her mechanic has deemed her car unsafe and not road worthy. Family Promise is asking if anyone knows of car for sale (willing to take payment) or to donate. The car needs to pass inspection but can have some minor repairs needed. This individual is a great mom and is dedicated to her potential. Please share with friends and family.
                                        Click here to read the full letter from Family Promise.

The NH Council of Churches Encourages Churches to Pray and Ring Bells for 1,000 NH COVID deaths

 “Weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).

Churches around the state are invited to ring bells or offer prayers during services on January 31st. Because Wesley has no bells, we encourage you to use this prayer:

O God our Comfort and our Strength,
our help in the midst of trouble and our hope in the midst of despair,
we come before you weighed down by months of pain and years of struggle.
Give us the courage to face the tragedies that overwhelm us
and the wisdom to name them with their true names,
and strengthen the bonds between us
that we might hold one another in our grief,
encourage one another in our hope,
and support one another in our commitment to a world healed and made new.
And let all the people say: Amen.

Spiritual Formation and Education
 

 
Monday Morning Quarterback Bible Study

This week's questions to continue studying the scripture from the worship service at home come from enfleshed.

Read
Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and Mark 1:21-28.
1. What is one marginalized practice of religion or spirituality your community has prejudice against or suspicion of? How might you explore it together?

2. What are the impacts of a prophet coming from within a community verses a prophet from another community? How are they different and role do each play?

3. How does your community practice resistance to Christian supremacy? 

© 2021 enfleshed
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

 

Last week's Question-of-the-week: How do you answer God's call?? Hopefully not like Jonah did, at first, when God called on him to take a risky journey to Nineveh! When we consider one of our favorite Bible stories of Jonah and the whale, we realize that we can't hide from God (Jonah DEFINITELY learned this the hard way!) and that we need to always remember that when God does call us to do something, we ARE able and capable no matter how hard it may seem at first. We CAN do tough hard things! You youth are at a pivotal stage of your lives where there will be or even have been big, tough, and difficult decisions to make about life... And, especially if you are experiencing one of those moments right now, always remember that God will never ask you to take on or do more than you can handle! Listen deeply to his call and know that you've got this! When you accomplish this seemingly impossible task, you will be amazed at yourself!

Save the date! Friday, February 26th, 2021 6:00pm! Our first “Messy Church” is coming to Wesley UMC! Check out this website to see what it’s all about! 

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Adult Sunday School Studies Acts of the Apostles
Newcomers welcome! At 9 a.m. Sunday mornings. No outside reading is required. We will read Acts in class, with discussions guided and informed by the background study of teacher Byron Champlin. If you would like to participate in the study, phone him at 228-0097.
Join Zoom at this link. 
Meeting ID: 863 3723 2049  Password: 003935  Phone: 1-646-558-8656

 Mike Ard (Baha'i) and Dori Bongiovanni (Buddhist), President of GCIC are facilitating a biweekly interfaith discussion on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month beginning Monday, February 1st from 7:00-8:00pm. You are welcome to bring a prayer or reading from your faith tradition to share. The first 40 minutes will be sharing and the last 20 minutes for questions about each other's traditions and discussion. Join at this recurring Zoom link

The Greater Concord Interfaith Council also plans to offer it's annual Lenten Luncheons virtually this year. Stay tuned for details.  
Music Ministry
 Virtual Choir Rehearsals 
All are invited to attend Thursdays at 7:15 pm. We meet via Zoom at this recurring link each week: Meeting ID: 779 7127 5619 Passcode: 9M6QX9
Living Our Best Lives
Rainbow Yoga
This yoga program on YouTube is for all levels and ages. Please click  here.
Baked Blueberry French Toast  
12 slice bread (whole wheat) 
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cup blueberries or other berries

For the complete recipe and instructions click here
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

A New Prophet Like Moses

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: ‘If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.’ Then the Lord replied to me: ‘They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.’

This week's Call to worship:

The Wisdom of God calls us to gather:
To learn from Love’s teachers, ancient and new.
The Wisdom of God is a companion in discernment:
Our guide through eras painful and distressing.
In community, we seek the knowledge of heaven, that we might:
Be delivered from evil.
Comfort and be comforted.
Practice lasting transformation.

With hope, let us welcome the wisdom of God.
Amen


Granite District Pre-Lenten Gathering (Virtual)
February 10, 2021 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Guest Speaker - Rev. Arun Andrews, Senior Pastor, Trinity UMC New Cumberland, PA - Topic - Feeling the Pulse, Sharing the Pain: Ministering to those who are hurting

All clergy and laity are invited to join in a special time designed to help you center and prepare for the Lenten season. Please join with the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting at this link.

Lay Servant Ministries
 Course Planning

The Granite District Lay Servant Ministry team is planning a Basic Course and Advanced Course(s) that will be offered virtually before spring, 2021. 
Read more here.
Equalization Members Needed for Annual Conference

The format of this year’s annual conference (whether in person or virtual) is not yet certain, but what is certain is that the dates are June 10-12, 2021, and we will need some lay people to serve as District Equalization Members.

We rely on the Local Church Leadership Reports provided in your church conference packets for Equalization Member nominees, and had very few names on this years reports.

If you are interested in being an equalization member please contact Phyllis in the District Office to be added to the list for consideration.


NEAC Church Leadership Training
For: Church Treasurers, and Church Trustees

The New England Conference is offering online leadership training for Church Treasurers, and Church Trustees. Presenters are Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services, John Cardillo (Treasurers and Trustees Workshops). You will have the opportunity to ask questions and join a breakout discussion for your district. The workshops, which will be offered via Zoom, are scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. on: 
Church Treasurers  »»»  February 3, 2021
Church Trustees  »»»  February 24, 2021 

Click the date above to get more information and the Zoom link.


2021 Pilgrimage to Taizé is still on; sign up today

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 which is filled with deep Christian spirituality and broad ecumenism. This week-long experience will be led by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar. The 2021 pilgrimage is July 23 to Aug. 2. 

COVID-19 Note: We are continuing to accept registrations in anticipation of being allowed to travel this summer. If travel restrictions are not lifted or we determine it would not be safe and have to cancel the pilgrimage, registrants will be notified and receive a full refund.

Registration deadline has been extended to Feb. 15.
Learn more and register today

PLEASE NOTE: WESLEY HAS A LARGE SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE TO ASSIST YOUTH OR YOUNG ADULTS INTERESTED IN GOING ON THIS LIFE-CHANGING TRIP! Contact Pastor Cheryl for details.

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.
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