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a weekly email about the ministry of Wesley United Methodist Church

 Our Vision Statement
We strive to quiet the conflict among all people by creating a compelling environment that fosters spirituality, community engagement, and social justice.
 
Our Inclusivity Statement
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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THIS WEEK AT WESLEY

 
 Sunday 12/8/19
  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.   Advent crafts and card making, Hanna Hall
  Sunday School and Childcare are offered at 10:30 a.m. service. 

Tuesday 12/10/19
         
7:00 p.m.   Bible Study, Chapel

Wednesday 12/11/19
7:00 p.m.   SPRC, Chapel
 
Thursday  12/12/19   
1:00 p.m.   Trustees, Chapel
4:00 p.m.    Sacred Dance, Parlor
5:45 p.m.    Handbells, Sanctuary
7:15 p.m.    Choir, Sanctuary
   
Friday 12/13/19
8:00 a.m.  Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester St.
 
Sunday 12/15/19
 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
11:30 a.m.  Wrapping Party, Hanna Hall
    Sunday School and Childcare are available at 10:30 a.m. service. 

 

THIS WEEK'S GREETER
Marcia Gray

COFFEE CLEAN UP
Nancy Fransen

 HAPPY  BIRTHDAY!​
Belated birthday wishes to Christine Beitler!
Connie Garland
Ray Masters
Leah Savage
Gail Page
Doug Proctor
If we missed your birthday, please let the office know so we can update our records.  Thank you! 

PRAYER REQUESTS
Concerns: Don Lane recovering from surgery, Christine’s mom, Anyiah who passed away suddenly
Joys: Jill’s dad doing better, Terry’s birthday

FRIENDLY KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 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 
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.

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

SUNDAY GREETERS
If you would like to help greet our guests at worship some week, please call or text Nancy Fransen at 603-224-7635.

ALTAR GUILD
Join us in preparing the pews, candles, banners and more in our sanctuary for worship each week by contacting Joan Beldin at 715-8888.

PICTORIAL DIRECTORY

Get a copy of our electronic pictorial directory by contacting the church office. If you would prefer a printed copy, bring $3.00 to cover the cost of the printing.


 
PRAYER MESSENGERS
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.                                                   


Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal.

 

USED EYEGLASS COLLECTION

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."

VIEW SERVICES ON TV
OR ONLINE 
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

VOLUNTEER REQUEST
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 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. 

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

Visiting
Please contact Pastor Cheryl when you or someone you love is hospitalized or would like a visit. Contact her when you have a graduation, anniversary, or other special event that you would like her to pray for. When you are facing a difficult decision and would like someone to discuss it with, she is here to listen and to offer prayer for wisdom and guidance. When planning a wedding, Pastor Cheryl can provide premarital counseling and planning for a Christian ceremony. When anticipating a death in the family, let her pray for you and your loved one as she or he transitions from this life to the eternal. Pastor Cheryl is here to serve you and encourage you in all of life’s situations.
                

Worship Forecast

Pastor Cheryl’s sermon titled, “The Promise of Peace" is based on scripture in Isaiah 11:1-10 (the one where “a little child shall lead them.”) We will explore the peace that Isaiah promises in Jesus’ coming, the inner peace each of us seek, and the peace that passeth all understanding-the one that ends wars and enables us to forgive one another. We will celebrate the lighting of the Advent Candle and Holy Communion each week of Advent and we’ll sing Christmas Carols with Advent words.

December 15, 2019 – Joy
          Luke 1:47-55 – From the Tips of Our Toes
December 22, 2019 – Love
          Matthew 1:18-25 – Hesed: Kindness, Mercy, Loyalty, Love
December 24, 2019 – Christmas Eve
    - Pageant at 4:00 pm – Starry Night, Noisy Night featuring our wonderful Sunday School and Youth.
    - Christmas Eve service with musical prelude at 7:00 pm.
    - Candlelight, lessons, carols and communion with musical prelude at 11:00 pm.

December 29, 2019 – Pajama Sunday.
Psalm 148 - Wear your PJs and come sing Christmas carols with your church family to celebrate this first Sunday of Christmas!

January 6, 2020 – Epiphany!
Matthew 2:1-12 – Home by Another Way
 
Invite your friends, family, neighbors and Wesley folks you haven’t seen in a while to participate in worship and our special events throughout the season!


The Peaceful Kingdom

11 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
    the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the spirit of counsel and might,
    the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
    the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
    and a little child shall lead them.
They will not hurt or destroy
    on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.
Read the entire scripture at this link.


 
Monday Morning Quarterback

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

Read Isaiah 11:1-10 at this link

·        Isaiah describes Jesus’ lineage from the great kings of Israel. He then goes on to describe the attributes he will embody. Think deeply about these words and how Jesus exemplified them: spirit of the Lord, wisdom, counsel, knowledge, righteous judgement. What stories of Jesus’ life come to mind?

·        As you read this picture of peace foretold by Isaiah of Christ’s coming, imagine each scene: a little child, a calf, a lion. What does that feel like? Have you had an experience of peace like this in your life?

·        What small part can you play in bringing peace on earth this season?

Advent Devotion: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15


Advent Peace

Peace. It’s a word we use often. It’s a concept we are familiar with. Is it something we will ever truly achieve? I know I glimpse it occasionally and it feels like bliss. We live such busy lives and our society seems to thrive on conflict. Peace seems elusive at best. During Advent we are reminded that we have been promised the Prince of Peace that comes to end wars and still our anxious fearful hearts.

I met with a group of clergy friends for lunch the other day and we each shared what we were grateful for. I said that I am grateful for a sense of peace in my life and that it feels strange. So much of life seems marked by a buzzing sort of tension that when it is absent, it doesn’t feel right. As I pondered this aloud, I shared that I believe that my newfound peace is derived from trust in God that comes from maturing spiritually in our journey toward perfection in love.

I believe this is the root of peace—trust in God. If we trust in God, we relinquish the need to grab power and control. It’s like returning to our childhood home where everything was taken care of for us. We didn’t worry about bills or nuclear weapons halfway around the world because we innocently knew our parents would care for us. In that same sense, seeking peace, we return to Eden, where life was simpler and where God cared for creation completely.

The peace between people and nations is similar to that inner peace found in trust. If we trust each other, we need not hoard. We share all that we have. We consider each other to be an extension of ourselves and we seek to meet each other’s needs. If we truly live into this vision for peace, there would be no need for walls and borders that keep the other out and keep our stuff in. There would be peace in God’s holy mountain. Join me this season as we trust—as we seek peace.

Pastor Cheryl


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.

12 7-8 from 11-3 pm for an extended Christmas Tree Sale;

12/8 at 11:30 for Advent Crafts and Card Making;

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 4 pm; Main service at 7 pm; Carols, communion and candlelight at 11 pm.


Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser

We are selling Christmas trees again this Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th 11-3 pm each day. Trees are $30 and Kissing Balls are also available for your smaller spaces! Volunteer to help us sell or come by and get your own Christmas cheer!


December Alternative High School
Ministries

Christmas Project-December 1-15: Donate toward purchasing Target Gift Cards for the 28 students at Second Start’s Alternative High School. Checks may be made out to Wesley UMC with a note that it is for  the Alternative high School. Leave your labeled gift in the offering plate, at the church office or give to Jane Broadrick. Deadline: December 15th

Coat Drive Sunday, December 8:
For Students at Second Start’s Alternative High School-please bring coats to church this Sunday, Dec. 8, to be collected.

Fifth Sunday Food Collection, December 29:
For students at Second Start’s Alternative High School
Suggested items:

            Cup of Soup, Oatmeal Packets

            Crackers & Cheese or Peanut butter

            Individual Mac & Cheese

            Chef Boyardee, Breakfast Items


Staff Gift

We've participated in and benefited from vibrant ministries led by our capable clergy and staff this year. The commitment of each staff member make possible our worship experience, opportunities for spiritual enrichment and important mission work of our church in the community and the world. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee would like to invite you to contribute toward a gift for our staff to show your appreciation for a job well done. Receiving your gift by Sunday, December 15, will enable us to present Ben, Ken, Alan, Dennis, Deborah, Marybeth, Christina, Emma, Taylor and Pastor Cheryl with their gifts before Christmas. Envelopes are available in the church pews and in the narthex. Read the full letter here.


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!


Child Care 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 policy by clicking this link.


 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 nhpack86@gmail.com or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy at mshellfc@comcast.net 
 


UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT
 
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
MORE INFORMATION
 
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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