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THIS WEEK AT WESLEY

Sunday: 11:45 am Endowment Meeting with Gary Melville, Parlor
Monday: 1:00 pm UMW Board Meeting, Parlor
Tuesday: 7:00 pm Passion of Jesus Bible Study, Chapel
Read Intro and Chapter 1      
Thursday:12:00 pm Trustees meeting, Chapel
  4:00 pm Household of Faith Sacred Dance rehearsal, Chapel
  5:45 pm Jubellation Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary
  7:15 pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday: 8:00 am Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester Street, Concord
  6:00 pm District Prep with Mark DeYmaz, Chapel
Sunday:  8:30 am Communion Service, Chapel
  9:00 am Adult Sunday School, Parlor
  9:00 am Choir rehearsal, Library
 10:00 am Prayer Messengers, Chapel
 10:20 am Praise Music, Sanctuary
 10:30 am Sanctuary Service, Sunday School and Childcare

Click here to access the church calendar, including future meetings and events.

This week is the First Sunday of Lent, a time of contrition and preparation for understanding the deep meaning of Jesus' death and resurrection. Our worship during this season will be based on Amy-Jill Levine's book Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week. Because we will be exploring Holy Week, we begin with an exploration of Palm Sunday referring to the Gospel of Matthew 21:7-9. Pastor Cheryl's sermon, entitled, The Parade: Risking Reputation, will encourage us to imagine the dichotomy of the rulers of Jerusalem and the Divine Ruler manifest in Jesus Christ. Pastor Cheryl will describe our role participating in the parade and the kingdom of God made manifest on earth, as it is in heaven. Electric Praise, directed by Alan Schulte, will sing a lively praise set and provide inspired music throughout the service. Ken Gallager will skillfully play lovely organ music and accompany our hymns. Christina Catino will share a children's message titled, Telling the Story Through a Child's Eyes: The Parade also based on the Palm Sunday story.  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.

A special note: Our Bishop will be preaching here at Wesley on March 15th! Be sure to come and share this special visit.

The link to last week's service, Transfiguration will be up soon on our YouTube channel.

Here's a link to last week's service, Reconciliation.

Here's a link to our Scout Sunday worship service to watch all over again or for the first time!

Lenten Sermon Series and Bible Study

Join us at Wesley UMC for a sermon series throughout Lent called Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Lent. We'll be sharing worship and study with our sister church, Bow Mills UMC, and drawing on creative resources designed by renowned worship planner, Marcia McFee. The book we will study by the same title was written by Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. The study will run Tuesday evenings at 7pm from March 3rd through April 7th. Please signup on the sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office and let the office know if you'd like to participate in the study and we'll order the book for you which will be $10, scholarships available.
All are welcome!


Leadership Academy - March 7 from 9-3 at Wesley UMC - Join us! - brochures in the Narthex
Bishop Devadhar to preach - March 15 at 10:30 am at Wesley UMC (UMW St. Pat's Day Lunch)
Palm Sunday - April 5 at 8:30 and 10:30 am at Wesley UMC
Maundy Thursday - April 9 at 7:00 pm at Bow Mills UMC
Good Friday - April 10 at 7:00 pm featuring Electric Praise at Wesley UMC
Easter Sunrise - April 12 at 5:45 at Dimond Hill Farm, 314 Hopkinton Road, Concord
SUNDAY MINISTRIES

Greeters: Judy King and Bob Lewis

Liturgist: Bill Platt

Coffee Cleanup: Nancy Fransen

Counters: Shoshanna Cone and Sara Blackburn

Altar flowers given this week by: Joan Beldin


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Kathy Temchack 03/03

James Varrill 03/04

Eric Gallager 03/05

Margie Kelley 03/05

Nathaniel Platt 03/07
 
 

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home or in a small group:
Read Matthew 21:7-9, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19

  • What did Jesus risk as he entered Jerusalem? Why was he willing to do this? What was he hoping would occur?
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  • What do you risk as a Christian? What about others in the world? What are you willing to risk? Why?
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  • Where can you imagine taking a Christian stand that might be controversial? What would it take?

PRAYER REQUESTS
Robin Grover who is struggling with cancer; Sylvia Greene and Family; Ben Greene and Family; Donna Osborne requests prayers for traveling mercies during vacation; That the light of kindness transform the hearts of persons with power; One of our Step Ahead teachers, Allison Ryan, as she recovers from surgery; Nancy Fransen requests prayers for Betty Morgan (age 94), who recently fell in her home and broke 4 ribs and is now recovering at Hanover Hill Center in Manchester.

Entering the Passion of Jesus: Sign up in the Narthex on the office outer wall to join us for a Lenten study to be offered jointly with Bow Mills UMC here in Wesley's chapel on Tuesdays from March 3 through April 7 at 7:00 pm.


Changing the locks
The Trustees will soon be upgrading and changing the locks on the church doors. If you currently have a key, please contact the church office to say which doors you have access to so that we may be sure you get a new set when they are installed.
Bishop's Visit
We are honored to be receiving a visit from our New England Conference Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar on March 15th at the 10:30 service. Bishop Devadhar will be preaching and we will celebrate his time with us here in New England prior to his upcoming retirement. He and his wife Prema, as well as District Superintendent Taesung Kang and his wife Mina will dine with us following worship. Join us!
Mission Shares paid in full!
Wesley United Methodist Church is in good fiscal shape two months into the year following some difficult work last year. We have even paid our Mission Shares to the New England Conference in FULL and these will go a long way to aiding mission and ministry throughout New England and the world. Thank you all for your faithfulness in turning the tide. Now we're ready to grow!
SouperFest 
The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness will be holding Souper Fest on Saturday, March 28 from 4:00 to 7:00. Wesley has volunteered for this event for many years and Norm Lemay will be organizing table bussing again this year. If you are able and interested in helping please email Norm at nlbl@gsinet.net, letting him know which time slot you are able to fill: 3:45 - 5:30 or 5:30 - 7:15.
 
Other ways you can be involved and help support the
Concord Coalition to End Homelessness
 
* Bake 5 dozen cookies or finger food desserts (sign up in narthex)
* Bake 4 loaves of artisan bread or 5 dozen rolls (sign up in narthex)
*Take your family for a fun afternoon at Funfest 2:00 pm
*Come and eat some soup, bread & cookies and join the fun! 4:00 – 6:30 pm
$10 - per person
           $5 - kids 12 & under
(You'll see other Wesley folks volunteering and dining there!)

Donate jewelry to support youth programming
The start of a new year is a great time to sort through your old jewelry. ​Our Bishop's wife, ​Prema Devadhar ​is collecting gently used jewelry ​sell at Annual Conference, ​from June 11-13​,​​ ​to benefit youth programming in the New England Conference. ​​Please contact our Wesley UMC "collector" Barbara Ward with jewelry you'd like to donate.

Open Spirit Task Force
The General Conference will gather in May and will consider where to go as a denomination with respect to our significant differences about LGBTQ inclusion. Many paths have been proposed for consideration by the delegates, ranging from maintaining the status quo to replacing the United Methodist Church with new denominations in accordance with theological perspectives. No one can yet be sure how the 862 delegates will vote in May. In preparation, the Open Spirit Task Force is committed to safeguarding the sacred worth and dignity of all persons in our churches and communities, including those who identify as LGBTQ+ persons. We continue to listen for the Word that God is speaking to us in these challenging times. It is essential that we continue to grow in our understanding of where New England United Methodists find ourselves today and to maintain dialogue with one another: To that end:
• Carol Flavin-Veenstra and Wesley UMC's Jericho team will be coordinating a respectful and purposeful conversation with one another on March 29th following worship.
• A NH District meeting to learn more is being held March 21st from 10-noon at the Tilton-Northfield UMC.
The full text of the letter can be found at this link.


Altar Flowers:The cost is $25, and you will be billed directly by McLeod’s Florist.
Please contact Sara Lutz-Blackburn, 715-1366 if you can help.   
St. Patrick's Day Luncheon
Everyone is invited to a corned beef lunch on Sunday, March 15 at noon in Hanna Hall. There will also be carrots cabbage, potatoes, bread, and dessert. Celebrate the day and help raise funds for Judy Daka, our UMW missionary in Africa. Tickets are $10 at the door. See Sara Lutz-Blackburn for reservations.

On March 14th, NHTI will offer an anti-racism training, from 8-1pm. Sign up here to attend this valuable training.
JERICHO Meetings
3/15 11:45 Jericho Meeting, Parlor
3/22 11:45 Jericho Meeting, Parlor 
3/29 11:45  FULL CHURCH MEETING re: denominational direction on LGBTQ inclusion, Sanctuary

Volunteers needed: Please consider reaching out to Miss Christina if you would be interested in serving our Sunday School as a teacher or a helper to the teacher!  
Are you interested in chaperoning our Youth Mission Trip to Kentucky this summer at the end of July? 
 If you have not yet turned in your child’s Sunday School Registration form, please do! If you need a registration form, please see Miss Christina!
Breakfast Donations Needed! The Youth will be providing food as a mission trip fundraiser for the District Leadership Academy on Saturday, March 7.  They are in need of muffins, coffee cake, breakfast bread, fruit, and potato chips. Please sign up on the form in the Narthex and/or contact Christina or Rick if you are able to donate! Please leave donated items in the kitchen marked for Youth. 
A Prayer Vigil will be held for 24 hours on Holy Saturday, April 11 in our chapel. There will be a signup sheet in the Narthex soon for you to choose the hours in which to be present here and pray, contemplating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and its impact on our world today. You may also contact coordinator, Norma Kane to volunteer.
Plant Sale Signup
We'll be holding our annual plant sale on Saturday, May 16th. Our youth will also offer a car wash and the Boy Scouts will offer a yard sale that day. We need YOUR help. Please sign up on the bulletin on the office wall in the Narthex to take a shift helping to sell plants, as a cashier, carrying to patron's cars, setting up or breaking down.
Wesley UMC is hosting the 2020 NH District Leadership Academy on March 7, 2020 from 9:00 – 3:00
Join us that day for $10 per person which is for our youth and the wonderful lunch they will provide as a Mission Trip Fundraiser.
Pastor Cheryl strongly encourages Wesley leaders to attend.
Brochures with information about registration are in the Narthex lectern slot or at this link.
Our keynote speaker on the topic of Coming Revolution in Church Economics is Dr. Mark DeYmaz who is a thought-leading writer and recognized champion of the Multiethnic Church Movement, Mark planted the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas (mosaicchurch.net) in 2001 where he continues to serve as Directional Leader. Mark has written seven books including Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community and Multiethnic Conversations: an Eight Week Guide to Unity in Your Church. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte Campus) and at Phoenix Seminary, where he earned a D.Min. in 2007.
He writes: Our entire understanding of funding and sustainability must change. Tithes and offerings alone are no longer enough to provide for the needs of the local church, enable pastors to pursue opportunities, or sustain long-term ministry impact. Growing financial burdens on the middle class, marginal increases in contributions to religious organizations, shifting generational attitudes toward giving, and changing demographics are having a negative impact on church budgets. What's needed is disruptive innovation in church economics. For churches to not only survive but thrive in the future, leaders must learn to leverage assets, bless the community, empower entrepreneurs, and create multiple streams of income to effectively fund mission.
There is a Bonus Opportunity! Join us for a pre-Academy Q&A with our keynote speaker, Dr. Mark DeYmaz on Friday evening, March 6th at Wesley UMC from 6-8pm to share ideas and intention around generating income through property use. Contact the District Office to reserve your space.
Brochures with information about registration are in the Narthex lectern slot or at this link.

Policies and forms available in Narthex and at these links
Personal Auto Use Policy - You are encouraged to carpool and offer rides to friends to church events. We want to be clear that the church's insurance does not cover you in the event of an auto accident, but rather that your own auto policy does. If you transport others, please obtain this form, fill it out annually and return it to the office to place on file.
Safe Sanctuaries Policy - Wesley UMC maintains a Safe Sanctuary policy and conducts periodic trainings on that policy to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the emotional and physical safety and the spiritual growth of all the children, youth, and adults involved in Wesley UMC’s ministry. All volunteers and staff who work with children are required to take training and explore the document. Trainings will be held twice a year. The document will be reviewed by the Ad Board every three years. Volunteers will be asked to renew their certifications at least every three years.
Child Care Policy - Wesley UMC’s goal is to provide safe, caring, God-centered childcare to the children attending worship and other Wesley events in our building. In order to provide the best care possible, this set of guidelines will help to establish clear policies to facilitate communication and cooperation between parents, caregivers and Step Ahead personnel who also use the facility.
Lenten Luncheons, sponsored by the Greater Concord Interfaith Council, will be held on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00pm throughout Lent, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 211 North Main St. in Concord. The cost will be $7.00 per person per luncheon, with the proceeds going to area nonprofits.  
 
March 5 - New Tools for Addressing the Opioid Crisis
March 12 - Living with Alzheimer's Disease
March 19 - Spiritual Care at Concord Hospital
March 26 - Creative Justice
April 2 - Sharing our Faith with Children & Grandchildren


Benefit Concert Wesley UMC will host a benefit concert on Friday, April 3 at 6:30 pm here for establishing a Free Violin School at our sister church at Haven UMC. Talented musicians will offer their gifts with piano, violin, clarinet and tenor featuring classical, jazz and gospel music. Children are welcome. A freewill donation will assist Haven UMC in establishing a free youth music program.

Check Out Scouting!
Here's a link to our Scout Sunday worship service. 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! 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 or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-ConroyIt's the hundredth anniversary of Methodist Scouting. Click on this article to read more!


PFLAG NH Support Group Meeting: PFLAG is an organization of parents, families and allies united with LGBTQ+ people to move equality forward – providing support, education and advocacy.  PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed – regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Monthly meetings are held every 3rd Sunday of the month from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. All are welcome to attend our monthly support group meetings. For more information about the organization please visit our website www.pflagnh

Matthew 21:7-9

They brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

Check out District and Conference news and events on their regular newsletters. 

2020 - NH District Leadership Academy

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00 - 3:00 
Wesley UMC - 79 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03301
Keynote Speaker - Mark DeYmaz
Pastors and congregational members are invited to join in a day of shared formation, learning, and development. Registration information will be published soon.
NHD - Open Spirit Task Force Info Session

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tilton-Northfield UMC - 400 West Main St., Tilton, NH 03276
The New England Delegation to the 2020 General Conference and the Open Spirit Task Force (OSTF) have been moving forward with their work, and at this gathering facilitators from the OSTF and delegation will share the options that will be presented at the Annual Conference in June 2020 and provide educational materials that will help facilitate congregational conversations about these options. 

OSTF SESSION - REGISTER HERE →

Resource Day with Leonard Sweet
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wesley UMC - 79 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03301



Can't wait for summer?
Neither can we! 
View Wanakee's summer schedule 
Online Registration is open.
You can register online
or by phone at (603) 279-7950

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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.
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
Or view services at any time at this link.
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.            

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

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

AMAZON SMILE
Get 0.5% for Wesley. If you shop on Amazon, please consider naming Wesley UMC as your designated Smile charity. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items purchased. Use this link to select Wesley UMC-Concord NH. Detailed instructions are available here.
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. All are invited to lift their voices and sing to the Lord! No experience is necessary. Email Choir Director, Ben Greene for more information.

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.
THE CONCORD HOMELESS EMERGENCY WINTER SHELTER
is in great need of overnight volunteers, especially on weekends. Here are the links to the website and the signup genius where you can sign up to help. Any questions can be emailed to Michael Caswell, Shelter Manager.
FRIENDLY KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 Erle Huntington is looking for 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.
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. 
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