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THIS WEEK AT WESLEY

Monday: 7:00 pm Fundraising Team Meeting, Library 

Tuesday: 7:00 pm Pastor’s Bible Study: Eclipsing Empire: The Journeys of Paul, Chapel 

Wednesday: 6:30 pm Finance Meeting, Chapel 

Thursday: 4:00 pm Household of Faith Sacred Dance rehearsal, Chapel 

 5:45 pm Jubellation Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary 

 7:00 pm Read That! Book Club, Chapel 

 7:15 pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary 

Friday: 8:00 am Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester Street, Concord 

Saturday: 9:00 am Women’s Book Study, Chapel 

Sunday: 8:30 am Communion Service, Chapel 

 9:00 am Adult Sunday School, Parlor  

 10:00 am Prayer Messengers, Chapel 

 10:20 am Praise Music, Sanctuary 

 10:30 am Sanctuary Service, Sunday School and Childcare 

Worship Forecast

Pastor Cheryl will continue the sermon series on resolutions titled “Change for the Better.” This week’s sermon is titled, “Body Image or Image of God " is based on scripture in Psalm 139:1-6, 13-16 which is a song of praise for God’s creation of our bodies and intimate knowledge of us. We will explore our propensity to believe ourselves insufficient or unworthy but God’s affirmation that we are made in God’s image and likeness and are beloved just as we are. Special guests, the Time Travelers, will sing. Next week we will continue the series by exploring resolutions to improve our friendships or relationships and the last installment in the series will explore goal setting and putting our lives in order. 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.

January 2020 - A Sermon Series for the New Year - The New Year is a time of resolutions, a time for new beginnings, when we all try to start with a clean slate. While very few of us succeed in all of our resolutions every year, the good news is that those who set New Year’s Resolutions are ten times more likely to actually change their behavior. In January Pastor Cheryl will lead a sermon series called Change for the Better lifting up the ten most common resolutions: Exercise more / Lose weight / Quit smoking / Get organized / Learn a new skill or hobby / Save more money-spend less money / Spend more time with family and friends / Travel more / Read more / Live life to the fullest. We’ll talk about what the Bible says and how to set achievable goals. Come and find support and accountability for keeping your resolutions with others trying to do the same here at Wesley UMC. Resolve to join us Sundays in January at 8:30 or 10:30 to explore the role our faith plays in making such positive changes in our lives. All are welcome!


SUNDAY MINISTRIES

Greeter: Joan Beldin

Liturgist: Jill Savage

Coffee Cleanup: Joan Beldin

Counters: Sara Cohen and Theresa Beldin

 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Erin Fogel 1/16

Leslie Masters 1/16


 

PRAYER REQUESTS
 
Rev. John and Becky Blair and the people of Australia; wisdom for our leaders; Jim Sears who passed away 8 years ago on New Year's Eve; Kathy Hamilton as she heals from her fall; safe travels for a belated Christmas visit; Marlene and Phil; safe travels for Dwayne; safe travels for a job; Dee Dee's health; Jim who is awaiting a diagnosis; our country stay safe and out of war; those struggling with loss during this season; Laura's step mom Leonor going to rehab after hip surgery; Becky starting cancer treatment; Dennis; family of 6 year old girl Congolese girl who died of an appendicitis; courage and boldness of the world's peacemakers 

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home or in a small group:

Read Psalm 139:1-6, 13-16

  • We’re continuing our series on resolutions, remembering that focus on Christ Jesus is central and our intention is transformative. This week, we’re talking about body image. Do you feel good about yourself? Why or why not?
     
  • The Psalmist sings acknowledging God’s complete knowledge of God’s wonderful creation-YOU! What does it feel like to consider God’s intimate knowledge where nothing is hidden? How does this relate to your body? Your spirit?
     
  • Verse 5 says, “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.” Does this verse feel restrictive to you or does it give comfort, structure and security, knowing God is holding you in the hollow of the divine hand?

New Year Devotion:    
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition        
(Contemporary Version)

I am no longer my own,
but yours.
Put me to what you will,
place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing,
put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you
or set aside for you,
Praised for you
or criticized for you.
Let me be full,
let me be empty.
Let me have all things,
let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things
to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven. 
Amen.

Photo Credits: Dennis Broussard
There will be a refresher training for Counters Sunday, January 12th at 9:00 am.
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! There will be a Safe Sanctuaries training on Sunday Feb. 9th following the 10:30 worship service to train any volunteers who will or currently work with our children and/or youth to get you certified!
 
Are you interested in chaperoning our Youth Mission Trip to Kentucky this summer at the end of July? Let Miss Christina know and we’ll even get you Safe Sanctuaries trained and ready to go with everyone else who works with our children and/or youth on Sunday Feb. 9th following the 10:30 worship service!
 
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!
Opportunity
Wesley is seeking an Administrative Assistant to work part-time (20 hours/week) to support the work of the Church, the Pastor, and the Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries in the work of our progressive congregation. A successful candidate will be ready to step into this position to become a welcoming presence for all, a central organizer for diverse ministry teams' communication and scheduling, bringing strong office skills (e.g., electronic correspondence, records maintenance, receptionist duties) and a genuinely helpful demeanor. Applicants can send a letter of interest and resume to cheryl.meachen@gmail.com

Read That! Book Club: Join us Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 pm to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 
 


Want to reconnect with your Wanakee Friends, share a pizza, sing your favorite camp song, join in a campfire conversation, and close with communion?   Now is your chance.  The Next Campfire Connection is at the Bow United Methodist Church January 12th from 5 – 7 pm.   
 
Poinsettias and Plates
You're welcome to take a poinsettia home following worship today, from those which remain unclaimed, before they are disposed of. If you’d like to donate a poinsettia you ordered to someone we visit, please let Jane Broadrick or Judy Attorri know. There is also a table of plates and containers waiting to be claimed in the Narthex. Don't forget to take yourse home. Thank you. 

 January Ingathering


For the teachers and students at Abbot-Downing School: Lysol disinfectant wipes, hypoallergenic baby wipes, tissues, fold-down small plastic sandwich bags, #2 pencils with erasers, glue sticks, and crayons. For Concord’s Homeless Resource Center: toilet paper and laundry detergent.  

 
Soup and Stories
Wesley has scheduled our history sharing night for January 26th after worship. If it snows that day we will hold it on February 16th instead. Come share Heart and History with a Hearty Meal and learn about Wesley’s journey or share your own stories as we delight in our past, revel in our present and dream for the future.

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.

UMW Pledge Banquet - Sunday, February 2 at noon: Join Wesley's United Methodist Women for our annual pledge banquet in Hanna Hall and enjoy a smoked turkey lunch, make Valentines for our Alternative High Schoolers, and support UMW. 


J Street New Hampshire presents Nonviolent Resistance in the West Bank with Ali Abu Awwad on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 at Temple Beth Jacob. 


Palestinian Scientist, Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh, to speak at South Church, Concord, NH
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Free and Open to the Public

Mazin Qumsiyeh is the Director of the Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Institute for Biodiversity Research in Bethlehem. He’s spoken all over the world about denial of Palestinian human rights and issues of climate change and biodiversity in the Middle East and the world. He was formerly Director of the Cytogenetics Department at Yale University. In 2018 he was a National Geographic grantee. He is author of several books including "Sharing the Land of Canaan" and  “Popular Resistance in Palestine”
Also..  Here is a link to an interesting article  Biodiversity and hope flourish at Palestine's first natural history museum The museum's vision is of a sustainable community where humans and nature work and live together harmoniously
 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 Wesley has received a generous donation to provide scholarship assistance on this trip. Please let us know if you are interested!

 
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 or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy.
 

Check out District and Conference news and events, especially Bishop Devadhar's letter from India with respect to the protocol recently developed with respect to our denomination. 

Please use the following link to participate in the livestream Protocol discussion at 9:30 am on Monday, January 13, 2020: (referenced at the end of the Bishop's letter).
 

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. 

Photo Credits: Dennis Broussard

Psalm 139 - The Inescapable God

To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from far away.
3 You search out my path and my lying down,
   and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
   O Lord, you know it completely.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is so high that I cannot attain it.


13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
   Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
15   My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
   intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
   all the days that were formed for me,
   when none of them as yet existed.

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.

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.

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.                                                   
LOST & FOUND
If you are in search of a lost item, please check the basket in the coat room or contact the office.
ELECTRONIC GIVING
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
Or view services at any time at this link.

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. 

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.
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