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  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 at this linkYou can also watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. New episodes appear each Tuesday at 4:30 pm and reair 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.
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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. Our Re-entry Team is working hard to ensure that we implement the safest practices for our eventual return. Once returning to in-person worship becomes viable, we will continue to offer livestream via YouTube and also televised services during the week. 
 
 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Susan O'Connor 09/28
Ellen Hazeltine 10/01
Tabitha Nugent 10/01
Abigail Brand 10/02
Grace Venator 10/02
Meredith Dustin 10/03
Nicholas Snyder 10/03
 



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.

 

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.


This Sunday, September 27th, we hear scripture from Exodus 17:1-7, read by Joan Tessier telling the story of the Miriam.

This week our intern from Boston University School of Theology, Jen Savoy will share the message. We all love a good story, yes? Join us this week as we hear Miriam’s story of how her brother Moses was used by God to bring about a miraculous provision of water to the thirsty crowd of Israelites. We will consider how the Israelites felt when their complaints were again answered by God. We all have a story to tell about how we have seen God at work and how that has affected our lives, even if we haven’t seen rocks burst open with water to quench the thirst of thousands. Listeners are invited to reflect on what their story is and how God has been at work in it!

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.

Judy King designs our altars.
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October 4 - Blessing of the Pets (Send a photo of you and your pet to Deborah at this link) and World Communion Sunday
October 18 - Laity Sunday
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 15 - Christ the King
November 22 - Thanksgiving
November 29 - First Sunday of Advent



Sharon Gallager expresses gratitude that the smoke is cleared from Portland, Oregon and that Ian and Ruthie (and the kittens) can open the windows and breathe fresh air
She is also grateful that Ian’s Covid test came back so quickly and is negative and he is recovering from his fever. They are so happy they can go outside again after being trapped inside all week.
For CHS band students and families in light of a positive COVID case 
For our Jericho Team as we do the work of breaking down walls and welcoming those who have felt unwelcome in their homes, churches and society
For our world as we live into a new paradigm accelerated by COVID, sometimes uncomfortable, always unfamiliar




Monday Morning Quarterback

Bible study questions
from Seminary Intern Jen Savoy this week
to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.


Read Exodus 17:1-7
(which you can find at this link)

Join us this week as we hear Miriam’s story of how her brother Moses was used by God to bring about a miraculous provision of water to the thirsty crowd of Israelites.

 

1.  This week we find the Israelites still complaining!  Even though they have seen the Lord provide release from bondage, the parting of the sea and safety from the Pharaoh’s army, bread and quail raining down from the sky and pillars of fire and cloud… they STILL find something to grumble about. It makes one wonder if they were just overwhelmed with it all. It can be so hard to trust that God’s plan will work out in the end, especially when you are in the middle of a crisis or difficult journey. Can you think of a time that you felt so overwhelmed by the journey that you struggled to see God’s providence in the midst of it all? How easy or hard was it for you to trust that God has a plan?

2.  The Israelites had been in bondage for so many generations, that it was probably hard for them to suddenly be put out into the desert. They were headed to an unknown place, with limited food, young children and old family members. Anyone who has gone on a trip with young children will tell you that it is not always an easy ride! Add to that the realization that their water had run out and there was no more to be found, and the people were likely not a bunch of happy campers! Then they see Moses walk up to a huge rock after talking to God and hit the rock… and enough water to satisfy the thirst of the whole company burst out! Put yourself in the place of one of the people when Moses started walking toward the rock. What would you be thinking? What emotions would you be feeling? How can we deepen our understanding of this story by placing ourselves in the story?

3. Psalm 78:12-16 talks about some of the things God has done. Where have you seen God at work? We read about some of the amazing things God can do, but God also does little things that make life better! What are some of the big AND little things you have seen God do in your life?

Dear Beloved, 

It has been a difficult week with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the resulting political turmoil, the ongoing pandemic and increase of COVID cases, the severe drought and wildfires, no indictments meaning no justice for the killing of Breonna Taylor and the shooting of two police officers during a night of protest.

The topics of division, health and care of others, stewardship of our environment and justice are properly the subject of our prayer. They need not be politically divisive. They are the subject of our relationship with each other, with our earth and with God. God weeps with us. God deeply desires wholeness in the midst of such brokenness. 

While we are called to act in these areas through our prayer, our vote and our action, God desires wholeness and wellbeing for us as individuals too. In this very stressful time, we need to take care of ourselves and sometimes that means turning the news off and tuning into God instead. 

Tuning into God can be familiar if it's something you do often, but if you're out of practice, here's a meditation to help you focus on the divine. Sitting quietly, look around at your surroundings and take note of five things you can see. Appreciate each thing as being created by God and think of its significance in your life and how it manifests love and connection. Next note four things you can hear.Think about the memories each thing invokes. Next are three things that you can touch. What emotions rise in you as you engage this sense? Next are two things that you can smell. After you've appreciated these two things currently in your surroundings, contempate the question, "What does God smell like?" (For me, it's spring mud, earthy and full of the expectation of new life blooming.) Finally, think of one thing you can taste right now. Think of why it's important and then reflect on the words of the hymn "Taste and see that the Lord is good" as they pertain to Holy Communion. How have you experienced God in this exercise? Have you found a brief respite from the news? If so, try it again tomorrow and be blessed.

Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Visit my blog for inspiration at this link.
  Join me in a special moment of appreciation for Ruth Engel, our Family Promise Coordinator for her faithful outreach to the homeless families in our community by working with this vital program and recruiting Wesley volunteers to serve and give of their hearts, hands and wallets to care for these precious community members.. Thank you Ruth for all you so capably do! Gratefully, Pastor Cheryl
About the business of the church, this week Pastor Cheryl was delighted to attend Wesley's worship on YouTube and Fellowship on Zoom Sunday morning. Monday was a delightful Sabbath day in the garden (tinged with the drudgery of laundry). Tuesday brought meetings with the Lay Leader, SPRC Interim Chair and Ad Board Chair in preparation for various meetings, as well as a meeting with the Greater Concord Interfaith Council of which Pastor Cheryl is the secretary. Most of our sister interfaith organizations have both a clergy and lay representative to this Council. Would you be interested in serving? Please let Pastor Cheryl know! On Wednesday, Pastor Cheryl attended to Granite District business as chair of the Congregational Spiritual Impact Team charged with providing resource Zooms for clergy and laity, as well as fostering new church plants and walking with churches contemplating closure.In the evening the SPRC celebrated the hire of our new AA (Administrative Assistant) and discussed the budget and revision of job descriptions. On Thursday and Friday Pastor Cheryl attended the Leadership Institute presented by Adam Hamilton's Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City MO enjoying presentations by the lead pastor, as well as renowned leadership author and Harvard Professor Ronald Heifetz and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry. Thursday night included a lively choir rehearsal. You should join us! Friday was also filled with seminars on Social Justice and Inclusivity, Beyond Pandemic and Protest: Building Community and The Art of Hospitality. Meetings with the whole staff and individuals rounded out the day. Saturday is always a day of recording the service, catching up on emails and details. Pastoral calls and requests for assistance happen throughout the week.
Wesley UMC's Church Conference has been scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 5pm. Please mark your calendars for this important annual meeting.
Choir Director Ben Greene invites EVERYONE to attend Virtual Choir Rehearsals Thursdays at 7:15 pm. ALL are welcome to attend. The virtual nature of the work lends itself to more flexibility and we hope that you will join us. We meet via Zoom at this recurring link each week: Wesley Virtual Choir Zoom Link Meeting ID: 760 1812 7168 Passcode: jWaed4
Click here for the registration form for the New England United Methodist Women Conference on October 24th: 
Reflections on Race
Honoring the Charter for
Racial Justice

Martha's Circle will meet 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 6 at Lang's Ice Cream
Don't forget to register via email for the Zoom UMW District fall meeting on Sat. Oct. 3 by sending to this email.
Adult Sunday School Studies Acts of the Apostles
  How did Christianity grow from a fringe sect of Judaism into a world religion? How did Jesus’ disciples, scattered and frightened at his crucifixion, become powerful apostles of the new faith? And how was one of Christianity’s most ardent persecutors transformed into the person most responsible, after Jesus, for its theology and evangelism?
  The Book of Acts tells the dramatic story of how the Holy Spirit worked through men and women like us to spread the Gospel throughout the Roman world. Written by the author we know as Luke, Acts of the Apostles is a sequel, picking up where Luke’s Gospel leaves off. It is full of dramatic speeches, hairs-breadth escapes, miracles and even a shipwreck. But mostly, Acts of the Apostles is an inspirational story of the power of faith.
  Adult Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. Each class will meet for an hour through Zoom, which worked extremely well after the shutdown last spring. No outside reading is required. We will read Acts in class, chapter by chapter, with discussions guided and informed by the background study of teacher Byron Champlin.
  If you would like to participate in the study, email Byron at chamby@comcast.net, or phone him at 228-0097.
Join Zoom at this link.  Newcomers welcome!
Meeting ID: 824 9476 3383  Password: 817519  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
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
We will have a blast while worshiping together in a fun and innovative way!
(Don't forget to check your email for recurring Zoom invites.) 
Check out our Children's Time YouTube Channel here!


Are there any youth or children who would like to co-host our Children's Time (or contribute in other ways)? Let Ms. Christina know.
"Messy Church" - some AMAZING "messy" ideas are brewing! Keep your eyes and ears opened!
October 4th is our special "Blessing of the pets", don't forget to submit your pictures. 
Our Boy Scout Troop 86 is recruiting boys and girls who are interested in joining the Boy Scouts. Contact Dan Dupuis at this email for more information.
Mission and Ministry



Request to Faith community and other concerned community members:
The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness is asking for your help to identify a property that could be used as an alternative Winter Shelter Site during the pandemic so, our guests can socially distance yet maintain our 40 bed capacity. Special funding is currently available to purchase a property to use as a winter shelter to address Covid-19 and converted into affordable housing through the CARES Act through December 31, 2020.
The ideal property would be in a walkable distance to downtown Concord and at least 2000 ft.² with one large room and several small rooms to separate symptomatic or vulnerable guests. 
The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness is also seeking a property that could be used to create affordable housing, all towards the goal of ending homelessness in Concord. The property could be donated, sold or leased to CCEH on a long-term basis or a vacant lot or a building that could be renovated into apartments. Also, the location would be in walking distance to downtown Concord and city services or to a major bus route, and be 1/ 3 of an acre or greater and have close proximity to city water and sewer lines.
Winter shelter operations protocol during COVID-19
(Updated September 22, 2020. Please note if the CDC or state guidelines change, these protocols may be edited to meet the most up-to-date requirements and recommendations.)
Before entering the building, guests temperatures will be scanned, and guests will answer mandated health screening questions. Guests will be required to wear a mask unless, medically unable to wear a mask. If a guest answers yes to the health screening questions or does not pass the temperature check, they will be transported to Convenient MD for Covid-19 testing and sent to the State's quarantine shelter in Laconia, per state protocol.
All persons entering the building will use the same sanitation rules, handwashing for two minutes or using hand sanitizer supplied by Concord Coalition to End Homelessness . Staff will wipe down all high and medium touch surfaces including the restrooms with CDC approved cleaning solution every two hours as required by the State. Staff will sanitize all fixtures and surfaces in the buildings including beds, cabinets, bathroom stalls, sinks, etc. with an eMist electrostatic sprayer every morning after closing and every evening before opening. A professional cleaning company will clean the building twice a week and a portable UV air sanitation unit will be situated according to room size and number of occupants in each room. Staff and volunteers will Wear PPE. There will be no food consumed in the building and masks may be adjusted to drink water. Guests will be advised to remain 6 feet apart even when wearing masks and beds will be situated 43 to 66 inches apart and guests will sleep head to toe. 
For more information about the proposed winter shelter and health screening at shelters, please visit  .



"Hope United"       
                                                                                                                                                 
  Free music festival to benefit the ministry of Rolling Ridge, October 3rd 12 noon to 3pm. Watch from the comfort of your home on Facebook Live.
 For information about the concert please visit their website
 


From the Concord School District
There are current vacancies in the Concord Schools. There is a need for assistants at all levels both full- and part-time, monitors for small groups of students on and offline work and substitute teachers are needed across the District. For more information please visit their website or email Larry Prince.


Concord VNA will be offering two online Spousal Loss Groups starting in October.
Tuesday evenings at 5:30 to 6:30pm, October 20th -December 1st.
Wednesdays mornings 10:30 to 11:30am October 21-December 2nd.
Registration is required. Please call the VNA at 410-9917 or register directly online at this link.

 The CROP committee has designated Oct. 10-12 as our “Virtual Walk Weekend” for the 36th Annual Concord, NH CROP Hunger Walk. Because of the COVID pandemic, the needs this year are greater than ever: around the world, across our country, and in our local communities.  Last year 14 faith communities raised a total of $13,751 and $3470.44 (25%) was returned to the Interfaith Council to distribute to local programs.  
So here’s the plan… Instead of gathering in person on Saturday for a kick off rally, the walk, and refreshments afterward, we encourage walking with family, friends or alone (following the safety guidelines of your town) at the time and place of your choice during the holiday weekend.  We will live stream a” kick off rally” on Facebook on Saturday morning and record it for those who want to watch at another time. Walkers will be asked to send us pictures or short videos that we can post on the Interfaith Council Facebook page and Website throughout the weekend.
All of our participating churches are encouraged to select a team captain, set up a team page on the CROP website, and focus primarily on raising money online at this link. Walkers could also make donations through their church, with the church sending one check (made out to CWS/CROP and mailed to our walk treasurer).   
In the meantime, there will be a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7:00 PM for team captains and anyone else interested in learning more about CROP or helping in some way with this year’s event.  Click on the link below to join the meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting at this link: 
Meeting ID: 815 3297 3913
Passcode: 980437

If you can’t attend the meeting, but have questions or suggestions or simply want to help, please contact Chris Paull at this email, Walk Coordinator, 520-9196 (cell) 286-3238 (home)

After our In-Gathering for the Alternative High School Program last week, Jane Broadrick reported that the staff at the AHS were beside themselves with gratitude for the food donated. They are planning to put a strong emphasis on community service for their students this year and want very much to be able to help the church in any way possible. They are open to taking their students to people's homes to do outside work--raking, cleanup, snow removal, etc--during school hours, Monday through Friday. It would be a community service so no payment would be involved. They especially spoke about doing this for elderly or handicapped folks. A staff person would always accompany and supervise their students when they are doing community service. Please contact Jane Broadrick at this link if you'd like to take them up on this generous offer.

This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Exodus 17:1-7

From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarrelled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?’ But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’ So Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.’ Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarrelled and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’

Psalm 78:12-16

In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels
   in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
   and made the waters stand like a heap.
In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
   and all night long with a fiery light.
He split rocks open in the wilderness,
   and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
He made streams come out of the rock,
   and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

Call to Worship

 
As we gather around our computer screens this morning, open our hearts and minds as well as our ears, O Lord. We come to you ready to jump out of our comfort zones and be ready to journey for you. Grant us patience to wait on what you have planned for us, and give us hearts to feel the joy that comes from following you. Thank you, Lord, and Amen!






 




 
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.
While Wesley UMC is not meeting in person, we will be holding meetings and Bible studies via conference call and Zoom. Links can be found on our website and Facebook to all of our media. If you need help using any of these programs, please contact Paula Delbonis-Platt.
We've designed a plan to keep us in touch with one another. If you're not already connected and would like to hear from your church friends more regularly, please let Jane Broadrick know.
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Pastor Cheryl has made a variety of special visits where allowed recently. If you'd like a visit, please contact the office at 224-7413 or concordwumc@gmail.com for prayer or to schedule a masked, socially distanced, outdoor visit during this time.
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