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THIS WEEK AT WESLEY

Monday: Office closed in observance of Presidents' Day
Tuesday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Martha’s Circle is meeting from, Parlor
 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Step Ahead Art Show, Hanna Hall
 7:00 pm Eclipsing Empire Bible Study with Pastor Cheryl, Chapel (Chapter XII)
Wednesday: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm SPRC meeting, Chapel
Thursday: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Read That! 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
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
 11:30 – 12:30 Worship and Music Team Meeting in the Chapel


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

Tomorrow our worship will include scripture from the Gospel of Matthew 5:21-37, a portion of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in which he says that murder and adultery are sinful, but even anger and lust, the intentions underlying those acts, are sinful. Pastor Cheryl's sermon, entitled, Reconciliation, will focus on the intent and relationships which Jesus is imploring us to tend through his instructions in this part of his beloved sermon. Electric Praise will sing a great praise set beginning at 10:20 and more throughout the service. The Jubellation Handbell Choir will play Sanctuary. Ken Gallager will play the organ and piano. The choir, directed by Ben Greene will sing In thee, O Lord, Is Fullness of Joy. Christina Catino will share children's worship titled Forgiven and Forgiving based on Matthew 5:23 "when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you."  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.














Here's a link to last week's 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 about $10, scholarships available.
All are welcome!

Shrove Tuesday-2/25      Ash Wednesday-2/26      Palm Sunday-4/5       Maundy Thursday-4/9      Good Friday-4/10      Easter Sunrise-4/12


SUNDAY MINISTRIES

Greeter: Nancy Fransen

Liturgist: Sarah Burke-Cohen

Coffee Cleanup: Dan Haines

Counters: Ruth Engel and Cindy Nix

 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Dan Haines 2/16

Jenn Lane 2/16
 

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 5:21-37

  • In this scripture, we hear Jesus’ own words, but it is still important to remember the context of the people to whom he was speaking. President Jimmy Carter, a faithful Christian, famously relied on verse 28 with respect to fidelity within the marriage covenant. Today’s society isn’t nearly as strict as even a few years ago about sex outside marriage. How do Jesus’ words inform your thinking on this topic?
 
  • The passage strongly condemns even the intention—even the thought of malice. Not only is murder a sin, but even being angry with someone is a sin. I suspect that most of us are sinners in this regard but Jesus offers a healing course, that is, to be reconciled to one another, to come to terms quickly. Think of instances where you have been able to take this corrective course.

PRAYER REQUESTS
Becky Russell's son, Tom Jr, who is suffering from great depression. Rena Jones’ family, mourning her passing last week. Joshua Smith's passing (from the Alt. High School). The victims of the fire on Pillsbury. Those involved in the active shooter situation at NE College. Bob Lundholm remembering his time with the scouts during Scout Sunday


Our first Family Promise week is February 23rd to March 1st. Volunteers please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Ruth Engel. Note: current and future volunteers are encouraged to attend the Safe Sanctuaries training on February 9th after the 10:30 service.

 
Altar Flowers 


Flowers are needed for March 1 and 8. 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. 
 
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. Thank you. If you will be in attendance this day and have any dietary needs, please let us know so that we may accommodate you!
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.
 
Join the Read That! Book Club on February 20th to discuss Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.  Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.



On March 14th, NHTI will offer an anti-racism training, from 8-1pm. Sign up here to attend this valuable training.

 


New Policies
Our Administrative Board has approved several new policies. You can access them by clicking on their titles below. You can also find them in the Narthex podium desk or through the church office.
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. The policy has recently been reviewed and updated and all volunteers and staff who work with children are required to take the training to explore the document and renew their understanding of our policy. 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.

Keep informed with our new Jumbotron: Please take a moment to notice our monitor with announcements prepared by Deb Venator which used to be near the coffee in the Narthex. It is now located above the bulletin board.


Upcoming Events: We are hoping to have our annual plant sale in May, as well as, a special presence on the lawn for Independence Day again this year. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact the office.


Check out this video of the birth of Wesley UMC, from the merger of Baker Memorial and First Methodist Churches.





Check out this 50th anniversary booklet that describes Wesley through the years. 
Go to this link and then scroll down to the Announcements section.


 
Click on these links to learn more about the Mission of Peace to China for High School students or the work of the Open Spirit Task Force that is analyzing the various outcomes from recent denominational legislation and plans as they pertain to LGBTQ inclusion.
 
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? 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!
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! 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-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. The February monthly support group meeting will be held in the Parlor on Sunday, February 16, 2020  from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 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

Scout Sunday photo credit: Nancy Fransen

Matthew 5:21-37

 

Concerning Anger

‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.” But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Concerning Adultery

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

Concerning Divorce

‘It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.” But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Concerning Oaths

‘Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.

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


Messy Church - Children & Adults
February 21st - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
First UMC - 961 Valley St. Manchester, NH
MORE INFORMATION

#COUNTDOWNTOCAMP
Wanakee's 2020 Summer Schedule is here!
Can't wait for summer? Neither can we! With programs like You n' MeSenior High, Creative Arts, Music and Performance (C.A.M.P)Sports and Games, and Wizards of Wanakee, we have camps for all ages and interests. This summer, we are again offering #CountdownToCamp and Multi-Week discounts

The summer camp program guide will be in your mailbox soon; keep an eye out! In the meantime, you can view our summer schedule on the NEW Wanakee website. In addition, 
Online Registration is open.

Wanakee's camper fees operate on a two-tiered "pay what's right for you" plan. Information is available in the forthcoming program guide as well as on our website. We are proud to keep camp affordable for families; a week at Wanakee starts at 50% less than the national average.

You can register online, by phone at (603) 279-7950, or print out and mail the registration form to the address below. We are so excited to see you this summer!
REGISTER NOW!
 

 

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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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