Bible Study Questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.
Read Luke 1:47-55
· This scripture is Mary’s Magnificat – her song magnifying God. She thanks God and names God’s wonderful characteristics. If you were to write such a song, what would you include?
· In this passage, Mary acknowledges her lowliness and indicates how God lifts the lowly. Can you think of a bible story where God lifts the lowly? How about a modern story?
· God scatters the proud, brings down the powerful from their thrones, and sends the rich away empty. Who is this talking about? What does this mean for us?
Advent Devotion: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
Our poinsettias will be arriving in time for worship on Sunday, December 22! Our sanctuary will be filled with the beauty of that precious plant that signifies Christ’s presence.
Most Christmas greenery reflects European traditions. But one colorful plant, which looks like a flaming star, the poinsettia, is a native to the American continent. It was named after Dr. Joel Robert Poinset, an ambassador to Mexico who first introduced it to the United States in 1828.
He admired the dramatic beauty of the bright red poinsettia that grew rooftop high and bloomed profusely at Christmas. He was awed when Mexican Christians told him why the bright red poinsettias were a part of their celebration of the birth and life of Christ.
In Mexico, the story goes like this: The Bethlehem star shone over the manger where Jesus was born. Its light so bright the earth responded, reflecting that star light, receiving that star light, mirroring that star light with a beautiful flower. Star shaped, radiant shaped, pure white petals, golden star centers. In Mexican lore, it was always the Flower of the Holy Night.
It grew on earth as a creation to glorify and commemorate that Holy Night "For the stars shout forth the glory of God." Then came the tragic day when Jesus dies on the cross and the blossoms changed. Pure white petals remembered the sacrifice of the Christ born when the star was over Bethlehem.
Flower of the Holy Night, star shaped, radiant shaped, blood red petals, star flowers for the Holy Night. Now, everywhere, on cards and on trees, in churches and in our homes, the poinsettia takes its place; reminding us of a Holy Night, pointing to a Good Friday.
Please plan to pick up your donated poinsettias on Sunday, December 29th so that they may remain in place throughout our Christmas Eve services on December 24th at 4pm, 7pm and 11pm sharing their beauty and meaning with our Christmas guests. Thank you.
This week, join us in Hanna Hall following worship for a gift-wrapping party. Deb Venator has arranged a wonderful opportunity for you to have your gifts wrapped while enjoying the company of church family and some delicious pizza and cookies. If you enjoy wrapping, you’re welcome to do that too.
Join us each Sunday in Advent in Hanna Hall for worship and fun.
This week, join us in Hanna Hall following worship for a gift-wrapping party. Deb Venator has arranged a wonderful opportunity for you to have your gifts wrapped while enjoying the company of church family and some delicious pizza and cookies. If you enjoy wrapping, you’re welcome to do that too. Join us each Sunday in Advent in Hanna Hall for worship and fun.
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.
This Sunday, Pastor Cheryl will pass out invitations that you are encouraged to use to invite your friends, family and neighbors to one of our inspiring Christmas Eve services on Tuesday, December 24th. At 4:00 pm we will enjoy a Children’s pageant called Starry Night, Noisy Night featuring our Sunday School children and youth and directed by Christina Catino.
At 7:00 pm a musical prelude will begin featuring Ben Greene, Lynne Lemay, Ken Gallager, Ed Brand, Richard Lessard, Jubellation, and Electric Praise followed by a Christmas service.
At 11:00 pm we will hear a musical prelude by Ben, Faith and Dan Greene followed by a service of Lessons and Carols, communion and singing Silent Night by candlelight.
December Alternative High School
Winter Coat Drive Extended-Dec. 15
For students at Second Start’s Alternative High School
Extended 1 more week
Christmas Project, Dec. 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.
Fifth Sunday Food Collection, December 29:
For students at Second Start’s Alternative High School
Cup of Soup, Oatmeal Packets
Crackers & Cheese or Peanut butter
Individual Mac & Cheese
Chef Boyardee, Breakfast Items
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.
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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 And Rehearsal Date
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 “full” rehearsal on Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with all hands on deck, cast and crew! 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!
Soup and Stories
Wesley has scheduled our history sharing night for January 26th. 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.
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.
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 December monthly support group meeting will be held in the Parlor on Sunday, December 15, 2019 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