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a weekly email about the ministry of Wesley United Methodist Church

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We strive to quiet the conflict among all people by creating a compelling environment that fosters spirituality, community engagement, and social justice.
 
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Persons of all races, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations are welcomed as full participants in the life and mission of this congregation.
 
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THIS WEEK AT WESLEY

 
 Sunday 12/15/19
  8:30 a.m.  Communion Service, Chapel
  9:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School, Parlor
  9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library 
 10:00 a.m.  Prayer Messengers, Chapel
 10:20 a.m.  Praise Music, Sanctuary
 10:30 a.m.  Worship Service, Sanctuary
 11:30 a.m.   Wrapping Party, Hanna Hall
  3:00 p.m.   PFLAG, Parlor
  Sunday School and Childcare are offered at 10:30 a.m. service. 

Tuesday 12/17/19
         
7:00 p.m.   Bible Study, Chapel
 
Thursday  12/19/19   
4:00 p.m.    Sacred Dance, Parlor
5:45 p.m.    Handbells, Sanctuary
7:15 p.m.    Choir, Sanctuary
7:00 p.m.   Read That!, Chapel
   
Friday 12/20/19
8:00 a.m.  Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester St.
 
Sunday 12/22/19
 8:30 a.m.  Chapel Service, Chapel
 9:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School, Parlor
 9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library
10:00 a.m. Prayer Messengers, Chapel
10:20 a.m. Praise Music, Sanctuary
10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Sanctuary
11:30 a.m.  Caroling, off campus
    Sunday School and Childcare are available at 10:30 a.m. service. 

 

THIS WEEK'S GREETER
Nancy Fransen

COFFEE CLEAN UP
Mary Ann Wolfe

 HAPPY  BIRTHDAY!​
Ian Gallager
Calvin Dowling
Julie Bly
Holly Newhall
If we missed your birthday, please let the office know so we can update our records.  Thank you! 

PRAYER REQUESTS
Concerns: family of Judy Attorri on passing of Mark's mom, Becky with a tumor in her colon, those with mental illness, Alan cushion for better health, Emma Turki from Yemen, a service dog in need of a pacemaker, 1 yr. old missing since last Wed., Marlene and her dr.'s appt.
Gratitiude:  Christine's mom out of rehab and back home, Terry's mom out of hospital

FRIENDLY KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 Erle Huntington is looking for more 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 whichever time works best for you. All are invited to lift your voice and sing to the Lord! No experience is necessary. Any questions? You can email our Choir Director, Ben Greene.

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.                                                   


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

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. 

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

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.
                

Worship Forecast

Pastor Cheryl’s sermon titled, “From the Tips of Our Toes" is based on scripture in Luke 1:47-55 which is Mary’s Magnificat—her song glorifying God. The theme for this third Advent week is Joy! We will explore the joy that Mary experienced in the knowledge that God blessed her with bearing the Christ-child into the world. We will consider the role joy plays in our faith. We will celebrate the lighting of the Advent Candle and Holy Communion each week of Advent and we’ll sing Christmas Carols with Advent words.

December 22, 2019 – Love
          Matthew 1:18-25 – Hesed: Kindness, Mercy, Loyalty, Love

December 24, 2019 – Christmas Eve
    - Pageant at 4:00 pm – Starry Night, Noisy Night featuring our wonderful Sunday School and Youth.
    - Christmas Eve service with musical prelude at 7:00 pm.
    - Candlelight, lessons, carols and communion with musical prelude at 11:00 pm.

December 29, 2019 – Pajama Sunday.
Psalm 148 - Wear your PJs and come sing Christmas carols with your church family to celebrate this first Sunday of Christmas!

January 6, 2020 – Epiphany!
Matthew 2:1-12 – Home by Another Way
 
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!


Matthew 1:18-25
The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;[b] and he named him Jesus.


 
Monday Morning Quarterback

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


Poinsettias

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.
Pastor Cheryl


Advent 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.

Advent 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.


Christmas Eve

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
Ministries

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
Suggested items:

            Cup of Soup, Oatmeal Packets

            Crackers & Cheese or Peanut butter

            Individual Mac & Cheese

            Chef Boyardee, Breakfast Items


Staff Gift

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.


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 https://smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0276120 to select Wesley UMC-Concord NH.


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


 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


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 at nhpack86@gmail.com or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy at mshellfc@comcast.net 
 


UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT
 

Advent Fun and Christmas Worship
Wesley UMC - 79 Clinton St. Concord, NH
Worship 8:30 and 10:30
Dec 15th - Holiday Wrapping Party - 11:30
Dec 22nd - Caroling - 11:30
Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve Children’s Pageant - 4:00 pm
Dec 24th - Worship 7:00 pm and 11 pm (Carols, communion & candlelight)
More information at our website: concordwumc.org
 
Blue Christmas Service
December 18th - 7:00 pm
Bow Mills UMC - 505 South Street Bow, NH
 
Blue Christmas Meditation and Healing Service
December 18th - 7:00 pm
First UMC - 18 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH
This service is for anyone, but especially those who have experienced the loss of a loved one and find that Christmas is a difficult holiday because of that loss.
 
Messy Church - Christmas
December 20th - 5:30 - 7:30 pm
First UMC - 961 Valley St. Manchester, NH

 Holiday Worship Services
Longest Night Service (Hope, Healing & Remembrance)
December 20th - 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Christmas Eve Family Service
(Choir, Sacred Dance Message & Candlelight)
December 24th 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Christmas Eve Communion & Candlelight Service
December 24th - 11:00 - 12:00 Midnight
Lebanon UMC - 18 School St., Lebanon, NH

T’was the Light Before Christmas - Christmas Play
December 21st - 3:00 pm
Suncook UMC - 152 Main St., Pembroke, NH
Families are invited to take part in this two-hour, rehearsal-to-cast-party adventure  as they rehearse a simple song, create a keepsake prop, and experience that Jesus is the true light of the world. Guests will enjoy fun crafts, delightful music, and a hilarious, engaging play—all while celebrating Jesus’ birth in a new and refreshing way. Everyone gets to be both audience and performer and is of course invited to the cast party and post-performance pictures. For more information call 485-9707.
 
 

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