THIS WEEK AT WESLEY
8:30 am Communion Service, Chp
9:00 am Choir Practice, Library
10:00 am Prayer Messengers, Ch
10:30 am Worship Service, Sanct
No Sunday School or Childcare this week.
6:30 pm Cub Scouts, Hall
11:00 am Alcathon, Hall
10-2pm Parsonage Open House
1:00 pm Trustees, Chapel
4:00 pm Sacred Dance, Parlor
5:45 pm Handbells, Sanctuary
7:00 pm Boy Scouts, Hall
7:15 pm Choir, Sanctuary
8:00 am Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester St.
8:30 am Chapel Service, Chapel
9:00 am Adult Sunday School, Par
9:00 am Choir Practice, Library
10:00 am Prayer Messengers, Ch
10:20 am Praise Music, Sanctuary
10:30 am Worship Service, Sanc
2:30 pm Fireside Chat with Pastor
Sunday School and Childcare are available at 10:30 am service.
Join us this Sunday, December 29, 2019 for Pajama Sunday. We’ll hear scripture from Psalm 148 and Ephesians 5:18b-20: be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Wear your PJs or comfy clothing and come sing Christmas carols with your church family to celebrate this first Sunday of Christmas!
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!
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.
Greeter: Faren Thorson
Liturgist: Jill Savage
Coffee Cleanup: Bill Broadrick
We pray together for the Veenstra family as they travel to Minneapolis for Christmas. We pray for Brenda Buck who is awaiting test results on a biopsy from her transplanted kidney. We pray for Brenda Place and her family during a difficult time and her mom, as well as for Aniah’s family as she was buried yesterday in Alabama. Prayers for Phil and Marlene for better health. Prayers for Rohit for safe travels home out west. Prayers for Cam and her husband who had a healthy baby girl, Lucy. Prayers for Pat Neal who is having tests on Monday for heart problems. Pastor Cheryl asks continued prayers for Dennis, as well as for Rena Jones and Caroline Palmer.
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK
with New Year devotion
Bible Study Questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.
Read Psalm 148 and Ephesians 5:18b-20
· For what has your heart sung in 2019?
· For what does your heart hope in 2020?
· How can you reach out to one other person in love and forgiveness?
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.
You are warmly invited to Pastor Cheryl's home-the parsonage at 35 Conant Drive any time between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday, January 1st, New Year's Day for an Open House featuring fun food, good music and friendly conversation.
I want to thank each and every one of you for a glorious Christmas Eve! Thank you to those who came to worship, who brought friends and family, who danced, sang, played bells and instruments. Thank you to those who planned and decorated and read. Thank you to those who mooed and baaed, created costumes and props. Thank you for your time, your selfless devotion and your kindness. Our three services were incredibly beautiful and deeply meaningful and that is a testament to your hard work.
Thank you also for your kindness in providing the staff gifts. It is so gratifying to be able to share your generosity with each of our dedicated workers. Thank you for the cookies and muffins, cards and ornaments. You are a gift!
With deep appreciation,
Please plan to pick up your donated poinsettias on Sunday, December 29th. If you’d like to donate your poinsettia to someone we visit, please let Jane Broadrick or Judy Attorri know. Thank you.
December Alternative High School Ministries
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 and breakfast items.
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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.
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.
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 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.
Please join the Household of Faith Dancers, led by Renee Doucette, in the parlor on Thursdays from 4-5 pm. No dance experience required!
If you would like to help greet our guests at worship some week, please call or text Nancy Fransen at 603-224-7635.
Join us in preparing the pews, candles, banners and more in our sanctuary for worship each week by contacting Joan Beldin at 715-8888.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.