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Wesley UMC’s Vision Statement
We strive to quiet the conflict among all people by creating a compelling environment that fosters spirituality, community engagement, and social justice.
Wesley UMC's Inclusivity Statement
Persons of all races, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations are welcomed as full participants in the life and mission of this congregation.
United Methodist Church's Mission Statement
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
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   Join us and be present for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am or during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. Let us know that you attended the service by clicking this link. New episodes appear each Tuesday at 4:30 pm and re-air 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.

  Request prayers by email from our Prayer Chain at this link. Join us for fellowship via Zoom at this link.
Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Passcode: Wesley

  Give or tithe to Wesley's mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or visit this secure link on our website to use your debit or credit card. 
  Find opportunities to serve our neighbors in need and imagine ways to witness your faith below or on our website. 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Betsy Buck 04/06
Catherine Parker 04/08
Ben Venator 04/09


- For Helen Fryer who is in hospice and her beloved spouse, George.
- For Gail Page who was briefly hospitalized with a blood clot in her lung last week.
- For Al Sidney who has now been diagnosed with blood cancer.
- For Arline Little who has been transferred to a rehab center.
- For Bill Broadrick, diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
- For Dick Kipperman's granddaughter, seeking to find her way.
- For Ken Gallager's mom Ann for health issues.
- For Cindy Nix for ongoing health issues.
- For Dick Hart's daughter Caroline, an EMT in Chicago.
- For Larry Haynes, diagnosed with kidney cancer.
- For Wesley's ministries: Family Promise, Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, Abbot-Downing School, Second Start Alternative High School;
- For our children and youth programs and our new Messy Church offering;
- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia struggling with both malaria and COVID.
- For Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua.
- For our Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, our District Superintendent Taesung Kang, our Pastor Cheryl Meachen, our staff, our volunteer church leaders and each member and friend of Wesley.

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.


This Easter Sunday, April 4th, we will hear scripture from John 20:1-18 by Bill Platt. 


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 from Boston University School of Theology.
Judy King and Myrna Evans design our altars


LONGTERM FORECAST
Each of our Sunday Services can be viewed on our YouT
ube Channel at 10:30 on Sunday.

April 11 - Guest Preacher: Seminary Intern: Jen Savoy - Romans 8:26-30

April 18 - Let God's light shine through you! - Psalm 4
Native American Awareness Sunday offering 

April 25 - The Good ShepherdJohn 10: 11-18

May 2 - The Ethiopian Eunuch - Acts 8:26-40


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.

All services are available on CCTV
Channel 22 the Tuesday following the premiere air dates, as well.
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This virtual service is presented as a dramatic reading of the Passion story, paired with contemporary musical selections, which follows the journey of Jesus in the last days of his life on earth. As a continuation of the narrative according to the Gospel of Matthew, the service picks up at the anointing and progresses through the series of events that led to the betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus Christ. 
Please join EP for this service on YouTube.

Join Pastor Virg of Bow Mills UMC and Pastor Cheryl for a meaningful Easter Sunrise Service at Dimond Hill Farm. Please wear masks and social distancing is required. 

Good morning, Beloved,

Today is Good Friday, a very solemn day. I pray that you partake of our worship service this evening at 7:00 pm featuring Electric Praise and titled, "The Hour is Come."

Tomorrow is Holy Saturday and while we often use the day as a preparation for the colorful and joyful celebration of Easter, it can be well-spent, at least in part, in somber reflection on Jesus' days in the tomb. It can be helpful to reflect on your own dark night of the soul, if you have had that experience. Go over to our Facebook page to see a reading of Lamentations in remembrance of this day.

Sunday is Easter!! What a wonderful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord we will share as Bill Platt reads scripture, our wonderful choir, under the direction of Ben Greene and accompanied by Ken Gallager. Our staff has worked hard this Holy Week and we are so grateful to Deborah Venator for her tireless work on video production, Alan Schulte for directing our band, Christina Catino for her work with our lovely children, Anne Roberts for her great work on the eWeekly and Dennis Broussard as he readies our sanctuary for our eventual return to in person worship.

I've been thinking a lot about what Easter means, that is, why we hold this story at the center of our faith in this time of COVID and racism and shootings at schools and grocery stores and office buildings.

For me the answer is LOVE WINS!

Even when we are isolated from one another, hope will triumph and we will see each other again and worship and celebrate and break bread.

Even as we watch the terrible video footage of the police officer's trial for George Floyd's murder, justice will be victorious as we witness that arc of the moral universe, that Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of, being long, but bending toward justice. Change takes a long time, but it is happening.


Even as we witness this plethora of shootings, peace will prevail as we find peace in our own hearts and share it with others, offering a grace-filled word instead of criticism, offering compassion and building each other up rather than fault-finding.

Christ has done the work, overcoming death, but we still have a role in witnessing that victory to the world, sharing these messages of love, hope, justice and peace.

Pastor Cheryl will be on vacation following Easter from April 5 and returning Tuesday, April 13. During that time our seminary intern, Jen Savoy will be available for pastoral emergencies at cell phone 603 540-7290 or jsavoy@gsinet.net. Jen will also bring the message on Sunday, April 11th.
Bishop Devadhar will continue in his role as our NE Conference Bishop through December 2022, more than two years after his anticipated retirement, in part due to "the delay of our 2020 General and Jurisdictional conferences, postponing episcopal elections and our denomination’s plans to find a way through our theological differences. For the sake of consistency and continuity at such a time as this, (he is) grateful to be able to serve as (our) spiritual and temporal leader. " Read his full letter at this link.
The first such celebration will be held on April 25th at 1pm as we celebrate the end of our Boston University School of Theology Intern, Jen Savoy's time with us. There will be scripture, prayer and appreciation for all the work she's done as we send her on to her first pastoral charge. You will be invited to park in our lot like a drive-in theater and tune your radio to hear what is spoken from the steps.
We are wondering how people are coming with their vaccinations. If you are willing to share, please fill out our survey at this link or call the church office to say whether and when you've been vaccinated. The survey also asks a few questions about your comfort level with communion and other items that will affect our in-person planning. You can request to fill it out by phone with Anne if you prefer.
Plans are underway for our mid-May Plant Sale. Plan to buy your hanging baskets and veggie flats while supporting Wesley's mission and ministry. If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Theresa Beldin, our Fundraising Leader.
We are very grateful for your faithfulness to our mission and ministry even during this very trying time. There are wonderful ministries happening and even though we can't lay hands on each other we have certainly laid our hearts out toward our neighbors by supplying towels and blessing bags to the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and cameras and thermometers to the Abbot-Downing School. We've provided money for a trip to Second Start Alternative High School and continue to provide food and funds to Family Promise. Small groups, prayer and study groups continue to meet. We continue to worship together thanks to beautifully created services by our talented and dedicated staff that also have created and delivered treats on various occasions throughout the year.

This Easter season is a time of deep gratitude for all God has done and is doing in our lives and we express that appreciation through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. We invite and encourage you to consider a special financial Easter gift to Wesley by mail at 79 Clinton Street Concord NH 03301 or at the giving page of our website as a celebration of the resurrected Jesus, the one who showed us that life prevails over death and love over hate. Thank you.

Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen


Enjoy A Moment of Grace, the short video devotional on our Facebook page with Pastor Cheryl each morning.

United Methodist Women
An update from Judy Daka:

“Dear Nancy,
Kindly receive greetings from Ecumenical Development Foundation staff, volunteers and board members. It’s our prayer that most of the members are able to receive vaccines by now. We are remembering mama Ginny who receive Gods call. May her Soul Rest in Peace. I’ve prepared project narrative report on the funds received from the United Methodist Women efforts and Rev. Cheryl Meachen's blessings. I want to send my heartfelt thank you note to you all.
Yours, in Love. Judith F Daka, Director

With the funds received, Judy's team purchased 500 mosquito nets which were distributed to 150 Households and 20 families received food packs. Judy's team conducted lessons on key hygiene with sensitivity to cultural differences and focused on Covid-19. Suggesting frequently washing hands with soap can be an insult in Zambia. They also, encouraged social distancing, wearing masks avoiding big gatherings especially at funerals and meetings and unnecessary trips to the city.

Judy's team is still safe. They keep doing their usual remedies of steaming with variety of fruit tree leaves. Families are advised to construct tippy taps for hand washing near toilets and at the entrance of the village. Each household  is encouraged to follow suit. Families are instructed to boil water for drinking, let it cool and put in a well-covered container ready to drink. Since adding this practice, cases of water borne related diseases like diarrhea have decreased in children.

Judy's team learned a lot about nutrition. The nutritionist from the local health center and volunteers are part of cooking demos. We were given recipes apart from soybeans and groundnuts like adding small fish powder to porridge. Their initial understanding was based around maize meal (nshima) and thought it was the only food to feed children. They learned how to use a variety of nutritious foods (pumpkins, sweet potatoes, ground nuts, beans, soybeans, etc) and when they are available based on growing seasons. "We used to get seeds of soybeans from business men and grow soybeans to sell,  not knowing it’s a nutritious food supplement for the family." Judy's Team coordinated well with the Church by giving announcements of the activities to be implemented. The Church, village, and the Kanakantapa community leadership (KCDC) all are part of planning and designing the project.

A SPRING LOVE OFFERING: Will the United Methodist Women and Wesley UMC join in donating funds to help our sister Judy Daka carry on her ministry in Africa? Our funds help tremendously for nets and food. In lieu of our annual Bake Sale to raise monies for Judy, we are accepting donations for more mosquito nets and other necessary items. Please make check payable to WUMW with Judy Daka noted and mail to our UMW Treasurer, Julie Runnells, 149 Eastside Drive #211, Concord, NH 03301. Thank You. Collections due April 27, 2021. 

To read Nancy Fransen's full article and report, click here.

The CCEH Corner

April 4, 2021

What a lovely dedication service by Pastor Cheryl for the Blessing Bags which we have all been filling during the Lenten season. Were you surprised at the number of bags that were donated?  Didn’t the altar look overflowing and ready to send God’s love out to our community?

Blessing Bags Delivered
Tuesday, we took the Blessing Bags and other personal items from WUMC to the CCEH facility. They was very warmly received. We know that these everyday essentials were needed and will make a difference to so many people.

Thank you for putting your love for others into tangible works. This has been a Lenten season that has challenged us, but even though though we have not been in church physically, we have still managed to work together.

Happy Easter to everyone from your CCEH Mission. 

 
Family Promise Help Needed!

Wesley’s folks are scheduled to provide meals or grocery gift cards from March 28th to April 3rd! The program currently has two Moms, both with little boys who are staying in the parsonage of Henniker Congregational Church. Here is how you can help: send your cash donations or grocery store gift cards to the church office, OR if you would like to provide a meal, contact Ruth Engel to schedule a time for pick-up and delivery to Henniker. Your support is appreciated!
Here are two short videos of moms in the program saying thank you:
watch here and here.
Spiritual Formation and Education



Monday Morning Quarterback Bible Study

Weekly questions from Pastor Cheryl to continue studying scripture 
from the worship service at home.

Read: John 20:1-18

1. The Easter Story is one of the most amazing and profound stories that exist in the world. What does it mean to you?

2. Have you ever experienced a time like Mary when all seemed lost? Perhaps you were engulfed in grief and despair. How did you move through that time? What helped? Your faith? A friend or family member? Time?

3. Have you ever experienced joyful discovery or realization like Mary? Does that feeling inform your faith? How have you (or could you, in the future) share that wonderful feeling with others?

4. How would you describe how the Easter story informs our Christian identity to a young Sunday School student or friend who didn't know much about Christianity? What aspects of the story are relevant today?
Adult Sunday School Starts Study of 1 Thessalonians and Galatians
Newcomers welcome! At 9 a.m
 What’s the first book of the New Testament?  Most of us will quickly answer the Gospel of Matthew.  But what is the first book that was written? That’s a different question. And a different answer!
  We hope to see you on March 14! Join Zoom at this link. 
Meeting ID: 863 3723 2049  Password: 003935  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Sunday School Zoom at 10:00 am each week on Zoom at this link
Meeting ID: 726 9853 8230  Passcode: Sunday
Youth Zoom at 1:00 pm each Sunday at this link
Meeting ID: 736 0199 3984 - Passcode: Youth


Apply now for NEAC scholarships!

United Methodist adults and recent high school graduates pursuing undergraduate education are invited to apply for a scholarship from the New England Conference for the 2021-22 academic year. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2021. Learn more and get the application forms at www.neumc.org/scholarships

💗We miss you!

Thank you!!  Ms. Christina

Music Ministry
 Virtual Choir Rehearsals 
All are invited to attend Thursdays at 7:15 pm. We meet via Zoom at this recurring link each week: Meeting ID: 779 7127 5619 Passcode: 9M6QX9. 

The choir will continue to sing Anthems and hold rehearsals through mid-May and everyone is welcome to join us as we continue to record hymns throughout the summer!
Living Our Best Lives



A few weeks ago we asked about ways that you might reuse items in your home.  And this section has had some information and tips on reducing the amount of garbage waste that we put in our garbage cans. Gail Page responded to one of the questions and sent in these pictures and things she does to reduce garbage waste.



Kitty litter in cardboard box,  Bamboo toothbrush, DIY toothpaste (ingredients available at Granite State Natural Food), floss in refillable container and refill packet, toothpaste recipe.

Local Activism



Local teacher and activist Carolyn Cicciu holds a poster for Palestine. Carolyn carries her drive for cultural awareness and understanding into her classroom. To read about a compelling assignment she gave her class, read here.
(Picture Provided by Gail Page.)

This Week's Prayer and Scripture

John 20:1-18The Resurrection of Jesus

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.



Call to Worship


God meets us at the sites of life’s bleakest encounters.

God captures our attention from the grips of despair.

Hope catches us by surprise, in miracles ordinary and extravagant.

In the way something holy lingers, even after death.

In the people’s persistence toward liberation of life.

In companionship through sorrow, no one left alone.

Faithfully, love rises to reassure us: Christ lives!

God is alive. God is with us. We rejoice! Amen.

Save the Date - May 22, 2021 - 10 am - 12 pm
Resource Day with Leonard Sweet 
"Deep and Wide" hosted by the Granite District, Clergy and Laity are encouraged to join in this online session. Details and registration link HERE

There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.” What will it take to free those rivers of baptismal water again to become founts of blessing and renaissance for your church? The signs of God’s stirrings are all around us. How can the church read the signs and open its creative floodgates to allow the sluices of heaven to flow freely, and the waters of the Spirit to quench the thirst of this TGIF (Twitter/TikTok-Google-Instagram-Facebook) and Covidian culture.

     For my people have committed two evils:
     They have forsaken Me,
     The fountain of living waters,
     To hew for themselves cisterns,
     Broken cisterns,
     That can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13)

 We will travel together simultaneously deep (local) and wide (global).


Apply now for NEAC scholarships

United Methodist adults and recent high school graduates pursuing undergraduate education are invited to apply for a scholarship from the New England Conference for the 2021-22 academic year. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2021. Learn more and get the application forms here.


Enter the 2021 Laity Address Challenge

The Conference Board of Laity is pleased to invite all laypersons in the New England Annual Conference to enter the Laity Address Challenge to have an opportunity to give the Laity Address at the 2021 Annual Conference. The 2021 Annual Conference will be held online June 10-12. The Laity Address will be pre-recorded. The specific date/time of the Laity Address broadcast has not been set. 
Our Annual Conference theme is “Building Beloved Community.” Our guiding scripture Psalm 137:4 NIV: "How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?” The address must use those as its theme. The address should be 15-20 minutes long. Entrants must submit a written copy of their entire proposed address along with a video of themselves delivering the first five minutes of the address. The deadline to submit your proposed address and video is May 7, 2021.
For more information on how to submit your entry or to ask any questions about entering the challenge, please email Co-Associate Conference Lay Leader Joan Farrar or call 978.582.4670.


Join the 2022 Holy Land pilgrimage

The NEAC Episcopal Office is planning a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Feb. 14-24, 2022. Clergy and laity are welcome and encouraged to register! There is special pricing for recent ordinands and commissionees and their spouses as well as for clergy and spouses who are first-time pilgrims to the Holy Land. Learn more at this link.


Bishops cancel May 8 Special Session of General Conference

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met March 22, 2021 and after much conversation, decided that it is “in the best interest of the church at this time” to cancel the virtual Special Session of the General Conference that was set for May 8, 2021. Read the press release.


2021 Annual Conference Session - Online June 10-12 


Equalization Members Needed for Annual Conference

If you are interested in being an equalization member please contact Phyllis in the District Office to be added to the list for consideration.


Understanding email scams affecting the church lately

Email scams are an inevitable part of living in a digital age. The most deceptive appear as inquiries, warnings or attachments from a trusted friend, colleague or organization like your local church. Imposters are tricking people to reveal contacts, confirm logins or reset personal information – UM Communications offers tips on how you can avoid being tricked. Learn more.

Community Offerings

Caregiver Connection
 -- a facilitated opportunity for family caregivers to connect and support one another. Friday, April 23 10 a.m.
 
Wellness Wednesdays -- two wellness programs offered at 10 AM on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This months topics are presented by a health educator and include tips for eating well and engaging in physical activity as we age.
 
National Healthcare Decisions Day -- a facilitated conversation that goes beyond traditional advance care planning. Friday, April 16, 10 a.m.

To register for any of these programs, call (603) 224-4093, ext. 5815 or click here.

 

Saturday, Apr 17, 2021  


Join Fellowship housing for their first 5k. Register here. To learn more about Fellowship Housing click here.
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. You can also read Pastor Cheryl's occasional blog posts at this link.

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.

 
AMAZON SMILE
Last quarter $33.48 was donated to Wesley through AmazonSmile! 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. As always you are invited to support Wesley directly by mailing your gift to 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or electronically at Concord WUMC.org/donate.
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