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  Join us for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. "Chat" with us as we watch the service together offering your PRAYERS and praise. Request prayers by email at Prayer ChainIf you can't watch live on your computer, watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22 (new episodes appear each Tuesday): 
Tuesday        4:30 PM           Wednesday   2:00 PM
Thursday     10:30 AM           Friday            7:00 AM
Sunday          1:30 PM          Monday       10:30 AM
  You can also click here for our virtual welcome clipboard to indicate your PRESENCE and to keep in touch throughout the week or connect with us for the first time as a guest. 
  Share your GIFTS with Wesley! Give or tithe to our mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 through this secure link on our website using debit, credit or PayPal or by texting a dollar amount eg. $100 to 855-938-4362! Read more detailed directions at this link
Check out our website at under the "Go to Serve" link to join us in SERVICE in matters of social justice through our Jericho team breaking down the walls of inequality and division in society and more.
  Join us for virtual fellowship Sundays at 11:30 am where you can connect with others for small talk and WITNESS to your faith and share ways you've reached others with Christ's love during the week.
Here's the link we use every Sunday. 
Zoom Fellowship link. Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Password: Wesley
Phone: +1 929 205 6099   Password: 570260

ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS CANCELED for the immediate future. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, summarized God's directives to the people in what he called “Three Simple Rules.” Wesley said that if we could “Do No Harm, Do Good, and Attend to the Ordinances of God (or, more simply, Stay in Love with God)” that we would be following God's plan for our lives.

Wesley United Methodist Church is standing  in the midst of this pandemic to do no harm. will not hold in-person worship services or resume meetings or other gatherings inside the church building until it is demonstrably safe to do so. Our Re-entry Team is working hard to ensure that we implement the safest practices for our eventual return. Once returning to in-person worship becomes viable, we will continue to offer livestream via YouTube and also televised services during the week. 

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

Emma Champlin 08/30          Betty Weaver 08/31
Barbara Drotos 09/01          Theresa Estabrook 09/03
Haley Parker 09/03          Benjamin Lemay 09/05

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.

For those suffering with cancer
For the physical and mental wellbeing of nursing home residents and staff
For the forward movement in dismantling systemic racism
For those who are enduring health problems
For those struggling with food insecurity
For those struggling with employment issues
For those isolated during COVID19 and for safety and wisdom considering re-entry
For those mourning the loss of loved ones
For those who selflessly serve Christ's mission
For those looking for a place where they are welcome and accepted for who they are
For our Jericho Team as we do the work of breaking down walls and welcoming those who have felt unwelcome in their homes, churches and society
For the Wesley leadership teams meeting next week: Lay Leader; Liquid Church participants final session; Re-Entry Team, Trustees and Staff, including our new intern, Jennifer Savoy, as well as for Pastor Cheryl and Karen McMahon as they interview Administrative Assistant applicants.
For the wedding of Jake and Megan that Pastor Cheryl will officiate next Sunday.
Laura asks prayers for one of her medical assistants, Carmen, who was in the hospital, pregnant with twins, and has an infection, likely to lose the two baby girls, too early to be viable.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers. 
Paula asks prayers for one of her dearest friends of many years, Noreen who was diagnosed in July with an aggressive brain cancer, underwent surgery and radiation and doing chemo 7 days/week. She is divorced, now out of her job on the fuel dock, and unable to drive. If you'd like to support her click on the link in this picture:

This Sunday, August 30th, we will hear scripture from Romans 12:9-21  (which you can read at this link)Paul's encouragement to the members of the church in Rome to live Christian lives. 

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen will lead an exploration of these commands and how to approach them in the current day. She will encourage us to understand that these marks are meant for the whole church--the body of Christ and not for each individual to embody every one (like spiritual gifts). She will lead us in a prayer that we might work together with our pew-mates in a spirit of collaboration to be the church in the world.

Ken Gallager is our talented organist, Deborah Venator compiles and produces our video, Ben Lemay is our liturgist this week, Christina Catino, our Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries will share a delightful children's message titled, "The Whistle" based on Matthew 16:26 and Lynne Lemay has prepared slides with lyrics and prayers for you to follow along at home. Ben Greene directs the virtual choir compiling individual video recordings and Alan Schulte directs Electric Praise, compiling their lively music and setting it to video. Laura Fry will record the prayers you type into the chat screen and share them with our Prayer Chain.  CCLI License #2293792

September 6 - ReconcilinMinistries Service

September 13 - Kickoff Sunday with Member Videos and Communion


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.



Monday Morning Quarterback

Bible study questions
from Pastor Cheryl
to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.

Read Romans 12:9-21 
(which you can read at this link)

This is Paul's encouragement to the members of the church in Rome to live Christian lives
1. Paul writes commands to the church at Rome to help develop their personal faith and their mission in the community. Scratching the surface: Which of these are personal, which are relational and which pertain to mission work? Going deeper: Which two or three are things you feel compelled to develop in yourself? Why?

2. Looking at v. 10, Scratching the surface: What examples can you think of in your life, our church or society of people loving one another with mutual affection? Going deeper: The phrase “mutual affection” is a deeply relational concept applied to the more general concept of loving one another. Describe a time when you’ve engaged in a truly mutual relationship where you’ve given as much as you’ve received.

3. Looking at v. 14, Scratching the surface: Compare Rom. 12:14 with Matt. 5:10 (beatitude) and Matt. 6:12 (Lord’s Prayer). What are the similarities and differences? Going deeper: What does it mean to be persecuted? When have you blessed someone who has persecuted you? How have you handled the admonition not to curse them when that seems to be the human way?

4.  Looking at v. 18 and 21, Scratching the surface: What would peace on earth look like? Going deeper: “If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Is it possible for you? Are you up to the responsibility of it depending on you? When it seems the world is “overcome by evil” how have you “overcome evil with good?”
Adult Sunday School Studies Acts of the Apostles
  How did Christianity grow from a fringe sect of Judaism into a world religion? How did Jesus’ disciples, scattered and frightened at his crucifixion, become powerful apostles of the new faith? And how was one of Christianity’s most ardent persecutors transformed into the person most responsible, after Jesus, for its theology and evangelism?
  The Book of Acts tells the dramatic story of how the Holy Spirit worked through men and women like us to spread the Gospel throughout the Roman world. Written by the author we know as Luke, Acts of the Apostles is a sequel, picking up where Luke’s Gospel leaves off. It is full of dramatic speeches, hairs-breadth escapes, miracles and even a shipwreck. But mostly, Acts of the Apostles is an inspirational story of the power of faith.
  Adult Sunday school will resume Sunday, September 13 at 9 a.m. Each class will meet for an hour through Zoom, which worked extremely well after the shutdown last spring. No outside reading is required. We will read Acts in class, chapter by chapter, with discussions guided and informed by the background study of teacher Byron Champlin.
  If you would like to participate in the study, email Byron at, or phone him at 228-0097.
Join Zoom at this link.  Newcomers welcome!
Meeting ID: 824 9476 3383  Password: 817519  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
Pastor's Notes from Committee Meetings and Business
The SPRC offers the following ad and ask that you encourage friends and family who might be interested to apply.

Wesley United Methodist Church, Concord NH seeks Administrative Assistant to work remotely now and possibly remotely, hybrid or in-person when pandemic is over. The successful candidate will work in close partnership with the lead pastor, both taking direction and proactively making informed decisions independently. Confidentiality, integrity and respectful interaction with congregation members is a must. The position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Attention to detail, accuracy and technical proficiency in Word, Excel and Publisher required. Self-motivation and an ability to maintain an organized workflow is critical for this 20 hour per week position at $13.33 per hour. Tasks include timely design and production of a newsletter and publicity, managing calendars and databases and preparing correspondence. The successful candidate will collaborate in maintaining the welcoming and joyful environment of this inclusive organization. Email letter of interest and resume to
Ben Greene invites EVERYONE to attend Virtual Choir Rehearsals beginning September 10th at 7:15 pm. ALL members are welcome to attend. The virtual nature of the work lends itself to more flexibility and we hope that you will join us. We meet via Zoom at this recurring link each week: Join Zoom Meeting at this link. Or Meeting ID: 862 5507 6232, Passcode: 156253, Phone: +1 929 205 6099
The Staff warmly invites you to participate in our September 13th Kickoff! Pastor Cheryl, Deborah and Ken will be visiting each household to record you singing, praying or just saying hi to be compiled in a welcoming video as we usher in the program year. Expect a call from Jane to schedule your time!
  Join me in a special moment of appreciation for Theresa Beldin, Finance Committee member and Fundraiser for her wonderful imagination envisioning fundraising possibilities and tireless work to carry them out, often doing the heavy lifting (even in freezing rain, as in the case of our Christmas Trees last year). Thank you Theresa for all you so capably do! 
Gratefully, Pastor Cheryl
  A group of committed leaders interested in seeing our church grow and thrive meet each week to develop a mission focus that represents who we are as disciples of Christ in the Concord community, and grow in vitality moving through COVID-19 and into the future reading and discussing the book Liquid Church together. Here are some questions from Pastor Cheryl and some participant responses to keep the conversation going. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Contact Pastor Cheryl to jump in.
Chapter 11 - How Do You Saturate Your City
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number . . . became obedient to the faith. —Acts 6:7

The author talks about saturating the city of Christ. That was part of the impetus of this study, to ascertain what mission we might take up next, but what has bubbled to the top in the early parts of our study has been more about spiritually nourishing and providing connection for our own members. How can we saturate our church membership with formation opportunities and fellowship?
Inviting newcomers to belong even before they believe. Offering a "refreshing relationship" with Jesus (and with our church) is a magnificent idea. Fun, joy is often a beautiful part of doing for each other and caring for one another.
Evangelism needs to be on our radar more than before, no matter how tiny the steps. This would gradually translate into the spread of God's love. just starting with a one-time conversation invite every person in the congregation
Do we need to have a "repair" ministry? Where we invite people to leave our past hurts related to Wesley in container and burn it. A way to start fresh and increase our bond. Let's really heal, move on, and get to know each other.
What about a getting-to-know-you fun "night". Perhaps we could do that game where you say three things but only one is true and then guess which Wesley person it is true about! We would ask everyone to submit some little-known fact ahead of time.
What strikes me most powerfully about the reading is the constant reliance on prayer as a means of discernment. I think that a focus on prayer-guided discernment could help us identify the formation and fellowship opportunities we're seeking.
Bible studies: small group studies focusing on how scripture or other readings apply to our life today; outside speakers; social activity two or three times a year.
I think that reaching out to all who attend is important to this work.

How can we transform the world's understanding of Christians away from that evangelical model that is so harmful to a model that is truly Christian, embodying God's grace to all?
Being open to people who are not sure of their faith. Sharing our joy in Jesus and being open to new people just as they are. Doubts and all.
What about a set of provocative ad campaigns? What is a "real" Christian? or Are you a "real" Christian? this would lead to a discussion group about ideas related to this - what is a Christian? then you could have campaigns on the biggest topics- like God's grace.
What is a relationship with God? Who gets to understand and live out this relationship? Does God love you more than me? What does it mean “to encounter the Lord intimately on a personal level.” First this much is known about such an encounter. It is only possible because of the gift of Faith.
Such an understanding has led denominations to replace a relationship with God with a theological formulation that ties one to an early stage of faith development.
We need to seek out how to genuinely witness to our faith.
Highlight that we are inclusive; sponsor speakers/discussion of various topics such as racism or exploring our own unconscious biases; work with local groups fighting against hunger and homelessness.
People just need to see value in what a church does.
Showing inclusivity is key. I think that going beyond "open and accepting" to truly involving diverse people in leadership is important.

What would the ideal membership process look like? What elements would it have? What roles could volunteers take on?
Inviting new people to volunteer as much or as little as they would like. Offering them a small group to connect with. I think the most important part of a membership process is listening to the newcomer and proceeding at a speed that feels comfortable. Being open to the newcomer's creativity, talents, and what they enjoy doing and connecting with them around these parts of who they are. People feel cared about when they feel "known" by another person. If we can strive to show Jesus's love in this way, then our church will become a welcoming place full of caring and love.
Connect them up with a "sponsor" of similar age, interests, etc. Sponsor stays in touch for about six months after membership, trying to connect new member with groups, individuals, activities.
We should emphasize creating a culture of belonging.

How can we help people BELONG? We've explored this some already. Here's an opportunity to continue to flush out those ideas.
I liked the idea of viewing our mission as building spiritual bridges -- especially building bridges between the generations.
THIS IS IMPORTANT! Showing TLC is important! Finding everyone a nest is a way. For those not in any nest, why? We could find out why and try to think of another way to connect them. If they also do not come regularly, why? Look for ways to connect even if it is just sending a card.
Can we do a better job of identifying individuals' connectedness with the church? What is it that they find of value? What is it that really jazzes them?
Introduce new member to opportunities based on their interests and talents and encourage their participation.
I think more community events outside of the worship (picnics, game night, hymn sings, movie night.)
While exploring spirituality, developing warm, valued interpersonal relationships is key. Providing avenues for those interpersonal relationships for people of different ages, availability (day/evening/weekend), etc., is important.

“In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him” (Prov. 21:1). How does this beautiful passage inform our work?
That God will help us to give of ourselves in a beautiful way if we let Him. I like the idea of just letting yourself be open and that "the message of Jesus will spread like a virus." It's a weird metaphor, thinking of the message being like a virus, but I like it. The Covid virus is so powerful, and, as many of the experts and doctors say on TV, "The virus is always working to find a person to get inside." Viruses are incredibly powerful. Viruses are so contagious and they want to be intensely close to people. And also weirdly, one thing that I've learned from this virus is how important connections with other people are -- even connections with other people who are only distant acquaintances.
It should point to our need to give our hearts up to the power of God to move us in the ways and directions and to the purposes that he sees fit.

Contact Pastor Cheryl by email to share your thoughts.
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Hello, wonderful Wesley families! Please take a quick moment to complete the short 5 question survey at this link for us to best serve you in our new Sunday School year while continuing our ministry from home!

Mission and Ministry

Fifth Sunday Food Collection - THIS Sunday August 30

We will be doing our Food Collection for Second Start’s Alternative High School in a different way during this time of social distancing. The Broadricks will have their car in the church parking lot with the trunk open from 1:30 til 3:00 on August 30th. You may bring your donation and put it directly into their car to be delivered the following week. The Alternative High School will meet in person at Second Start in September and will appreciate any single serving foods we can donate for the students. The economy of the pandemic has made the need greater than ever. If you are unable to bring your donation to the church on 8/30 you may deliver it directly to 450 North State Street any time.

Hurricane Laura struck as a Category 4 hurricane and is now dropping rain inland in places already damaged by multiple spring and summer storms. On its wide and lengthy projected path through the country toward the Northeast, the storm will continue to cause damage and exacerbate living conditions for many as we all contend with staying safe and healthy during the pandemic.
UMCOR-trained volunteers are already preparing to assist people in their community. Your help is needed to provide the tangible items necessary for relief work including personal protection equipment that our volunteers will need to stay healthy.
Please help.
Your gift, today, to U.S. Disaster Response will enable UMCOR to serve people impacted by the catastrophic wind, rain and fire events of this season. We need your help, today.
Please give at this link
or you can send your check to  to Wesley UMC with a note that it is for UMCOR. 
It's Election Season. If you need help voting, please call the office at 224-7413 and we will help you get the information you need to get registered, get your absentee ballot and get it delivered.
A spam message was sent to several church members purporting to be from Norma Kane this week. Even though they used her email address, it was not her. Please be as wise as serpents when viewing suspicious email. It is always worth checking with the person before reaching out to help.
Scouts Popcorn Sale
  This year, for the health and safety of our Scouts and supporters, we will be holding an online only Trail’s End popcorn fundraiser.  We will not be scheduling any store-front sales (called Show-n-Sells) or pre-ordering any popcorn.

All options, including the $10 caramel corn, are now available for online ordering. Some products have changed, or have been eliminated.  There is no more premium caramel corn with nuts, as Trail’s End is making their products more friendly to those with allergies. Butter microwave popcorn will come in a smaller box, and kettle corn is not available this year due to limited popping corn availability. There is a new flavor:  Blazin’ Hot popcorn.  Anyone brave enough to try it? Here is the link. 
  Dawn Sedutto, Popcorn Kernel, set up this special link ("Troop 86 WUMC") in order for the Wesley church congregation to go in and order some popcorn product to support their Troop 86 Scouts, in lieu of having our usual annual popcorn fundraiser "Show-n-Sell" event in the narthex in October this year. The popcorn credit from sales through this special link will be split up evenly amongst the Boy Scouts in Troop 86.
  We thank you, as always, for the ongoing support from our Chartered Organization, Wesley United Methodist Church! You are wonderful! ~ from Troop 86.

Here is the current Go Fund Me donation page for Family Promise. At the last Host Coordinator Meeting, it was suggested in light of the Covid-19 situation restricting the ability for congregations to rotate shelter for families, some might be interested in helping this way. We are currently are using funds each month for homeless families to stay at the Rock ‘N Birch campground in Henniker. It is $600 per cabin, or $1,200 for our 2 families. This will likely continue through October. These funds are intended to be used for car repairs, registration or other direct family services. If you are interested, please click this GoFundMe link or check out our Facebook page. As always, we can never thank you enough for your help and kindness! Family Promise of Greater Concord

Abbot-Downing Ministry News from Norma Kane
The need for disinfecting wipes, Purell, Kleenex tissues are highlighted – possibly masks all due to Covid-19.  Janet says “We really appreciate your (Wesley’s) willingness to help us out and I think, now more than ever, we can use it.” 

Perhaps early shoppers will be able to avoid empty shelves.  Now is the time to pick up the above items whenever you find them for sale.  Keep them at home until these items can be brought to the church for delivery to Abbot Downing, the elementary school a couple of blocks from our church.  As in the past, our A-D Team still plans to support the teachers, students and staff at Abbot Downing with the assistance of our congregation.  Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.  At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

The Concord Homeless Resource Center welcomes the donation of items for immediate use. Here are the top needs:
·         Bottles of water (as public water supply is limited and it's getting hot!)
·         Paper "to-go" coffee cups (we distribute coffee in disposable cups outside)
·         $5 Gift Cards to local restaurants or Dunkin' Donuts
·         Bug spray ('tis the season)
·         Gauze, medical tape and large band-aids
Please contact us ahead of time before dropping items off just email
We know that there are some who need help with this new virtual world, setting up computers and phones to remain in contact with our beloved church community. If you NEED help or if you have the gifts TO help, please let the church office know at 224-7413 and we'll begin matching solutions!
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Romans 12:9-21
Marks of the True Christian

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Call to Worship
by Roddy Hamilton
The enemy:
love them
The oppressor:
walk the mile with them
The Master:
turn the other cheek to them

This doormat faith
seems too much to bear
in a world where those who bully
always seem to win

The enemy:
imbalance them with love
The oppressor:
shame the law that oppresses
The Master:
turn the cheek as an equal

This rebellious faith
seems too much to bear
in a world where those who bully
are loved back to justice by the bullied

But this is heaven’s revolution
and we are called into it
come let us worship
love’s rebel, Jesus

Each week we'll feature a Wesley Mission, describing what it is we're doing to transform the world with God's love.
At Wesley, one way we express our faith is through the arts - music, dance, visual art. Each week we try to create a simple altar that reflects that Sunday's scripture and sermon message. If you feel creative and enjoy expressing ideas symbolically, then you might like to help with altar arts. We'd love to have your help! If you have questions or would like to volunteer in this ministry, please email Judy King at this link or call 276-0159.
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 volunteer Judy King. 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 converted by Shoshanna Cone, printed by Judy King and mailed by Jill Savage, please let us know by calling 224-7413 or emailing the office.
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.
While Wesley UMC is not meeting in person, we will be holding meetings and Bible studies via conference call and Zoom. Links can be found on our website and Facebook to all of our media. If you need help using any of these programs, please contact Paula Delbonis-Platt.
We've designed a plan to keep us in touch with one another. If you're not already connected and would like to hear from your church friends more regularly, please let Jane Broadrick know.
Participate in our virtual choir!
It's really easy! Your voice will be combined with others, just as when we sing together in person, so there's no need to be shy. You can listen to the hymn as many times as you want if it's not familiar to you. Watch this video tutorial by Choir Director Ben Greene. Download the audio of Ken playing each hymn and get the sheet music to sing the words by going to this directory and finding the folder for the week. Listen to the audio with earphones on one device (phone, iPad or computer) while recording yourself singing on another device. Send the audio file to Ben and voila! We'll make a virtually joyful noise to the Lord!! Give it a try!  

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Let the church office know and we'll make arrangements for you to pick up or have your copy delivered.
Also, Morning Prayer with The Upper Room via Facebook Live, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. (CT). These guided prayer experiences are archived so you may join us at your convenience if you miss it live.
A PDF File of the July/August issue of The Upper Room is available to our standing order churches. 
Visit our website at this link 
We have suspended regular person visits during this time of contagion but Pastor Cheryl is making special visits where allowed. Please contact Pastor Cheryl by phone, email or social media for prayer or to schedule a masked, socially distanced, outdoor visit during this time.
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