THIS WEEK AT WESLEY
Monday: 1:00 pm Martha Circle, Nancy Fransen’s home
Tuesday: 7:00 pm Pastor’s Bible Study: Eclipsing Empire: The Journeys of Paul, Chapel
Wednesday: 7:00 pm SPRC, Chapel
Thursday: 4:00 pm Household of Faith Sacred Dance rehearsal, Chapel
5:45 pm Jubellation Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary
7:00 pm Read That! Book Club, Chapel
7:15 pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday: 8:00 am Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester Street, Concord
Sunday: 8:30 am Communion Service, Chapel
9:00 am Adult Sunday School, Parlor
10:00 am Prayer Messengers, Chapel
10:20 am Praise Music, Sanctuary
10:30 am Sanctuary Service, Sunday School and Childcare
11:45 am Soup & Stories, Hanna Hall
Pastor Cheryl will continue the sermon series on resolutions titled “Change for the Better.” This week’s sermon is titled, “Relationship Tending" is based on scripture in John 15:9-17. We'll explore resolutions that include our relationships, such as our spiritual life, our partnerships, our work environment and our service to others. We'll explore Jesus' command that we love one another in a passage where he also calls us friends. 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.
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!
Greeter: Byron Champlin
Liturgist: Kelly Fullerton
Coffee Cleanup: Ruth Engel
Counters: Rick Blackburn & Richard Nugent
Tyleek Perez 01/20
Peter Prouty 01/21
Judy Campbell 01/24
Prayers for the family of Clarence Ashlin after his passing; Joann Cunningham who is fighting cancer; hope and health for the people and animals of Australia and protection for the firefighters; women who are experiencing pregnancy complications; a relative awaiting a kidney transplant; Hugh and Nancy Sycamore as Hugh is in the hospital; people in countries experiencing natural disasters; Klaylea's neighbor Dot's husband who had a heart attack. Celebrating Terry's Mom Jane's 93rd Birthday.
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK
Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home or in a small group:
Read John 15:9-17 by clicking this link or reading below.
- As we continue our series on resolutions and changing for the better, we focus on tending friendships. What defines a friend for you? What kind of friends do you have? Close friends? Childhood friends? Spiritual friends?
- What does it mean to you to hear Jesus calling you his friend here in John 15:14? Does it change your image of Jesus to think of him as a buddy, a chum, a pal? Does thinking of Jesus as a friend diminish a more formal perception of him for you? Does it make him more accessible?
- To love one another is not Jesus’ suggestion. It is a command. Do you feel that it is easy to live up to the command to love others? To lay down our lives for them?
- Jesus says these things to us in a spirit of joy, that our joy may be complete. Write down three ways that you can cultivate more joy in your relationships this week and put them somewhere that you will see them and be reminded throughout the week.
New Year Devotion:
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
I am no longer my own,
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.
Click on the photo above to learn more about the Mission of Peace to China for High School students or the work of the Open Spirit Task Force that is analyzing the various outcomes from recent denominational legislation and plans.
Kelly Fullerton has prepared detailed instructions about how to designate Wesley UMC as the beneficiary of 0.5% of the proceeds from your eligible Amazon.com purchases using Smile. Click here to download and use her instructions for your purchases.
Did you miss the Christmas pageant this year? Or, would you like to see it again? Visit this link to watch the video of our precious children and this hilarious script!
Volunteers needed: Please consider reaching out to Miss Christina if you would be interested in serving our Sunday School as a teacher or a helper to the teacher! There will be a Safe Sanctuaries training on Sunday Feb. 9th following the 10:30 worship service to train any volunteers who will or currently work with our children and/or youth to get you certified!
Are you interested in chaperoning our Youth Mission Trip to Kentucky this summer at the end of July? Let Miss Christina know and we’ll even get you Safe Sanctuaries trained and ready to go with everyone else who works with our children and/or youth on Sunday Feb. 9th following the 10:30 worship service!
If you have not yet turned in your child’s Sunday School Registration form, please do! If you need a registration form, please see Miss Christina!
For the teachers and students at Abbot-Downing School: Lysol disinfectant wipes, hypoallergenic baby wipes, tissues, fold-down small plastic sandwich bags, #2 pencils with erasers, glue sticks, and crayons. For Concord’s Homeless Resource Center: toilet paper and laundry detergent.
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.
Join the Read That! Book Club on February 20th to discuss Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
The Concord Homeless Emergency Winter Shelter
is in great need of overnight volunteers, especially on weekends. Here are the links to the website
and the signup genius
where you can sign up to help. Any questions can be emailed to Michael Caswell, Shelter Manager
UMW Pledge Banquet - Sunday, February 2 at noon: Join Wesley's United Methodist Women for our annual pledge banquet in Hanna Hall and enjoy a smoked turkey lunch, make Valentines for our Alternative High Schoolers, and support UMW.
The January PFLAG NH Support Group Meeting will be held in the Parlor on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
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.
All are welcome to attend our monthly support group meetings held every 3rd Sunday of the month from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For more information about the organization please visit our website www.pflagnh
J Street New Hampshire presents Nonviolent Resistance in the West Bank with Ali Abu Awwad on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 at Temple Beth Jacob.
Palestinian Scientist, Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh, to speak at South Church, Concord, NH
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Free and Open to the Public
Mazin Qumsiyeh is the Director of the Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Institute for Biodiversity Research in Bethlehem. He’s spoken all over the world about denial of Palestinian human rights and issues of climate change and biodiversity in the Middle East and the world. He was formerly Director of the Cytogenetics Department at Yale University. In 2018 he was a National Geographic grantee. He is author of several books including "Sharing the Land of Canaan" and “Popular Resistance in Palestine”
Also.. Here is a link to an interesting article
Biodiversity and hope flourish at Palestine's first natural history museum The museum's vision is of a sustainable community where humans and nature work and live together harmoniously
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.
NHD - Open Spirit Task Force Info Session
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tilton-Northfield UMC - 400 West Main St., Tilton, NH 03276
The New England Delegation to the 2020 General Conference and the Open Spirit Task Force (OSTF) have been moving forward with their work, and at this gathering facilitators from the OSTF and delegation will share the options that will be presented at the Annual Conference in June 2020 and provide educational materials that will help facilitate congregational conversations about these options.
Can you find yourself in this picture?
It's one of the first things people see when they check out our website. If you haven't browsed it recently, check it out at this link and share it with friends.
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.
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.
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