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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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Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness
  Join us and be present for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. Let us know you've watched by calling 224-7413 or by clicking this link. You can also watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. 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 which is also provided in the worship video.
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 ConcordWUMC.org/donate through this secure link on our website using debit or credit card. 
Find opportunities to serve our neighbors in need and imagine ways to witness your faith below or on our website ConcordWUMC.org.
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. 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Christian Robinson 01/26


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 democracy and for our country in advance of President-elect Biden's inauguration next Wednesday and for peace rather than the violence threatened at the nation's capitol and state capitols; 
- For Jill Savage whose dad has died from COVID-19;
- For Ken Gallager traveling to Maryland to help his mom with health care issues;
- For Cindy Nix for ongoing health issues;
- For Dick Hart's daughter Caroline, an EMT in Chicago dealing with COVID every day;
- For Larry Haynes undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 3 kidney cancer
- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia struggling with both malaria and COVID.
- For Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua.
- For our Jericho Team as we do the work of breaking down walls and welcoming those LGBTQ individuals who have felt unwelcome in their homes, churches and society
- For our world as we endure the COVID pandemic and the surge of hospitalizations, deaths, food insecurity and unemployment;
- 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.

 

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.


This Sunday, January 24th, we will hear scripture from  Jonah 3:1-5, 10 read by Erin Fogel.

If you would like to take part in communion, please have crackers, a small piece of bread and juice or water available.

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
January 31 – Deuteronomy 18:15-20
God will raise up a great prophet
February 7 – Isaiah 40:21-31
Have you not known? The Lord is the everlasting God!
February 14 – Scouting Sunday
and Transfiguration Sunday
February 17 – Ash Wednesday
February 21 – Lent 1
March 28 – Palm Sunday
April 1 – Maundy Thursday
April 2 – Good Friday
April 4 – Easter Sunday


CCLI License #2293792

All services are available on YouTube and CCTV Channel 22 after the premiere air dates, as well.














 

Good morning, Beloved,

  The story of Esther shows her to be a significant influencer in Biblical times. Today's influencers on social media are often setting fashion and lifestyle trends, but Esther influenced her Uncle Mordecai to act, the conniving Haman to fail in his plot and King Xerxes to free her people. The poignant phrase that we read in Esther 4:14 says, "who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

  We are in tumultuous times, suffering through a pandemic that has taken lives, jobs and food security. The recent insurrection into our Nation's Capitol and threatened violence at Wednesday's inauguration are compelling the call up of many protective personnel. Too many deaths of brown and black people at the hands of police have come to light demonstrating the horrific cost of ongoing racism in America.

  Who knows but that WE, like Esther are positioned "for such a time as this!" In her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, "What I term chemicalization is the upheaval produced when immortal Truth is destroying erroneous mortal belief. Mental chemicalization brings sin and sickness to the surface, forcing impurities to pass away, as is the case with a fermenting fluid." 401:16


  Imagine the sins of the world: the illness, the insurrection and the intolerance as liquid in a test tube. Then imagine a second test tube filled with our prayers, our intentions, our good works to change our culture. As we pour all of that good into the test tube of evil, there is an incredible reaction--a chemicalization that fiercely foams and overflows its container. What is happening is that the impurities--the hate--the sin are being forced to the surface, into the light where they cannot survive.

  We experience this reaction both in society and within ourselves as we let down our walls and let love in. Do not fear. Know that love wins. In the words of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who we celebrate next Monday, "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Visit my blog at this link

The Business of the Church
   Wesley's new administrative year is off to a great start after our first meeting, that of the Finance Committee who met this week to build relationships within the team and discuss the budget from a spiritual perspective of trust in God's abundance even in the midst of the uncertainty of COVID.
Mission and Ministry
The CCEH Corner
 
CCEH Corner Jan. 22, 2021

CCEH is well known for its mission of offering homeless guests a place to spend the night during the cold weather. But they do much more then that. Let me introduce you to their Resource Center. The Resource Center has been opened since 2008. It offers a place during the day to gather and connect with resources that are available.

It is open Monday through Friday from 9AM to 1PM.It starts each guest with a cup of coffee, perhaps a hot shower, laundry facilities, access to a phone or stations to accommodate charging your phone. It also provides guests with a mailing address. This is definitely a necessity if you are homeless. There are also computers and fax machines if needed. The Center offers a nice place to connect with perhaps a case worker or a friendly volunteer. Workers are there to help with other services that are needed if you have no permanent residence. Accessing benefits can be a complicated discouraging process as you may know if you’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with the government. Assistance is offered in applying for Medicaid, VA, SNAP or other benefits. Guests may need help with obtaining a state ID, Social Security or a birth certificate. The Resource Center offers in-house services also. Once a month medical evaluations and basic primary care is offered. The VA comes twice a month to offer services for veterans. Riverbend Community Mental Health comes twice a week to connect with guests who may need mental health services. And a barber also gives free haircuts once a month. In looking ahead to a time when the Covid Virus is in our rear view mirror, the Resource Center offers many opportunities for volunteers.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our yellow collections bin this week, outside our church entry doors. Once again we’ll remind you of our wish list for donations this month.
Batteries of any size AA, AAA, D, C, 9V
Individual packs of tissues
Halls cough drops/sore throat lozenges
Cans of Ground Coffee Light or Medium Roast

Happy Shopping and Sharing as you shop.

                                    January 31, 2021 1-2pm Wesley UMC Parking Lot
                             
                             Fifth
Sunday Food Collection  
                  Second Start’s Alternative High School 



Fill the Broadricks’ car with food items that can be heated with a microwave if necessary.(Breakfast Bars, Ramen Noodles, Individual Mac & Cheese, Soups, Peanut Butter Crackers, Canned Fruit, Pop Tarts, Any single serving food item is appreciated!)

Second Start Alternative High School mission and approach:
Second Start Alternative High School provides students, who face various academic and emotional challenges, with a smaller, more individualized, supportive setting. Many of our students have not had success as a result of obstacles that are not of their own doing. Second Start supports students in overcoming these obstacles, through a focus on William Glasser's Choice Theory, The Change Model (Awareness, Thinking, Planning, Action, Maintain) and what we call The Five Skills (Listen, Control Behavior, Contribute Effectively, Tolerate Feedback, Accept Responsibility). It's our belief that this focus helps students breakthrough barriers, build-esteem, and competency, and gain critical life skills.

In addition to intensive, individualized academic support Second Start students also receive, counseling, life skills, and job skills coaching, internship placements, and transition planning for life after Second Start. Perhaps above all of this, what Second Start students receive is time, patience, understanding, and a bit of tough love from caring, experienced, and skilled professionals.

Use this link to determine your eligibility for each phase of the Covid 19 vaccine roll-out.
Concord Regional VNA is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to offer an online dementia education series.  Each program will take place on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 - 11 AM. 

Effective Communication Strategies
Tuesday, February 2
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Tuesday, March 2
Safety and Memory Challenges
Tuesday, April 6

Programs are being offered at no charge and participants can choose which programs they would like to attend -- there is no requirement to attend all three.

Happy to answer questions please email Jennifer here or visit the website.   

 

Peace & Justice Conversations: Why Work With Youth?

Join us with NH Youth Movement co-founder and former board member of NH Peace Action Griffin Sinclaire-Wingate as he talks about his work to harness the energy of young people to create political change.

Throughout his 26 years Griffin has worked in a variety of movements and issue areas. In highschool he became involved in the anti-war movement through New Hampshire Peace Action. Upon starting college at the University of New Hampshire Griffin reignited the fossil fuel divestment campaign. As the 2016 presidential primary revved up Griffin shifted his work from targeting campus administration to targeting politicians. Still focused on the need to build progressive political power Griffin started laying the groundwork for a youth lead movement that would leverage the political power of young people to elect lawmakers who will fight for a livable future with good jobs, health, and education for all. In the fall of 2017 Griffin launched New Hampshire Youth Movement with a group of his college organizing friends. He currently serves as a Co-Director of New Hampshire Youth Movement. Outside of organizing Griffin makes pottery at a local studio in Rochester and enjoys writing music.

Get the event link here.
Sabeel Wave of Prayer
14.1.21

Provided by, Gail Page

On Friday, the 1st of January, hundreds of Palestinians gathered for a peaceful protest in Deir Jarir, northeast of Ramallah. They were objecting to the Israeli settlement expansion which threatens large tracts of Palestinian land near their village. The Israeli military used rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and one Palestinian sustained a head wound. On the same day, Palestinian herdsmen were attacked by Israeli settlers in the Masafer Yatta area, in the district of Hebron. The illegal settlers attacked the herders and their sheep with clubs and stones and barred their way to the grazing pasture.

• Lord, we pray for an end to the illegal Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian Territories. We pray for a cessation of the violence from the Israeli military against Palestinian protesters. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayers.

Palestinian residents of the village of Kafr Qaddum, near the city of Qalqilia, face daily attacks from Israeli settlers. On the 1st of January, 18 villagers were injured when the Israeli army used bullets and tear gas to disperse their protest against Israeli settlement expansion.

Lord, we pray for all Palestinians as they continue to protest against the theft of their land for Israeli settlements. Lord, you are ‘a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble’, (Ps.9:9). You promise, Lord that ,‘the needy shall not always be forgotten and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.’( Ps.9:18). Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayers.

Haroun Abu Aram, a young Palestinian was shot in the neck by an Israeli soldier in the village of al Tuwanah in the Hebron district, on the 1st of January. His injury has left him paralyzed from the neck down. He was helping some other villagers to prevent Israeli soldiers from taking their electric generator, as the army carried out another home demolition.

• Lord, we pray for Haroun and his family as they face his devastating injury. We pray for the residents in his village who have had their homes demolished at this time of pandemic and impoverishment. Lord, in your mercy...hear our prayers.

Please read more here

Spiritual Formation and Education
 

 
Monday Morning Quarterback

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

Read
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 at this link,


1. 1 Corinthians 6:12 says, ‘All things are lawful for me’, but not all things are beneficial.' We've relied on this verse and others, as well as prevailing wisdom in our decision to worship and conduct the business of the church remotely during the COVID pandemic. Some of the more conservative churches in our state lobbied to allow
churches to meet in person so it is legal, but we know that we are people who love to sing and hug and those are dangerous COVID activities so it is not beneficial to meet.  What do you think God is doing in this situation?

2. Legal conduct is not necessarily ethical conduct – American Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart put it aptly when he said, “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” This statement which bears a similar statement to the one in scripture above speaks to ethics. Can you think of a time when you were tempted to do something that was legal but not ethical. What was the spiritual significance of your ultimate choice?

3. Verses 19 and 20 read, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body." How do you live this truth that your body is a temple? How do you glorify God in your body?
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

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

 

Save the date! Friday, February 26th, 2021 6:00pm! Our first “Messy Church” is coming to WUMC! Check out this website to see what it’s all about! This will be a fun, once-a-month, family fun, fellowship building time for our church and greater Concord community! Meet us on Facebook and YouTube (with materials from a list that will be provided!) and have some Friday night family fun! Invite and share with your friends, this is for ALL ages!

In children's Sunday school, we have been having great fun remembering our baptism and learning to listen for God calling our name with activities like creating a dove and making an acrostic poem! For the youth we've been sharing in thoughts of the week to help our youth think more deeply about their faith experience and how they live it each and every day, particularly these past few weeks, with how they answer their personal call and share God's message! We've got AMAZING children and youth!
 

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Adult Sunday School Studies Acts of the Apostles
Newcomers welcome! At 9 a.m. Sunday mornings. No outside reading is required. We will read Acts in class, with discussions guided and informed by the background study of teacher Byron Champlin. If you would like to participate in the study, phone him at 228-0097.
Join Zoom at this link. 
Meeting ID: 863 3723 2049  Password: 003935  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
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
Looking for musical instruments and equipment?
Piano

Ken Gallager has a brown Whitney upright piano for sale, the piano in good condition, at least 30 years old,  height: 37 inches, length: 57 inches, and 25 inches deep. Please Contact Ken here or by phone (603) 573-1003.

Musical or Theatrical Stage
The family who owned this stage have many wonderful memories and want others to do the same. The dimensions are: 8 ft wide, 4 ft deep, 6 ft 11 inches tall. Please contact Christina Catino here if you are interested and would like more information.
Living Our Best Lives
Family Dance Party
Who can make up the best dance routine? Who will win the dancing Simon Says? Who has the best dance facial expressions? Who can sing all the lyrics to a song?
Ratatouille Recipe:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided, 3 cloves garlic minced, ½ small onion chopped,  ½ cup shredded carrot or diced red bell pepper 14 ounces crushed tomatoes, 1 teaspoon dried basil, ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves, 2 teaspoons dried parsley, 1 small eggplant sliced, 1 large zucchini sliced, 3 roma tomatoes sliced
For the complete recipe and instructions click here
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Jonah 3:1-5, 10

 

Conversion of Nineveh

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, ‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

This week's Prayer:



God is the practice of radical imagination. She is the freedom to dream of abundance and flourishing. God is the practice of adaptability and change. She is the power to break patterns that destroy life and relationships. God is the practice of justice that transforms. She is the work that mends, that heals, that builds anew. We remember and rejoice. This is the God who dwells with us.
Among us and within us, God is here.


Amen




 

Conference and District News

NEAC Church Leadership Training
For: Staff Parish Relations Committees, Church Treasurers, and Church Trustees

The New England Conference is offering online leadership training for SPRC Teams, Church Treasurers, and Church Trustees. Presenters are Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (SPRC Workshop) and Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services, John Cardillo (Treasurers and Trustees Workshops). You will have the opportunity to ask questions and join a breakout discussion for your district. The workshops, which will be offered via Zoom, are scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. on: 
Church Treasurers  »»»  February 3, 2021
Church Trustees  »»»  February 24, 2021 

Click the date above to get more information and the Zoom link.

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.
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.
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