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Wesley eWeekly 

a weekly email about the ministry of Wesley United Methodist Church
From Pastor Jane

I have started a webinar offered by the New England Conference (for free!) led by Brian McLaren on Curating Change.  It couldn't be more timely for one serving an interim pastorate. He used a metaphor for change that is also timely...knee replacement!  He spoke of his wife dealing with arthritis in her knees; her doctor told her that there were several options from which to choose.  He lined them out and said that her pain would dictate her choice.  

McLaren goes on to say that all change is precipitated by pain.  I had never thought of change in this light, but I do have to agree. It is obvious to me that some of the recent changes that have been made at Wesley are the product of pain and the making of these changes has not necessarily mitigated the pain.  I am even willing to say changes coming in the future may deepen the pain before the change is accepted into the life of the church.  

This understanding of pain leading to change is not a new story for Wesley.  You have done this before, though many of you were not part of it, you have heard the stories.  Wesley is the result of a merger.  There was pain for the two churches whose rich histories were coming to an end and whose futures had yet to be written.  But look where it took you!  

Those who are fixated on the past don't really want to go back to the issues surrounding the closure of two buildings and the construction phase of the current building...rather, you would like to bask in the results of the merger.  Big choir, full classrooms, full sanctuary - these are the results of the pain of the big changes of the merger!

So, the challenge before us is to embrace the pain of change; especially when we can't foresee where the change is leading. BUT...and this is a big but, if we are faithful and trust God to show us the way, we can imagine a future that is bright and filled with joy in the Lord!!  With that in mind, let us be about brainstorming what the future will be like in a new time, with different challenges and unforeseen pain.  In the words of Julian of Norwich, a 14th century mystic, "All shall be well, all manner of things shall be well."

 Many Blessings,


PJ

Phone: 315-225-6170 and Email
Announcing

CHURCH PROFILE FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY
Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

Each year, SPRC is required to complete a “Church Profile for Mission and Ministry.” This completed form is used to help the Conference understand our strengths and needs, especially when a change in pastor is anticipated. We know that Pastor Jane is only here for one year, and we will have a new pastor at Wesley beginning July 1, 2023. SPRC would like your input as we work on Wesley’s Profile. You may sign your name or not, as you prefer.

Click here for a copy to print. Or there will be copies in this and next week's bulletin.


Please return to SPRC no later than Sunday, September 25, 2022
Family Promise Week at WUMC
Volunteer opportunities for Wesley Family Promise Hosting Week are now open. (September 18th to 25th).
Click here for a sign up page and follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.
Thank you for volunteering!

Submitted by Ruth Engel
Attention key holders:                             
New Keys to the exterior doors are available. Please make arrangements with the office to hand-in your old key and sign-out your new key.
Coffee hour will resume soon. A donation of coffee and black tea has been made! Please consider a box of tea or small container of coffee to bring with you if you choose to attend.
United Women in Faith
United Women in Faith (UMF) Board

The Granite District United Women in Faith (UMF) Board cordially invites you to join other district members and guests at a special fall social gathering on Saturday, October 15, at the Wesley UMC, Concord, NH (masks optional). We will start with a tasty brunch at 9:45 am and end with communion by 12:30 pm.  
 
There will be opportunities for social interaction, spiritual worship, and the installation of the Granite District's board officers for 2023. Stay tuned for more information and registration details in the Granite District's "Women Who Rock" newsletter, scheduled to be published soon.  
 
We look forward to our first “in-person” gathering since Covid-19 struck, which is more casual than our typical spring and fall meetings (be hopeful for year 2023).   
 
With God's blessings for good health and happiness,  
 
Nancy Fransen, President, Granite District UWF 

Rev. Jane Sautter will bring the message, "Transformation" this Sunday during our worship service based on scripture from Romans 12 read by Ben Lemay.


Children's time will be with Pastor Jane, Sunday School will be offered by Susie Champlin.


Join us for worship online on our YouTube Channel or Facebook page and invite your friends and family to do so as well. Here is the link for online attendance to let us know you've been with us. 

 

 



September 18-  Galatians 5: 13 - 23 -  Fruition




Happy Birthday Wesley Friends:

Sylvia Greene         09/12
Elizabeth Geers         09/14
Susan Craig-Newton    09/16




 


When sharing prayers, please indicate whether you are willing to have them shared here and in worship. We will continue to pray with you until you request that the prayer be removed from our list.


- For Ben Greene
-For Kathy Hamilton
- For Irvin Pinto

-For the people of Tigray, Ukraine and Afghanistan;
- For Laura Fry's college friend Susan.
- For Norma Kane's sister-in-law, Diane Wohlgemuth and her brother Scott.

- 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, our NESTS, our worship, our committee work, our music programs and our outreach to those in need of a word of hope;

- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia and Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua; 
- For our Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, our District Superintendent Taesung Kang, 
- Our Pastor Jane Sautter, our staff, our volunteer church leaders and each member and friend of Wesley.

 

Judith Daka, Missionary in Zambia

Agape meal with the children. Thanks ladies for supporting our work. The Main meal with corn meal. It's a thick porridge we call "nshima." A Bean soup with fresh vegetables all cooked with tomato, onions, salt and cooking oil. Breakfast porridge cooked with cornmeal, groundnut powder, sugar, little salt.

 
This Week's Prayer and Scripture
Prayer

O God, our sacred source, call us home. O Christ, our faithful companion, lead us home. Holy Spirit, divine companion, make your home in us. Heal us, forgive us, and transform us. Make us to know your ways, O God; teach us your paths, until we are at home in you. Amen.









 
Romans 12 

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. 
Prayer For Ukraine
Prayer:
We are all aware of the atrocities taking place in Ukraine.  It’s frustrating to feel so helpless as we see people struggle daily to defend their country and stay alive.  We truly want to help, but feel so helpless.  But we are not helpless!
We know, as Christians, the power of prayer.  Jesus has told us many times that He is listening as we ask for His help in all things. So, as a church, may we come together in prayer for Ukraine.
Each day as we are about to take time for lunch, let each of us pause and remember Ukraine and her brave people in a prayer. And we can be aware each noontime that our whole church is lifting up the Ukrainians in prayer, everyone praying in their own way, but together. This is a powerful thing and it will make a difference. 
Let us come together as a church to do this.  Thank you all for joining us. 

Submitted by Your Prayer Messengers
Covid-19  Information
For the comfort and safety of all, Wesley reminds you to take COVID precaution. Please sanitize your hands often, wear a mask if you are vulnerable or if you have been exposed, practice social distancing, and if you are feverish or not feeling well, please stay home. We continue to encourage those who are vulnerable to worship online but welcome those who would like to gather in person where masks are optional. Groups may continue to meet in the church building using best practices including contacting Pastor Jane when testing positive. The office will be unlocked when Anne is working weekdays between 9-1. 
Current information on community transmission for Merrimack County is updated regularly on the CDC website.

Adult Sunday School is finished for the spring and will resume in the fall.


We invite you to donate altar flower arrangements in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a baptism, or any other special occasion. The cost is $35.oo per arrangement.  Please contact the office to order flowers.


Would you like to see the sanctuary shine? Are you looking for light volunteer work in small teams? Become a member of the Altar Guild! Members of the guild spend about one hour per shift. Please call Joan Beldin 603-715-8888.


Please continue to sign in on the link for online attendance to let us know you've watched. 
Wesley's Administrative Policies can be found in paper copies in folders in the standing desk in the entryway and this online folder so that members can access them as needed. 
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.
Join us with your
Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness
Join us and be present for worship in person or online at 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 online 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
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 the addresses of our homebound members at this link to send a special card! If you don't have our participant directory, please email Jill Savage 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.


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 $19.3 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.

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. You can also click on the "playlist" tab and listen to Ken's beautiful organ music, the choir's inspired anthems, many hymns, including Christmas carols, or EP's lively music anytime.
All services are available on ConcordTV Channel 22 the Tuesday following the premiere air dates, as well. 


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Rev. Jane Sautter is our interim pastor.
Anne Roberts is the administrative assistant.
Deborah Venator broadcasts our virtual services and maintains our website and social media.
Ken Gallager is our talented organist.
Ben Greene directs the choir.
Alan Schulte directs Electric Praise.


 

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