THIS WEEK AT WESLEY
This Week’s Calendar
Tomorrow! UMW Pledge Banquet, Hanna Hall
Monday: 1:00 pm UMW Board Meeting, Chapel
Tuesday: 7:00 pm Eclipsing Empire Bible Study with Pastor Cheryl, Chapel
Thursday: 12:00 pm Trustees, Chapel
4:00 pm Household of Faith Sacred Dance rehearsal, Chapel
5:45 pm Jubellation Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary
7:15 pm Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Friday: 8:00 am Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester Street, Concord
Sunday: Scout Sunday
8:00-10:15 Pancake Breakfast, Hanna Hall
8:30 am Communion Service, Chapel
9:00 am Adult Sunday School, Parlor
9:00 am Choir rehearsal, Library
10:00 am Prayer Messengers, Chapel
10:20 am Praise Music, Sanctuary
10:30 am Sanctuary Service, Sunday School and Childcare
11:45 am Safe Sanctuaries Training, Hanna Hall
Click the picture above or this link to access the church calendar, including future meetings and events.
This first Sunday in February, Pastor Cheryl will preach a sermon titled “Doers of the Word” based on scripture in Micah 6:1-8 in which verse 8 states, "what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" We'll explore what the Bible has to say about these three key elements of Christian behavior and how "the Lord requires" them of us. We'll be encouraged to consider these characteristics in our voting, in our giving and in our volunteering in the community. Electric Praise will sing a great praise set beginning at 10:20 and more throughout the service. Ken Gallager will play the organ. The Household of Faith Dancers, directed by Renee Doucette will dance to Be Not Afraid. Christina Catino will share children's worship titled "The Happy Puppy" based on Matthew 5:1-12 (The Beatitudes) and Proverbs 16:20 "Happy is he who trusts in the Lord." All women are invited to stay following worship for the United Methodist Women Pledge Banquet and smoked turkey dinner for an $8 donation where we'll also make Valentines for our Alternative High Schoolers. 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.
Lenten Sermon Series and Bible Study
Join us at Wesley UMC for a sermon series throughout Lent called Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Lent. We'll be sharing worship and study with our sister church, Bow Mills UMC, and drawing on creative resources designed by renowned worship planner, Marcia McFee. The book we will study by the same title was written by Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. The study will run Tuesday evenings at 7pm from March 3rd through April 7th. Please signup on the sheet on the bulletin board outside the church office and let the office know if you'd like to participate in the study and we'll order the book for you which will be about $10, scholarships available.
All are welcome!
Shrove Tuesday-2/25 Ash Wednesday-2/26 Palm Sunday-4/5 Maundy Thursday-4/9 Good Friday-4/10 Easter Sunrise-4/12
Greeter: Joan Woodhead
Liturgist: Norm Lemay
Coffee Cleanup: Nancy Fransen
Counters: Maryann Wolfe and Jim Varrill
Sarah Cohen 2/4
Sarah Haynes 2/8
Ken Gallager 2/8
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK
Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home or in a small group:
Read Micah 6:1-8
What scriptural characters exemplify each of these characteristics? Justice. Kindness. Humility. Describe the person and the story.
Today’s familiar scripture (v8) calls us to justice, kindness and humility. If I were to ask your friends (and others who know you) would they use these words to describe you? Why or why not?
Verse 1 says, “plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.” In matters of social justice, do you find it easier to be a loud, proud advocate for justice or do you prefer to work behind the scenes? God loves your expression of pleading to the hills. How does God bless your personal advocacy?
Jason Buck's sister, Susan, for healing after neck surgery. Jason Buck's cousin, Gordon Clark, that he will find a kidney donor. Rena Jones, for healing. Lainey, whose dog, Hercules, has died. Hugh Sycamore, as he regains his strength. Colin, as he transitions from rehab to a sober house. Colleen, for traveling mercies. Fey, who broke her foot. Kay Mattozzi, who is undergoing chemo and radiation. The people of Australia, Brazil. the Philippines, and Turkey for their safety and recovery following fires and earthquakes. US Senators, that they will be guided by God in the days ahead. Prayers of Thanksgiving: For money raised for Australia. For each new day and the new opportunities it brings--the sunshine, the words of faith and the opportunity to share a meal together. That Christi Catino is okay after totaling her car. For our Wesley choir and their anthem. Celebration of the life of Betty Stacy, Pastor Cheryl's former church secretary and dear friend in Brattleboro, who died at the age of 89 last week.
Check out this video of the birth of Wesley UMC, from the merger of Baker Memorial and First Methodist Churches.
Thanks to our Wonderful Trustees!
Here is a list of projects that were accomplished by the trustees in 2019.
Boiler Preventative Maintenance
Men's bathroom renovation
Electrical upgrades in Sanctuary, Parlor, Narthex, Sacristy, Minister's Office & Steeple area
Installed wall mounted TV in parlor
Garden Circle Pathway installed
Spring - gardens cleanup & mulched
Fall - back parking lot & brush cleanup
Brush pile removed
Minister's office painted
Water bubbler replaced
Corner classroom hot water tank replaced
Living Room Painted
Back door stoop replaced
Our Administrative Board has approved several new policies. You can access them by clicking on their titles below. You can also find them in the Narthex podium desk or through the church office.
Personal Auto Use Policy
- You are encouraged to carpool and offer rides to friends to church events. We want to be clear that the church's insurance does not cover you in the event of an auto accident, but rather that your own auto policy does. If you transport others, please obtain this form, fill it out annually and return it to the office to place on file.
Safe Sanctuaries Policy
- Wesley UMC maintains a Safe Sanctuary policy and conducts periodic trainings on that policy to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the emotional and physical safety and the spiritual growth of all the children, youth, and adults involved in Wesley UMC’s ministry. The policy has recently been reviewed and updated and all volunteers and staff who work with children are required to take the training to explore the document and renew their understanding of our policy. Trainings will be held twice a year. The document will be reviewed by the Ad Board every three years. Volunteers will be asked to renew their certifications at least every three years. The next training will be held after worship on Sunday, February 9th and will last between 45 and 90 minutes. Pizza will be available.
Child Care Policy
- Wesley UMC’s goal is to provide safe, caring, God-centered childcare to the children attending worship and other Wesley events in our building. In order to provide the best care possible, this set of guidelines will help to establish clear policies to facilitate communication and cooperation between parents, caregivers and Step Ahead personnel who also use the facility.
UMW Pledge Banquet - Tomorrow! February 2 at noon:
Join Wesley's United Metho
dist 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.
Scout Sunday is on February 9
Check Out Scouting!
recognizing and celebrating scouting (both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts) at our Chartered Organization (Wesley UMC). The Pancake breakfast
will be served from 8 am to 10:15 am in Hanna Hall. The food is cooked and served by the Boy Scouts. The cost is $5.00 each or a family is $15.00, and you can pay at the door. Menu: pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, coffee, tea, juice, milk, muffins, pastries, and fruit. Come and join us for a delightful and tasty breakfast!
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
Our first Family Promise week is February 23rd to March 1st. Volunteers please sign up on the sheet in the narthex. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Ruth Engel. Note: current and future volunteers are encouraged to attend the Safe Sanctuaries training on February 9th after the 10:30 service.
Keep informed with our new Jumbotron: Please take a moment to notice our monitor with announcements prepared by Deb Venator which used to be near the coffee in the Narthex. It is now located above the bulletin board.
Upcoming Events: We are hoping to have our annual plant sale and special presence on the lawn for Independence Day again this year, perhaps including Food Trucks. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact the office.
Join us in welcoming our new Administrative Assistant!
Bonnie Leach of Concord will begin work in WUMC's office on Monday, February 3rd. She will work each Monday through Friday from 9:00 - 1:00.
Bonnie is a (semi) retired professional, working for most of her adult life in offices, handling various jobs to include sales, office assistant and manager, and operations specialist, with a very heavy focus on customer service. She is a "people person", and has always enjoyed helping others. She has volunteered for various organizations throughout the years. Children have always held a special place in her heart, as have the elderly, and that is where she has focused many of her volunteer hours. She has worked with the homeless, through a local church food pantry when living in southern NH years ago, and most recently financially supported the Campton, NH Community through their food pantry and fire department.
Bonnie downsized her home and simplified her lifestyle a couple of years ago, to be able to work less hours and also to move to Concord to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She has strong office skills and looks forward to making a difference in the lives of people by working here with us. Welcome, Bonnie!
Check out this 50th anniversary booklet that describes Wesley through the years.
Go to this link and then scroll down to the Announcements section.
Click on these links 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 as they pertain to LGBTQ inclusion.
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!
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.
Check out District and Conference news and events on their regular newsletters.
The Bishop shares insights from the recent Mission of Peace to India at this link and summarized here:
"It is my hope and prayer that as people of God we take time to examine our own understanding of radical hospitality.
These youth challenge us to ask ourselves: When we are volunteering at our church’s soup kitchen, food cupboard, or fund-raising dinner, do we take time to talk and build relationships with those who come through our doors?
I understand time is important. Are we willing to give some of what is so valuable so we can really talk to a stranger and, more importantly, listen to their needs, pains, and concerns?"
2020 - NH District Leadership Academy
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:00 - 3:00
Wesley UMC - 79 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03301
Keynote Speaker - Mark DeYmaz
Pastors and congregational members are invited to join in a day of shared formation, learning, and development. Registration information will be published soon.
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.
Resource Day with Leonard Sweet
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wesley UMC - 79 Clinton St., Concord, NH 03301
Messy Church - Children & Adults
February 21st - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
First UMC - 961 Valley St. Manchester, NH
Campfire Connections with Wanakee
February 9th - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
St. John’s UMC - 28 Cataract Ave., Dover, NH 03820
Please join Wanakee leadership for an evening of camp-style fellowship and worship. The evening begins with pizza at 5 pm, followed by worship based in conversation. Sing your favorite fireside songs, discuss relevant topics of faith and spirituality, and share in communion. All are welcome!
||Can't wait for summer? Neither can we! With programs like You n' Me, Senior High, Creative Arts, Music and Performance (C.A.M.P), Sports and Games, and Wizards of Wanakee, we have camps for all ages and interests. This summer, we are again offering #CountdownToCamp and Multi-Week discounts.
The summer camp program guide will be in your mailbox soon; keep an eye out! In the meantime, you can view our summer schedule on the NEW Wanakee website. In addition,
Online Registration is open.
Wanakee's camper fees operate on a two-tiered "pay what's right for you" plan. Information is available in the forthcoming program guide as well as on our website. We are proud to keep camp affordable for families; a week at Wanakee starts at 50% less than the national average.
You can register online, by phone at (603) 279-7950, or print out and mail the registration form to the address below. We are so excited to see you this summer!
Photos from last Sunday's Soup & Stories history sharing event. Photo credits: Shoshanna Cone and Pastor Cheryl
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.
God Challenges Israel
6Hear what the Lord says:
Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord,
and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for the Lord has a controversy with his people,
and he will contend with Israel.
3 ‘O my people, what have I done to you?
In what have I wearied you? Answer me!
4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
and redeemed you from the house of slavery;
and I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,
what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.’
What God Requires
6 ‘With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’
8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
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.
Need to contact a church member? Here's a link to our most recent directory.
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 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.
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.
LOST & FOUND
If you are in search of a lost item, please check the basket in the coat room or contact the office.
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."
Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal.
Get 0.5% for Wesley. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.