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A Few Important Notes
  Join us for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. You can "chat" with us as we watch the service together offering your prayers and praise.
  You can also click here for this week's virtual welcome clipboard to let us know you joined us to keep in touch throughout the week or connect with us for the first time as a guest.
  You can now give to Wesley by text to 855-938-4362! Simply text the dollar amount, eg. "$25.00" to 855-938-4362 and follow the directions to enter your credit card information and either give once, or schedule a recurring payment. You can also read more detailed directions at this link.  You're always welcome to give or tithe to our mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal. 
  Join us for virtual fellowship! Here's the recurring link we'll use every Sunday. Print it out or write it down to keep it handy! Be sure to close your YouTube tab to eliminate other recordings from playing while you join us.
Zoom Coffee Chat credentials: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82691247213?pwd=d08wN0hGSFQwazE4TDBCYURXM0tWdz09
Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Password: Wesley
Phone: +1 929 205 6099   Password: 570260

     Important Notice

As of 5/31/20, Zoom is requiring all users to update to 5.0, for greater security measures. At the end of your session you will be asked if you want to update. The update will be mandatory as of the 31st, and only takes a few minutes. Or, you could update to Zoom 5.0 now by clicking this link. It might be better to do now rather than having an interruption and frustration when signing on to an actual meeting.

ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS CANCELED pursuant to the Governor's Order, which as of this writing is  May 31 .

Once returning to church becomes viable, we are planning a phased return to maximize safety for all involved. We anticipate continuing to offer online and televised services.

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





HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Sarah Prouty 05/25
Alex Keane 05/26
Robert Estabrook 05/28
Kaitrin Newell 05/28
Kerri Emery 05/29
Josie Proctor 05/31



Molly Schulte's mom in hospice
Carolyn Craig hospitalized with multiple myeloma
Lynne Lemay's sister Laura with employment issues and considering a new career
Jane Broadrick's brother Tom nearing the end of life
Jane's neighbor who had a stroke during quadruple bypass  
Gail Page prays for release from fear that is causing people to panic about isolation
Ad Board as they have their regular monthly meeting Wednesday 
Staff as they take a well deserved week off
Joy for this beautiful weather and the glorious sights, smells and sounds of Spring!
For those struggling with food insecurity
For those struggling with employment issues
For those at risk from their abuser, trapped at home during pandemic

This Sunday is Heritage Sunday when we will honor members who have been with us for fifty years and more and touch on the meaning of John Wesley's Aldersgate experience where upon hearing the preface from Romans, his heart was strangely warmed. We will also celebrate the Ascension of the Lord.  We will hear scripture from Luke 24:44-53 where Jesus leads the disciples out to Bethany, blesses them and then withdrew and was carried up into heaven.

Ken Gallager is our talented organist, Deborah Venator compiles and produces our video, Megan Newhall is our liturgist this week, Christina Catino will share a delightful children's message and Lynne Lemay has prepared slides with lyrics and prayers for you to follow along at home. Judy King has created a lovely altar that segues between worship segments. Ben Greene and Alan Schulte have prepared music for the anthem and offertory. Choir members have contributed their voices to a virtual choir and EP has prepared virtual praise music. Laura Fry will record the prayers you type into the chat screen and share them with our Prayer Chain. 


Participate in our virtual choir!
It's really easy! And 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 already. Watch this video tutorial by Choir Director Ben Greene. Download the audio of Ken playing each hymn and the sheet music to sing the words by going to this directory and finding the folder for the week. Then, send the audio file to Ben and voila! We'll make a virtually joyful noise to the Lord!! Give it a try!  We had an early deadline for the 5/24 service and are taking 5/31 off, but be sure to join us the following week!

Participate in this week's service!
Share your photos of times throughout the years at Wesley. Older photos are especially precious for Heritage Sunday. Send your photos to Deborah Venator by noon Saturday, 5/16. 


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May 31 - Acts 2:1-21 - Pentecost - We'll share a connectional service prepared by Bishop Devadhar and others while our staff takes a much needed week off. Send your Pentecost photos for a Wesley introduction, though!
June 7 - Matthew 28:16-20 - Trinity Sunday and Graduation Sunday
June 14 - Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)  - You are the equipment! and Children's Sunday
June 21 - Genesis 21:8-21 - Hagar and Ishmael and Father's Day
June 28 - Genesis 22:1-14 - Abraham sacrifices Isaac


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.


Photo credit: Dennis Broussard
Monday Morning Quarterback
Bible study questions from Pastor Cheryl to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.

Read Luke 24:44-53 at this link
1. Jesus is recorded here as saying that the prophecy is fulfilled through his ascension and previous acts.What is satisfying to you about the specific fulfillment of each prophecy? What troubles you about the literal interpretation of these things?

2. "You are witnesses." What type of witnessing did the disciples experience? What is your experience of witnessing Christ's presence and ascension?

3. Jesus promises that they/we will be "clothed with power from on high" and their/our response was "great joy...continually...blessing God." How does this promise feel? Was it a one-time thing? Is it ongoing in your life?
Grace and peace, dear one.

I've been asked to give input in a number of forums, denominationally, among ecumenical partners and more this past week. I want to share a synopsis of where I am with respect to our reopening with you here.

My heart just hurts when digesting proposed plans and phases of reopening. It is such a sterile digest of all that is so dear to me. At Wesley we spend hours and immense energy seeking to be welcoming, searching for new ways to reach out to the most vulnerable people in the community and connect them with God, teaching them to understand forgiveness and providing ways for them to experience grace. We share sacred liturgies, beloved songs and holy meals in community offering loving touches and tangible acts of peace. In the plans that we are all trying to assemble, they are necessarily reduced to steps and stages, the logical way to approach this.

As sacred and precious as those acts of in-person worship and gathering are, as much as I yearn to sing with my congregation and hold you when you are hurting, when reading the preliminary plans, my mind screams, "It's too soon! Even Phase I. We are too vulnerable." As much as I know we all yearn to return to normal, I must affirm that it will be some time before that happens. 

You may know that I sit on the Board of Directors for the NH Council of Churches. My dear colleague, Jason Wells, Executive Director recently compiled our responses to share with the Governor's Task Force to help define a plan for when and how to return and within his recent outreach on the subject to the NH churches, he shared this beautiful, biblical wisdom, 

This process is time-consuming and slower than some would like. It will however prioritize public health and safety as an expression of Love of Neighbor. I offer a few Biblical affirmations as we move forward in this work:

“This is not a task for one day or for two” (Ezra 10:13). Our churches affirm careful, long-term thinking about re-opening and are not in a rush to return to in-person worship.

“When you come together to eat, wait for one another” (1 Cor. 11:33). Our churches affirm re-opening with their whole congregation, expressing preference not to exclude the vulnerable (including clergy leaders) from worship gatherings.

“Tend the flock of God that is in your charge” (1 Peter 5:2).
Our churches affirm the value of our common life and denominational leadership. While valuing state health officials, we are committed to exceeding their expectations with denominational counsel and careful discernment.


There is an informative video from the NE Conference which includes pastoral messages from our United Methodist Bishop and Cabinet, as well as a physician and professor within our conference at this link. Here are Guidelines for In-Person Worship from our Conference that we will be looking at over the long-term before returning to church. Here is a helpful article from a wise colleague in the Florida Conference.

In this week when we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus Christ, imagine what it must have felt like to have waited for the Messiah for so long, then to have him crucified after only three years of ministry, then the joy of his resurrection and return and finally, his Ascension only to wait again for the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Take heart. God is with us! I'll add my own choice of scripture here,

"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen, Pastor
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord NH

Visit Pastor Cheryl's blog for inspiration and encouragement

These are the names and dates of joining for those who have been members of Wesley United Methodist Church for 50 or more years. We honor them today on Heritage Sunday.
Barbara Richards        4/1/45
John Phillips               4/21/46
Louise Wentworth             6/8/47
Susan Goldthwaite            4/11/54
Marcia Gray               4/28/57 
George Fryer              3/30/58
Helen Fryer                3/30/58
Robert Estabrook       3/26/59
Elizabeth Geers          3/26/59
Nancy Mobile                   3/26/61
Jane Welch                 4/26/61
George L. Geers         4/7/63
MaryAnn Remington        12/22/63
Sandra Williams         3/29/64
Peter Leavenworth            4/18/65
Robert MacLean Jr            4/18/65
Betty Burrill               4/18/65
Maxine Clough           4/18/65
Richard Clough          4/18/65
Barbara Ward             12/19/65
Donna Warner            4/18/65
Janet McDougall        4/10/66
Jeff Parker                  4/10/66
Jim Varrill                  6/12/66
John Varrill                12/18/66
Bernice McGinnis             10/8/67      
Clifford McGinnis             10/8/67      
George Mosher                  6/18/67
Diane Couture                   12/15/68
Matthew Leavenworth             4/7/68
Lynn Mosher Cochran              12/15/68
Catherine Walker       2/18/68
John Walker               2/18/68
Joan Woodhead          2/18/68 
Evie Trow                  12/21/69
Rebecca Watson         10/19/69
Barbara Hanchett        1970
Louise Poole                  1970
Miss Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

For Children: 
Your Children's Time messages can be found here each week!  Join me for some fun or just a chat on Zoom! I'll be available starting at 10:30 each Sunday! 
Zoom Invitehttps://zoom.us/j/211945061?pwd=bFVFU2xSazJPVG43cWFqb0FhRk44UT09
Meeting ID: 211 945 061     Password: 030905 
For Youth: Join me for some fun or just a chat on Zoom! I'll be available starting at 1:00! Zoom Invitehttps://zoom.us/j/306446927?pwd=Z0NFazAyeS9MSEZNczl3cHo2aW1nQT09
Meeting ID: 306 446 927     Password: 026325
Graduation Sunday at Wesley will be held on 6/7 - Send us pictures of your graduate, along with their degree, school they're graduating and a note of future plans like college, military or work for a special celebration!

 
VBS curriculum has been ordered and the dates of July 6-10 have been reserved. We're not sure whether it will be virtual or in-person yet, but stay tuned for more details. 
Abundance Orchard VBS
“Where faith grows and hungry people are fed”

We’ll bring community and faith family together with a Vacation Bible School experience they are bound to love in Abundance Orchard™ - a complete, all-in-one hunger-action themed VBS program. We’ll start with the Old Testament in Part 1 and walk our students through scriptures exploring God’s miraculous provision and abundance for His people. Then we’ll follow up with the New Testament in Part 2, and focus o
n scriptures illustrating Jesus’ use of meals to gather those most in need of His love.
Downtown, Inc. has reported that the Market Days Festival is still a go! Their Board of Directors has made the decision to reschedule Market Day to August 20, 21 & 22, 2020. We have a booth reserved for the State House lawn and will be planning activities and outreach to our community soon.
Unfortunately, our NH United Methodist camp, Wanakee, has suspended camp for this year due to safety concerns around coronavirus. Visit their website at this link to find more information about their decision.

Also, consider a donation to Wanakee to support them during this economically challenging time.

For other children's activities, check out Wanakee's Facebook page where you'll find occasional livestream craft demos and more!
Pastor's Notes from Committee Meetings 
The Charge Conference (Ad Board members) met this week and unanimously approved the Payroll Protection Plan loan under the CARES Act.
The SPRC held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting and discussed their ongoing care for the staff and members of the congregation.
Pastor Cheryl is excited to report that she is currently working with Boston University School of Theology on having an intern work with us at Wesley next academic year.
The Staff held their regularly scheduled weekly meeting, checked in with one another, debriefed last week's service and discussed upcoming services.

Blessings,
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Mission and Ministry
The STS Foundation is looking for a family in the Concord area to host Nynke from the Netherlands, who will be a high school exchange student this fall. Nynke is 16, and describes herself as outgoing, fun, and friendly. She is active in her church back home, where she attends each Sunday as well as participates in youth group. Her hobbies include photography, playing music, and babysitting. Nynke has taken 5 years of English and her teachers describe her as sociable, kind, and considerate. Nynke says, “I want to go to America because I think it is a beautiful and interesting country. I find it exciting and fun to meet new people and make new friends. I hope I learn many new things about American culture and history. I am also curious about the similarities and differences with Dutch culture.” It is through student exchange that we plant seeds of kindness and understanding while building friendship around the world. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Cheryl.
It’s almost softball season. If you are interested in playing please contact Norm Lemay by clicking this link.


 
Concord Hospital is in dire need of cloth masks. Click on this link for their newsletter including directions on how to make the style they need.
The Homeless Resource Center has a number of needs. Click on this link to see the list sent in their recent newsletter to see how you might help with things like paper towels, $5 gift cards, toilet paper, hand soap, hand sanitizer, sleeping bags, insect repellant and more.
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!
Help with Groceries
Nicole Trent has graciously offered to help folks by delivering groceries on the weekend. Contact Nicole at this link.
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Luke 24:44-53

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

The Ascension of Jesus

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

Call to Worship

by Thom Shuman

At the presence of God, we rejoice:
glorifying the One who is Parent of all orphans.
In the presence of Jesus Christ, we listen:
to the Voice who calls us to humbly serve others.
Through the presence of the Holy Spirit, we speak:
making God's love known to the world-forsaken in our midst.

Amen.
Pastor Cheryl is on vacation from 5/25-6/1 but is available for pastoral emergencies. She is normally 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.
 Join Byron Champlin for virtual Adult Sunday School at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings on Zoom at this link.  We're studying the Psalms and you can jump in any time. Newcomers welcome!
Meeting ID: 824 9476 3383  Password: 817519  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
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 closed, 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. We'd love volunteers to write notes to our homebound members. Find a list of their addresses at this link.
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Funnies
Ascension Thursday | Ascension of the Lord | Roman Catholic Parish ...
May 21st was the Feast of Ascension. To those who wonder what this is about: It's the day when Jesus started to work from home.
 
One day Jesus and Satan were working on their computers. Satan was trying to attract What is Save?people to his side and Jesus was writing about eternal life through Him. Suddenly a bad thunderstorm came up and a power surge temporarily shut down the computers. When they were rebooted, Satan discovered that what he'd written was gone, but Jesus's work was still there. Why? 

Because Jesus saves.
Visit our website at this link 
VISITING
We have suspended in person visits during this time of contagion. Please contact Pastor Cheryl by phone, email or social media for prayer during this time.
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.
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