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ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS CANCELED THROUGH AT LEAST MAY 4

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Adam Doucette 04/28
Aryn Bernardo 04/28
Alan Schulte 04/29
Lily Mae Schulte 05/01
Elsie Brison 05/03


Audra Gilson with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
Christine Large, who lost her maternal Uncle Bill this week.
Julie Coleman seeking dream job.
Eric Gallager's fiance Courtnay health issues.
Bill and Leah Bernardo, Janette Espineda, Erin Fogel, Laura Fry, Tiffany Hutchins, and all those who work in the medical and/or emergency fields.
Students in crisis.

This week, we will hear the scripture story of the Walk to Emmaus from Luke 24: 13-35. Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen will share scripture, sermon and song discussing the differences between knowing and experiencing Jesus.

Ken Gallager will provide music, Deborah Venator will compile the production, Carol Flavin-Veenstra is our liturgist, Christina Catino will share an energetic children's message and Lynne Lemay has prepared slides with lyrics and prayers for you to follow along at home. Ben Greene and Alan Schulte have prepared music for the anthem and offertory. Laura Fry will record the prayers you type into the chat screen and share them with Pastor Cheryl and our Prayer Chain.


Participate in next week's service!
Next week we'll talk about enduring patiently. Share your photos of you being patient for a congregational photo montage by sending your photos to Deborah Venator 

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May 3 - 1 Peter 2:19-25 - Endurance
May 10 - 1 Peter 2:2-10 - Living Cornerstone
May 17 - Acts 17:22-31 - God does not live in temples made with human hands
May 24 - Luke 24:44-53 - Ascension Day - HERITAGE SUNDAY!!
May 31 - Acts 2:1-21 - Pentecost

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: Nancy Fransen
Monday Morning Quarterback
Bible study questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.

Read Luke 24:13-35

1. The first thing the Risen Christ asked was, "What are you talking about?" What was the second? Describe what that means to you.
2. The disciples asked Jesus to stay with them and he did. Contrast this with the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus asked the disciples to stay awake and pray with him and they couldn't. What was the difference?
3. It wasn't simply in the breaking of the bread, that Jesus was made known to the disciples, it was the giving of himself and their proclamation of him--their understanding of who he truly was. Who is Jesus to you?
Join us for worship live on our YouTube channel each Sunday at 10:30am. You can also click here for our 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.

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.

Check out Pastor Cheryl's daily blog, called Beloved Connection. Comment to stay connected or subscribe to receive it by email each day. 


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.

By popular demand the Adult Sunday School class WILL be meeting on Easter Sunday. 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

 See our Virtual Children's Time with Miss Christina each week.

Join Sunday School Zoom Sundays from 10:30-11
Meeting ID: 211 945 061   Password: 030905

Join Youth Zoom Sundays from 1:00-1:30 NOTE NEW TIME
Meeting ID: 306 446 927   Password: 026325

For other children's activities, check out Wanakee's Facebook page where you'll find occasional livestream craft demos and more!

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 Easter cards or weekly notes to our homebound members. Find a list of their addresses at this link.

Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal. You can also send a check to Wesley UMC, 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301.

 
 On behalf of our Wesley family we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to our very creative, capable, hard-working staff! Together they are going above and beyond to keep our church together and to bring us meaningful worship every Sunday, giving us hope and inspiration to get through this difficult time when we are isolated from one another.

  Creating on-line worship requires learning new technical skills, reaching out to volunteers who participate remotely, selecting and providing a variety of beautiful music to enhance the worship experience, and careful, time-consuming planning and tweaking.

  Pastor Cheryl puts a great amount of thought and preparation into every service and has given us worship experiences that nurture our spiritual lives, provide hope for the future, and inspiration for the weeks ahead. Her positive energy and creativity shine through in her online worship services and  in the many remote meetings she conducts an participates in during the week. She has  even skipped a break that had been planned for the week after Easter so that she could be available to our church family and keep our programs going without skipping a beat.

  Ken Gallager, who is the only person entering the sanctuary at this time, provides music that soothes our souls, helping us to fully participate in each week’s service. We are very thankful for the talents that he so readily shares with us. His recorded organ music is not only lovely, but also inspirational.  And the lovely flowers he placed on the organ for Easter did not go unnoticed!

  Alan Schulte and Ben Greene have been working closely with Pastor Cheryl to provide additional music for our on-line services.  Easter’s virtual choir, EP’s recordings, Alan’s solos and Ben’s guitar are welcome features.

  Miss Christina, our capable and energetic Director of Youth Ministries, prepares and records a lively virtual children’s time for our on-line worship each week . In addition, she is offering Sunday School on Zoom, Youth Zoom, and is keeping our youth informed about Camp Wanakee. In spite of the uncertainty about summer plans she also is at work organizing  for Vacation Bible School in late July.

  Our beloved custodian, Dennis, has shown us his spiritual expertise with a scriptural message in the e-Weekly every week. His insights and wisdom shine through his writings and enhance our understanding for which we are grateful. His love of God and his dedication to our congregation are clearly felt in the many ways he supports us.

  Our faithful producer of slides for worship, Lynne Lemay, stays in close contact with Pastor Cheryl and produces all the slides for our remote services.  Her meticulous care and attention to detail are evident in every aspect of her work on our behalf each week. The slides she prepares help bring us together even while we are apart.

  The person who works closely with the Team and puts all the pre-recorded pieces of the worship service together is Deborah Venator. She choreographs a service that is smooth and easy to follow. And while the YouTube service is being viewed by us, Deborah is ‘chatting’ with those who chat and comments as the various parts of the service unfold. Deborah also invests much of her time and energy to updating the WUMC  website and Facebook page and all of the other ways of bringing our message to the community through modern technology.

  THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR YOUR GOOD AND FAITHFUL WORK!

Ben Lemay & Jane Broadrick,
Co-Lay Leaders
Grace and peace, dear one.

I'd like to try something new this week. Will you join me in a Virtual Coffee Chat on Zoom following worship? You can catch up with your church friends, see their wonderful faces and hear how they're doing! Right after Ken's postlude on our YouTube broadcast, grab your coffee and come on over to Zoom at this link or using the credentials below:

Meeting ID: 826-9124-7213
Password: Wesley
Phone: +1 929 205 6099, with numeric password: 570260
I love having congregational involvement each week! Thank you so much to those of you who have sent pictures in. Stay tuned for more opportunities to participate in the virtual choir with Ben Greene. The staff invites you to send in photos for the following special upcoming events:

​  5/3 - Pictures or one-second videos of you waiting patiently
  5/10 - Parent/child pictures to honor Mother's Day
  5/17 - Pictures of church, home or sacred wilderness places to demonstrate that God doesn't live in temples made with human hands
  5/24 - Pictures with notes about how long you've been at Wesley for Heritage Sunday
  5/31 - Pictures of you wearing red for Pentecost or of beautiful geraniums or fire
  6/7 - Pictures of our graduates for Graduation Sunday, along with their degree, school they're graduating, note of future plans like college, military or work.

All of these can be sent to Deborah Venator, our webmaster.
Finally, these are uncertain times as we wait to see what the governor will say about gradually reopening our state, wondering what impact it will have on our precious church. Rest assured that I have been speaking with our DS and Bishop, as well as ecumenical colleagues through my participation with both the New Hampshire Council of Churches and the Greater Concord Interfaith Council to imagine safe and creative ways to be the church in the wake of the pandemic and I look forward to working beside you for good in this world as the people called Methodist in Concord. 

Our Ad Board will meet this coming Wednesday to discuss our current status at Wesley, as well as what will come. Please keep these leaders in your prayers as we discern what God is calling us to in this time: 

Jane Broadrick          Paula DelBonis-Platt          Kelly Fullerton
Sylvia Greene          Kathy Hamilton          Dawn Haynes
Norm Lemay          Diane McFall          Rev. Cheryl Meachen

Blessings,
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
The Gift of Faith
by Dennis Broussard, former Catholic priest

Reading: First Peter - Chapter 1: Verses 3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time. In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Suffering  early church the Letter addressed. 

First Peter’s letter is to the early Christians in Asia Minor. Numerous allusions in the letter suggest that the churches addressed were largely of Gentile composition. They are encouraged to remain faithful to their standards of belief and conduct in spite of threats of persecution. The letter both inspires and admonishes these “chosen sojourners” who, in seeking to live as God’s people, feel an alienation from their previous religious roots and the society around them. Appeal is made to Christ’s resurrection and the future hope it provides and to the experience of baptism as new birth. The suffering and death of Christ serve as both sources of salvation and example.

Our Situation in life: Living with Coronavirus 

First Peter is a timely letter for us today. We too feel an alienation from our religious roots and society. We have recently been dramatically estranged from a life we enjoyed by a frightening and deadly virus.  First Peter also calls us to hope and place our own  sufferings into a larger context beyond our fear and that is  the resurrection.  It is the gift of our faith that enables us to embrace in confidence the spirit of the Season of Easter.  In our spirit we can proclaim with faith and praise: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

Over Forty years ago, as a college student, I was assigned to read the  novel, Cat’s Cradle. It was written by American writer Kurt Vonnegut and published in 1963. It  is a satirical postmodern novel, with science fiction elements exploring and satirizing issues of science, technology, the purpose of religion, and the arms race. The author often wrote using dark humor. Until this day, after all those years, I continue to remember a few lines from the novel:  

Tiger got to hunt, Bird got to fly; 
Man got to sit and wonder, “Why, why, why?” 
Tiger got to sleep, Bird got to land; 
Man got to tell himself he understand. 

Those words still bring back memories from my youth of the great unrest in America during the late 1960’s into the early 1970’s. It appeared to me America was falling apart and the pieces would never be brought together again. In quick succession, John Kennedy was assassinated, then Martin Luther King  met the same fate and shortly after Robert Kennedy was killed by an assassin. In the streets of Boston like any other city in America, there were protests against the war in Vietnam. There were demonstrations by blacks throughout the country with the loss of Martin Luther King. The news brought into the living room what was going on outside your door along with the body counts that grew every day from Vietnam. Slowly faith in Government waned. Generations faced off in the streets; World War II veterans with demonstrators of the war. For young people at this time in history, it was confusing, frightening and seemingly unending. 

How must it be with our youth today living through the present crisis that rivals any other crisis in modern History. In my isolation, I wonder how they are handling all the events going on. Are they confused, frightened and do they see an end in sight? 

In our suffering we see just how each of us is so human and so remarkably alike in our suffering.  That sense of pain we feel in our hearts for others at this time, for children is how we discover His  spirit that groans inside ourselves, whose being co-experiences our pain and then invites us to Co-experience his love that is all powerful, his hope and faith now fulfilled as victorious over death for us and our children. This is the spirit of Easter. He is risen, He is risen in our hearts and has enabled us to Love Him as He is!

Miss Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

 
For the Youth:

I am very proud to say that the youth of Wesley United Methodist Church have voted to keep our money with ASP to continue mission work in the best way we know how this year. 😛 We recognize that, though we may not be physically going on a mission trip this year and doing the work, mission work is STILL being completed through us with our money and ASP's wonderful ingenuity and passion in the new ways they are doing mission work along with supporting this pandemic response. We support that greatly! We hope that our small part leads to another 50 years (at least!) of service to the Appalachian region!

Great news!
Miss Christina
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 24:13-35

 

The Walk to Emmaus

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Call to Worship
by Thom Shuman


In these moments of isolation
and wondering what tomorrow might bring,
let us lift our voices to God.
We will call on the One who promises to hear us,
and better – to listen to our hearts and souls.
In days of uncertainty, when the future seems unclear,
in life, in death, in every moment, God deals graciously with us.
We will rejoice in the One who is with us
walking with us, opening our eyes, touching our heart.
As God’s people, we know that the Bread of life is for us,
even as we hunger for hope, life, joy, healing for our brokenness.
Just as we do with the cup of salvation,
we will lift our hearts in thanksgiving to our God.
 

Prayer of the Day
by Thom Shuman


When every day seems the same,
with no one listening to our dreams,
our hopes, our fears, and worries,
you pause, God our Baker,
turning your head
so that you can read our lips.
 
When every road seems the same,
filled with despair's potholes,
littered with pain's detritus,
you come alongside us, God our Lover,
pointing out that side road
that will take us to Abba's Fine Eats.
 
When every step trips us,
when every loss weighs us down,
when every grief breaks our heart,
you come, God our Keeper,
with your book of grace
filled with easy words
and lots of pictures
to teach us hope.
 
When everyone ignores us,
when everything disappoints us,
you walk with us, you talk with us,
you refuse to abandon us,
God in Community, Holy in One,
so hear us as we pray as we are taught,

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, And the power, and the glory, Forever. Amen

From the desk of

Barbara Burnside Disaster Response & Mission Coordinator
(978) 682-8055 x135 baburnside@neumc.org

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY UPDATE
April 21, 2020
 
More needs have come to light over the past week or so, which are highlighted below. 

PPE for Hospitals/First Responders & UMCOR Hygiene kits:
There continues to be a need for N95 masks and if your church has some UMCOR cleaning buckets that contain these masks, please consider taking them out and donating them to a local hospital or emergency responders.  Please let Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Barbara Burnside, know how many & to whom you donated them, as UMCOR is keeping a tally of UMC donations.

Also, if you are within an hour of the conference office in Methuen, MA and have UMCOR hygiene kits that we could come get for homeless shelter needs, please let Barbara know.  We’ve also had requests from some native American tribes who have had trouble getting some supplies and we are handling those on a case-by-case basis through district offices.

Consider the following ways you also can assist your community, but please check for the latest safety updates regarding COVID-19 from:

Volunteer Opportunities
   Packaging or delivering food for

  • community food banks and church food pantries
  • homeless shelters
  • locations that distribute free children’s lunch program meals
  • Meals on Wheels (see this story from WGBH as an example)

Most of these entities have adopted extra safety measures for volunteers to prepare boxes of food for those in need (ask about their precautions and process). This is a good choice particularly for college students or younger adults on reduced work hours who are not in a high-risk category

   Prescription or grocery deliveries to high-risk groups, such as:

  • the elderly,
  • the immunosuppressed,
  • disabled who can’t stand in store lines

   Supporting those suffering abuse and violence:

   Giving blood
We now understand from the Red Cross in New England that they have had good response from organizations hosting blood drives, but blood supplies are still down, so they need donors.

   Mission from Home
Support Bahamas Methodist Habitat Hurricane Dorian work virtually with no-travel-digital-mission teams

   Possible funding source
United Way is moving funding resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19. Many states are taking applications from any non-profit, a 501(c)3, but organizations must apply to their local United Way agency (click the link to search) for funding.

Each United Way agency has its own name for these funds, and some have deadlines as early as April 22, 2020. These virus-impact funds are intended to provide basic needs such as food, fuel and shelter and recognize the potential economic impact of unpaid absence, illness, or job loss related directly or indirectly to the virus, increased child care needs due to school and child care closures, and the risk of not being able to pay housing, utility and food bills.

   Learn about global mission
Global Ministries video series features NE missionary
Thomas Kemper, general secretary of Global Ministries, has begun a series of video conversations that highlight global mission during a pandemic. The April 1 conversation features New England missionary Dr. Belinda Forbes, who is serving in Nicaragua.
Learn more

 

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Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM)

Latest News

 

Hello Friends and Supporting Churches! 
Happy Easter to you and I trust you are keeping safe and healthy.

Global Ministries General Secretary Thomas Kemper has been doing a series of short interviews with missionaries around the world called “Global Mission During a Pandemic,” to gain insight into the current situation of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak from people on the ground in places where the United Methodist Church is connected in mission.
 
The interview with your missionary Dr. Belinda Forbes was posted on Facebook this morning. You can see this 6-minute video and the others on https://www.facebook.com/thomas.kemper.50 orhttps://www.facebook.com/GlobalMinistries/

or here on Belinda’s YouTube page https://youtu.be/TeKCjvPb7ZE
Give Now to Missionary Support through The Advance
 

Please consider a gift to mission! See details below.

The work of Accion Medica Cristiana and my placement there as a Global Ministries missionary continues both for ongoing health needs as well as preparation for the likely increase in COVID-19 cases.

AMC has prepared printed materials like these brochures and posters in Spanish, English and Miskito and distributed them to local, trained leaders to share with their communities.  Radio messages have also been recorded and aired across the region where AMC is present. Many people rely on these media for communications and access to important preventive health information, more important than ever for reducing the propagation of the coronavirus. 

 
Give Now to Accion Medica Cristiana
With adjustments for keeping staff and community members safe during the pandemic, work in sustainable agriculture, disaster prevention, and many aspects of community health need to move forward. Ongoing activities in maternal-child health through a Global Ministries Global Health grant also continues, with medicines for health centers and food and cleaning supplies for the maternal waiting house or Casa Materna. A United Methodist Women International Ministries grant helps reduce violence against women and children.
(note - photos taken in 2019 and do not reflect measure of social distancing introduced in 2020)

Please consider a gift to mission so this important work can continue. Your support can be sent in different ways:

Give Online:

By Phone:
Credit card gifts can be accepted by phone. The telephone number is: 888-252-6174 FREE
Be sure to share the Advance Number you wish to donate to:
Belinda Forbes Advance #12109Z or Accion Medica Cristiana #14846A
 
By Mail:
Make your check payable to ADVANCE GCFA. Write the name of the ministry and the Advance code number on the memo line of the check: Belinda Forbes Advance #12109Z or Accion Medica Cristiana #14846A  (this is really important, or the money will not be deposited to the correct destination).
 
Send your check to:
Advance GCFA
P.O. Box 9068 
New York, NY 10087-9068

Muchas gracias y Dios les bendiga. Many thanks and God bless you!

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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