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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!
Myrna Evans 1/12
Tyleek Perez 01/20
Peter Prouty 01/21
Judy Campbell 01/24


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 17th, we will hear scripture from  1 Corinthians 6:12-20 read by Terri Forsten.

This Sunday is one of the six Special Sundays where United Methodist Churches around the world receive an offering for Human Relations Day. Click on the picture below to view a video to see who is helped by these special offerings and send your check marked "Human Relations Day" to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301-2300.

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 24 – Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Jonah prophesies to Ninevah

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.

Elsie Brison

Mrs. Elsie Ruth (Fox) Brison, 92, of Concord, passed away at the Havenwood-Heritage Heights on January 9, 2021 after a period of declining health.

Born in Somerville, MA, Elsie was the daughter of the late George and Ruth (Nickerson) Fox. She was raised and educated in Somerville and had resided in New Hampshire for over 60 years.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as the Business Manager for the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association and also worked as the church secretary for the United Baptist Church of Concord.

Elsie loved traveling, especially her trips to Ocean Park, Maine, reading and going to the movies.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert A. Brison, her brother, George Fox and her sister, Esther Yeamans.

She is survived by her two daughters: Nancy Fraher and her husband Gerard and Robin Scott and her husband Tracy all of Chichester; three grandchildren, Suzanne Fraher, Elizabeth Ecker and her husband Nate and Ashley Getman and her husband Chris; and four great grandchildren, Windsor, Jackson, Henry, and Isaac.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the New Hampshire Veterans Home Resident Benefit Fund, 139 Winter St. Tilton, NH 03276 or the Ocean Park Association, PO Box 7296 Ocean Park, ME 04063. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit Still Oaks.
Mission and Ministry
The CCEH Corner

1/15/21
 
Once again CCEH has been in the Concord Monitor showing the new apartments and one of the tenants as she saw her home for the first time. She was completely overwhelmed to have her own bed and her own space. It feels so rewarding to be part of this amazing coalition as they give people a new sense of self. We continue to request suggested items for this month:

Batteries of any size for flashlights or headlamps and other portable
electronics ie: AA, AAA D, C, 9V
Individual packs of tissues
Halls cough drops/sore throat lozenges
Cans of Ground Coffee, Light or Medium Roast

Wondering about the cans of ground coffee for homeless folks? Many people come by the Daytime Resource Center to take a shower, make phone calls, pick up items, or just to have a cup of hot coffee and relax in a warm place. And everyone knows how important a hot cup of coffee can be in the morning. So now you understand the request for coffee. By everyone contributing small amounts each week, we will have made someone’s life a little easier. Please don’t feel you have to get one of each item. If you just add one thing to your grocery list each week, an individual pack of tissues or a package of C cell batteries, at the end of the week, we will have a nice donation from WUMC. And don’t forget that you can drop off your donations anytime in the yellow bin outside the church doors by the parking lot.

Thanks everyone, and happy shopping.

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


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.

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM EST
Fifty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his final campaign, the Poor People's Campaign was relaunched under the leadership of Dr. William Barber and Dr. Elizabeth Theoharis.

On Martin Luther King day 2021, please join the NH Co-Chairs of the NH Poor People's Campaign, Rev. Jason Wells and Deborah Opramolla, for a NH Peace Action Peace and Justice Conversation on how the Poor People's Campaign is working to challenge Racism, Militarism, Environmental Devastation, and Poverty today.

Event link, here

Martin Luther King Day Program: Becoming a Beloved Community

The Beloved Community is a vision that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. popularized during the Civil Rights Movement. King’s Beloved Community is a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves.

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, poets use Michelangelo Lovelace’s painting My Home Town (1998) as a departure point to explore King’s Beloved Community. At first this painting may appear to be about racial divide, the figures that come together in the center of the picture suggest an optimistic and hopeful perspective.

The program includes:
- Opening remarks by Reverend Dr. Jawanza Colvin
- Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, museum trustee and inaugural chair of the museum’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Original poems recited by Cuyahoga County poet laureate Honey Bell-Bey and acclaimed poet Orlando Watson
- Closing moderated discussion

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM EST
Hosted by The Cleveland Museum of Art
at this link

 
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The NH Food Bank will bring a truckload of food to distribute to families and individuals. This is a drive thru event. All items will be distributed to you in your vehicles. The NH Food Bank will have Mobile Food Pantries at the following times and locations during January.
1/19/2021 Tue 11am-2pm Claremont Runnings 403 Washington St.
1/21/2021 Thu 11am-2pm Littleton Hitchiner Building 24 Beacon Street
1/22/2021 Fri 10am-1pm Manchester Comcast 676 Island Pond Rd.
1/28/2021 Thu 11am-2pm Conway Ham Ice Arena 87 W. Main St.
 
 If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering please email Ashley Moulton.
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
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 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

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
The staff would like to share their gratitude for the staff gift organized by SPRC. 
 
Dear Wesley, thank you for the staff Christmas gift. I believe in all the good Wesley folks do and I am proud to be a part of the Wesley church family. Peace to you always, Deborah

"Thank you so much, Wesley family, for your incredibly generous gift to the staff. this year... It means a great deal to be appreciated by such wonderful people!"
Christina Catino


"Thank  you Wesley, for your generous gift from your family to our families. It means so much! -Anne Roberts

 
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
Living Our Best Lives
The Rail Trail
The Concord – Lake Sunapee Rail Trail is a long term vision to build a scenic, family-friendly bike and walking trail to connect the communities along the historic Concord-Claremont Railroad line, from Concord NH to the southern tip of Lake Sunapee. The old railroad line passes through the towns of Concord, Hopkinton, Warner, Sutton, Bradford and Newbury. Several portions of the trail are usable today, and local friends of the trail are working together to build the rest. To learn more click here.

Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe: In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta and broccoli together, according to package directions for al dente. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large. heavy skillet, melt the buttery spread, then add the onion and cook over low heat for 2 minutes. For the recipe and full instructions click here

 
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

 

Glorify God in Body and Spirit

‘All things are lawful for me’, but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful for me’, but I will not be dominated by anything. ‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food’, and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, ‘The two shall be one flesh.’ But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or 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.

This week's Prayer:


Lord God, You led your chosen people from slavery in Egypt to the freedom of the Promised Land.

We ask you to lead us at Wesley from any enslavement to hatred, ignorance, fear, racism, injustice or anything else that prevents us from being the community of love and respect that you want us to be.

We remember with gratitude today the witness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and we ask that we have the courage and determination to follow his example in battling injustice and living the Gospel of love.

Help us, Lord, to make ever more the community you want us to be.

Grant all this through Christ our Lord,

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: 

SPRC Teams  »»»  January 20, 2021
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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