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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 or during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22. Let us know that you attended the service by clicking this link. New episodes appear each Tuesday at 4:30 pm and re-air on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, Thursdays at 10:30 am, Fridays at 7:00 am, Sundays at 1:30 pm, Mondays at 10:30 am.

  Request prayers by email from our Prayer Chain at this link. Join us for fellowship via Zoom at this link.
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 this secure link on our website to use your debit or credit card. 
  Find opportunities to serve our neighbors in need and imagine ways to witness your faith below or on our website. 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Susan Bradbury 05/17
Kitty Lane 05/17
Jared Espineda 05/18
Leona Davis 05/19
Jeff Schindler 05/19
Matt Engel 05/19


-For Lesley Masters recovering after surgery, 
- For Stephen Kane, Norma's grandson, in the Navy traveling to a new destination,
- For Dennis Broussard recovering from surgery,
- For Peter Spaulding with pancreatic cancer whose wife Beth sings with our choir,
- For Al Sidney,
- For Arline Little,
- For Bill Broadrick,
- For Ken Gallager's mom Ann,
- For Larry Haynes,
- For Wesley's ministries: Family Promise, Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, Abbot-Downing School, Second Start Alternative High School;
- For our children and youth programs and our new Messy Church offering;
- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia.
- For Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua.
- 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.

Find the addresses of our homebound members at this link to send a special card! If you don't have our participant directory, please email Jill Savage at this link to get a copy so that you can send cards, call to chat and text to keep in touch with all of your church friends.
Pastor Cheryl lovingly encourages you to stay connected with your beloved community.



This Sunday, May 16th, we will hear scripture from
John 17:6-19 by Jill Savage. 

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.
Judy King and Myrna Evans design our altars

 


LONGTERM FORECAST
Each of our Sunday Services can be viewed on our YouTube Channel at 10:30 on Sunday.

May 23 - Pentecost - Acts 2:1-21 and Heritage Sunday
May 30 - Trinity Sunday - Isaiah 6:1-8
June 6 - Graduation Sunday- Genesis 3:8-15
June 13 - Children's Sunday- Mark 4:26-34

June 20 - Father's Day- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13


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.

All services are available on CCTV Channel 22 the Tuesday following the premiere air dates, as well.

CCLI License #2293792

Good morning, Beloved,

This week we celebrate Jesus' Ascension. Ascension Day was actually yesterday, Thursday the 13th and on Sunday we will read scripture from
John that talks about Jesus' departure and those left behind, but we will focus that day on Music Ministry here at Wesley Church. So, I'd like to share a little bit about what Ascension Day means with you here instead.

In a more formal church that celebrates feast days and frequently shares creeds and time-honored rituals, you might see a more formal recognition of this day, even having worship services, but the United Methodist church is one where we share our methods, eg. prayer and discernment, but live together recognizing that our beliefs manifest themselves in a variety of expressions. We strive to be inclusive of a variety of viewpoints and the people holding them.

Ascension day is the day in which Jesus body is understood to have been taken up into heaven. This would have occurred after his death on the cross and resurrection which we celebrate on Easter. It happened prior to Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit is recognized to have descended in breath and language and fiery tongues, creating the Christian church (which we celebrate next week).

In the scripture we read this week from John 17:13-19, Jesus understands his time on earth has come to an end and speaks to God saying, "13But now I am coming to you (God), and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves (the disciples and us). ...I ask you to protect them ...Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.."


My prayer is that you may find some comfort in these words, that we are meant to have joy made complete in our earthly existence, that we may be made holy through our love of and service to others.
I've heard from a couple of you that you've been receiving spam emails in my name again. I am so sorry to hear this. Please always remember to check the email address to be sure it's actually from me. Spammers will sometimes use an email address that looks a lot like mine but add a digit or letter to it. Unfortunately, this problem is pervasive among folks who are trusted by groups of people like our pastors, DSs and Bishop. Always be as wise as serpents when reading suspicious emails. 
The Trustees met last week via conference phone call and discussed a variety of topics including a courtyard cleanup with Second Start students scheduled for May 19th. You're welcome to join some of our members who will be bringing bottled water, cookies, Gatorade and munchkins to express our appreciation for their good help. The Boy Scouts have also offered to do some yard work. A number of other small projects were discussed and updates were given including the repair to the parsonage living room window.  You may have heard that the screen and glass had to be repaired after a turkey flew into the window back on March 31st.
Now that we've had our first outdoor service with our FM transmitter in the parking lot saying goodbye to intern Jen Savoy, the staff is hard at work designing other outdoor worship opportunities this summer. We're thinking we might hold a weeknight meeting every other week with some music, a speaker on a social justice issue and an opportunity to share views and ideas. Staff members have suggested naming it "Topical Tailgate Talk" or "Mid-Week Pickup." We'd love to hear from you with any ideas you may have. 
We're receiving some inquiries about using our space left after Step Ahead Preschool closed. We're actively looking for new groups to use our space. If you have expertise or interest in this area, please get in touch with Pastor Cheryl.
While the CDC and State of NH are updating their COVID restrictions regularly, we are looking forward to the time when the larger group of us can return to in-person activities at Wesley. At present, we are conducting safe, modest experiments with smaller groups using the space. So far, we have learned what it takes to quarantine groups again after COVID exposure. We are also learning how prevalent vaccination is/or is not and what comfort level people have with returning to various activities. 

This post-COVID time includes some remarkable opportunities to do things in a new way, such as Zoom meetings on snowy winter nights instead of driving across town, as well as livestreamed worship. While Wesley has offered worship services on YouTube and CCTV for a long time, the idea of simultaneously livestreaming the service is the subject of staff work and grant writing with help from Rachel Venator. We welcome your prayers and your enthusiasm for Wesley's ministries as we work  diligently to strengthen our church family and its opportunities to gather in worshipful ways and in ministry to our community together.


To that end, here's a survey opportunity for you to share a little or a lot. Let us know what your hopes and dreams are.

In Christ's protective, joyful and sanctifying love, 
Pastor Cheryl

Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen

Wesley's Abbot-Downing School Mission team is planning to support our local elementary school by donating some water bottles and granola bars to the school's annual field day on June 11. To donate money or items, please contact Norma Kane.


CCEH Corner
May 14, 2021


The Talent Show on May 8th raised $36,000 for CCEH and their guests. Thank you to all who contributed.  CCEH expressed their appreciation for the cases of water that continue to be provided by Wesley.  

Water and coffee are still needed any time, along with disposable hot cups, sugar, stirrers and creamers.  Stay tuned next week, we will have information on clothing needs for the warmer season.  

STORAGE SHELVES NEEDED Judy King volunteered at CCEH to organize a small storage room that holds items that will be needed by folks exiting homelessness. These items might include sets of dishes, glassware, pots & pans, etc. She needs storage shelves or bookcases, if anyone has some they can donate. Judy is happy to pick them up from you. Please call 603-276-0159 or email Judy K. Thanks!

Have a pleasant week and keep our clients in your prayers.  That's a big part of our mission.  

Thank-you to those who recently made a donation toward Wesley’s support of Family Promise! Wesley members and friends will again have the opportunity to provide meals for parents and children who are experiencing homelessness. For the year 2021, we have committed to four weeks in the summer beginning on the following Sundays: June 27th, July 4th, July 18th, and August 22nd. Cash donations to buy gift cards are needed and/or prepared meals and groceries. The families will continue to stay in the parsonage of the Congregational Church of Henniker at least until September. Thank you for your support! For more information contact Ruth Engel.


The students from Second Start Alternative High School will be coming to Wesley to do some yard work on May 19th. Contact Kathy Hamilton to volunteer to help or to provide water and snacks to our volunteers. They'd love to express their thanks if you would like to come by.

Spiritual Formation
and Education
Monday Morning Quarterback Bible Study

Weekly questions from Pastor Cheryl to continue studying scripture 
from the worship service at home.

Read:
John 17:6-19

1. Jesus prays in this passage that he has made God/Love known to the disciples and that now they know everything that God/Love has shared with Jesus. What do you think Jesus meant by this? Do you feel that you know the extent of God's Love through Jesus' teaching? What more do you hope for?
2. Jesus speaks to certain attributes of God's care throughout this passage: protection (v. 11); complete joy (v. 13) and sanctification (or being made holy) (v. 17). How do these three attributes intersect with one another? Do you find joy in being made holy? Do you feel protected by it?

3. In verse 12, Jesus reminds us that while the disciples were in his care, "not one was lost." How does this statement inform how you think and feel about measures taken by the government, church and society to protect people during COVID?
Adult Sunday School Studies 1 Thessalonians and Galatians
Newcomers welcome! At 9 a.m
 What’s the first book of the New Testament?  Most of us will quickly answer the Gospel of Matthew.  But what is the first book that was written? That’s a different question. And a different answer!  Join Zoom at this link.  Meeting ID: 863 3723 2049  Password: 003935  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Sunday School Zoom at 10:00 am each week on Zoom at this link
Meeting ID: 726 9853 8230  Passcode: Sunday
Youth Zoom at 1:00 pm each Sunday at this link
Meeting ID: 736 0199 3984 - Passcode: Youth

Graduation Sunday - June 6th
Children's Sunday - June 13th

Invite One Friend to
the Reconciling Movement

As a Reconciling United Methodist, you play crucial roles in the work of advancing LGBTQ justice and inclusion in The United Methodist Church.

You’re an advocate, a friend, a teacher, a guide, a witness, and more. And you belong to a network of over 43,000 others just like you.

Now, we’re asking you to invite and inform a friend, family member, or fellow church member that may not know about Reconciling Ministries Network. We want to make sure that everyone who needs RMN and everyone who supports our vision is equipped to advocate, befriend, teach, guide, and witness like you do. When they’re ready, your loved ones can sign up as a RUM (reconciling United Methodist) here.

Music Ministry
Music Appreciation Sunday is May 16th!
This Sunday we will celebrate the wonderful talent and dedication of our many staff and volunteer musicians. Please enjoy their photos, messages and music during our regular Sunday YouTube worship service and feel free to send one ore more of them a note of appreciation for all they do to lead our souls in Joyful Noise each week.

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. 

The choir will continue to sing Anthems and hold rehearsals through mid-May and everyone is welcome to join us as we continue to record hymns throughout the summer!
Softball
Hello, Wesley softball players. The softball league expects to play this summer.  If you are interested in playing please email Norm Lemay. Reed field is reserved as our home field. The season goes from mid June to mid August.

Wesley Plant Sale TOMORROW, Saturday May 15th! 7:00 am - 1:00 pm (socially distant and masked).  Please join us and send your neighbors and friends to buy their plants too!  See you at the Plant Sale!!

Living Our Best Lives

Concord Farmers Market Now Open
Buy Local! 
The market is now open every Saturday until Oct 30th, on Capitol St in Concord right next to the NH State House. Hours are 8:30 to noon. There are several new vendors hoping you come to visit.

The City Of Concord Mask ordinance is in effect till June 1, 2021, but the market can operate under the following rule; Members of the public utilizing City trails, sidewalks and other pedestrian public ways, or public recreational lands, are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when a physical distance of six feet cannot be maintained from other individuals, but not required.

This Week's Prayer and Scripture

John 17:6-19

‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word.

Prayer

Like trees planted by streams of water, those who delight in God’s ways will not whither.
Flourishing, they bear fruit appropriate to each season.
Through seasons of justice or compassion, seasons of change or of rest...
With wisdom and discernment, they blossom and they bloom.
Abundant is the harvest of those who trust in God.
Blessed is the community that follows the call of love


(c) enfleshed

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Who is eligible to get the vaccine right now?

New Hampshire vaccine appointments are available to NH residents ages 12 to 15. To sign up to receive a coronavirus vaccine in New Hampshire go to the state’s registration system. This includes out-of-state college students and second home owners. 

Here is where where we stand:

Vaccination overview
From Our World in Data · Last updated: 2 days ago
New Hampshire
Doses given Fully vaccinated % of population fully vaccinated
1.29M
1,290,000
454K
454,000
33.4%
33.4%

United States
Doses given Fully vaccinated % of population fully vaccinated
265M
265,000,000
+1.55M
+1,550,000
118M
118,000,000
+1.07M
+1,070,000
35.8%
35.8%
+0.3%
+0.3%

Save the Date - May 22, 2021 - 10 am - 12 pm
Resource Day with Leonard Sweet 
"Deep and Wide" hosted by the Granite District, Clergy and Laity are encouraged to join in this online session. Details and registration link HERE

There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.” What will it take to free those rivers of baptismal water again to become founts of blessing and renaissance for your church? The signs of God’s stirrings are all around us. How can the church read the signs and open its creative floodgates to allow the sluices of heaven to flow freely, and the waters of the Spirit to quench the thirst of this TGIF (Twitter/TikTok-Google-Instagram-Facebook) and Covidian culture?

     For my people have committed two evils:
     They have forsaken Me,
     The fountain of living waters,
     To hew for themselves cisterns,
     Broken cisterns,
     That can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13)

 We will travel together simultaneously deep (local) and wide (global).

Helping Everyone get a Vaccine

The New England Conference Disabilities Committee issued a letter asking church leaders to help ensure that all eligible persons who want a vaccine are able to get one. Read the letter.


Save the date: Pre-Conference Conversations

Members are urged to attend two planned online conversations about the 2021 Annual Conference session. The content for each of the two sessions will be different. One session will focus on issues around disaffiliation; one will focus on the budget and other proposed legislation.
They will be:

  • 7 pm May 25, 2021; topic: disaffiliation 
  • 7 pm May 27, 2021; topic: budget, other legislation

The conversations will be recorded. You will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance and ask questions during the events. Watch this newsletter and the website for further details.

Get the latest information on Annual Conference2021 Annual Conference registration open

The 2021 virtual Annual Conference session will take place June 10-12; Clergy Session will be held June 9. See a tentative schedule.
Registration is open now. Members must register in order to get access to the meeting and get their voting credentials. Registration is free. Registration will remain open until May 31. There will be no opportunity to register after that date or during the session. Click here to register.
Only voting members need to register; all others can watch the session via livestream on the Conference YouTube channel.
Read Bishop Devadhar’s Call to Conference


Equalization Members Needed for Annual Conference

If you are interested in being an equalization member please contact Phyllis in the District Office to be added to the list for consideration.

Community Offerings
FOUNDATIONS TEAM UP TO OFFER FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSE FOR ALL NH HIGH SCHOOL GRADS
The “Gift to the Class of 2021” recognizes the disruption the pandemic has had on educational aspirations and aims to get students back on track. Any student graduating from a New Hampshire high school in 2021 is eligible to take a course of their choice, including courses that are part of certificate programs that prepare students to enter skilled trades, at no cost to them, at any of the seven colleges in the Community College System of NH (CCSNH). No standardized tests are required. The Foundations’ gift covers tuition and associated fees. The colleges will work with students to help with course selection and other types of advising. Visit New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's website.
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. You can also read Pastor Cheryl's occasional blog posts at this link.

If you'd like to join other
Prayer Messengers please contact coordinator, Norma Kane to volunteer. You may also forward your prayer requests directly to our prayer chain coordinator, Laura Fry.

 
AMAZON SMILE
Last quarter $33.48 was donated to Wesley through AmazonSmile! If you shop on Amazon, please consider naming Wesley UMC as your designated Smile charity. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items purchased. Use this link to select Wesley UMC-Concord NH. Detailed instructions are available here. As always you are invited to support Wesley directly by mailing your gift to 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 or electronically at Concord WUMC.org/donate.
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