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  Join us for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. If you can't watch live on your computer, watch during the week on Concord TV, Channel 22 (new episodes appear each Tuesday): Tuesdays at 4:30 pm, 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 at Prayer Chain. Join us for Fellowship via Zoom at the link provided in the worship video. Find opportunities to serve below or on our website.
  Give or tithe to Wesley's mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 through this secure link on our website using debit or credit card.
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. Our Re-entry Team is working hard to ensure that we implement the safest practices for our eventual return. Once returning to in-person worship becomes viable, we will continue to offer livestream via YouTube and also televised services during the week. 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Leah Bernardo 9/22
Norm Theriault 09/24
James Batten 09/24
Devan O'Connor 09/24
Cian O'Connor 09/24
Katelyn Snyder 9/24


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 the family and friends of Spencer Kingsland who passed away Saturday
For Elsie Brison as she continues her recovery at her home at Havenwood
For CHS band students and families in light of a positive COVID case 
For our Jericho Team as we do the work of breaking down walls and welcoming those who have felt unwelcome in their homes, churches and society
For our world as we live into a new paradigm accelerated by COVID, sometimes uncomfortable, always unfamiliar


This Sunday, September 20th, we will see more videos of our precious members taken during recent visits with Pastor Cheryl.

We will hear scripture from 
Exodus 16:2-15, read by Veronica Nugent telling the story of the Israelites and God's gift of manna in the wilderness.

We will hear an inspired message from Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen who will lead an exploration of this passage from three points of view: our need, our stubbornness and God’s beneficence.
She will encourage us to consider our stewardship of God’s immeasurable gifts lavished upon us continuously.
She will lead us in a prayer that we might be ever grateful for God’s gracious provision even in the midst of our own wilderness and the wilderness that is COVID.


Ken Gallager is our talented organist, Deborah Venator compiles and produces our video, Christina Catino, our Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries will share a delightful children's message. Ben Greene directs the virtual choir compiling individual video recordings and Alan Schulte directs Electric Praise, compiling their lively music and setting it to video. Laura Fry will record the prayers you type into the chat screen and share them with our Prayer Chain.  Judy King designs our altars. Jen Savoy is our intern. Anne Roberts is the Administrative Assistant.  CCLI License #2293792


October 4 - Blessing of the Pets (Send a photo of you and your pet to Deborah at this link) and World Communion Sunday
October 18 - Laity Sunday
November 1 - All Saints Day
November 15 - Christ the King
November 22 - Thanksgiving
November 29 - First Sunday of Advent



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.




Monday Morning Quarterback

Bible study questions
from Pastor Cheryl

to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.


Read Exodus 16:2-15
(which you can find at this link)

This is story of the Israelites and God's gift of manna in the wilderness.

 
1. In verse 2 we read of the Israelites complaining against their leaders, Moses and Aaron, and as Moses points out in verse 8, against God. The Israelites seem to have forgotten the terrible nature of the slavery they have been freed from. Do you believe it is human nature to complain about current circumstances? What might the antidote to complaining be? How can we model gratitude and encourage it during adversity when there doesn’t seem to be “enough.”
2. In the prayer our Lord Jesus teaches, he says, “give us this day our daily bread.” That seems to look back to this passage where the Israelites are instructed to only gather what they will use in one day, except on the day before the Sabbath when they are to gather enough for two (v. 5). When they hoard the manna, it spoils. What does God require of us when we are asked only to gather enough for today? How can we cultivate trust in God?
3. John Wesley said, “Earn all you can so that you can save all you can so that you can give all you can.” It was his intent (and he succeeded) to die penniless having given all away. In Matt. 19:21 Jesus tells the rich young man,  ‘If you wish to be perfect (in response to his question about how to have eternal life), go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When so much of our Christian literature so clearly defines these steps, why is does American culture compel us instead to put our savings away for our retirement or our children’s inheritance. If you were to take a hard look at this, how would you reconcile these competing values?
Pastor's Notes from Church Meetings and more
The Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development held its first meeting of the nominating season this week. As mentioned in Pastor Cheryl's sermon last week, "there are varieties of gifts ... and the Spirit activates them in everyone." I Cor. 12:4-6 We're praying that each member and friend of Wesley may open themselves to the possibilities that their gifts present. Please be in a spirit of prayer of openness to what God is activating in you for leadership in Wesley's future. 
We are delighted this week to welcome Anne Roberts to the staff as the Administrative Assistant. Here she is pictured with her 5-year-old daughter, Emma. Anne will work remotely during COVID but can be reached by phone at 224-7413 or concordwumc@gmail.com.
The Finance Committee met this week to review the August Financial Reports and discuss the proposed budgets received from the various committees. As you might surmise, it is challenging to budget for a time when we are unsure whether we will be using the building. There are some savings since we use less electricity and toilet paper, but there are also fewer loose offerings and we were unable to hold our Plant Sale fundraiser. As you pray for your beloved Wesley church, open your heart to what God might be saying about how to address these uncertainties in light of COVID but also in light of God's promise in this week's scripture about the manna in the wilderness that God will provide "enough."
Ben Greene invites EVERYONE to attend Virtual Choir Rehearsals Thursdays at 7:15 pm. ALL are welcome to attend. The virtual nature of the work lends itself to more flexibility and we hope that you will join us. We meet via Zoom at this recurring link each week: Wesley Virtual Choir Zoom Link Meeting ID: 760 1812 7168 Passcode: jWaed4
 
  Join me in a special moment of appreciation for Diane McFall, Ad Board Chair for her steady leadership of our Administrative Board during a tumultuous time. Thank you Diane for all you so capably do! Gratefully, Pastor Cheryl
Wesley UMC's Church Conference has been scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 5pm. Please mark your calendars for this important annual meeting.
A letter from Martha Eilers:

 Greetings from Virginia, land of creeping myrtle and cicadas and little brown bunnies that eat flowers. (Next year I will not buy a variety named “guacamole.“) My big outing of the week is 8 am grocery shopping. Otherwise, I walk in the area greeting the dogs and waving to the neighbors. I am really thankful I like to read and to sew. And that I have a family that stays in touch.

Hopefully you have found ways to deal with this COVID time. Stay healthy and sane.

Affectionately, 
Martha

 
Dear Beloved, 

My heart was so full watching the video montages of many of you participating in the greetings and Lord's Prayer for last week's Kickoff Service. It was truly a celebration of church as the body of Christ, not a building. We are the church!! 

There were so many recordings that Deborah has plenty of material to continue to assemble new videos that you will see in the coming weeks. I hope you will join us for worship. We'd also love to share fellowship with you following the YouTube service at our Zoom fellowship. We've had some wonderful visitors and participants including Ann Adkins from Arkansas, Ron and Dorothy Adcock from Florida, our Missionary, Dr. Belinda Forbes from Nicaragua, Mike and Diane Munroe from Arizona and so many more! If you're not able to worship live with us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 on YouTube and Facebook, I hope you'll join us by watching on the website later in the week or on public access TV on CCTV, channel 22.

For those of you who missed a visit with the Pastor and would like one, please call the church office at 224-7413 and Anne will schedule one for you.

We are embarking on the season that is traditionally church business or busy-ness, that is, we will be making calls about leadership positions and stewardship pledges and preparing our budget and other documents for our Annual Church Conference. I invite you to pray with me to demonstrate the orderliness and mathematical precision of God's creation that is evident in the nautilus shell and chrysanthemum petals, as well as the freedom and creatvity of the wind and rainbow, throughout our preparation.

Our Liquid Church group comprised of a variety of leaders including the Ad Board plans to continue to vision and discern how to move Wesley into the future on the firm foundation of Jesus' teachings and eyes wide open to the needs of our beloved greater Concord Community. I invite your prayers as we work through this time, work toward the Kingdom come and know that whate'er betide, God is with us.

Pastor Cheryl
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen
Visit my blog for inspiration at this link.


 

A Prayer for Faith and Trust

With a trusting heart, as your beloved children, we offer you Father our praise and our prayers in the spirit of your Son who has revealed your Love for us. Give us clarity in your healing presence that only the gift of Faith can offer to us.

We pray to you  in a time of suffering, death and confusion. Comfort your people! Save your people that we may constantly offer you the joy of your praise for ourselves and for future generations.

Open our minds and hearts to receive your Word and your uncreated Light in our midst

that grows brighter for each generation. 

May we accept your mysterious promise of Eternal Life.

May we always be at peace...

Matthew Ch 11: 25-30 - Praise of the Father and The Gentle Mastery of Christ.

At  that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father.

No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Click here for the registration form for the New England United Methodist Women Conference on October 24th: 
Reflections on Race
Honoring the Charter for
Racial Justice
Martha's Circle will meet 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 6 at Lang's Ice Cream
Don't forget to register via email for the Zoom UMW District fall meeting on Sat. Oct. 3 by emailing GraniteUMWomen@comcast.net
Here are some photos of our September outing courtesy of Nancy Fransen.
Adult Sunday School Studies Acts of the Apostles
  How did Christianity grow from a fringe sect of Judaism into a world religion? How did Jesus’ disciples, scattered and frightened at his crucifixion, become powerful apostles of the new faith? And how was one of Christianity’s most ardent persecutors transformed into the person most responsible, after Jesus, for its theology and evangelism?
  The Book of Acts tells the dramatic story of how the Holy Spirit worked through men and women like us to spread the Gospel throughout the Roman world. Written by the author we know as Luke, Acts of the Apostles is a sequel, picking up where Luke’s Gospel leaves off. It is full of dramatic speeches, hairs-breadth escapes, miracles and even a shipwreck. But mostly, Acts of the Apostles is an inspirational story of the power of faith.
  Adult Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. Each class will meet for an hour through Zoom, which worked extremely well after the shutdown last spring. No outside reading is required. We will read Acts in class, chapter by chapter, with discussions guided and informed by the background study of teacher Byron Champlin.
  If you would like to participate in the study, email Byron at chamby@comcast.net, or phone him at 228-0097.
Join Zoom at this link.  Newcomers welcome!
Meeting ID: 824 9476 3383  Password: 817519  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
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

Check out our Children's Time YouTube Channel here!
Mission and Ministry

UMCOR generously donated 50 gallons of hand sanitizer to the New England Conference for distribution to churches and their local service agencies. WUMC volunteers filled 14 gallon containers and 7 half gallon containers and distributed them to the following:
Abbot-Downing School, Second Start Alternative High School, Friends of Forgotten Children, Concord Homeless Resource Center, New Season Drug Treatment Center, Community Bridges, McKenna House, Women’s Crisis Center, The Friendly Kitchen, Boys & Girls Club, Family Promise, Live & Let Live Farm, Friends Program, Bow Mills UMC, With One Heart Learning Center at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and West Congregational Church Food Pantry
Each delivery stop was met with appreciation and big smiles. WUMC volunteers are getting really good at recognizing eye smiles, now that everyone wears a mask! Many thanks to UMCOR for giving Wesley this opportunity to share with our neighbors.
Submitted by Judy King


  Voting is an important right we should all exercise. In order to help folks understand how to vote even when we can't get to the polls because of COVID, there are some organizations that are offering help. Soon, we will share information from the ESFE (Elders Stand for Fair Elections) NH who are reaching out to NH congregations to help ensure that all eligible NH voters can exercise their right to vote in the upcoming Nov 3 general election. They are non-political and non-partisan.
  In the meantime, the New Hampshire Council of Churches is offering training to church volunteer leaders to help congregants understand their voting rights and methods. If you'd like to participate, read on...

Voter Education for Church Leaders

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 5:00pm 
Register for this Zoom call now!

This Zoom presentation will equip clergy and lay leaders to talk about and answer questions about voting in their congregations. The webinar will feature Brian Beihl of Open Democracy as he explains how voting, especially absentee ballots, will function in the 2020 election. Many details about this election will be different than the past and this will eliminate your confusion as you explain changes to your congregation.

This presentation will include time for Q&A. Also presenting will be:

  1. Andrew Ahern of NH Interfaith Power and Light
  2. Chris Potter of Granite State Organizing Project
  3. Rev. Allison Palm of the UU Church of Nashua, whose church has used these programs
In the Bible, figures like Joseph, Esther, Mordecai and Paul used their influence for “the good of their people and for the welfare of all their descendants” (cf. Esther 10:3). In the November 3 election, these materials can help you ask how God might want you to use the influence of your vote for the good and welfare of all.
The CROP committee has designated Oct. 10-12 as our “Virtual Walk Weekend” for the 36th Annual Concord, NH CROP Hunger Walk. Because of the COVID pandemic, the needs this year are greater than ever: around the world, across our country, and in our local communities.  Last year 14 faith communities raised a total of $13,751 and $3470.44 (25%) was returned to the Interfaith Council to distribute to local programs.  
So here’s the plan… Instead of gathering in person on Saturday for a kick off rally, the walk, and refreshments afterward, we encourage walking with family, friends or alone (following the safety guidelines of your town) at the time and place of your choice during the holiday weekend.  We will live stream a” kick off rally” on Facebook on Saturday morning and record it for those who want to watch at another time. Walkers will be asked to send us pictures or short videos that we can post on the Interfaith Council Facebook page and Website throughout the weekend.
All of our participating churches are encouraged to select a team captain, set up a team page on the CROP website, and focus primarily on raising money online.  https://www.crophungerwalk.org/concordnh   Walkers could also make donations through their church, with the church sending one check (made out to CWS/CROP and mailed to our walk treasurer).   
In the meantime, there will be a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7:00 PM for team captains and anyone else interested in learning more about CROP or helping in some way with this year’s event.  Click on the link below to join the meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81532973913?pwd=a05yZ252OE8wbFQ5c3dodXpmMGtrZz09
Meeting ID: 815 3297 3913
Passcode: 980437

If you can’t attend the meeting, but have questions or suggestions or simply want to help, please contact Chris Paull, Walk Coordinator, cpaull@metrocast.net, 520-9196 (cell) 286-3238 (home)

After our In-Gathering for the Alternative High School Program last week, Jane Broadrick reported that the staff at the AHS were beside themselves with gratitude for the food donated. They are planning to put a strong emphasis on community service for their students this year and want very much to be able to help the church in any way possible. They are open to taking their students to people's homes to do outside work--raking, cleanup, snow removal, etc--during school hours, Monday through Friday. It would be a community service so no payment would be involved. They especially spoke about doing this for elderly or handicapped folks. A staff person would always accompany and supervise their students when they are doing community service. Please contact Jane Broadrick at this link if you'd like to take them up on this generous offer.

This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Exodus 16:2-15

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.’ So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, ‘In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?’ And Moses said, ‘When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.’ Then Moses said to Aaron, ‘Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, “Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.” ’ And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked towards the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.” ’ In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

Call to Worship
 
God of Enough

(inspired by Exodus 16:1-8)
 
The ads online, on TV, and everywhere we look shout:
 
 “Buy me! You deserve me! You’re only worthy with me!”

Some days we shout back: Enough!
 
And other days we let a theology and attitude of scarcity overtake us.

On those days
we allow what we have 
to define us, control us,
and restrict us.
 
God provides enough.
God created each of us as enough.
God creates a world of abundance.

But our certainty of scarcity,
our idolatry of the shiny,
and our fears of others
prevent us from gratitude, graciousness, and sharing.
 
We live in an abundant world.

Our creator makes it so.
 
Move our hearts,
lessen our fears in this hour.

There is enough for all of us.
 
Praise be to the God of Abundant Love!

Praise to the God of Enough!
 
~ written by Tim Graves

 




 
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.
While Wesley UMC is not meeting in person, 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.
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Pastor Cheryl has made a variety of special visits where allowed recently. If you'd like a visit, please contact the office at 224-7413 or concordwumc@gmail.com for prayer or to schedule a masked, socially distanced, outdoor visit during this time.
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