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Join us with your Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness
  Join us for worship on our YouTube channel "Concord Wesley UMC (NH)" each Sunday at 10:30am. You can "chat" with us as we watch the service together offering your PRAYERS and praise. You can also request prayers emailing our Prayer Chain or join our Prayer MessengersIf you can't watch online 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
  You can also click here for our virtual welcome clipboard to indicate your PRESENCE and to keep in touch throughout the week or connect with us for the first time as a guest. 
  Share your GIFTS with Wesley! You're always welcome to give or tithe to our mission and ministries by check to Wesley UMC at 79 Clinton Street, Concord NH 03301 through this secure link on our website using debit, credit or PayPal or by texting a dollar amount eg. $100 to 855-938-4362! Follow the directions to enter your credit card information. You can also read more detailed directions at this link
Check out our website at concordwumc.org under the "Go to Serve" link to join us in SERVICE in matters of social justice through our Jericho team breaking down the walls of inequality and division in society and more.
  Join us for virtual fellowship Sundays at 11:30 am where you can connect with others for small talk and WITNESS to your faith and share ways you've reached others with Christ's love during the week.
Here's the link we use every Sunday. 
Zoom Fellowship link. Meeting ID: 826 9124 7213  Password: Wesley
Phone: +1 929 205 6099   Password: 570260

ALL IN-PERSON EVENTS CANCELED for the immediate future. “All things are lawful,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other” (1 Corinthians 10:23-24).

Wesley will not hold in-person worship services or resume meetings and other gatherings at the church 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 anticipate continuing to offer online concurrent livestream and also televised services during the week. 

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





HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Bryan Nix 08/17
Andrew Attorri 08/17
Paul Goudarzi-Fry 08/17
Theresa Beldin 08/21
Deborah Venator 08/21
Megan Archundia 08/21


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 physical and mental wellbeing of nursing home residents and staff
For the forward movement in dismantling systemic racism
For those who are enduring health problems
For those struggling with food insecurity
For those struggling with employment issues
For those isolated during COVID19 and for safety and wisdom considering re-entry
For those mourning the loss of loved ones
For those who selflessly serve Christ's mission
For those looking for a place where they are welcome and accepted for who they are
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 the Wesley leadership teams meeting next week: Lay Leader; Liquid Church participants; Finance and Staff.

This Sunday, August 16th, we will hear scripture from Matthew 15:21-28 (which you can read at this link), the story of the Canaanite woman who comes to Jesus for healing of her daughter and reminds us that even dogs eat the crumbs of grace from the table of love. Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen will lead an exploration of this familiar passage with fresh eyes. She will encourage us to see ourselves in different roles within the story. She will lead us in a prayer that we might always understand the least, the last and the lost, including our sinful selves, as fully deserving of God's grace and love.



Ken Gallager is our talented organist, Deborah Venator compiles and produces our video, Mary Ann Wolfe is our liturgist this week, Christina Catino, our Director of Children-and-Youth Ministries will share a delightful children's message and Lynne Lemay has prepared slides with lyrics and prayers for you to follow along at home. 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.  CCLI License #2293792
 


August 23 -  Exodus 1:8-2:10
- Moses drawn from the Nile

August 30 - 
Romans 12:9-21
- Marks of a True Christian 

September 6 - ReconcilinMinistries Service

September 13 - Kickoff Sunday with Communion

 



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.

Dear Beloved,

As we move through the time of COVID-19 quarantine and social distancing, we know that the way we worship, the way we gather and the way we do and fund our mission and ministry will change. You may also know that after 23 years Step Ahead Preschool has closed and we will be looking for others who can use our space and contribute to funding our ministries. The Trustees have been exploring the possibilities including meeting with a realtor and talking with those who have expressed an interest. In some cases, that will mean adapting our space to meet their needs.

You'll hear more about this as time goes on and you always are welcome to attend meetings or voice your support or concerns about the way this is done by emailing Pastor Cheryl. All meetings, except SPRC, are always open to every member and friend of the church in the Methodist tradition. Any major change will be brought before a Church or Charge Conference with two weeks notice provided along with an opportunity to review and ask questions about any proposal. We are currently in the very beginning stages of talking about funding schemes, modifyng space and recruiting potential building users.

To that end, I commend to you the book, The Coming Revolution in Church Economics by Mark DeYmaz (that can be found by clicking that blue Amazon link).

I had the opportunity to read this book and others by Mark this past spring. Wesley also hosted him for an individualized work session with a few NH churches on a Friday night in March followed by his presenting the keynote and two workshops at the District Leadership Academy for about 100 pastors and members from all NH churches. Dawn Haynes and Jeff Schindler also both attended and were persuaded that his research and methods were right on with what we're experiencing now and what we can expect in the near future at Wesley.

Essentially, he says that church giver demographics have changed, that people regard their giving and the church differently than in the past when they would tithe (or more) and remember the church in their wills as a matter of course. He suggests that in order to survive the church must engage new funding schemes and one of the most obvious is sharing their building space. In the book he gives a number of examples from his own experience, as well as some persuasive research and ideas about implementing new systems. Of course, we wouldn't necessarily adopt his plan wholesale or use every idea, but I think he posits a creative solution to an emerging need in a way that we can adapt for Wesley.

My assertion here is that we are likely going to require income from outside groups to replace the income we've had for the past 23 years from Step Ahead Preschool and to sustain Wesley's expanding ministries in the future.  The question is not whether to adapt our space to others' needs, but rather how to do so in a way that continues to support our ministry and purpose, as well as other users of the space and lends itself to a variety of possible users in the future as times and needs change and emerge.

Wesley's leadership welcomes your thoughts, your support and your prayers as we move forward in these changing times.

God bless you, Beloved.
Reverend Cheryl L. Meachen, Pastor
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord NH

 


 



Monday Morning Quarterback

Bible study questions
from Pastor Cheryl
to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.



Read Matthew 15:21-28 
(which you can read at this link)



This is the story of the Canaanite woman who comes to Jesus for healing of her daughter and reminds us that even dogs eat the crumbs of grace from the table of love.
1. After walking on water and being identified as “truly the son of God” in Matthew 14:33 Jesus lands ashore and people immediately begin coming to him for healing. Arriving in this community of Tyre and Sidon this Canaanite woman comes out shouting (v. 21)“My daughter is tormented by a demon.” Not only is her manner threatening, but her words are harsh. We see Jesus’ and the disciples’ responses in v. 23.
Scratching the surface:
What are their responses? How do people generally respond to this type of behavior in public settings?
Going deeper: What feelings arise in you when people act like this? How do you respond?

2. In v. 23 Jesus does not initially respond to the woman. In v. 26 he implies that she is not worthy of his healing her daughter, presumably because she is Canaanite.
Scratching the surface: How have you heard this explained in the past? Does Jesus get it wrong and she corrects him?
Going deeper: How do you reconcile this troubling, seemingly racist attitude and behavior of the One who is Love?

3. In v. 28 Jesus commends the woman’s faith when she recognizes that all are worthy of the scraps of God’s love. There is only one other instance of Jesus saying “Great is your faith” and that is to the Centurion. Even in the previous chapter 14:31 Jesus laments of Peter, the rock, the foundation of our church – “Oh ye of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Scratching the surface: Look up the story of the Centurion. What are the common elements of the two stories.
Going deeper: How has your faith—your trust in God’s healing power deepened? When you have doubted and yearned for deeper faith, what have you done to cultivate trust in God?
Pastor's Notes from Committee Meetings and Business
The Staff warmly invites you to participate in our September 13th Kickoff! Pastor Cheryl, Deborah and Ken will be visiting each household to record you singing, praying or just saying hi to be compiled in a welcoming video as we usher in the program year. Expect a call from Jane to schedule your time!
  Join me in a special moment of appreciation for Dan Haines, Trustee and Finance Committee member for his creative and caring commitment to our church. When we meet in person we see Dan working each week as an usher alongside Bob Burke. Dan and Beth Runnells recently repaired and painted our lawn sign. He has also made some beautiful CAD drawings for us to consider as we imagine how to make our space welcoming to those who might use it during the week. Thank you Dan for all you so capably do! 
Gratefully, Pastor Cheryl
  A group of committed leaders interested in seeing our church grow and thrive meet each week to develop a mission focus that represents who we are as disciples of Christ in the Concord community, and grow in vitality moving through COVID-19 and into the future reading and discussing the book Liquid Church together. Here are some questions from Pastor Cheryl and some participant responses to keep the conversation going. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Contact Pastor Cheryl to jump in.
Chapter 9 - Develop Untapped Talent: Leadership Culture
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. —Ephesians 4:12

Our Nominations Team will begin work soon to prepare the Leadership slate for next year. I encourage each of you to open your hearts to the possibilities of what God could do through you so that when you receive a phone call, you're ready to say yes or so that you reach out and offer your gifts and enthusiasm to do the work of the church alongside us.

The book tells a remarkable story of recruitment like Wesley's booths and displays at Homecoming Sunday as a Volunteer Fair showing options for involvement.  What volunteer opportunities exist at Wesley that you might engage in? What other opportunities could we create that would meet the church's needs and appeal to folks looking for a place to share their gifts?

Is there anything that you would like to volunteer to do or that you think someone else would be perfectly suited for?

We appreciate all of our current and past volunteers, leaders and staff and the wonderful mission and ministry they've accomplished and are working on now into the future!

Be sure to join us for YouTube or CCTV worship and hear the voices of our leaders discussing this important topic.

Joyful Volunteer: Mary Ann Wolfe
Photo Credit: Dennis Broussard
Mission and Ministry

Fifth Sunday Food Collection - Sunday August 30

We will be doing our Food Collection for Second Start’s Alternative High School in a different way during this time of social distancing. The Broadricks will have their car in the church parking lot with the trunk open from 1:30 til 3:00 on August 30th. You may bring your donation and put it directly into their car to be delivered the following week. The Alternative High School will meet in person at Second Start in September and will appreciate any single serving foods we can donate for the students. The economy of the pandemic has made the need greater than ever. If you are unable to bring your donation to the church on 8/30 you may deliver it directly to 450 North State Street any time.


Scouts Popcorn Sale
  This year, for the health and safety of our Scouts and supporters, we will be holding an online only Trail’s End popcorn fundraiser.  We will not be scheduling any store-front sales (called Show-n-Sells) or pre-ordering any popcorn.

All options, including the $10 caramel corn, are now available for online ordering. Some products have changed, or have been eliminated.  There is no more premium caramel corn with nuts, as Trail’s End is making their products more friendly to those with allergies. Butter microwave popcorn will come in a smaller box, and kettle corn is not available this year due to limited popping corn availability. There is a new flavor:  Blazin’ Hot popcorn.  Anyone brave enough to try it? Here is the link. 
  Dawn Sedutto, Popcorn Kernel, set up this special link ("Troop 86 WUMC") in order for the Wesley church congregation to go in and order some popcorn product to support their Troop 86 Scouts, in lieu of having our usual annual popcorn fundraiser "Show-n-Sell" event in the narthex in October this year. The popcorn credit from sales through this special link will be split up evenly amongst the Boy Scouts in Troop 86.
  We thank you, as always, for the ongoing support from our Chartered Organization, Wesley United Methodist Church! You are wonderful! ~ from Troop 86.

Act now to end racism and white supremacy
United Methodist Council of Bishops

EXCERPTS:

“The voice of Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, resident Bishop of the Baltimore-Washington area, gave power to the realities, “Being Black is not a pre-existing condition; being Black is not justification for probable cause; being Black is not to be inherently suspicious nor suspect. Being Black is a gift from Almighty God and a manifestation of an aspect of God.” “
…..
“As bishops of the United Methodist Church, we ask every United Methodist to reclaim their baptismal vows to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.

We ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy and join together to take a stand against the oppression and injustice that is killing persons of color.

As bishops of the whole church we affirm the peaceful protests as a means of giving voice where it is needed most.

We are clear that it is beyond time for all United Methodists to act. It is time to use our voices, our pens, our feet and our heart for change.”
…..
“As a next faithful step we ask United Methodists to read all they can on the subject of anti-racism and engage in conversations with children, youth and adults. Have conversations with coworkers and friends. These will not be easy but they will help us gain a greater appreciation for one another.”
…..
“For at least the next 30 days, we ask every United Methodist everywhere to join in prayer at 8:46 a.m. and p.m. for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time the officer held his knee on George Floyd’s neck.”
Go to this Kairos link to read more.
UMCOR Offering Help in Beirut

A blast that has killed over 150 people and injured another 5,000 to-date, has also left an estimated 300,000 displaced from their homes in Beirut, according to Reuters.

Longtime ministry partners that live and work in Lebanon are being offered assistance by UMCOR to help meet the most immediate and basic needs of those affected by the explosion.

You are there for people who are impacted by disasters when you give to UMCOR.

Please help UMCOR respond to this and other disasters around the world.

Please give now at this link.



A woman reacts as she checks her damaged house in a neighborhood near the scene of Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


Here is the current Go Fund Me donation page for Family Promise. At the last Host Coordinator Meeting, it was suggested in light of the Covid-19 situation restricting the ability for congregations to rotate shelter for families, some might be interested in helping this way. We are currently are using funds each month for families to stay at the Rock ‘N Birch campground in Henniker. It is $600 per cabin, or $1,200 for our 2 families. This will likely continue through October. These funds are intended to be used for car repairs, registration or other direct family services. If you are interested, please click this GoFundMe link or check out our Facebook page. As always, we can never thank you enough for your help and kindness! Family Promise of Greater Concord

 


Morning Prayer with The Upper Room via Facebook Live, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. (CT). These guided prayer experiences are archived so you may join us at your convenience if you miss it live.
A PDF File of the July/August issue of The Upper Room is available to our standing order churches. Because you are a paid subscriber, we want to provide this service to you since we realize many readers are currently reticent or unable to pick up their copy of the devotional guide because of the virus or closed church office.

Abbot-Downing Ministry News from Norma Kane
The need for disinfecting wipes, Purell, Kleenex tissues are highlighted – possibly masks all due to Covid-19.  Janet says “We really appreciate your (Wesley’s) willingness to help us out and I think, now more than ever, we can use it.” 

Perhaps early shoppers will be able to avoid empty shelves.  Now is the time to pick up the above items whenever you find them for sale.  Keep them at home until these items can be brought to the church for delivery to Abbot Downing.  As in the past, our A-D Team still plans to support the teachers, students and staff at Abbot Downing with the assistance of our congregation.  Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.  At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”


The Concord Homeless Resource Center welcomes the donation of items for immediate use. Here are the top needs:
·         Bottles of water (as public water supply is limited and it's getting hot!)
·         Paper "to-go" coffee cups (we distribute coffee in disposable cups outside)
·         $5 Gift Cards to local restaurants or Dunkin' Donuts
·         Bug spray ('tis the season)
·         Gauze, medical tape and large band-aids
Please contact us ahead of time before dropping items off just email office@concordhomeless.org
We know that there are some who need help with this new virtual world, setting up computers and phones to remain in contact with our beloved church community. If you NEED help or if you have the gifts TO help, please let the church office know at 224-7413 and we'll begin matching solutions!
This Week's Prayer and Scripture

Matthew 15:21-28
The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ 24He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ 26He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ 27She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ 28Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.

Photo Credit: Nancy Fransen


Photo Credit: Nancy Fransen

Call to Worship
by Thom Shuman
 
Here we can come together,
people searching for healing and hope:
here we are met by the One
who would bless us with abundant life.
Here we are called to gather
as the family of God:
we may find those who are strangers,
yet are sisters and brothers of ours.
Here we discover the truth that God
makes no distinctions among us:
here we are welcomed and embraced
by the One whose arms are open to all.
Ms. Christina's Corner
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
  
  Welcome back Miss Christina!
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 volunteer Judy King. 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 converted by Shoshanna Cone, printed by Judy King and mailed by Jill Savage, please let us know by calling 224-7413 or emailing the office.
 Join Byron Champlin again in the fall for virtual Adult Sunday School at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings on Zoom at this link.  Newcomers welcome!
Meeting ID: 824 9476 3383  Password: 817519  Phone: 1-646-558-8656
If you'd like to join other Prayer Messengers please contact coordinator, Norma Kane to volunteer. You may also forward your prayer requests directly to our prayer chain coordinator, Laura Fry.
While Wesley UMC is closed, we will be holding meetings and Bible studies via conference call and Zoom. Links can be found on our website and Facebook to all of our media. If you need help using any of these programs, please contact Paula Delbonis-Platt.
We've designed a plan to keep us in touch with one another. If you're not already connected and would like to hear from your church friends more regularly, please let Jane Broadrick know.
Participate in our virtual choir!
It's really easy! Your voice will be combined with others, just as when we sing together in person, so there's no need to be shy. You can listen to the hymn as many times as you want if it's not familiar to you. Watch this video tutorial by Choir Director Ben Greene. Download the audio of Ken playing each hymn and get the sheet music to sing the words by going to this directory and finding the folder for the week. Listen to the audio with earphones on one device (phone, iPad or computer) while recording yourself singing on another device. Send the audio file to Ben and voila! We'll make a virtually joyful noise to the Lord!! Give it a try!  

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