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a weekly email about the ministry of Wesley United Methodist Church
What are Wesley's Core Values?
From Pastor Jane

In a few weeks we will begin a process of articulating Wesley's Core Values.  Ken Willard states in his book Identifying Core Values that "in churches, the core values are the constant, passionate, biblical core beliefs that drive the ministry."  No two churches have the exact same core values; much depends on context, history, leadership and vision.  

Core values are not static, they need to be revisited from time to time.  In identifying core values, it is entirely appropriate to have an aspirational core value...one that you would like to see, but is not yet in place.  For example, if a core value is identified to end hunger in Concord, we would have to implement a plan to see this to fruition.  The value is not an end in itself.  

Some values can be "lumped together" if they seem compatible like worship and music or children and youth.  BUT the core values need to address the WHY of our ministry...not the WHAT.  We do what we do because of our core values, not the other way around.  

This will be a process that may take the rest of the time I am with you.  In the end, it will clarify Wesley's purpose as the people of God in this place.  I ask you to pray about what you see as Wesley's core values and/or what you would like to see as a core value.  And, for an assignment, read the Core Values of First Church on the bulletin board in the narthex.



 Many Blessings,

PJ

Phone: 315-225-6170 and Email
Announcing

CHURCH PROFILE FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY
Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

Each year, SPRC is required to complete a “Church Profile for Mission and Ministry.” This completed form is used to help the Conference understand our strengths and needs, especially when a change in pastor is anticipated. We know that Pastor Jane is only here for one year, and we will have a new pastor at Wesley beginning July 1, 2023. SPRC would like your input as we work on Wesley’s Profile. You may sign your name or not, as you prefer.

Click here for a copy to print. Or there will be copies in this and next week's bulletin.


Please return to SPRC no later than Sunday, September 25, 2022
Family Promise Week at WUMC
Volunteer opportunities for Wesley Family Promise Hosting Week are now open. (September 18th to 25th).
Click here for a sign up page and follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.
Thank you for volunteering!

Submitted by Ruth Engel
Attention:                             
If the church members have any questions, concerns and requests for the trustees please forward them to the trustees via email to the church office.

Rev. Jane Sautter will bring the message, "Fruition" this Sunday during our worship service based on scripture from Galatians 5: 13 - 23 read by Donna Osborne.


Children's time will be with Pastor Jane, Sunday School will be offered by Veronica Nugent.


Join us for worship online on our YouTube Channel or Facebook page and invite your friends and family to do so as well. Here is the link for online attendance to let us know you've been with us. 

 

 



September 25- Guest Preacher
October 2 Towers of Power - Genesis 11: 1-9

October 9
Around Every Corner -   Isaiah 41: 10 -13

October 16
The Other Side of the Tracks -  Acts 15: 8 -9



Happy Birthday Wesley Friends:

Christopher Buck             09/20
Leah Bernardo                 09/22
Norm Theriault                09/23
James Batten                   09/24


 


When sharing prayers, please indicate whether you are willing to have them shared here and in worship. We will continue to pray with you until you request that the prayer be removed from our list.


-For PJ's Daughter, Alice Shufelt who will undergo a medical procedure on Tuesday
-For Lynne Lemay's friend Becky who is fighting stage 4 cancer
-For Ben Greene
-For Kathy Hamilton
-For Irvin Pinto
-For the people of Tigray, Ukraine and Afghanistan;
- For Laura Fry's college friend Susan.
- For Norma Kane's sister-in-law, Diane Wohlgemuth and her brother Scott.

- 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, our NESTS, our worship, our committee work, our music programs and our outreach to those in need of a word of hope;

- For Judy Daka's ministry in Zambia and Belinda Forbes' dental ministry in Nicaragua; 
- For our Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, our District Superintendent Taesung Kang, 
- Our Pastor Jane Sautter, our staff, our volunteer church leaders and each member and friend of Wesley.

 

Abbot-Downing INGATHERING
Considering the short notice and inflated prices, the Abbot-Downing INGATHERING at Wesley on August 28, was hugely successful.  The items were counted to determine how much would have to be purchased.  We could see marketing at work!  Glue was packaged with both tubes & bottles; tissues now come in mostly smaller “cube” boxes; and Post-Its are packaged differently because they changed the number of sheets per pad.  After counting, we went shopping at Walmart & Sam’s Club so we would have enough items for thirty teachers & a couple of staff workers.  At Sam’s Club we spent $119.52, and had sufficient cash donations $47.25  to make our purchases at Walmart.  

Our donations included:  Tissues, Scotch Tape Rolls, Composition books, Crayons, Washable Markers, Dry Erase Markers, Glue Sticks, Post-Its, Hand Sanitizer bottles, Baby & Anti-bacterial Wipes.  Abbot-Downing also requested after-school snacks and we provided a large container of Animal Crackers and Goldfish for distribution to the children.

On September 7, all items were delivered to Nurse Tracy Tsouros at A-D School.  One big cart was filled twice to take the items into the school.  She expressed her thanks and was amazed and pleased with Wesley’s generosity. 

Dear Wesley Congregates, our A-D team (Lorraine Schindler, Norma Kane, Mary Ann Wolfe, Diane McFall, Cyndy Burke and Joan Beldin) also express our thanks to each of you for making this ministry possible.
Fall Fling 2022
Our Fall Fling was held last Sunday, September 11th.  Along with our friends from First Congregational Church, we celebrated the beginning of the Fall Season with a delicious pot luck meal and good fellowship on the side lawn of the church building. Good weather and comfortable temperatures added to the success of the day. 
Our heartfelt thanks to the many folks who made this event possible by helping to set up, serve, and clean up, as well as to those who contributed to the meal.  

                              
This Week's Prayer and Scripture
Prayer

O God, our sacred source, call us home. O Christ, our faithful companion, lead us home. Holy Spirit, divine companion, make your home in us. Heal us, forgive us, and transform us. Make us to know your ways, O God; teach us your paths, until we are at home in you. Amen.









 
Romans 12 

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. 
Prayer For Ukraine
Prayer:
We are all aware of the atrocities taking place in Ukraine.  It’s frustrating to feel so helpless as we see people struggle daily to defend their country and stay alive.  We truly want to help, but feel so helpless.  But we are not helpless!
We know, as Christians, the power of prayer.  Jesus has told us many times that He is listening as we ask for His help in all things. So, as a church, may we come together in prayer for Ukraine.
Each day as we are about to take time for lunch, let each of us pause and remember Ukraine and her brave people in a prayer. And we can be aware each noontime that our whole church is lifting up the Ukrainians in prayer, everyone praying in their own way, but together. This is a powerful thing and it will make a difference. 
Let us come together as a church to do this.  Thank you all for joining us. 

Submitted by Your Prayer Messengers
Words Matter: Churches Name Israeli Apartheid
Words Matter: Churches Name Israeli Apartheid
Early this summer we reported on an article by Rev. Jeff Wright published by the Chicago Divinity School entitled "Is Israel practicing Apartheid? U.S. Churches Join the Conversation." Jeff's piece covered recent actions by U.S. denominations that "mark a significant departure from American churches’ longstanding hesitations about criticizing the State of Israel." Without qualification, he wrote, "they all characterize the Israeli government’s laws, policies, and practices as apartheid."

The momentum continued over the summer. In June, Global Kairos for Justice and Kairos Palestine brought out "A Dossier on Israeli Apartheid," and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in its General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution titled "On Recognition That Israel’s Laws, Policies, and Practices Constitute Apartheid Against the Palestinian People." A month before, the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church by a wide margin had passed a resolution, “Identifying and Opposing Apartheid in the Holy Land.” The Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference then passed a similar resolution. A year before, in June 2021 the United Church of Christ adopted a resolution naming "Israel’s apartheid system of laws and legal procedures." 

Read Mark Braverman's essay charting these developments and describing what he calls the "unstoppable momentum of church opposition to Israel’s program of discrimination, dispossession, and ethnic cleansing." Together with the BDS call," he writes, "the Kairos call from Palestinian churches has awakened the global church to the urgency of the Palestinian plight and to the theological imperative to act."

For mor articles like these, visit this
website.
Covid-19  Information
For the comfort and safety of all, Wesley reminds you to take COVID precaution. Please sanitize your hands often, wear a mask if you are vulnerable or if you have been exposed, practice social distancing, and if you are feverish or not feeling well, please stay home. We continue to encourage those who are vulnerable to worship online but welcome those who would like to gather in person where masks are optional. Groups may continue to meet in the church building using best practices including contacting Pastor Jane when testing positive. The office will be unlocked when Anne is working weekdays between 9-1. 
Current information on community transmission for Merrimack County is updated regularly on the CDC website.

Coffee hour will resume soon. A donation of coffee and black tea has been made! Please consider a box of tea or small container of coffee to bring with you if you choose to attend.


Adult Sunday School is finished for the spring and will resume in the fall.


We invite you to donate altar flower arrangements in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a baptism, or any other special occasion. The cost is $35.oo per arrangement.  Please contact the office to order flowers.


Would you like to see the sanctuary shine? Are you looking for light volunteer work in small teams? Become a member of the Altar Guild! Members of the guild spend about one hour per shift. Please call Joan Beldin 603-715-8888.


Please continue to sign in on the link for online attendance to let us know you've watched. 
Wesley's Administrative Policies can be found in paper copies in folders in the standing desk in the entryway and this online folder so that members can access them as needed. 
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.
Join us with your
Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness
Join us and be present for worship in person or online at 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 online 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
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 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.


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 $19.3 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.

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. You can also click on the "playlist" tab and listen to Ken's beautiful organ music, the choir's inspired anthems, many hymns, including Christmas carols, or EP's lively music anytime.
All services are available on ConcordTV Channel 22 the Tuesday following the premiere air dates, as well. 


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Rev. Jane Sautter is our interim pastor.
Anne Roberts is the administrative assistant.
Deborah Venator broadcasts our virtual services and maintains our website and social media.
Ken Gallager is our talented organist.
Ben Greene directs the choir.
Alan Schulte directs Electric Praise.


 

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