Bible Study Questions to continue studying the scripture from this week’s service at home.
with Advent devotion – Love!
Read Matthew 1:18-25
· It’s okay to believe that the Virgin Birth actually occurred or to have doubts. Does your faith hinge on that event being factually true or not? How would you explain your position to someone who believes otherwise.
· Notice that the angel tells Joseph, “Do not be afraid.” This command occurs 365 times in the Bible and yet we worry and are anxious. Sometimes it exhibits itself as fear but other times as discomfort or conflict in our relationships. Consider one thing that causes you fear, anxiety or worry and imagine Joseph’s angel telling you not to fear and all the power and loving action that comes from that command.
· Jesus is named Emmanuel which means “God with us.” Take a few moments each day this week to pray for the homeless, the imprisoned, the immigrant and those who mourn acknowledging that God is with them.
Advent Devotion: “See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1
Join us following worship this week, Sunday, December 22nd at noon in Hanna Hall where we will share some refreshments before Christmas caroling with our beloved homebound members in their homes and at various residential facilities. We’ll be bringing the cookies and cards our wonderful youth group created during their lock-in last week. If you’d like to bring refreshments or offer to carpool, please let Pastor Cheryl know.
December Alternative High School
Fifth Sunday Food Collection, December 29:
For students at Second Start’s Alternative High School
Cup of Soup, oatmeal packets, crackers & cheese or peanut butter, individual mac & cheese, Chef Boyardee, breakfast items.
We were able to give each of the 28 students at the Alternative High School a
$50.00 Target gift card for Christmas this week. Your generosity will go a long way in bringing light and love to their Christmas this year!
Christmas Pageant Information And Rehearsal Date
Christmas pageant planning and preparation is underway! We will be doing “Starry Night, Noisy Night” this year and it is sure to be a noisy fun time! We will be working on it a bit in Sunday School, Miss Christina will e-mail and post a link to the pageant for home practice, as well as hold a “full” rehearsal on Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with all hands on deck, cast and crew! Is there a way you can help with your talents? Acting, snacks, costuming, scene/prop. work, chaperoning, music, etc.? Let Miss Christina know!
For those participating in this year’s Christmas pageant, “Starry Night, Noisy Night”, please check out this link for practice! It’s got all of our songs and narration for you to practice with and listen to at home! Also, please see Ms. Christina if you are going to be part of the pageant and you have not yet received your script!
We've participated in and benefited from vibrant ministries led by our capable clergy and staff this year. The commitment of each staff member make possible our worship experience, opportunities for spiritual enrichment and important mission work of our church in the community and the world. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee would like to invite you to contribute toward a gift for our staff to show your appreciation for a job well done. Receiving your gift by this Sunday will enable us to present Ben, Ken, Alan, Dennis, Deborah, Marybeth, Christina, Emma, Taylor and Pastor Cheryl with their gifts before Christmas. Envelopes are available in the church pews and in the narthex.
Are you interested in hearing more about membership at Wesley United Methodist Church? Please contact Pastor Cheryl or Lay Leader Jane Broadrick. We’d love to hear from you. We are welcoming new members during worship on January 12th.
A Surprise Visit from Bishop Devadhar
Last Sunday morning, New England Conference Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, New Hampshire District Superintendent Taesung Kang and his wife, Mina Oh joined us for worship. It was a privilege to worship and share Holy Communion with them. Bishop Devadhar sends his greetings to all of the members and friends of Wesley UMC and expressed his sincere gratitude for our response to the Christmas challenge. If you would like to contribute to that challenge, you still may by sending your check for $180 or any amount to Wesley UMC with the notation “Mission Shares” on the memo line and it will be combined with others and sent to the Conference to fund missional outreach in New England and the world.
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In case you have forgotten to pay for your poinsettia, don't panic! Just drop your payment at the office or put it in the offering plate on Sunday (please make a note in the memo line of your check saying "poinsettia"). The cost per plant is $15. Many thanks from your Church Treasurer and Administrative Assistant.
Soup and Stories
Wesley has scheduled our history sharing night for January 26th. If it snows that day we will hold it on February 16th instead. Come share Heart and History with a Hearty Meal and learn about Wesley’s journey or share your own stories as we delight in our past, revel in our present and dream for the future.
Child Care Policy Draft
SPRC has crafted and approved a draft of Wesley's Childcare Policy. The purpose of having this policy at Wesley is to provide safe, caring, God-centered childcare with written guidelines for our church.The next step will be for the Administrative board to review then approve/revise it so it can be implemented. You may view our policy by clicking this link.