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a weekly email about the ministry of Wesley United Methodist Church

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We strive to quiet the conflict among all people by creating a compelling environment that fosters spirituality, community engagement, and social justice.
 
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Persons of all races, ages, abilities, and sexual orientations are welcomed as full participants in the life and mission of this congregation.
 
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THIS WEEK AT WESLEY

 
 Sunday 12/22/19
  8:30 a.m.  Communion Service, Chapel
  9:00 a.m.  Adult Sunday School, Parlor
  9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library 
 10:00 a.m.  Prayer Messengers, Chapel
 10:20 a.m.  Praise Music, Sanctuary
 10:30 a.m.  Worship Service, Sanctuary
 11:30 a.m.   Gathering to go caroling, Hanna Hall
  Sunday School and Childcare are offered at 10:30 a.m. service. 

Monday 12/23/19
         
1:00 p.m.   UMW Board Meeting, Library
 
Tuesday  12/24/19   
4:00 p.m.    Christmas Pageant, Sanctuary
7:00 p.m.    Christmas Eve Service, Sanctuary
11:00 p.m.   Candlelight  Lessons and Carols with Communion, Sanctuary
   
Friday 12/27/19
8:00 a.m.  Men’s Breakfast, Veano’s, 30 Manchester St.
 
Sunday 12/29/19
 8:30 a.m.  Chapel Service, Chapel
 9:00 a.m.  Choir Practice, Library
10:00 a.m. Prayer Messengers, Chapel
10:20 a.m. Praise Music, Sanctuary
10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Sanctuary
    Sunday School and Childcare are taking one Sunday off, we'll see you next week!

 

THIS WEEK'S GREETER
Cindy Nix

COFFEE CLEAN UP
Byron and Susie Champlin

 HAPPY  BIRTHDAY!​
Christina Catino
Retta Weaver
Zachary Drotos
Michelle Fransen-Conroy 
If we missed your birthday, please let the office know so we can update our records.  Thank you! 

PRAYER REQUESTS
Prayers for Lynne Lemay's friend Becky Butler just diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Prayers for children who are struggling in life. Prayers for Jody who was hit by a car and needs surgery on her feet. Prayers for Jeff and Jill's safe travels. Sharon asks prayers on the passing of her Uncle Richard. Christine has prayers of celebration for Kevin's new job and for the visitation ministry at Wesley. Taesung asks prayers in the wake of Betty Davis' stroke. Audra asks prayers as her daughter travels. Pastor Cheryl asks prayers for Dennis.

FRIENDLY KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 Erle Huntington is looking for more Wesley UMC folks to help staff the Friendly Kitchen. Her team prepares the meals for 60-120 people each third Thursday with food that has been donated and store at their facility. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the office and we will put you in touch. We might even be able to form a team to serve a Wednesday lunch where they’re looking for monthly help.

CHOIR PRACTICE 
Choir practice is held Thursday evening at 7:15 pm in the Sanctuary. There is also a practice Sunday morning at 9 am in the library whichever time works best for you. All are invited to lift your voice and sing to the Lord! No experience is necessary. Any questions? You can email our Choir Director, Ben Greene.

SACRED DANCE
Please join the Household of Faith Dancers, led by Renee Doucette, in the parlor on Thursdays from 4-5 pm. No dance experience required!

SUNDAY GREETERS
If you would like to help greet our guests at worship some week, please call or text Nancy Fransen at 603-224-7635.

ALTAR GUILD
Join us in preparing the pews, candles, banners and more in our sanctuary for worship each week by contacting Joan Beldin at 715-8888.

PICTORIAL DIRECTORY

Get a copy of our electronic pictorial directory by contacting the church office. If you would prefer a printed copy, bring $3.00 to cover the cost of the printing.


 
PRAYER MESSENGERS
The Prayer Messengers gather in the Chapel each Sunday at 10:00 AM to pray together for Wesley Church, its pastor, its people and special concerns through INTERCESSORY PRAYER- a prayer to God on behalf of others. Jesus prayed for others and taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer. When we pray to God, we are not simply saying, "God, remove all these problems and make everything easy. Snap your cosmic fingers and make it all better." Following a short devotion, we pray to God, consciously thanking God for our blessings and inviting God into our struggles. You are welcome anytime during this prayer time. In this way we empower ourselves to fulfill our mission in the world. Paul instructed in Ephesians 6:18, "Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." For more information contact Norma Kane.                                                   


Give or tithe online to Wesley's mission and ministries through this secure web page using debit, credit or PayPal.

 

USED EYEGLASS COLLECTION

Please place used eyeglasses in the labelled basket in the Narthex, or give them to Spencer Kingsland for the Lions Club's worldwide project "Eyesight Conservation and Work for the Blind."

VIEW SERVICES ON TV
OR ONLINE 
If you can't be here 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

VOLUNTEER REQUEST
The Housing First program of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness seeks volunteers to drive clients to shop at the grocery store or food pantry.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Angela Spinney or 603-290-3375. Volunteers aged 55 or over are encouraged to apply to RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) through the Friends Program at 228-7615. Once accepted, they provide volunteers with insurance while driving for the program. Please specify that you are volunteering for the Housing First Program of CCEH to expedite the connection from them to CCEH. 

LOST & FOUND
If you are in search of a lost item, please check the basket in the coat room or contact the office.

Visiting
Please contact Pastor Cheryl when you or someone you love is hospitalized or would like a visit. Contact her when you have a graduation, anniversary, or other special event that you would like her to pray for. When you are facing a difficult decision and would like someone to discuss it with, she is here to listen and to offer prayer for wisdom and guidance. When planning a wedding, Pastor Cheryl can provide premarital counseling and planning for a Christian ceremony. When anticipating a death in the family, let her pray for you and your loved one as she or he transitions from this life to the eternal. Pastor Cheryl is here to serve you and encourage you in all of life’s situations.
                

Worship Forecast

 

Worship Forecast 
Pastor Cheryl’s sermon titled, “Hesed: Kindness, Mercy, Loyalty, Love" is based on scripture in Matthew 1:18-25 which is the story of the birth of Jesus the Messiah. The theme for this fourth Advent week is Love! We will explore Hesed which is a Hebrew word that really can’t be defined in English but incorporates the combined meaning of kindness, mercy, loyalty and love. We will celebrate the lighting of the Advent Candle and Holy Communion and we’ll sing Christmas Carols with Advent words. The Jubellation handbell choir, Household of Faith sacred dancers, Electric Praise and Sanctuary choir will all contribute their lively musical gifts to this special service.
 
December 24, 2019 – Christmas Eve
At 4:00 pm we will enjoy a Children’s pageant called Starry Night, Noisy Night featuring our Sunday School children and youth and directed by Christina Catino.
At 7:00 pm a musical prelude will begin featuring Ben Greene, Lynne Lemay, Ken Gallager, Ed Brand, Richard Lessard, Jubellation, and Electric Praise followed by a Christmas service.
At 11:00 pm we will hear a musical prelude by Ben, Faith and Dan Greene followed by a service of Lessons and Carols, communion and singing Silent Night by candlelight.

December 29, 2019 – Pajama Sunday
Psalm 148 - Wear your PJs and come sing Christmas carols with your church family to celebrate this first Sunday of Christmas!
 
January 2020 - A Sermon Series for the New Year
The New Year is a time of resolutions, a time for new beginnings, when we all try to start with a clean slate. While very few of us succeed in all of our resolutions every year, the good news is that those who set New Year’s Resolutions are ten times more likely to actually change their behavior. In January Pastor Cheryl will lead a sermon series called Change for the Better lifting up the ten most common resolutions: Exercise more / Lose weight / Quit smoking / Get organized / Learn a new skill or hobby / Save more money-spend less money  / Spend more time with family and friends / Travel more / Read more / Live life to the fullest. We’ll talk about what the Bible says and how to set achievable goals. Come and find support and accountability for keeping your resolutions with others trying to do the same here at Wesley UMC. Resolve to join us Sundays in January at 8:30 or 10:30 to explore the role our faith plays in making such positive changes in our lives. All are welcome!
 
Invite your friends, family, neighbors and Wesley folks you haven’t seen in a while to participate in worship and our special events throughout the season.


Matthew 1:18-25
The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;[b] and he named him Jesus.

 

Monday Morning Quarterback

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


Christmas Caroling 

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
Ministries

Fifth Sunday Food Collection, December 29:
For students at Second Start’s Alternative High School
Suggested items:
 Cup of Soup, oatmeal packets, crackers & cheese or peanut butter, individual mac & cheese, Chef Boyardee, breakfast items.


THANK YOU!

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!


Staff Gift

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.


Membership Inquiry 

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.


Amazon Smile

Get 0.5% for Wesley. 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 https://smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0276120 to select Wesley UMC-Concord NH.


Poinsettia Payments

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.


 2020 TAIZÉ Spiritual Pilgrimage
for Youth and Young Adults
with Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar

July 24 - August 3, 2020 
Registration deadline - January 15, 2020

All youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 are invited to join a life-changing pilgrimage to Taizé, France, a place filled with deep Christian spirituality and broad ecumenism. This week-long experience will be led by Bishop Devadhar. MORE HERE


Check Out Scouting!
Cub Scout Pack 86 meets in Hanna Hall on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and is for boys and girls ages 5 to 10.
Boy Scout Troop 86 meets in Hanna Hall on Thursday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and is for boys ages 11 to 17.
We’d love to have you come and check out a meeting! Even bring a friend with you too!  You don’t have to be a member of Wesley to be in the Pack or Troop.
For more information, contact the Cubmaster of the Pack: Dan Dupuis at nhpack86@gmail.com or the Chartered Org. Rep: Michelle Fransen-Conroy at mshellfc@comcast.net 
 
 

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