Wesley United Methodist Church
Monday, December 09, 2019

Calendar & Events

For information about events held by outside groups in our facility, please visit our calendar. 
You can also contact the church office at 413-549-1550 or office@wesleyfamily.org.
Check out the calendar or the  Wesley Journal newsletter (pdf) for additional information about church events and activities.
 Online Giving Now Available!
For your convenience, it is now possible to support Wesley with online giving.  If you would like to make a credit card or electronic check donation to Wesley United Methodist Church, please click the button below.  On this secure web service page, you will be able to set up your own account and make one-time and/or recurring donations to the church.  For each transaction, you will receive an email confirmation, as long as you include your email address when setting up your account.   Please contact Steve de Bruyn Kops with any questions or for more information.
Online giving
Need a ride?
Do you need a ride to worship or other church event?  If so, email us at ineedaride@wesleyfamily.org, and include your name, cell phone, and address.  Or you could call the church office at 413/ 549-1550 and leave a message with the same information.  Please let us know of your need by 5:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, so we can make the necessary arrangements.
Save the Date
Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 8
Annual Church Conference - Sunday, December 15
Not Bread Alone - December 28

 Advent & Christmas Events

Time to Order Poinsettias!
Help us make the sanctuary look gorgeous again this year! Order forms are available for pick-up in the church foyer. Our vendor has switched to using all locally grown suppliers for the plants this year, and the plants will cost $13 each. You may choose to dedicate one "in memory" or "in honor" of anyone you wish.  Checks should be made out to WUMC and please put 'poinsettia' in the note line on the check. All payments go to the Financial Secretary or Cathy Bennett. 
The order deadline is Sunday, December 8th.

Christmas Caroling
Pull out the Christmas carols and get your singing voices ready! On Sunday December 8th, we will once again be traveling around town and singing to members of the congregation who are not able to regularly attend church. Singers will be provided a light lunch after church - please let Cathy Bennett or Allison Roy know if you plan to join. If you are interested in having us sing to you, please contact Beth James, Member Outreach Chair.

Daily Disciplines for 2020
Faithful readers of The Upper Room Disciplines know that the practice of reading and reflecting on scripture nourishes and transforms the spirit. This best-selling devotional guide offers daily, lectionary-based scripture readings and reflections. Each week of devotions focuses on a particular theme and engages readers with the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday.  Orders for the 2020 edition are
are now being taken and are due by December 8.  The cost of the book is approximately $11.50 for normal print and $14.00 for large print.  To order your copy, please contact Liz Bell.

Monthly Movie & Discussion
This group meets monthly to talk about movies that touch on issues of faith, society, family, etc.  Participants watch a movie at their convenience before the meeting, which will be facilitated by a different person each month.   The film for December is Capernaum (2018), and Sarah Serwa will lead the discussion at the gathering on Tuesday, December 10th  from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Annual Church Conference
SPRC will be meeting with our District Superintendent David Calhoun at 9:00 am on Sunday, December 15. Then, the annual church conference will begin right after the worship service.  Please plan to attend this important meeting.

Hospitality Helpers Needed
Wesley’s Hospitality Team needs some helpers. They are looking for 2 or 3 people to volunteer each week to donate an item for the fellowship snack table. Homemade items are always appreciated, but not necessary. Examples of items include: cheese & crackers, hummus and chips; fruit and/or vegetable bites; cookies, brownies or other baked goods.  The Hospitality Team also needs some folks to volunteer to help in the kitchen one or two Sundays each month, but if you cannot do that, simply donating food items would be a great help. Please see Celeste Lawler or Deb Henson for more information and/or to sign up for an upcoming Sunday.
Wesley Book Group
 The Wesley Book Club will next meet on December 16th to discuss Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Future selections are as follows:  Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris for January 20th; and The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See for the February 17th meeting.
The book club typically meets at the church from 7-8:30 on the third Monday of the month. 
Everyone is welcome to come and discuss the book.
Small Groups
Remember, the Christian life is not intended to be lived alone.  We were formed by God to be in connection:  with God and with one another.  Wesley’s small groups ministry is a way to get there.  Just  follow the link for a listing of current offerings.  Please join us! 
Any questions, please ask Julie Chalfant.
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group
Wesley's Spiritual Journey Group meets at the church every Thursday.  We begin with spiritual sharing and prayer from 1:00 - 1:30 pm.  The book study follows from 1:30 - 2:30 pm.  Please contact Jane Sicks by email with any questions. 
New members are always welcome! 
Monthly Healing Time after Worship
We invite you to partake of the healing graces of our loving God, either after service on the first Sunday of every month or during our Thursday evening prayer time.  We also would invite you to join our healing group if you are able to make the commitment and are willing to learn the principles of faith healing.  Please feel free to contact Cathy Bennett or Nancy Nash with any questions.
Safe Parking Reminder
Please remember that in an emergency, seconds really do count and there are times that, no matter how good the sprinkler system is, those systems could fail. All parking at Wesley needs to be in marked spots in our parking lot. Parking is only allowed in handicap spaces with the appropriate placard.  Recently we have had an increase of cars parking in non-marked spots during events. This does not allow police, fire, and EMS vehicles to access the church appropriately in the event of an emergency. Several of the Hadley FD vehicles plus some of the ambulances from Amherst FD cannot make the turn into the lane next to the church’s entrance when cars are parked illegally.  Please keep everyone’s safety in mind when parking here at Wesley.