Wesley United Methodist Church
Friday, March 23, 2018

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?  Is so, email us a 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!
Collection for Survival Center @ Stop & Shop - Saturday, March 17
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, March 24
Please Note...
The church office will be closed from Thursday, March 8 - Friday, March 16.
Take a stand against gun violence!
In case you missed it, here are the actions from the call to action against gun violence that
Pastor Moo urged us to take in his sermon on Sunday:
1. Please visit the website
https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-military-style-assault and sign the petition
"Ban Military-Style Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines Now."
2. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
and Everytown for Gun Safety
launched a campaign in order to empower voter to find where candidates stand on gun safety, elect politicians who will fight for gun safety and throw out those who oppose stricter gun laws. They also use a Washington Post interactive to help people track donations by the NRA.
Please pass the info to your families and friends who live in other states.
3. Please contact your Representative and Senator to reverse a ban blocking the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from studying gun violence.  Currently there is a law, as a result of the NRA lobby, forbids the use of federal funds on studies that promote gun control.  We need a public scientific research on gun violence.
4. Please tell your Representative and Senator to bring back the "Federal Assault Weapons Ban," which was in place for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004.
Collect for the Survival Center
On an Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, we will be collecting food and money in front of Stop & Shop in Hadley. At 2:30 pm, all items will be packed in cars and delivered to the Survival Center. In these uncertain economic times, the need is great. Please consider donating your time and effort to help our neighbors. One or two hour shifts are available. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Great Hall, or contact Bonnie Wroblewski.
Start collecting your non-expired, non-perishable food items now!
This is a great way to get children and teens involved in volunteering too!
Want to Chair the Fair?
Who can think of next November when snow is falling outside? Our fabulous Fall Fair Committee can! Step right up, folks, we are looking for a chairperson for next year’s fair to be held the first weekend in November 2018. ! No prior experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a fun spirit! It sounds scary, but really isn’t and remember there is a great committee to work with and we have more than a dozen years of experience. Actually, everyone on the committee has been chair before, most more than once. Take a chance and join the fun. This is also a great way to give back to WUMC. Please call Ann Dorr (413-548-9384) with questions or to accept.
Vital Conversations: Realities of Racism
During Lent, we will continue our dialogue about how we, as Christians, are guided by our faith to realize, react to, and resist racism in our country, villages, schools, churches, and homes. For 2018, we will be using a WUMC curriculum called “Vital Conversations”, that will include videos, text, and lessons with topics for small group discussion.  This 5-week session will be held 15 minutes after service on Sunday with a light lunch.  Our first session will be Sunday, February 18th.  We will meet each Sunday through March 18th.
Please note that this series will NOT replace the long-standing Sunday evening Bible studies led by Reverend Jim Harvey.
Humanitarian Collection
NuDay Syria is a program of humanitarian aid to mothers and children inside Syria.  Please join us with other faith communities to collect goods and supplies to send along with letters of love and hope.  The  children of the church will start  participating by building and decorating boxes to put the items in and then help  with the collecting.  We hope everyone in the congregation might be able to donate one of these items:  new blankets, sleeping bags, layettes, diapers, new clothing for infants under 2 years, new packaged underwear, including thermal.  Find a list of suggested items at the display in the Great Hall.  We will be collecting for this project from Sunday, February 18th and end collections on Sunday, March 25th.  Get involved with NuDay Syria!  Empower and aid mothers and children inside Syria and help build a bridge from families in the U. S. to families in Syria, reinforcing global humanity.
  Summer Mission Trip
Are you interested in going on a week-long mission trip this summer?
Wesley adults and older youth are invited to join the service trip to the United Methodist Economic Ministry in Salem, Maine, a faith-based non-profit and extension ministry of the New England Conference. The trip is scheduled for July 29th to August 4th. 
 The organization supports summer mission teams who repair homes in the county to make them “safe, warm, and dry.” In addition, UMEM has food cupboards, thrift shops, and other projects that support the needs of this poor, rural community, and mission teams can also be involved in these projects. Accommodations include a bunkhouse with 22 beds and multiple bathrooms, plus 2 additional beds in the kitchen area.There are also R/V hookups and outdoor space for tenting. We will be taking turns making all of our own meals, so cooks are welcome! The UMEM staff will set up multiple mission opportunities based on the expertise and interests of the participants; however, we provide leaders for site teams. 
The trip will include a variety of volunteering options (home repair, food cupboard, thrift store, community garden) in one of the poorest counties in Maine. We are also looking for volunteers who will be willing to cook, as we will need to prepare our own meals.  Fundraisers for the trip include the Spaghetti Dinner on Feb 3rd, the Chili Cookoff on March 11th, and a Tag/Bake/Plant Sale and Car Wash in June. If you are interested in finding out more about the trip, have already signed up, or are excited to help with the fundraising, please join us. If you cannot make the meeting but would like to be involved, please contact Allison Roy by email.
          Wesley Book Club
Join us for our next meeting!  The next book club meeting is Monday, March 19th at 7 pm and we will be discussing We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The April meeting is on Monday, April 16th and we will be discussing Perfect Peace by Daniel Black.
All are welcome!
Sunday Bible Study
The Sunday evening Bible Study resumed on Sunday, January 21 at 6:30-7:30 pm.  This time, we are looking at the early church through the eyes of St. Paul.  We will read excerpts of Paul’s letters to churches in Corinth and Ephesus, among others, seeking to understand the spiritual issues of Christians of that time, so that we can better understand our own issues. We will examine Paul’s advice to them in order to see what he has to say to us. Please join us, no matter how much you know about the Bible, or how long you have worshipped at Wesley or any church.  Everyone is welcome. 
Please contact Jim Harvey by email or 413-259-4404 with any questions.
Hunger Documentary Screening
The Missions Committee will host a showing of the documentary "A Place at the Table" on Sunday, April 8th after worship.  A light lunch will be provided at 11:30 and the film from 12:00 - 1:00.  This is a very powerful film about hunger in the United States, where fifty million people - 1 in 4 are children — don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  Please save the date and plan to join us.
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group
Wesley's Spiritual Journey Group meets at the church every Thursday.  We begin with spiritual sharing and prayer from 1 - 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.