Wesley United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 24, 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?  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
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, March 23
Fall Craft Fair - Saturday, November 2
It's Time to Order Easter Flowers!
We invite you to add to the beauty of the church on Easter by ordering a pot of flowers to decorate the sanctuary on this joyous day. The completed order forms are due no later than Sunday, March 24th in the church office to order to meet the vendor’s due date.  Orders cannot be accepted after this date, so order your flowers now!  The order form is available here, as well as at church.
The cost is $12.50/pot. Checks should be made payable to: Wesley UMC and please designate ‘flowers’ in the note line of the check. Payments should be left either with the order form or put in Dana’s mailbox [financial secretary] in the office.
The person(s) you wish to celebrate and honor will have their name(s) printed in the Easter Sunday bulletin as part of a special insert. Anyone who purchases a potted flower(s) may chose yours to take home after Easter Sunday Worship on a first-come/first-served basis. Please contact the church office if you have any questions.
  Monthly Food Ministry Collection
Wesley UMC's food ministry includes a collection at the worship service on the first Sunday of the month.  The next collection date is Sunday, April 7th. For the next several months, we are going to target the needs of Not Bread Alone, a community meal program in Amherst.  Thanks so much for your support to those in need in our community.
Here is a list of things they can use:
· Napkins for bundling silverware - the larger size of "elegant" napkins 
· Regular paper napkins
· Paper towels
· Cooking oil
· Extra virgin olive oil (small amounts)
· Pine Sol for mopping floors
· Powdered dishwasher detergent
· All-purpose cleaner refill bottles: Lysol, Spic and Span, whatever
· Canned tomato products: paste, diced, sauce
Help Wanted:  Craft Fair Chairperson
Flexible rewarding position, set your own hours and meet new friends! Pay negotiated with God and rewarded in grace. Our Fall Fair Committee needs a NEW chairperson for next year’s fair to be held 11/2/19. No prior experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a fun spirit! Everyone on the committee will help you but we need a fresh new person to take organizational charge. This is also a great way to give back to WUMC. Please call Ann Dorr (548-9384) with questions or to accept the challenge.
Annual Food Drive
On Saturday, March 16th, the Missions Committee is organizing a food drive at Stop & Shop to support the Amherst Survival Center.  The event is a lot of fun for all ages, and a great way to educate the community about the Survival Center and Wesley Church.
We are looking for at least 4 volunteers during each 1-hour slot between 10am and 3pm (with the last hour being loading cars and delivering food to the Survival Center).   For more information or to sign up, please contact Allison Roy or Neil Forbes.

WUMC Reconciling Committee is back!
As you know, Wesley UMC voted to be a Reconciling Congregation five years ago. The Reconciling Committee is being rekindled after recent events at the UMC General Conference in February. We have a lot to discuss and work on. We need you! If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact Beth James or Pastor Moo. The Committee hopes to meet soon because immediate action is needed.
Sunday Evening Bible Study
The Sunday evening Bible Study resumed on January 27 at 6:30-7:30pm. This time we are looking at the Gospel of Mark, who is often quoted by Matthew and Luke. 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 at 413-259-4404 with any questions.
Wesley Book Club
The Wesley Book Club will meet on Monday, March 18th at 7 pm when we will be discussing Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty.  On Monday, April 15th we will be meeting to discuss Educated by Tara Westover and on Monday, May 20th, we will be meeting to discuss Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston.  All are welcome!
Summer 2019 Mission Trip
We are planning a 3-day Urban Challenge Mission Trip to Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, MA on July 18 - 20, 2019 (possibly starting July 17). The cost is $25 per person (the rest of the expenses will be covered by Capital Campaign Mission Funds) and scholarships are available if there is financial hardship. We will be sleeping at the church, but there will likely be a small group commuting from Hadley (so don’t let hard floors prevent you from joining). If you are interested in participating or finding out more, please email Allison Roy or talk to any of the other organizers: Cathy Bennett, Ruth Harms, and Sandy Kayamba. This is a great opportunity to learn more about urban living, poverty, racism, and other urban challenges while serving our neighbors in need.  
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.