Wesley United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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
Ash Wednesday Worship - Wednesday, March 1
Chili Cook Off - Sunday, March 12
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, March 25
Racism and Religion Lenten Workshop
The Lenten season provides a perfect time for us to reflect as Christians on how well we are doing in spreading Christ's message and living in harmony with His teachings.  For many of us, the violence and racism that surround us is deeply disturbing, and we don't understand how to respond as people and a community of faith.  We invite you to journey with us as we read America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis as we follow a 6 week study guide for exploring these difficult issues while integrating scripture and prayer.
After hearing from those interested, it seems that the best time slot for the Lenten workshop is Sunday after worship (with a light lunch) starting Sunday March 5th.  A parallel program will be run for Adults and Youth, and daycare will be provided.  Please let us know if you need childcare. Contact Pat O’Hara, Louise Minks, or Richmond Ampiah-Bonney if you have any questions.
3rd Annual Chili Cook Off
Join us after worship on Sunday, March 12 for our 3rd annual chili cook off.  Join us for trivia fun and games, while supporting the Malaria Net Mission Project with a free-will offering.  With both meat and vegetarian categories, there will be chili for all to enjoy as you vote for your favorite.  To register for the chili cook off, please email Bonnie.  Chili can be dropped off before worship - slow cookers and crock pots preferable! Save the date and bring a friend!
Feel like Ringing?
The handbell choir could use a couple more players for the next few months.   The choir plays about once a month during worship, and practices on Sunday evenings at 7 pm.  If it's something you've always wanted to try, now is the time! 
Let Cathy Bennett or Tim Bennett know if you'd like to give it a try.
Wesley Book Group
All are invited to participate in our monthly book group.  The group meets on one Monday evening a month at 7 pm in the church meeting room.  To help you plan your reading, here is the reading list for the next few months:
March 20: God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet
April 17: Plain Song by Kent Haruf
May 15: Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson
June 19: My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
Adult Bible Study Underway
Wesley's wonderful Sunday evening Bible study resumed on Sunday, January 29th at 6 PM.  For this series of meetings, we turn our attention to the Old Testament (or the Hebrew scriptures, as they are sometimes called).  We are reading Genesis together, sharing insights and seeking to apply what we read to our faith journeys.  All are welcome, whether new to the Bible or a veteran student.  Please contact Rev. Jim Harvey at 413-259-4404 or by email for more information.
10th Anniversary Concert
Did you miss our 10th anniversary concert on October 22?  We invite you to enjoy these videos from the event, featuring music by the Sanctuary Choir and images by Keith Carver.
  Sunday School Volunteers Are REALLY Needed
Volunteers are always needed for teaching (service can be a few weeks or a couple of months a year),  are really needed right now for assisting in the classroom (sign up for a Sunday or two each season), or for special events such as helping with the Christmas play and light supper. Please let Kathy Blaisdell or a teacher know if you are interested. The education committee email is education@wesleyfamily.org.
WUMC Prayer Challenge - Pick a Day to Pray
Please take a look at the prayer schedule in the entry way of the church, and sign up for one or two days to pray - or even 5 times over the course of the year.  If we all did that, our Pick a Day to Pray calendar would fill up in no time!  Wesley invites you (including children and youth) to take part in praying for others, and sign up for a day to pray.  Some suggestions would be to pray for the welfare of our church, and for all those who deal with our financial situation.  Another idea would be to pick someone from the special prayer section of the "Joys and Concerns" page of this newsletter.  Regardless, just pray!
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group
Wesley's Spiritual Journey Group meets every Thursday in the youth room from 12:30 - 2:30 pm.  We are presently discussing Spirit and Flesh:  Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church by Wesley's Jim Ault.  Please contact Jane Sicks for more information by email or at 413/ 256-8212.  New members are always welcome! 
Monthly Healing Time after Worship
The Healing Prayer Exploration Group has been meeting for some time to study and discuss Christian teaching and scripture regarding healing.  In our prayers for ourselves and others, we have applied these principles and insights, and we have seen wonderful answers to prayer.  We invite you to join us in partaking of the healing graces of our loving God, either after service on the first Sunday of every month, or during our Thursday evening meetings.  Please feel free to contact Cathy Bennett or Nancy Nash with any questions.