Wesley United Methodist Church
Wednesday, January 16, 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, January 26
Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Auction - Saturday, February 2
Not Bread Along - Saturday, February 23
5th Annual Chili Cook-Off - Sunday, March 10
Fall Craft Fair - Saturday, November 2
35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
Please join us at this annual event, in part sponsored by Wesley United Methodist Church.  This year, the breakfast will be held on Saturday, January 19th 2019 from 8:30 am – noon at the Amherst Regional Middle School at 170 Chestnut Street in Amherst.   Tickets, which support the scholarships, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and under.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and in advance at A.J. Hastings, 45 South Pleasant St., and Global Cuts, 460 West St.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Auction
Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Auction is coming on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Time with old & new friends, wonderful food – a great way to break up the winter! A silent auction of donated items (new or gently used) and services will be open prior to and during the mouth-watering spaghetti dinner. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm. Then a live auction of specialty dinners, services, or special items will follow at 6:30 pm. It’s not too early to think about items or services you might donate for the silent auction or a special meal for the live auction that you can share with others. Watch for more details coming soon. Spaghetti Dinner tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. The proceeds of the dinner will support WUMC Mission projects. The auction proceeds will go to the WUMC general budget.
Sunday Evening Bible Study
The Sunday evening Bible Study will resume on January 27 at 6:30-7:30pm. This time we will be 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, January 21 at 7 pm at the church for a discussion of this month's title, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck.  The February 18th selection is Between Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson.  For the March 18th meeting, we will be reading Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty.
5th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Crock pot, slow cooker, dutch oven or Instant Pot...pick one and join us for the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off!  This year, our chili cook-off will be held on Sunday, March 10th.  We are asking our wonderful Wesley cooks to contribute chili to this event and volunteer a dessert to share. We always encourage you to bring a friend or relative to church, but especially on March 10th, so we can enjoy and share our great traditional Wesley fellowship with new people.  Watch your weekly email announcements for more info!
Chili submissions will be divided into 2 categories for judging: meat and vegetarian.
Summer 2019 Mission Trip
We are in the beginning stages of planning a 3-day Urban Challenge Experience in Springfield, MA in summer 2019. If you are interested in potentially participating, please email Allison Roy so you can fill out a survey for your date preferences and stay informed about upcoming meetings and events.
Make Music at Wesley!
The Omega Bell Choir continues to ring with joy…but we need 2 or 3 new ringers! Bell choir meets September through June, on Sunday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.  Anyone 9th grade and above is encouraged to join us - we will teach you what you need to know. If you are interested, please contact director Tim Bennett by email or 413-835-5790. Please consider joining us!
Sanctuary Choir rehearses September through June on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. We are especially looking for additions to our Soprano and Men’s sections. We sing a wonderful variety of music and pray together at every rehearsal. The choir is open to high school age and above or by special permission. If interested, please contact Cathy Bennett, Director of Music, by email or 413-404-0932. We would love for you to join us!
Children’s choir is so much fun! We would love to restart this group. In order to do this, Cathy needs to know how many children are interested. Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome; with older ones having leadership roles. Rehearsals will be arranged based upon your schedule. Please contact her as soon as possible if you are interested at by email or 413-404-0932.
 Our Praise Group is comprised of amateur musicians and singers welcome all ages. We rehearse weekly September through June, and provide special music in worship one Sunday each month. Our current rehearsal schedule is Thursday evenings 5:50-6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. We would love to have a few additional singers and musicians (guitar, keyboard, percussion and more woodwind instruments are all needed). Being able to read music is not required, but it is a plus; we will help you. If you are a parent with a young child and you would like to participate, please know that you can bring your child along to rehearsals and they can join the group and play a “shaker egg” if they wish. Please contact Deb Henson  or Bill Henson with your interest or to answer any questions you may have.
  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 recent sermon:
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.
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.