Wesley United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 19, 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.
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.
  Save the Date
Laity Sunday - Sunday, October 22
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, October 28
Annual Rake & Run - Sunday, October 29
    Food Ministry Gleaning Project 
As part of Wesley's expanded food ministry, we have begun a new project:  gleaning (collecting leftover crops on commercially harvested fields) from Plainville Farm in Hadley. Because farming is unpredictable, we will likely only have a few days notice prior to each gleaning event. If you are interested in volunteering for this effort, please let Bonnie Wroblewski know what days and time of day generally work for you. You may reach her by email or call her at 413-247-9294. Thank you!
Fall Craft Fair
The craft fair is about 1 month away! November 4th will be here before we know it, along with the cold weather.  Please consider putting together or donating items for the raffle baskets. More information can be found in the October newsletter, but here are some highlights.  Unique items are being sought for the Silent Auction, as well as gently used household items and Christmas decor for Grandmother's Attic, as well as the used jewelry table.  Items can be dropped off starting October 15th.
Craft Fair Workshops
There are lots of opportunities to help us get ready for the big craft fair.  Please join us for one of the workshops listed below!
(workshops held at church unless otherwise noted)
Saturday, October 28th from 9 to noon - Pie Crust Workshop
Monday, October 30 from 9 - noon - Sewing Workshop
Thursday, November 2nd from 9 to noon - Apple Peeling Party
Friday, November 3 from 9 am until done - Apple Pie Baking Friday
Cards & Games Group
This is a laid back and family friendly group that enjoys fellowship while playing games.  Each meeting is a little different, depending on the number of adults and children gathered, and their interests.  We are always open to trying something new.  The groups is led by Craig Charlesbois (email) and meets in his home.  The next few game nights will be November 10, and December 8.
Campus Ministry Update
UMass students with the UCF campus ministry have tentatively registered to bring 10-30 volunteers to Houston from 1/5-1/19/18, inclusive (which can be shortened), and from 3/10-3/17/18, for early- and long-term hurricane response work.  Wesley members interested in going along should contact Rev. Kent Higgins.
Small Group Ministry
It’s all about making connections.   Our goal is for everyone in Wesley to be part of a small group – to forge stronger bonds with God, with our faith, with our friends at Wesley, and with the community in which we live.    Even if you missed the Small Groups Fair on September 10, you can still join a small group. Click here to see the various small groups available this fall.
Questions?  Contact Julie de Bruyn Kops by email.
Adult Bible Study
Sunday evening Bible study resumed in September in the adult classroom.  This fall, we are looking at some of the great stories and passages from the Old Testament.  All are welcome, from Bible veterans to those just beginning their faith journey.  The lessons contained in the ancient texts will benefit us all.  Join us as we seek to illuminate our spiritual journeys and live more meaningful lives.
Re-Live a Vacation
All fueled up and reading to take off, our Re-live a Vacation series returns on Friday, October 20th at 7 pm for a tour of the Southeaster United States.  No need to pack or renew your passport.  Come enjoy a travel presentation and learn about new places and cultures!  For more information, please contact Terry Tarr.
If you are interested in sharing one of your vacations, we'd love to hear from you!
Wesley Book Club
Join us for our next meeting of the fall!  We'll be meeting at Wesley on Monday, October 23 at 7 pm and will be discussing
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.  All are welcome!
Annual Rake & Run
Our 5th Annual Rake & Run will take place on Sunday, October 29th after worship as we will be lending a helping hand to various church members by raking their yards.  We will leave from church at 1 pm and carpool to various houses around town.  Bring a rake and gloves and a lot of energy.  Please let Allison Roy know if you are able to come (email).  All ages welcome!
Finance Update
1.  Check out the new giving tree in the Great Hall.  In order to get all of last winter's bills paid for plowing and propane, please prayerfully consider making additional gifts to help the church get current before the new winter season hits.  As you make these gifts, please "defoliate" the tree by taking the leaves that equal the amount of your gift.  Place your gift in the offering plate or mail your additional gift to the church office.
UPDATE:  The propane bill has been paid - now for the snowplow bill!
2.  Please consider advancing your end of your pledges.  We have the opportunity to save more than $1,000 if we pay our property insurance in a lump sum up front instead of making monthly payments.  If you are able to pre-pay the final quarter of your annual pledge, this would be very helpful in meeting this goal.  These payments should be received by the end of September. 
UPDATE:  The insurance bill has been prepaid.  Hallelujah!
3.  Electronic giving is available.  Just visit the website, click on the "give online" button, and complete the simple form.  Quick and easy!
Help Keep the Dream Alive!
The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Scholarship Award Program needs your help to keep it viable, vital, and visionary!  Begun 33 years ago, the Annual MLK Breakfast and Scholarship Award Program is seeking support from volunteers in the larger community..  The event held annual in MLK weekend and the planning has just begun for 2018.  Do you have a few extra hours to spare to help with the preparations?  We are looking for help on the following committees:  Awards, Programs, Fund Raising, Publicity, and the Breakfast Committee.  The MLK Program Board is also looking for a secretary and a treasurer.  For more information, please contact Richmond Ampiah-Bonney (email) or Elizabeth Bell (email).
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group - A New Time!
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.  We are currently using the book What the Mystics Know by Richard Rohr.  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.