Wesley United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 27, 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
Relive A Vacation - April 28
Monthly Food Collection - May 7
Not Bread Alone - May 27
Relive A Vacation
Due to overbooking of flights, our next armchair tour was diverted to until April 28.  This time, we are going to Greece with Amanda Carreau as our tour guide!  See you at 7 pm on the 28th!
Craft Fair Planning Underway!
Do you have ideas for new things to sell or ways the Fair could be improved?  We would love to hear from you.  Please join us at an organizational meeting on Tuesday, May 2 at 7 pm at Wesley or call Ann Dorr at 413-548-9384. 
Please scour your attic and cellar for unused fabric, household items in good condition, and special items for the auction.  Are you a gardener thinking about what to plant this spring?  Consider adding a few extra rows of cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, or flowers to your garden.  We would love to see your homemade pickles, relishes, salsas, gourds, dried flowers or dried flower wreaths at the Fair as well as sweet and savory baked goods that include your homegrown fruit, herbs and vegetables. 
Save the date:  The Fair is planned for Saturday, November 4th.
Northampton Pride Parade
Come help us celebrate! For the 3rd year, Wesley Church will be marching in the Northampton Pride parade on Saturday, May 6. This is an incredibly fun event that you do not want to miss! The parade starts at 12:00 noon in downtown Northampton, and ends at the Three County Fairgrounds. We will have a vehicle in the parade for anyone who cannot walk the whole route. Wesley members will also be joined by a few other area UMC churches, making this year an extra special event for us!  If you want to carpool, please plan to meet here at the church at 10:30 a.m. Please contact Beth James for more details.
Native American Ministries Sunday

David Brule, president of the Nolunbeka Project, and author of the book Looking For Judah, an activist and authority on Native American tribes in the Pioneer Valley, will lead our worship on Sunday, April 30th.  A lifelong resident of the Pioneer Valley, he will tell us about current Native American issues, especially in our surrounding towns, and about his journey researching his lineage in the Narragansett/Niantic tribes.  Please join us for worship on this special Sunday, designated by the United Methodist Church in support of this special program in ministry.

Consider Summer Camp at Camp Aldersgate
Aldersgate’s 2017 Summer Camp brochures have arrived and are available for everyone!  You can experience an old favorite like Camper’s Choice programs that give campers choices of over a half-dozen programs for their week.  In Family Camp programs, including both week-long and weekend experiences, families get to experience Camp Aldersgate together.  Grandparent & Me is always a fun time for grandparents and grandchildren to spend some quality time together.  Prices are based on a three-tier system, helping to ensure that all families can afford camp for their children and youth.  Camperships are also available.  Visit their website for more information. If you have any more questions about this AMAZING summer camp for youth, adults, and families, please contact Kathy Blaisdell by email.

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:
May 15: Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson
June 19: My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
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.