Wesley United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 21, 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, September 28
Fall Craft Fair - Saturday, November 2
 
Help Needed - Bring in the Harvest
WUMC Mission's ministry team has received a call for help from the farm that abuts our church property.  We have volunteered in the past to help with vegetables going to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.  Now, it is cucumbers that need sorting at the farm this Thursday, September 19th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.  There will be two shifts: 4:00 - 5:30 and 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  Sign up for one shift or both!  Let Bonnie Wroblewski or Allison Roy know if you are available. 
 
Small Group Fair
This year’s Small Group Fair was on Sunday, September 15th.  Did you miss it?  Never fear - it's not too late to find the small group that is perfect for you.  Just  follow the link for a listing of this fall's offerings.  Any questions, please ask Julie Chalfant.
Remember, the Christian life is not intended to be lived alone.  We were formed by God to be in connection:  with God and with one another.  Wesley’s small groups ministry is a way to get there.  Please join us!
 
Wesley Book Group
We are back - come join us! The Wesley Book Club will resume meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, September 16th.  For September we are reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. Everyone is welcome to come and discuss this classic book. We will also be discussing options for future books.
 
Fall Craft Fair Workshop
Join us on Saturday, September 21 from 9 am to Noon.  No experience is necessary.  Bring your own project or learn a new skill in the company of friends. We can set up an evening meeting if there is interest.
Bring friends as well! Join us for an entertaining time, great conversation and hands full of sewing fun!
 
Reconciling Conversations Continued
Last spring, the United Methodist Church’s General Council Meeting voted by a slight majority to uphold its position against full membership for LGBTQIA individuals in the church.  As a Reconciling Church, this decision is inconsistent with our principles and practice. Decisions as to how individual churches, regional jurisdictions and conferences will respond, need to be made over the next few months.  Please join us on September 22 after worship service to hear about the ongoing efforts to prayerfully move forward.
This will be the first of several conversations this fall.
 
Sunday Bible Study is Back
Wesley’s Sunday evening Bible Study will resume on Sunday, September 22rd, at 6:15 pm. meeting for one hour each week until Thanksgiving.  This fall we will be studying the book of Deuteronomy, which tells the story of the people of Israel as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. It has much to teach us about making transitions in our own lives while maintaining our commitment to God, our Creator.  We welcome anyone – from Bible study veterans to those who have no knowledge of the Bible. Also, you don’t need to have attended in the past. So, join us as we seek to illuminate our spiritual journeys that we might live more meaningful lives. Led by Jim Harvey. Please email him if you would like more information or have any questions.
 
Multicultural Dinner: A Buffet of International Cuisine
On Saturday, October 5th, prior to World Communion Sunday on October 6th, the Missions Committee is organizing a dinner to celebrate our diversity and educate about global issues of poverty, health, and justice. Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm. There will be a free will offering toward a United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) project. Please plan to bring an international dish to share - whether it's one of your family's heritage or just a favorite recipe from a different part of the world. Anyone can contribute! We will also be looking for volunteers to set up and clean up. Please contact Bonnie Wroblewski via email to sign up.
Setting up will take place on Friday evening beforehand in the Great Hall at church.
    
Monthly Food Drive
On the 1st Sunday of each month, we ask you to bring 1 non-perishable food item to church to donate before worship services.  In September, this collection will take place on Sunday, October 6th.  These items are for Not Bread Alone.  Please leave your non-perishable food item in the baskets at the doors leading into the sanctuary.  All items must be unopened, and non-expired.  The most needed items are cooking oil, coffee, elegant napkins, paper towels, cleaning supplies, spices & tomato sauce. 
(Not Bread Alone & Western Mass Food Bank cannot accept glass jars, glass bottles, dented cans, or any expired items.)
 
Justice for Our Neighbors Annual Dinner
We are looking to support New England JFON financially by purchasing a table for their Annual Celebration and Dinner Fundraiser with silent auction on Saturday, October 19th. This event is being held in Springfield at Trinity United Methodist Church. Tickets are $30/each, and we're hoping to get 8 people to purchase a full table. If interested in purchasing a ticket for the dinner, please let Moo know in September.
 
Fall Flowers Welcome!
Do you enjoy the beauty of the flowers on the alter each Sunday morning?  Would you like to bring your own flowers to share?  Would you like to honor or remember someone with flowers?  If so, please contact Gerry Harvey.  If you let Gerry know at least two weeks in advance, your honored one(s) can be noted in the bulletin that chosen Sunday.
 
Fall Fair Update
Our next FALL FAIR meeting is Tuesday, September 17 at 7 pm.  All are invited to attend.  We welcome your ideas at any time, because they inspire us!  Please contact Dana Tarr or speak with committee members at church:  Dana Tarr, Beth James, Bonnie Wroblewski, Celeste Lawler, Gerry Harvey, Joyce Hines, Mary Martinez, or Ann Dorr.
As you preserve the bounty of your GARDEN, please set aside a few jars for our Fair. Are you spending time indoors staying cool
and cleaning out closets?  Our Fair would welcome books (no textbooks please), and one of a kind items for the SILENT AUCTION, plus toys, china, glassware, linens, kitchen utensils for GRANDMA’S ATTIC.
 
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.  A new session begins on September 19th.  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.