Wesley United Methodist Church
Sunday, August 19, 2018

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, August 25
Fall Craft Fair - Saturday, November 3
Food Ministry Update
Wesley UMC's food ministry includes a collection at the worship service on the first Sunday of the month. 
For the next several months, we are going to target the needs of Not Bread Alone, a community meal program in Amherst. 
Please bring one of the following items on our next collection date of August 5th:
· Napkins for bundling silverware - the larger size of "elegant" napkins 
· Regular paper napkins
· Paper towels
· Cooking oil
· Extra virgin olive oil (small amounts)
· Pine Sol for mopping floors
· Powdered dishwasher detergent
· All-purpose cleaner refill bottles: Lysol, Spic and Span, whatever
· Canned tomato products: paste, diced, sauce
Thanks so much for your support to those in need in our community.
Coffee Hour News
The last official coffee hour of the summer was on Sunday, June 17, as the Hospitality Committee takes a well earned summer break.  If there is a special day for which you wish to host a coffee hour during the summer, please use the posted sign-up sheets on the kitchen door.
Looking ahead to the fall,volunteers are needed to sign up to "host" Coffee Hour by bringing in food to go with the coffee and refreshments that the church provides, as well as setting up the spread in the Great Hall. There is a signup sheet on the Kitchen door or you may email the office (office@wesleyfamily.org) for the week of your choice. Every Sunday for the remainder of the year is posted. After their summer break, the Hospitality Committee will resume as the main hosts for the 1st Sunday of each month.
July Outreach Project - Prison Release Kits
Wesley Church is a partner in “Backpacks for Successful Transitions,” a project organized by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ashfield, through a Loaves and Fishes Grant from the Community Foundation of Western Mass.  Women released from prison often leave with nothing, no personal items, no encouragement, few resources.  These backpack kits include personal care items, non-perishable snack foods and inspirational reading and writing materials to ease the women’s transition and provide encouragement. 
Your contributions to this project are greatly appreciated - please return them to the church by August 5th!
Writing Worship at Wesley
An AWA Writing Workshop will be held weekly at the church on Wednesday evenings between July 11th and August 29th. The workshop will be from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in the Adult Meeting Room.
Writers of all levels of experience and genres are welcome. There will be an opportunity to do new writing every week. Those who wish to do so may bring in their work in manuscript form for the workshop to read and discuss.
The fee is $35 per evening with a sliding scale for those who might be more comfortable with a lesser amount.
For more information, please call Peggy Reber at 413-367-9760. 
     Fall Craft Fair News
The Committee is working hard to build on the successes of prior year's fairs. Here is how you can help:
  • Save the date: The Fall Fair will held on Saturday November 3. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate.
  • Forgotten Treasures: Just a reminder that our Silent Auction and Grandma's Attic are always looking for special items.
  • Books: We plan to sell books this year. Start setting aside books in good condition. (No textbooks please)
  • Food: For those of you taking advantage of all the produce the Valley has to offer, please set aside a few jars of jams, jellies, relishes, sauces and the like. These are always big sellers in the Country Store.
  • Calling all crafters: Do you like to create? Is there something you might like to make over the summer or fall that could be donated to the fair. New ideas and goodies are always welcome.
  • Join the committee: Our next meeting will be in September. We welcome new volunteers and ideas!
Make Music at Wesley this Fall!
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.
United Methodist Women Announces a Charter for Racial Justice
Wesley Church has a posted copy of this charter in the Great Hall.  UMW believes:
  • Racial Justice is a Biblical issue.
  • Racial Justice is a leadership issue.
  • Racial Justice is a community issue.
  • Racial Justice is a public policy issue.
For all these reasons, Wesley Church has committed itself to study and action around Racial Justice.  Please take advantage of the books and materials available to borrow in the adult classroom library. 
  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.