Wesley United Methodist Church
Friday, May 25, 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!
Wesley Book Club - Monday, May 21
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, May 26
Tag-Bake-Plant Sale & Car Wash - Saturday, June 2
     Want to Chair the Fair?
Who can think of next November when spring rains are falling outside? Our fabulous Fall Fair Committee can! Step right up, folks, we are looking for a chairperson for next year’s fair to be held the first weekend in November 2018. ! No prior experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a fun spirit! It sounds scary, but really isn’t and remember there is a great committee to work with and we have more than a dozen years of experience. Actually, everyone on the committee has been chair before, most more than once. Take a chance and join the fun. This is also a great way to give back to WUMC. Please call Ann Dorr (413-548-9384) with questions or to accept.
      Summer Mission Trip
This summer's mission trip will be to the United Methodist Economic Ministry (UMEM) in Salem, ME. UMEM is a faith-based non-profit and extension ministry of the New England Conference that supports summer mission teams who repair homes in the county to make them “safe, warm, and dry.” In addition, UMEM has food cupboards, thrift shops, and other projects that support the needs of this poor, rural community. Cost is $25-$50 per person - additional expenses will be covered by fundraisers and Capital Campaign Mission funds (no one will be excluded for financial reasons). If you are interested in finding out more about the trip, would like to sign up, or are are interested in helping with fundraisers, please contact Allison Roy.
          Wesley Book Club
Join us for our next meeting!  The next meeting is on Monday, May 21st and we will be discussing When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.    For our June 18th meeting, we will be reading The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.  All are welcome!
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 sermon last month:
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.