Wesley United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 12, 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?  If so, email us at 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 - November 23

Thanksgiving Food Drive
We will be holding a Thanksgiving food collection the first three Sundays of November (the 3rd, 10th, and 17th) to support special Thanksgiving boxes distributed by the Amherst Survival Center throughout the month.   Please bring items to the worship service and we will deliver them to the Survival Center weekly.  Here is a list of the most requested Thanksgiving food items:  canned gravy, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned cranberry sauce, canned pumpkin, canned pie fillings, canned sweet potatoes, and canned soups.

Stewardship Season Has Arrived!
Wesley’s Stewardship Committee has decided that our theme for this Stewardship season will be “Blessed to Be a Blessing", as we take this time to remind ourselves of how much God has truly blessed our congregation and all our efforts to be faithful stewards, and recognize that all of this hard work has really been done so that we can be a blessing to others. Our Stewardship Season kicked off on Sunday, November 3rd and over the following three weeks, we will hear from several members of our Wesley family, as these individuals share their Faith Stories about our Wesley family. Our Stewardship season will culminate on Sunday, November 24th - which we have designated as our Thanksgiving Consecration Sunday - when we will return our pledge cards during worship and share together in a special consecration liturgy. During this season of stewardship, we ask that you prayerfully reflect on what Wesley Church means to you and whatever sources you can commit towards sustaining Wesley’s mission in the coming year. Please plan to join us in worship during this special Stewardship Season as we joyfully celebrate our many blessings and grow together as faithful disciples of Christ.

 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!
Hospitality Helpers Needed
Wesley’s Hospitality Team needs some helpers. They are looking for 2 or 3 people to volunteer each week to donate an item for the fellowship snack table. Homemade items are always appreciated, but not necessary. Examples of items include: cheese & crackers, hummus and chips; fruit and/or vegetable bites; cookies, brownies or other baked goods.  The Hospitality Team also needs some folks to volunteer to help in the kitchen one or two Sundays each month, but if you cannot do that, simply donating food items would be a great help. Please see Celeste Lawler or Deb Henson for more information and/or to sign up for an upcoming Sunday.
Wesley Book Group
 The Wesley Book Club will next meet on November 18th to discuss The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. Future selections are as follows:  Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys for December 16th; Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris for January 20th; and The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See for the February 17th meeting.
The book club typically meets at the church from 7-8:30 on the third Monday of the month.  Everyone is welcome to come and discuss the book.
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.
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group
Wesley's Spiritual Journey Group meets at the church every Thursday.  We begin with spiritual sharing and prayer from 1:00 - 1:30 pm.  The book study follows from 1:30 - 2:30 pm.  A new session began 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.