Wesley United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 19, 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.
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.
  Save the Date
Game Night - September 15
Harvest Potluck Lunch - September 17
Wesley Book Club - September 18
Not Bread Alone - September 23
Cards & Games
The Cards & Games Group is starting off with their first game night on Friday, September 15 at 7 pm.  We play an assortment of games, so there is something for everyone.  You may even discover a new favorite!  Contact Craig by email for more information.
Harvest Potluck Lunch
  On September 17, we will be having a potluck after church to raise awareness about the reality of hunger in the United States and promote ways to get involved to help end hunger.  This is a great fellowship opportunity!  If you can bring a dish to share, we would appreciate it (but it's not necessary).  Something to do with harvest or vegetables would be great; or dessert.  You may drop off the dish before worship. If you plan to bring something, please let us know what you will bring so we don’t end up with too many duplicate offerings.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Bonnie Wroblewski, Chair of the Missions Committee.
  Food Ministry Gleaning Project 
As part of Wesley's expanded food ministry, we will soon begin a new project:  gleaning (collecting leftover crops on commercially harvested fields) from Plainville Farm in Hadley. Because farming is unpredictable, we will likely only have a few days notice prior to each gleaning event. If you are interested in volunteering for this effort, please let Bonnie Wroblewski know what days and time of day generally work for you. You may reach her by email or call her at 413-247-9294. Thank you!
Fall Craft Fair
The craft fair is less than 2 months away! November 4th will be here before we know it, along with the cold weather.  Please consider putting together or donating items for the raffle baskets. More information coming shortly, as well as in our September newsletter. 
The next Craft Fair committee meeting is Thursday, September 14th at 7 pm.
Small Group Ministry
It’s all about making connections.   Our goal is for everyone in Wesley to be part of a small group – to forge stronger bonds with God, with our faith, with our friends at Wesley, and with the community in which we live.    Even if you missed the Small Groups Fair on September 10, you can still join a small group. Click here to see the various small groups available this fall.
Questions?  Contact Julie de Bruyn Kops by email.
Adult Bible Study
Sunday evening Bible study resumes on Sunday, September 17th in the adult classroom.  This fall, we will be looking at some of the great stories and passages from the Old Testament.  All are welcome, from Bible veterans to those just beginning their faith journey.  The lessons contained in the ancient texts will benefit us all.  Join us as we seek to illuminate our spiritual journeys and live more meaningful lives.
Wesley Book Club
Join us for our first meeting of the fall!  We'll be meeting at Wesley on Monday, September 18th at 7 pm and will be discussing
The Underground Railroad by Colin Whitehead.  All are welcome!
Finance Update
1.  Check out the new giving tree in the Great Hall.  In order to get all of last winter's bills paid for plowing and propane, please prayerfully consider making additional gifts to help the church get current before the new winter season hits.  As you make these gifts, please "defoliate" the tree by taking the leaves that equal the amount of your gift.  Place your gift in the offering plate or mail your additional gift to the church office.
2.  Please consider advancing your end of your pledges.  We have the opportunity to save more than $1,000 if we pay our property insurance in a lump sum up front instead of making monthly payments.  If you are able to pre-pay the final quarter of your annual pledge, this would be very helpful in meeting this goal.  These payments should be received by the end of September.
3.  Electronic giving is available.  Just visit the website, click on the "give online" button, and complete the simple form.  Quick and easy!
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group
Wesley's Spiritual Journey Group meets every Thursday from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. For July and August, we'll be meeting at the home of Jo Ball.  Please contact her for more information at 413-992-2250. 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.