Wesley United Methodist Church
Monday, March 27, 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
Holy Week & Easter Services
Holy Week begins with worship at 10 am on Palm Passion Sunday, April 9 with a service celebrating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem as well as beginning the journey to the cross.  There will be no coffee hour, as we depart contemplating the crucifixion.  A Good Friday service will be held on Friday, April 14 at 7 pm as we remember the crucifixion of our Lord. 
On Easter Sunday, April 16, we will gather together for Easter breakfast buffet from 8 - 9:15 am.  An Easter Egg Hunt for the children follows at 9:30 am.  Easter worship begins at 10 am, as we celebrate the resurrection of our risen Lord.  (Please note there will be no coffee hour following worship on Easter.)
All are welcome to join us for worship during this most Holy Week.
(There will be no Maundy Thursday service or sunrise service on Easter this year.)
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, March 25
Palm Sunday Worship - April 9
Good Friday Worship - April 14
Easter Worship - April 16
One Great Hour of Sharing is Now UMCOR Sunday!
UMCOR Sunday is March 26, 2017.  For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special UMCOR Sunday offering, formerly known as One Great Hour of Sharing, laying the foundation for UMCOR's ministry of relief and hope.  Donations received through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover the cost of doing business.  Gifts like yours make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects specified by donors.  UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without your offering, UMCOR would not exist.  Thank you for supporting this wonderful effort that touches the lives of so many in need.
Moms & Kids: How Can We Help?
Please come explore the United Methodist Women of Connecticut & Western Mass focus on maternal and child health with special guest speakers from MotherWoman, The Diaper Project, The Flow Project and, of course, moms.
Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
West Springfield United Methodist Church, 800 Amostown Road, W. Springfield 01089
$12, light breakfast & lunch included
To register: Email Linda at umw.ct.wma@gmail.com or call 413-306-5468
In-gathering donations: Diapers and feminine care products to benefit the women of My Sister’s House
Racism and Religion Lenten Workshop
The Lenten season provides a perfect time for us to reflect as Christians on how well we are doing in spreading Christ's message and living in harmony with His teachings.  For many of us, the violence and racism that surround us is deeply disturbing, and we don't understand how to respond as people and a community of faith.  We invite you to journey with us as we read America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis as we follow a 6 week study guide for exploring these difficult issues while integrating scripture and prayer.
The class is being held on Sunday after worship (with a light lunch), starting Sunday March 5th.  A parallel program will be run for Adults and Youth, and daycare will be provided.  Please let us know if you need childcare. Contact Pat O’Hara, Louise Minks, or Richmond Ampiah-Bonney if you have any questions.
 Refugee Support Project
We are starting a fresh collection of new and gently used household items for refugees being welcomed to the United Sates.  The Sunday School classes have decorated collection boxes (located in the Great Hall) where you can drop off your donations of kitchen, household, bathroom, and cleaning supplies.  Our goals is to provide as least one complete household kit for a new refugee family.  For more information and a full list of items needed, please visit this webpage.

Consider Summer Camp at Camp Aldersgate
Aldersgate’s 2017 Summer Camp brochures have arrived and are available for everyone!  You can experience an old favorite like Camper’s Choice programs that give campers choices of over a half-dozen programs for their week.  In Family Camp programs, including both week-long and weekend experiences, families get to experience Camp Aldersgate together.  Grandparent & Me is always a fun time for grandparents and grandchildren to spend some quality time together.  Prices are based on a three-tier system, helping to ensure that all families can afford camp for their children and youth.  Camperships are also available.  Visit their website for more information. If you have any more questions about this AMAZING summer camp for youth, adults, and families, please contact Kathy Blaisdell by email.

Feel like Ringing?
The handbell choir could use a couple more players for the next few months.   The choir plays about once a month during worship, and practices on Sunday evenings at 7 pm.  If it's something you've always wanted to try, now is the time! 
Let Cathy Bennett or Tim Bennett know if you'd like to give it a try.
Wesley Book Group
All are invited to participate in our monthly book group.  The group meets on one Monday evening a month at 7 pm in the church meeting room.  To help you plan your reading, here is the reading list for the next few months:
April 17: Plain Song by Kent Haruf
May 15: Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson
June 19: My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
10th Anniversary Concert
Did you miss our 10th anniversary concert on October 22?  We invite you to enjoy these videos from the event, featuring music by the Sanctuary Choir and images by Keith Carver.
Sunday School Volunteers Are REALLY Needed
Volunteers are always needed for teaching (service can be a few weeks or a couple of months a year),  are really needed right now for assisting in the classroom (sign up for a Sunday or two each season), or for special events such as helping with the Christmas play and light supper. Please let Kathy Blaisdell or a teacher know if you are interested. The education committee email is education@wesleyfamily.org.
WUMC Prayer Challenge - Pick a Day to Pray
Please take a look at the prayer schedule in the entry way of the church, and sign up for one or two days to pray - or even 5 times over the course of the year.  If we all did that, our Pick a Day to Pray calendar would fill up in no time!  Wesley invites you (including children and youth) to take part in praying for others, and sign up for a day to pray.  Some suggestions would be to pray for the welfare of our church, and for all those who deal with our financial situation.  Another idea would be to pick someone from the special prayer section of the "Joys and Concerns" page of this newsletter.  Regardless, just pray!
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group
Wesley's Spiritual Journey Group meets every Thursday in the youth room from 12:30 - 2:30 pm.  We are presently discussing Spirit and Flesh:  Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church by Wesley's Jim Ault.  Please contact Jane Sicks for more information by email or at 413/ 256-8212.  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.