Wesley United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 22, 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?  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 24
Fall Craft Fair - Saturday, November 2
  Crafts for Kids during Worship
As a boon to wiggly kids and their parents, we will be providing craft activities for children during the sermon every Sunday, throughout the summer. Children should go to fellowship hall when indicated - generally right before the sermon begins.  This activity will run until Sunday School starts up again in the fall. Enjoy!

Seeking Summer Hospitality Helpers
As our regular hospitality team takes a much deserved break for the summer months, we are seeking volunteers to bring simple baked goods and healthy snack items (fruits/veggies/cheese & crackers) to be served following Sunday worship. We want to ensure that our trademark Wesley hospitality is extended throughout the summer, inviting visitors and regular members to linger and converse after the worship service.  Please sign up for a Sunday (or two!!) using the clipboard at the hospitality table following worship. Please talk to Joyce Hines or Deb Henson if you have any questions.
Fall Fair Craft Day
Beat the heat and join us for a fun and crafty morning on Saturday, August 3rd from 9 to noon.  Bring your own project to work on or help the committee complete ongoing projects.
Monthly Food Drive
On the 1st Sunday of each month, we ask you to bring 1 non-perishable food item to church to donate before worship services.  In August, this collection will take place on Sunday, August 4th.  These items are for Not Bread Alone.  Please leave your non-perishable food item in the baskets at the doors leading into the sanctuary.  All items must be unopened, and non-expired.  The most needed items are cooking oil, coffee, elegant napkins, paper towels, cleaning supplies, spices & tomato sauce. 
(Not Bread Alone & Western Mass Food Bank cannot accept glass jars, glass bottles, dented cans, or any expired items.)
Summer Missions Project
"Backpacks for a Successful Transition" provide important personal resources for women being released from the Chicopee women's prison. Women often leave prison with nothing in hand and no one to provide even the most basic of toiletries and comforting materials. Wesley Church is once again a partner with St. John's Episcopal Church in Ashfield. The 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.  All kits include lists of area resources for Franklin and Hampshire counties and a personal hand-written card from Wesley Church to let recipients know they are in the congregation’s prayers.A detailed flyer with instructions and full lists of items we need to fill our goal of five backpacks is available at the church and and can be found here (PDF).  Financial contributions are welcomed to fill in the gaps of donations. 
All donations are due by Sunday, August 11, 2019.
Summer 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.
Urban Challenge Mission Trip 2019
On July 17-20, 2019, a team of 16 adults and youth from Wesley participated in an Urban Challenge Mission Trip at Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield. The 3 days were packed with many service and educational activities. We distributed food to approximately 250 people at the mobile food bank, read books and played with 34 summer school children, sang with elderly residents at a senior living facility, painted a bedroom and porch ceiling in the home of a congregation member, sorted books at the local library, served dinner at the Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen, helped tutor mothers who had not completed high school, weeded at an urban farm, and sorted food at an open food pantry. We also learned about the economic consequences of racial discrimination through redlining (look it up if you aren’t familiar with this), how hard it is to feed a family living at the poverty level (we tried this for a day), Pan-Africanism and solidarity among African people, and many neat places and artwork in downtown Springfield. Our hosts from Trinity were wonderful, and we enjoyed sharing stories, music, and laughter. A special thank you to the Wesley congregation for supporting this trip through the Capital Campaign mission funds! Please join us on Sunday, August 11th, when we will share some meaningful experiences and pictures from the trip.
Going on vacation?
Everyone needs time to get away, relax, and recharge.  But the ministry of Wesley goes on all summer long.  There are still regular bills to be paid during the summer such as the church mortgage, utilities, as well as clergy and staff salaries. We invite you to take advantage of Wesley’s online giving option (see the blue button at the top of this page) or encourage you to utilize one of the electronic payment options offered through your bank while you are traveling.  Thank you for your faithfulness!
Fall Fair Update
Our next FALL FAIR meeting is Tuesday, September 17 at 7 pm.  All are invited to attend.  We welcome your ideas at any time, because they inspire us!  Please contact Dana Tarr or speak with committee members at church:  see Dana Tarr, Beth James, Bonnie Wroblewski, Celeste Lawler, Gerry Harvey, Joyce Hines, Mary Martinez, or Ann Dorr.
As you preserve the bounty of your GARDEN, please set aside a few jars for our Fair. Are you spending time indoors staying cool
and cleaning out closets?  Our Fair would welcome books (no textbooks please), and one of a kind items for the SILENT AUCTION, plus toys, china, glassware, linens, kitchen utensils for GRANDMA’S ATTIC.
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.