Wesley United Methodist Church
Saturday, November 18, 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.
Save the Date
Consecration Sunday - November 19
New Member Sunday - November 19
Wesley Book Club - Monday, November 20
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, November 25
Christmas Pageant - Saturday, December 9
Consecration Sunday
This year's stewardship campaign culminates on Consecration Sunday, November 19th.  Please prayerfully consider your pledge as we would like to eliminate the budget shortfall we have experienced over the past several years.  If every family could increase their weekly giving by $6, we could eliminate this gap.  Every gift is important.  Your gift is important.  During this season of Thanksgiving and stewardship, we are asking everyone to consider the blessings God has provided and discern how we may respond to these blessings by supporting the mission and ministries of Wesley.  Pledge cards for the coming year will be collected on November 19th, and are available in a previous mailing, in the monthly newsletter, and at church.
It's Almost Time for Poinsettias!
Christmas poinsettia orders are being taken now through December 3rd.  Forms are available in the Church foyer. You may also download one here. If you wish to donate a poinsettia for use in the Church sanctuary until Christmas Eve, please fill out the form and put it in the offering plate, hand it to an usher, or mail the form and check to Wesley Church, 98 North Maple Street, Hadley, MA, 01035.  Donors and designated  persons in whose honor or memory the plants are given will be printed in the bulletin on Christmas Eve Day, December 24th. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Bennett.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Wesley is collecting food on Sunday, November 19th to support a special Thanksgiving distribution by the Amherst Survival Center.  Any non-perishable (unopened & non-expired) item is helpful, but they are especially seeking stuffing, macaroni and cheese, canned green beans, canned pumpkin, canned pie fillings, gravy, etc. Turkeys are being provided by students from UMass.
Please share the blessings God has given you with someone less fortunate.
Fundraiser for Hampshire Mosque
A number of our friends at Hampshire Mosque joined us for our recent Islam 101 study series, and now an opportunity has come to support them as they raise needed funds that will enable them to open the doors of their new facility.   A dinner and auction will be held here at Wesley on Sunday, November 19th from 4 - 7 pm.  The festivities include a silent auction, a short program, and an international feast.  Advance tickets are available here or visit their GoFundMe page.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship
Join with our neighbors from other faith communities as we all give thanks for the blessings we have received on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 pm at First Congregation Church in Hadley.  We will celebrate God's goodness with music, prayer, reflections, readings, and fellowship.  All are welcome!
Alternative Giving Fair
The Wesley Alternative Giving Fair will be held on Sundays November 26, December 3, 10, and 17.  Please consider supporting this way of giving to loved ones at Christmas this year.   When we celebrate the gift of the Christ Child to the world, we want to share gifts to symbolize our love for those we hold dear.   There is an alternative to material gift giving by giving gifts to those whose needs are great – in honor of those we love.  Our gifts are then triply blessed.
  Cards & Games Group
This is a laid back and family friendly group that enjoys fellowship while playing games.  Each meeting is a little different, depending on the number of adults and children gathered, and their interests.  We are always open to trying something new.  The groups is led by Craig Charlebois (email) and meets in his home.  The next game night will be December 8.
Campus Ministry Update
UMass students with the UCF campus ministry have tentatively registered to bring 10-30 volunteers to Houston from 1/5-1/19/18, inclusive (which can be shortened), and from 3/10-3/17/18, for early- and long-term hurricane response work.  Wesley members interested in going along should contact Rev. Kent Higgins.
  Wesley Book Club
Join us for our next meeting of the fall!  We'll be meeting at Wesley on Monday, November 20 at 7 pm and will be discussing
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.  All are welcome!
  Help Keep the Dream Alive!
The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Scholarship Award Program needs your help to keep it viable, vital, and visionary!  Begun 33 years ago, the Annual MLK Breakfast and Scholarship Award Program is seeking support from volunteers in the larger community..  The event held annual in MLK weekend and the planning has just begun for 2018.  Do you have a few extra hours to spare to help with the preparations?  We are looking for help on the following committees:  Awards, Programs, Fund Raising, Publicity, and the Breakfast Committee.  The MLK Program Board is also looking for a secretary and a treasurer.  For more information, please contact Richmond Ampiah-Bonney (email) or Elizabeth Bell (email).
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group - A New Time!
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.  We are currently using the book What the Mystics Know by Richard Rohr.  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.