Wesley United Methodist Church
Friday, December 14, 2018

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.
 
Advent & Christmas Events - just follow the link!
  
Save the Date!
Christmas Caroling - Sunday, December 16
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, December 22
Christmas Eve Worship - Monday, December 24
 
Office Holiday Closings
The church office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.
The church office will be closed from December 28 - January 1 for the New Year holidays.
  
Christmas Caroling
To share the Christmas spirit and message, we will travel around town after worship  and a light lunch from 12 noon - 2:30 pm on Sunday, December 16th, singing carols to church members who are in nursing homes.  If you are interested in participating in the caroling, or if you would like us to carol to you, please contact Allison Roy by email or Beth James by email.
 
Wesley Book Club
The Book Club will be meeting on Monday, December 17th at 7:00 pm at the church. The book we will be discussing is Less by Andrew Sean Greer.  All are welcome!
 
Giving Tree
On Sunday, November 25th, a tree will appear in the Great Hall adorned with "tags" for gifts to be collected for children and adults at Jesse's House homeless shelter and the children served by the Amherst Survival Center Family Outreach Program. The Family Outreach Program anticipates requests for gifts for approximately 400 children.  Gifts are collected in the following categories: hats & mittens, puzzles, books, and games. Tags will be on the Giving Tree for the number of gifts in each category that we are being asked to provide. Gifts are to be returned unwrapped by December 16th; however, donations of wrapping paper, tape, and ribbons are also appreciated so that parents can wrap the gifts they select for their family. This annual tradition at Wesley is a great opportunity to make Christmas a little brighter for families in need.
 
           Make Music at Wesley!
The Omega Bell Choir continues to ring with joy…but we need 2 or 3 new ringers! Bell choir meets September through June, on Sunday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.  Anyone 9th grade and above is encouraged to join us - we will teach you what you need to know. If you are interested, please contact director Tim Bennett by email or 413-835-5790. Please consider joining us!
Sanctuary Choir rehearses September through June on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. We are especially looking for additions to our Soprano and Men’s sections. We sing a wonderful variety of music and pray together at every rehearsal. The choir is open to high school age and above or by special permission. If interested, please contact Cathy Bennett, Director of Music, by email or 413-404-0932. We would love for you to join us!
Children’s choir is so much fun! We would love to restart this group. In order to do this, Cathy needs to know how many children are interested. Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome; with older ones having leadership roles. Rehearsals will be arranged based upon your schedule. Please contact her as soon as possible if you are interested at by email or 413-404-0932.
 Our Praise Group is comprised of amateur musicians and singers welcome all ages. We rehearse weekly September through June, and provide special music in worship one Sunday each month. Our current rehearsal schedule is Thursday evenings 5:50-6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. We would love to have a few additional singers and musicians (guitar, keyboard, percussion and more woodwind instruments are all needed). Being able to read music is not required, but it is a plus; we will help you. If you are a parent with a young child and you would like to participate, please know that you can bring your child along to rehearsals and they can join the group and play a “shaker egg” if they wish. Please contact Deb Henson  or Bill Henson with your interest or to answer any questions you may have.
   
  Take a stand against gun violence!
In case you missed it, here are the actions from the call to action against gun violence that
Pastor Moo urged us to take in his recent sermon:
1. Please visit the website https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-military-style-assault and sign the petition
"Ban Military-Style Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines Now."
2. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
https://momsdemandaction.org/
and Everytown for Gun Safety
https://everytown.org/throwthemout
launched a campaign in order to empower voter to find where candidates stand on gun safety, elect politicians who will fight for gun safety and throw out those who oppose stricter gun laws. They also use a Washington Post interactive to help people track donations by the NRA.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/grap…/national/nra-donations/
Please pass the info to your families and friends who live in other states.
3. Please contact your Representative and Senator to reverse a ban blocking the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from studying gun violence.  Currently there is a law, as a result of the NRA lobby, forbids the use of federal funds on studies that promote gun control.  We need a public scientific research on gun violence.
4. Please tell your Representative and Senator to bring back the "Federal Assault Weapons Ban," which was in place for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004.
 
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.