Wesley United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 26, 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
Northampton Pride Parade - Saturday, May 4
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, May 25
Fall Craft Fair - Saturday, November 2
Hadley Community Outreach
Here's a wonderful opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in our local community.  The Wesley annual work day to help elders and disabled in Hadley are almost upon us! The work is mostly yard work, raking, & cleaning.  Can you sign up for a Saturday from 10-1?   The upcoming Saturday work date is May 11.  The sign-up poster is in the Great Hall. Please talk to Louise Minks, Bob Predmore or Beverly Rhodes if you have any questions.
Northampton Pride Parade
Come help us celebrate! For the 5th year, Wesley Church will be marching in the Northampton PRIDE PARADE on Saturday, May 4. This is a super fun event! The parade starts at 11:00 am and the route is approximately 1.1 miles.  It may take up to an hour to march depending on the number of contingents and gaps.  We will have a vehicle in the parade for anyone who cannot walk the whole route. Wesley members will also be joined by several other UMC churches, which is exciting. If you want to carpool, please meet at WUMC-Hadley by 9:30 am. Or you can meet us in Northampton before the parade starts. We will be lining up on Hampton Avenue (behind the downtown parking garage). Please contact Beth James for more information.
Monthly Food Ministry Collection
Wesley UMC's food ministry includes a collection at the worship service on the first Sunday of the month.  The next collection date is Sunday, May 5th. This collection will benefit the Amherst Survival Center.  Thanks so much for your support to those in need in our community.
Help Wanted:  Craft Fair Chairperson
Flexible rewarding position, set your own hours and meet new friends! Pay negotiated with God and rewarded in grace. Our Fall Fair Committee needs a NEW chairperson for next year’s fair to be held 11/2/19. No prior experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a fun spirit! Everyone on the committee will help you but we need a fresh new person to take organizational charge. This is also a great way to give back to WUMC. Please call Ann Dorr (548-9384) with questions or to accept the challenge.
WUMC Reconciling Committee is back!
As you know, Wesley UMC voted to be a Reconciling Congregation five years ago. The Reconciling Committee is being rekindled after recent events at the UMC General Conference in February. We have a lot to discuss and work on. We need you! If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact Beth James or Pastor Moo. The Committee hopes to meet soon because immediate action is needed.
Staging the Old Parsonage
Do you have slightly loved furniture that the Trustees could borrow?  Our realtor feels that the Pleasant Court parsonage may be more appealing to future buyers if some of the rooms had furniture displayed.  Right now the house is empty and very stark looking.  The Trustees are seeking a dining room table and chairs, couch, end tables and lamps.  Please contact Nance Rifanburg at by email if you have any of these items or anything else you may think would be useful to us.  All items will be returned to you once there is an offer on the Pleasant Court property.  Thank you.
Fall Fair News
Join us on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30pm for our next Fall Fair meeting! And for those of you doing a little Spring Cleaning or even clearing out, please remember our Fall Fair on Saturday, November 2. Silent Auction would love one of a kind items, art work, crafts, and antiques while Grandma's Attic would appreciate receiving glassware, china, serving utensils, dishes, linens, Christmas items, and more. Since storage at the church is limited. Please save these items until fall, if possible.
If you have any questions, please contact Dana Tarr or Mary Martinez. Thank you!
Sunday Evening Bible Study
The Sunday evening Bible Study resumed on January 27 at 6:30-7:30pm. This time we are looking at the Gospel of Mark, who is often quoted by Matthew and Luke. Please join us, no matter how much you know about the Bible, or how long you have worshipped at Wesley or any church. Everyone is welcome.  Please contact Jim Harvey by email or at 413-259-4404 with any questions.
Wesley Book Club
The Wesley Book Club will meet on Monday, May 20th to discuss Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston.  All are welcome!
Summer 2019 Mission Trip
We are planning a 3-day Urban Challenge Mission Trip to Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, MA on July 18 - 20, 2019 (possibly starting July 17). The cost is $25 per person (the rest of the expenses will be covered by Capital Campaign Mission Funds) and scholarships are available if there is financial hardship. We will be sleeping at the church, but there will likely be a small group commuting from Hadley (so don’t let hard floors prevent you from joining). If you are interested in participating or finding out more, please email Allison Roy or talk to any of the other organizers: Cathy Bennett, Ruth Harms, and Sandy Kayamba. This is a great opportunity to learn more about urban living, poverty, racism, and other urban challenges while serving our neighbors in need.  
Note: We need to finalize our numbers and send a deposit in May—please confirm your participation by April 28th; Cathy B will be collecting payments.
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.