Wesley United Methodist Church
Monday, April 23, 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.
Save the Date!
Faithful Parenting Group - Wednesday, April 4 at 6 pm
Monthly Food Drive - Sunday, April 8
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, April 28
Tag-Bake-Plant Sale & Car Wash - Saturday, June 2
"Who do you say that I am?"
Church-wide study begins April 22, 2018
The first five hundred years of Church history were marked by active and aggressive attempts to answer this question that Christ posed to His disciples. In this three-week study, we will look at the range of answers that the early Church found
meaningful, and consider the things that they were anxious to avoid as well as those things that they wanted to embrace in their understanding of who Christ is, and ask which of those things resonate with us today.  The study will run for three weeks, beginning April 22 and running through May 6.  The study will begin fifteen minutes after the end of service on each Sunday. We will have a light lunch just before we begin each session. The study itself will last for about an hour. Daycare will be provide
  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 sermon on Sunday:
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
and Everytown for Gun Safety
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.
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.
Can you spare a few hours to help a Hadley senior?
The Hadley Community Outreach group is mobilizing again to clean up yards and make some simple repairs for several Hadley seniors/disabled who need our help.  Work projects are organized in response to requests through the Hadley Senior Center, and UMass students are often available to help.  We will be working on Saturday mornings April 7, 14, and 21.  Plan to arrive at church by 9:30, on site by 10, work till noon or 1.  Weather dependent, of course.
Some indoor projects are available, but most are outdoors.  Morning snacks are provided and tools shared as needed.  Most of the work is raking and cleaning up winter debris, but a few folks need some basic repairs requiring some carpentry skills.  Supplies for repairs are covered by the church. Please sign up for a work date in the Great Hall or email Bob Predmore, work team coordinator.  Others in the outreach group are Ron Moyer, Linda Caron, Louise Minks, Pat O'Hara, and Rich Blatchley.  Not only is this wonderful fun for all ages, but the gratitude from the Hadley elders is huge:  "I can't believe you all are doing this for me."   Become the hands and feet of Christ!
Fall Fair Sewing Workshop
Mark your calendars for our workshops to help benefit our church! We meet next on Monday, April 9th from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Come be a part of the fellowship of working together for the church’s benefit. Prior sewing skills are not necessary and new ideas are always welcome. We have many new and creative projects! Rides provided if needed. Call Gerry Harvey (413-259-4404) if you need a ride. Come for all or part of the 3-hour sessions.  Bring friends as well.  Bring your own project if you wish. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Gerry Harvey.
Want to Chair the Fair?
Who can think of next November when snow is falling outside? Our fabulous Fall Fair Committee can! Step right up, folks, we are looking for a chairperson for next year’s fair to be held the first weekend in November 2018. ! No prior experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a fun spirit! It sounds scary, but really isn’t and remember there is a great committee to work with and we have more than a dozen years of experience. Actually, everyone on the committee has been chair before, most more than once. Take a chance and join the fun. This is also a great way to give back to WUMC. Please call Ann Dorr (413-548-9384) with questions or to accept.
      Summer Mission Trip
This summer's mission trip will be to the United Methodist Economic Ministry (UMEM) in Salem, ME. UMEM is a faith-based non-profit and extension ministry of the New England Conference that supports summer mission teams who repair homes in the county to make them “safe, warm, and dry.” In addition, UMEM has food cupboards, thrift shops, and other projects that support the needs of this poor, rural community. Cost is $25-$50 per person - additional expenses will be covered by fundraisers and Capital Campaign Mission funds (no one will be excluded for financial reasons). If you are interested in finding out more about the trip, would like to sign up, or are are interested in helping with fundraisers, please contact Allison Roy.
          Wesley Book Club
Join us for our next meeting!  The April meeting is on Monday, April 16th and we will be discussing Perfect Peace by Daniel Black.
All are welcome!
Hunger Documentary Screening
The Missions Committee will host a showing of the documentary "A Place at the Table" on Sunday, April 8th after worship.  A light lunch will be provided at 11:30 and the film from 12:00 - 1:00.  This is a very powerful film about hunger in the United States, where fifty million people - 1 in 4 are children — don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  Please save the date and plan to join us.
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.