Wesley United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 21, 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!
Collection for Survival Center @ Stop & Shop - to be rescheduled
Not Bread Alone - Saturday, January 27
A Place at the Table Documentary - Sunday, January 28
Spaghetti Supper and Auction - Saturday, February 3
Chili Cook Off - Sunday, March 11
Please Note...
Pastor Moo will be away January 25 – February 8, 2018.
Sunday Bible Study
The Sunday evening Bible Study will resume on Sunday, January 21 at 6:30-7:30 pm.  This time, we will be looking at the early church through the eyes of St. Paul.  We will read excerpts of Paul’s letters to churches in Corinth and Ephesus, among others, seeking to understand the spiritual issues of Christians of that time, so that we can better understand our own issues. We will examine Paul’s advice to them in order to see what he has to say to us. 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 413-259-4404 with any questions.
Collect for the Survival Center
*** This food drive is being rescheduled - check back soon for the new date! ***
On an upcoming date to be announced soon, from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm, we will be collecting food and money in front of Stop & Shop in Hadley. At 2:30 pm, all items will be packed in cars and delivered to the Survival Center. In these uncertain economic times, the need is great. Please consider donating your time and effort to help our neighbors. One or two hour shifts are available. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Great Hall, or contact Bonnie Wroblewski.
Start collecting your non-expired, non-perishable food items now!
This is a great way to get children and teens involved in volunteering too!
Prayers for Christian Unity Ecumenical Worship Service
District Clergy are invited to mark their calendars and plan to attend this incredible worship experience. Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, in partnership with the Massachusetts Council of Churches, invite Christians to gather for a time of prayer, a witness to unity in a time of intense political division, and renewal of baptismal vows at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018, at the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel in Springfield, MA.
Documentary Screening
Join us on Sunday, January 28th for a special showing of the documentary A Place At The Table from Noon to 1:00pm. 
A light lunch will be provided beforehand from 11:30am to Noon.
Spaghetti Supper & Auction
Time with old and new friends, wonderful food - a great way to break up winter! Join us for on Saturday, February 3 for a silent auction of donated items (new or gently used) and services will be open prior to and during the delicious spaghetti dinner, which begins at 5:30 pm.
A live auction of specialty dinners, services or special items will follow at 6:30 pm.
It’s not too early to think about what you might donate for the silent auction or a special meal for the silent auction that you can share with others. Watch for more details coming soon!
Spaghetti Dinner tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.
The proceeds of this year’s Spaghetti Dinner will go to support Wesley’s summer mission trip.
The auction is managed by the Finance Committee and proceeds go to our church programs and budget.
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 (548-9384) with questions or to accept
Summer Mission Trip
Are you interested in going on a week-long mission trip this summer?
Wesley adults and older youth are invited to join the service trip to the United Methodist Economic Ministry in Salem, Maine.
(Note: Confirmation of the location is pending availability during the week of our choice.)
The trip will include a variety of volunteering options (home repair, food cupboard, thrift store, community garden) in one of the poorest counties in Maine. We are also looking for volunteers who will be willing to cook, as we will need to prepare our own meals. We are currently trying to pick a week that works for the most people, so please send Allison Roy an email if you are interested. We will be doing several fundraisers this winter and spring to offset the costs, and we welcome the entire congregation to support this effort. Thank you!
      Campus Ministry Update:  Texas Disaster Relief
Rev. Kent Higgins and 13 students from UMass will be traveling to Houston, Texas from January 6th to 14th to help with flooding repairs. The United Methodist Texas Conference will provide housing and projects - probably gutting or cleaning out houses from Monday-Friday.  Round trip flights from Boston are ~$150 and total trip cost is approximately $500.  Wesley members are invited to join this student group if interested. The attitude in Texas seems to be that there is plenty of space to stay and plenty of work to do, 'Y'all come on down!'. Please contact Kent Higgins by email if you have questions or would like to go - time is running out to sign up
  Wesley Book Club
Join us for our next meeting!  At our meeting at 7 pm on Monday, February 19th, we will be discussing Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn. All are welcome!
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.  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.