Wesley United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 15, 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?  If so, email us at 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
Not Bread Along - Saturday, October 26
Fall Craft Fair - Saturday, November 2
Wesley Fall Fair Coming Soon!
Our fall craft fair is just weeks away on Saturday, November 2 from 9 am to 3 pm.  This event features craft vendor booths offering yard garb, doll clothes, wood products, honey and wax products, tapestry bags, table runners, placemats, napkins, pillow cases, embroidered and crochet towels, hats, scarves, and watercolors.  As in past years, the craft fair will be offering  hot delicious homemade luncheon; homemade pies of all kinds; handmade quilts; books; Country Store with homemade peanut brittle, jams, jellies, relishes, baked items; Grandma's Attic with glassware, dishes, utensils, serving pieces, Christmas items; jewelry and scarf table with pre-loved items; Silent Auction with one of a kind items, antiques, art, and more.
Fall Fair Update
As you preserve the bounty of your GARDEN, please set aside a few jars for our Fair. Are you spending time indoors staying cool
and cleaning out closets?  Our Fair would welcome books (no textbooks please), and one of a kind items for the SILENT AUCTION, plus toys, china, glassware, linens, kitchen utensils for GRANDMA’S ATTIC. We are also collecting scarves and jewelry. Please sign up to work a shift on the day of the fair.  We can't do it without you!
Donations drop-off begins on October 13th.
Fall Fair Pie Baking
Join Wesley women and friends on Saturday, October 26th from 9 am to 12 noon! We will be making pie crusts for the Fall Fair. Then, on Sunday, October 27th, plan to come to pick up a few pie crusts from the kitchen, bake pies the week before the Fair and bring the pies back to The Country Store on Friday during the day or Saturday morning (the day of the fair).  Pies are big sellers and having a variety of pies is always helpful.
Small Group Fair
This year’s Small Group Fair was on Sunday, September 15th.  Did you miss it?  Never fear - it's not too late to find the small group that is perfect for you.  Just  follow the link for a listing of this fall's offerings.  Any questions, please ask Julie Chalfant.
Remember, the Christian life is not intended to be lived alone.  We were formed by God to be in connection:  with God and with one another.  Wesley’s small groups ministry is a way to get there.  Please join us!
Hospitality Helpers Needed
Wesley’s Hospitality Team needs some helpers. They are looking for 2 or 3 people to volunteer each week to donate an item for the fellowship snack table. Homemade items are always appreciated, but not necessary. Examples of items include: cheese & crackers, hummus and chips; fruit and/or vegetable bites; cookies, brownies or other baked goods.  The Hospitality Team also needs some folks to volunteer to help in the kitchen one or two Sundays each month, but if you cannot do that, simply donating food items would be a great help. Please see Celeste Lawler or Deb Henson for more information and/or to sign up for an upcoming Sunday.
Wesley Book Group
 The Wesley Book Club will next meet on October 21st to discuss The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen; 83 1/4 years old by Hendrik Groen. For our November 18th meeting, we are going to be reading and discussing The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. The book club typically meets at the church from 7-8:30 on the third Monday of the month.
Everyone is welcome to come and discuss the book.
Monthly Food Drive
On the 1st Sunday of each month, we ask you to bring one non-perishable food item to church to donate before worship services.  In September, this collection will take place on Sunday, November 3rd.  These items are for Not Bread Alone.  Please leave your non-perishable food item in the baskets at the doors leading into the sanctuary.  All items must be unopened, and non-expired.  The most needed items are cooking oil, coffee, elegant napkins, paper towels, cleaning supplies, spices & tomato sauce. 
(Not Bread Alone & Western Mass Food Bank cannot accept glass jars, glass bottles, dented cans, or any expired items.)
Justice for Our Neighbors Annual Dinner
We are looking to support New England JFON financially by purchasing a table for their Annual Celebration and Dinner Fundraiser with silent auction on Saturday, October 19th. This event is being held in Springfield at Trinity United Methodist Church. Tickets are $30/each, and we're hoping to get 8 people to purchase a full table. If interested in purchasing a ticket for the dinner, please let Moo know.
Fall Flowers Welcome!
Do you enjoy the beauty of the flowers on the alter each Sunday morning?  Would you like to bring your own flowers to share?  Would you like to honor or remember someone with flowers?  If so, please contact Gerry Harvey.  If you let Gerry know at least two weeks in advance, your honored one(s) can be noted in the bulletin that chosen Sunday.
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group
Wesley's Spiritual Journey Group meets at the church every Thursday.  We begin with spiritual sharing and prayer from 1:00 - 1:30 pm.  The book study follows from 1:30 - 2:30 pm.  A new session began on September 19th.  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.