Wesley United Methodist Church
Friday, December 14, 2018

Advent and Christmas Events

 Getting Hearts, Minds, and Building
Ready for Christmas
 
 
Alternative Giving Fair:
When we are celebrating the gift of the Christ Child to the world, we want to share gifts to symbolize our love for those we hold dear. There is an alternative to material gift-giving by giving gifts to those whose needs are great – in honor of those we love.  Our gifts are then triply blessed.  Our alternative gift fair will begin on Sunday, November 30th, and continue through Sunday, December 16th. Information on a number of possible mission projects will be available soon for you to consider.  We invite you to look over the suggested offerings and explore the information provided. This year's special mission projects include:
  • Wesley Veterans Project - provide gift cards for a veterans family or snack gift cards for homeless veterans
  • Sanctuary Support for Undocumented Immigrants - support for the immigrant receiving sanctuary at First Congregational of Amherst and his family in Holyoke
  • Habitat for Humanity - a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building housing with those in need – in our area, this country, and around the world. Donations collected will be sent to Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity
  • Vijavawada, India - either a contribution towards rice for the boarding school or sewing machines for skill training for women
Giving Tree:
For a number of years Wesley folks have generously helped make Christmas a little brighter for the children in our community.  This year, we will be supporting the Survival Center's Holiday Gift program, as well as Jesse's House. Tags will be available on a Christmas tree in the great hall starting on November 23rd.  Some tags have a list of suggested gifts to buy for the child. Other tags specify a more general category, such as games, books, or hats & mittens.  The unwrapped gift is then returned to church and placed under the tree.  The return deadline is Sunday, December 16th.  Please consider this opportunity for giving.
 
Hanging of the Greens
Wesley's annual hanging of the greens will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 9 am - 12 noon.  We will be putting up the Christmas Tree, the greens, the candles in the windows, etc.  We would welcome all helpers.  Many hands make light work.
 
Family Advent Workshop:
Join us after worship on Sunday, December 9 for special Christmas-themed craft activities for children and adults alike during our regular fellowship/coffee time.  Please plan to stay for this extended fellowship activity and take home some Christmas keepsakes to start your Advent decorating.  Volunteers are needed to help out and coordinate some craft stations.  Please contact Deb Henson (email) if you are available.
 
Christmas Pageant:  
The church's children and youth will deliver a special presentation to highlight the spirit of the season and tell the Christmas story during worship on Sunday, December 9th.  Pageant participants or helpers are asked to arrive at church by 9:45 on the 9th.
 
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.
 
Christmas Eve Service:
A candlelight service with Holy Communion on Monday, December 24th at 7 pm.  Music from the Sanctuary Choir and soloists bring a joyful note to this service of lessons and carols.