Wesley United Methodist Church
Monday, December 09, 2019

Advent and Christmas Events

 Getting Hearts, Minds, and Building
Ready for Christmas
 

Hanging of the Greens
Wesley's annual hanging of the greens will take place on Saturday, November 30 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.
 
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, Amherst Family Outreach (winter clothes) and Refugee Families. Tags will be available on a Christmas tree in the great hall starting on November 24th.  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 15th.  Please consider this opportunity for giving.
 
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, December 1st, and continues through Sunday, December 22nd. Information on a number of possible mission projects with a range of zones of impact 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
  • Local Project:  Refugee Families - support for families from The Congo, Ethiopia, and Iran
  • Regional Project:  New England JFON
  • International Project:  Ghana Water Projects (through UMCOR)
Family Advent Workshop:
Join us after worship on Sunday, December 8 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 Caroling:
To share the Christmas spirit and message, we will travel around town after the Family Advent Workshop on Sunday, December 8, singing carols to church members who are in nursing homes.  Singers will be provided a light lunch after church - please let Cathy Bennett or Allison Roy know if you plan to join. If you would like us to carol to you, please contact Beth James by email.
 
Christmas Pageant:  
The children and youth will perform a pageant to highlight the spirit of the season and tell the Christmas story during worship on Sunday, December 15th.  Practice will be held on Saturday morning, December 14th.
 
Christmas Eve Service:
A candlelight service with Holy Communion on Tuesday, December 24th at 7 pm.  Music from the Sanctuary Choir and soloists bring a joyful note to this service of lessons and carols.