Wesley United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 17, 2017

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
*** Children's Christmas Pageant - Sunday, December 10 *** PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE
   Alternative Giving Fair
The Wesley Alternative Giving Fair will be held on Sundays November 26, December 3, 10, and 17.  Please consider supporting this way of giving to loved ones at Christmas this year.   When we celebrate 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.
  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!  We'll be meeting at Wesley on Monday, December 18 at 7 pm and will be discussing
New and Selected Poems, vol. 1 by Mary Oliver.  At our meeting on Monday, January 15th, we will be discussing The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie S. King.  At the February 19th meeting, we will be discussing Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn. 
All are welcome!
  Help Keep the Dream Alive!
The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Scholarship Award Program needs your help to keep it viable, vital, and visionary!  Begun 33 years ago, the Annual MLK Breakfast and Scholarship Award Program is seeking support from volunteers in the larger community..  The event held annual in MLK weekend and the planning has just begun for 2018.  Do you have a few extra hours to spare to help with the preparations?  We are looking for help on the following committees:  Awards, Programs, Fund Raising, Publicity, and the Breakfast Committee.  The MLK Program Board is also looking for a secretary and a treasurer.  For more information, please contact Richmond Ampiah-Bonney (email) or Elizabeth Bell (email).
Thursday Spiritual Journey Group - A New Time!
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.