Wesley United Methodist Church
Friday, February 22, 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?  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
Not Bread Along - Saturday, February 23
Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, March 6
5th Annual Chili Cook-Off - Sunday, March 10
Fall Craft Fair - Saturday, November 2
Craft Fair Meeting
Planning is already underway for our annual fall craft fair!  We will reschedule the meeting originally set for Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm.  Stay tuned for a new date!  Volunteers are needed and warmly welcome!
 Help Wanted:  Craft Fair Chairperson
Flexible rewarding position, set your own hours and meet new friends! Pay negotiated with God and rewarded in grace. Our Fall Fair Committee needs a NEW chairperson for next year’s fair to be held 11/2/19. No prior experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a fun spirit! Everyone on the committee will help you but we need a fresh new person to take organizational charge. This is also a great way to give back to WUMC. Please call Ann Dorr (548-9384) with questions or to accept the challenge.
Sign up for the Lenten Study
Five Sundays in Lent ~ March 10 – April 7, 2019 – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Come join us for a Lenten journey in which we will engage in reflection and honest discussion on Richard Beck’s Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise.  Using a study guide provided by the author, we hope to continue and deepen a conversation we began last spring. Newcomers are welcome! In the end, Beck turns to the Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux for guidance in doing even the smallest acts with kindness, and he lays out a path that any of us can follow.
We will meet for five consecutive Sundays starting March 10.  Class begins 15 minutes after service in the meeting room adjacent to the front doors.  An informal lunch will be served while we begin with short videos and then break out into small groups for discussion and close with reporting back to the larger group.
A nominal fee of $25 will cover a personal copy of the book that you can keep and lunch for the entire series. Scholarships are available, please ask. Please let us know in advance if you need childcare.  Note that this series will NOT replace the long- standing Sunday evening Bible studies led by Reverend Jim Harvey.  For information or to sign up, email Pat O’Hara or sign-up at church. 
Click here to see the flyer (PDF) with complete session descriptions.
Sunday Evening Bible Study
The Sunday evening Bible Study resumed on January 27 at 6:30-7:30pm. This time we are looking at the Gospel of Mark, who is often quoted by Matthew and Luke. 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 at 413-259-4404 with any questions.
Wesley Book Club
The Wesley Book Club will meet on Monday, February 18th for a discussion of Between Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson.  For the March 18th meeting, we will be reading Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty.  All are welcome!
5th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Crock pot, slow cooker, dutch oven or Instant Pot...pick one and join us for the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off!  This year, our chili cook-off will be held on Sunday, March 10th.  We are asking our wonderful Wesley cooks to contribute chili to this event and volunteer a dessert to share. We always encourage you to bring a friend or relative to church, but especially on March 10th, so we can enjoy and share our great traditional Wesley fellowship with new people.  Watch your weekly email announcements for more info!
Chili submissions will be divided into 2 categories for judging: meat and vegetarian.
Summer 2019 Mission Trip
We are planning a 3-day Urban Challenge Experience in Springfield, MA on July 18 - 20, 2019. If you are interested in potentially participating, please email Allison Roy so you can stay informed about upcoming meetings and events. 
   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.  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.