Wesley United Methodist Church
Tuesday, October 16, 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 26th, and continue through Sunday, December 17th. 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:
  • Vijavawada, India - either a contribution towards rice for the boarding school or sewing machines for skill training for women.
  • Wesley Veterans Project - provide gift cards for a veterans family or snack gift cards for homeless veterans
  • Wesley UMC - maple leaves of various denominations support worship, programs, and ministry at Wesley
  • Sanctuary Support for Undocumented Immigrants - support for the immigrant receiving sanctuary at First Congregational of Amherst and his family in Holyoke
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief - UMCOR supports relief projects in 80 countries around the world, including disaster relief in the US, and is highly rated for effective and efficient use of donated funds
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 27th.  Tags have a name of a gift to buy for the child. The unwrapped gift is then returned to church and placed under the tree.  The return deadline is Sunday, December 10th (or by December 3rd, if possible).  Please consider this opportunity for giving.
Hanging of the Greens
Wesley's annual hanging of the greens will take place on Saturday, December 2 from 10 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.
Salvation Army Ring & Sing
Another Wesley tradition is staffing the Red Kettle holiday collection to raise funds by ringing & singing in front of WalMart, scheduled for Saturday, December 2 from 12 - 2 pm.  Money raised will be used within our community to provide rental assistance, clothing, furniture, transportation, case management, and heating and prescription assistance.  Our singing seems to inspire more generous giving.  Please volunteer for an hour or more, as your schedule allows.  Bonnie Wroblewski coordinates this effort - please  contact her for more details.
Family Advent Workshop:
Join us after worship on Sunday, December 3 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:  Listen to Christmas *** Please note change of date due to expected winter weather ***
The church's children and youth will deliver a special service to highlight the spirit of the season and tell the Christmas story on Sunday, December 10th - please note date change!!!  Rehearsal is from 11 am - 12 noon on Saturday, December 9th.
Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, and will feature tender ham, mac & cheese, crisp salads, baked beans, yummy rolls, and delectable desserts.  The pageant will follow at 6:30 pm, and include all ages of children.  Please join us for a fun night - and have your cameras ready!
Christmas Caroling:
To share the Christmas spirit and message, we will travel around town after worship from 12 noon - 3 pm on Sunday, December 17th, 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.
Christmas Eve Service:
A candlelight service with Holy Communion on Sunday, December 24th at 7 pm.  Music from the Sanctuary Choir and the Omega Bell Choir bring a joyful note to this service of lessons and carols.