Annual Pasta Dinner for Godwin

Join the Wesley Youth Group for the Annual Pasta Dinner in support of Godwin, a young man in Africa sponsored by Wesley UMC. The menu includes salad with dinner rolls, pasta and meatballs in sauce, dessert and beverages.  There are two seatings – 5 pm and 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 years and younger.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door.

Wesley UMC Youth Group members at the 2013 Pasta Dinner

Wesley UMC Youth Group members at the 2013 Pasta Dinner

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Methodism 101: Wesleyan Faith in Our Time

John Wesley, the founder of our Methodist tradition, lived in England from 1703 to 1791. Ordained a priest in the Church of England, he grew and changed in response to God’s spirit and evolved a form of Christianity that was more deeply spiritual, more practical in its application and more engaged with the world than the faith he had been taught.

For the six weeks of Epiphany, when Christians turn their thoughts to Jesus as the Light of the World, we’ll explore how Wesley’s 18th century insights are remarkably relevant to our 21st century life. Join us each week beginning January 11th. Using scriptural passages and drawing on Wesley’s own sermons, we’ll discover our roots and reaffirm our witness as United Methodist Christians.

 

January 11 – “The Heart Strangely Warmed”
2 Cornithians 5: 16-21 & John 3: 1-17
Wesley’s Sermon: “The Marks of New Birth”
Christian faith for Wesley was first of all personal. It begins in realizing how much God loves us. . . .and what that love means.

January 18 – “The World Parish”
James 2: 14-26 & Luke 6: 20-26
Wesley’s Sermon: Discourses 3 & 4 on The Sermon on the Mount
Faith is not just about the love God gives us. It’s about the love we’re asked to “give forward.”

January 25 – “Going on to Perfection”
Colossians 1: 3-14 & Matthew 13: 31-33
Wesley’s Sermon: “Christian Perfection”
Opposing so much of Protestant theology that taught that life was predestined and humanity utterly depraved, Wesley taught that life was open-ended and people were capable of change.

February 1 – “Bridges, Not Barriers”
Revelation 7: 9-12 & Mark 9: 38-41
Wesley’s Sermon: “Catholic Spirit”
Wesley would be horrified to witness today’s intense religious bigotry – because he wanted no part of it in his own day.  Centuries ahead of his time, he offers a model the world desperately needs.

February 8 – “Practical Holiness”
James 1: 19-27 & Luke 10: 25-37
Sermon: “A Caution Against Bigotry”
Faith is practical. It ought to shape what we actually do in life, and there are concrete guides to mark our path: scripture, tradition, experience and reason.

February 15 – “Give All You Can”
2 Corinthians 9: 6-12 & Mark 10: 17-27
Wesley’s Sermon: “The Use of Money” and Discourses 8 & 9 on The Sermon on the Mount
Faith is expressed by generosity – of “prayers, presence, gifts and service. . .” – because of God’s grace and generosity towards us.

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Adopt A Family for Christmas

AdoptAFamily_LimeWesley UMC will run the Adopt a Family program again this year for Christmas.  Starting now you can participate very simply.  All you need to do is purchase gift cards through our scrip program (aka Wesley cash) either in the office during the week or with Joe on Sundays.  You can give the cards to either Debbie Bone or Linda Andrews, or just leave them in the scrip card box labeled for “Adopt a Family.” Or if it’s easier, you can donate money and we’ll purchase the cards for you!  We will then package up the array of gift cards for our adopted families in need and present them on December 21st so that they have some time to shop for their own families. The more we receive, the more we can fill a home with holiday joy! All donations need to be received by December 21st.  Thank you for your generosity!

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

image003Join us on Sunday, December 21st at the 10 am service for our annual children’s Christmas pageant.  Following the service, we will celebrate with a birthday cake for baby Jesus.

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Annual Charge Conference

District Superintendent Seok Hwan Hong has set December 4, 2014 as the date of Wesley’s annual charge conference. The Staff/Parish Committee will meet with Rev. Hong at 6 pm and the Charge Conference will begin at 7 pm. Please mark you calendars and plan on joining us for this important night of decisions.

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Advent Service of Comfort & Rest

prayer2“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” says a familiar, upbeat, popular song, and for many of us, much of the time, it is. The approaching Christmas season can be a time of joy, excitement, anticipation, hope, dreams and more.

But not if you’ve lost a beloved person in recent months. Not if you’re going through a relationship crisis, a struggle with a family member, a big quarrel with a life-long friend. And not if you’re among the growing throng of people working longer for less, working two (or more) jobs to cobble together security, or just not working at all because weeks ago, months ago, maybe a year or more ago, the boss asked you in “for a difficult conversation….”

If your heart is broken this Christmas season, Wesley UMC cares about it.

We invite you to come to church on December 7th at 7 pm for a very special Service of Comfort and Rest. In a peaceful, honest and respectful way, we’ll acknowledge what it is that may be troubling our souls, and through lovely music, ancient scriptures, contemporary witness and gestures of renewal, we’ll rediscover the hope at the heart of the Christmas season.

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Annual Christmas on the Hill

holidaybazaarJoin us on Saturday, November 22 between 9 am and 3 pm for Wesley’s Annual Christmas on the Hill Holiday Bazaar.  There will be handmade items, baked goods, our famous frozen pies, gift baskets, ornaments, wood crafts, jewelry, gift cards, a book nook and white elephant to meet your shopping and gift-giving needs.  There will also be prepared foods for take-out available.  Great place to get gifts for your children’s teachers, neighbors and friends!

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