Summer Worship

summer_scheduleBeginning Sunday, June 15, worship will move to 9:30 a.m.  As is our tradition, summer worship at Wesley is more casual and we invite everyone to “come as they are” before heading to the beach or other fun summer activities planned for the day.

On June 29, Pastor Bill will begin his sermon series offering themes drawn from scriptures paired with modern poetry chosen from Garrison Keillor’s anthology Good Poems. Our Wesleyan traditions emphasize how scripture connects with tradition, experience and reason to support our growth toward God. In these poems we’ll rediscover how God still speaks words of spiritual meaning in modern forms.

Each week you can look for a little preview of the weekly  message on our Facebook page.

June 29 – At Least    Isaiah 65: 17-25

July 6 - Sometimes    Romans 8: 18-28

July 13 – This is Just to Say   Mark 9: 14-27

July 20 – Egg    Luke 11: 1-9

July 27 – Summer Storm    Psalm 42, Psalm 130

August 3 – What I Learned from My Mother    John 1: 1-14

August 17 – Otherwise    Ecclesiastes 11: 7-12: 8

August 24 – After Forty Years of Marriage    Ephesians 4: 1-16

August 31 – Alley Violinist    Romans 12: 1-2, 6-21

September 7 – The Orange    Philippians 1: 1-11

 

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Summer Office Hours

Beginning June 9, the church office will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Habitat for Humanity Workday

Weslehabitat logoy Church will be participating in our first workday for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, June 7. We anticipate that there will be many more to follow. If you are interested in getting involved with our work with Habitat for Humanity, please call the office at 401-724-7954 or email us at info@wesley-umc.org.

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Christian Education Sunday

JoiCHRISTIAN-EDn us on Sunday, June 8th as we celebrate the children in our congregation with a special service to close out the Sunday School year.  With the help of our dedicated teachers, the children will lead and participate in the worship service.  We will also thank the adults who have served as Sunday School teachers throughout the year.

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Worship After Easter

Before there was any written Gospel, saying and stories of Jesus circulated among believers. Any given little community of followers of Jesus may have had their one story, “. . .the time that Jesus did. . .or said. . . .” Eventually, the sayings got collected, the stories were compiled, strung together like pearls on a thread, until four Gospels appeared.

For May and the first Sunday of June, imagine that Wesley was one of those original churches, with its one preserved story, the story of Jesus’ encounter with the man born blind, and all that occurred because of that encounter.

What do we know about Jesus from our story? What do we learn about ourselves, each other and life from this one memory of the Lord? What is the good news that is ours to proclaim because this story has not been lost?

May 4 – John 9: 1-12
The opening encounter of Jesus with this one born blind and what it shows us about discipleship. – “Seeing Because We Are Sent”

May 11 – John 9: 13-27
The confrontation between the healed man and Jesus’ religious opponents teaches about “Faithful Discipleship, Faithful Practice”

May 18 – John 9: 18-23
The wonderful and surprising role of the parents of the man born blind and “The Power of Affirmation.”

May 25 – John 9: 24-34
The confrontation renewed between the healed man and Jesus’ opponents, and the risks to faith we encounter in “The Failure of Safety.”

June 1 – John 9: 35-41
Jesus’ re-emergence into the story, the original call the man (and we) received into discipleship, and the hope, “Surely, We Are Not Blind. . . .”

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Wesley Giant Indoor Yard Sale

yard-saleThe Annual Wesley Yard Sale will be May 17th and 24th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday.  We will accept donated items for the yard sale no earlier than May 4th. Please help us by washing all items and carefully packing any breakables so that we avoid injuries. Items may be brought to the Fireplace Room, where they will be sorted, priced and boxed for sale. Please be patient and wait for the sale before choosing items you’d like to purchase. To help with the preparations or on sale days, please contact Valerie Valentine.

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Golden Cross Sunday Offering

Sunday, May 18th will be Golden Cross Sunday in New England Methodist Churches.  This will be an opportunity for everyone to participate in giving generously to ensure the residents in the United Methodist Elder Care experience steadfast, constant and loving care as their lives continue to unfold.

Winslow Gardens offers independent-living subsidized apartments and affordable assisted living apartments complemented by full service dining and assistance with activities of daily living.  The adjacent Linn Health Care Center offers skilled nursing and long term care and rehabilitative services. An on-site chaplain and dynamic activities staff works to create a warm, enriched, inviting community life. Your Golden Cross gift prevents homelessness at the UMEC. Your Golden Cross offering helps close the big gaps making the UMEC ministry to elders-in-need possible! There are currently four members of our church living at the UMEC located in East Providence

Thank you for your support! Special envelopes will be available in the May 18th bulletin.

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