Fellowship Night August 30

thumbs_IMG_2646AugLast autumn, Wesley UMC member Joanne Bellemer took part in the Operation Migration annual journey with juvenile Whooping Cranes – guiding them on their first migration south for the winter from Wisconsin to Florida, using ultralight aircraft and a ground crew of many volunteers to get them on their way.

Joanne is going again this year – but before she leaves, she’ll be with us on August 30 to share in words and images what the trip was like and want it means for the survival of this species of magnificent birds.

We’ll share a meal at 5:30 and the program will follow. Don’t miss it!

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Atwater-Donnelly in concert at Wesley UMC September 19

Poster-34We’re pleased to welcome Atwater-Donnelly to Wesley on September 19 to perform a concert at 7:30 p.m.

The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap.

Aubrey and Elwood met as volunteers at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Providence in early 1987. Within just a few months these self-taught musicians from Rhode Island formed a duo. Married since 1989, Aubrey and Elwood perform throughout the United States and, on occasion, abroad. Their ten recordings receive international airplay. Highlights include airplay on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Fiona Ritchie’s “Thistle and Shamrock,” and the nationally syndicated “Midnight Special” out of Chicago.

Tickets are $12 and all proceeds will go to support our world missions.  All are welcome!

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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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