Wesley UMC will be sponsoring a blood drive in September. The bloodmobile will be at the church on Tuesday, September 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. If you donate blood anytime this year at another blood drive or at one of the RI Blood Centers and want it to “count” toward our blood drive, please give them our group #2019. You can save three lives with your donation!
Join Pastor Bill and others for a monthly book group this autumn reading the titles below. If you’d be interested, call or email the office. We’ll set dates and times for each monthly meeting once we see who’s taking part.
The Storied Life of A J Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
Widower A. J. Fikry has given up on people and the bookstore he began years ago with his wife. Maintaining the daily routines are a burden without joy – until a baby is left on his doorstep and life begins to transform. For lovers of books and people who celebrate the power of love.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
When a man gets a letter telling him that a former co-worker is dying of cancer, instead of writing back a short note, he walks across England to see her. “I will keep walking, and she must keep living,” he tells the staff at St. Bernadine’s Hospice. A brilliant exploration of faith in the modern age.
We Are Called to Rise – Laura McBride
A powerful story of four people with connections to Las Vegas: Avis, whose marriage is ending just as it was redeeming a nightmarish past; Roberta, who is saving the world one child at a time; Bashkim, a six-year-old Albanian boy whose struggling family are resettled political exiles and Luis, Iraq war vet in desperate crisis. What unfolds is heartbreaking and life-affirming.
The Magician’s Elephant – Kate DiCamillo
A fortuneteller he isn’t supposed to visit tells Peter two astonishing things: His sister is still alive, and an elephant will lead him to her. A children’s story of hope for our grown-up Christmas musings.
Please join us for breakfast and fellowship on Sunday, September 14 at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome! Sunday School registration will also happen at that time, and worship returns to its 10 a.m. schedule.
This is a great Sunday to invite a friend or neighbor to join you for breakfast and worship with Wesley UMC.
We’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!
Last 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!
Beginning 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
Beginning June 9, the church office will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.