Ash Wednesday Service – February 26

Yes, believe it or not, Lent begins near the end of February. Ash Wednesday is February 26th. During Let we will be focusing on the things that happened during the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. This will be a time to put ourselves in the picture of these events.

During the Ash Wednesday service, we enter intentionally into the season of Lent, a time of reflection and introspection; a time of new beginning or renewal of our relationship with Christ.

Come at 7 pm for a time of reflection and receiving of ashes for those who desire.

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Lenten Bible Study & Worship

The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet, we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week.

During worship we will “freeze-frame” moments in Holy Week so we might put ourselves into the picture. How might taking a closer look at the ancient story open us to deeper conviction for our role in its ongoing message? Our worship will be inspired by material from Marcia McFee’s Worship Design Studio and Amy-Jill Levine’s book and study, “Entering the Passion of Jesus.”

The Bible Study will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00pm. The dates and topics are listed below. If you would like to have a study during the day, please speak to Pastor Beverly and we can explore that option.

March 2nd:  Jerusalem: Risking Reputation
March 9th: The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger
March 16th: Teachings: Risking Challenge
March 23rd: The First Dinner: Risking Rejection
March 30th: The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends
April 6th: Gethsemane: Risking Temptation

If you would like the office to order a study book for you, please let us know by February 9. Otherwise the book can be ordered through Cokesbury, Amazon, or likely your local book store.

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Taking Up Missions for Lent

Often during Lent, people “give up” something for Lent. This year, you are invited to “take up” the mission of our church, “A Christian Community making the difference by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.” There are many ways that we can do this, but here is a simple way to keep the mission in the front of your mind and help make it happen.

You are invited to do two things:

1. Find a simple way to share the love of Christ during the day. Remember that this takes many forms. You can do this by listening to someone, helping another person to feel special, sharing love with your child or grandchild by reading a story, giving a hug, playing a game, being nice to a stranger. . . .  The possibilities are endless.

2. Each  day put a nickel, dime, quarter or your pocket change in a bag to be used to help support the mission program of our church here and around the world. We have cloth bags for this purpose in the narthex at church. Pick on up or use something at home (even a paper bag or plastic sandwich bag). Please bring your bag with you to worship on Easter Sunday. (Be sure to put your name on or in it if you wish to have the financial secretary record this as part of your contribution to the church.)

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Future Possibilities Discussion

Our ‘Future Possibilities Study’ Results Are In!
In October, a large group of Wesley’s congregation met with our conference consultant Rick McKinley to do some hard work talking about our church’s history, what’s important to us and where it is pointing us to as a church. That work, and lots of other data, has been compiled into a report for us. Let’s look at the results of our work together, digest it and put our heads together to help plan Wesley’s future. Rick tells us that the majority of churches are pretty good at the first part of this process but not as many are good at digesting the information and acting on the opportunities the results offer up. That means this next step is critical if we want to keep our momentum of new growth and mission to doing God’s work here at Wesley.

You might be wondering:
– What did the study show about us as a congregation?
– What are our strengths?
– How can we take these strengths and utilize them to share the love of Christ where we can?
These are just some of the questions we have, and we know you have others.

Please join us on Sunday, January 26th at Wesley, from 3:00 – 5:00pm, to talk about it all.
Rick’s report is too long for us to print in the newsletter but we will be sending it to you electronically for people to print up as well as printing some copies for people to read before our meeting on January 26th. We hope you will take the time to read the report and participate in the follow up meeting. Stay tuned for more information. Thank you!

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Christmas Eve Worship

Join us for a worship service celebrating the birth of Christ with carols and candlelight. December 24 at 5:30 pm. All are welcome!

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Blue Christmas December 15

When Christmas Time is Hard – Blue Christmas Service
While the world is telling us that we should be happy, excited, and full of joy, we may not be feeling that way. We may be experiencing other emotions including sadness, sorrow, grief, loss, confusion and a variety of others.

A Blue Christmas service is a time to accept that we have many different emotions during this season; some of them are difficult and that is okay. It is a time to acknowledge that the loss of a job, death of a loved one, change in our health or other life transitions can make the holiday celebrations difficult.

Jesus came to a world where there was a lot of pain. Jesus came to bring comfort and healing to us.

Join us on Sunday night, December 15th at 7:00 pm, for a service where any emotion you are feeling is real and part of what this season means for you this year.

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Christmas Caroling

Let’s sing some carols!!
We will be going Christmas Caroling again!!
This year there is ONE opportunity to be a part of a Christmas Carol Sing at Aldersbridge on Sunday, December 15th at 2:00pm. You are invited to share your Christmas joy by singing Christmas carols, accompanied by our very own Jim Russell on the piano, with the residents of the Linn Health Care Center and Winslow Garden Independent Living!
We had a great time last year and know everyone enjoyed this “old-fashioned” way of
spreading cheer. For more details, please get in touch with Kristen in the church office.
No singing ability or experience is required.

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