December Celebrations

Season of Advent – Celebration of Christmas – Calm and Bright

Are you looking for some hope, peace, love and light in this Holiday season? Sometimes we feel as if they are missing from our lives. Our communities, our churches, and our world are torn and divided about many issues of cultural contention. Families fight, politicians argue, posts spread ignorance and hate on the Internet and it is easy to feel that hope, peace, love and light are missing.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the debut of “Silent Night, Holy Night”. In a world where there often seems to be very little calm, and darkness so often abounds, the message of peace and light of this carol highlights a call that can guide us all year long as we seek to make this world a better place.

Sunday, December 2: Calm and Bright – Sleep in Peace
10:00 AM: Worship Service – Lighting First Advent Candle – Celebration of Communion

Sunday, December 9: Glories Stream – Joy
10:00 AM: Worship Service – Lighting Second Advent Candle
11:45 AM: Christmas Caroling at Aldersbridge – Linn Health Care Center
3:00 PM: We are host to the Cumberland/Lincoln Community Chorus Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 13: Christmas Caroling
6:30 PM: Christmas Caroling at Aldersbridge – Winslow Gardens Retirement Center

Sunday, December 16: Redeeming Grace – Love
10:00 AM: Worship Service – Lighting Third Advent Candle – Children’s Christmas Pageant during Worship
7:00 PM: Blue Christmas/Service of Comfort and Rest – Celebrating the promise of hope when life brings us loss.

Sunday, December 23: Let Us Sing – Hope
10:00 AM: Worship Service – Lighting Fourth Advent Candle

Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve Celebrations
5:30 PM: Candlelight Christmas Service – Lighting the Christ Candle

Sunday, December 30: What Is Born In Us?

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Christmas Caroling

We will be going Christmas Caroling again this year!!

You are invited to share your Christmas joy by singing Christmas carols with the residents at Aldersbridge! There are two opportunities to be part of this special
Fellowship: Sunday, December 9th at 11:45am and Thursday, December 13th at 6pm. 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 required.

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Adopt-A-Family for Christmas

We will be doing the Adopt-a-Family program again this year. We identify and donate to families in need of support this holiday season. We’ll be using the Scrip gift cards to divide among chosen families in need of support at this time of the year. You can participate very simply! All you have to do is purchase a gift card or donate money and we’ll purchase the card for you! Cards can be purchased now until Friday, December 14th so we can be ready to deliver on Sunday, Dec. 16th after the service. The more we receive, the more we can fill a home with holiday joy! If you have any questions, please see Debbie Bone or contact Kristen in the office.

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Christmas on the Hill – Annual Bazaar

Saturday, November 17
 9 am to 3 pm

Join us for our annual holiday bazaar, a fantastic place to find gifts for all the people in your life you care for. From our famous baked goods and pies, to prepared foods, homemade jams, book nook, hand made knit items and fabulous gift baskets, Wesley’s Christmas on the Hill has something for everyone! There will also be a silent auction and baby boutique, as well as live evergreen wreaths for sale.

New this year, all attendees will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gas card, no purchase necessary! But if you do purchase at the bazaar, you’ll also be entered into a raffle for a new e-reader. So come, visit with us, and shop to your heart’s content!

 

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Youth Group Family Activity

All are welcome to join the Wesley Youth Group for Pumpkin Decorating & Pastries event with the residents at the Aldersbridge Communities (formerly United Methodist ElderCare). Our spring event was such a wonderful time of fellowship with the residents, we want to bring some joy and fun to them this fall.

Sunday, October 28th
1:30pm-3:30pm
We welcome anyone who would like to join us, all ages.
There will be a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

We will meet at
Winslow Gardens/
Lynn Health Care Center
40 Irving Ave, East Providence RI

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The Kempters in concert at Wesley UMC

Join us for the return appearance of The Kempters at Wesley UMC on October 24 at 6 pm. Be uplifted as this family vintage gospel band shares their God-given talents with us.

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Living Faithfully – Small Group Study

Many of you have heard me say that people of faith do not agree about many different subjects. Even when we have spent time studying scripture, church history, tradition, and experience, we still discover that we disagree. My plea generally is for us to consider our faith as we seek to understand difficult subjects. One of the often-heated debates involves same-sex marriage and all its related issues. Religious leaders shout loudly and insist that they are speaking for God. Courts are called upon to make decisions about whether or not a business person can refuse to bake a cake, provide flowers, or otherwise make business
decisions based upon the sexuality of another person. The United Methodist Church, like many others, continues to grapple with this and we are not all of one mind.

We are a Global Church and the only body that can make an official statement is our General Conference that meets every four years and includes delegates from all over the world. In 2016, acting upon a recommendation from our Bishops, the General Conference established the “Commission on a Way Forward”. That commission was to study all the issues, including our Book of Discipline, and provide a recommendation for how the United Methodist Church can and should move forward. In February 2019, a special session of General Conference will be held to receive and act upon their report.

Whether or not you are concerned about the “official” position of the United Methodist Church, I do hope that you know what you believe and more importantly why you believe it. I have been reading a small book called Living Faithfully, Human Sexuality and The United Methodist Church that is designed to be used as the basis for a four-session small group study or discussion. I want to invite us to participate in that study and explore the various faith positions.

My goal is that this would be a safe place where we listen to each other with open minds as we explore various opinions and understandings. We may finish this time together with the same opinions we had before, but we might better understand why others believe differently than we do. We may discover that our viewpoint has changed.

Below are the specific dates and topics and information about ordering or purchasing the book. I look forward to having my opinions and understandings stretched as we study, talk together and listen to each other. Please consider joining me and others for this important conversation.
Blessings,
Pastor Beverly

Living Faithfully Group Study
Two sessions offered (please choose a session most convenient for you):
Monday nights 7:00 – 8:30 pm OR Tuesday afternoons 1 – 2:30 pm

Please let Pastor Beverly or the church office know if you would like us to order a book for you, or you may order the book yourself. It is available in paperback for $12.99. (Kindle or electronic editions cost less).

#1 Is the Practice of Homosexuality Incompatible with Christian Teaching?
Mon, Oct 15th 7-830pm or Tues, Oct 16th 1-230pm

#2 Is Same-Gender Marriage Compatible with Christian Teaching?
Mon, Oct 29th 7-830pm or Tues, Oct 30th 1-230pm

#3 Is Ordaining Practicing Homosexuals Compatible with Christian Teaching?
Mon, Nov 5th 7-830pm or Tues, Nov 13th 1-230pm

#4 Where Are We Now?
Mon, Nov 19th 7-830pm or Tues, Nov 27th 1-230pm

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