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!
Join us for a worship service celebrating the birth of Christ with carols and candlelight. December 24 at 5:30 pm. All are welcome!
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.
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.
Prepare for Christmas by looking at the Christmas narrative. This study, Light of the World – A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, will explore the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the Journey to Bethlehem, and the Visit from the Magi.
These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.
We will meet on four Mondays in December: 2, 9, 16, and 23. Choose between 11 am and 6:30 pm. Our time together will include brief video from the author, professor and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine, discussion of the book, and a time to learn and share together. You may order your own book from Cokesbury, Amazon and it’s available on Kindle.
Dec 2: “The Meaning of Memory” – Zechariah and Elizabeth
Dec 9: “The Promise of Potential” – Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary
Dec 16: “The Journey to Joy” – Traveling to Bethlehem and after
Dec 23: “The Gifts of the Gentiles” – The Magi, Herod, Flight from Bethlehem
One of the ways we spread Christmas love and cheer is to “Adopt a Family.” We identify families in need of support this holiday season and give them gift cards so that parents can purchase appropriate gifts for their children. It’s easy to participate! Simply make a donation between now and December 8th. This date is important so that we have time to get the cards to the families and they still have time to purchase the gifts. If you know of a family that is in need, please reach out to Kristen in the office by phone (401-724-7954).
Donations can be made at the church, labeled for Adopt a Family. The more we receive, the more we fill a home with holiday joy!
The weeks leading up to Christmas are a time to journey together with the whole family of God – those sitting next to us and those who are in our hearts and minds. Journeys begin with a choice. Shall I go or not? Shall I stay and embrace the known and the comfortable, or shall I go and maybe find something wonderful, or maybe be unsettled, upset, or uncertain?
Inevitably on a journey, it won’t be long before someone asks, “Are we there yet?” This season, let that question not be a whine from an uncomfortable back seat or an impatient traveler. Let it be a plea for God to break into our reality and bring us the glorious fulfillment of the promise; let it be a hope that God remains in charge, despite the trouble we see in the landscape through which we travel. Let it be a call to work and worship in this season of light.
Dec 1 – Are We There Yet? Peace
Dec 8 – Are We There Yet? Hope
Dec 15 – Are We There Yet? Joy
Dec 22 – Are We There Yet? Trust
Dec 24 – Christmas Eve: Are We There Yet? Love
Dec. 29 – So Now What?