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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Blessing of the Animals

Join us Sunday, October 1 at 1 pm for our annual Blessing of the Animals service. Our pets are important members of our families and cherished part of God’s creation. Pastor Beverly will be giving a small blessing service along with individual animal blessings. There will be refreshments, prize drawings and a memorial bush. Bring your pets of all sizes and species! Rain or shine.

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Book Club Returns

Hello fall! Hello book club! All are welcome to join us for fall book club here at Wesley! We meet one Tuesday a month, from 6:30 – 8 pm, We share thoughts on that month’s book, pray and have light snacks.

October’s book club will meet Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm at Wesley UMC

October’s book in Magic Hour by Kristen Hannah – a gripping thriller about a lost girl who shows up in a small town and forces everyone she meets to look at their own paths, all while trying to figure out hers.

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Worship Series for September & October

On the Mend: Healing What Ails Us
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you ready to be “on the mend?” In this Fall Worship Series, we will uncover the wounds that hold us back from the fullness of life. The Scripture readings offer many stories of Jesus healing and speaking about what brings wholeness. Join us as we move out of old ways of being into new possibilities!

Sept 2nd: Healing Intentions (Worship at 9:30am)
Sept. 9th: Healing Inhibitions (Worship at 10:00am)
Sept. 16th: Healing Fear
Sept. 23rd: Healing Pride
Sept. 30th: Healing Divisions
Oct. 7th: Healing Trust
Oct. 14th: Healing Hold-Outs
Oct. 21st: Healing Power
Oct. 28th: Healing Vision

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Welcome Back Breakfast

Believe it or not summer is almost over! We will gather for a welcome back breakfast at 9 am on Sunday, September 9. Sunday school registration will happen at this as well, but this is truly an all church event. A great time to reconnect with people, meet new friends, share stories of summer vacations and enjoy fellowship together. At 10 am we will move into the sanctuary for worship.

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September Youth Group News

We hope that everyone’s summer was restful, fun and blessed!
The new school year brings another great year of youth group activities.
Youth Group is open for all students’ grades 7th-12th grade.
It is a great time of fellowship and community service.

Mark your calendar!

Our first meeting will be:
Sunday September 16th from 11:30am-1:00pm

This will be a planning meeting for our year so bring your calendars and your ideas.
Contact Tracy / Mike Maziarz and Chris / Dan Genannt if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Fundraiser Breakfast for Liberian Churches – June 30

The Wesley UMC along with the Liberians worshiping at Wesley will be sponsoring a breakfast to help raise funds for United Methodist Churches in Liberia.

Saturday, June 30
8- 11 am

The breakfast is free, however, donations will be accepted to help United Methodist Churches in Liberia. The Liberian churches are struggling, but very happy to worship God We look forward to all of you, our friends and family, to come and support a worthy cause.

We are also looking for volunteers to help the day of the breakfast and any food donations will be appreciated.

For more information or questions, please contact Sunniwaye Kelly at 401-338-7066.

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