Throughout the last several months, a dedicated group of Wesley folks have been providing the sweets and treats for our weekly fellowship hour. We’re giving them a break over the summer months… but we want to keep the connections going! Can you help provide sweets or treats for an upcoming fellowship hour? Use our online signup or use the hard copy version posted in the atrium. Possible items include baked goods, fruit, cheese trays, and more. (Baked goods may be store-bought or homemade. When you provide items, please note whether your items contain common allergens such as nuts, gluten, milk, and eggs.)
Reminder, the books for Pastor Candy’s summer book discussion are now out on the book sale table in the atrium. First come, first served!
From our Library Team: Book Reviews for You!
Premeditated Myrtle (by Elizabeth C. Bunce) is the first in a fun mystery series designed for girls 10 and up which has won several awards. Twelve-year-old Myrtle lives with her father, who is a Prosecuting Solicitor, and her governess, Miss Judson, who seems to love solving mysteries and much as the inquisitive Myrtle does. They live in Victorian England, where Myrtle is expected to behave as a Young Lady of Quality, but when the neighbor’s cat and gardener don’t follow their normal morning routine, Myrtle calls the police because she suspects foul play. It’s up to Myrtle to get to the bottom of this mystery before a friend is blamed for murder. The Wesley Church library has acquired 4 books in this series, so you can enjoy even more Myrtle!
In Jesus’ Alternative Plan: The Sermon on the Mount (by Richard Rohr) Franciscan priest Richard Rohr takes a look at the Sermon on the Mount and uses cultural information and understanding from Jesus’ time to help us to better discover what Jesus was telling us. His countercultural message about how to relate to each other is just as revolutionary today, and deserves a closer look from anyone who is a follower of Jesus. If you like this book, check out our library’s other Richard Rohr selections.
THE SECRET RIVER by Kate Grenville
Have you always been fascinated by Australia? Kate Greenville’s layered novel recounts the story of a man who hungers to possess his own land in 18th century Australia. The history and landscape of the country come alive as the backdrop for one man’s particular life journey.
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
A different sort of WWII story. Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy, learn to negotiate life in war-torn St. Malo. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize.
Are you planning to go to camp this summer? A week of Christian camp can be a life-changing experience! Check out the programs available at our local United Methodist camps:
Camperships are available to defray the cost of summer camp! If you would like to apply for a campership from Wesley Church, please contact Pastor Candy. If you’re planning to bring a friend to camp this year, camperships are available to them as well! If you are interested in a campership, please apply by June 14.
Some of you have reached out asking for a copy of the prayer that was shared in worship last week. The traditional words can be found in our church’s hymnal (#607, if you have a copy handy!), but the updated contemporary language can be found below. May this prayer be your prayer as your renew your covenant with God!
Wesley Covenant Prayer
I give myself completely to you, God.
Assign me to my place in your creation.
Let me suffer for you.
Give me the work you would have me do.
Give me many tasks,
or have me step aside while you call others.
Put me forward or humble me.
Give me riches or let me live in poverty.
I freely give all that I am and all that I have to you.
And now, holy God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit —
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
Many this Covenant made on earth continue for all eternity.
Annual Conference Update – Part 2
by Rosemary Molinaro, Lay Delegate
On Friday, May 19th, the EPA Annual Conference continue with Praise and Worship to help us get ready for a very busy day. Clergy and Laity came together to discuss and vote on several resolutions for legislation and business. Bishop Schol provided a safe and open space for anyone to speak their opinions or ask questions on the topics presented. It was very clear that people were passionate in their love, as well as their concerns, for the United Methodist Church.
Resolutions for discussion and voting:
- Disaffiliation and Disbursement of Funds – Bishop Scholl reported that 98% of churches have remained as United Methodist and have not disaffiliated; five churches have completed the disaffiliation process; some congregationare taking further steps to disaffiliate.
- Strategic Direction – merging with GNJ by recruiting and developing transformation leaders to assure an equitable merger.
- Safe Sanctuaries – updates to the current policy. EPA is committed to create a safe environment within our churches.
- Conference Budget – a new budget format was presented giving a more detailed breakdown of income and expenses line items. Churches have gone from 86% to 90% increase in making their payments. Discussions on the budget were to continue on Saturday and were not voted on.
Bishop Schol urged us to “be a people of Possibilities”. If you would like to watch the conference, you can find it on youtube.com by searching “2023 EPA Annual Conference”.
Our Preschool is hiring!
Our Wesley’s Circle of Friends Preschool is now hiring for the positions of:
Work two, three, or five days per week, with a 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM schedule. Optional extended care shifts (as early as 8:00 AM and as late as 4:00 PM) are also available. Regular school year and summer school positions are now open! Early childhood education is preferred, but not required. Compensation commensurate with education and experience, starting at a minimum of $11.25 per hour.
Please send email of interest to: email@example.com