Be a MAGI (Ministry Area Giving Investor)

Would you like to give intentionally to a ministry area of Wesley? There are things we need to purchase on a regular basis and our budget could use some help in covering these costs. Here are some ideas of how you can help out:

  • Office supplies: paper, envelopes, printer ink, etc.
  • Hospitality: coffee, cups, etc.
  • Children’s Ministry: Sunday School supplies, books, etc.
  • Any other ministry you can think of that you would like to help.

If you can give an additional monetary gift, write MAGI and the name of the ministry area on the memo line of your check. If you give electronically or have any questions, please speak to Kimberli Parenteau. Your monetary gift can make a big difference in balancing our budget.

Sunday Worship Is Cancelled Until Further Notice

Sunday morning worship is canceled effective immediately and until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and out of concern for the well-being of all.

We are living in unchartered territory and at an unprecedented pace. It is up to all of us to adopt best practices that will assist in keeping us healthy including social distancing. Our own California state officials are advising communities to suspend public gatherings in light of the COVID-19 virus. Our Wesley community is made up of many those considered to be at high risk, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. And so Pastor Karen and the Lay Leadership of Wesley have made the difficult decision to cancel worship until things are more clear and safe.

Worship will be live-streamed on Sunday on Facebook and the sermon will be posted on Sound Cloud on our website on Monday. You can also “worship” in ways that are meaningful to you – reading, walking, enjoying the out of doors, praying. It is even more essential to check in with your family and friends via phone, text, and email. This may be a good time to reconnect on Facebook. There are no perfect solutions to our being together but we believe that these and other practices will help us get through this crisis.
We will do our best to keep you informed, even as things changing rapidly. At this point:

  • The LGBTQi and Allies Potluck scheduled for March 15 has been canceled.
  • Sunday School classes for children and adults are canceled.
  • Weekday small groups, including Bible study and book studies, are still scheduled.
  • The Pink Cow and the Food Pantry will be open as scheduled.
  • The Tuesday Crew will still meet and work
  • Base Camp will serve carry-out meals through the kitchen window.
  • The Office will be open as usual, Monday through Thursday, 9 am – 3:30 pm

COVID-19 is testing our understanding and commitment to our interdependence as the body of Christ, “when one part suffers, all parts suffer.” The potentially lethal impact on those with underlying health conditions and on age requires all of us to respond. If you are not in one of those categories you may have a false sense of security. But even those not in a high-risk category can inadvertently spread the virus to those who can least afford to contract it. “Therefore it is both a moral and pragmatic imperative to take this outbreak seriously and play our part to protect ourselves and others, particularly those most in harm’s way.” It is a time for responsibility and solidarity but we cannot let the fear go viral . . . Let’s overcome this common threat together.” – from Sojourners at www.sojo.net

Wesley Hikers – March Hike

As Spring approaches, it is a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors and what better way to do it than in good company?

Join the Wesley Hikers as they take on Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 a.m.

Horseshoe Bend

Save the dates! Here is what the 2020 schedule looks like:

  • April 4: Sierra Foothill Conservancy
  • April 18: San Joaquin River Gorge
  • May 16: Lewis Creek to Corlieu Falls
  • May 30: Yosemite Park – Chilnualna Falls
  • June 13: Sequoia National Park – Redwoods
  • July 22-25: Backpacking Trip

Contact James Shepard or Joellen Hamaguchi for details.

Peace Pole

The peace pole is beautiful and was dedicated on February 23rd with our special guest, Professor Rajmohan Gandhi and many people from the community. It is part of the Kaboom playground. Check out its unique Wesley style, beauty, and give a big thank you to Cynthia Tilghman and Chanda Taylor for their artistic creation!

Wesley Dines Out – March!

Wesley Dines Out at Irene’s Cafe on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 p.m. (747 E. Olive Avenue)!
Call the office to RSVP at (559) 224-1947
We want to reserve a big enough table to everyone! We hope to see you there!

Words from the Pastor

1 Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love! Wipe away my wrongdoings according to your great compassion!

10 Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me!

11 Please don’t throw me out of your presence; please don’t take your holy spirit away from me.  Psalm 51:1, 10-11


     Are you keeping a Holy Lent? We began our Lenten journey February 26th with an Ash Wednesday service. Lent is a time to draw closer to God and to practice spiritual disciplines that draw you closer. This could be something you add or something you “give up” for Lent.

     I have added prayer in the early morning, before I even get out of bed.  Usually, coffee is the first thing on my mind when I wake up. Coffee, how quickly can it be ready? Coffee,  has Jim made the coffee? Coffee, hmmmm, do I smell coffee? As you can see, I love my coffee.

     To be honest, prayer has been at least the second thing I think of, because, I’m still sometimes thinking of coffee first. Then I remember, oh yes, I am to be praying first. So I begin to pray. I thank God for another day, I ask God to be with those facing surgery, or struggling with illness or pain, those who are grieving. I ask God for guidance with problems and for God’s vision when the way seems unclear. To be truthful, sometimes I fall back asleep. But isn’t that a wonderful way to fall asleep, with prayers on your lips? 

     I hope and pray that you are keeping a Holy Lent, with prayers on your heart and on your lips. Check out our Facebook live prayer posting, on the church page,  at noon on Tuesdays.  I hope you choose to join a study group. I hope to see you on Sunday morning when we can praise God, lift our voices in song and share the joy that is Christian   fellowship.

Peace,

Pastor Karen

Wesley Nurture and Care Committee

Did you know? Wesley has a committee that:

  • offers ongoing Christian fellowship through personal contact, prayer, concert, support, and hope to members who are hospitalized
  • in skilled facilities rehabilitation
  • living in assisted care facilities
  • or who are confined/restricted to their homes by illness or disability

Ways YOU can be involved:

  • Meal Ministry: provide meals to members and friends of Wesley after hospitalization
  • Comfort Bird Ministry: learn to carve, sand, and paint wooden birds given to home bound people as a reminder they are thought of by Wesley
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry: knit or crochet shawls to be given as a comfort to ill people

If you are interested in joining the committee, helping with one of the ministries, or even have information on a church member who may need support of the team, please contact Lynn Slaw Severson at (559) 706-3672