SSP is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization, providing life-changing service projects in low-income communities. Team members experience the “profound power of serving people with a culture and background different from their own. All youth are welcome and affirmed at SSP. They create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, staff, and adults to explore the connection between faith and service, and strive to exemplify God’s unconditional love. SSP embraces diversity, which gives communities strength and vitality, and believe we are more impactful when we collaborate with others. Serve with SSP in San Diego’s South Bay to explore these issues which are very real in the communities adjacent to the US / Mexico border.”
The 2019 SSP site will be located in Imperial Beach. This will be the fifth year for SSP and the second year for Wesley serving in San Diego County, but the second in Imperial Beach.
Some of the team may also visit Friendship Park on both sides of the US / Mexico border and will have the opportunity to sign up for a day trip to Tijuana, and others will stay in the US for a day of learning and serving.
While the Wesley team is traveling and working, they are asking for your prayers: Sunday – Pray for a safe drive to San Diego; Monday – Pray for the work team; Tuesday – Pray for Joy; Wednesday – Pray for renewed strength; Thursday – Pray for understanding; Friday – Pray for renewed faith; and Saturday – Pray for a safe return to Fresno.
Jan Everhart preached at Wesley on Sunday June 23. Jan was the pastor at Wesley for 9 years from 1989 to 1998. She left Wesley to return to school and was awarded a PhD from Iliff School of Theology. She then took a position at Simpson College in Iowa in 2003. Jan is returning to California and will begin a new appointment on July 1st as the Senior Pastor at Central UMC in Stockton. You can watch Jan’s sermon here: https://www.facebook.com/WesleyFresno/videos/783909855339045/
Show your Pride at the annual Fresno Pride Parade on June 1 in the Tower District. Let Pastor Karen know and/or just show up at the staging area at 9:30 am at the corner of Palm and Olive Avenues.
In case, you are wondering why or if you should participate in the Fresno Pride Parade, you can read a little more about the history of LGBTQ pride parades and churches who participate. Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell, an openly gay Presbyterian pastor in the Portland area is serving as the part-time LGBTQ+ advocacy coordinator for The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the UMC. He writes the Greater NW Pride blog. You can Click Here to read more and to subscribe to Rev. Webb-Mitchell’s blog.
The Wednesday Book Study as chosen “A Companion for the Hospice Journey: Thoughts on Life’s Tough Decisions” by Larry Patten for their new study to begin May 8. Larry was the pastor at Wesley for almost 9 years, leaving in 2007 in order to pursue his passion for writing and to return to hospice work and ministry. Larry has a way of talking about death and dying that doesn’t scare or depress people, but rather draws people in so they can begin to open up to what is happening — or will happen one day. “Larry Patten has offered a unique learning experience regarding end of life and hospice care. With a gift of story-telling, he disarms the fears of the reader.”- Nancy Hinds, RN. Founder of Hinds Hospice in 1981 and selected as one of the “Top 30 Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.” The Wednesday Book Study meets at 10 am in the Library. If you have been thinking about coming to this group, now is good time to join. The group is open to everyone who likes to read a good book! This book is available at Amazon and anytime you shop at amazonsmile.com, you will make a small donation to Wesley.
Three-thousand gift bags were packed by more than 100 volunteers on Saturday, December 1 at Wesley. The Inmate Family Council of the Central California Women’s Facility provides inmates with a simple gift each year. For many, this gift may be the only holiday gift they receive. Each bag contained greeting cards for the women to use through the year, a pen and a pencil, a notepad, toothpaste and a toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, soap and hand lotion, an emery board, tea and hot chocolate, and a pack of facial tissue. These items are collected and sorted all year long. On the packing day, the items are put into one gallon zip lock bags and packed into boxes. The boxes were picked up on Monday morning to be delivered to the prison in Chowchilla. A great start to the Christmas season for the many volunteers!