50th Anniversary of the Consecration of John Wesley Hall

Our sanctuary building, John Wesley Hall, was originally consecrated for worship on March 30, 1969. We will celebrate 50 years of worship in this sacred space on the last Sunday of March. The Fresno District superintendent, Rev. Debra Brady, will be our guest preacher and we will continue the celebration on the patio following worship with finger foods and snacks.

To donate finger foods for the event, contact Pastor Karen. Drop off 3/31 at 9:30 a.m. in the John Wesley Hall Kitchen.

What’s The Buzz?

Thanks to Darren Hess of Kingsburg Honey, the bees are being rescued from the tower in our John Wesley Hall. This has been a long time problem and concern, but thanks to the persistence of Trustees Chair, Mark Layous, the bees are finding a new home and the tower is being cleaned up and sealed. It’s a Honey Bee Rescue!

Birthdays & Anniversaries – Mission & Me

Each week Wesley folks share special days and people in their lives. We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and we celebrate recovery dates. We celebrate and lift up special people, days and memories. Often people sharing also make a donation to Mission & Me and these donations are disbursed by the Finance Committee to mission outreach beyond the regular budget of our church.

At their January meeting the committee released $2295.29 to the following groups/funds:

  • $500 each to the Boys & Girls Club and Stone Soup
  • $250 to the United Methodist Committee on Relief
  • $250 to the Annual Conference Disaster Relief Fund
  • $500 to Wesley Food Ministries (1/2 to the pantry and 1/2 to Base Camp)
  • $250 to Sew & Sews
  • $45.29 to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund

Thank you to all who shared on Sundays in 2018. Your giving extends far beyond Wesley through your generous hearts!

Wesley Food Bank Distribution

Results of the Special General Conference Meetings with Bishop Carcaño

Bishop Carcaño has scheduled a series of Post-General Conference Episcopal Visits to inform our clergy and congregations about the actions of the General Conference and the implications for our conference and denomination. These visits will also be times of prayer and seeking God’s way forward for our ministry in the California-Nevada Conference. Visits are scheduled throughout the conference. The meeting in closest proximity to Fresno is Wednesday, April 24th, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tulare United Methodist Church. Carpools will be arranged and all are encouraged to attend.

Tulare United Methodist Church | 228 W Kern Ave Tulare, CA 93274

RETHINK CHURCH Photo-A-Day

You might reconnect with creative activities. One way is to use your camera/phone to take photos and to share them each day throughout Lent. Photo-a-Day has been a fun and creative discipline for many Wesley folks over the last few years. Re-think Church provides a “calendar” of words to focus our photos and thoughts. Post your photo on social media and add a hashtag like #wesleyfresno #whereallstillmeansall and #reconnectingwithanunhurriedGod

Here are some dates and words to get you started:

  • March 6 Full
  • March 7 Tempted
  • March 8 Given
  • March 10 Rest
  • March 11 Pray
  • March 12 Dazzling
  • March 13 Accomplish
  • March 14 Weighed
  • March 15 Good
  • March 16 Chosen

Foundation Grant Applications Available

Is your organization looking for funding for ministries within and outside of the church? Please consider applying for a grant from the Fresno Wesley Foundation. Grant amounts range from $250 to $2,500 and fund a range of projects such as mission projects, food ministry, grounds improvements, music, and much more. Applications are available on the website, wesleyfresno.org, under “Fresno Wesley Foundation”, and in the office. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by March 31. If you have any questions, please call Elizabeth Nixon at (559) 455-3948.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

“No Child Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town” is the motto for the project called Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  It’s Fresno but it’s also a working project in many major cities across the U.S. As you know, Wesley contributed sheet sets, pillows, blankets and handmade fancy pillowcases sewn by the SewNSews.

I got the privilege of accompanying the team last Saturday to make two deliveries. One to a home where two kids were sleeping on the living room couch and the other where four children were sleeping on the floor in their bedroom.  It rained absolutely cats and dogs but our team of about 8 loaded the van at Lithia Subaru with the headboards, footboards, wooden frames and slats, and all the beddings for the 6 beds.

We carried all the things into the first apartment and met the family who were quiet but oh so appreciative.  Four volunteers stayed to assemble the beds and the rest of us went to the next home. There we assembled two sets of bunk beds. Mom turned the heat up for us and in the small bedroom we worked to get one bed finished and then another and then the beds for the tops. We were sweating and taking jackets off but working quickly and in rhythm to get the job done. The little boy, about 4, and his sister were peaking in on the progress every few minutes and charged in to help us finally put the sheets on, the blankets and the pillows. But they jumped from bed to bed in their excitement and then posed for our cameras on the top bunks with huge smiles and thank yous.

One mom had to have beds or she would lose custody of her two and the other had been homeless until they got this apartment. Families who have kids sleeping on the floors can apply to Sleep in Heavenly Peace for beds and this 2019 we have 450 requests for beds!! That’s just Fresno. Think of the nationwide need.

June 15th will be a nation-wide Build Day at Lithia Subaru on Blackstone with help from Lowes and many, many volunteer hands to build the beds.  It’s on my calendar – what do you think? Wanna come?

-Barb Bray

Wesley Hikers 2019 Schedule

For more information and to RSVP, contact Joellyn at (559) 978-5882

  • Saturday, March 16: Snowshoe Hike on Tamarack Ridge // Carpool at 7 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 20: Big Table Mountain // Carpool at 8:10 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 11: Hite Cove // Carpool at 7:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 22: Sentinel Dome and Taft Point // Carpool at 7 a.m.
Tamarack Ridge
Big Table Mountain
Hite Cove

Sentinel Dome and Taft Point

Giving Made Easy: Give Electronically

Electronic gifts are fast and secure, and they can reduce administrative costs, allowing more of every dollar to fund the important work we do. You can give any time, anywhere to your favorite funds! You can use a credit card or a bank account. You can schedule and manage recurring donations. You can make one time donations to special appeals!

If you would like to give electronically, visit our website and go the “Donate” page.

Or, you can download the free GivePlus Mobile App wherever you get your apps. Supporting Wesley’s mission and ministries is as easy as 1-2-3. With the GivePlus Mobile you can give, right from the palm of your hand.

  1. Download the app
  2. Find Wesley in the list. (The easiest way is to put in our zip code 93710)
  3. Set up your personal account and then start Giving!

If you need some assistance, contact Vickie Healy at
vickie@wesleyfresno.org

We are using Vanco Payment Solutions to facilitate our electronic giving.