Charge Conference: Zoom Meeting

There will be a charge conference at the next Administrative Council meeting. One purpose is to vote on recommendations from Staff Parish regarding candidates for ministry. The candidates are Monique Andrade and Maggie Guekguezian. We will also vote
on recommended changes to the Wesley Foundation by-laws. The Conference meeting is on Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m.

There are 2 ways to participate:

  • The ZOOM meeting ID # is 871-8697-7893 and the password is 473031
  • Call 669 900 9128 to participate by phone.

3 Ways to Give

Faithful & generous contributions support the ministries in and through Wesley.

  • Download the free GivePlus Mobile App wherever you get your apps. You can use a credit card, a debit card, or your checking account. We use Vanco Payment Solutions.
  • You can go to wesleyfresno.org and click Donate. You can set up regular giving (Pledge) or a one-time donation. You can direct your giving to the General Fund or to other funds.
  • You can Mail a gift to the church office. Make your check payable to Wesley UMC, 1343 E Barstow Ave., Fresno, CA 93710

Your Gifts Make Ministry Happen

Many thanks to all who have continued their pledges and regular giving during this time! Pledge giving has kept pace with projections. Regular giving and plate giving are down. All gifts are received with joy and are much appreciated.

We have lost a major facility user, Decisions for Life. This represents a loss of $850 per month beginning in May. Recovery groups cannot meet due to the virus and we expect a revenue loss of approximately $600 per month. We are waiting on the fire inspection to be able to open Ed West for a rental by the Fresno Jewish Day School.

What is Zoom and how to participate!

Zoom is a video conferencing webpage.

  • You can log in with a smartphone or tablet (you will need todownload the app).
  • You can go online to zoom.com. Click on join a meeting and
  • input the meeting ID and password.
  • You can also use your regular telephone. Call the phone number
  • listed in the Encounter article, input the meeting ID and password
  • when prompted. You will then be able to listen but not see others.

Join with others for:

  • Zoom coffee hour after worship
  • Wesley Dines Out
  • Administrative Council
  • Trustee and Finance Meetings

Missing A Weekly Study?

The Wednesday study group is still meeting. CJ shares that “About 10 of us
are meeting on Wednesdays via Zoom. We decided on a new book: Almost
Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott
.”

Contact CJ if you would like to be added to the invitation list for the Zoom meeting. The study begins on Wednesday, May 13.

General Conference 2020: Virtual Worship Service

On May 5th, which would have been the start of General Conference 2020,
Reconciling Ministries Network is hosting a virtual worship service
to celebrate the strength of the Reconciling movement.


Join at 5 pm PT to relive the phenomenal music of Connection 2020, to receive words of
healing and encouragement from a host of Reconciling movement-makers, and to be led
in worship by Rev. Kimberly Scott of Cross Roads UMC in Phoenix, AZ.


The service will be live-streamed on Facebook and available to view
on their homepage (rmnetowrk.org) at the start of the event on May 5th.

Circles of Care Reaching Out to the Wesley Family

Have you received a call?

  • If you hear of any needs such as; needing groceries, picking
  • up prescriptions, etc, pass on the information to Pastor
  • Karen. There are volunteers who have stepped up and
  • are willing to help.
  • You can be part of the circles of care. Send a note to someone in the mail. What a nice surprise!

Let’s reach out and stay connected during these difficult days.
We will always be the Wesley family together.

Join us for Sunday Service on Facebook Live!

Join us for Worship today (Sunday) at 10:30 a.m.

Check out the live stream at facebook.com/wesleyfresno. Live stream is a way to record and share an event on Facebook. You do not need a Facebook account to view. Click the link to live stream worship.

If you are asked to create a Facebook account, click “Not Now”. Click on the video. Watch worship and comment on prayer requests.

We are exploring making a DVD of worship to send in the mail. If you would like to be added to the list for future mailings, please call the office and email Pastor Karen.

Words from Pastor Karen

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against these sorts of things, there is no law! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their ego, with its passions and desires. So
since we live by the Spirit, let us follow her lead. Galatians 5:22b-25 The Inclusive Bible

I saw a post on Pinterest, one of the websites I use, that said: “you don’t have to have it
all figured out to move forward.” It affirmed for me what I understand our walk, our journey as disciples, to be about. We don’t have to have it all figured out to begin that journey. Certainly, we are called to study and learn, grow in our understanding and in our
faith. But we are also called to faithfulness. This to me is praxis, putting into action
what I believe as a disciple of Jesus Christ. When we begin that step, to grow in faith
and faithfulness, we invite the Spirit into our lives and faith journey.


We didn’t have to have it all figured out to begin offering worship via Livestream. We are
still learning and we are thankful that you have been patient with us, your worship team.
We didn’t have it all figured out to begin lunch hour prayer via Livestream or the Circles
of Care. In all of these ways, you have shared with us that the fruit of the Spirit has been
experienced. We are grateful for the joy, love, and hope we share together.

May the blessing of the Spirit be yours. May the Spirit propel you forward in your walk as
a disciple. May the fruit of the Spirit be yours so that you can walk in faith knowing you
don’t have to have it all figured out.

Peace,

Pastor Karen