The Food Pantry is in need of helpers! Come to the food pantry Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon to help distribute food. You can also help fill the grocery bags by donating food items to the pantry.
Canned green beans
2+ ply toilet paper
Call Paula Belden for more information or to volunteer. Her phone number is available through the church office or in the directory.
Join us for our fall celebration of Sukkot, where we will be having a community potluck under a Sukkah at the Kaboom Playground on the campus of Wesley United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 15 from 5 p.m. to 7p.m.
Please join us and if you would like to bring a dish to share. (Please no shellfish or pork products.)
Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult conditions. Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles or the Feast of Booths. We will be celebrating by decorating our “booth” a.k.a. Sukkah, having crafts and information available as well as sharing food and fellowship! You canread more about Sukkot here.
Join us for our fall celebration of Sukkot, where we will be having a community potluck under a Sukkah at the Kaboom Playground on the campus of Wesley United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 15 from 5pm until 7pm.
Please join us and if you would like to, bring a dish to share. (Please no shellfish or pork products.)
Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult conditions. Sukkot is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles or the Feast of Booths. We will be celebrating by decorating our “booth” a.k.a. Sukkah, having crafts and information available as well as sharing food and fellowship!
Music & Entertainmentprovided by “Spur of the Moment” * Barbecue Tri-Tip and Chicken Dinner * Silent Auction, Handcrafted Items and Bake Sale
Dinner tickets are sold out but raffle tickets are still available (you do not need to be present to win).
Tickets are available for “The Fab Four” (Beatles impersonators) at the Tower Theater on November 30 ($10 each or 3 for $20) and Good Company Players 2nd Space for “She Loves Me” for anytime between October 25 and December 22 ($5 each or 3 for $10). You need not be present to win.
Bake sale donations. Call or text Elizabeth Nixon at 455-3948. Bring bake sale items between 10 am and noon or at 5 pm.
Needed: Volunteers to help with set-up on Saturday morning and clean-up when the event is over. Contact Claudia Andrews to volunteer. Look for sign-up sheets on Sunday morning.
We had the 9th annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, October 1st. National Night Out is a national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships.
From the laughter to people smiling and connecting, National Night Out was a success!
Thank you to everyone who came to the event and thank you to all of our partners who played a valuable role in the success of the event. We truly cannot put on the event without the support and contributions from everyone.
If you attended the event, let us know your thoughts! We appreciate any and all feedback.
Did you know you can give to Wesley electronically through Vanco? Loading the application on your phone or going online is easy and you save Wesley administrative dollars by giving in this way. When you donate with a check, whether in the plate or from your bank, staff and volunteers handle that transaction five times. Through Vanco, the same transaction is only handled twice.
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/
The Wesley Board of Trustees meets each month on the fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Library to discuss the property and buildings, their usage, maintenance, and long-term goals. The trustee meetings are open to all members of Wesley.
Over the past twelve months, the trustees have worked on addressing utility costs. We met with a few solar companies in 2018 and determined that is is not feasible. Tax credits residential properties receive to offset the cost of the panels and installation are not available to the church as a non-profit. The only possibility for cost savings would be purchasing the panels and installation. The cost is prohibitive and beyond our budget.
However, the cost saving on electronic costs from 2017-2018 was substantial due to the LED replacement of outdoor lighting. Costs went from $30,000 in 2017 to $23,000. Sewer water costs will be reduced as well in 2019 as most of the water cost increases are due to the irrigation of the property and do not impact water to the sewer. Low winter water costs will be used all year round which should show a water cost savings of $3,000 – $4,000 for 2019.
In other news, the bees are gone! The trustees found a beekeeper who was able to remove the bees, their queen and the 10-year-old hive from our tower in JWH. they have continued to use natural methods to dissuade them from returning. This has been a problem for several decades that we hope is solved.