Spring Fiesta Dinner & Fundraiser – Save the Date!

Make sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 6 for the Spring Fiesta Dinner & Fundraiser!

The event will include dinner catered by Tacos Marquitos, entertainment, silent auction, bake sale, and pinata!

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased starting on Sunday, March 10th at the Wesley Church office or after church on Sundays.

Bake sale donations and gift cards for the pinata are needed. If you would like to donate or have additional questions, please contact the Church office at (559) 224-1947.

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 our website under the “Fresno Wesley Foundation” tab 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.

“Coffee and Conversation”

We’ve all been warned not to bring up religion or politics when we’re in a group of people with diverse views. But religion and politics are provocative and engaging topics – where then can we go to discuss them? Wesley offers you a place for serious yet civil conversation around such matters.

The first opportunity is on Thursday, February 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the home of Robert and Sylvia Pethoud on 460 West Vartikian Ave. The topic is “Overall, is the world getting better or worse?” Munchies and warm beverages will be provided.

Please RSVP by February 17 at pethoud@comcast.net

“Two Spirits, One Heart” – Marsha and Aiden Aizumi

Marsha and Aiden Aizumi

The Fresno Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens’ League and the United Japanese Christian Church’s Agape Ministry would like to warmly invite you to an upcoming event about transgender journeys. We are excited to host Marsha and Aiden Aizumi on Sunday, March 31st at 1 p.m., with conversation/studies leading up to their visit.

In Two Spirits, One Heart, Marsha Aizumi shares her compelling story of parenting a young woman who came out as a lesbian, then transitioned to male. This inspiring memoir chronicles Marsha’s personal journey from being the mother of her adopted baby girl, to offering unconditional love, acceptance, and support amid her child’s struggles to reconcile her gender identity and follow her path to become a man. Q&A with Marsha and Aiden Aizumi to follow.

Sunday, March 31 at 1 p.m. | United Japanese Chrsitian Church | 136 N. Villa Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612 | www.ujcclife.com | 559-322-0701

Prayer Chair – Coming Soon!

The season of Lent has often been a time when we think about “giving something up”—a holdover from its penitential flavor in the medieval church. But what if we thought less about “giving up” and more about “making room?” In this Lent series, we will find out what it really costs to be so busy. Let us reconnect to an unhurried God. Sundays beginning March 10th at 10:30 a.m.

Artist and church family member Rae Castillo will be creating our Prayer Chair. These are some ideas shared by Worship Design Studios, creators of Busy. It will be our anchor image for the series and a place to reconnect to an unhurried God during worship over the 40 day Lenten period. The chair will be up for auction at our Spring Fiesta fundraiser on April 6th. The chair will be available for pick up on April 15th.  

It will be our anchor image for the series and a place to reconnect to an unhurried God during worship over the 40 day Lenten period.

In Search of Aladdin’s Rug

The Meditation Class is in search of an area rug for their space! The rug can be as large as 12’ x 8’.  If you would like to donate your rug, please contact Sandy Crow at 559-439-4879. Any and all donations is appreciated!

Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Thank You to our Donors!

We received donations of 54 pillows, 51 twin sheet sets, 24 twin blankets and 100 pillow cases! These items will be given to 50 children in the community who will benefit deeply from the donated items. Thank you to our generous donors in supporting the children in our community!

These beautiful blankets will go to children in the community. Thank you donors!

Adult Forum: Questioning Capital Punishment

This five-session DVD study features Sister Helen Prejean, one of the world’s leading authorities and outspoken critics of state-sponsored execution. Sr. Prejean is eloquent in her dismantling of the legal and religious arguments used to justify the death penalty. The sessions take place in the Fireside Room at 9:15 a.m. on January 27, February 3, 10, 17, and 24.

New Ministry Opportunity: Meals for the Homebound

Are you looking for a new ministry opportunity?

We will be starting a new ministry to provide meals to Wesley family and friends that are recovering from surgery, illness, or have recently been in the hospital. We are looking for a few people to sign up to provide food on an “as needed” basis. If you are interested in receiving more information or want to sign up to help this ministry, contact Carolyn Scott at (559) 903-4240 or at cscott93630@gmail.com.

Additionally, if you know of someone that is in need of a meal after hospitalization, contact the church office. We will make sure to get the information to the correct person.

Special General Conference Discussion Groups

Special General Conference Discussion Groups

Since the insertion in 1972 of harmful language in the United Methodist Book of Disciple, people have been working for justice for LGBTQ people. At the 2016 General Conference (a meeting of UMs from around the world every four years) the bishops of the church were asked to gather selected clergy and laity to discuss a way that we can move forward. The “Commission on a Way Forward” met and have proposed a resolution to be voted on at the Special GC, Feb. 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. Other groups within the UM have submitted two additional resolutions. Look for links on the Wesley webpage for the report from the Commission and a side by side comparison published by Reconciling Ministries Network.

What will this mean for Wesley? What does the future hold for the UMC? While these questions are difficult to answer, we can spend time discussing the various resolutions and fixing our resolve to continue to be a church where all means all, as we have been since 1984. We will meet after church so bring a brown bag lunch on January 20th and January 27th.

Follow this link for a matrix of the three resolutions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B__ma3OZRDM3MVdQdjdMQ040NC1zWVV1TmxwSkNpRW1ZSF9J/view?fbclid=IwAR20YJpFlT1WssLZO_kEXyn-MLlTGsO5IUC4qtqdNc2Mv-T-nQ-tVOVv3Zo&mc_cid=7dc6aad961&mc_eid=953089b678

Follow this link for the final report from the Commission on a Way Forward: http://s3.amazonaws.com/Website_Properties/council-of-bishops/news_and_statements/documents/Way_Forward_Report_-_Final_-_ENGLISH.pdf