Thursday Study – New Book for 2020

When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they often name certain attitudes and behaviors they believe are practiced too often by Christians: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith, and being homophobic. With his familiar style, Adam Hamilton tackles these issues and addresses the how’s and why’s of Christians getting it right when it comes to being Christ in the world.

Meeting on January 16, 23 and 30 in the office library.

Join the Music Worship Team!

Has God put music worship on your heart? Do you play an instrument? Yearn to sign the songs like those on Christian radio stations? Wesley is looking for talented musicians for a music worship team. We seek guitarists, vocalists, keys, bass, and any instrument that can color a contemporary style to broaden how we worship at Wesley. Help shape a second service. Contact Pastor Karen at 224-1947.

Wesley Dines In – Save the Date

We meet each month for a no host dinner and reservation!

  • Tuesday, February 11 – Lin’s Fusion
  • Tuesday, March 10 – Irene’s Cafe
  • Tuesday, April 14 – Chili’s
  • Tuesday, May 12 – Starving Artists Bistro
  • Not Meeting June, July, August
  • Tuesday, September 8 – La Kabrada
  • Tuesday, October 13 – Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Tuesday, November 10 – Black Bear Diner
  • Tuesday, December – Potluck at Wesley

Mission & Me

Each week during Birthdays and Anniversaries people often give a donation to Mission & Me. At the end of the year the Finance Committee decides where the money will be donated. As of November 30, 2019, $2640 had been donated.

Here are the disbursements for 2019:

  • The Six Special Sundays of the UMC
  • Human Relations Day Sunday
  • UMCOR Sunday
  • Native American Sunday
  • Peace with Justice Sunday
  • UM Student Sunday
  • World Communion Sunday

Organizations helped were:

  • FIRM
  • Stone Soup
  • Clergy Defense Fund
  • Reconciling Ministry Network
  • California Nevada conferece Disatser Relief

Each of the special Sundays received $150 and organizations recieved $250. The balance and any donations in December will be given to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. Watch for articles in future Enounters about each of these special Sundays and agencies.

*Human Relations Day is recognized the Sunday after MLK Day and funds support programs helping at-risk youth, strengthening communities’ self-improvement efforts and advocating for the oppressed.

Words from the Pastor

Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, be demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed – keep that dusted off and in use. (1 Timothy 4:11-14 The Message translation)

You have heard of growing old. But have you heard of growing young? Wesley is on eof the churches participating in the “Growing Young Cohort”. In October our group learned best practices to help a church grow young from leaders during January and February. Copies of the book “Growing Young” are available to borrow. There are six stratgies to help young people discover and love Wesley.

  • Unlock Key Chain Leadership – We will learn to share the keys to leadership. We will be intenional about entrusting and empowering young people in leadership roles.
  • Empathize with Young People – We will empethasize with young people at Wesley. We will learn their names, invite them to join us for a cup of coffee, listen to them when they share their stories.
  • Take Jesus; Messgae Seriosuly – When we pay attention to the life and words o0f Jesus young people are able to articulate a gospel that is less about beliefs and more about Jesus. as Methodists it is also important to articulate what is unique about our traditions, that acts of mercy and social action are a part of our faith.
  • Fuel a Warm Community – Honest relationships, intergenerational relationships, authenticity and connection create a warm community that welcomes young people.
  • Prioritize Young People and Families Everywhere – We will continue our outreach to our neighbrhood and community as we live into being a church that is more than just a Sunday gathering.

See you in church!

Pastor Karen

The Pink Cow – Thank You!

The staff of The Pink Cow would like to thank all of the Wesley family for their donations and purchases throughout 2019. It is truly a blessing to the neighborhood and church.

The following is an accounting for the End-of-Year giving for 2019.

  1. Wesley’s Operating Budget $21,000
  2. Food Pantry $300
  3. Base Camp $250
  4. Pastor’s Discretionary Fund $250
  5. Sew ‘N Sews $100
  6. Youth Service Project $100

Note: The Pink Cow will be CLOSED from Saturday, December 14 – Saturday, January 4.