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.
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.
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
Native American Sunday
Peace with Justice Sunday
UM Student Sunday
World Communion Sunday
Organizations helped were:
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.
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.
Thank you to everyone who donated, helped cook, serve, set up, clean up and everything in between for the first ever Thanksgiving Community Dinner! We are incredibly thankful to have a supportive and caring community, here’s to a great year ahead!