“No Child Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town” is the motto for the project called Sleep in Heavenly Peace. It’s Fresno but it’s also a working project in many major cities across the U.S. As you know, Wesley contributed sheet sets, pillows, blankets and handmade fancy pillowcases sewn by the SewNSews.
I got the privilege of accompanying the team last Saturday to make two deliveries. One to a home where two kids were sleeping on the living room couch and the other where four children were sleeping on the floor in their bedroom. It rained absolutely cats and dogs but our team of about 8 loaded the van at Lithia Subaru with the headboards, footboards, wooden frames and slats, and all the beddings for the 6 beds.
We carried all the things into the first apartment and met the family who were quiet but oh so appreciative. Four volunteers stayed to assemble the beds and the rest of us went to the next home. There we assembled two sets of bunk beds. Mom turned the heat up for us and in the small bedroom we worked to get one bed finished and then another and then the beds for the tops. We were sweating and taking jackets off but working quickly and in rhythm to get the job done. The little boy, about 4, and his sister were peaking in on the progress every few minutes and charged in to help us finally put the sheets on, the blankets and the pillows. But they jumped from bed to bed in their excitement and then posed for our cameras on the top bunks with huge smiles and thank yous.
One mom had to have beds or she would lose custody of her two and the other had been homeless until they got this apartment. Families who have kids sleeping on the floors can apply to Sleep in Heavenly Peace for beds and this 2019 we have 450 requests for beds!! That’s just Fresno. Think of the nationwide need.
June 15th will be a nation-wide Build Day at Lithia Subaru on Blackstone with help from Lowes and many, many volunteer hands to build the beds. It’s on my calendar – what do you think? Wanna come?
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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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!