Sunday school classes begin 9-16

The new term of Sunday School classes is set to begin on Sunday, September 16th, 2018.  Classes for children begin at 10:15am in Education West.  Adult Forum begins at 9:15am and ends at 10:15am in the Fireside Room.  Youth Group begins September 9th at 1pm in the Winterberg Youth Room.

Sunday school welcome back event

Make and save this date:  On Sunday, September 9th at 11:45am we will formally welcome back the Sunday school year with a BBQ on the patio.  Immediately after our worship service we will gather for Rally Day and you can meet some of our teachers and volunteers.  There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, and games.

September hiking trip

Hi Wesley Hikers!

Some of you have asked if we could do a hike in September,  The Mariposa Grove of Sequoia Redwoods in Yosemite National Park is now open again – after 3 years of being closed to the public for restoration. Saturday Sept 15 is the set date to do this hike as a group for anyone who is free that day.

The hike that visits most of the big trees is through the upper grove.  It is approximately a 6 mile RT hike to the Galen Clark cabin (closed). A mile beyond this is Wawona Point, overlooking Wawona and the So Fork of the Merced River. Elevation gain to Wawona Point from the shuttle bus is about 1200 ft. The lower grove and the Grizzley, oldest and largest of the Big Trees, is about a 3 mile RT. There is even wheelchair accessibility to the Grizzley tree.

As in the past hikes, meet at Wesley on the westside parking lot near the choir room at 7:15 am, carpool/caravan to Yosemite Lakes Park Hillside Market  parking lot (off Hwy 41) and leave no later than 8am from there, continuing to carpool/caravan through the Hwy 41 entrance to Yosemite National Park. There is parking on the left. We need one Park Pass per vehicle to enter the national park. We will then hop on the free shuttle here to the Mariposa Grove.

As on all hikes, bring water, hat, sunscreen, whatever snacks you want, a lunch for eating on the trail, and some money to help with gas for whoever is driving. Also on the way back home, we usually stop in Oakhurst for a bite to eat for whoever is interested, so bring some money for this.

Please let me know if you are joining us, need a ride, can drive, have or need a park pass, or have any questions.



September date to save

There will be a Sunday School Rally Day at Wesley on September 9th immediately after Sunday morning worship at 11:45am.  Please save the date and make plans to attend.  There will be hot dogs, games, and the opportunity to meet some of our teachers on the patio.

SSP spaghetti success

I just wanted everyone to know that the spaghetti lunch fundraiser was a great success.  Thanks to everyone who bought tickets, enjoyed the time of food and fellowship, and helped with logistics.  The event raised $1,318 toward the youth mission trip this summer in Oregon.

Wesley pride contingent

Mark your calendars!  Wesley will be marching as a contingent in Fresno pride again this year.  The parade is on Saturday, June 2nd, at 10am.  We usually gather around 9am at the staging area on Palm and Olive.  Come one.  Come all.  Help us march with our GLBTQ+ brothers and sisters and help spread the word that Wesley United Methodist Church is a place where ALL MEANS ALL!  Please reach out to Pastor Karen at for more information and details.

Uniting Together: Many Gifts, One Spirit

The United Methodist Women of the Central Valley District enjoyed their annual retreat at the Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO) on March 9 – 11, 2018. For the past year, numerous women from throughout the district volunteered to be part of the team to plan, staff, and facilitate this amazing retreat. Over sixty women enjoyed three days of spiritual growth, community-building, excellent food, good fun, and lots and lots of singing all in the fresh, mountain air.

The group of ten women from Wesley UMC was recognized for having the most women in attendance from one church. Feel free to ask them to share about their experiences. Mark your calendar to attend the next retreat in 2019. And don’t let money be an issue – there are always scholarships available!

You’ll be glad you did!

Caption for photo (left to right): Kimberli Parenteau, Claudia Andrews, Kay Docken, Kristin Hunter, Joanna Spence, Roxanna Simas, Sandy Crow, Julie Kennedy, Betty Bigham, Sylvia Pethoud

Circuit-wide baseball game June 9th

Fresno area United Methodist Churches will be co-sponsoring a circuit-wide baseball game on Saturday, June 9th at 7:05pm downtown.  The game will be held at Chukchansi Stadium in downtown Fresno and feature the Fresno Grizzlies squaring off against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.  $6 of each ticket sold will benefit Imagine No Malaria.  Please call the office or reach out to to RSVP.  The church will be purchasing a block of tickets.

Wesley dines out this week

Just letting everyone know…Wesley Dines Out is meeting up this week, Tuesday, April 10th, at 6:30pm at the Old Spaghetti Factory on Shaw down the way from Fresno State University. Please RSVP to Myra via email at so we can keep track of numbers, tables, and seating arrangements. Thanks!