Wesley Hosted the Inmate Family Council Prison Project Packing Day

Three-thousand gift bags were packed by more than 100 volunteers on Saturday, December 1 at Wesley.  The Inmate Family Council of the Central California Women’s Facility provides inmates with a simple gift each year.  For many, this gift may be the only holiday gift they receive.  Each bag contained greeting cards for the women to use through the year, a pen and a pencil, a notepad, toothpaste and a toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, soap and hand lotion, an emery board, tea and hot chocolate, and a pack of facial tissue.  These items are collected and sorted all year long.  On the packing day, the items are put into one gallon zip lock bags and packed into boxes.  The boxes were picked up on Monday morning to be delivered to the prison in Chowchilla.   A great start to the Christmas season for the many volunteers!

Wesley Hosts Operation Gobble

Wesley is proud to host District Four’s Operation Gobble, organized by the Office of the Councilmember Paul Caprioglio. 600 turkeys and food bags were distributed to members of the community. We are happy to be a part of this wonderful community event.


Reconciling Sunday – October 7th

Help Wesley celebrate the 34th anniversary of being a Reconciling Congregation.

In 1984, under the leadership of Rev. Don Fado, we voted to be a reconciling church, becoming the second United Methodist congregation in the nation to declare itself open and affirming of LGBTQ+ people in all aspects of the life of the church.

Our special speaker is Rev. Diana Bohn, Wesley’s Director of Christian Education from 1986 to 2000. She is currently serving as Minister of Youth & Children at Lynnewood UMC in Pleasanton. 

Pumpkin Fall Festival – Saturday, October 20th

We are so excited for the Pumpkin Fall Festival! The event will include live entertainment featuring “Spur of the Moment”, dinner, silent auction and bake sale.

Ticket prices are $25 and can be purchased at the Wesley office or after church on Sundays.

If you or a group you are part of would like to donate an item for the auction or bake sale, please contact Elizabeth Nixon at ejnixon@yahoo.com or see her at church.

We will also be needing volunteers the day of for set-up, setting out dinner, clean-up, and helping with the silent auction and bake sale.

For more information, contact Vickie Healy at vickiehealy@sbcglobal.net

Interested in membership or baptism?

New classes are forming in September.  Please talk to Pastor Karen if you wish to join Wesley and/or be baptized.  The United Methodist Church believes in one baptism and we recognize the baptisms of all Christian churches.  If you have been baptized before you do not need to be baptized again.


Ongoing spiritual formation classes

There are several spiritual formation, studies, and meditation opportunities at Wesley on Sunday and at various times throughout the week.  In Winterberg #2 there is a 9:15am meditation group on Sunday.  In Winterberg #3 there is a Monday morning bible study at 11am.  On Monday evenings there is a 6:30pm bible study at the parsonage (see directory for address/currently reading Luke).  Wednesday morning at 10am there is a book study in the Library conference room.  The new book is “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor.  Finally, there is a Women’s Bible Study on Thursday mornings and they are reading “Bad Girls of the Bible”.

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.