June 2021

The Pastor’s Corner

Six years ago Janet and I came to Morgantown to join you in ministry here at Wesley UMC. It has been a privilege to serve as your pastor. I have been blessed to work with the staff here at Wesley, and I greatly love and respect the leaders of this congregation. You are spirit-filled lovers of Christ who seek to serve Christ through your faithful service.

Like every pastor, I have been privileged to be with you in the holy moments of your life and mine. We have celebrated weddings and funerals, births and baptisms. We have studied together and worshipped and served together. As a congregation you are mission motivated and very generous. Thank you to all of you for six wonderful years. While the past 15 months have not been like any of us planned, it still has given us an opportunity to adapt and share the good news of Christ in new and effective ways. We have changed and we will continue to seek and serve and share.

Now we move to the next chapter. For Janet and I it will be retirement and time with our daughter and her family. We look forward to special times with Ava, Bash, and Bella. Ministry will not end. It will take new forms and present new opportunities. For Wesley, you will welcome Pastor Martha with the grace and love that you have welcomed all of your pastors. With her, you will seek and find the path that Christ is calling you to follow. She is a gifted and able pastor, and I am sure you will love her as Janet and I do. She is a devoted disciple of Jesus with a wonderful sense of humor. She will very quickly become your beloved pastor. I will pray for you as you move forward, and I will listen with joy for the news of your expanding ministry.

It has been our privilege to be with you on the journey of faith and service. I pray God’s blessing upon you all. You all have been a blessing to us. Blessings and farewell.

Shalom, Pastor Randy

You’re Invited

Retirement and Celebration of Ministry – Rev. Dr. Randall Flanagan & Rev. Dr. Janet Flanagan

Wesley United Methodist Church – Worship Service and Celebration – Sunday, June 13, 2021 – 11 a.m.

June 2021 Concert in the Loft

Elk River Ramblers
Sunday, June 6
6 p.m.
Live from the Sanctuary of Wesley UMC and Facebook Live

Join us for our first in-person show since the pandemic. We’ll be socially distanced in the Church Sanctuary while live streaming through Facebook. We’re really happy to be joined by the Elk River Ramblers from Pocahontas/Randolph Co, West Virginia. This will be their second visit, and you won’t want to miss this dynamic trio: Paul Marganian (fiddle), Galen Watts (bass), Seth Maynard (guitar). All three take turns on vocals and feature music from around the world in the repertoire. It’s sure to be a great night!

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wesley’s Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet in person on Tuesday, July 6 at 10 a.m. in the Lecture Room. Anyone who would like to join this ministry is encouraged to attend regardless of your experience. For more information, contact Helen Ashenfelter at

Wesley Prayer Team

The Prayer Team receives prayer requests via email and devotes time to praying about them. It is personal choice as to where, how long and when in the day or night a member prays. For more information, please contact Rachel Beach at

Circle of Friends – 2021

June 12Morgantown Service LeagueDonna Tennant
June 13Hands and FeetElise Sullivan
July 10 & 11Fresh Harvest ChurchSherry Hood
July 31 – Aug. 1Morgantown North RotaryCathie Falvey
August 14Morgantown Service LeagueDonna Tennant
August 15Hands and FeetElise Sullivan
September 11 & 12Fresh Harvest ChurchSherry Hood
October 9 & 10Living by Faith ChurchShelly Deavers
October 30 & 31Morgantown North RotaryCathie Falvey
November 13 & 14FaithseekersLinda Bagby
December 11Downtown RotaryDonna Tennant
December 12Hands and FeetElise Sullivan
Food will be distributed from the Davis Center Gymnasium.

Please refer all questions to Carolyn Hendricks at 304-276-6580. Thank you!

2021 Thomas C. Stewart Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Wesley’s 2021 high school graduates and Thomas C. Stewart Scholarship recipients:

Katie Lemley, Morgantown High School – daughter of John and Stephanie Lemley • granddaughter of Dick and Kathie Johnson • big sister to Ryan • Katie will attend WVU in the fall majoring in English with pre-law

Tony Minch Bledsoe, Morgantown High School and MTEC – son of Dorothy and Rebekah Bledsoe • big brother to DJ • Tony will attend Pierpont College to study graphic design

Regular Schedule for Worship Resumes July 4, 2021

We are taking the month of June to get ready for Wesley UMC to fully open in July with both services starting back on the July 4. We need volunteers for both 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. service for the following areas:

  • Scripture Readers
  • Greeters
  • Ushers
  • Communion Stewards
  • Communion Preparation
  • Acolytes

Anyone who would like to volunteer or has questions about any of these ministries can contact the Church Office at 304-292-9485 or

Welcome Pastor Martha Ognibene on July 4

Pastor Martha will move into the parsonage on June 22 and 23. Welcome greetings can be sent to the parsonage at 373 Rotary St. Morgantown, WV 26505 or by email at Pastor Martha will host “meet and greet” sessions later this summer. More information including locations and times will be released as they become available.

Communion Sunday – June 6, 2021

Communion will be offered both in person at the 11 a.m. worship service and for anyone who would like to participate during online worship. Communion baggies are available for pick up during the following times this week (June 2, 3 and 4):

  • Wednesday – Friday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 6 – 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Altar Flower Dedications

Open dates for altar flower dedications are Sunday, June 6 and 20. Anyone who would like to dedicate flowers in loving memory or in honor of someone special in their lives can contact Ann O’Neal at 304-216-6067.