The Pastor’s Corner
At this new year, my thoughts turn to Revelation 21: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne
saying, ‘See, the house of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes, Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’ And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘ See, I
am making all things new.'”
Unfortunately, we haul with us into this new year the baggage from the past: our
sins and our sorrows, our fears and our regrets. No wonder our eyes are filled with tears!
But just look at the promises God makes to us:
-God will dwell with us;
-we will be God’s people;
-God will be with us;
-God will wipe the tears from our eyes.
And then comes the greatest promise:
-Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, because all that junk that we drag around with us will be gone forever: our sins forgiven, our grudges laid aside, our sorrows comforted-all those first things passed away…because God is making all things new. And while the final defeat of the evils of this world and the death of
death are coming in the future, God says, “See, I am making all things new,” right here in the present tense: new, right now, today!
This new year, may you feel your heart and mind and soul being made new, too. May your faith be increased, and your courage be made stronger. May your acceptance of others stretch enough that you are able to accept yourself, too. May the God who makes all things new make you and me new, too, so that we can become the people God has
designed us to be. May your heart be filled with grace and love, this new year and always…and may you share that grace and love with everyone you meet.
Happy New Year!
Pastor Martha’s Office Hours
Pastor Martha’s church office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome to stop by! To schedule a private meeting time, contact the church office at 304-292-9485.
Hat and Mitten Tree Donations
Wesley Church will be delivering the following donations to Scott’s Run on Wednesday, Jan. 5th! Many thanks for all the generous donations listed below:
2 pairs of snow boots ~ 2 back packs ~ 9 Christmas goodie bags ~ 5 scarf & hat sets ~ 2 blankets ~ 50 adult hats ~ 12 scarves ~ 40 pairs adult gloves ~ 22 pairs of socks ~ 6 kids hat & glove sets ~ 39 pairs of kids gloves ~ 10 kids winter hats ~ 199 total donations!!! THANK YOU!!
Wesley Church is collecting donations for UMCOR to help the people of Kentucky that were devastated by tornadoes! Please write on the MEMO line “UMCOR.” All donations are greatly appreciated!
Kroger Community Rewards Program
Wesley supporters (43 households) who shopped at Kroger for 2021. We would love to see the number of households increase. Anyone that would like to participate can go to the Kroger website and register with the Community Rewards Program: krogercommunityrewards.com.
Awards Generated for Wesley
Sept. 1, 2021 thru Nov. 30, 2021 collected $254.86
Concerts in the Loft 2022
|January 9||Honeysuckle Vines|
Women’s Prayer Fellowship
The Women’s Prayer Ministry is starting up again! Our fearless leaders are Liz Mick and Dorothy Minch Bledsoe. We’ll meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 7 p.m. on Zoom (for now).
If you are interested, email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll email you back the Zoom link. Great things happen when people pray – come and join us! (P.S. Dorothy and Liz suggest you pick up or download The Upper Room for daily devotional use.)
Join the 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. To learn more or get involved, contact Rachel Beach at email@example.com.
Lectionary Bible Study
Led by Pastor Martha
Pastor Martha is leading a Zoom Bible study using the Lectionary readings on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Weekly readings will be emailed and posted in the bulletin (listed below) and on Wesley UMC’s Facebook page. If you would like to participate, please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Wesley’s Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting IN PERSON on Tuesday, January 4th at 10:00 a.m. in the Lecture Room.
Masks and Social Distancing will be enforced. Anyone that would like to join this ministry please come. Whether you have experience with crochet and/or knitting or would like to learn please join us for fellowship. For more information, please contact Helen Ashenfelter at email@example.com. Next meet is Feb. 1st!
Helping Hands Needed
Saturday, Jan. 8th starting at 9:00 a.m. all Christmas decorations will be removed. All are welcome to join us, and all help is greatly appreciated.
Open Dates for Flower Dedications
JANUARY 9, 23, & 30
Anyone that would like to dedicate altar flowers in loving memory or in honor of someone special in their lives please contact Altar Guild Leader, Tesla Lewis at 304-575-2306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altar Guild Meeting
Members of Altar Guild are invited to meet on Sunday, January 9, 2022 (Haden Chapel) after second service. If you would like to be part of Wesley’s Altar Guild, we invite you to join us.
Church Office and Building Closed
The Church office and building will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Circle of Friends 2022
|January 8-9||Shelly Deavers & Friends||Shelly Deavers|
|January 29-30||Morgantown North Rotary||Cathie Falvey|
|February 12||Hands and Feet||Melanie Braun|
|February 13||Blosser Family||Kara Blosser|
|March 12-13||Gabi & Mark||Gabi Votta|
|April 9-10||YoungLife||Brian Shirak|
|April 30-May 1||Morgantown North Rotary||Cathie Falvey|
|May 14-15||Faithseekers Class||Linda Bagby|
|June 11||Morgantown Service League||Donna Tennant|
|June 12||Hands and Feet||Melanie Braun|
|July 9||C&MA Church||Julie Beal|
|July 30-31||Morgantown North Rotary||Cathie Falvey|
|August 13||Morgantown Service League||Donna Tennant|
|August 14||Hands and Feet||Melanie Braun|
|September 10||C&MA Church||Julie Beal|
|October 8-9||Shelly Deavers & Friends||Shelly Deavers|
|October 29-30||Morgantown North Rotary||Cathie Falvey|
|November 12-13||Faithseekers Class||Linda Bagby|
|December 10||Downtown Rotary||Donna Tennant|
|December 11||Hands and Feet||Melanie Braun|
|December 31-January 1||Morgantown North Rotary||Cathie Falvey|
Please refer scheduling questions to Carolyn Hendricks (304-276-6580). Thank you!
Bath and Books
Thanks to the generosity of Wesley and Spruce Street UMCs, all 161 Head Start students in Monongalia County received a fluffy bath towel and good book for Christmas. Thanks for your support!
You can now give online!
We have created even easier ways to donate online! Just scan the QR (quick response) code on the left with your phone’s camera or code scanner, and it will take you directly to our online giving page.
You can donate online via credit/debit card or checking account.
You can choose to donate once or set up a regularly donation schedule on the timing you prefer.
We thank you for your commitment to giving and helping advance the ministry and mission of our local church and The United Methodist Church across the world!
The Chancel Choir will begin meeting via Zoom Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 7pm. If you would like to join, please contact Lya Stroupe (email@example.com) for more information.
Children’s Sunday School
Sunday School (ages 3 through 5th grade)
We will resume on Sunday, January 9, 2022, for ZOOM ONLY. We will be continuing with Zoom only as we monitor and assess the safety of returning to in-person classes. If you would like to join any of the Sunday School Classes (children’s, middle school, high school) please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Middle School and High School Classes
Middle School and High School Classes will be on hold until we can find volunteers to teach. These classes would continue via Zoom and follow the children’s classes for returning to in-person. If you would be interested in teaching,
please contact Lya Stroupe (email@example.com).
Volunteers are needed to assist with teaching the children, middle school, and high school classes for Sunday School.
We are also in need of volunteers for Children’s Church (during the 11am service). The curriculum is easy to follow and allows for a short amount of preparation.
Children’s church, during the 11am service, will be suspended. We will continue to monitor and assess the safety of
returning. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Wesley UMC’s youth meet on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
The group will meet in the Middle School Sunday School room each Sunday after church. High School and Middle School classes will be held separately, and we plan to meet in person each week.
Youth Packing Party
Wesley Youth and Parents participated in a mission project for the foster children in WV. Libera, Inc is a non-profit organization that provides LovePacks to over 7,000 foster children in our state. This Morgantown packing event
(Dec. 2021) focused on assembling 500 LovePacks for the foster children in Mon County. Many thanks to Wesley’s 3
teens, 5 adults and 1 kid that helped with this outreach project!
Ice Skating Event
Youth from Wesley, Avery UMC, UMC, Spruce St. UMC, and Suncrest UMC are invited to an afternoon of ice skating at the BoParc Ice Rink (located on Mississippi Ave) on Sunday, Feb. 6th 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Kristi DeLeurere at 304-319-0907.
SOUPer Bowl of Caring
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Look for the LARGE soup pots as you enter the sanctuary! Wesley Church will be asking for donations to be placed in any soup pot to help support our local feeding ministries (Community Kitchen, COF, etc,.). Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated and help those in need.
2021 went out with a bang! C&MA hosted the first Christmas Day Dinner in Wesley’s Davis Gym on Christmas Day (Saturday, Dec. 25th) from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and it was met with great success!! There were over 30 volunteers and generous amounts of donated food. Over 175 meals were served: 50 meals delivered to both Bartlett House locations (Scott Avenue & West Run Road), 60 walk-ins for the sit-down service, 50 + meals were to-go…they lost count! At one point they had run out of food and were fortunate to have fresh Chinese food prepared by the local Chinese restaurant on High St. This meal served as the Circle of Friends meal that was to be offered that day. Feelings of gratitude and appreciation were felt by those that helped and those that attended! Plans are in the making for a 2022 Christmas Day Dinner.