Many of us give up certain things for the forty days of Lent, and doing so can be a beneficial thing for us. But God’s desire is for us to give up more than just a few days of chocolate or TV. This five-week series will focus on the things that God reallywants us to give up, and not just for forty days, but forever.
Wesley’s Youth Group and Men’s Club will be hosting a Baked Potato Bar. There will be all kinds of fixings including chili.
All proceeds will go towards the Ignite Youth Conference on October 4 - 6 this year in Wildwood.
Come join us during coffee hour, have a baked potato and support this wonderful cause.
Prayer service for the delegates to the Special Session of the General Conference
United Methodist pastors and laity throughout the Raritan Valley District will be joining at a prayer service here at Wesley Church to pray for the delegates to the Special Session of the General Conference and their deliberations and decisions on human sexuality. All are welcome to come and participate. #prayumc
Is getting to church on time a chore because you don't want to go to church hungry? Well -- No need to worry about cooking THIS Sunday! The Men's Club are hosting a free special pancakes, eggs, and sausage breakfast at 8:30am, and all are welcome. There will be a special free will offering that will go towards their Higher Education Fund.
In a world filled with death, war, and evil, how are we to face what feels like an unknowable future? What do we do with our anxiety regarding the days ahead? This 4-week series focuses on the books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians to find comfort and reassurance to those living in uncertain times. How can we take these words to heart, and face the future without fear?
We all love Pixar movies. They are entertaining, they’re for the whole family, and they often warm our hearts. But is there more to these movies other than being fun loving movies? Maybe there is a deeper meaning to these movies. Over the next four weeks we will be taking a deep dive into each of these movies and finding Gospel truths that can help inform our journey of faith.
January 13: “Toy Story” (John 3: 14-18)
Finding our identity. this will look at Woody’s journey and then wrap up with our identity being in God. We can feel lost, left behind, or unwanted. The thing is, we are wanted. We do belong, just like Woody.
January 20: “Monster’s Inc.” (Philippians 4: 4-9)
Joy overpowers fear. In a world filled with fearful events, one thing can overcome that…the joy found in Christ. What will you allow to rule your life, joy or fear? The choice is yours?
January 27: “The Incredibles” (Romans 12: 1-10)
The power of being unique. We are charged with not being conformed to the world, but be unique and love each other. How will you choose to be unique?
February 3: “Up” (Colossians 3: 12-15)
The power of friendship. Sometimes we can feel very lonely in this world, as can others. Journeying together makes things easier. Who will you choose to bring along in your journey, or is there someone God is showing you already?
Just as the wisemen fixed their eyes on the Star over the Messiah, so start your new year right by fixing your eyes back on God. This two week series starting December 30 will focus on the journey of the wisemen and how we too will be filled with wonder this new year when we find ourselves journeying starward.
On January 6 Epiphany Sunday, we will be having a Star-Word Service. "What is that?" You ask might ask... While I don't want to over-advertise, I know it will change your trajectory for 2019.
People of all walks of life are welcome to join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. This year, we will be having two Christmas Eve services:
7:30 p.m.~8:30pm - Family Service with Lessons & Carols
This service will have a Nativity Play as part of our Lessons & Carols where no line memorization is required: any children coming are welcome to participate. The service will end with singing in candle light.
11:00 p.m.~12:00am - Late Night Service with Communion
This service will go until midnight Christmas Day. There will be Communion served right after the Christmas message, and the service will end with singing in candle light.
Your are cordially invited to our Christmas Gala on Saturday, December 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy Christmas carols and presentations by our Choral and Gospel Choirs, Praise Dance Team, Bell Choir and Youth Group performance of a Christmas Show. Dinner will be included and free-will offerings are welcomed. This is sponsored by the Evangelism Committee.
We are starting a new Advent Sermon Series on each time in the Christmas Story when an Angel showed up and said: “Do Not Be Afraid…” What is the Angel saying each time, and how can the Christmas Story help us overcome our fears today?
December 2: “Do Not Be Afraid to Hope”
From seeing Zechariah's teeny-tiny prayer to the fulfillment of the ultimate prophecy of centuries past, and we too can hope that the same God hears our teeny-tiny prayers and fulfills them in ways far beyond our imagination.
December 9: “Do Not Be Afraid to Love”
Text: Matthew 1:18-25
Joseph was probably heartbroken when he heard Mary was pregnant. But an angelic intervention reveals to us God’s desire for us to not be afraid to reconcile and experience love.
December 16: “Do Not Be Afraid to Experience Peace”
How Mary responds to God's call to be the "God-bearer" in the midst of terrifying circumstances models for us what experiencing true peace looks like.
December 23: “Do Not Be Afraid to Have Joy”
The presentation of the Angels to the shepherds tells us how true eternal joy is found not in the pursuit of happiness, but in the pursuit of a relationship with an eternal person.
You are invited to “Come to Bethlehem” on December 1st and visit the Market Place where families will experience hands-on crafts taking us back to the time when Jesus was born. Come listen to the stories of those who were in Bethlehem at that time. The Market Place will be open from 3:00 - 4:45 p.m. at Wesley. After visiting the Market Place, join us for a pasta dinner at 5:00 p.m. Reservations are required for both the Market Place and the Dinner. If you would like to join us, please contact Connie Palmer at 908-755-3850. Leave your name and number on the answering machine and she will confirm with you.
How do we continue to thank God in the midst of dry seasons? This three-week series covers three different psalms expressing thankfulness, gratitude, and a postured heart toward God and his faithful actions toward his people. A thankful heart is always a dependent heart.
The Wesley United Methodist Church Annual Holiday Boutique will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Everyone is invited to come and get an early start on holiday shopping. The boutique will feature crafters with hand-made items for adults and children. Look for art, jewelry, knit items, food gifts and other gift items. We will also have representatives from vendor companies such as Scentsy and Do-Terra Essential oils as well.
You are also invited to take a break and have lunch in our Tea Room where you will find sandwiches, delicious home-made soup, and desserts. Then browse our home-made baked goods for sale.
Wesley Church is located at 1500 Plainfield Avenue in South Plainfield, phone number (908) 757-2838, and is available to the mobility challenged.
From September 9 through October 7, Wesley Church will dive into a five-week sermon series exploring together our new vision statement: "We are deeply passionate emissaries of Christ's love to our neighborhood and the world."
You are invited to Rally Day at Wesley UMC on September 9, 2018 at 10:30am. We will begin with an outdoor worship with a backpack blessing for students going back to school, followed by a butterfly release and a family BBQ. All are welcome!!