What’s Up At Wesley?
Friday, May 17, 2024

 

Here is what is happening in and around Wesley United Church this week:

 

SUNDAY WORSHIP – SUNDAY, MAY 19      10AM

We would like to invite you to our special Pentecost Sunday Worship Service this Sunday beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Theme for this Sunday is ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’.

For those who are unable to attend, you can watch the services ‘live’ or at your convenience on the Wesley United Church YouTube station. Click Here to watch.


FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK…

Stay Strong!

Unlike other institutions, central to the existence of the church is care. Wesley United Church is no different. Our ministry of care and compassion highlights one of the significant purposes of our gathering. We gather as family, and we care for each other. When one hurt, we all hurt together. Similarly, when there is reason to celebrate, we celebrate together.

So as family we pray and we lift up all who are dealing with unwelcomed issues of life. Some of us may know of someone who is going through a dark valley this moment – a valley of sickness or grief, or uncertainty, or fear. We commend to God those who feel ground down or broken, isolated or alienated.

We are, however, assured that our God meets us in the darkness, as He does in all situations. The Psalmist echoes the words in 139:1-12. God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too — your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful — I can’t take it all in!

7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you”.

For those who are going through that difficult moment, hold strong, and know that our God is with you. His promises are true – “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you.

 

SPAGHETTI DINNER PROCEEDS DELIVERED TO HOSPICE NIAGARA

Dave and Wendy Reed went to the office of Hospice Niagara in St. Catharines this week to drop off a cheque in the amount of $1,385 from the proceeds of Wesley’s April Spaghetti Dinner. The donation will go towards the future Niagara Hospice – Welland location which is expected to open in 2025.

Accepting the cheque was Tanis Laramee, the Integrated Transitions Coordinator at Hospice Niagara. It was so nice that Tanis was able to accept the donation from Wesley United, as it is her home church too.

Here is a picture of the cheque presentation, along with a picture of the current construction of Hospice Niagara’s Welland location.


From left-right: Dave Reed, Wendy Reed, and Tanis Laramee


Future Home of Hospice Niagara – Welland Location


WESLEY YOUTH MEETING – SATURDAY, MAY 18 AT WESLEY   
5 – 7 PM

For youth ages 14 to 30.

Activities: Games, sports, good conversation and food

Proposing regular meetings

Bring your friends and come and join in the fun!

JUST TWO WEEKS LEFT TO REGISTER FOR AUDACIOUS HOPE EVENT!

Audacious Hope is a national gathering for youth, young adults, and their leaders. It will be taking place this year at Brock University in St. Catharines from July 3rd – July 7th.

Audacious Hope is presented by the Rendez-vous 2024 team of The United Church of Canada and the LIFT team of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in an exciting new partnership!

Registration will end on May 31, 2024. So sign up today!

Click Here to watch their promo video and learn more about the event.


‘COIN COLLECTION CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY’

The May “COIN COLLECTION” continues this Sunday, May 19th! Gather all your precious quarters for it is QUARTERS COLLECTION SUNDAY!

Delve into your drawers for your QUARTERS!!! Pennies, nickels and dimes are still welcome!

Collection jars will be on a table as you enter the Narthex!

*Next Sunday – LOONIES AND TOONIES

Submitted By: The Fundraising Committee

BROADVIEW MAGAZINE 

Please note below important information on ordering the magazine:

a) The cost of a subscription (8 issues) is $30, NOT $25 as previously stated.

b) You may pay in CASH OR WITH A CHEQUE). (Please make cheque out to WESLEY UNITED CHURCH).

c) Please place your subscription fee in a sealed envelope, marked “Broadview” with your full name and address.

d) Envelopes may be placed in the Collection Plates, or left at the office between 9am and 12:30pm.

e) The last date to bring in your subscription fee is Sunday, May 26th.

Thank you!

Submitted by Membership and Outreach

 

 

BOOK REVIEW AND FELLOWSHIP MAY 19TH

The next book review and fellowship sponsored by the “Library Committee’s  Love of Books” will be on May 19th when Antonette Scarlett will be discussing her recently published book “My Journey to Wholeness: A Poetic Memoir”. Please pick up your goodies coffee and or tea and join us in the Library to hear Antonette  discuss this  book.

Hoping you can join us where our motto is “WE PROMOTE GREAT BOOKS TO READ”

There is an opening in July to lead a “Love of Books” discussion and encourage members  to consider discussing a book they have read.  It does not have to be a book from the church library.

  • Deadline for the coloring contest is May 26th.  Please drop off your completed coloring sheets in the library or give to Doug. Great prizes will be awarded!!!!
  • The next library sponsored event will be held in May & June. Stay tuned for details.
  • If you have read a good book and would like to promote it to our community of faith  as a  good read please compose a short review and forward to Doug.
  • The Library is seeking individuals who may be interested helping to input our library collection into the library database. A sign-up sheet is available  in the narthex and training dates will be established.

Here’s your chance to help the library’s trees grow and sprout leaves. It’s simple!!!

This reading activity is open to all age groups of Wesley. Over the next few weeks (to end of June) each time you read a book from our library, write your name and the title of the book on a leaf and hang it from either the adult or children’s tree located in the Narthex. Adults are also encouraged to help younger readers add leaves.

For every 3 leaves added by adults and 2 leaves added by children prizes will be awarded.

Only books from our library will be counted.

This activity closes on June 30th so get reading!!!

***  NEW ***  WALK IN NATURE – WESLEY IN NIAGARA (THE WIN-WIN GROUP)

 

Wesley’s Walk In Nature Group got started on the right foot (pun intended) this week.

From Left-Right: Shawn, Dan, and Brenda.

Dan finishing off his walk

Shawn and Brenda walking the Steve Bauer Trail

Dan Barrett, Brenda Denyes, and Shawn McCart started their Wednesday morning out with a walk along the old Welland Canal. They enjoyed it so much that they met again the next morning and walked along the Steve Bauer Trail in Fonthill. And to top the week off, they met again on Friday morning to walk at St. John’s Conservation park. Walking is addictive and good for the mind, body, and soul!

Everyone is invited to participate in a 45 minute casual walk beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The next walk will take place on Tuesday, May 21st. We will meet at the end of Port Robinson Road West at the New Welland Canal at 8:00 a.m.

Each week we will pick a different location in Niagara to walk.

Please contact Shawn at the Office (905) 735-5912 Ext. 2 if you would like to participate in Wesley’s Walk In Nature group.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The only thing better than a long weekend is that it’s followed by a short work week.”

– Anonymous

DATES TO REMEMBER

Saturday, May 18 – Youth Activity and Fellowship – 5PM

Sunday, May 19 – Pentecost Sunday Worship Service. 10 AM

Theme: ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’

Monday, May 20 – Victoria Day – Office Closed

Tuesday, May 21 – Wesley Council Meeting – 7PM – Ogwen’s Place

Wednesday, May 22 – Bible Study – 7PM – The Parlour

Saturday, May 18 – Youth Activity and Fellowship – 5PM

Sunday, May 26 – Congregational Breakfast – Hosted by The Men’s Group – 8:30 AM – Robins’ Hall

Saturday, June 8 – Horseshoe Falls Regional Council Day of Fellowship – 10AM-2:30PM – Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline Street, Burlington