March 12, 2021
If you need access to the building or would like to schedule a meeting or time in the sanctuary to pray, we ask that you contact the office by calling 309-827-8046 Monday through Thursday from 9am - 3 pm and Friday 9 am through 1 pm or sending an e-mail to connect@wesley-umc.comCurrently most staff members are working from home, please use phone or e-mail to contact them.
Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday, March 14th!
Wesley’s Re-Entry Task Force, Administrative Council and Worship Staff are delighted to announce that after months of prayer and preparation, we have a Re-Entry Plan and Procedures – and we’re starting this month!  We’re starting with in-person worship on Palm Sunday and Easter!  On March 28 and April 4 Wesley will worship together in-person in the east parking lot, welcoming our neighbors as we celebrate! Mark your calendars for 11:00am, grab your lawn chairs, and get ready for the joy of community as we feel the joy of resurrection.

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Join us for Worship this Sunday!
(Sunday's worship service will be posted on our website by 9 am)

Are We There Yet?: God’s Rules for Free People
Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17

UMOR SUNDAY, MARCH 14
TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF DISASTER
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a program by the General Board of Global Ministries taking action when disaster strikes around the globe. UMCOR acts as the hands and feet of Christ’s church, ​moving towards the most vulnerable in their time of need​. Helping people in their darkest days doesn’t have to be something ​“they” do, it can be something “we” do.
We hope that you will give generously on UMCOR Sunday, March 14th so that we, along with our United Methodist congregations around the globe, can share compassionate relief in the midst of devastation. 

You may give online or send a check to Wesley UMC, 502 E. Front, Bloomington, IL 61701. Be sure to designate your gift for UMCOR.

If you want to learn more about UMCOR visit: ​www.umcgiving.org/UMCOR


Click here for the Wesley Lent Resource page. 

Holy Week and Easter at Wesley UMC Bloomington This year's Holy Week observance and Easter celebration will be extra-meaningful because we will be gathering in-person as well as online! Please join us for these special opportunities and we encourage you to bring a friend! (March 28 at 11:00am) Outdoor worship in Wesley's east parking. Continue Reading
2021 LENTEN OFFERING

Make an impact in the lives of people around the world by giving to the 2021 Missions Lenten Offering. This offering will support the work of the following projects and missions:

  • Africa University Scholarships 
  • Central Conference Pastor Pension Fund 
  • El Porvenir – Clean Water for Nicaragua 
  • Mid-West Mission Distribution 
  • Our Conference Our Kids (OCOK) Endowment
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) 
  • UM Ganta Hospital – Liberia 
  • UM Kissy Clinic - Sierra Leone 
Check our website, for additional details on each recipient and to give online. You may also mail donations to Wesley UMC, 502 E Front, Bloomington, IL 61701 – be sure to mark your check “Lenten Offering”. Give as you can. Every donation is appreciated.
Working for Justice: Starting the Conversation

Join Pastor Justin and Judith Unger for a conversation about opportunities to work for justice in the Bloomington-Normal area. Those who have a heart for peace and justice are invited to join the conversation on Tuesday, March 16th at 5:30pm via Zoom. We hope you will join us! 


Paint the Town WESLEY
is for everyone:
families with kids, 
empty-nesters, individuals,
the young at heart, etc. 
ALL are encouraged to participate and are welcome to invite friends! 
Wesley UMC is finding new ways to do ministry during Phase 4 of COVID-19. Please plan to join us for "Paint the Town WESLEY" events. Watch the Alive for details as we begin to schedule events on various days of the week.

As a church family we will be engaging in safe, socially distanced activities in an attempt to show the community how much God loves them, who we are, and to bind us together during this challenging time.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 - ST PATRICK’S DAY TRIVIA

Join Kathi Pritts from 6-7 pm for a fun night of trivia! Win a leprechaun trap or a variety of Lucky Charms products. Contact Kathi Pritts to get the zoom link.
MARCH JUST ONE COLLECTION
March - Laundry items for Loads of Love
Loads of Love is a project sponsored by Wesley’s Church & Society Committee that provides laundry needs. Pods of laundry soap and dryer sheets can be placed in the Just One collection box at the East entrance to the Church any time during the month of March. Thank You Wesley Church - Your support is greatly appreciated!
DRIVE-THRU EVENT AT WESLEY WEST
 Saturday, March 20 - 9-11 am
We still need your help!
Donations Needed:

Facial tissues; Diapers: sizes Newborn, 4, 5, 6, 4T-5T; diaper wipes (individual packs); Depends: Mens L/XL; Women's S/M, L/XL, 2X; feminine hygiene products; Small or regular soaps & shampoos.
Donations can be dropped off in the collection box located at the entrance door of Wesley West at any time,
Monday - Friday.
We are always looking for volunteers!

If you have a group who would like to help the following dates are open: Mar. 20, May 15,
and June 19.

Monetary donations are welcome! CLICK HERE to give online (be sure to note WDM in the memo) OR mail to the church at: 502 E. Front Street Bloomington, IL 61701.

Please contact Karen Daudelin or call 309-838-5723
Your support is helping us to serve between 400-600 families a month. 
Thank you for helping those in our community who really need help.

We are also looking for some laundry baskets to be used for diaper storage.
WESLEY’S BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION
Wesley’s Bright Beginnings Preschool is happy to announce that we are now registering for fall 2021! We will offer all classes that have adequate enrollment including toddlers, 2-day 2s, 3-day 2s, 3s,and 4s. Class times may vary slightly, but will be within 15 minutes of our previous times of 9:00 – 11:30. Dropoff and pickup times may be staggered by as much as 15 minutes to allow for COVID safety provisions. 

Please use this link to access the registration form. In order for your registration to be complete, we need both this form and the $150 registration fee. Please make checks payable to WBB and mail with the completed form to Wesley’s Bright Beginnings, 502 East Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701. The registration fee is per family. 

Registration is open to current WBB and members of Wesley through March 14. It will open to the community on March 15, 2021.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Director Julie Loy or Board chair, Judy Bute
ADULT STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
Lenten study, Moses by Adam Hamilton. Turn your reluctance into boldness by walking in Moses' footsteps.

This 6-week study meets on Tuesday nights, 6-7 pm. 
Contact Kathi Pritts for more info.
Join Barb Phend for an 8-week study of The Miracles of Jesus by Jessica LaGrone. 

The class will meet via Zoom on Thursdays at 1:00 pm through early April. Contact Kathi for the zoom link.
Men's Group study Wednesday at noon. Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today by Adam Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most famous set of rules in history, the Ten Commandments as more than just a set of prohibitions. Contact Greg Yount for the zoom link. 
CONFERENCE CAMPING FUNDRAISER
Conference camping has a long-standing history of creating opportunities for spiritual growth in young disciples of our faith. Wesley UMC is re-committing our youth and children’s ministry programs to sending our students to camp each summer to experience the joy and sacredness of summer camp programming. 

When in-person camp programming was cancelled this past summer in 2020, not only were many students and volunteers disappointed and upset, but vital revenue was lost causing financial distress for both camps. 

Our conference camping ministries are planning a FITNESS CHALLENGE-FUNDRAISER to help raise and replace money lost in the pandemic this summer! Beginning on March 1st, you are invited to walk/run/hike or jog 262 miles, which represents the distance between Little Grassy to East Bay, our 2 conference-owned and operating camps in the IGRC. 

Everyone is invited to take the next 6 months and complete the distance while tracking your miles in a private Facebook group with other people across the state!
You are invited to ask/find a sponsor who would match your donation through your fitness journey, which would fully fund a whole day of camp for 1 student! 

Kelsey Ross, our Director of Youth Ministries at Wesley, is planning to complete the "round trip" tier of the fundraiser, and do 524 miles between March 1st and August 31st, and is looking for a sponsor/running buddy who will match the registration fee of $80! 

Additional information about a Wesley 5K run to be held in warmer weather will be announced at a later date. 

Consider donating or joining our effort to get outside and get well as we support the summer ministries at our conference camps. For more information and to sign up for the walk/run challenge visit click here. Contact Kelsey with any questions.
Hospital Visits

As healthcare facilities are beginning to allow area clergy to visit patients again, please remember to notify the Church office or a pastor when you or a loved one are admitted to a local hospital. Hospitals are no longer allowing churches to inquire about their congregants' inpatient status or room number. We will not know if you have been admitted to the hospital unless you give us a call.

If you have news to share with the Wesley family let us know by e-mailing
connect@wesley-umc.com or calling 309-827-8046.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Wesley Rummage Sale is scheduled for June 26th!
Watch future publications for additional information.
New Information Coming Soon!

If you have any questions you may contact Brenna Martin
DAILY DEVOTIONS

Click here to enjoy a daily devotion from Pastor Sara, Pastor Justin 
and other leaders in our church.

Ways to Connect:
Visit us online at www.wesley-umc.com; subscribe to our YouTube channel,
follow us on facebook or continue to look for our emails in your inbox.
THANK YOU!
We have received tremendous financial support through these uncertain times. We are SO grateful to our congregation for giving generously and stepping forward in FAITH!

There are many ways to GIVE from the safety and comfort of your home.
CLICK HERE to submit your offering online, TEXT "$__ OFFERING" to 309.822.4442,
or mail your offering to the church: 502 East Front Street Bloomington, IL 61701
Wesley Emergency Numbers after Office Hours:
Rev. Sara L. Isbell  217.299.4870
Rev. Justin Iverson  701.809.1203 
Rev. Sally Hamon 217.853.9117

Wesley United Methodist Church:
502 E. Front Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Office 309.827.8046
 
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