September 18, 2020
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 or sending an e-mail to connect@wesley-umc.com. Currently the office is staffed from 9 am - 3 pm Monday through Friday.   Also please be sure to use the "after hours" doorbell when arriving at the building - note signage at the parking lot entrance for instruction.
{ SUNDAY WORSHIP }
Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Sermon: Love Your Enemy
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it. 

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the LORD said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

The LORD God appointed a bush,[a] and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Then the LORD said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”
      -Jonah 3:10-4:11
{ WEDNESDAY NIGHT PROGRAMMING! }
Paint The Town WESLEY  

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!
Remember church, we're in this together! We can't wait to see you soon!

Wesley UMC is finding new ways to do ministry during Phase 4 of COVID-19. Please plan to join us every Wednesday evening this fall for "Paint the Town WESLEY." 

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. 

Paint the Town Wesley - KINDNESS COMPETITION
Wednesday, September 23
On September 23rd, we encourage you to share some kindness with another and then share that experience with us. 

It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!
1. Think of something kind to do for someone else and do it on Wednesday,
September 23rd.

2. Send a picture or description of your act of kindness to Kathi Pritts
(Please no photos of kindness recipient)

3. Watch for the fun awards to be posted on Wesley’s Facebook page on
Thursday, September 24 – awards will be given for:
  • most creative
  • cutest
  • most extravagant
  • sneakiest
  • and most Christ like.


Be sure to watch Kathi Pritts' devotion on Tuesday, September 22nd for more instructions or contact her here.

Visit us on Facebook.


Paint the Town Wesley - THERAPEUTIC DRUMMING 
Wednesday, September 30th

Are you feeling stressed? Join us at 6:00pm on Wednesday, September 30th in the main Wesley parking lot for an evening of therapeutic drumming. Kimberly Iverson, a Board-Certified Music Therapist, will be leading a time of intergenerational group drumming using 5 gallon buckets. Group drumming can create unity, improve mood, and release emotional and physical tensions. No experience necessary!! Can't attend but want to find out what it's all about? Check out the Wesley UMC Facebook page for a Facebook Live of the event. In case of inclement weather, we'll move to Wesley Hall**, where we can remain socially distanced. Please bring a 5 gallon bucket with you to the event, if you don't have one buckets will be available ($3 suggested donation to help cover costs). You can register for the event here by following this link. If you have any questions, please contact Brenna Martin. We look forward to drumming with you!
**As stated above Wesley Hall will be used as the rain location for this event. Due to Wesley's Phase 4 Guidelines, only 50 people are allowed in the building at a time for an event. Because of this, the "Therapeutic Drumming" event will have a 50 person cap. We suggest registering in advance to secure a spot. 

Brenna Martin
Director of Music Ministry
Wesley United Methodist Church

It is the desire of Wesley UMC to minimize potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus. As we gather, both indoors and outdoors, we ask that you remember the following:
  • Wear a facemask.
  • Maintain a minimum of 6-ft distance from other persons.
  • Practice frequent hand-washing or use of hand-sanitizer
  • Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have other illnesses.
  • Stay home if you have been exposed to Covid-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Stay home if you have a compromising condition due to age or other health conditions.

{ DIRECTORIES HAVE ARRIVED! }
Our pictorial directories have been delivered and are ready for distribution. If you had a photo taken for the directory, you will receive a free copy. 
Directory pick-up is scheduled for
September 19, 20 & 21 (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) at Wesley West from 1 to 3 pm. 
If you’d like a directory, but did not have a photo taken you may purchase one for $10.
{ WAY TO GO,
WESLEY! }
Last Friday we invited our Wesley family to contribute toward the purchase of headphones for schoolkids who don’t have them. Headphones can be critical to a student's ability to focus as they block out background noises and other distractions in this already difficult situation. The headphones that we purchase have a microphone on them which also enable the teacher to hear the student. Each set of headphones cost around $20.

At this time, Wesley has raised over $2,000 for headphones for schoolkids!  The first batch was delivered already to Oakdale School – and students and teachers there say, “Thank you!”

Our goal is 100 sets of headphones – and we are already over halfway there!
If you would like to help provide assistance to students, please send monetary donations to the church - 502 E. Front Street, Bloomington, IL 61701. Make sure you write "headphones" in the memo portion of your check.

You may also donate through online giving via our website. Click on the red GIVE ONLINE. Make sure to check the "other" box and type in "headphones".

We thank you in advance for your generous donations,
Church & Society
DRIVE-THRU EVENT AT WESLEY WEST

 Saturday, September 19th from 9-11 am

Free Paper Items & Food Boxes!

Paper items available will include
toilet paper, napkins, facial tissues,
diapers (all sizes) and diaper wipes!

We still need your help!

Donations Needed:
Diapers: sizes newborn, 4 & 5, diaper wipes, feminine hygiene items,
Depends (adult diapers), gallon bottles of drinking water,
reusable shopping bags, and 2021 calendars

You may drop off the items in the collection box
located at the entrance door of Wesley West
at any time, Monday - Friday.

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
 
For questions and to volunteer
(newcomers welcome!)
please contact Karen Daudelin at
or call 309-838-5723
It is the desire of Wesley UMC to minimize potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus. As we gather, both indoors and outdoors, we ask that you remember the following:
  • Wear a facemask.
  • Maintain a minimum of 6-ft distance from other persons.
  • Practice frequent hand-washing or use of hand-sanitizer
  • Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have other illnesses.
  • Stay home if you have been exposed to Covid-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Stay home if you have a compromising condition due to age or other health conditions.
{ CALLING ALL
8th GRADERS }
With another school year started, it means we’re beginning to think about confirmation for this year. If you are in 8th grade and would like to participate in confirmation, please email Pastor Justin by September 30th at jiverson@wesley-umc.com to let him know. More information about confirmation plans for this year will be sent out early in October to those who sign up. 


Inter-racial Bible Study: JUSTICE
Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15pm, by ZOOM

The last session of the Tuesday night JUSTICE study with Wayman and Wesley will NOT meet on Sept. 22. Instead we have rescheduled our last meeting to Tuesday, Sept. 29. 6:15-7:15.

Click here for  Zoom Link, you can talk to Pastor Sara; or call (217-299-4870) for more information.
{ UPCOMING ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES }
The Art of Neighboring
It has been said that the crisis of loneliness and isolation and even tribalism in the U.S. began with the invention of air-conditioning. Families moved off their front porches, inside their houses, and shut the doors. Suddenly, neighbors didn’t talk to each other every day; in fact, many neighbors don’t even know each other’s names. The sense of helpfulness, community, and mutual support of people living on the same block has faded away.

Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon have a prescription for what ails us – and a pathway to living out what Jesus said was one of the two most important commandments: love your neighbor.  Join Kathi Pritts for an 8-week study (attend as many as you can) of The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door. The book study will be an added bonus to our October sermon series on “Loving Our Neighbors,” and it just might fill some of that empty space COVID-19 has put in our souls.
Class will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays Oct. 6-Nov. 24, 6-7 p.m.

Please contact Kathi Pritts to register for the class and make arrangements to receive a book and a 
More Parables
Barb Phend will lead an eight-week study called More Parables on Thursday afternoons beginning October 1st. Class will meet via zoom on Thursdays October 1 – November 19 from 1-2 p.m.
Jesus’ parables are some of the most referenced lessons in all of scripture and scholars discuss their meanings all the time. Join us as we take a deeper look at the parables, ask questions, and engage in conversation.
Please contact Kathi Pritts at to register for the class and receive the zoom link.
{ SURGE SCHEDULE }

Surge (Grades 6-12) is now meeting on Sunday nights! We will stick with our same schedule, using a rotation between our Jr. High and High School students. While we are changing the day of our meetings, the format will stay the same. Our "Bonfires of Belonging" series welcomes all students to come and belong as a part of our Surge family while we join in fellowship, games and spiritual devotion. 

  • September 20th SURGE- 6 th/7th grade 6-7 pm 8 th grade 7-8 pm
  • September 27th SURGE- 9 th/10th grade 6-7 pm 11th / 12th grade 7-8 pm

Click here  to see our official Fall 2020 calendar for information on all events, meetings and programming. 

Please note that social distancing will be observed at all Surge activities and masks are required to participate. 
It is the desire of Wesley UMC to minimize potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus. As we gather, both indoors and outdoors, we ask that you remember the following:
  • Wear a facemask.
  • Maintain a minimum of 6-ft distance from other persons.
  • Practice frequent hand-washing or use of hand-sanitizer
  • Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have other illnesses.
  • Stay home if you have been exposed to Covid-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Stay home if you have a compromising condition due to age or other health conditions.
{ PRAYER WITH THE PASTOR }

We want to be available to you during this time, not just to pray for you, but to pray with you. If you have prayer requests, joys or concerns, let's bring them to the altar together (virtually) Sunday afternoons by Zoom. Pastor Sara will meet you there and we'll pray together for each other, our families, community, nation and world. 

Sunday afternoons (4:00-5:00pm)
All are welcome; contact Pastor Sara at sisbell@wesley-umc.com for more information or just join our Zoom call by clicking the link below:
 
Meeting ID: 926 3446 4078
{ 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
PHASE FOUR GUIDELINES FOR RE-ENTRY 
AT WESLEY CHURCH DURING PANDEMIC

As of July 1, 2020, the State of Illinois has formally entered "Phase Four" of Governor Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" and Bishop Beard's "Coming Back to the Heart of Worship." Phase Four allows churches and businesses to move toward a re-opening of facilities and a resumption of activities, within limits, and with careful observance of precautions proven to slow or reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Click here to view the guidelines 

As we begin to open the building, Wesley members wishing to use the building should call (309-827-8046) in advance in order to ensure there is someone at the building to let them in. Currently the office is staffed from 9 am - 3 pm on Monday through Friday, but we do request that you call in advance to be sure there is someone available to meet you at the door, assist with check-in and temperature-check, etc. All persons entering the building must comply with the safety precautions in our Phase Four document (face mask, temp check, sign in/out, wash hands, 6-ft, self-exclude for reasons of possible contagion, etc.).

Small groups (please call the office to schedule a meeting) should designate a "COVID care group leader" to take responsibility for their group and its compliance.
{ WESLEY-UMC.COM UPDATES }
We have added TWO NEW PAGES
on our website to help our church
and community connect!
Click the links below to learn more:

In these uncertain times, there are several RESOURCES in our community that are available to help those in need to offer food, faith and financial support. 

We have received several questions about how you can GIVE BACK and use your gifts, time and talents to help so many who are in need right now. Click the link above to learn more about opportunities to help others both in our congregation and our community!
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
 
Visit www.wesley-umc.com for more information about our news and events.
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