October 8th, 2021
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Every day something grabs our attention: advertisements, billboards, charity pleas, volunteer opportunities. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which projects are deserving of our time, talent and treasure! Which of these products and programs actually make a difference?

You want to invest your resources in something that matters – and we think Wesley Church fits that description!
Sunday's sermon:
Invest in What Matters: Learning Matters

Children's Sabbath
Featuring leadership and learning from some of our youngest members.
In keeping with CDC recommendations masks are required for all persons inside the Wesley Church building, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation and for protecting your health and the health of others!

This week only, we will be streaming our online service at 11:30am rather than the normal 9:00am. We hope you choose to worship with us in-person as well as view our online service.

Please join us for these special opportunities and we encourage you to bring a friend and share the glory in Jesus!

Sunday Checklist

  • Nametag (it's always great to make new friends!)
  • QR Reader
  • Volunteer Signup
  • Wear your favorite mask
  • Bring a friend!
  • Say Hello!
  • View us online!
  • Check your email for posts

Little Wonders Nursery will be open this Sunday from 9:00 -12:30 for both services and Sunday School
Last Week's Attendance: 371
Sunday Studies: 69
The Online Sermon will premiere at 11:30 on October 3rd and October 10th

View our latest online sermon as well as those of weeks past from Wesley UMC Bloomington. CLICK THE IMAGE!
Thank you for your generosity!
During September, Wesley members gave an additional $6500 for a total donation of $23,311.69. 
That’s fantastic! When the campaign first began, churches in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference were encouraged to give a sum equal to one month’s apportionments. Wesley UMC set ourselves a goal of $20,000. So, Congratulations, Church! Once again, you have gone above and beyond! And your generosity truly makes a difference in the lives of the kids in our Conference, at:
The Baby Fold
Cunningham Children's Home
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
Spero Family Services (formerly the United Methodists Children's Home)
Like the Our Conference Our Kids facebook page by clicking on the facebook logo image! They update when news is available

Wesley UMC’s church building is now fully open! Office hours are MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8:00am-4:30pm.  If you would like to schedule a room for a group or meeting, please contact the church office: 309-827-8046.
Wesley UMC is always excited to welcome new members into our family. This fall we will hold another series of “new member/get acquainted” events in November. Watch for these opportunities to learn more about getting connected and finding your place at Wesley!

  • Sunday Nov. 7 (6-7:30pm) – Snacks and Staff – come meet our staff and hear about the ministries we offer!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10 (starting 5:30pm) – Bring a sack supper and join us for a Building Tour, including the history of Wesley Church
  • Sunday Nov. 14 (10:15-11:15am) – UM 101 – Join Pastor Evans for “United Methodism in 50 minutes”!
  • Sunday Nov. 21 – Receive New Members in both worship services

For more information or to sign up to attend, contact Carolyn Coleman at Wesley: ccoleman@wesley-umc.com or call the church office (309) 827-8046.
Hershey Bar Snowmen For Sale
United Methodist Women (UMW)!
We are selling Hershey bar snowmen and elves for $3.00 to raise money for local women and children in need.

Come on October 17th to purchase in person in the Garden room.

You can also donate snowmen to Home Sweet Home Mission and The Salvation Army. Our hope is to have enough donations to provide a candy bar snowman to every person at these two shelters on Christmas Day.
The UMW wants you to join in on this fun productive project,
please CLICK HERE to learn more!
Here Is a Quick Peek at Next Week's Wednesday Schedule!
12:00-1:00 Men's Study Group (Coldwell Bank)
Contact Greg Yount for more info
6:00-7:30 Nursery 
6:00-7:30 Children’s Activities 
6:00-7:30 Adult Book Study: Daniel
6:00-6:50 Chimes of Glory 
6:15-6:45 Cherub Choir (meets with children’s
6:30-7:30 Wesley Brass 
6:30-7:30 Jr. High Study: You CAN Talk to God
Like That
6:30-7:30 Sr. High Study: You CAN Talk to God
Like That
6:30-7:30 Advanced Sr. High Study: Bad
Theology Kills
6:50-7:20 Wesley Singers (with children’s
7:00-8:30 Bells of Wesley 
7:15-8:30 Chancel Choir  
Children's Church Zoom is every Sunday right around noon!

Joining in on zoom is easy and a lot of fun for the younger children. Please take a moment and schedule in your child's time with Kathi Pritts each week as she helps develop fun in faith with her segment 'Children's Time' at Wesley UMC Bloomington!
In Wesley’s elementary Sunday school programming an Orange© philosophy and strategy is central. We Believe That Two Combined Influences Make A Greater Impact Than Just Two Individual Influences.
Faith & Character

The ParentCue.org is an amazing resource that also uses the Orange philosophy for teaching our children! Weekly activities and devotionals are offered to guide kids to trust Jesus. All of this is aimed at being done in a way that changes how they see God, themselves, and the rest of the world.

Our awesome SURGE youth ministry is feeding junior and senior high students in body AND soul this year! Youth activities meet at Wesley throughout the Sunday afternoon time into the evening, and we love to encourage participation by serving a weekly meal. If you are able to donate towards Sunday SURGE suppers, we are seeking to feed 30 youth and adults. For more information, please contact Kelsey Ross at your earliest convenience.
Wesley UMC Bloomington will be hosting a flu vaccination clinic on Wednesday, October 27th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

You must make an appointment as walk-ins will not be admitted this year. Please be sure to contact Colleen Hensley for an appointment today!

We would love to see your creative trunk-or-treat vehicles! The kids are so happy to see what we can do with our creative minds and we want you to join in!

To let us know that you'll be here with your decorated vehicle or game, please email contact Kathi Pritts here at the church today!
Wesley's Bright Beginnings Preschool Fundraisers!
The annual holiday pie sale is back! CLICK HERE to order or simply call:

Judy Bute at 309-261-4366 or
Dian Yount at 309-531-1500.
Wesley's Bright Beginnings Supper Fundraiser!
CLICK HERE or on the image and join us for supper on October 19th from 4-8pm! Simply tell the cashier that you are here with WBB and they will donate 20% of your order to Wesley's Bright Beginnings Preschool!
October 6 Was A New Episode!
Join us in our premiere discussion with Wesley youth! This month, we discuss whether we should have a healthy fear of God and on what level?

If you are interested in being a GUEST on the SURGECAST, let Kelsey Ross know! We would love for all of our SURGE family to have a chance to be on it.  

Wesley’s Re-Entry Task Force, Administrative Council and Worship Staff are delighted to announce that we are open and running with full staff!

Please view our guidelines for re-entry HERE.
As much as we’d like it to be otherwise, COVID-19 is still a danger to our congregations and communities. As disciples of Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, Christians are called to model the highest standards of care for others, especially those who are at higher risk of becoming sick. Vaccination against COVID-19 remains the best practice that individuals can do to keep themselves, their family, their church, and their community safe. Although vaccinations are not 100% effective in stopping every case, they are proven to significantly reduce the chance of a person getting ill, getting seriously ill, or dying from COVID-19. If people have questions about vaccination safety, have them speak directly to their primary health care provider as there is a lot of misinformation spreading among more casual information networks.
Transportation Ministry News
Transportation Ministry has resumed Sunday morning service and could use more drivers. Beginning with Luther Oaks and Westminster Village, and gradually expanding to include private addresses if possible, Wesley began offering transportation to the 9:00am worship service starting July 4. 
All drivers and riders are asked to please use facemasks, regardless of vaccination status, in keeping with local regulations for public transportation. For more information about using our transportation service, or to volunteer as a driver (new drivers needed!) please contact Marc Hinrichs: Home 662-6982 or Cell 309-200-4935
The Distribution Ministry helped 300 families in September- THANK YOU!
Volunteers Please! CLICK HERE

Please drop off all donations to Wesley UMC drop-off bin in the East parking lot.
For additional information, please contact Karen or call (309) 838-5723

Thank you so much for helping make the Distribution Ministry such a wonderful success to Wesley UMC Bloomington and our for community families who are in such need for our help. God Bless.
The Just One Collection for October is for Scarfs, Hats, Gloves and Mittens. With the colder weather coming, we need to support our schools and other agencies in helping to keep everyone warm.

November: FOOD BAGS for Thanksgiving. Bags will be distributed on Oct 31 and Nov 7 and collected on Oct 14 for distribution to three agencies. Your generosity is greatly needed and appreciated. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, Wesley volunteers help our neighbors with their laundry at The Wash House on Clinton. Volunteers arrive around 4:30pm and provide laundry supplies, quarters, warm smiles and friendly conversation for folks who are waiting on washers and dryers. You can donate to Loads of Love by bringing quarters to church and dropping them in the collection tubes outside the sanctuary. Contact Gary Thompson garyt23@frontier.com or you can call the church office.
We are so grateful for the response we are receiving in our call to action for team volunteers!
Wesley UMC Bloomington is in the process of organizing many volunteer opportunities and we still need your help! We need you to click on the red link below and let us know how your talents, skills, experience, and knowledge can be utilized for the most important purpose of all; to give back to our community. Do you like to serve food? GREAT! How about being very organized? PERFECT! Some people just like to give a little time. WONDERFUL! Others are interested in setting aside an hour every week to assist in a variety of activities just to make Wesley operate smoother. No matter what your skills or time commitments are, we have a place for you to meet up with like-minded people with similar interests as yours. Wesley cannot fully operate without the help of our volunteers, so please call or sign up today and help make this the best Wesley we can be TOGETHER!
Sr. High Study!
You CAN talk to God like that

6:30 - 7:30 in the Senior High Lounge
Ongoing Study

About the study:
sr. High Bible study led by Chris Gjesfjield meeting in the Sr. High Lounge. Sr. High students (boys and girls) will be reading the book “You Can Talk to God Like That: The Surprising Power of Lament to Save Your Faith.”... CONTINUE READING
In Person Group!
The Book of Daniel

6:00-7:00pm in the lounge
Ongoing Study

About the study:
We are offering a bible study in Daniel for the parents of the children attending the variety of ministries on Wednesday @ Wesley. This study will be held in the lounge at 6:00pm where will be pondering the ... CONTINUE READING
Welcoming Our New Wesley UMC Receptionist!

Hello friends! It is a pleasure to be a part of the Wesley family!

I was born and raised in Bloomington, IL and can never see myself leaving. My beautiful family includes, Dalon 17 and Jaila 15, and a fur baby Luna who is 6 months. I graduated from Heartland Community College in 2007 and majored in Business.

I have worked as an Administrative Assistant for over 10 years. When I’m not assisting I love to relax at home with a great book even writing a few books of my own over the years. My passion is helping people from all walks of life and sharing my story of how I have overcame many obstacles.
Extending Our Prayers

Sara Baker

Ronnie Jones

Know that we pray for you and our thoughts are yours in your time of recoveries, losses and healing. Your Wesley family will always be a source of strength for you when you are in need. God Bless.

If you would like for us to add you or a loved one on the Wesley United Methodist Church prayer list, please email Connect@Wesley-umc.com

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 not currently 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 clicking HERE
or calling 309-827-8046.
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:

Wesley United Methodist Church
502 East Front Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
The offerings you make to Wesley UMC are the source for all the wonderful things we do in our communities. Click the Wesley Give image and share the possibilities of a better day with our local friends and families
Ways to Connect:
Visit us online at www.WesleyUMCBloomington.org; subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Facebook or continue to look for our emails in your inbox. Tell your friends and families about the Alive newsletter! There just may be something we can do together!
Wesley Emergency Numbers after Office Hours:
Rev. Sara L. Isbell  217.299.4870 
Rev. Sally Hamon 217.853.9117

Wesley United Methodist Church:
502 E. Front Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Office 309.827.8046
Visit www.WesleyUMCBloomington.org for more information about our news and events.
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