One of my great unfinished reading projects is The Works of John Wesley. A long row of books from the series lines one of my shelves these days holding the collected works of the principal founder of Methodism including sermons, journal entries, and minutes of the first conferences.
This week I received Volume 32: Medical and Health Writings, edited by James G. Donat and Randy L. Maddox. I doubt I’ll get through all 788 pages (!) and, truth be told, although Mr. Wesley on grace is a thing to hold dear, Mr. Wesley on health can be a little scary. He was fascinated by the new science of electricity, for instance, and suggested its use to cure everything from leprosy to bruises!
But some of Wesley’s recommendations still ring true. On June 5, 1778 he wrote to a correspondent:
“I advise you:
Never sit up later than ten.
Never rise later than six.
Walk at least an hour daily in the open air; if it rains all day, in the dining room.
Choose such diet, both for quantity and quality, as you find sits light upon your stomach… [He preferred mutton and beef to veal and chicken.]
Eat as much spinach, cress, and summer fruits as agrees best with your stomach.” 
Bodily health, for Wesley was part of a more general dedication to spiritual holiness. And if he couldn’t get his hearers all the way to God, he could at least get them close. As when he advised one person interested in better health:
“[E]very fair day walk to, if not round, the churchyard. When you are a little hardened by this, you may venture at a convenient opportunity (suppose on a Sunday morning) to attend the public worship. Till you do I cannot say you are in God’s way, and therefore I am not sure you will find his blessing.” 
Sneaky, that Mr. Wesley. But on these latter points, absolutely right.
800 blessing bags provided!
On behalf of the Embrace Clergy Women's Retreat, I would like to thank all of you on the Eastern Shore District for your generous donations and financial support for our mission project in September. We put together 800 + Blessing Bags for the 16 districts in the Virginia Conference. and wrote notes of love and encouragement to women who find themselves at the crossroads of life. I personally delivered 50 Blessings Bags for the Eastern Shore District to the Eastern Shore Coalition for Domestic Violence. They were most appreciative. Thank you for your joyful spirit and generous heart. May we continue to work alongside one another in the Kingdom Building work. --Rev. Barbara L. Parker
(Pictured left to right: our clergywomen from the Eastern Shore at "Embrace Clergywomen's Retreat" on Sept.25-26, 2018, Virginia Crossings Conference Center in Glen Allen: Mikang Kim, Virginia Greer, Barbara Parker, Linda Lowe.)
District UMW Annual Meeting
(Contact your Area Leaderswith your local unit's reservations.)
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Evergreen UMC in their fellowship hall (across the street from the church). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m and will conclude 11:30 am. Presidents, please bring your new slate of officers for your UMW unit and any other reporting that you have not submitted this year. There will be nominations and election of the District UMW team. Refreshments served.
Directions to Evergreen Church: (13573 Hacksneck Rd.): turn west off Rt. 13 in Keller on Rt. West 180. Proceed approx. 6 miles to stop sign. Turn left and almost immediately a right (sign says Harborton). Proceed 2 mi –keep straight on Rt. 631 Hacksneck Rd. Church is on the right.
Lay Servant Courses Available!
Register now for one of the Lay Servant Courses being offered on the Eastern Shore. Participants need to attend both Friday night session and Saturday "day" session to receive certification of 10 contact hours. No cost for the Advance Classes but participants need to purchase their workbook and bring a bag lunch on the Saturday Session.
Called to Preach (Oct. 26-27, 2018, Trinity UMC, Cape Charles)
Leading Worship (Oct. 26-27, 2018, Trinity UMC, Cape Charles)
UMM Retreat in Virginia Beach
UMM Retreat For the 40th year the Virginia Conference United Methodist Men (UMM) will host a Spiritual Weekend, October 26-27, this time at Baylake UMC in Virginia Beach, October 26-27. The theme will be “Go! and make Disciples” and featured speaker will be Bishop James Swanson from the Mississippi Conference. As part of revamping the weekend, changes include making the event open to families and spouses, bringing in nationally renowned speakers and offering special rates. For more information visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efhecspje27ad838&llr=pjflbvcab
SC Conference seeking volunteers in aftermath of Hurricane Florence
South Carolina Conference has opened up to outside ERTS from the Jurisdiction. They only require the team leader to be ERT leader trained. Volunteers of all ability levels to help clean out homes that have been flooded by Hurricane Florence. Teams/individuals interested in volunteering should contact Chuck Marshall at (864) 216-1876 or firstname.lastname@example.org or R. Kirk Culpepper, Conference ERT Coordinator, Phone 757-434-0078.
All Eastern Shore Youth and Youth Leaders are invited to the January 4-6, 2019 Youth Rally in Ocean City Maryland. The event is sponsored by the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of The UMC. For more information, visit https://www.pen-del.org/youthrally
join Judy Worthington for this transformational journey on the Arizona/Mexico Border
Why do people migrate? What happens on the migrant journey? Learn from people directly affected by current economic and immigration policies. Meet with humanitarian aid organizations and immigration rights advocates, walk desert trails, witness court proceedings, visit migrant shelters and immigration detention centers, and learn about community-based projects that create economic and social opportunities within immigrant communities. Team will travel February 4-11, 2019. For more information please contact Rev. Judy Worthington: email@example.com or 757-442-3481.
The Agape Christian Children's Community Center, located in Horntown, is currently seeking to fill two positions at the Center: Teacher and Teacher's Aid positons for pre-school age children. The positions are part-time (6 hours a day, 5 days a week). Perferred experience. Contact the Center at 757-824-0072 for more information and an application.
Friday, October 12th, 5 to 7 pm, Capeville UMC warmly invites you to come to our "giving back to the community" Spaghetti Dinner. This is our way of thanking god and sharing god's blessings with our community. Please come – it’s free and prepared for you with love. Dinner will be served in the social hall located at 4410 Capeville Drive in Capeville.
Saturday, October 13, Farmer's Market, @ Epworth UMC located on 4158 Seaside Road in Exmore. Casseroles, jams & jellys, baked goods, silent auction table & new this year, several vendors are coming as well. For more information, contact Theresa Caison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 13, Fall Bazaar at Cheriton UMC located at 21309 S. Bayside Rd., Cheriton, VA. Begins 9 am and concludes 1 pm. Awesome Chicken Salad lunches for $9 each. (Purchase tickets in advance to john316firstxmas. Bake Table with desserts and frozen casseroles; Yesterday's Treasures Table; Craft Table with unique, hand-crafted seasonal and holiday items; BBQ Booth with Famous Dave's Homemade BBQ, hot dogs, fries and drinks.
Sunday, October 14, 9 am "Back to School" Pep Rally at St. John's UMC, Atlantic (wear your schoo/college gear). St. John's church is located at 10352 Atlantic Road, Atlantic, VA 23303
Friday, October 19, 6-8pm, Pork Roast Dinner at Downings UMC, 7261 Lankford Highway
Oak Hall, VA 23416. $10 per person includes pork roast, mashed potatoes, salad, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverage. Carry Outs Contact Amy for tickets or more information at 757-710-2490. Proceeds to go to Benevolent projects. Contact Amy at 757-710-2490 for tickets or to request carry-outs or more information.
Saturday, October 20, 5:30 pm "Rainbow Jr." Rally at St. John's UMC, Atlantic. Call 757-824-5387 for more information. St. John's church is located at 10352 Atlantic Road, Atlantic, VA 23303
Saturday, October 20, 8 am 12 noon, Market Street United Methodist Church located on 75 Market Street, Onancock, VA is sponsoring a Fall Food Festival featuring: Frozen Casseroles, Bake Shop, Jams, Jellies and Pickles; and Chicken Salad. For more information, call the church office at 757-787-4873.
Saturday, October 20, 8 am - 12 noon at Bethel UMC on 6369 Occohannock Neck Road in Jamesville will have their Fall Bazaar. Rental space available at $10. For reservations call 757-442-4494.
Saturday, October 27, 9:30-2:30 pm is Franktown UMC's Fall, Art, Bazaar and Auction! Local artists and artisans will have their creations on display and for sale. The UMW will have lots of delicious canned, baked and freezer foods for sale as well. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am - 1 pm. The auction will start at 12:30 pm. Franktown UMC is located on 7551 Bayside Rd. in Franktown. For more information call the Church Office at 757-442-3481
Sunday, October 28, 9 am at St. John's UMC, Atlantic -"Books of the Bible" Rally. St. John's church is located at 10352 Atlantic Road, Atlantic, VA 23303. For more information call the church office at 757-824-6241
Saturday Nov. 3, 9:30-1 pm is the Fall Bazaar at Trinity UMC, 109 Plum St., Cape Charles. Booths to include a Bake Table, Crafts, Pocketbooks, White Elephant, Country Store and Local Crafters. There will also be an auction. Tickets for a Chicken Salad luncheon (take-out) will be available for $8. Call Sue Pruitt 757-331-1967 or Kim Dunton 757-678-6874 with questions.
Saturday, Nov. 3, 11 am, Andrew Chapel UMC is hosting their Fall Bazaar! Homemade soups, chicken salad, macaroni salad, pepper relish, pickles, jelly and baked goods..Used furniture, clothes and household items. The church is located at 15151 Cashville Rd., Onancock, VA 23417
Saturday, Nov. 3, 9-12 noon, Adams UMC is sponsoring a "Women's Retreat--Empowering Women: Mind, Body, & Spirit". Pastor Brenda Wise of St. John's Independent Church, Sister Belaveate Holden of Eastern Shore Christian Center, and Rev. Lavenia Fletcher of Tabernacle Baptist Church will be the speakers. The event is free. ALL women are invited! A love offering will be received to benefit the E.S. Coalition for Domestic Violence. For more information contact Sister Annette Austin at 443-397-0888. Adams Church is located at 23532 Lee Mont Rd., Parksley, VA 23421.
Sunday, December 16, 3 pm, Travis Chapel UMC will host an old-fashioned hymn sing. Talented local children and youth will perform.