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Sunday November 6, 2022

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 AM!

Worship This Week:

All Saints Sunday
2 Timothy 1:3-9a
 

This month, the Power of One offering will benefit
Meals on Wheels of the Lehigh Valley. 

This week, we'll hold our annual celebration of All Saints Sunday. On All Saints Sunday, we remember those we have loved and lost -- especially those we've lost during the past year. We read each name, light a candle, ring a bell, and honor their memories. We hope you will join us for this meaningful time of worship! 

What's happening this weekend...

Church Movie Night

Join us in the sanctuary for a church movie night on Saturday November 5 at 6:30 PM. We'll be showing Disney's Coco -- a delightful feel-good movie for kids and adults alike! As we experience the movie, we'll also make some meaningful connections between that story and our own celebration of All Saints Day. We hope to see you there! 

Orders Due for Halupki Take Out Dinner

Support the work of Mammy's Angels through their upcoming halupki dinner fundraiser! Each $15 dinner includes two halupkis, mashed potatotes, corn, salad, bread, and a dessert. Place an order by email or phone (215-804-7509). All orders must be placed by November 7. Pickup will take place on Saturday November 12 from 5 PM to 7 PM in the Wesley Fellowship Hall. 

All funds raised will benefit the Thanksgiving and Christmas programs of Mammy's Angels. Thank you for your support! 

What's new in this edition of the Weekly E-news...

Catching Up with Pastor Candy

This week, I experienced double the joy as I participated in both our preschool and church "Trunk of Treat" programs! Many thanks to all who donated candy, decorated trunks, handed out treats, and brought their children to enjoy these special celebrations. It is truly a joy to celebrate these moments as a church family!

2023 Pledge Materials Coming This Week

We are so grateful for your faithful giving to Wesley Church. Without your offerings, our ministries and mission could not continue! This year, we encourage you to grow in intentional giving by participating in our annual pledge program. Pledge materials will be sent out this week by mail. To update your mailing address, please contact the church office

"The Game of Rent" at First Pres

Our neighbors at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem (2344 Center St.) invite you to join them on Tuesday November 15 at 7 PM for an eye-opening experience of "The Game of Rent." This program will focus on affordable housing -- an issue that confronts countless neighborhoods and families here in Bethlehem and across our country. "The Game of Rent" is a board game-style simulation designed to spark productive conversation. In the words of its creators: “using local data (we’ll be using a version specially designed for the Lehigh Valley) and the luck of the draw, the Game helps build empathy and awareness around housing issues.”
If you have questions, please contact First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem via email. If you plan to attend, please click here to register

What's coming up...

Penny Wars 2022: We're ready to announce a winner!

Many thanks for all the donations to this year's Penny Wars! The tallies are in, so we'll be announcing the winner this Sunday November 6. Then join us next week on Sunday November 13 to see one of our contestants get a pie in the face! Proceeds from this year's Penny Wars will help fund relationship-building and faith-forming activities through our "Year of the Table" initiative.

Thanksgiving Dinner Donations

Do you want to help families in our area celebrate Thanksgiving? Consider making a donation to the Mammy's Angels Thanksgiving meal drive. We'll be collecting food items from October 30 through November 17. (Meal bags will be distributed on November 20). To find a list of requested items, or to make a donation, please use our online signup. For more information, please contact Debbie Ace

Men's Fellowship Breakfast

The next Men's Fellowship Breakfast will take place on Saturday November 19. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM, and the meeting with begin at 8 AM. For more information on the men's ministry, please contact Rich Chambers

Stuffing Throwdown

The star of the Thanksgiving table isn't the turkey -- it's the stuffing! This year, we're celebrating all things "stuffing" by crowning Wesley's first Stuffing Throwdown Champion!

To enter, sign up using the link below. (If you want to help with set-up or clean-up, please use the same link.) Prepare a casserole dish of your signature stuffing and bring it to church on Sunday November 20. Our taste-testers (our whole church family!) will blind-taste the entries and vote for their favorite. The winner will receive a special prize -- and some serious bragging rights! But sign up soon... entries in this year's throwdown is limited to the first eight contestants who sign up! Sign up here, or contact the church office. 

Meals for BES

This year, our church will once again be supporting the work of the Bethlehem Emergency Shelter (BES) -- and you can help make it happen! Once each month, we provide hot meals, monitor the shower schedule, and offer a loving presence to the guests of the shelter. We will be serving our first meal on Monday, November 21. We'll be at the shelter from 4 PM to 9 PM, but shorter shifts are available to fit your schedule. To get involved, please contact our coordinator Becky Hess.

Connect Sessions

Are you new to Wesley and eager to get involved in ministry? We hope you'll join us for a series of "Connect Sessions" on Sunday November 20, November 27, and December 4 at 11:15 AM in the church library. In this three-part series, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about our congregation, about the United Methodist tradition, and about the many ministries through which you can use your gifts. For those interested in joining the church, our "connect sessions" also serve as our new member class. For more information, or to sign up, please email Pastor Candy.

Christmas Decorations

Before long, it will be time to decorate for Christmas! Our church Christmas "decorating days" will take place on Thanksgiving weekend:
  • Friday November 25: 2 PM to 5 PM (bring decorations out from storage)
  • Saturday November 26: 11 AM to 3 PM (decorate the sanctuary and atrium -- lunch provided!)
To participate, please use our online signup. Your help will make such a difference this holiday season!

Advent Study

Deepen your faith this Advent with our 2022 Advent Study! This year, we'll be studying Amy-Jill Levine's Light of the World: A Beginner's Guide to Advent. Deborah Appler will lead this year's Advent study, which will take place on Sundays in Advent (November 27, December 4, 11, & 18) at 9:00 AM in the Chapel. To sign up, order a book, or get more information, please email Pastor Candy

Depot News

In our recent newsletter, we wrote about our support for refugees, and this was a week where that was at the forefront. Two of our volunteers came in on Wednesday (a day we are not ordinarily open) so that representatives from Bethany Christian Services could choose furnishings for two families—one from Lebanon and one from Columbia—who are arriving next week. Thanks to the generosity of our doors, we were able to provide the needed basics plus some decorative items to add that homey feel.

Furniture items we are in need of at the moment are table and chair sets, dressers, and end tables.

Have something to add to e-news?

To include your ministry update or appeal in an upcoming edition of the Wesley Church e-news, please send the announcement to Pastor Candy

Our Staff


Candy LaBar, Lead Pastor
Susan Matacavage,
Church Administrator
Brian Graybeal,
Minister to Youth
Deb Silliman,
Director of Children's Ministries
Becky Graybeal,
Director of Music
Chris Perfetti,
Director of Bell and Chime Choirs
Keranie Whipple,
Childcare Coordinator
Debbie Ace, Housekeeper
Betty Killo, Housekeeper/Data Entry

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COVID Update


Masking will remain optional at Wesley Church.
In order to help you make an informed decision about your own mitigation practices, the church will share our county's updated risk category and corresponding CDC guidelines in each edition of our weekly enews. For more information, visit cdc.gov.

Northampton County is currently in the "medium risk" category.
CDC guidelines include:
  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

Ongoing Reminders

  • Pastoral Care: If you have a pastoral care need, please contact the church office or email Pastor Candy. 
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry: Put your love of craft to some holy use! To get involved, contact Karen Rose at 610-657-5440, or by email
  • Altar Flowers: Mark a special occasion by providing altar flowers in worship! To sign up, email Susan Matacavage. Each bouquet costs $40. 
  • Amazon Smile: Support Wesley Church by using AmazonSmile -- for each Amazon purchase you make, a donation is made to our church. Visit smile.amazon.com for more details. 
  • WCOF Wawa Coupons: Support our preschool by purchasing Wawa coupons! Each coupon costs $4, can be redeemed for a Wawa Shorti hoagie (valued at $4.79-5.59), and includes a $1 donation to Wesley Circle of Friends Preschool. It's a win-win fundraiser! To order gift cards, or for more information, contact Susan Matacavage
  • Vanco Mobile: Download Vanco Mobile (formerly Give+) for more information on making a one-time or recurring financial gift. 
  • Birthday Cards: Our prayer team is seeking to send birthday cards to senior adults in our congregation. To be included, email Susan Matacavage (susan@wesleychurch.com) with your name and birth date. 
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