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Sunday November 13, 2022

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 AM!

Worship This Week:

"One More Thing"
Galatians 5:22-26

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

What's happening this weekend...

Wesley Youth Group

Join us for our upcoming Youth Group gatherings:

Sunday November 13, 6-8 PM
Sunday November 20, 6-8 PM

Both gatherings will take place in Fellowship Hall. Come join us for a time of fun, fellowship, building our faith... and of course, food! Please email Brian (Wesley's Minister to Youth) with any questions, and to let us know you will be there! 

Wesley's Youth Group is open to all youth from 6th through 12th grades. 

Penny Wars 2022: We have a winner!

Congratulations to our Director of Music Becky Graybeal on her Penny Wars win! Her fellow contestant (and husband) Brian, Wesley's Youth Leader, will get a pie in the face after church this Sunday November 13.

In our penny wars, we collected nearly 8,000 pennies (plus other cash and change), and raised over $300 to support relationship-building and faith-forming activities through our "Year of the Table" program.

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

Luminaria Night - December 10

Join us -- and neighbors from all throughout Bethlehem -- for Luminaria Night 2022! Luminaria night is a beautiful evening when we line neighborhoods and streets with luminaria (white paper bags with lit candles). All luminaria proceeds benefit New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem. Since 1985, New Bethany has impacted over 140,000 lives by offering hope and support to people who experience poverty, hunger, and homelessness. 

Help us join in the effort as we light up our church property with luminaria! Make a donation to purchase a luminaria kit (each $10 donation consists of ten white paper bags, ten votive candles, and ten cups of sand). Then join us on December 10 at 4 PM as we set up our luminaria here at the church. 

To make a donation and purchase a kit, visit our church's luminaria order page.
For more information, visit our church website or contact our church's "block captain," Deb Silliman
Luminaria Rain Date: December 17, 2022

Thanksgiving Bake Sale

Support the work of Mammy's Angels and enjoy some delicious treats in the process! Mammy's Angels is holding a Thanksgiving Bake Sale fundraiser. Available items include:
  • One dozen chocolate chip cookies: $6
  • Pumpkin bread loaf: $12
  • Pumpkin roll: $12 (no walnuts), $13 (with walnuts)
  • Tray of brownies: $5
  • One dozen kiffles: $10 (apricot, lekvar, poppyseed, or raspberry
Place your order by email or by phone/text (215-804-7509). All orders are due by November 17, and will be available for pickup on Monday November 21, 6 - 8 PM

Holiday Craft Fair

Stop by our holiday craft fair on Saturday November 19, 9:30 AM to 2 PM. Shop from local crafters to find your special holiday gifts! The kitchen will be open, and there will be special crafts for the kids. For more information, contact Debbie Ace.

And while you're stopping by our craft fair, don't forget to support our neighbors at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem! This year, we've coordinated our craft fairs to create a special two-stop shopping experience here on Center Street. The craft fair at First Presbyterian will take place on Saturday November 19, 9 AM - 2 PM, and Sunday November 20, 9 AM - 12:30 PM. 

From the Church Library:

We have more fiction selections available in the library. Check out these featured titles:

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens is a coming-of-age murder mystery that takes place in the coastal marshlands of North Carolina. Kya, the protagonist, who lives alone in the marshes, is known as “The Marsh Girl” by the local townspeople. Meanwhile, she survives by her wits and studies the plants and creatures that are her companions in this unique eco-system. Things get complicated when she begins to develop relationships with several people in town.

THE SHADOW LAND by Elizabeth Kostova - In a totally different vein, Alexandra, a young American woman, travels to Bulgaria to recover from the loss of her brother. When she accidentally acquires someone else’s luggage & finds in it an urn of human ashes, she sets off on a journey to return them to the family—which turns out to be a darker and more convoluted task than she anticipated.

What's coming up...

"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

Grow in Generosity - Pledge 2023

At Wesley Church, our life-changing ministries could not take place without your support. We are grateful for your generosity! It is our hope that you will not only continue that support in the coming year, but that you will also make a plan -- a pledge -- to do so.

Pledging materials have been sent through the mail. We invite you to review them, pray about your plans, and bring (or mail) your completed pledge card to the church by Sunday November 20. If you did not receive pledge materials this year, please contact the church office. 

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. The deadline to sign up is Sunday November 13.

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 Sign-Ups

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 or sign up on the list in the church atrium.

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

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 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 ( with your name and birth date. 
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