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Sunday August 7, 2022

People Blessing People...

Wesley Church is a vibrant congregation of people praising, people growing, people connecting, people serving... in short, we are people blessing people!

How would you describe Wesley Church to others? Share your thoughts!

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 AM!

Worship This Week:
Imagine Sermon Series

Part 2:
"Imagine Sharing All the World"
Isaiah 2:1-4
Acts 4:32-37

Youth Group Pool Party

Join us on Sunday August 28 for a youth group pool party! We'll gather at 4PM at the Northwest Swim Club. Cost is $5 per person (contact Brian if finances are an issue!). Hot dogs will be provided -- bring a snack or drink to share!

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Brian (Wesley's Youth Leader).  

Sunday School Is Coming...

Celebrate the start of the Sunday School year with us!

Join us for our Sunday School Scavenger Hunt on Sunday September 11 in the Fellowship Hall. You'll have the chance to meet Sunday School teachers and search for treasure -- hints from Bible stories and characters to remind us that God loves us!

And mark your calendars for our Rally Day and Back to Sunday School with Jesus! On Sunday September 18, join us for our pancake breakfast. Share fellowship and yummy pancakes before Sunday School classes begin. 

Also, don't forget to register for Sunday School classes! To register, click here. Have questions? Email Miss Deb.

Back-to-School Worship:
Backpack Blessings, Yearbook Slideshow

On Sunday August 21, join us for a special back-to-school worship celebration!

During the service, we'll celebrate this year's "We Got Your Back" Backpack Festival and offer a "backpack blessings" prayer for all the Wesley children and youth heading back to school this fall. 

Adults can get in on the fun, too! Help us create a "church yearbook" slideshow by sharing your high school / senior / yearbook photo. Submit your photo by email, or drop off a hard copy in the church office (to be returned to you). Don't forget to include your name! As our church family views photos in the slideshow, we'll have the chance to "guess who." We hope you'll join in the fun of back to school with us!  

Backpack 2022 Update:

Our Backpack Team is hard at work preparing for the We've Got Your Back event on August 20

Stuff Backpacks after Worship in August

We need lots of volunteers to help stuff the backpacks with supplies! Join us in the Fellowship Hall after worship on Sunday 8/7 and Sunday 8/14 to stuff backpacks. 

SNU (Sock 'n' Underwear) Donations

Sock and underwear donations are being collected in the Atrium and out front of the building until the event Look for the bin outside the front doors of the church and the display in the Atrium. Socks and underwear can also be purchased from Amazon and shipped directly to us via our Amazon Wish List

Clothing Drive - Ends This Week!

Help our Backpack Team raise funds by cleaning out your closets, attics, garages, and basements. Please place your gently used/unwanted items in tightly-tied bags. Every bag counts! Give your items a second chance to be worn or used again. We accept used/wearable clothing, shoes, linens, work gear, and accessories. The more our collection weights, the more we raise! All clothing donations can be placed in the coat area by the education wing doors. Donations must be packed in plastic bags and received by July 31. Questions? Email us!

Summer Book Club

Join us for the third installment in our Summer Book Club. This month, we're reading Eben Alexander's Proof of Heaven. In this memoir, Dr. Alexander (an accomplished neurosurgeon) shares the story of his own near-death experience, and how it transformed his life. The discussion will take place on Monday, August 15 at 6:30 PM.
Future books and discussions include:
     -People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (discussion on September 12)
To sign up for book club reminders and updates, email Pastor Candy.

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 and include "enews" in your email subject line. 

Church Library

Now that we are deep into a fascinating study of the book of Revelation led by Pastor Steph, it might be interesting to revisit (visit?) The Left Behind series, —at least in part— just to contrast that interpretation with the real thing. It is available in the fiction section of the church library. Authors are Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
Two special new editions of The New Testament have been added to the library’s reference section. The first is the Word on Fire New Testament by Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Baron which contains beautiful, co-ordinated art work and commentaries by well known saints and theologians. And, secondly, there is the New Testament translation done in prose format by Eastern Orthodox scholar David Bentley Hart. These two books do not circulate but you would be well rewarded by spending some time browsing through them to glean new perspectives on what the Bible says. card in the basket near the desk. 

Lehigh Valley Outreach Depot

We at the Outreach Depot have ended our moratorium on doing pickups though we are still asking people to bring their items in whenever possible.  Availability of volunteers, vacation schedules, and the fact that we are only open twice a week naturally affects the speed with which we can do this. Most needed items right now are dressers, end tables, lamps and small kitchen table sets. Thank you for all you have provided in the past and for your future consideration as well.

Men's Fellowship Breakfast

The Men's Fellowship Breakfast group is currently on summer hiatus, and will resume with their breakfast on Saturday September 17. For more information on the men's ministry, please contact Rich Chambers.

Our Staff

Candy LaBar, Lead Pastor
Stephanie Cramer, Pastor of Congregational Care
Susan Matacavage,
Church Administrator
Brian Graybeal,
Minister to Youth
Deb Silliman,
Director of Children's Ministries and interim director of Wesley Circle of Friends Preschool
Becky Graybeal,
Director of Music
Heather Hunter,
Director of Children's Choirs
Keranie Whipple,
Childcare Coordinator
Debbie Ace, Housekeeper

Pastoral Care Needs

If you have a pastoral care or emergency need, please reach out to Pastor Steph via the church office, or by emailing Pastor Steph.

Produce Pickups

Do you have produce from your garden (whether a garden plot at the church, or your own garden at home) that you'd like to donate to local food pantries? Drop your items off before our produce pickup times (Mondays and Thursdays at 9AM), and we'll take them to the food pantry for you! Please place your donation items in the large bin outside the church's front doors. 

Power of One

During the month of August, our Power of One offering will support the work of our friends at TEACH Rwanda, an organization that seeks to enrich children's lives by establishing world-class early childhood and primary teacher education in Rwanda.

Popular website links:

Home Page
Updated Worship Guidelines
Prayer Requests
Eastern PA Conference News

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

  • Garden Ministry: Remember to drop off your produce before our produce pickups on Mondays and Thursday at 9AM. Want to help the garden ministry? Contact the church office to join the watering team schedule. 
  • Coffee Hour: Help us connect with one another through our weekly coffee hour! If you would like to volunteer with cleanup or provide food items on any given week, please use our Coffee Hour Signup.
  • 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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