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Sunday September 11, 2022

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 AM!

Worship This Week:

As the Saying Goes Sermon Series
Part One: "Cut a Deal" -- Genesis 15:1-21

This month, the Power of One offering
will benefit the Trustees' parking lot repair project. 

Youth Group: Wet Fest RESCHEDULED

Due to COVID exposures, we are rescheduling the date for Wet Fest. We look forward to seeing everyon next Saturday, September 17, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM. For more info, please contact Brian (Wesley's Youth Leader). Thanks for your understanding, and see you at Wet Fest!

Grief Group - Begins October 6

Are you or a loved one journeying through a season of grief? We invite you to join us for an eight-week grief workshop and support group, facilitated by Bill Arnold. Inspired by the words of Psalm 23, the program -- "Unless I Walk Through" -- will aid you in your walk through grief. The group will be offered as a hybrid experience, with opportunities to participate in person or online. 

The group will gather in the church library on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM, beginning October 6. 

A fee of $45 per person will cover the cost of materials, and scholarships are available upon request. To register, contact Bill at 601-217-1070, or visit the Solace Counseling website

Church-Wide "Fall Cleanup Day"

Mark your calendars and join us as we spruce up God's house (and the surrounding grounds) during our Fall Cleanup Day. This year, the cleanup day will take place on Sunday September 25. Our Trustees invite you to join them immediately after worship for a picnic lunch (hot dogs and beverages provided) before turning to various indoor and outdoor building tasks. Many hands make light work -- and that work makes a huge difference! 

For more information, or to sign up, please contact the church office

Scavenger Hunts, Pancakes... and Jesus! 

To kick off a new year of Sunday School, we're inviting our Wesley kiddos to join us for a Sunday School Scavenger Hunt on Sunday September 11. To help us in our planning, please RSVP for the scavenger hunt

And then join us again the following week -- Sunday September 18 -- for our first day of Sunday School and annual pancake breakfast. RSVP here for pancakes!
Still need to register for Sunday School classes? We've got you covered! Click here, or email Miss Deb.

Calling All Ministry Leaders!
Reserve your info table at the pancake breakfast...

During our Pancake Breakfast on Sunday September 18, we're offering the opportunity for Wesley Church ministries to set up informational tables in Fellowship Hall. Want to reserve a spot for your ministry area? Contact our Church Administrator

Installation Service for DS Lee

It's our privilege to host the installation service of our new North District Superintendent, Rev. Hun Ju Lee! Join us on Sunday September 18 at 7:00 PM in our church sanctuary for an evening of worship and celebration as we welcome our new DS to the North District.

Garden Pickup Schedule Update

The produce and food pantry schedule will be adjusted this week. There will be no pickup on Thursday September 15. Regular pickups will resume on Monday September 19. 

Fall "Faith Crawl" with Bethlehem Interfaith Group

The Bethlehem Interfaith Group (BIG) is planning its third Faith Crawl, in which bus travelers will visit three houses of faith on southside Bethlehem. The Faith Crawl will take place on Sunday September 18, 3PM - 6PM. There is no charge to participate, but a donation of $5 or more is requested to cover the cost of the bus.

To register, sign up online or call First Presbyterian Church at 610-867-5865. Registration deadline is this Sunday, September 11. 

Eco-Faith Education Opportunity

Faith in Place is offering "Rooted Together," a Green Team Summit 2022, September 11-14. This summit will feature keynote speak and world-renowned climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. 100% available online with regional watch parties in IL, IN, and WI.  Learn more, register and support the event at
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe's latest book is Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.

Summer Book Club

Join us for the final installment in our Summer Book Club. This month, we're reading Geraldine Brooks' novel People of the Book. The discussion will take place on Monday, September 12 at 6:30 PM.
Do you have recommendations for the Winter edition of our book club? Send your recommendations to Pastor Candy.

Men's Fellowship Breakfast

The next Men's Fellowship Breakfast will take place on Saturday September 17. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM, and the meeting with begin at 8:00 AM. For more information on the men's ministry, please contact Rich Chambers

Lehigh Valley Outreach Depot

LVOD Fundraiser
The LVOD is participating in the Boscov's Friends Helping Friends fundraiser on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 8AM to 11PM. You purchase a Shopping Pass for $5.00 (This goes to the LVOD). You can shop all day and get up to 25% off most items. Consider doing some early Christmas shopping! Contact Karen Schaefer or other LVOD volunteers to purchase your "pass."

Church Library

Many people have been asking when there would be another used book sale. Well, the time is here! Books will be available for sale in the Atrium before and after worship services on September 18 and 25 for a free will offering. If you have books to donate, bring them by Friday September 16 and leave them behind the librarian’s desk in the Library. No encyclopedia sets, National Geographic magazines, old textbooks or Reader’s Digest condensed books, please. Let Barbara Reimers know (610-694-0767) if you can help with setup on Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 PM or tear down on Sunday September 25 at 12:30 PM. Thank you!

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. 

Catching Up with Pastor Candy

This week, it was my joy to celebrate the start of the new school year alongside our incredible Wesley's Circle of Friends Preschool staff & board! We welcomed more than fifty families through our doors this week. At WCOF, our teachers make learning fun... and even more importantly, they make our preschool kiddos feel loved. Please pray for our staff, students, and families throughout these first weeks of school. 

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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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

  • Pastoral Care: If you have a pastoral care need, please contact the church office or email Pastor Candy. 
  • Garden Ministry: Remember to drop off your produce before our produce pickups on Mondays and Thursdays at 9AM
  • 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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