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Sunday August 21, 2022

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 AM!

Worship This Week:
"Back and Better Than Ever" Celebration

Sermon: "Show Me!"
James 2:14-18

Also in worship:
Backpack Festival Celebration
Welcoming New Members
Blessing of the Backpacks

Wesley Children & Youth:
Don't forget to bring your backpacks on Sunday!

Announcing the "Year of the Table"

Tables are sacred spaces. Tables are places where we say grace, experience grace, and receive grace. Around tables, we build relationships and forge long-lasting connections. At Christ's Table, we receive the grace-filled gifts that nurture our spirits and sustain our lives. 

This year at Wesley Church, we're celebrating the "Year of Table." Throughout the coming year, we plan to provide various opportunities for us to gather around tables (strengthening our relationships) and to gather at Christ's Table (deepening our faith). As we plan activities, make decisions, or launch ministries, we'll be asking two key questions: How does this bring us closer? How does this take us deeper? 

We hope you'll join us in many ways at many tables as we seek to strengthen our relationships and deepen our faith in this "Year of the Table!"

Backpack 2022: Tomorrow is the big day!

Our annual Backpack Festival will take place tomorrow, Saturday August 20. 
We will be distributing backpacks, socks & underwear, and school supplies from 8 AM to 1 PM
We look forward to this powerful opportunity to share Christ's love with our community! 

Still want to help?

Our Consider signing up for the cleanup crew! After a full morning of setting up, handing out supplies, and connecting with families in our community, it's extremely helpful to have some extra (and well-rested) hands to assist with cleanup. Email us to volunteer.

Welcome to our new Director of Bell and Chimes Choirs, Chris Perfetti! 

Chris is excited to be joining the Wesley UMC team as bell choir director. She has more than thirty years of handbell experience as a bell choir member, chime choir parent, and bell choir director. She writes:
"At the end of 2021, I felt God was moving me in a new direction for worship. I attended Palm Sunday service at Wesley UMC. As I was looking on the website for service times, I saw that Wesley was looking for a Handbell Director. I prayed about it, spoke with a member of Wesley church, applied, and as they say, the rest is history. I look forward to many years, new challenges, and new growth for the Bell programs at WUMC. Handbells, to me, play an important role in worship. Not only do they bring Praise, but they offer an opportunity for many hands to bring the Praise."

To learn more about our new staff member, visit her bio
For more information on the bell and chime choir programs at Wesley, please email the director

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.

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.
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
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

Pastoral Care Needs

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

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.

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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

  • 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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