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Sunday November 20, 2022

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 AM!

Worship This Week:

"At Least 10,000 Reasons"
Psalm 100, Leviticus 7:11-15

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

What's happening this weekend...

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. 

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

Stuffing Throwdown will take place this Sunday November 20 after worship. Come to taste-test an array of delicious signature stuffings, and vote for your favorite. The winner will receive a special prize -- and some serious bragging rights! (The winner will be announced next Sunday November 27.)

Helpers are needed to serve our stuffing sampler platters. To volunteer, please contact Pastor Candy.

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.

Wesley Youth Group

Join us this Sunday November 20, 6-8 PM, 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. 

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. 

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

Garden Ministry: Harvest 2022

The final totals are in! This year, the gardeners of Wesley Church provided 432 pounds of fresh produce to our friends at New Bethany Ministries. Many thanks to all who organized, planted, watered, weeded, and delivered produce to address food insecurity in our community. We are grateful for your efforts!

Giving Trees

The giving trees will be making a reappearances in the Wesley Church atrium -- just in time for Black Friday sales! Through our giving trees, we support the work of area organizations that provide gifts and treats to children & youth, struggling families, and lonely seniors. To donate, take a tag from one of the trees, purchase the item(s) indicated, and return your donation to the church. For more information on our giving trees, please contact Debbie Ace

What's coming up...

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.

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

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.

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.

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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