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Sunday September 18, 2022

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 AM!

Worship This Week:

As the Saying Goes Sermon Series
Part Two: "The Writing on the Wall" - Daniel 5

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

Blessing of the Animals

Bring your furry, feathery, or four-legged friends to church for a special pet blessing! On Sunday October 2 at 12:15 PM, join us outside (in front of the main doors) for a brief "Blessing of the Animals" service. We'll offer your beloved pet some prayers of blessing... as well as some delicious treats! Help pass on the blessing by bringing a donation of pet food or pet supplies to benefit the Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley. 

Celebrated each year near the Feast of St. Francis (the patron saint of animals, according to some Christian traditions), the Blessing of the Animals provides the opportunity to ask God's blessing over the pets who are truly part of our families. For more information, please contact the pastor.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is back! This ministry provides another way for us to gather at a table, and share our craft and faith with each other and with others. Stop by our table at the pancake breakfast (September 18), pick up some yarn, and help us determine where, when, and how often to gather.

Already have some yarn? We are currently in need of prayer shawls for adults!

For more info, contact Karen Rose (610-657-5440) or Sarah Campbell

Charge Conference - Save the Date

Our annual charge conference -- the annual business and ministry celebration meeting with the District Superintendent -- will take place in our Wesley Church sanctuary on Sunday October 2 at 1:00 PM. This will be a group charge conference, and we will welcome United Methodists from other local churches on this day. All are invited to attend, and those who are formal members of the church (including youth who have recently been confirmed) are permitted to vote. 

Youth Group: Wet Fest TOMORROW!

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, for Wet Fest! The even will run from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the church. For more info, please contact Brian (Wesley's Youth Leader). Thanks for your understanding, and see you at Wet Fest!

Pancake Breakfast This Sunday

Join us this Sunday September 18 for our first day of Sunday School and annual pancake breakfast. We'll begin serving breakfast at 8:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall. RSVP here for pancakes!
Still need to register for Sunday School classes? We've got you covered! Click here, or email Miss Deb.

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.

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

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. Be sure to stop by and browse the sale this week before and after worship! 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. 

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

Popular website links:

Home Page
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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 "low risk" category.
CDC guidelines include:
  • 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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