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Sunday September 25, 2022

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 AM!

Worship This Week:

As the Saying Goes Sermon Series
Part Three: "Go the Extra Mile" - Matthew 5:38-48

This month, the Power of One offering
will benefit the work of the Trustees. 

What's happening this weekend...

Church-Wide Picnic & 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 this 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

Church Library - Used Book Sale Continues!

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS! Even if you checked out the book sale last Sunday, take another look. We have put out lots of new books—especially fiction and mysteries and a few new categories. We accidentally neglected to put out about 15 boxes of books.

Be sure to stop by and browse the sale this week before and after worship! Also, please let Barbara Reimers know (610-694-0767) if you can help with tear-down on Sunday September 25 at 12:30 PM. Thank you!

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

ARK (Amazing Ringing Kids) Begins October 2

Calling all Wesley kiddos -- it's time to start ringing again! Our children's chime choir, ARK (Amazing Ringing Kids) is back for another year of making music to glorify God. Rehearsals will take place on Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM (before Sunday School), beginning October 2.

ARK includes ringers from kindergarten through fifth grade. If your child is interested in ringing this year (or if you are interested in helping as an assistant), please contact our Director of Bell Choirs, Chris Perfetti. Let's make a joyful noise to the Lord! 

Adult Study Leaders Needed

If you have a love of learning or a desire to connect with other people of faith, we encourage you to volunteer as an adult study group leader! Leaders are needed for adult Sunday School classes (either before or after worship) as well as mid-week Bible study groups. Not sure where to begin? Pastor Candy will be happy to help you pick out a study resource and walk you through the process. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Pastor Candy.

Wesley Church Fall Sale - Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for Saturday October 23, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM, for the church's annual fall sale. Come shop from many yard sale and vendor tables. Enjoy some "trick or treating" for kids at participating tables, too! The kitchen will be open for lunch purchases, and we'll offer a silent auction and bake sale, too. 

To become a vendor, or for more information on volunteering, please contact Debbie Ace by phone (215-804-7509) or email, or contact Betty Killo by email.  

Pet Supply Drive

Throughout the month of October, we will be collecting animal food, pet toys, pet litter, leashes, and other supplies to be donated to the Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley. Donations can be placed in the bin at the church from October 1 through October 20. Thank you for caring for all of God's creatures!

What's coming up...

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.

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

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. 

Lehigh Valley Outreach Depot 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."

Men's Fellowship Breakfast

The next Men's Fellowship Breakfast will take place on Saturday October 15. 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

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

Catching Up with Pastor Candy

This week, it was my honor to host clergy and laity from throughout the Eastern PA Conference for the installation service of our new District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Hun Ju Lee. It was a powerful and moving worship service, and I want to thank the musicians, greeters, tech gurus, and volunteers from Wesley for offering our new DS such an incredible welcome. Your efforts were greatly appreciated by the DS -- and by me! 

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
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 "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
  • 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
  • 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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