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Sunday August 28, 2022

Join us for worship on Sunday at 10 AM!

Worship This Week:

Sermon: "Crashing Your Own Party"
Guest Preacher: Rev. Stephen Simmons
Psalm 112

Also in worship:
"Minute for Mission"
with Rev. Cynthia Simmons

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).  

Backpack 2022: Thank You! 

At this year's annual Backpack Festival, we distributed more than 900 backpacks to children and youth in our community. An additional 600 backpacks will be distributed in the coming days. We also were able to hand out packages of socks & underwear, toiletries, and snacks to our guests. Our partners at Wegman's provided fresh produce for families, while the Cops & Kids program handed out free books to every guest. We also welcomed members of the Bethlehem Fire Department and Bethlehem Mounted Police who interacted with our guests throughout the morning. 

Many thanks to the volunteers (approximately 100 of them!) who helped make this incredible event possible. And many thanks for all the donations and fundraiser support throughout the year. We can't wait for next year's "We Got Your Back" festival! 

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 September 11. 

This fall's Faith Crawl tour will include:
  • St. John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church -- a congregation that is transitioning to a new ministry
  • Packer Chapel at Lehigh University -- a campus ministry in a diverse interfaith setting
  • St. John AME Zion Church -- the first and oldest African-American congregation in the Lehigh Valley
When registering, participants can also order a signature navy blue BIG t-shirt for $10 each (payable at the first tour stop: St. John's Windish -- 617 E 4th St., Bethlehem). For more info, contact BIG

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

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!

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.

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

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.

Lehigh Valley Outreach Depot

This week we were able to take 230 cleaning buckets and 203 hygiene kits to Mission Central for distribution to Kentucky families devastated by recent flooding. We were also able to provide a number of pieces of medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, and shower chairs, etc.

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. 

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.

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 "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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