Wesley United Methodist Church

August 2022

July 17th Block Party!

The Wesley rummage sale raised $1356.94 to pay for the July 17th block party! The Block Party was a success! It is estimated we had 250 people attend. Many children were there and had a lot of fun. There were games for all ages, the water balloons and dunk tank were really popular.

Thank you to all who donated and worked to make the block party a success. Special thanks to the Worship Committee and the IT Committee who made this happen.

There was a "Free Will" offering bucket and $100.51 was collected and deposited. It may be used towards our next event.

Thank You from the Worship Committee

The Worship Committee would like to thank all of you for all your support for our Block Party event that took place on Sunday, July 17, 2022! It was amazing to see everyone from Wesley come together and help out wherever needed so that we could provide a fun event for our neighborhood. It was truly seeing the Body of Christ in action!

The day was filled with all sorts of fun activities—food, snow cones, popcorn, water inflatables, music, dunk tank, yard games, water balloon volleyball and water balloon fights, a bubble pond for little ones, and lots of fellowship. We had about 250 people attend!

We are hoping to plan some more community events throughout the year so that we can continue to get to know the people in our neighborhood. Stay tuned!

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Delta Dental Mobile Program has reached the milestone of treating 50,000 children's smile!

Rummage Sale

Our Annual Rummage Sale was a success! Once again everyone pulled together and made our sale a success by donating no longer wanted items and making them available to many people looking for treasures. About the same amount was made as in previous years and it will be used for good purposes. Blessings to all the people who sorted items as they arrived and to all the people who worked during those two busy days. THANK YOU!!!

Special thanks to Angi, Laura Potter and Amy for making the rummage happen!

Camperships - The 2022 rummage sale gave $1356.94 to fund camperships. Eleven campers and Pastor Manuel have enrolled in camp and WNO is able to pay 100% of the fees. There is money left over so there is a good start for next summer campers.
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Project: Supply Our Students

SOS Distribution Days 2022

August 2-4 | August 10-12 | August 18-20

Distribution will take place at The Banquet | 900 E 8th St

Registration Required to Receive a Backpack

Click below to register your child for this opportunity. If you need assistance, call The Banquet at 605-335-7066 or 211.

Children must be present and have one form of identification for the child to receive a backpack, such as a birth certificate, social security card, school ID, library card or medicaid card.

If the child is NOT present, a backpack will not be given.

Register here https://helplinecenter.jotform.com/221674509168967


How to donate to Supply Our Students (SOS)

How to Collect or Donate Supplies

  • Donations are accepted year-round. Bring donations directly to The Banquet Downtown, 900 E 8th Street, from 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Please call 605.335.7066 so that we may assist you in unloading your items. Please note: we are unable to accept items during our distribution days Aug. 2-4, 10-12 & 18-20.
  • Submit a message below or call The Banquet at 605.335.7066 if you need boxes, posters, school supply lists or if you have any questions.

Our Members and Friends in Care Facilities or Under Home Care

Tuff Home in Hills, MN: Jackie Dreyer

Good Sam / Hill: Linda Varud,

Leisure Living in Hartford: Nona Robinson

Southridge: Guy Varud; Cleova Frahm;

VA in Luverne: Bob Morrison

2204 E. 11th: Deb Stoakes

August Birthdays

02 Echo Rue Benson

02 Steve Polzin

07 Tiffany Hirschfield

12 Laurie Van Noort

13 Oliver Borman

16 Jan Wittrock

17 Deborah Stoakes

21 Jerry Bastemeyer

22 Matt Bohmbach

22 Bradley Anderson

25 Bob Waxdahl

25 Katia Loaeza

26 Judy Kiepke

28 Andrea Borman

29 Nona Robinson

29 Ron Dorsman

HyVee Cards

Do you eat on a regular basis? Do you buy groceries at HyVee? Then why not purchase HyVee cards from Doug (605-321-6430) and Marcy (605-336-8828) Bird. They help support projects around the church and the UMW. It’s a win-win situation.

August Anniversaries

9 Tracy & Corey Bird

10 Donna & Brian Wallin

11 Nikki & Dylan DeSchepper

14 Tiffani & Richard Paez

15 Laurie & Doug Van Noort

22 Dawn & Don Armstrong

Friends to hold up and remember:

Our Sympathy - Nila Hendriks and family on the death of Klaas

Bob Morrison- recuperating at home after fall

Aggie Borman - recovering from a heart transplant

Brooklyn - a little girl who has been coming to church - diminished lung capacity

Bob and Barbara Gran- both doing well after undergoing medical procedures

Pastor Laura Borman - done with chemotherapy

Aleene Williams - biopsies are negative! checkup in 6 months, thankful for all the prayers

Lynn Margeson - high blood pressure and tests

Dave Garcia - will start chemo soon for cancer diagnosis

Ernie Griner - tests to see what's wrong

Mike Renken -prayers for healing

Lea Watson's grandson Brock - prayers for healing

Sandy - Bernie McCabe's daughter, ongoing illness

Guy and Linda Varud - both are struggling and in need of prayers

Lynn Margeson's sister Marti Swearingen recovering from heart transplant surgery on 11-3

Carmen Britt - Sister Kim and Brother-in-law, Dave - prayers needed

Trish Garcia - surgery in Rochester went well, prayers for continued healing

Kolby Bohmbach – Continued prayers for good test results

Felsheim Family – working to keep Bennett safe

Karen Renken- continued prayers for healing

Bob Whiting’s daughter Robyn – needs a kidney transplant

Nila & Karen’s sister-in-law Karen - continued prayers

José Garcia’s mom, Maria Herrera - breast cancer

Check out the Newsletter online after August 10th and see the updated financials.

General Budget update @ July 30, 2022

Income 7 Months 2022------ ------------$99,389.33

Expense 7 Months 2022----------------($109,122.99)

Health Rebate from Dakota Conference $16,486.57

Income exceed Expense ------------------ $6,752.91

Don Armstrong, Treasurer

Building and Grounds

Balance 6/30/2022-------------------------$15,573.13

Donations July--------------------------------$1,280.00

Disbursements- electronic improvements ($5,091.46)

Interest earned: ------------------------------------$2.09

Balance 7/31/2022 -------------------------$12,493.89

Donna Wallin, Treasurer

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ~~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

From the Parish Nurse

August Is National Immunization Month

There are a lot of recommended immunizations for both children and adults.

Children require immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), rotavirus, Hep B/Hep A, TdP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), flu, varicella (chickenpox), pneumonia, polio, HPV (human papillomavirus), COVID, and any others recommended by your pediatrician.

Adults require immunizations for flu, TdP, MMR, varicella, shingles, HPV (ages 19-45), pneumonia, Hep B/Hep A, COVID, and any other immunizations recommended by your physician.

Not only are these immunizations important to protect your own health, but it helps protect anyone you may come in contact with. If you are healthy, you will be less likely to spread diseases to those you love and interact with. Jesus told us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. This is one way we can do that.

Blessings, Dawn Armstrong Parish Nurse

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In the last newsletter I discussed the reasons we are changing and how the national office decided which changes needed to be made, including a new name and logo.

Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle and gorgeous in the end.

Viewing Change as Positive---Keeping a Positive Mindset

There are 4 things to keep in mind when change happens, whether it is your choice or not. In the beginning, this is a conscious exercise. Eventually, it becomes part of your mental practice.

1. Worrying will NEVER change the outcome. Let go of the things you cannot control.

2. The impact of most changes will be temporary. If it isn't temporary, adapt. Don't focus on what you are losing because of the change. Focus on what is being gained. If you struggle to see the change from another perspective, ask others who are known to have a positive mindset how they see the change. A Chinese Proverb says, "When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills." Build the windmills and stay positive so you can easily adapt to the changes that are coming.

3. Things change, people change, but GOD remains. Try talking to God about it.

4. Look for the lesson and/or opportunity. "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."- C.S. Lewis

Mark 2:21-22 – New Wineskins

What Happens In the Wineskin?

Jody Gattey, a self-described student and teacher of the Bible for over 40 years on Quora.com, tells us that while grape juice is originally put into a new wineskin, it begins to change when a process called fermentation begins. Fermentation is a process in which yeast grows and begins to change the grape juice into wine. As the yeast grows, the wineskin grows and stretches to its capacity to accommodate the newly transformed grape juice, which is now wine.

If the original wineskin is emptied and you attempt to refill it with more grape juice, the fermentation process will begin again. Remember, the old wineskin is already stretched to capacity. So, the old wineskin is attempting to maintain its previous shape and size AND accommodate the growth required by the contents. The old wineskin cannot maintain its previous structure while attempting to grow and support new changes.

Why Do We Need New Wineskins?

United Methodist Women has come to a point where it is ready to make new wine in a new wineskin. We have been served well by the structure and programs contained within the old wineskin. Many of the things that we have loved about United Methodist Women are part of the grapes that have been used to make the wine in the old wineskins and will be part of the grapes that will make the wine in the new wineskins.

I will continue to share the new vision for United Women in Faith with you each month. But, as Betty Davis said, “Buckle up. We’re in for a bumpy ride.” We, as leaders are called to smooth out some of those bumps and in the end it will be gorgeous.

Dawn Armstrong, President United Women in Faith

Thank You!

Hard to believe but my six rounds of chemotherapy are done! I am so grateful for all the support received from the folks of Wesley. We have been fed, upheld in prayer, been the recipients of scored of beautiful cards and notes. You have truly blessed us on this cancer journey.

The end of July I will have follow-up testing and the results of those scans will determine if further treatment is necessary.

Loving the Community of Faith,

Pastor Laura and Darold

Bake Sale for Travis and Aggie

The Women's Bible Study group and the United Women in Faith sponsored a bake sale fundraiser for Travis and Aggie Borman. It was held in conjunction with the Wesley rummage sale. A total of $1372.25 was raised. Aggie's heart transplant was successful but extra expenses continue to pile up. Thank you to all who baked, donated time or money to raise the gift. Love and hope are given with the dollars.

Thank You!

Wow! Over $1300 raised for expenses for Aggie and Travis as they await Aggie's heart transplant. We are anxious for the surgery to be done. We understand for Aggie to receive a new heart someone has to lose someone they love dearly. Oliver stays at Dad's and Grandpa and Grandma's. He facetimes with his mom every day and was able to get an exception to the rules so he could go, as he says, "Get a real hug!"

Travis makes weekly trips to the University of Minnesota and Uncle Roy (of Palm Sunday donkey fame) goes with him.

Thank you so much for your very real support in covering gas and hotel costs during this time of waiting.

Aggie, Travis and Oliver Borman

Mark Your Calendars

Mondays - Bible Study at 10 am

Wednesdays - Prayer Shawl at 9 am on August 3, 17, 31

August 1 - Worship Meeting at 5:30 pm

August 8th - 10th Summer's Last Blast Camp

August 8th - 11th Delta Dental

August 31st - First night of WOW

Coming up:

September 11th - Sunday School Starts

September 13th - Tuesday Night Bible Study starts

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Kidz Count Summer Wrap Up

Ahoy Matey’s! Be on the lookout for pirates! Join us in the fellowship hall on August 9th, for a fun filled night and program and then the ice cream social! 7 p.m is curtain time!

Besides planning the program, we have also been busy with fishing at the outdoor campus, finishing up golf lessons, going to the fun hydrant parties sponsored by the city fire and police departments, and of course swimming. The kids keep working on learning and retaining their learning every day by reading or doing math games, playing educational board games and doing projects.

Hope to see you on August 9th at 7 p.m.! Summer programming ends on August 12th.

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