Wesley United Methodist Church
Why Ashes on Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian season called Lent. Lent originated in the 4th century and was initially a time of preparation for those being baptized at Easter. Since baptism is an act of introduction into a community of faith, the entire community was called to this "time of preparation." Additionally, those people who had been removed from the fellowship of the church (for a number of reasons that are not particularly important for us to get into at this time) were also called to this time of self-examination, prayer, fasting, and introspection before their re-introduction to the church.
The ashes symbolize our humility before God, and our recognition that we are mortal. It is a time when we reflect on what we need to change in our lives in order to live responsibly and lovingly as a member of the created world. I hope you'll join me as we look more deeply at the observance of Lent over the next 40 days, take a fearless moral inventory of our lives, and look for ways to find more love, peace, and fulfillment in our lives. I look forward to making this journey with each of you.
Teresa Angle-Young is a pastor who is simply seeking God, loving neighbors, and trying to follow Jesus. From UMC.org/new to UMC/ originally published Why Ashes on Wednesday
Feb 12, 2018
Camp enrolment is open!
Camp enrolment is open. To see the camps for this summer, please click here.
Below is what WNO has decided for Camperships this year. Please let Pastor or the office know if you have any questions.
1 WNO will pay up to $250.00 for any child going to camp for the Summer of 2022. One campership per child per summer.
2 WNO or Wesley will not be responsible for transportation to or from camp. Parents are responsible for taking to and picking up their kids from camp. Families or children attending camp can carpool, but this will not be arranged by Wesley or WNO.
3 No rainchecks for next year.
4 If you decide to register your child for camp, please use the code “wesleycamp” and once everyone is registered, WNO will let parents know how much they have to pay. Parents can pay their part to WNO, and then we can send one check to the camping office.
5 Camp is a very good week for any child to learn about faith in community. Please consider enrolling them for any camp of their choice.
6 If you have already registered your child and had to pay a deposit, that money will count towards your out of pocket. If it less than the amount you as a parent are supposed to pay, you can pay the difference to WNO. If it is more than the amount you are supposed to pay, WNO will reimburse you the difference.
Blessings to you and your family,
Early Bird camp signup deadline is April 30!
02 Donna Allis
02 Mike Brua
04 Sheldon Tulio
05 Dave Anderson
05 Rich Paez
06 Deloris Dow
06 Mason Rote
07 Joshua Lohr
11 Darold Borman
11 Jenny Hirschfield
11 Eliza Potter
13 Jan Janssen
14 Doug Bird
14 Benjamin Hirschfield
17 Nikki Deschepper
17 Jolene Garner
19 Dean Dewes
22 Taylor Roberts
23 Mitchell Wendt
25 Donna Wallin
27 Nila Hendriks
29 Kayla Dammer
30 Robin Janssen
Let my soul be at rest again. For the Lord has been good to me.
Our Members and Friends in Care Facilities or Under Home Care
Edgewood Vista: Jackie Dreyer
Good Sam / Hill: Linda Varud,
Luther Manor: Faye Pigott
Leisure Living in Hartford: Nona Robinson
Southridge: Guy Varud; Cleova Frahm;
VA in Luverne: Bob Morrison
2204 E. 11th: Deb Stoakes
Friends to hold up and remember:
We pray for those named here and those named in our hearts
We pray for all impacted by Covid
Ernie Griner - tests to see what's wrong
Lea Watson's grandson Brock - hospitalized with serious injuries
Marg Gross - Bernie McCabe's sister at Avera after falling
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
Bill Williams’ girlfriend -Danielle facing more chemo
Carmen Britt - Brother-in-law Dave recovering from cancer surgery
Trish Garcia - continued prayers
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
Judy's daughter-in-law Sara Martin Tulio- will have surgery in two weeks and chemo until August
General Budget update @ December 31, 2021
Income 12 months 2021------ $178,645.76
Expense 12 months 2021----- $191,181.18
Expenses exceed income ----$ (12,535.42)
Don Armstrong, Treasurer
Building and Grounds
Donations December ------------ $660.00
Interest earned: $.21
Balance 12/31/2021 ---$25,325.92
Donna Wallin, Treasurer
United Methodist Women
Even though we aren’t having regular meetings, Wesley UMW is still here and is making a difference. We served refreshments for the Union Gospel Mission on February 18. We had many willing hands preparing bars, cleaning relishes, serving and cleaning up. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way with this project. Our UMW has had a long tradition of supporting the Union Gospel Mission and this is just one of the ways we are able to support this mission in our community. Pastor Manuel arranged for the audio-visual equipment for the meeting and also spoke to the group. Thank you for setting that up Pastor.
April 9 we will be hosting the district FOCUS workshop. FOCUS is like a mini-Mission u. Everyone is welcome to come and join us in the morning to learn about the mission studies from last summer in a short form.
COVID has created issues for our church and our unit this past year. But we are not the first generation to face difficult times. In the 1950s our parents faced polio, not as deadly as COVID but probably just as scary because its target was children. Through the years, the focus of the women’s organization in our church has changed as we moved through the feminist movement, the sexual revolution, the violence of the Civil Rights Movement, climate justice, Black Lives Matter, etc.
My point is, we’re not the first generation of UMW members to face difficulties that seem overwhelming. We must remain passionate, loyal members of our organization and we must do what we can. Let’s not lose hope, and let’s not convince ourselves that we can’t do anything because we can’t do everything.
Dawn Armstrong, President
From the Parish Nurse
5 Reasons to Eat Meals Together
1. Family meals foster positive family relationships…Family meals provide an opportunity to sit and be present with each other after busy days. The mealtimes reinforce values, traditions and cultural connectivity. A report from CASAColumbia (CASA*) at Columbia University says that families who shared meals 5 to 7 times per week were less likely to use drugs, smoke or consume alcohol. Yes, positive family relationships and open communication around the table are that powerful!
2. Family dinners encourage kids to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables…Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables matters for long-term health.
3. Family meals empower kids with lifelong healthy food preparation skills…Give a kid a chicken nugget and he or she eats for a night. Teach a kid how to make chicken nuggets and he or she can eat for a lifetime! Apply that scenario to all foods, from salads to sandwiches. The science supports that family meals improve food prep skills.
4. Family dinners lead to better sleep habits in children…Sleep is powerful! We know that kids who have better sleep habits have better grades in school. Did you also know that family meal times help foster positive sleep habits? It’s true. In a study on urban children, those who never had family meals had a much shorter sleep duration than those who ate at least 5 meals with their family.
5. Family meals reduce TV-watching or screen time…In order for mealtimes to make a difference, it’s important to set this rule: “No screens during meals.” The research has warned us about brain development and screen time in toddlers. Plus, screen times are correlated with harmful outcomes for teens, from mental health to sleep disruption.
Family meals may look different in every home, but sitting down as a family and sharing a meal together is important for everyone.
Dawn Armstrong, Parish Nurse