Wesley United Methodist Church

December 2020

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Being the Hands and Feet of Jesus this Christmas

At our church, we were inspired and asked to be the hands and feet of Jesus by providing a gift to someone that we felt could use a little extra love and support this Christmas. As a family, we thought of you. Given everything that you are going through with your cancer, we are so amazed at how your attitude, positivity, but most importantly, your faith have stayed so strong.

You are such a light, Heather. We are blessed to know you and want you to know that we are praying for you all. Also, that the Felsheim family is here…ready and willing to help in any way that we can.

Let me explain some of these gifts and the thoughts that went in to them:

Sunglasses…because your future is bright!

Warm socks and hot cocoa mix…because you have such a warm heart!

New Nicholas Sparks book…because we know you love to read!

Netflix gift card, popcorn, and candy…because we know you and your family enjoy family movie nights. So, have one on us!

Make up…because you are beautiful, inside and out!

Coffee…because, well, you have to have coffee!

Bath bomb, loofah, candle, and body care items…because we want you to relax and know that God’s got this!

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Creator God, as I prepare to go into the world, help me see the holy nature of wearing this face covering. Let it be a tangible and visible way of living love for my neighbors, as I seek also to love myself. Blessed Jesus, since my lips will be covered, uncover my heart, that people would see my smile in the crinkles around my eyes. Since my voice may be muffled, help me to speak clearly, not only with my words, but with my actions.

Holy Spirit, as I secure this mask around my ears, remind me to listen carefully and caringly to all those I meet. May this simple face covering be shield and banner, and may each breath it holds be filled with Your love. It is in your name I pray and it is in your name I love. Amen.

(By: Designed by Sheila Fryer of McCabe United Methodist Church in Bismarck, North Dakota Modified from a prayer by Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Canada)

Our Journey in 2021

Deuteronomy 8:18

Remember the Lord your God, who gives you the ability to produce wealth.

If you haven't turned in your pledge card, please do so ASAP. The Finance committee needs the pledges so they can better plan 2021 budget. We are living through uncertain times, but we can always be certain of God's love.

Welcoming Adam Weber

Adam Weber, Minister at Embrace, spoke at Wesley's praise service November 22. Although Covid kept many away, the hits from online streaming were through the roof! If you missed it, or would like to hear Adam's message again, go to the website www.wumcsf.org, click on Livestream, click on Video Archive then scroll down and click on Praise Service Wesley/Embrace November 22.
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Friends to hold up and remember:

Sympathy to Cheryl Meier and family on the death of her mother, Emma "Ferne" Lindskov

Many have been touched by the Covid-19 virus, Please pray to keep everyone safe.

Sylvia Herman- hospitalized with Covid like symptoms

Tyra Roberts - heart surgery

Sue- Steve Polzin's girlfriend is hospitalized with Covid

Della Witcomb - doing good at home!

Leland Bachtell – home hospice

Jeanette Portice – prayers for continued health

Kolby Bohmbach – 1 year from last treatment Continued prayers

Jim Hansen’s brother- in-law Greg- needs a transplant

Bennett & Family – working to keep Bennett safe from virus

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

Earl Angle – continued prayers

Pat Patterson – continued prayers

Judy's friend Carolyn - prayers for hope

Our Members and Friends in Care Facilities or Under Home Care

Edgewood Vista: Jackie Dreyer

Edgewood South: Judy Schaap

Good Sam / Hill: Linda Varud

Luther Manor: Marguerite Cunningham; Faye Pigott

Morgan Village Tea: Nona Robinson

Southridge: Guy Varud; Cleova Frahm;

VA in Luverne: Bob Morrison

2204 E. 11th: Deb Stoakes

General Budget Update @ November 30, 2020

· Income 11 months 2020 $165,196.70

· Expense 11 months $160,277.64

· Income exceeds Expense $ 4,919.06

Thank you for keeping your pledges current

Don Armstrong, Treasurer

October 2020 Buildings and Grounds

Previous Balance $21,040.65

Amount Paid Out ---- $389.79

Amount Received ----$480.00

Interest Earned ------------.17

October Balance --$21,131.03

Donna Wallin, Treasurer

Christmas Boxes

We filled 23 boxes to send to Spirit Lake Ministries in North Dakota to deliver to the reservations this Christmas. We were the first ones to turn our boxes in to the distribution center at Sunnycrest UMC so we did better than most churches are doing this year. I never know exactly who turns in boxes but I want to thank everyone who made the effort to get out and shop during this difficult time. I know the children who receive the boxes will be extremely grateful.

December Anniversaries

1 Randy & Jolene Garner

4 William & Kathleen Storevik

23 Howard & Beverly Baartman

23 Bill & Paula Middagh

December Birthdays

01 Travis Borman

01 Jaymi Schriever

07 Jeanette Portice

07 Dorothy Maize

07 Jeff Anderson

10 Carter Roberts

11 Corey Bird

11 Jeffery Kolhoff

11 Arely Garcia

14 Aiyana Stricker

17 David Brua

19 Paula Middagh

20 Julie Hansen

20 Kevin Roberts

21 Camryn Bird

22 Dawn Armstrong

26 Robert Whiting

26 Kirk Varud

28 Mark Meier

30 Kolby Bohmbach

HyVee Cards

Don’t forget to continue to buy HyVee cards from Doug and Marcy Bird (336-8828). This funds special projects in the church and also helps the UMW to meet their budget and still remain “contact-less” during the pandemic.

New to the Give Tab on the Wesley Website

Now when you donate online through the Donate Button, you can choose where you would like your gift to go. Go to www. wumcsf.org and click on the Gift Tab, click on Make a Donation, click on the Choose a Fund dropdown and select where you would like your gift to go. Its simple and safe!

Sermon by phone!! It's Easy!!

Sermon by phone is set up. All you have to do is dial 605 202-2749 from any phone and

and you will hear Wesley's latest church service.

Did you know that Adam Weber has a Podcast?

"The Conversations with Adam Weber" is a weekly podcast from Adam. He talks with many different people on many different subjects trying to get to the heart of the person. Every Wednesday a new podcast is released. Give him a listen on iTunes and Spotify!

What's Happening at Wesley Neighborhood Outreach?

Wesley Neighborhood Outreach programs have changed during the Covid-19 outbreak, but we are continuing to move forward as carefully as possible.

Kidz Count was resumed in August. Volunteers of America is taking extra precautions per the CDC guidelines to protect the children they serve. They have hired extra cleaning people to make sure the workers and children stay safe. We are no longer providing full meals, but Neighborhood Outreach provides snacks.

Night Watch Canteen is also active. Neighborhood Outreach serves six times each year. They have been serving 150 to 200 meals every time they serve. A big thank you to all those who donate their time and money to help keep this program active. A special thank you to Vicki Hanisch who has worked hard to keep this organized and active during this difficult time.

Camperships and Under God’s Canopy. We were unable to send kids to camp this summer or hold UGC due to Covid-19. We had our annual Rummage Sale and brought in over $3000 for next summers campers. With our 5th Sunday offering from last year and next summers Rummage Sale, we should have enough money to send our kids to camp. (We are all praying that there will be a camp next summer.) The Delta Dental bus came to our church in August and did examines and cleanings. Vouchers were given to families that needed dental work. There was a list of Dentists they could go to and have their work done for free.

WOW on Wednesday has not been active currently. We are putting our heads together to try and figure out a safe way to continue this program but have not come up with an answer at this time. We want to give a huge thank you to Ben Claire Church for their continued donations that help us feed our children.

Neighborhood Outreach wants to thank everyone who supports these programs with their time and money to keep these programs going.

Thank you.

Susan Ness

Treasurer of Neighborhood Outreach

Did you know ----

The song Silent Night is 202 years old? It was composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria.

Parish Nurse - Dawn Armstrong

I have been accused of being a bit of a Pollyanna because I look for good to come out of bad situations. The pandemic has caused so much anxiety and grief that it is hard to imagine any good coming out of it. However, I was reading an article on Nov. 23 in the USA section of the newspaper (available on-line only) when I came across an article on the history and the status of the vaccine that will be used to prevent COVID-19. Apparently, the science has been developing slowly over the past 20 years. However, due to COVID-19 there has been a huge influx of research dollars that have allowed them to “move ahead 10 years in this one year.”

Pfizer/BioNTech are using messenger RNA technology. mRNA are part of the body’s toolkit used to turn a DNA blueprint into the proteins needed for every cellular activity. Previous attempts to develop vaccines using mRNA have proven unsuccessful. Now, however, they have found a hormone called erythropoietin that allows them to inject the vaccine into humans without dangerous inflammation. A huge advantage to the vaccine using mRNA is that it isn’t grown in eggs so people who are allergic to eggs won’t have to worry about being immunized like they have with other vaccines. It will also be faster to develop the vaccine and get it distributed. The main disadvantages to the vaccine are that it requires two doses to be effective and it is also extremely unstable and needs to be kept frozen (up to a month) or refrigerated (1 week). Scientists are working on both of those issues. Also, mRNA vaccines contain only a fraction of the virus, so, unlike some vaccines, they can’t give people the disease they are trying to prevent. The vaccine will cause some soreness at the injection site and recipients (44,00 test subjects) have reported feeling a little achy all over for a day or two.

The amazing thing about the mRNA process is that it is being developed to fight other infectious diseases as well and also holds out promise to fight cancer in the future.

So, I don’t believe that God wants bad things to happen but our God is an awesome God and can always turn even bad things into good things. Can I get an Amen?

Mark Your Calendars

December 6 ------9:00am Baptism

December 13 ----9:00am Communion

December 20 ----9:00am Children's Christmas Service

December 20 ----5:30pm Christmas of Hope Service

December 24 ----5:30pm Christmas Eve Service

December 24 ----7:00pm Praise Christmas eve service

Bishop Ough's TV Christmas Service

On December 24 and 25 the Dakotas Conference will present a one-hour TV Christmas worship. The worship service is not meant to replace local congregations Christmas worship experience but to insure those who do not worship online and cannot attend will have a Christmas worship experience. Bishop Ough will deliver the message and music will be provided Dakota Wesleyan University music groups.

In Sioux Falls KELO will carry the broadcast on December 24, 2020 at 2-3 pm

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Dougie's Tales

Sunday December 6th @ 2 pm Doug and Marcy Bird will be at the Old Courthouse Museum to talk about Doug's book "Dougie's Tales: Bad Choices - Good Endings". In his book, Doug looks back at growing up in Sioux Falls and the situations he and his friends got into, many of which could have turned out horribly bad. Luckily for Doug, things worked out in the end and lessons were learned.

Admission is free. Masks are required and seating will be arranged to accommodate social distancing. Books will be available to purchase in the Museum's Store.

Prayer Shawl ministry is blessing the elderly in Luverne

The Prayer Shawl Ministry blessed 64 men and 8 women at the Mary Jane Nursing Home with Prayer Shawls. The skilled care home is in Luverne MN. Nancy Manning, Pastor in Magnolia Mn has members of her church residing there.

Thank you!

Next time you see Nila or Paula or Bill or Mark- Thank them for the new paint and new flooring on the second floor wing. A lot of time and talent went into the upgrade. LOOKS GREAT!

Christmas Service of Hope

On December 20th @ 5:30 Wesley will hold a Christmas Service of Hope. Sometimes this is called a Blue Christmas service. This marks the longest night of the year and is also an acknowledgement that not everyone is joyful during this season. The service reaches out to honor those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, are struggling with unemployment, illness, or any loss that creates a sadness in their lives. Anonymously, if you wish, share a picture, a poem, anything that represents your deepfelt loss.

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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Silent Night, Holy Night

All is calm, All is bright

Throw Back Christmas- 2018


I was recently reading the Book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament. It is a three-chapter book and it can be read in one sitting. It is a very interesting book to read because as a prophet, Habakkuk did not write down or told people of prophecies from God, rather, Habakkuk has two main complaints to God, and he addresses God directly. The first complaint is about God's lack of action to discipline Israel. What the prophet is basically thinking is: "how can you, being a good God, allows for injustice, violence, corruption and for the Word of God to be neglected among your own People?" God then responds by saying that another nation would overtake Israel. Habakkuk at that point is appalled that God would do such a thing; that God would allow a worse nation than Israel to punish Israel for its sin. In other words, Habakkuk goes like: "Whaaaat? The solution is even worse than the problem!" God responds to his second complaint that every nation is accountable to God's justice, but Habakkuk wants God to act in the here and now instead of waiting for the future. However, at the end of the book, he bursts into a song that is a prayer to God.

We also, like Habakkuk, see all the suffering going on in the world due to injustice or oppression or plain evil, and we want God to act immediately as well. My feeble mind cannot comprehend why there's so much suffering and what the purpose of it is, if there is any purpose at all in suffering. During times of doubt, I need to remember it is not me, but God who is in control. At the end of time, all nations, and peoples, will be judged accordingly and God's justice will prevail. It is hard to think that justice will come even after Psalms says that "As far as the East is from the West, so far has God removed your sins" - Psalm 103:12. But what we need to bear in mind is the fact that God's justice is perfect, and that because of the Cross of Calvary we need fear not.

Habakkuk, in the song at the end of the book, sees God as the King who will redeem the anointed ones. The prophet sees what has happened in the past - the redemption of Israel through the exodus - as a precursor to the future exile of the anointed ones into the Kingdom of Israel. In other words, God will once and for all defeat all evil and the creation will once again be perfect as we stand in the presence of a holy, merciful and just God. Habakkuk bursts into praise for the Living God, because even when the whole world seems to be falling apart, we still have a reason to praise the God from whom all blessings flow. Habakkuk chooses to trust and find joy in the covenant promises of God.

2020 has been a tough year for so many on earth, but only it has just a few days left. It is finally coming to an end. As we look forward to 2021, will we, like Habakkuk, choose to trust in the Lord and to find joy in all the promises that we've been given? Remember that "we live by faith and not by sight" - 2 Corinthians 5:7. Life may be dark and chaotic, yet it is my prayer that in 2021 we will continue trusting in God, the one who is really in control. Pastor Manuel

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