Wesley United Methodist Church

December 2021

Visit our Website to find out what Wesley is all about---------www.wumcsf.org

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We are getting ready for Christ's birth

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Christmas Eve Service 12-24 @ 5:30

Blue Christmas Worship Service

On December 5, 2021 @ 4:00 CST we will be having a Blue Christmas worship service at Wesley UMC followed by a free dinner in the fellowship hall (church basement).


This service is to recognize and minister to those who are facing difficulties or grieving this Christmas season. It is also a time to remember those we are missing at Christmas. Everyone is invited, and please invite any friends or family that you know who could especially use a time of ministry acknowledging their grief this Christmas. We know grief is not limited to just one year after a loved one passes, so please feel free to come no matter where you are on your journey through loss.


During this service, we would like to remember the people we've lost and things that we are grieving. If you would like to send a picture of someone or something (lost loved one, lost job, lost pet, lost opportunities, etc.) you are missing this year at Christmas, you can text it or email it to Pastor Manuel at wumc1700pastor@outlook.com. We will have a slide show presentation honoring those people and other lost things we are missing during this Christmas season. Please submit any photos and provide a description for the photo (If you wish us to know who or what it is). Please submit all pictures and descriptions via email to Pastor Manuel by Tuesday, November 30.

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Year-end Giving

Enclosed in the paper newsletters is an envelope for year-end giving. Please give from the heart so Wesley can continue to reach out and spread the Word of God. You can mail your gift or go to the website - www.wumcsf.org - and give on line.

December Anniversaries

1 Randy & Jolene Garner

4 William & Kathleen Storevik

23 Howard & Beverly Baartman

23 Bill & Paula Middagh

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

December Birthdays

01 Travis Borman

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

28 Mark Meier

30 Kolby Bohmbach

Friends to hold up and remember:

We pray for those named and those named in our hearts

We pray for all impacted by Covid


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

Judy K - prayers for continued healing

Bill Williams’ girlfriend -Danielle recovering from surgery for breast cancer and is suspending chemo for her pregnancy.

Angie Griner – her sister Abby had emergency c section and baby is only 33 weeks

Carmen Britt - Brother-in-law Dave recovering from cancer surgery

Trish Garcia - In Rehab, 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- they didn’t get all the cancer and she starts another eight rounds of chemo

Judy and Mary’s friend Phil- another round of chemo for brain cancer




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Confirmation is FUN!

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Christmas Shoe Boxes

A big thank you to everyone who filled one or more shoe boxes for the Christmas Shoe Box project. Wesley filled 44 boxes this year (up from 26 last year). We had help from a couple of elves—Mary and Lynn—who helped load them into my vehicle so I could take them over to Sunnycrest UMC where a truck picked them up November 12. There will be a lot of happy children on the reservations around the Dakotas this Christmas due to your generosity.
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We Have Fun at WOW!

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HyVee Cards

Don’t forget to order HyVee gift cards from Doug and Marcy Bird (605-336-8828). They make great Christmas gifts. You also make a gift to the church when you buy them because the church receives 5% of the proceeds from each sale.

United Methodist Women

This is an open letter to my dear UMW Sisters,

I must admit I miss our gathering together whether on Zoom or in person. While I am trying to communicate with all of you through the President’s letter and through the newsletter, it just isn’t the same. So, here is what I propose. Is anyone interested in going to dinner or lunch the third Thursday in December? It will give us an opportunity to gather as a United Methodist Women group again and to share what is happening in our lives and in the life of United Methodist Women in general. Please contact me either by phone or email.

Duties in December

Gospel Mission Love Gift - Dorcas

December 24 – Christmas Eve service

December 25 – Christmas Day


Duties in January

Gospel Mission Love Gift – Susannah

Pledges Month – Contact Marcy Bird to let her know what you want to pledge to Wesley UMW

January 26 – help serve WOW meal. Contact Dawn if you can help


Dawn Armstrong, President

605-988-7023

donanddawn@sio.midco.net

General Budget update @ November 30, 2021

Income 11 months 2021------ $160,630.76

Expense 11 months 2021----- $177,357.80

Expenses exceed income ----$ 16,727.04

Don Armstrong, Treasurer

Building and Grounds @ November30, 2021

Previous Balance ---------$21,995.14

Donations October/November------------ $1,510.00

Interest earned: $.36

Balance 11/30/2021 ---$24,665.68

Donna Wallin, Treasurer

From the Parish Nurse

I’m sure many of you get tired of hearing me harp on the benefits of exercise but here is another one. Exercise protects the declining brain.

It’s not unusual for some cognitive decline to occur as you age, and it’s nothing to worry about. But if you have more difficulty with judgement, language, or memory than is expected for your age, a doctor may diagnose you with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that raises your risk of progressing to dementia. However, in a Korean study of nearly 250,000 people with MCI, participants who exercised more than once a week were 18% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Physical activity may protect us by increasing blood flow to the brain or by aiding the production of the molecules that help neurons grow.

Exercise doesn’t need to be strenuous to be beneficial for your health. In fact, the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines recommend older people aged over 65 do 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity each day.

So, strap on those walking shoes and get going. Not only will you feel better, you’ll think better as well.

Dawn Armstrong, Parish Nurse

Two Bible Studies!


There are two Bible studies happening at Wesley! The Monday morning Bible study meets at 10a and is studying " Faithful, Christmas through the eyes of Joseph". The Tuesday evening Bible study meets at 6p and is studying the Gospel of Mark. Attend either one or both- they are different. All are welcome!

Baptism Sunday

Sunday, December 12th, is Baptism Sunday. It will take place during the 11a Journey service. Join in celebrating this momentous occasion.

Pledge Cards

Remember to turn in your 2022 pledge card by December 5th or ASAP!

Christmas Giving Tree

In the Narthex there is a Christmas tree with paper ornaments. When Wesley serves Nightwatch Canteen on January 16 the items collected will be given to those in need. The ornaments are reminders for various items that are needed. Items do not need to be wrapped and can be placed in the box under the tree.

Hello From Kidz Count!

It has been a busy couple of months! In October we had careers month and had several different people stop by to talk about their vocations. We had a nurse, a teacher, a lawyer and officers from the SFPD and firefighters from the fire department, station #2. They talked about what they do at their jobs, what kind of education you need and the children asked several questions of each person. They had a lot of fun and learned about each profession.

The Washington Pavilion has been bringing different historical time periods including ancient Greece and this past month Ancient Rome. We made mosaics with different shapes and learned different concepts in creating art.

For the month of December, we are studying different holidays around the world. One of the groups will be learning about different countries and getting their “Passport” stamped for each country they learn about. The other two groups will be learning about each other’s family traditions and what their culture or country would celebrate. We will also be making Christmas ornaments for parents or families as gifts and also letting the kids pick out presents for their parents.

If you are interested in giving to the kids, there are Spirit Trees around Sioux Falls at Lewis Drugs that have names on them for several different VOA programs including Kidz Count. We are still interested in having volunteers come in and do activities or special programming with our kids. If you would like to help out, please call Saundra at 605-906-2736.


As always, we really appreciate and thank you for your continued support of Kidz Count at Wesley. This program that serves the underserved in this community would not exist without this collaboration! Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the blessings of this season!

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