Wesley United Methodist Church

October 2022

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We are coming together again on October 16th!

Wesley had a great response to our Neighborhood Block Party water event this past July with about 250-300 people in attendance. You all were awesome in coming together to make it happen! It was truly wonderful to see you all be the Body of Christ and to be the hands and feet of Jesus in serving our community.


We are coming together again to do another outreach event for our neighborhood this month. We will be having a Fall “Hall”oween Festival on Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. How can you participate? We need people to decorate a Sunday School room door (doors will be available for decorating starting Thursday, October 13) in a fall theme, boardgame or video game theme, or TV show/movie/cartoon theme (Don’t know what that means? Google “Fall Classroom Door Decorating Ideas” or see Amy Loaeza for ideas). This is going to be a “not scary” fall festival, so please AVOID using witches, devils, zombies, scary monsters, demons, anything dead or bloody, or scary pumpkins when decorating your door. Then, on Sunday, October 16, starting at 3 p.m., the neighborhood children can go up and down our church halls trick-or-treating at each door—kind of like a trunk-or-treat, except we don’t have to worry about the weather since we will be doing it inside. We will also need some people to be in charge of a carnival type game for the kids to play in some of the larger classrooms. We have some games all ready to go in our stock at the church or feel free to come up with your own game.

Downstairs in the basement during the festival, we will be having fall arts and crafts, a cupcake walk (like a cake walk, but giving out cupcakes to the winners instead of full cakes), and free hot dogs and popcorn.

We need workers for all these things, as well as people to direct hallway traffic during the event and clean up after the event.

Can’t work during the festival? We need LOTS of bags of candy/small prizes to hand out at our doors and as prizes for the carnival games, so you can bring those to the church any time before October 16. There will be a bin in the narthex to put them in.

If you haven’t already signed up to work or donate for that day, there is a sign-up sheet in the church office during the week (it is also being passed around on Sundays during church) or you can call LeRae in the office or contact Pastor Manuel or Amy. And don’t forget to invite your friends, family, grandkids, and neighbors to the event! We’ll have flyers on the tables next to the entry doors to the sanctuary that you can take home and hand out to friends, etc.

It’s going to be great!

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. — Galatians 5:22-23

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October 5th Sunday offering is for WOW

The October 5th Sunday offering is for Worship on Wednesday - WOW. This is the Mid-week program open to all school age kids. Wow meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 p - 7p during the school year. There is a meal, lesson time and play time. The kids are divided into age-appropriate groups to maximize learning and fun. The kids learn about Jesus and how He wants us to treat one another; they learn respect and gratitude all the while they are having fun.


WOW feeds the body and the soul.

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WOW is always looking for volunteers to help serve food and to help shepherd the kids when the lesson is being taught. Let Pastor Manuel or the office know if you can help. It can be one Wednesday or more! All help is welcomed!

October Services Projection & Lay Readers. WOW Cooks

--------------- Projection ---------------- Lay Reader --------------------------- WOW --------------

10/2/22 ------ Laura/Eliza/Wyatt ------------- Don ---------------------------- 10/5/22 ----- Nila & Karen

10/9/22 ---------Mark/Emily/Bill ----------------- Dawn ---------------------------10/12/22 ---- Nila & Karen

10/16/22 ---- Kaiden/Avery/Paxton -------- Kristin --------------------------10/19/22 --- Nila & Karen

10/23/22 ------Micah/Torin/Nathan ---------- Beth -----------------------------10/26/22 -----Manuel

10/30/20------Mark/Emily/Bill--------------------Connie

Pastor Manuel has a new telephone number - 605 501-7334

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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

National Bullying Prevention Month

Historically, bullying had been viewed as “a childhood rite of passage” that “made kids tougher,” but the reality has always been that bullying can leave devastating and often long-term effects such as a loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression for those involved.


Many communities have formed through partnerships with education-based organizations such as the National PTA, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association to provide schools, parents and students with the educational resources and support to better respond to bullying behavior.


The National Bullying Prevention Center laid the groundwork so that National Bullying Prevention Month is now a nationwide call to action around educating communities as to their roles in bullying prevention. This initiative has helped shift thinking away from bullying as “rite of passage” and toward the knowledge that bullying can be prevented and stopped through education and awareness.


If you know of a child that is being bullied, report it to the school. Insist that it stop and that the bullies be dealt with. Children who have been bullied can turn into the school shooter of tomorrow.

Dawn Armstrong

October Anniversaries

06 Bob & Barbara Gran

15 Darold and Laura Borman

17 Dean and Margie Dewes

17 Ray and Erlene Grimes

26 Richard and Kay Twedt

We always say, ‘I am going to pray for you,’ and that’s true, but God answers those prayers with our hands and our feet and our hearts.”Bishop Leonard Fairley, episcopal leader of the Kentucky Conference, to volunteers helping with flood relief.

HyVee Cards

Don’t forget to purchase your HyVee cards from Doug (605-321-6430) and Marcy (605 321-7108) Bird. They help support projects around the church and the UWF.

October Birthdays

02 Vicki Hanisch

05 Fiona Medema

06 Dani Swanson

07 Russ Poppenga

08 Don Wendt

08 Bev Baartman

09 Brad Kolbeck

09 Donna Roberts

10 Kathleen Storevik

11 Jonathan Small Bear

12 Barbara Gran

12 Karen Renken

17 Wyatt Potter

19 Sue Donaldson

22 Robert Morrison

22 Ernie Griner

24 Howard Baartman

25 Mark Buckley

25 Mike Wittrock

29 Katie Kendall

31 Bob Van Kirk

General Budget update @ September 30, 2022


Income 9 Months 2022------ ------------$138,530.24

Expense 8 Months 2022----------------($141,498.78)

Expense exceed Income @ 9/30/2022--(2,968.54)



Don Armstrong, Treasurer

Building and Grounds

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

Donations August & September--------- -$ 1,520.00

Interest earned: -------------------------------$8.30

Balance 9/30/2022-------------------------$14,022.19

Donna Wallin, Treasurer

Check out the Newsletter online after October 15th and see the updated financials.

Friends to hold up and remember:

Sympathy for Doug & Marcy Bird family on the death of Marcy's sister Nancy

Steve Polzin- rehab after hospital stay

Aleene Williams - biopsies negative! check up in 6 months- thankful for all the prayers

Bob Morrison- recuperating after fall

Aggie Borman - recovering from a heart transplant and doing great

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

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 a virus, after a heart transplant

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

Trish Garcia - 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 –doing well after a kidney transplant

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

José Garcia’s mom, Maria Herrera - breast cancer

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

United Women in Faith

We continue to talk about the things that are changing in United Women in Faith (besides the name). But here is what is not going to change.


It Is Time to Make the New Wine


We have slowly begun to implement some of the changes that will be evident in the new UWF wineskin. It is important to know that everything is based on what women said they wanted. It's all in the data.

• We are still committed to spiritual growth, leadership development, transformative education, social justice and improving the lives of women, children and youth around the world.

• Women are seeking meaningful opportunities to engage with other faith-based women. They see themselves as modern, fun and bold and want women's groups that are personal, carefully planned and bold.

• Women are looking for unique combinations of spiritual growth and self-care, which we have come to know as soul care.

• They are ready and willing to invest their time and money into faith-based experiences, especially when they see these as soul care experiences.

So, not everything is going to change. The things we have always loved about United Methodist Women will still be available in United Women in Faith. The good news is that there will be more options to meet the needs of all our women no matter what our age, race, disability, or ethnicity. There are so many new opportunities that I will be sharing with you in this newsletter and in the conference newsletter in the months ahead. When we embrace the new changes, we are going to have a really good time singing praises to God and to his son Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. — Romans 15:4

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