“Learn to Read to Young Children” A Wesley Library Ministry

Learn to Read to Young Children!
A Wesley Church Library Ministry Program

 Gain skills in sharing picture books
 Practice techniques to enhance the reading experience
 Develop skills to make book sharing more fun!

Date:                    Sunday, October 19
Location:            Wesley UMC 1401 NW 25th Street
Place/Time:    Church Library @ 11:45 A.M.
Leader:                Marilyn A. Hudson, M.L.I.S. Experienced Children’s Librarian and Educator

Wesley United Methodist Church
NW 25 & Classen Bld. 405- 525-3521

September Re-Thinking Wesley Newsletter

Re-Thinking Wesley-September Newsletter

UMC/OKC                                 9/1/2014                              Edition 1; Vol. 2

Road Trip:
Learning from Others Who Have Re-Thought Church

A suggestion from the District Superintendent led the strategy team to contact the leadership of Wilkes Ave. UMC in Columbia, Mo. They had taken a dwindling 100 year plus church detached from its community and moved it to a growing congregation in active local mission, innovative worship, and new methods of
church. Nov, 8-9, members of the team will be traveling to Columbia to visit the church, talk to its leaders and experience the outreach and worship at Wilkes. If you are interested in going to Columbia in November, please contact Susan Howard, the Wesley Lay Leader.

 Our Goal
“Radical Reformation of Wesley”

Spring 2014, the leadership of Wesley, in consultation with the Bishop and the District Superintendent, adopted a challenge to ‘radically reform’ the church. This process is mission based, forward, and outward focused. The church has reached the place where bold, innovative, ‘we’ve never done it that way before’ ideas and processes will be the touchstone of planning. The changes are to connect with
those outside the church and in our community. Winter of 2014 the team will finalize its report to the District Superintendent about what Wesley can do to
‘re-think’ church.

The Ad Hoc Mission Strategy
Team Periodic Report

Earlier this year Wesley, inconsultation with the District
Superintendent and the Conference leadership, took
on the task of ‘radically reforming Wesley.’ The Church
Council readily said that Wesley would begin the task of
reinventing itself. The church would begin to make hard,
new choices based on building a future that was driven by our
mission to make disciples. The entire UMC has adopted a
platform of ‘new people, new places’ to generate the
changes needed to reach a new world in relevant and
spiritual ways. The team thus assembled have
to think in new ways, think out of the box, and think
first ‘why are we here?’ Support them with your prayers,
positive attitudes and Christian spirit.

Team members are:
Susan Howard, Toby O’Brien,
Melissa Tucker, Jean Hendrickson,
Olivia Coil, Guy Ramsey,
Marilyn Hudson, Mary Sheets,
Gay Abarr, Tiffany Lewis and Dr. Hudson.

They are meeting about every two weeks after church as they
prepare the plans for Wesley’s new future.

Ch-Ch-Change…

There are some exciting changes being charted by an enthusiastic and brave team of missional strategic thinks. The entire UMC is also changing to focus on ‘New people. New places.’ “As a church we are not a destination for our own comfort but a place of preparation in building, with Christ, the Kingdom of God.” Wesley Reaching Out

-The monthly ‘Open Mic Nights’ were a HUGE success and have been extended into September and October. This fun event has seen Wesley and the local community mingling in relationship building ways.

-The Grace Stop, a thrift shop offering clothing for men, children, books, and small household items launched very successfully. They are beginning to make useful links into the community and look forward to filling the area of ministry to area families, the homeless, and those in need.

– Dynamic ministry partnerships are developing between Wesley and area agencies that promises some exciting and mission based outreach.

-New activities and perspectives are being explored to make Wesley more outward looking and mission focused, to develop the members of Wesley as active participants in ministry, and to fulfill the mission of the church to make disciples.

-Ongoing Prayer: Ask God to send the people, the resources, and the passion to allow us to completely respond to where God is calling Wesley.

-Begin to ask God to show YOU how you should begin to be in active ministry to ‘change the world’ and make Wesley grow! “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”

* Part of what the Wesley Mission Strategy Team’s purpose is to break out of the tendency to just keep repeating things that were not effective. PRAY for the team that they have the energy, the wisdom, the vision, and the spiritual guidance to chart an effective and radical reformation of what ministry at Wesley can be in the 21st century.

*We are asking each group to reflect on how your activities might more intentionally help Wesley reach its mission goal of making disciples.

A Word from Dr. Marvin J Hudson

 

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As Wesley has engaged itself this spring and summer in the process of re-thinking church, there has been an awareness of many ideas, obstacles and dead ends. It is not an easy task. It is akin to pausing at the edge of a vast wasteland with mountains in the distance.  You know you want to be ‘there’, but it is not clear just how to get from ‘here’ to there.  We are hard at work trying to deal with such realities. For my own part, let me note the following. No matter what master plan from other churches I have encountered, there seem to be three common elements.  These three keys spell the successful future for a congregation if they have the courage.

 Key One: Spiritual Direction.  A church has to have a clear understanding of what their foundational ideology is or they will be like a lifeboat adrift on a turbulent sea of societal change.  The Bible calls it being blown here and there by the contrary or competing wind of doctrine.  No matter how we choose to act out that spiritual conviction, having it firmly enmeshed in our lives as the yardstick we measure success on is crucial.  We have to believe in something, know what we believe and what it means to live out what we believe.  There must be clear spiritual direction and vitality in a church if it is to grow and be in mission and service.

Key Two:  Unity of Purpose.  There has to be a group of people who stand united behind the identified purpose of the church.  The Bible expresses repeatedly that unity of spirit, mind, and vision are part of the work of God among a people.  The pronounced presence of disunity, fracture, and fragmentation is evidence that the ‘mind of Christ’ is not at work among His people.  As children, we learned that we could express our views in a class election, but then we had to unite behind the decision made and act as a cohesive whole.  I heard a children’ story one time about a small town trying to pick a giant turnip. One person tried and failed. Another person tried and failed.  The solution came when EVERYONE got involved and pulled the giant turnip out of the ground.  Sometimes it is true; everything we need to know we really did learn in Kindergarten. Unity of purpose is a must for a church to achieve its true purpose.

Key Three: Committed Achievement.  Perhaps you have witnessed a group make a decision in a meeting, shake hands and then leave, and never return to the subject of the decision.  A major key to success is a two-part step.  There must be the act of decision-making but then there must be the intentional follow through to accomplish the goal contained within the decision. Many churches across the country go into each New Year with unfulfilled goals of action plans never achieved through committed work.  Those goals and plans are like the ponderous chains of Marley that Dickens wrote about and rattle in the background of every meeting and event.  A church and its people must be committed to achieving what they plan.

These questions (among others) should guide us as we think about what we do, how we do it and why we do what we do.  Do we see the spiritual signposts on our journey and follow their direction?  Do we strive to find and keep unity of purpose in all we do as a church? Are we committed to not merely planning but achieving what we plan?

Dr. Marvin

I pray that as you contemplate these ideas, that you ask God to guide and direct everyone as they work to find the future of Wesley.

 

6th Annual Ruth Haddon Arts Festival @ Wesley UMC

 6th Annual Ruth Haddon Arts Festival – Nov. 1 – 2, 2014

The Arts Festival Committee is accepting applications now from artists wishing to secure a display booth at the festival.  Contact Gay Abarr at 405.229.6625; 405.745.7799 or Susan Howard at [email protected] for information. To download an artist application follow link below.

Non-refundable $40/booth.

Application deadline is October 15.

Festival dates/times:

Sat. Nov. 1, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 Download a copy of the artist application: Wesley_2014_Arts_Festival-4

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Wesley’s Charge Conference Set for Monday, October 6th

This year, district church Charge Conferences are combined with 2 or 3 other churches.  Any procedures or issues needing Administrative Council’s approval will be reviewed at the September Administrative Council meeting, Sunday September 14th and simply stated at the Charge Conference.

The nominations committee is in the process of securing an openings in the Administrative Council Roster. If you are interested or would like to submit a nomination to the committee, please contact the church office, 405.525.3521.

CHARGE CONFERENCE DATE:                   MONDAY, OCTOBER 6TH

TIME                                                                    6 – 8 P.M.

LOCATION:                                                        GRACE UNITED METHODIST
6316 N. TULSA AVE.

Wesley Hosts Health Fair, Saturday October 18th

Wesley UMC in conjunction with the Al-Lu-We Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is hosting a health fair at Wesley Saturday October 18, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event is open to the general community.
Invited health providers include:  
Oklahoma County Health Department,
Visiting Nurses Association of OK,
Diabetes Association,
Arthritis Foundation,
D-Dent,
OCU Kramer School of Nursing,
OK Dental Association, and more.  
Also invited are medical professional in orthopedics, stress management, nutrition, and others are being contacted.  If you know of health providers wiling to participate, please contact the church office at 405.525.3521, ext. 103
Health Fair
Come get your annual flu vaccination  
The Visiting Nurses Assoc. will provide flu vaccinations and will accept Medicare. Without health insurance flu shots cost $25, mist for children $35, and the pneumonia vaccination, $85. OK county Health Department will provide FREE flu shots to uninsured and under insured children.

Sponsor a flu vaccination  

Monetary donations are being accepted for attendees who might lack the means to pay for flu vaccinations.  Make checks payable to Wesley UMC with ‘health fair’ in the memo and send Wesley United Methodist, 1401 NW 25th Street, OKC 73118.
 
Volunteers needed  
* To set up on the day prior and to
* To serve as greeters and guides,
* To man Wesley booths, or
* To help in the kitchen the day of the event.  

Fall Women’s Bible Study: Stepping Up-A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent

The class examines Beth Moore’s book, Stepping Up- A Journey through the Psalms of Ascent.  We will examine Psalms 120-134 and how these 15 psalms model your ability to voice your petitions and praises to God. Your intimacy with God will grow from studying these treasured Psalms while also exploring the major feasts of Israel.

A Little About Beth Moore
Known for presenting Scripture in living color, Christian speaker and Bible study author Beth Moore enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination, and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. Beth’s broad collection of Bible studies covers relevant topics from believing God to be Who He says He is to loving difficult people. Each in-depth study guides you on your faith journey. Beth and husband Keith praise God for over 30 years of marriage. They enjoy traveling, hiking, drinking coffee on the back porch, eating Mexican food, making each other laugh, walking their dogs, and being grandparents.

Wesley invites members and the community to participate. This is a 7-week study from September 9th at 6:30 p.m.  The study book can be purchased at LifeWay Christian Store or Mardel. For more information contact Linda Whaley or Trish O’Brien.

Womens Bible study

 

J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) September Events

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The J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) Club visited the 24-million state-of-the-art Armstrong Auditorium in north Edmond as its first fall outing today.  

Armstrong AuditoriumThe lobby of the magnificent facility houses artifacts excavated in Israel from the time of Jeremiah’s well  It also contains three of the largest crystal chandeliers in North America. The antiquities exhibit travels in October so see them now!  

J.O.Y. Club’s social activities include a monthly day trip on the first Friday of the month. Then, on the third Thursday a monthly luncheon and program are presented. This month’s Lunch-n-Learn is Thursday, Sept. 18 in Fellowship Hall. The group also works on missions projects and supports donations to the West Office Food Bag mission.

If you haven’t been to JOY Club, now is a great time to start. Our events are open to anyone interested in attending.  For more information, contact the church office at 405.521.3521, ext. 103.

RETHINKING Wesley-A thought from Dr. Hudson

Three Keys to the Future

As Wesley has engaged itself this spring and summer in the process of re-thinking church, there has been an awareness of many ideas, obstacles and dead ends. It is not an easy task.  It is akin to pausing at the edge of a vast wasteland with mountains in the distance.  You know you want to be ‘there’, but it is not clear just how to get from ‘here’ to there.  We are hard at work trying to deal with such realities.  For my own part, let me note the following.  No matter what master plan from other churches I have encountered, there seems to be three common elements.  These three keys spell the successful future for a congregation if they have the courage.

Key One: Spiritual Direction 

A church has to have a clear understanding of what their foundational ideology is or they will be like a lifeboat adrift on a turbulent sea of societal change.  The Bible calls it being blown here and there by the contrary or competing wind of doctrine.  No matter how we choose to act out that spiritual conviction, having it firmly enmeshed in our lives as the yardstick we measure success on is crucial.  We have to believe in something, know what we believe and what it means to live out what we believe.  There must be clear spiritual direction and vitality in a church if it is to grow and be in mission and service.

Key Two:  Unity of Purpose

There has to be a group of people who stand united behind the identified purpose of the church.  The Bible expresses repeatedly that unity of spirit, mind, and vision are part of the work of God among a people.  The pronounced presence of disunity, fracture, and fragmentation is evidence that the ‘mind of Christ’ is not at work among His people.  As children, we learned that we could express our views in a class election, but then we had to unite behind the decision made and act as a cohesive whole.  I heard a children’ story one time about a small town trying to pick a giant turnip. One person tried and failed.  Another person tried and failed.  The solution came when EVERYONE got involved and pulled the giant turnip out of the ground.  Sometimes it is true; everything we need to know we really did learn in Kindergarten.  Unity of purpose is a must for a church to achieve its true purpose.

Key Three: Committed Achievement

Perhaps you have witnessed a group make a decision in a meeting, shake hands and then leave, and never return to the subject of the decision.  A major key to success is a two-part step.  There must be the act of decision-making but then there must be the intentional follow through to accomplish the goal contained within the decision. Many churches across the country go into each New Year with unfulfilled goals of action plans never achieved through committed work.  Those goals and plans are like the ponderous chains of Marley that Dickens wrote about and rattle in the background of every meeting and event.  A church and its people must be committed to achieving what they plan.
These questions (among others) should guide us as we think about what we do, how we do it and why we do what we do.  Do we see the spiritual signposts on our journey and follow their direction?  Do we strive to find and keep unity of purpose in all we do as a church?  Are we committed to not merely planning but achieving what we plan?

Dr. Marvin

I pray that as you contemplate these ideas, that you ask God to guide and direct everyone as they work to find the future of Wesley.

 

BOUTIQUE restocks with Fall & Winter Selections

The Women’s BOUTIQUE Thrift Store has just brought out their FALL and WINTER items. The BOUTIQUE is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The BOUTIQUE is a Women’s Thrift Store and does not have men or children’s items.  Check out our other thrift store, the Grace Stop. Thrift Store for the whole family. It is open the first and third Saturday of the month from
10 a.m.-2 p.m. and has a variety of clothing and household items at extremely reasonable prices.

All funds from sales are directed to church missions or local charity organizations.  The Wesley Women United  volunteers staff the BOUTIQUE each week and have been doing so for over 25 years. For more information, contact the church at 405.525.3521. THE BOUTIQUE EXCEPTS QUALITY ITEMS FOR WOMEN ONLY. If you have men’s or children’s clothing, please donate these items to the Grace Stop.

Boutique Pic

Above, Colene Frizzell, a WWU volunteer arranges new jewelry donations.
The BOUTIQUE was recently renovated and a fitting room, new paint and carpet were added.