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 and/or to receive an application.

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

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.  

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

 

Wesley Hosts Health Fair, Saturday October 18th

Health Fair

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 …

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J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) Fellowship Group’s September Events

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The J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) Club will make a repeat appearance to the 24-million   state-of-the-art Armstrong Auditorium in north Edmond as its first fall outing, Thursday Sept. 4.  The performing arts center is not open on Fridays.  We will leave Wesley at 11:30 a.m. and dine on the way.   The lobby of the magnificent facility houses artifacts excavated …

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UMC National NEWS

 WOMEN PASTORS FIND SUPPORT MISSING In front, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, center, president of the Council of Bishops, celebrates opening worship at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference with Bishop Larry Goodpaster and the Rev. April Casperson. While some clergywomen, like Wenner, reach top positions in the denomination, a study shows that a lack of support …

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Change the World Event: Community Garden @ Wesley

May 5 UPDATE:  The first two beds are constructed and the soil is in.  Another bed will be built within the next few weeks. We have planted tomatoes, squash, okra, beans, herbs and more. In early spring, we received seed money to purchase the supplies to build 3 raised beds for the first phase of our …

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United Methodist Women in History

United Methodist Women Making History In 1987, the U.S. Congress designated the month of March as Women’s History Month.  The history of Women in Methodism begins in 1770.  Here is a timeline of events of Women in the Church.c. 1770  Mary Evans Thorne is appointed class leader by Joseph Pilmore in Philadelphia; she is probably the …

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Wesley Sunday Bulletin for August 24

We welcome our new minister, Dr. Marvin J. Hudson to Wesley United Methodist Church.  Dr. Hudson has been serving at the First United Methodis Church in Mooreland, OK..  To find out more on Dr. Hudson’s experience, background and previous ministries you can go to this link:  http://marvinjhudson.blogspot.com/p/bio.html Are you not available to attend a Sunday …

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Wesley Women’s BOUTIQUE meets the GRACE STOP

The Wesley Women United’s BOUTIQUE IS OPEN. If you have not had a chance to come by, take a few minutes and check out their ever-changing selection of women’s wear and accessories. Also, with recent renovations, the Boutique is a brighter-fresher boutique with new paint, new carpet, new lights and a new changing room. The …

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Wesley eNewsletter for July/August

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Take a peek at the church’s weekly news and events.  Get a weekly calendar, a column from Dr. Marvin J Hudson, Minister,  Sunday School news, special events and outings, and a snip-it of Wesley’s architectural history. If you would like to receive our newsletter each week via internet mail. Please send us your email address or those …

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