Welcome to Wesley
Lent is a season of reflection and preparation that begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and takes us on a 40-day journey to Easter Sunday. It is a time that invites us to pause from the busyness and distractions of our day-to-day lives to reflect on the state of our souls, and relationships with God and one another. Lent bids us to let go of destructive or meaningless habits, and take on new practices that will help us grow in spiritual, relational, emotional and physical health and well-being.
There are a number of ways you can observe Lent in meaningful ways:
Ash Wednesday Service, 7 pm, March 6, Trinity UMC
Beginning, March 7, Pastor Dalene will lead a Lenten study at 10 am, Thursdays at Wesley UMC: The Jesus Challenge: 21 Days of Loving God and Neighbor. All are welcome.
Copies of a daily devotional for Lent: Living Well Through Lent 2019: Practicing Forgiveness With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind are located in the Welcome Center.
Beginning with the first Sunday of Lent on March 10, we will begin our Sunday worship services with a Lenten reading and extinguishing of a candle on the Lenten wreath. This reminds us of the approaching death on Good Friday of the Light of the World who was born to us at Christmas. Readers are needed. A sign-up is located in the Welcome Center outside the sanctuary.
We will be sharing Sunday evening Lenten services, as well as Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, with our United Methodist Cluster churches. Please join us:
Welcome from Pastor Dalene
Greetings! Welcome to our website!
I grew up in a Pentecostal church where hell was hot and the Bible was not to be questioned. I struggled with faith and eventually left church, only to wander back as an adult looking for a faith community for myself and young family. We happened to live across the street from a Methodist church at the time, and decided to start there until we could find a church home that would fit a former Pentecostal and a former Catholic. Turns out, it was the United Methodist Church!
It was there I came to know God’s love, grace and fullness of life in ways I had never known before. There, I learned that we can question the Bible, and call upon experience, reason and tradition to interpret and live by it in today’s changing world. I learned that Jesus shows us the heart and grace of God, and teaches us how to open ourselves to and live God’s abundant life – not just after we die, but here and now.
John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, emphasized both inward and outward spiritual growth and transformation. Faith grows within us as we grow into the likeness of Christ, and faith is then lived out in service and mission for the transformation of the world. It’s not just about me. It’s about us. All of us. Jesus taught that also.
I believe a church should be a community where we find a welcoming and nurturing place to belong as we study and practice the example and teachings of Christ, and commit ourselves to growing and living as his followers in the world that God so loves. Not one of us is there yet, but together we’re on the Way.
If you are searching for a church like this, come and see if we’re the place for you. If you were once here and left, please consider coming back and trying again. God never closes the door, and we won’t either.
Blessings for the journey,
Listen to the weekly message by Pastor Dalene!
The Sunday message will be posted early in the week to the Growing in Faith page of our website.