Wesley Word January 2015 - Wesley United Methodist Church

The Wesley Word
Wesley United Methodist Church
21 E. Franklin Avenue, Naperville IL 60540
(630) 355-1834 ~ www.wesleynaperville.org
God, as known to us in Jesus Christ, welcomes all. So do we.
January 2015
"CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN"
The new year is associated with change, second chances and new beginnings, new hopes and
dreams. Let us talk about the reality of change and what should our response be.
President John F. Kennedy said, "There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty
and change." You and I and all people are changing everyday. The world is changing. Here in
America we just had our mid-term elections last November, which made the Republican Party
the majority in both houses of Congress. President Obama issued an Executive order on immigration that changes the lives of 5 million people in America. And most recently he also made an
announcement on a new US-Cuba relations. Statistics show that America will soon become a nation of “minorities” – where there will be no majority group of people either by race, ethnicity or
culture.
The unfortunate confrontation between police and black Americans especially children and
youth that resulted in several killings in recent months and no grand jury indictment of police
officers involved may potentially bring change in our race relations in America. Hopefully these
tragic events may become turning points in improving our racial divide as a nation once and for
all. President Lincoln’s words, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” I believe, are also
very relevant to our race relations today.
Allow me to share with you my two-cents worth of understanding about change and some suggestions that you might consider as we begin a new year and continue to envision and dream
our future as a community of faith established by God since 1832 here at the corner of Franklin
Avenue and Center Street:
Change is the reality of life and there is no future without change. All of life is change. The moment we are born, change is part of us. We change in body, attitude, values and perspectives. Alvin Toffler was right when he said, "Change is not merely necessary - it is life." Change is the only thing that is constant and if we choose correctly, change is the only thing that brings us a better future.
There are only two choices before us, we either change or die. The Bible tells that we must
choose between life or death. "See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity ...life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may
live..." (Deuteronomy 31:15, 19)
If we dare to change, let us aim for the better. Prince Phillip said, "Change does not change tradition, it strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat." But even if the desired change is not attained, there is still a benefit from change. "There is a certain relief in change,
even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that; it is
often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place," said the American author
Washington Irving. How are we going to effect change?
First of all, I suggest that we must acknowledge that change and renewal comes from God. God
is the creator not only of the past and present but also of the future. God is the one who designs
and brings the new heaven and the new earth. Let the change that we desire be consistent with
the very vision of God because life in God is the best life there is.
Second of all, we must change our minds. St. Paul wrote, "Transform the world by the renewal
of your mind ... Have the mind of Christ." George Bernard Shaw also said, "Progress is impossible
without change; and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything." We cannot
continue to think of the "good old days" or about the past, we must move on and embrace the
challenge and needs of the future. There is wisdom in the words of Eric Hoffer, "In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, and then the learners find themselves beautifully
equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
Third of all, we must build a new model. Somebody has said, "You never change things by
fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing
model obsolete." This is what we would like to do: create a new reality, a new model of doing
ministry, of being the church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century.
Fourth of all, we must inspire each other and work together. If we want change, we must be the
change that we seek for. If we want progress, we must work together to build our future beginning today. What we only have is ourselves. We should not wait for someone to do the work for
us because there is no one coming. We can do this, because we are not alone. God is with us and
God is faithful to bring into fruition what he started in us and with us.
May you have a healthy and happy changed life in all of 2015.
With all my love,
Pastor Juancho
WORSHIP IN JANUARY 2015
Chapel Service - Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
Worship Service - Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Communion – First Sunday of the Month in both services
January 4
EPIPHANY SUNDAY
Lessons: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians
3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
Sermon: How About the Gifts
January 11
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BAPTISM OF THE LORD SUNDAY
Lessons: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7;
Mark 1:4-11
Sermon: Swimming in Grace
January 18
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HUMAN RELATIONS SUNDAY
One Service at 10:30 AM
(Round Table Talk with Bishop Dyck at 9:00 AM)
Lessons: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-120); Psalm 139:1-6,
13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
Bishop Sally Dyck, Preaching
January 25
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ECUMENICAL SUNDAY
Lessons: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians
7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
Sermon: “The Greatest Fish Story”
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Remember in Prayer
You are requested to lift up in your personal and family prayers those listed
below. If you would like somebody to be included in the list just let the
Church office or the pastor know. And please note, to keep this prayer list
up-to-date, every request will run 6 consecutive Sundays and then be removed. If the originator of the request and/or the party concerned wishes
to remain on the prayer list for a longer time just let us know.
~We pray for those in mourning~
The family and friends of Harvey Berghuis
The family and friends of Sue Bromley
Fred Eichhorst and Family on the passing of his
grandfather.
Patti Roberts, in hospice care
Fred Eichhorst, recovering from a herniated
disc; Grandparents need prayer, as well.
Dennis Burke, recovering from surgery.
Pearl Thoman, for healing.
June Messer, for healing
Carl Bergstedt, for progress in recovery
Pat Beal, recovering from a fall at home.
Jason and Katie Ewing, for healing and
successful treatment..
Donna Lindell, recovering from surgery.
Bill and Doug Rauch, receiving treatment.
Don and Norma Dagenais, continuing
treatment.
Prayers for Myrtle Hicks, Arline Martin,
and Sandra Chabot.
Food Donaons Benefit Loaves
& Fishes Pantry
Sunday, January 4
Bring your donaons of nonperishable food, laundry supplies & paper goods, and
place in the containers on the lower level by the elevator. Your contribuons will be taken to the Loaves &
Fishes Pantry in Naperville.
Volunteer at Loaves & Fishes This Month
Tuesday, January 6,
Wednesday, January 14
Wednesday, January 28
12:30– 3:15 pm
Volunteers over 18 years of age help families get
the proper groceries and other items to support their
needs at Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry (1871
High Grove Lane, Naperville). If you would like to be-
come more familiar with Loaves and Fishes and
perhaps volunteer, please contact Phyllis Dixon
at 630-357-1996.
Winter Warming
2015
Saturday,
January 17, 2015
2:15—8:00 pm
At First UMC, Elmhurst
232 S. York Road, Elmhurst
Join us for this annual celebration and educational event, highlighting issues facing the
LGBTQ Community locally and nationally.
Speakers include our Bishop, Rev. Sally Dyck,
and Dr. Pamela Lightsey, who will make the
connection between events in Ferguson, Mo.
and LGBTQ issues. For more information or
to register, please visit
www.winterwarming2015.eventbrite.com
Or call (630) 834-2440.
Manna Cards
.for those after-holiday sales!
Groceries:
We have Whole Foods, Meijer, Sam's/
WalMart, Jewel, Dominick's, GFS, and Casey's.
Valentine’s Day Shopping. Plan ahead!
We have Kohl's, WalMart, JC Penny, Best
Buy, Sears, Macy's, and Michaels just to name
a few.
If you need Manna cards, please contact
Kristin Meadows 718-1878 or Lynn Trygstad
778-7443. Cards are also available during
Kid's Day Out hours in the KDO office. Card
requests? Email Kristin at
[email protected]
Pizza and a Movie,
“The King’s Speech”
starring Colin Firth and
Geoffrey Rush
Sunday, January 25, 12:15 pm
In Fellowship Hall
Join us for this award-winning film, the powerful story of King George VI of England’s
private battle with a speech disability as impending war looms in Europe.
End the Occupation Coalition
Jan. 16 Potluck & Program, 7 pm
Jan. 17 Vigil @ 12 noon
End the Occupation (ETO) will come together on Friday, January17 for a 7 pm potluck dinner, followed by a film & discussion
at 8 pm. Join us and bring a friend.
Saturday, January 18, we host a silent vigil
on the Washington Street bridge in Naperville
from noon until 1 pm.
UMW Winter Event
Our Special Offerings this month go to
Church World Service
Blankets + Program
Church World Service responds immediately after a disaster, but also stands with people through the long process of recovery
and rehabilitation.
Your gift can help Church World Service
serve in partnership in more than 80 countries.
Please mark your check (payable to Wesley
UMC) as Blanket Program in the memo, and
leave it in the offering plate on Sunday or in
the Church Office.
Thanks to All Who
Donated Blood!
On December 29, so many came out to support
our United Methodist Blood Drive. We wound up
with a RECORD 50 units of blood, a terrific showing. Watch the Bullen for informaon about our
next drive!
...and, Thank You from
United Methodist
Women!
The Wesley United Methodist Women wish to
thank all who participated in our Christmas Cheer
Luncheon on December 6. Our appreciation goes to
all who prepared the delicious luncheon, cleaned up
afterwards, baked cookies and to all who came to
enjoy the food. It is anticipated we will have funds
for our Mission Distribution in February..
Again, Thank You one and all for your support
of United Methodist Women.
Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women’s School of
Christian Mission Winter Event
will be held at
Camp Reynoldswood in Dixon,
January 16—18, 2014
You may choose one of three 8-hour classes:
How Is It With Your Soul?
The Roma of Europe
The Church and People with Disabilities
Registration starts at 4 pm, Events at 6:45.
Weekend student: $125 (linens not included)
Friday dinner served at 5:30
-Bring linens, or add $7 per linen set.
Commuter student: $90 (includes all meals)
Concludes after Sunday Lunch, and program resources will be available.
Women, men, and youth over 14 are welcome. Questions? Contact Rita Smith, Dean,
773-237-4470 or email her at
[email protected]
Monthly Breakfast, Jan. 4
at 7:30 in Fellowship Hall
Join us for the usual great
food and fellowship! For more information,
please contact Ray Trygstad, 778-7443
New 2015 Flower and Cake
Charts are Posted
If you would like to give the altar flower arrangement in celebration of a special occasion or in
memory of a loved one choose the date and
sign up. The cost of the flowers is $35. You
may write a check payable to Wesley UMC
and write “altar flowers” in the memo and on
the envelope. The Cake Chart is up in the
Kitchen as well! For more information call
the Church Office @ 355-1834.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter
Taking Care of our
Neighbors
January 25 & 26
We will be serving food & fellowship beginning at
the evening meal through breakfast on Sunday &
Monday, Jan. 25 & 26 for the homeless persons at the
Community UMC PADS site across the street. Wesley
and Alleluia Lutheran
Church members will
work together by sharing
in shiB mes and share
with food. Edward Hospital will provide the
sheets & do the
laundry.
Alleluia Lutheran will provide the complete dinner
meal items and Wesley will provide the breakfast
items. Dona ons of money are always needed; mark
your offering envelope “PADS” and leave it in the
offering plate or the church office) Please call Mary Lou
Miller, if you have quesons.
Workers are needed on the following shiBs ~ with
a spirit of generous hospitality:
1st Shi" , 6– 9 pm: setup, registraon
(Brandon & Brad Ross, leader); prepare and
serve supper (Linda Osanka, leader)
2nd Shi", 11 pm– 3 am: security (Doug
Seifried, leader)
3rd Shi", 5– 7 am: Make breakfast & cleanup
(Mary Lou Miller, leader).
Please call shiB leaders or Mary Lou Miller
(226-9767) to help as a worker.
We’re Collecng Socks
for PADS
We collect new or slightly-worn socks for those who
parcipate in the PADS program. Just put them in the
sock bin in our recycling area, and someone will bring
them over to the Community UMC site where they will
be distributed to those who need them.
Tuesday,
January 20
2:30-4:30 pm
Join Us for our first food-packing trip of 2015
to Feed My Starving Children in Aurora.
This great organization delivers scientifically-formulated food to those around the
world who are in immediate danger of starvation- and, volunteers make it all happen!
You can sign up with Phil in the office, or
visit www.fmsc.org , and use the code
612781 to join our group. It’s a fast-paced
two hours; it flies by, and when you’re done,
you really get a feeling of accomplishment.
Please sign up as soon as possible, so that
we can either use the spots they have reserved for us in advance, or release them to
others.
Mental Health
Alliance Drop-In
Jan. 21 @ 6 pm
We will meet on our regular third
Wednesday of the month on January 21 at
6pm at the Rubin Community Center to serve
a meal and spend some time with the folks
who come .
The Western DuPage Special Recreation Association plans the activities and provides bus
transportation for those visiting this mental
health alliance support program.
If you would like to make a casserole, salad,
or dessert, please contact Linda Osanka at 8816745 There are about 40 guests that enjoy
coming to visit & enjoy a home-cooked meal.
January 2015
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
2
3
11 am Duplicate
Bridge
The Church Office is
Closed
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
9 am Kids Day Out
9am Monday Morning Crew
6:10pm Bells
6:45 pm Troop 100
Boy Scouts, FH
7 pm T’ai Chi, 25
11 am Duplicate
Bridge
12:30 pm Loaves and
Fishes at Pantry
2:00 pm Circle of
Caring at Lindell’s
7 pm Worship
CommiMee,
Room 4
9 am Kids Day Out
Noon, Staff Meeng,
Pastor’s Study
7 Firefighters Highland Guard of Naperville
9:00 am Disciple, CE
Office
5:15 pm Good News
Singers, Room 2
7:15 pm Chancel
Choir, Room 2
9 am- 2 pm
Kids Day Out
11 am Duplicate
Bridge
6:00 pm Setup for
Eagle Scout Ceremony
12:00 pm Troop 100
Eagle Scout Ceremony, FH
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
8:30 am Chapel
Service
9 am Adult Sunday
School, Room 1
10:30 Worship,
Sunday School
11:45 Communications Task Force, CE
Office
7pm Foxhall AA
9 am Kids Day Out
9am Monday Morning Crew
6:10pm Bells
6:45 pm Troop 100
Boy Scouts, FH
7 pm T’ai Chi, 25
11 am Duplicate
Bridge
7:15 pm Trustees, CE
Office
9 am Kids Day Out
Noon, Staff Meeng,
Pastor’s Study
12:30 pm Loaves
and Fishes at Pantry
7 Firefighters Highland Guard of Naperville
7:30 Finance
9:00 am Disciple, CE
Office
5:15 pm Good News
Singers, Room 2
7:15 pm Chancel
Choir, Room 2
9 am- 2 pm
Kids Day Out
11 am Duplicate
Bridge
7 pm ETO Potluck
and Program—FH
UMW Mission U
Winter School
12 noon– ETO Vigil,
Washington Street
Bridge
UMW Mission U
Winter School
through Sunday
Noon
2:00 pm Winter
Warming Event,
First UMC Elmhurst
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
no Kids Day Out
9am Monday Morning Crew
6:10pm Bells
6:45 pm Troop 100
Boy Scouts, FH
7 pm T’ai Chi, 25
11 am Duplicate
Bridge
2:00 pm Circle of
Caring, at Lindell’s
2:30 pm Feed My
Starving Children,
Aurora
7:30 pm Staff-Parish
CommiMee, Library
9 am- 2 pm
Kids Day Out
Noon, Staff Meeng,
Pastor’s Study
6:00 pm Mental
Health Alliance
7 Firefighters Highland Guard of Naperville
9:00 am Disciple, CE
Office
5:15 pm Good News
Singers, Room 2
3:00 pm NIC Trustees, Room 4
7:15 pm Chancel
Choir, Room 2
9 am- 2 pm
Kids Day Out
11 am Duplicate
Bridge
25
26
27
28
29
30
8:30 am Chapel
Service
9 am Adult Sunday
School Classes
10:30 Worship and
Sunday School
12:15 pm Pizza and
a Movie, “The
King’s Speech, FH
5pm Foxhall AA
9 am Kids Day Out
9am Monday Morning Crew
6:10pm Bells
6:45 pm Troop 100
Boy Scouts, FH
7 pm T’ai Chi, 25
11am Duplicate
Bridge
7:30 pm Church
Council, Room 2
9 am- 2 pm
Kids Day Out
Noon, Staff Meeng,
Pastor’s Study
12:30 pm Loaves
and Fishes at Pantry
7 Firefighters Highland Guard of Naperville
9:00 am Disciple, CE
Office
5:15 pm Good News
Singers, Room 2
7:15 pm Chancel
Choir, Room 2
9 am- 2 pm
Kids Day Out
11 am Duplicate
Bridge
Pantry Sunday
7:30 am UMM
Breakfast, FH
8:30 am Chapel
Service
9 am Adult Sunday
School, Room 1
10:30 Worship
7pm Foxhall AA
Human Relations
Sunday, Rev. Dyck
preaching today
No 8:30 am Chapel
Service
9 am Adult Sunday
School, Room 1
10:30 Worship and
Sunday School
7pm Foxhall AA
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Welcome to Wesley United
Methodist Church
A Reconciling Congregation
God, as known to us in Jesus Christ, welcomes all. So do we.
All people of any race, ethnic identy, gender, sexual orientaon, age, ability,
economic status, or life situaon are welcome here.
(630) 355-1834 • wesleynaperville.org
Wesley Members and Friends ...........................................................................................Ministers
Juancho C. Campañano ([email protected]) ................................................................. Pastor
Duane Mevis ([email protected]).....................................................................Pastor Emeritus
Phil Courington ([email protected]) ...... Director of Christian Education and Office
Pam Whittles ([email protected]) ........................................................... Director of Music
Belinda Cheek ([email protected]) ............................................................ Bell Choir Director
Barry Riskedal ([email protected]) ........................................................................... Organist
Denise Deitz ([email protected]) .............................................................................. Kid’s Day Out
Articles for the February 2015 issue of the Wesley Word
are due on January 26.
Wesley United Methodist Church
A Reconciling Congregation
21 E. Franklin Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Address Service Requested
January 2015
Join us on Sundays!
8:30 am Chapel Service
9 am Adult Sunday School classes
10:30 am Worship Service
10:30 am Children’s Sunday School
10:45 Youth, in our Loft