All posts by Pat Gustafson

Join us Sunday Morning’s . . .

   9:00 am – Coffee & Donuts in the Activity Center

   10:00 am –  Worship in the Sanctuary  -and-                    Children’s Sunday School  (Nursery available                for infants/toddlers)

   11:00 am – Adult Sunday School

PANCAKE SUNDAY this month is October 17th, 9:00 am.

Thank you, Pastor Stan!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month in the Methodist Church. We have been blessed by his sharing of God’s words of love, forgiveness and hope. You could share a meal, send a card make a phone call, give a smile. Please take time to share with Pastor Stan what his ministry here at Bethel Wesley has meant to you.

Walk (Or Run) For Cunningham Children’s Home

Saturday, October 9, is the morning to walk or run with fellow Bethel Wesley members to support Cunningham Children’s Home. United Methodist Women are initiating this effort, but all are encouraged to join in the project. There is no fee, but the suggested donation is $25. Please meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. and we will carpool to walk along the river. If it is raining, we will walk inside. Wear your Bethel Wesley shirts and join the fun. There may even be refreshments! CCH is hosting a 5K Walk/Run on October 16 and Beth Hein Jost is entered in this event. You can pledge to her by going to the Cunningham website and following the donation instructions there. All the monies support programs at Cunningham

Fall Festivals

FALL REVIEW – in Cambridge IL at Cambridge UMC and Cambridge Community Hall, Saturday, 9 October, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Breakfast, lunch, bakery, gourmet shop, craft show, ready to bake frozen food and great door prizes. Don’t miss this one!!

FALL FESTIVAL   – at Trinity Lutheran Church (1330 13 Street, Moline).  All ages are invited to Trinity Lutheran Church’s Fall Festival on Sunday, October 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

6 Simple Self-Care Tips

Acknowledge Yourself

The first step: Remember that it isn’t selfish to look after yourself. It is critical for your happiness and well-being. You have limits, and they are crucial to help you honor your health. You have needs, and deserve affection, rest, sustenance, and grace—just like everyone else. And you have dreams, and are worthy of the time it takes to pursue what makes your heart come alive. <!–split–>

Gift Yourself

When is the last time you did this? Each week, choose something that will add to your life:

  • A colorful water bottle to encourage proper hydration.
  • A beautiful new journal to record your dreams.
  • An extra hour of sleep, or exercise, or creative expression.
  • If nothing else, give yourself a moment: We all need a moment of grace, forgiveness, or acceptance every now and then.

Restore Yourself

Think back to what made you feel happy as a child. Was it the smell of a library book? Or listening to the crickets at night? Maybe it was strumming a guitar, or walking barefoot in the grass. Try to recreate those experiences of simple pleasure.

Speak Up For Yourself

Choose a trusted soul and voice the unspeakable:

  • “I need help.”
  • “I am afraid.”
  • “I haven’t felt like myself in awhile.”

There is something about voicing the burden that makes it lighter. Give the people close to you a chance to support you.

Take The Pressure Off Yourself

What are you telling yourself about your parenting skills? What are you telling yourself about your appearance? What are you telling yourself about your long to-do list?

Now try setting more realistic expectations. Lower the bar; let something go. Ban the word “should” from your vocabulary today. And when you lay down in bed tonight, ask yourself, “Did I show up?” If the answer is yes, that is enough. It’s more than enough.

Notice The Good In Yourself

Take a moment to recognize any tough obstacles you’ve overcome, or lessons you’ve learned—and think about how far you’ve come. Then try to see yourself through the eyes of those who love you. They don’t see imperfections, failings, and mistakes. They see love, never-failing love. Try to see it too.

Take care of yourself and remember that God has your back! Go to Him in everything!

Your parish nurse,   Kara

From the Desk of Pastor Stan …..

Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church is pleased to announce its Annual Stewardship Month, October 1 through October 31.  SHARING GOD’S GOODNESS.

Please join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion.

During the month of October we will be providing messages and photos of our members “Sharing God’s Goodness”. In mid-October be on the lookout in your mail for your Stewardship Letter and Pledge Card.

Please prayerfully consider how you will help Bethel Wesley share God’s goodness in 2022.

Honoring Bishop Frank J. Beard (A Prayer Guide): Week of September 19th

Two weeks ago, we prayed for the physical needs of Our Kids, last week we focused on the soul, and this week, our focus is on the spiritual well-being of the children and their families. Through one of the chaplains or spiritual life programs, they can be embraced by the love of God and connect with Christ. <!–split–>

For Bishop Beard—Lord, we know that Jesus saw willing spirits in even the tired bodies of the disciples. As we support Bishop Beard in prayer today, we lift his willing spirit into Your holy presence. We pray for his spirit to be held near to Your own and for that nearness to be a joy and a delight for him and for You both.

Prayer for Us—Lord, we lift our hearts to You in gratitude that we are known by You, that someone brought us to the place where we could be found by You. Let our hearts break for those who have never felt Your love or experienced Your grace.

Prayer for Our Kids—Lord, we want to pass on Your gift of salvation to others. We want every child to know they are accepted by You, loved by You, guided by You. God, we pray for the children and families who are seeking peace, and do not know that You are the Prince of Peace. Make us true disciples who support these ministries that introduce Jesus to the children.

Honoring Bishop Frank J. Beard (A Prayer Guide): Week of September 12th

Last week we prayed for the physical needs of Our Conference Our Kids. This week we will focus on the soul, and next week, the spiritual well-being of the children and their families. We all have soul needs to be met. Whether we are praying for our Bishop, Our Kids, or ourselves, we must include the wellness of the mind and heart.  <!–split–>

For Bishop Beard—Lord, we give You thanks and praise for Bishop Beard’s dedication to You and to living out his call in the United Methodist Church. Today we pray that rest comes to his heart and mind. May this season bring Bishop Beard renewal in his heart and mind as both have borne the weight of the work among us he has so faithfully engaged through denominational upheaval and a pandemic besides.

Prayer for Us—Lord, we lift our hearts to You and express our gratitude for the healthy relationship that we enjoy and the comfort of family and friends. Thank You that we feel safe in our homes and places of business. We are grateful for the supports we have that allow us to have the opportunity to make sound decisions and to plan for the future.

Prayer for Our Kids—Lord, we lift our hearts to You and pray for those who live with chronic stress due to poverty, loneliness, fear, and trauma. Living like that makes it so hard to think beyond current needs. Thank you for the ministries that show them how to stabilize and develop the ability to make wise decisions for their families and their future.

Food Pantry

Remember to bring your donation for the local food pantry!  According to the Feeding America web site, 42M Americans face hunger, including 13M children. YOU CAN HELP!  Bring your donation to church any time during the week or on Sunday morning, and place in the donation cart. We have two donation carts:  one in the Activity Center (near the kitchen), and the other in the narthex (near the office).  Here’s a list of the top 20 food items recommended for donation:  <!–split–>

  • Applesauce
  • Canned beans
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned fish (tuna and salmon)
  • Canned meat (SPAM and ham)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cooking oils (olive and canola)
  • Crackers
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Fruit (canned or dried)
  • Granola bars
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Meals in a box
  • Nuts
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Soup, stew, and chili
  • Whole grain cereal