All posts by Pat Gustafson

Family Fun Movie Night – August 17th at 8:30 pm in Bethel Wesley Parking Lot

Round up your kids, grandkids, friends & neighbors for a fun-filled outdoor movie night.  It will be like going to a drive–in movie only free.  There will be popcorn and pop available.  Bring your own chairs, blankets or sleeping bags to relax on during the movie.  “Trailer Made” is the movie that will be shown.  It is about a father and a young son going on an adventure to Africa in the father’s attempt to reconnect with his son.  After they land in Africa, they lose their luggage and their passports.  Come and see what happens to them!  The fun begins at 8:30!

Backpack And Supply Collection

This year the Education Committee will be putting together backpacks to give to children/schools in need during the school year. We are also gathering supplies for the Learning Center.  Our goal is 20 backpacks that we can bless on August 19.  In order to do this, we will need supplies. <!–split–>

The items being collected are based on the Moline schools supply list.  As you can see, they are requesting brands of items.  The items can be brought to the office.  If you know of someone in need of a backpack, contact the office.  If you have questions, give Chris Baumann a call 309-799-7320. Thanks for your help.

Here are the items needed:

  • Money
  • Elmer’s glue sticks
  • Bottles of glue
  • Dry erase markers (expo)
  • 24 count Crayola crayons
  • 64 count Crayola crayons
  • Crayola washable markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Big pink erasers
  • Fiskar scissors,
  • #2 Ticonderoga pencils
  • Pens, (blue, black, red)
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Wide rule spiral notebooks
  • Headphones
  • Yellow highlighter
  • 12 inch ruler
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Loose leaf paper
  • 2 pocket folders (plastic)
  • 2 pocket folders (paper)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Clorox wipes
  • Quart Ziploc bags
  • Gallon Ziploc bags
  • Kleenex
  • Paper towels.

LEARNING CENTER: stickers, card stock papers, glue sticks, washable markers, colored pencils, and colored daubers.

New Pictorial Church Directory

Universal Church Directories will be here August 7 & 8  to photograph church members for a new pictorial directory.  Everyone who is photographed by Universal will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait and a directory.  <!–split–>

To sign up, use one of the following methods:

  • Go online go to www.ucdir.com and type code IL116 with password BWM18 (lower-case letters must be used).
  • Or, Roxi Batten will be sitting outside the sanctuary before church to help you select a time slot for your photograph. Photographers will be here 2:00 to 8:30 pm both days.

From The Desk Of Pastor Stan

The past year has been one of the most enjoyable years of my 40 years of Ministry. Since becoming the Pastor here at Bethel Wesley, I have been blessed to shepherd some of the most wonderful people in Methodism. The warmth and acceptance has made it easy for me to adjust in so many ways. I thank all of you and I am constantly praying for each of you to grow spiritually and continue to be the loving and caring congregation that you are. <!–split–>

As we embark upon a new conference year, let’s all continue to support the programs, ministries and outreach efforts that Bethel Wesley is currently engaged in. I am excited to see which direction God is going to take us this year.

I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s letter of encouragement to the church at Philippi. Paul’s advice to his friends at Philippi, I believe, proves uniquely relevant for us today. Strange events are taking place in the world. A temptation exists for Christians to panic on one hand or go off on a tangent on the other hand. Some people even claim to have a key to future events and capitalize on their so-called knowledge by exploiting gullible people who follow them blindly. Yet, there are others who have become frustrated with the seeming hopelessness of the world and the condition that it is in. There are also those who have become emotionally incapable of normal Christian living and service.

What will wise Christians do? May I suggest that we follow Paul’s simple yet profound advice to the Christians at Philippi?  Whether God is about to wrap up history or not, we should serve him faithfully now. If God is ready to take us to heaven, we should be ready to go. If, however God wants us to continue to live in this perplexed world, we need to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Why, of one thing we can be certain – our work, no matter how small it may seem, will not be useless nor fruitless if we are serving our Savior!

Ice Cream Social

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Bethel Wesley  will be dishing up ice cream and goodies – Come and enjoy!

Sunday, 24 June – 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Activity Center

Tickets Available At The Door

Adults $3.   Children (10 & under) $2.  Price includes pie or cake, ice cream & beverage.

Also available:  Sloppy Joe or Polish Sausage – $3; Hot Dogs – $2

Artificial Sweeteners May Actually Cause You to Gain Weight

If you think switching to artificial sweeteners will help with weight loss, you may want to put down that diet soda for a moment.   A new meta-analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that artificial sweeteners may be associated with an increased risk of obesity, long-term weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Artificial sweeteners include stevia, sucralose, and aspartame. <!–split–>

Researchers from the University of Manitoba reviewed 37 studies involving 400,000 people for an average of 10 years. Seven of these studies were randomized controlled trials that followed 1,003 people for an average of six months. Researchers said the seven trials failed to show a consistent link between artificial sweeteners and weight loss. The longer-term studies actually showed a higher risk of health problems. “Most people consuming artificial sweeteners do so assuming these products will help them avoid weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Yet we are seeing the opposite association from multiple studies,” Meghan Azad, PhD, told Healthline. Azad is the lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.”  “Based on all of the research done so far, there’s no clear evidence for a long-term benefit (of using artificial sweeteners). But there is evidence of potential harm from the long-term consumption of artificial sweeteners,” she said.  Too much sugar  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people in the United States consume too much added sugar.                                                                                                                                                                      These are sugars that are added to foods and beverages when they’re processed or prepared. Naturally occurring sugars in fruit or milk are not considered added sugars. Both the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend people should keep their sugar intake to less than 10 percent of their total daily calories.  For a 2,000-calorie diet, for example, only 200 calories should come from added sugars.  “The Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA MyPlate recommend people choose and prepare foods and beverages with little added sugars or caloric sweeteners,” Lauri Wright, PhD, assistant professor in public health at the University of South Florida, told Healthline. “In excess, sugar can contribute to nutritional deficiencies by supplying calories without providing vitamins and minerals. Excess sugar can also cause tooth decay and contribute to obesity, heart disease, and poor control of diabetes. Additionally, sugar causes inflammation, which worsens arthritis and is bad for blood vessels,” she said. Be aware of the consequences Azad said it’s important that consumers are aware of the risks of both sugar and artificial sweetener consumption. “Sugar is receiving a lot of attention lately as a major cause of these conditions. It’s important to study ‘sugar substitutes’ in parallel, to understand their impact on the same conditions. If we don’t do this, consumers may (understandably) assume that artificial sweeteners are a healthy choice — but this may not be true. Reducing consumption of sugar and artificially sweetened products in general is likely a good strategy,” she said.

Azad added that more research is needed to understand the long-term health impact of artificial sweeteners.  “This is especially important given the widespread and increasing consumption of artificial sweeteners in the general population, and the increasing use of artificial sweeteners in our food supply. Over 40 percent of adult Americans consume NNS (non-nutritive sweeteners) on a daily basis,” she said.  Artificial sweeteners are everywhere  Azad noted that studies have also found that some people are exposed to artificial sweeteners without even realizing it. Blood and urine samples taken from people who reported not consuming artificial sweeteners still found traces of the product. “This should inspire consumers to think about whether they want to be consuming artificial sweeteners, especially on a regular basis. We don’t know if they’re a truly harmless alternative to sugar,” Azad said. So which is the better option for weight loss? Artificial sweeteners or regular sugars?  Wright says it’s not as simple as switching from one product to another. “Weight loss is very complicated. It’s not realistic to think that sugar substitutes alone will result in significant weight loss,” she said. She advises that those who want to lose weight should work with a registered dietician. A dietician can help identify lifestyle changes that need to be made and develop strategies to support those changes. “Switching to sugar substitutes may be one strategy, but alone it will probably not have as great an impact,” she said.

Your Parish Nurse,  Kara