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Parking Lot Church Service Continues In August (FM 98.3)

Safety is our primary concern and we feel we have a simple plan that will allow us to be together and still keep everyone safe.

  • Worship is 10:00 a.m.
  • We ask everyone to enter the parking lot from the 13th end of the alley and follow the direction of the parking staff. We will all be wearing our bright green shirts.
  • We will not be utilizing the marked parking spaces.
  • Pastor will be standing either on the porch of the parsonage or on the curb in front of the parsonage fence.
  • You will remain in your cars and tune your radio to FM 98.3 If you wish to bring a battery operated radio rather than run your car, that would work well, too.
  • The handicap accessible door will be unlocked if you need to use the restroom and someone will be nearby to sanitize the bathroom and door surfaces. The drinking fountain and other parts of the building will not be available.
  • Parking lot staff will pass between cars to collect offering. Please put it in an envelope with your name and the amount written on it.
  • Communion will be distributed in a sterile packet.
  • The service will not be more than 30 minutes. We will exit after the service on the 12th avenue end of the alley.

IGRC Annual Conference

The 2020 Annual Conference is scheduled to be held online on Saturday, August 15 starting at 1:00 pm. Visitors and members that have voice but no vote do need not register but can view the session at https://www.igrc.org/ac2020live.

Bethel Wesley Receives Award

From Sue Gadient, Admissions & Outreach Coordinator, The Arc of the Quad Cities Area:   On behalf of The Arc of the QC, its Board of Directors, the agencies members, staff, volunteers, and the 325 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that the Arc supports ….. We would like to inform you that the Arc has named Bethel Wesley UMC the 2020 Creative Connections Award winner! Congratulations!

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Hot Weather!

Elderly people (that is, people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons: Elderly people do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat. They are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration. <!–split–>

Heat Stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat, and it is unable to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106F or higher within 10-15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

What YOU Can Do To Protect Yourself – You can follow these prevention tips to protect yourself from heat-related stress:

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. (If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.)
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath. If possible, seek an air-conditioned environment. (If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting an air-conditioned shopping mall or public library, with social distancing, to cool off).
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • If possible, remain indoors in the heat of the day.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities.

Kids Corner: Heat stroke is among the leading causes of death in young adults and teens. This is largely due to heat strokes occurring during practices and sporting events outdoors. Most cases of heat stroke can be prevented in this age group.

Your Parish Nurse, Kara

From the desk of Pastor Stan

Learning to Lead Like Jesus With Encouragement—Chapter Ten Takeaways

  1. Encouraging leaders look every day for ways to encourage those they meet.
  2. Encouraging leaders are prayerful givers of customized courage.
  3. Encouraging leaders are generous givers of their time and money.
  4. Encouraging leaders take risks on flawed but potentially faithful leaders. <!–split–>

Learning to Lead Like Jesus with Faithfulness—Chapter Eleven Takeaways

  1. Faithful leaders walk by faith and trust the Lord with the things that are uncertain.
  2. Faithful leaders focus on depth of character and trust God for breadth of influence.
  3. Faithful leaders remain in service for the Lord beyond their career retirement.
  4. Faithful leaders have plans to manage money well, so money doesn’t manage them.
  5. Faithful leaders pursue God and receive His wisdom on how to live life.
  6. Faithful leaders put into practice what they learn.
  7. Faithful leaders are vulnerable and share their hearts.
  8. Faithful leaders develop successors who can successfully lead to the next level.
  9. Faithful leaders finish well.

Parking Lot Church Service On Sunday, July 5, 10:00 am

We are gearing up to come back together for worship in the parking lot beginning on July 5th. Safety is our primary concern,  and we feel we have a simple plan that will allow us to be together and still keep everyone safe.

Worship will be at 10:00 am.  The service will not be more than 30 minutes.

We ask everyone to enter the parking lot from the 13th Ave. end of the alley and follow the direction of the parking staff (wearing bright green shirts). We will not be utilizing the marked parking spaces. We will exit after the service on the 12th avenue end of the alley. <!–split–>

Pastor will be standing either on the porch of the parsonage or on the curb in front of the parsonage fence.

You will remain in your cars and tune your radio to an FM station that will be written on a poster where you can see it. If you wish to bring a battery operated radio rather than run your car that would work well, too.

The handicap accessible door will be unlocked if you need to use the restroom and someone will be nearby to sanitize the bathroom and door surfaces. The drinking fountain and other parts of the building will not be available.

Parking lot staff will pass between cars to collect offering. Please put it in an envelope with your name and the amount written on it.

Communion will be distributed in a sterile packet.

We are eager to see everyone again, even under these strange conditions.

Sharing God’s Amazing Love

Our Mission Statement says “The Mission of Bethel Wesley UMC is to invite and welcome everyone to experience and share in the amazing love of God through Jesus Christ.”

Let us fulfill our Mission by inviting all our friends and relatives, especially those who don’t attend any church at all; may God give us the courage to do so.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Bethel Wesley UMC, please contact the office at 309-764-0619 to speak with Pastor Stan.