All posts by Pat Gustafson

From Fearful Disciples to World Changers (Part 1)

It is not a stretch to say that Jesus’ disciples experienced similar feelings as they huddled together in a house with doors locked “for fear of the Jews.” How that small group of disciples moved from paralyzing fear to changing the world is a testament of the amazing work of God in and through their lives. The gospel writer does us a favor by telling us exactly why the disciples locked themselves in the house. “… and the doors of the house were locked for fear of the Jews” — not their fellow Jews on the street, but the powerful Jewish leaders who had engineered Jesus’ execution. <!–split–>

Fear is a powerful human emotion. It shuts all kinds of doors in our lives. It shuts the door on people who are different from us, making us see them more as a threat than a friend. It shuts the door on opportunities that could lead to wonderful new chapters in our lives. Fear causes us to react to the unknown rather than see it through the eyes of God. This day, the disciples locked themselves in the house for fear of what Jesus’ opponents might do to them. Jesus had been nailed to the cross; what hope did they have?

But really, the lock on the door was unnecessary. Fear was enough to keep them locked up tight. They weren’t going anywhere.

Then Jesus showed up. He didn’t knock on the door. He didn’t ask them if it was okay for him to come in. He just appeared. John tells us, “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’”

After that Jesus “showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” The gospel does not paint us a full picture of this event. It would be great to know more about precisely how the disciples reacted when Jesus first appeared among them, but John didn’t see the need for that. Jesus appeared and that seemed to be enough.

Services Canceled

I hope this note finds you all well and secure in your home or safe place. I hope you have seen Pastor’s comforting and inspiring messages through email. Don’t forget to check either our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Bethel-Wesley-UMC-150458098360546/ or our Bethel Wesley website http://bethelwesley.org/ to keep up to date.<!–split–>

At this point we will not have services for the next two Sundays. With things changing hourly, we cannot make a decision at this time about Easter Sunday. The worship team will post a video each Sunday morning on the website, and on the Facebook page with Pastor Stan preaching his sermon and a song or two from the Callahan’s. If you are having any problem viewing these, please call me, 309.269.0795. I will walk you through step-by-step until we have success. Stay connected.

Please, email me if you have any concerns or joys. I will share them out, with your permission, or keep them private at your request.

The church building is closed. Please, do not go there. Karen is monitoring the phone and keeping up with the administrative tasks of our congregation. We owe it to her to eliminate the risk of carrying things in to her.

Our custodian, Herb is also working and catching up on some deep cleaning projects.

Finally, even though we cannot be together, the work of the church continues. In fact now more than ever Bethel Wesley has an opportunity to be a beacon of hope and comfort to our community and to the world. Please, don’t forget to keep up with your pledges. For now you can mail them in (1201 13th Street Moline, IL 61265). Our financial team is exploring some electronic options as well. If you have any thoughts or brilliant ideas for sharing The Word, or helping in the community SHARE them with us. Several people have offered to pick up groceries and leave them at the door of anyone who is too high risk to venture to the store, for example. Don’t hesitate to take them up on this offer. The less people out, the absolute better!

Let us support one another through this unprecedented time until we can safely get back together and share real hugs. Until then a virtual hug to all.

-Carolyn

Thank You’s

THANK YOU FROM SKIP A LONG DAY CARE Many thanks to those of you who donated diapers and/or supplies to Kara Ade to deliver to Skip Along Day Care Center. They are very much appreciated!! And thank you Kara, for all of your help!

EASTER BASKETS Thanks to everyone who donated to our Easter Gift Cards! You are a great church family!

CAMP – New Website!

Our new website is the place to go for information about ALL camps, helpful info for parents, sample schedules, and registration. Check it out at www.igrcamps.com .  <!–split–>

We couldn’t do what we do without you! Here’s some fun ways to get involved with camp!

*Send us a surprise gift from our Amazon Wishlists (East Bay and Little Grassy)

*Bring a group from your church for a work day (or a work weekend! Mini mission trip?)

*Send 2 campers from your town! (We have payment plans and scholarships!)

*Pray for our campers and staff daily from Memorial Day—August 1st.

*Help us collect things off our recycled donation list (East Bay)

*Encourage young adults in your church to apply to work at camp (we’re still hiring counselors, kitchen, grounds, hospitality, and life-guarding staff) (East Bay and Little Grassy)

From the desk of Pastor Stan . . .

Chapter 4—Learning to Lead Like Jesus with Relationships

  1. Relational leaders value relationships—sometimes more than measured results.
  2. Relational leaders understand how relationships affect their quality of life.
  3. Relational leaders value the eternal significance of relationships. <!–split–>
  4. Relational leaders invest their lives in others’ lives.
  5. Relational leaders honor their parents even when they are hard to honor.
  6. Relational leaders engage their children and grandchildren in the ways of wisdom.
  7. Relational leaders view marriage as a laboratory for living out their faith.
  8. Relational leaders do what’s best for everyone instead of showing favoritism.

Chapter 5—Learning to Lead Like Jesus with Teachability

  1. Teachable leaders are ever learning the ways of the Lord.
  2. Teachable leaders learn from other leaders who complement their gifts and skills.
  3. Teachable leaders are careful not to get ahead of themselves or those they lead.
  4. Teachable leaders prepare heart and mind to receive the truth.
  5. Teachable leaders are patient to make things better before becoming bigger.
  6. Teachable leaders have authentic faith that challenges others to have the same.
  7. Teachable leaders grow in their skill to communicate clearly, creatively, and often.
  8. Teachable leaders are willing to move out of their comfort zones and learn new things.
  9. Teachable leaders discuss timeless books and ideas with others.
  10. Teachable leaders love God with their minds by learning and applying His Word.

Men’s Breakfast

All men are invited to the Men’s Breakfast on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of the month at 8:00 am. We meet at Denny’s Restaurant by South Park Shopping Mall, Moline.  This month we’ll meet on March 4th and 18th.

IGRC 2020 Camping Program

IGRC’s New Website is the place to go for information about ALL camps, helpful info for parents, sample schedules, and registration. Check it out at igrcamps.com.  <!–split–>

 East Bay Camp: Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify. Coming summer 2020: YouTube Facebook.com/eastbaycamp  | EastBayCamp | eastbay@igrc.org| 309-365-7531

 Little Grassy:  Find us on Facebook and Instagram.  Facebook.com/littlegrassycamp  | @littlegrassycamp | littlegrassy@igrc.org | 618-457-6030

 Beulah Campground: 618-273-3520

 Epworth: Find us on Facebook! Facebook.com/Epworth-journey-church–camp.

Illuminating Curriculum – This summer, our curriculum is called This is Our Prayer—which is all about ways to pray and reasons to pray. Follow along with our campers by reading these passages with us in 2020!

*  Longing to be Invited: Luke 6:12-16

*  Longing Together: Esther 4

*  Longing to be Heard: Jonah 4

*  Longing for Guidance: 1 Kings 3:7-15

*  Longing for Renewal: Luke 5:12-16, Isaiah 40:1-5, 2-31

*  Longing for Change: Numbers 27:1-11

*  Longing to Celebrate: Philippians 1:3-11

 Brighten up Camp

We couldn’t do what we do without you! Here’s some fun ways to get involved with camp!

* Send us a surprise gift from our Amazon Wishlists (East Bay and Little Grassy)

* Bring a group from your church for a work day (or a work weekend! Mini mission trip?)

* Send 2 campers from your town! (We have payment plans and scholarships!)

* Pray for our campers and staff daily from Memorial Day—August 1st.

* Help us collect things off our recycled donation list (East Bay)

* Encourage young adults in your church to apply to work at camp (we’re still hiring counselors, kitchen, grounds, hospitality, and life-guarding staff) (East Bay and Little Grassy)