All posts by Pat Gustafson

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Church & Society Committee will be collecting for Thanksgiving baskets again this year.  We will have baskets out on November 8 and 15 for non-perishable items with delivery on November 22.  If you are not into shopping, cash is also greatly appreciated!  As always, we thank you for your support on this project.

Flu Vaccines

Flu vaccines suffered some bad PR last winter, after federal officials learned that the 2014-2015 vaccine prevented a mere 19% of flu cases.  But one poorly performing vaccine doesn’t mean that future flue vaccines aren’t beneficial.

Vaccines are developed each year based on which flu strains health professionals believe will be the most predominant in the coming months.  Any flu vaccine reduces your chance of getting the virus, which means you are less likely to miss work, school or time with your family.  If you get the vaccine and still contract the virus, you may not get as sick as you would have otherwise, and that can mean a quicker recovery.

Your Parish Nurse,   Kara

Trunk or Treat

On Saturday, October 31 from 5-7 Bethel Wesley will hold a trunk or treat for our neighborhood in our parking lot.  Decorate your trunk, truck bed, SUV tailgate for Halloween, and pass out candy in our parking lot.  Come in costume if you are not scared.  Bring coins for UNICEF.  There will be prizes for the best decoration and costume.  Come and join the fun.  Sign up in the office so we can have enough space for everyone!

Steak Supper

Saturday, October 17 – 4:30-6:30 pm – Activity Center

$10 Steak – $7.50 Ground Beef – $4.50 Kid’s Ground Beef

Includes: Cole Slaw, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Roll, Beverage, Dessert

Tickets available at the door.

Stewardship Drive

On October 25 and November 1, Bethel Wesley UMC will celebrate our opportunities to show our stewardship to God and the church as we embark on our annual Stewardship Campaign Drive.  Details are being finalized by the Finance Committee, but we are looking forward to a  renewed sense of giving and participation by the entire congregation. Remember that  stewardship involves more than just putting  money in the offering plate on Sunday.   Let’s make 2016 the best year ever for BWUMC!

What Does the Bible Say about Conflict Resolution?

Have you ever wondered how to deal with disagreements and conflict in your life? The Bible has a lot of good advice about these issues. The new class, Resolving Everyday Conflicts, explores what the Bible advises and gives you practical techniques to resolve the conflicts we all encounter, at home, at work, and at church. Conflict among people is not a new issue. Jesus had a lot of conflict resolution advice for the people of the first century, and it continues to be effective today. <!–split–>

If you want to learn about Biblical conflict resolution, the 8-week Resolving Everyday Conflict class begins September 30 and continues on Wednesday evenings through November 18. The class will meet in the movie room from 6:00-7:00 pm.

The Bible gives great advice on how to have a better, more productive life. Jesus said “I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.”

3Ms: Members in Ministry and Mission

In November we will study Paul’s Call To Love and Call To Faith. On Nov.1 during Holy Communion we will remember the saints who have passed on to glory, and we will pray for an end to gun violence, remembering the 335,609 people who have been killed by guns over the past decade. We will continue to celebrate God’s amazing LOVE in song and dance on Nov. 8, and we will review Paul’s life and death in video and drama on Nov 15. We will conclude the study on Nov.22 with an agape feast remembering Paul’s life and legacy in scripture and song. <!–split–>

Throughout the study we have viewed videos about how UM churches throughout the U.S. have been finding new mission fields in their communities by holding worship in unique settings including: a diner, on the river, at a storage unit, in prison, at a tattoo parlor, on motorcycles, at a school, in a bowling alley, and at the YMCA and how they have conducted drive-through prayer and drive-in church. We’ve been challenged to consider where in our community we are needed to spread the good news of God’s amazing love.


The DELETE key is one of my favorite email buttons. If you don’t know who or what it is, delete it! Keep your personal numbers, (Social Security/Medicare, bank accounts) personal. The delete function on your phone is called “hanging-up!” It’s your phone, and you do not have to listen if it sounds odd.  Will doing all this make it stop? Wish it were so. We’re people, and sometimes we will get fooled. Sharing what we find and letting others know what they can do, however, can make a difference. Be a part of the solution, if you actively do something, it will stop making you feel like a victim and you’ll start feeling like part of the solution. Do something today to stop Medicare fraud. <!–split–>

Change In Medicare Numbers Can Be Jackpot For Scammers!

Congress passed a bill April 2015 to replace the Social Security numbers on Medicare cards with a randomly  selected number. They have four years to set up the system for new cards, and four more years to reissue cards to current Medicare beneficiaries. The bad news is scammers will exploit this information to confuse older adults in an effort to get them to give out their Medicare information over the phone.

The calls will likely sound like this; “Hello, this is Medicare and we have good news for you. We are changing your Medicare number and it will no longer be your Social Security number. This will make you safe from identity theft. But, before we make the switch, we need to verify your current information.” That’s a big RED flag that this is a scam, asking you to verify information. Whenever you get a call or email from someone asking to verify information, especially personal information like Social Security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers, it is a scam. They may have a little information about you, but they need more to complete the picture. The information they are asking from you is the piece of the puzzle they need to complete their file on you; and they will take this information and either steal your identity or bill Medicare for items and services you do not need.

Never give any kind of personal information to anyone who calls you on the phone, no matter how convincing they sound. Remember that Medicare, Social Security and the IRS will never call you on the phone.” Be alert to potential scams. Do not fall for calls, postcards, or emails that offer to help you get your new Medicare card. Contact the Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) if you have any questions or if you would like to receive information about how to protect, detect and report fraud and abuse at 1-800-423-2449.

News distributed by Nancy Creery, Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol Program Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A), Waterloo, IA, 1-800-423-2449.

Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) a project of: Milestones Area Agency on Aging July 2015 Monthly News You Can Use Permission granted to AAAs to reprint these articles with credit given to Iowa SMP.

Your Parish Nurse,  Kara

Guest Speaker – Missionary Sandra Raasch – October 4th

Bethel Wesley will celebrate UMW Sunday on Sunday, October 4th at the 10:30 am service. Guest speaker will be Sandra Raasch, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, serving as Coordinator of Ministries at a Honduras Mission. She was commissioned as a Missionary in 2005, and has served in Honduras since 2011.

October 4th is also World Communion Sunday. Come join everyone for this special Sunday service.