All posts by Thomas Hein

Services Canceled

Hello Bethel Wesley Family,
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 or our Bethel Wesley website 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 Callahans. 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.



What is Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes the Coronavirus is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.  <!–split–>


How does the Coronavirus spread? The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. The virus spreads by droplets made when people with the Coronavirus cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby or be inhaled into their lungs. It may be possible that a person can get the Coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

For confirmed Coronavirus disease cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.

Symptoms can include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of the Coronavirus may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of Coronavirus.

  • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., diculty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you may have, or are being evaluated for, the Coronavirus. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department.
  • Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
  • Patients with confirmed Coronavirus should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.


  • Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others.
  • Stay home when you are sick: Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick to prevent spreading your illness to others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Clean your hands: Washing your hands often for 20 seconds will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub with at least 60% Ethyl Alcohol.
  • Practice other good health habits: Use regular household cleaning spray or wipe to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home, work or school.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask: CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of the Coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.


Your Parish Nurse,   Kara

Services Canceled March 15

Dear Bethel Wesley Family,
In light of world events and in the spirit of being socially responsible we are not going to hold services tomorrow. God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline, (2Timothy 1:7) however and I do not want any of you to feel isolated and fearful. <!–split–>

We will be recording Pastor’s sermon today and will post it on both our Bethel Wesley UMC Facebook page and our Bethel Wesley website tomorrow morning. Everyone who has an email address listed in the directory should be on our Prayer Warriors list. We will be instituting some call trees just to touch base with our Bethel Wesley family this week. Please, stay connected. If you have any prayer requests email the church through the link on our webpage or call the office and we will share them.
Wherever each of us finds ourselves in this strange time we have the opportunity to shine the light of hope and peace to a puzzled world through our unshaken faith and discipleship.
God’s full measure of grace to each of you,
Carolyn Mesick
Lay Leader

Benefit Bell Concert

River Bend Bronze will preform at Bethel Wesley on Sunday September 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM. Dessert to follow.DSC00535

There will be a freewill offering to support the Learning Center’s  adult basic education and English as second language classes and infant care and preschool classes for students’ children.

3Ms: Members in Ministry and Mission


Members In Mission And Ministry will continue its study of revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It by Rev. Adam Hamilton. Faith talks will be given by Adrienne Mesick, Kris Wainwright, and Tom Hein. Outreach projects will include packaging school supplies for our Native American sisters and brothers, and preparing water bottles for VBS. We also will have special celebrations of Wesley’s birthday and Father’s Day! Come join the fun and catch the fire!