Sunday, August 15, is the date for our annual congregational planning/goal setting gathering. We will meet in the Activity Center after worship service to enjoy a pancake brunch and then put our ideas together to move Bethel Wesley into 2022. If pancakes, sausage, and fruit are not part of your diet, bring a lunch. Part of this exercise will be the discussion of the Volunteer Survey found in this Chimes. We cannot make a difference in our community, nation, and world without YOU! “At Bethel Wesley everyone counts, everyone matters, no exceptions” is the Vision we have in order to live out our Mission of “In our awareness that we are all broken people, we rejoice in God’s grace. Therefore, we welcome all who are seeking God’s love and forgiveness.” No excuses for not participating.
Everyone is invited to the UMW outing on Wednesday, August 18th. Meet at the church at 1:30 pm to carpool to Bob Fitts’ residence (2511 22nd Av., Rock Island). Bob has turned his garage into a Korean War Museum. After the tour, we will stop at Whitey’s for ice cream. All are welcome!
Have you heard of the 10 Commandments? You are invited to a discussion group about the “thou shalt not’s” found in the Bible. Starting Wednesday, 4 August, the group will meet each Wednesday in August at 6:30 pm in-person, at church. Pastor Stan will lead this video study as we consider these words as Jesus saw them, not as burdens, but as guideposts to help us experience a good and beautiful life. Call the office (764-0619) if you would like the companion book written by Adam Hamilton.
The 2021 meeting of the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference was held on Zoom instead of in-person this year, the theme being “A Time for Healing” based on Ecclesiastes 3. The single-day conference on June 12 presented inspiring preaching and music as well as dealing with conference business. <!–split–>
Some facts about this year in our conference are: 26 pastors retired; 10 churches closed; and 2 churches left our denomination to become independent. The 2022 budget of just over $11 million was approved. (This is a slight reduction from this year’s budget.) The budget included a new position in conference, a Director of Ministerial Excellence, which will help ministers from the beginning of their candidacy throughout their active ministry. 8 provisional pastors and 4 pastors in full connection were approved. Their ordination was held on June 19. 2 district superintendents have retired from the 10 districts in IGRC. It was decided not to hire replacements, but to distribute their duties to the 8 DSs that remain. The uncertainty of what will happen when the worldwide General Conference meets and makes decisions in August 2022 is making everyone cautious in their planning for the future.
The Our Conference Our Kids (OCOK) campaign has received $2 million of its goal of $2.5 million. The endowment has already been put to work as $10 million was given to each of the 5 child welfare agencies in our conference to help stressed budgets this year. Please remember the OCOK campaign in you giving this year! Please remember our Bishop Beard as he takes leave of absence for 6 months to deal with eye problems; the Rev. Gregory Palmer, a previous bishop of IGRC, will be standing in for him.
Next year’s conference will be June 9 – 11 in Peoria, and you are all welcome to attend or watch it on live stream.
Respectfully submitted, Joyce Hein, Lay Delegate from Moline Bethel Wesley
Looking for volunteers to help clean the Activity Center kitchen. Two cleaning sessions are scheduled: Tuesday, 27 July starting at 9 am, and on Thursday, 29 July starting at 12:30 pm. Come help on whichever date works best for you. UMW is organizing the effort and welcomes help from all. Contact Pat Gustafson if questions.
Remember to bring your donation for the local food pantry! According to the Feeding America web site, 42M Americans face hunger, including 13M children. YOU CAN HELP! Bring your donation to church any time during the week or on Sunday morning, and place in the donation cart. We have two donation carts: one in the Activity Center (near the kitchen), and the other in the narthex (near the office). Here’s a list of the top 20 food items recommended for donation: <!–split–>
- Canned beans
- Canned chicken
- Canned fish (tuna and salmon)
- Canned meat (SPAM and ham)
- Canned vegetables
- Cooking oils (olive and canola)
- Dried herbs and spices
- Fruit (canned or dried)
- Granola bars
- Instant mashed potatoes
- Meals in a box
- Peanut butter
- Shelf-stable milk
- Soup, stew, and chili
- Whole grain cereal
Wishing a great future to all the 2021 graduates!!
Due to patient confidentiality laws, if you or a family member are hospitalized, please let the Pastor or Kara Ade know. When you check into the hospital, let them know that your church is Bethel Wesley UMC and/or have a friend or family member call the church to inform us. Also, if you know someone that is home-bound and needs a visit, please let us know and we will make sure that you (or they) are visited.
The United Methodist Church has designated May 30th as Peace With Justice Sunday. At Bethel Wesley, a portion of our annual Easter Offering supports Peace With Justice Sunday.
Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. The special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society. In today’s world, communities face social challenges, nations are divided, human rights are violated, and slavery of all kinds still perpetuates our existence. As the United Methodist Church, we are moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image. We will not turn a blind eye to injustice.
To learn more about Peace With Justice Sunday, go to https://www.umc.org/en/content/peace-with-justice-sunday-faq
Everyone is encouraged to pray for our nation on MAY 6, 2021 (12:15 to 12:45)
The Moline location is Millennium Park, 34th Avenue and 79th Street (east of Black Hawk College) (outdoors)