Category Archives: Coming Up

Highlighted Up Coming Events

There Is A Time For Everything (Ecclesiastes 3)

June is a month of change for Bethel Wesley. We are saying goodbye to Pastor Stanley Evans and welcoming a new pastor, Janice Serifica.

There will be a special luncheon in the Activity Center to honor Pastor Stan on June 12 immediately after the worship service. (Reservations need to be in by June 5 to Mary Ann Harvey). The congregation may share cards/gifts at this event. Pastor Stan’s last day preaching will be June 26. He has served Bethel Wesley since July 2017, and is retiring after 43 years as a pastor. Pastor Stan, his wife Karen, and mother-in-law are moving to Rock Island.

Please pray for Pastor Stan as he begins retirement. – Staff Parish Committee

New Pastor, Janice Serifica

June 6 is the 36th anniversary of our merged church and Pastor Jan will be the 14th pastor who has served Bethel Wesley. The Methodist Church has an itinerant ministry, meaning the Conference Bishop and his Cabinet assign and move pastors, usually around 5 years. We have been privileged to see many different perspectives on sharing God’s Word.

The Trustees are preparing the parsonage for Pastor Jan who will move-in on June 25.  Her first Sunday preaching is July 3. There will be a reception for her after the service on July 10. <!–split–>

Please pray for Pastor Jan as she faces the challenge of leading our congregation. Also, pray for Bethel Wesley that we will continue to grow in our love of God and be a blessing to our community. – Staff  Parish Committee

Mission Project: Rice Meal Kits

Your help is needed Saturday, July 23 to  assemble Rice Meal Kits. The Midwest Mission Distribution Center provides all the supplies – Bethel Wesley volunteers will put the kits together assembly-line style in the Activity Center.  The completed kits are distributed by Midwest Mission Distribution Center to non-profits internationally.   Contact Carolyn Mesick to volunteer for this project.

Annual Conference 2022

The Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference will be held Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11 at the Peoria Civic Center. This year’s theme is “A Time of Love, A Time of Peace” based on Ecclesiastics 3:8.

Rev. Dan Buck will be remembered at the Memorial Service at 7 pm Thursday, June 9, and Rev. Stanley Evans and Rev. Dan Crede will be honored at the Retirees Service at 11 am Friday, June 10.

Guests are welcome at the June 9-10 services. The entire conference can be watched live at www.igrc.org/ac2022live. <!–split–>

There will be a collection for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center. If you want to contribute, there is a laundry basket in the hall (across from pastor’s office) to collect laundry detergent, dish washing soap, and household cleaners.

The purpose of the IGRC Annual Conference is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church.” Your representatives from Bethel Wesley are Pastor Stan, Joyce Hein, and Tom Hein.

From The Trustees & Finance Committee:

We have several building repair projects coming up. We need to tuck-point and seal the bricks on the outside of the southeast corner of the Sanctuary. After that is done, we will need to repair the walls of the stairwell on the inside. Our pipe organ is in need of repair, and we have some electrical projects that need to be addressed. We are asking you to pray, pledge, and donate to This Old House fund to help our church pay for these projects.

Food Pantry

Remember to bring your donation for the local Food Pantry!  According to the Feeding America web site, 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger.  YOU CAN HELP!  Bring your donation any time, and place in the donation cart. We have two donation carts at Bethel Wesley:  one in the Activity Center (near the kitchen), and the other in the narthex (near coat racks).   Here’s a list of the top 20 food items recommended for donation:  <!–split–>

  • Applesauce
  • Canned beans
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned fish (tuna and salmon)
  • Canned meat (SPAM and ham)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cooking oils (olive and canola)
  • Crackers
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Fruit (canned or dried)
  • Granola bars
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Meals in a box
  • Nuts
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Soup, stew, and chili
  • Whole grain cereal

Missions Giving

It’s not too late to contribute to the annual “Easter Offering.”  Part of the Easter tradition at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church is to share our blessings with others. The Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church has suggested six special Ministries that we will support. All of them will be covered with a ONE TIME OFFERING which will be collected through mid May. <!–split–>

Following are our 6 special ministries:

  • One Great Hour of Sharing (UMCOR) 20%
  • Human Relations Day (community development programs in low income areas) 9%
  • Native American Ministries (recognizes and supports the contributions of Native Americans to the Church) 9%
  • World Communion (helps support education and training of Church Leadership) 9%
  • Peace and Justice Sunday (aids disciples who are changing lives and the world) 9%
  • United Methodist Student Day (helps students to continue education) 9%

In addition, the Mission Committee has selected two other agencies to support:

  • Churches of the Quad Cities Food Pantries 20%
  • Golden Cross Agencies of IGRC: Evenglow Lodge, Sunset Home, United Methodist Village, Wesley Village, pastoral care ministries at Alton Memorial Hospital and Methodist Medical Center of Illinois; Chaddock, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, The Baby Fold and United Methodist Children’s Home  -15%

Remember that your contribution is a one-time gift for this year that supports all eight agencies. Please mark “Easter” on the memo line of your check. We pray that you will give generously.

—- Easter Blessings, from the Mission Committee

Easter Breakfast

You are invited to Easter Breakfast at Bethel Wesley UMC on Sunday, April 17, 2022 from 8:30 to 9:30 am. The menu will include eggs, pancakes, fruit, and sausage. Bring the family and stay for Easter Worship at 10:00 am. Donations accepted.