Category Archives: Coming Up

Highlighted Up Coming Events

Join us Sunday Morning’s . . .

   9:00 am – Coffee & Donuts in the Activity Center

   10:00 am –  Worship in the Sanctuary  -and-                    Children’s Sunday School  (Nursery available                for infants/toddlers)

   11:00 am – Adult Sunday School

PANCAKE SUNDAY this month is October 17th, 9:00 am.

Thank you, Pastor Stan!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month in the Methodist Church. We have been blessed by his sharing of God’s words of love, forgiveness and hope. You could share a meal, send a card make a phone call, give a smile. Please take time to share with Pastor Stan what his ministry here at Bethel Wesley has meant to you.

Walk (Or Run) For Cunningham Children’s Home

Saturday, October 9, is the morning to walk or run with fellow Bethel Wesley members to support Cunningham Children’s Home. United Methodist Women are initiating this effort, but all are encouraged to join in the project. There is no fee, but the suggested donation is $25. Please meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. and we will carpool to walk along the river. If it is raining, we will walk inside. Wear your Bethel Wesley shirts and join the fun. There may even be refreshments! CCH is hosting a 5K Walk/Run on October 16 and Beth Hein Jost is entered in this event. You can pledge to her by going to the Cunningham website and following the donation instructions there. All the monies support programs at Cunningham

Fall Festivals

FALL REVIEW – in Cambridge IL at Cambridge UMC and Cambridge Community Hall, Saturday, 9 October, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Breakfast, lunch, bakery, gourmet shop, craft show, ready to bake frozen food and great door prizes. Don’t miss this one!!

FALL FESTIVAL   – at Trinity Lutheran Church (1330 13 Street, Moline).  All ages are invited to Trinity Lutheran Church’s Fall Festival on Sunday, October 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Food Pantry

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–>

  • 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

Church Goals

At the August 16 Administrative Council meeting, the results of the August 15 congregational planning session were reviewed. From this discussion the following goals were set:

  • Plan events that bring people of all ages into our building
  • Offer activities that engage the neighborhood such as movie night, parking lot cookouts, Halloween treats, etc.
  • Begin adult Sunday School classes
  • Continuation of our local and global outreach projects

Now, for these goals to be achieved, we need to continue to let our faith in Jesus Christ be our motivation to share our talents and blessings. We can accomplish great things through Christ who strengthens us. (Based on Philippians 4:13)

Honoring Bishop Frank J. Beard

September 1, 2021, marked the 5-Year Anniversary of Bishop Frank J. Beard’s tenure as episcopal leader of The Illinois Area. He has provided steady leadership to our conference throughout a myriad of challenges:

  • Denominational divides on the issues of sexuality
  • Pandemic related pressures involving the economy and healthcare
  • Adaptability following loss of laity and clergy due to retirements and deaths
  • Vision in helping to outline and visualize organizational and structural changes
  • Need for compassion and care for youth residing in residential support facilities


Bishop Beard’s passion in caring for children is but one more of his acts of Christian love. He has mobilized a variety of individuals from across the conference to bolster the efforts of Our Conference Our Kids Endowment Initiative which was approved at the 2016 Annual Conference. Bishop Beard’s passion in caring for children and introducing children to Christ is at the heart of the vision for Our Conference Our Kids to endow the Spiritual Life Ministries at The Baby Fold, Chaddock, Cunningham Children’s Home, Lessie Bates Neighborhood House, and Spero Family Services to ensure the continued inclusion of Christ-centered spiritual care in their healing work. This vision is what motivates us as we move closer to receiving $2M in gifts and commitments toward the goal of a $2.5M endowment.

The Bishop is NOT asking for personal contributions for his medical bills. Bethel Wesley will join with Illinois United Methodist churches in celebrating his ministry by engaging in prayer and by collecting a special offering for Our Conference Our kids each Sunday at church in September. Alongside our prayers, let’s honor Bishop Beard with our financial gifts to Our Conference Our Kids. Out of the abundance of God’s blessing, let us give abundantly.

We thank God for Bishop Beard and pray for healing as his eye surgery for glaucoma at Mayo Clinic is in progress. His first eye has been successfully operated upon and now needs 8-10 weeks of healing before the same operation on his second eye.

Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind, Help Keep Our Doors Open

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.

Summer Event

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!