Pack A Sack

The children are on Spring Break this week so there will be no delivery.

We are up to 116 children now, and from what we hear from the schools, this number should continue to grow during the last few months of the school year.  We feel blessed to be able to help Dickenson and Town n’ Country with the every day stresses these teachers, administration and parents feel with so many in need.  Please continue to pray for Pack a Sack, pray that the ministry will be able to continue again next school year, pray for the children and for the ones we haven’t yet reached and for their families.

People are asking how they can help over the next few months:

  • We are always in need of juice boxes and chef boyardee for our shelves
  • Go onto Amazon Smile and choose Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church (Tampa) as your charity.  Then go to AmazonSmile to do your usual Amazon Shopping.  Ask your friends and family to also choose Amazon Smile.  Most don’t know it’s even an option and they are happy to do it.
  • Talk with your employer about becoming a corporate sponsor for Pack a Sack.  We are still in need of a 2nd sponsor.  We’d love to talk with you about that or having your company adopt Pack a Sack for a month.
  • Plastic shopping bags (like Publix bags) – we go through a lot of bags (almost 1000 per month).  If you’d like to recycle the bags to the Pack a Sack program, we’d be happy to take those.

    Thank you for your support and prayers for this ministry.  We sincerely appreciate all of them!

Word of Encouragement

I am encouraged by my God.  Every day!  A great lesson for me right now is, “today is the only day you have right now, so make it a good one.”  It is not like there are not days when I feel discouraged.  There are.  It is just that now I know what I need to do on those days.  Wanna know?  The whole of it lies in a simple word, trust.  I have come to trust that today is a day the Lord has made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it.  Even though my heart may be sad, my soul can rejoice.  The reality of this overflows in all of scripture, old and new testaments, men and women, prophets, kings, slaves and priests.  Nearly everyone comes to the same conclusion.  And though each of us may travel a different difficult path to get to the answer, the answer is the same for all of us.  So friends, this is the very best day God has in store for you.  Make the most of it.  Rejoice and be glad.

GO Day Volunteers Needed!

Hello and blessings to you!

I’m writing to you to let you know that Wesley is having a GO Day this Saturday March 16th from 7am to 3pm.  I know you have a servants heart and wanted to make sure you knew about this opportunity.  The focus is on our campus.  There is much needed updating, cleaning and love that we will be giving our premises. We could use all hands on deck.  There will be small, easy projects to more laborious projects. We welcome families to help and there will probably be some projects that need to be finished during spring break.  I already have a family coming Monday the 18th to do some work if anyone is interested.  Also feel free to share this experience with friends and/or family that don’t come to Wesley!

  • There is a lot of pressure washing that need to be done, if anyone has a pressure washer can you please bring it on Saturday.
  • Pressure washing in the courtyard, outdoor hallways, entrances to the church and other areas.
  • We will be weeding, removing old plants, and planting new ones. (@ the front & side of church and playground planters)
  • We will be polishing the wood on the pews in the sanctuary.
  • We will be hanging shade sails.
  • We will be cleaning bathrooms and areas of the FLC.
  • We will be cleaning the choir room.
  • We will be painting planters.
  • We will be potting plants.
  • We will be hanging shade cloth around the pergola.
  • We need 2 or 3 people to work the kitchen to prepare and serve lunch.
  • There will be much more to do as well!  Please let me know if you’re interested!

Nadia M. Nunez Wood
813.750.6696 (I love texts!)

Easter April 21, 2019

Join us for Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019!

Traditional Service – 9:00am
Contemporary Service – 11:15am

Enjoy Free Easter Brunch, Easter Egg Hunt, Photo Ops, Basket Raffles, Balloon Figures and more fun activities from 10:00am to 11:00am.

Women’s Gathering 2019

Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided
Free Child Care Available
Free Admission – Love Donations Welcome

If you would like to take part in our Women’s Gathering, please fill in your details in the Registration Form below and you will be automatically registered. Event registration must be completed by April 24, 2019.

Splendor of Heaven

Splendor of Heaven

A Musical Celebration

A Family Evening of Music, Fancy Hors d’oeuvres & Elegant Desserts
Featuring The Wesley Memorial Chancel Choir, Instrumentalists and Soloists.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Invite Family, Friends, Neighbors for a wonderful evening of great food and Music. Let music flow in your heart and enrich your soul, bringing harmony into the world.

Word of Encouragement

For Paul, each church he started has its own feel. The people in the church set the mood and the church rises and falls on the work of the people.  Paul just loves the way the Philippian church works, the way the people make good things happen. He says, “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” Philippians 2:1-2 Any leaders’ greatest joy is watching his people succeed and work together on purpose. We have a sequence of planned opportunities that are all meant to work together so that we can connect with those longing for a relationship with Jesus. March 10 we will have a ministry fair in church as we form teams to create a Good Old Fashioned Easter. Everyone will have a chance to get on board and create an opportunity to connect with friends and neighbors on Easter. Then on March 16 we will have a get ready to go day here on campus and get the campus ready for our visitors. All hands on deck as there are many projects. Then on Easter we plan to have not only great services of celebration but an outstanding brunch, a fun photo op for families and some games and an egg hunt for the children. Join in the fun and make the joy of the Lord come alive for others.

~Grace & Peace~
Pastor Ernie

Son Rise Cafe March 2019

March 3rd – Bacon,Egg & Cheese – Breakfast Panini Sandwich – Grilled Panini sandwich on Rye Bread with Crisp Bacon, Scrambled Egg and American Cheese. Served with choice of Home Fries or Grits. $5.00

March 10th – Sausage Quesadilla Special – A Fresh Flour Tortilla stuffed with Sausage, Green Pepper, Onions and Shredded Cheese. Grilled to a crisp perfection served with Salsa and Sour cream. Choice of Home fries or Grits.

March 17th – Luck of the Irish- Green Eggs And Ham – 2 Green Eggs cooked to perfection. Served with Smoked Ham and Smashed Brown potatoes. $5.00

March 24th – Breakfast Dog Special – Twin Sweet butter Pancakes surrounding Smoked sausage links served Choice of Home Fries or Grits $5.00

March 31st – Maple Sausage Biscuit Special – Special Maple Sausage served in a Buttermilk Biscuit Topped with warm Syrup . Served with 2 eggs Any Style and Choice of Home fries or Grits. $5.00

Fellowship Feast March 2019

March 6th – Ash Wednesday – Panko Crusted Baked Fish – Cold water white fish baked with a Panko bread crumb crust. Served with 3 Layer Potato Casserole and steamed green beans. Dessert and Drink $5.00

March 13th – Chicken and Dumplings – Enjoy a Homestyle bowl of Chicken Gravy with Dumplings and Baked Chicken Legs. Served with Buttered Carrots. Dessert and Drink $5.00

March 20th – Wesley Wing Night – Fresh Cooked Wings served with Choice of Sauce. Served with Celery and Dressing and a side of Tater tots. Dessert and Drink $5.00

March 27th – Smothered Pork Chop Special – Special Recipe Southern Style Boneless Pork Chop slow simmered in Onion Gravy served with Mash Potatoes and Stuffing and Cranberry sauce. Dessert and Drink $5.00

Pack A Sack

The PAS team recently packed for the month of March and what a blessing to be able to pack so many Bags – 444 in all. It’s exciting and overwhelming to prepare for a months’ worth of packing.  It takes a lot of milk, juice, cereal, proteins and snacks to fill that many bags, but because we have so many that continue bring in food items and support us financially we, with a lot of GRACE, manage to find all that we need and more!   Juice boxes/pouches are always needed.

Bridges adopt a month – take a heart program has been an overwhelming success…see photo above.  It is really amazing how big this school turned out for Pack a Sack. Nadia told us that they were a giving group and boy was she right! Such a tremendous blessing and we are GRATEFUL!!! Thank you to Nadia, Jen and all the Bridges families and teachers for showing so much love.

Hawk Walk has been postponed due to Weather. Now scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th. Be in prayer for all these children as they prepare to walk lots and lots of laps to help raise money for their School – Tampa Day School and Pack a Sack. The children donate 20% of everything they raise to a local charity and for the 2nd year in a row, they have chosen Pack a Sack. A big thank you to the Lamont Family for helping raise awareness for our ministry.

Girl Scout cookies…we received 90 orders for cookies…THANK YOU! We had a 2nd Girl Scout troop come forward and donate an additional 17 boxes to PAS for a total of 107, just 4 short of our 111 goal. What a fun treat for all these pack a sack children to get their own box of GS cookies. We’ll make sure Each child gets a box. Again – thank you for all your support.