Women’s Gathering

Join other women for a morning of worship and discover how you are loved personally, powerfully and passionately by God our Father.

Postponed to a Later Date
9:00am – 1:00pm

Light Breakfast & Lunch Provided
Free Admission – Love donations welcome.

Featured Guest Speaker

About Jill Garrett

Whether on the mission field or teaching for transformation, Jill Garrett shares the same passionate goal: to make Jesus known in today’s culture in a real and authentic way. She is willing to turn her insides outside in order to give women an up close view of their own hearts. She is known for saying, “people will admire you for your strengths but will connect to you through your weaknesses.”

Connecting to one another and most importantly, connecting to the Life & Teachings of Jesus. Jesus is the One every heart is searching for whether they believe it or not, whether they know it or not.

Capital Needs List

Several people have asked me to share specifics on the list of upcoming capital needs I mentioned May 26. I have put them in priority order. That can always change.

Completed! – The youth room needs renovation. We do not have a cost on this yet.

Completed! – Termites in the trees. The trees around the perimeter are infested, the one in the playground in particular. We are treating the trees to see if we can save them. If they have to come out, the price we got was $41,000. However, a church member has stepped up and will be taking care of this.

Completed! – Termites in the sanctuary and throughout the main building. We have a contract with Terminix and they are treating the building.  Pending – – They have said that eventually we will need to tent the building and that will cost $21,000. When the time comes, we will get multiple bids.

Completed!The WIFI is now completed at a cost of $15000.  Total renovation.  Old lines removed and new lines and equipment installed.

Not Started – – New Sound system. We need to move to a digital sound system. This is a high priority. We have a bid to completely renovate everything from Sweetwater Sound for $25,000 plus installation. This will include new speakers, monitors, wiring, a digital sound board, eight wireless microphones, and a digital recorder. We need to update the sound for children and youth ministry.

Completed  — Two AC units at the FLC will need to be replaced, $22,000. We continue to keep them running through repairs but replacement is soon to come.

Not Started – –New lights. At the same time, we need to move to a digital lighting system for the sanctuary. We have a bid for $15,000

Not Started – – New gutters on the main building. $6,000.

Not Started – – The FLC roof needs to be lifted and repaired before AC units can be replaced. $62,000

Not Started – – The FLC needs exterior painting. It has not been painted since it was built. $16,000.   Waiting to hear if we will be on the schedule for Nomads this March.

Not Started – – The floors in the sanctuary and office spaces need replaced. $25,000.

Not Started – –The entry ways for a greater first impact and hospitality need to be renovated. No cost has been set yet.

Not Started – – The fire alarm system that has been malfunctioning off and on for a long while needs to be updated.  No cost yet

As you can see, the list is exhausting. We can expect $200,000 in capital expenses over the next few years. There are two ways to go at this. We can keep coming to the congregation every time there is a new emergency and someone or a small group of people can write checks. Or we can decide to be faithful now systematically, stick with the 10/10/80 plan and pay as we go, knowing these items are coming.

We have set the goal for the Hope for Tomorrow campaign and it is bold, a 30% increase in giving. This goal will take every person to reach, every sacrifice and commitment matters. When we reach our goal of $500,000 in annual giving, we will be able to be faithful to the 10/10/80 plan and set aside almost $50,000 a year to cover these expenses. This is doable, very doable!

Hope for Tomorrow

Hope for tomorrow is our campaign to launch Wesley into the future.  We have set our vision and purpose and the campaign allows us to see what we are committing to.  On June 9 we will make a financial commitment to the future and that will be followed by a commitment of our passions and time.  God tells the prophet Jeremiah “I know the plans I have for you,”  “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  This is our effort to realize God’s desire.

Hope for Tomorrow Letters:

Hope for Tomorrow First Letter

Hope for Tomorrow 2nd Letter

Capital Needs List

Word of Encouragement

Until recently, I had not realized that one of the things Jesus does is use my encouragement for you not only today as you need it, but he saves it for tomorrow.  That is such a comforting thought and it adds a new dimension to my work as a pastor.  So today I would like to encourage you to invite someone to church for Easter, not just so that they can have a great Easter morning, but so that God can have an opportunity to alter their eternity.  On Easter I will be sharing about how wisdom builds a house that lasts forever.  Easer is the number one day people are willing to answer yes to your invitation to attend church.  We have created beautiful invitation cards for you to use.  We are going to have a great brunch as an opportunity for you to sit with your guests and for us to meet them with extreme hospitality.  This is your chance to be involved in changing someone’s eternity.  Bring someone on Easter.  There will be two services:  9 am and 11:15 with brunch in between.  Children’s promiseland at both services this Easter.  Lets give God a great chance to get to work.

Walking the Mourners Path

Are you seeking comfort and healing after the death of a loved one?

The ministry of Walking the Mourners Path seeks to serve individuals who are in grief through a series of Eight Weekly Workshops.

Together in small group workshops individuals:

  • Acknowledge the pain and brokenness
  • Recognize that each journey through grief is unique
  • Share stories
  • Experience both tears and laughter
  • Find Healing and Joy Interested in attending the Eight Week Workshops

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church will host the workshops beginning Sunday, April 28th at 12:45pm. If you have questions about the program or wish to register for the workshops please contact Connie Pruitt (813) 494-4049 Pruitt2329@gmail.com

or call the church office at:
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
6100 Memorial Hwy. Tampa, FL 33635
(813)886-2536

Word of Encouragement

“We must not be led to believe that the Disciplines are only for spiritual giants and hence beyond our reach. Far from it. God intends the Disciplines of the spiritual life to be for ordinary human beings: people who have jobs, who care for children, who wash dishes and mow lawns.” Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline. I have had quite a few people respond to the sermon series on discipline from Luke. Several talk with me as though I am sharing something beyond their ability to either understand or accomplish. Nothing could be further from the truth. Take the example I used Sunday. Penny gave me a hug as soon as she saw me. I get to feel the hug and her love for me, and it feels good. What we fail to realize in the moment is that Jesus takes that act of love and saves it for me, for when I need it, in deep places, when life is hard. That is not so difficult to understand and any one of us can give someone a hug, send a card of encouragement to a friend, stand by someone when others leave. We can all do that. It is just discipline. Every meal Herman and the men make, every bag Jamie and Pack a Sack fills, every card you all sent to Brenda, all of it gets saved, stored up, lined up for a powerful moment of worship. We do not do these things to get a thank you from those we help. We do it because we never know which act of love is going to be remembered in deep dark places when someone needs God.

 

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.