Shepherding Team

Shepherding Team

As we struggle with the unknown of self-distancing and sheltering in place we as Disciples of Christ have an opportunity to change Fear into Love. I believe we can continue to be servants of God through our outreach programs by serving the Homeless and Pack A Sack but what other opportunities do we have as Christians during these restrictions and limitations?

In answer, we have created a Team ready and able to make calls and deliver the message of hope and love to all members of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.

A Shepherding Team member will call members once a week to connect with them, check on their safety and health, and what things they may need. A simple script has been developed along with a list of members and contact information. We also have a Road Runner Team to secure and deliver whatever needs are identified.

If YOU would like to be a part of this Team and help bring light into the darkness, please contact Tom Edwards at tedward6@tampabay.rr.com or text to 813-624-3816 today.

Steps that You Need to Follow to Watch the Livestream Sunday Worship Service.

Steps that You Need to Follow to Watch the Livestream Sunday Worship Service

Before all, thank you for showing us your interest of watching the Wesley Memorial UMC Livestream Service. While we have plans to simulcast through various social medias, we are livestreaming only thru Facebook at this time. Until then, a recorded version of the livestream service will be added to the church’s website – ‘wesleymemorial.net’ and Youtube (tba). We will let you know when we expect to livestream on the website and Youtube.

For those individuals who are interested in joining us on Facebook and would like to know how to navigate to the Livestream Service, please follow the steps below.

1. If you have already created a Facebook page, go to Step 6.
2. If you haven’t created a Facebook page, you must first ‘Create a New Account’ with Facebook at ‘facebook.com’.
3. Fill in the required information and then click on the green button ‘Sign Up’.
4. Your Facebook page has been created.
5. If needed, refresh Facebook.com and then use your login information to access your Facebook page.

6. From your Facebook home page, type  wesleymemorialtampa/ in the ‘Search’ field and press enter. The Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church page should display on your screen.
7. Verify that the photo is the same as the one that appears above.
8. Once you’re there, click ‘like’ and ‘following’ the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  
9. After you do this, the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church will be added as one of ‘Your Groups’.  
10. Going forward, from your Facebook page, all you have to do is click on the ‘Your Groups’ icon and select Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. 
11. Then, to watch the scheduled livestream presentation, you only have to be present when the livestream begins at the scheduled time.
12. IF you want to watch the recorded presentation, look for the ‘Videos’ button and click on it.
13. From the Videos page, you search for the Livestream Worship Service that you choose to watch. 

Coronavirus Update

Dear Wesley Family,

Well coronavirus is upon us and has started affecting our church.  Here are a few things for you to consider:

  1. Fear is the predominant force surrounding us on all sides and we know fear is not from God.  God tells us, “do not be afraid,” so in your home and neighborhood, exhibit the one thing that conquers fear, “love your neighbor;” because, “perfect love casts out fear.”
  2. We will be livestreaming church starting March 22 and making it a permanent addition to our ministry.  All you need to do is join facebook and make Wesley Church your friend.  It is as simple as that.  God is still alive at Wesley and we will have worship services throughout the crisis.  We will livestream the service at 11 am each Sunday, so gather a few friends and worship in your living room and tune into the livecast.
  3. Our finances are taking a big hit.  Clients have cancelled renting the gym, Bridges has been closed and attendance has been down.  So please remember Wesley each week.  You can mail in your giving or give by text 813-699-4304.
  4. To help with the finances, leadership has agreed to make interest only payments on the mortgage for the next three months.  This will make our payment about half of what it is and will begin April 1.  We will revisit this in three months.
  5. Since the church is going to be closed an extended period of time, we are going to have to furlough non-essential personnel and limit office hours and custodial work.  We hope the time away will be short and we can get right back to work for the Lord.
  6. I will be your pastor through this crisis.  I may not be allowed to visit but I am still available.  Please call me to let me know if you are needing prayers, having surgery, experiencing grief.  Each week I will lift up our prayers during our service.  My number is 813-352-3204.

For me this is a part of my current journey to joy, so I close with my key Lenten verse:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13  Be God’s agent of hope you were created to be.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Ernie

Guidance for Ministry in this Season

Guidance for Ministry in this Season

March 16, 2020
 
To:  The People of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
From:  Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.  Resident Bishop
 
Subject: Guidance for Ministry in this Season
 
In order to be in partnership with others and to prevent the suffering that is upon us through the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I offer the following guidance to our clergy and churches:

We recommend no public worship through the month of March.  This is in response to the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation of the postponement or cancellation of gatherings of more than fifty persons.  Our motivation is grounded in the call of Jesus to love our neighbor (Matthew 22).

We give thanks for churches that are offering worship through technology.  The conference has created a list of those churches (click here).  I have asked each superintendent to designate two persons in their district as technology advisors.  These persons (volunteers) will be available to clergy and churches to advise them about how to begin to use or best use technology.  I am also asking districts to make available mini-grants for technology.

District and Annual Conference meetings scheduled over the next eight weeks (through mid-May) will be postponed or in some instances will take place virtually.  Today, our appointive cabinet begins the third in a series of meetings we have over the winter and spring, related to the appointment of clergy to local churches.  We are meeting this week virtually, in order to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.  The benefits of our being in each other’s presence, which are real, are simply outweighed by the risk of danger to health, and some of that risk is unknown to us.

We will continue to reflect on how we will have the Annual Conference meeting, scheduled for early June, and what are the most important agenda items (for example the election of leaders, the ordinations, adoption of a connectional budget, making of appointments).

We encourage working remotely from home, where that is possible.   We hope to make training resources available that help all of us to continue to work effectively away from workplaces.

We will be developing a coaching process for local church pastors to stay in steady contact with the leaders of their churches, for the purpose of pastoral care and relationships,  growing spiritually in smaller groups and individual devotional practices, the continuation of ministry with the most vulnerable, financially sustaining our local churches, and being the best partners we can be with local health care authorities.

We want to come out of the other side of this virus with strong, more vital local churches, and this will not happen without intentionality, accountability and support.
 
I will be posting frequently on Facebook.  I will be staying in touch with you.  And know that I will continue to lift you in prayer.
 

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Line Screening

Line Screening Has been Canceled

Please disregard the following event offered by Line Screening.

Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will offer their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on Friday, April 3rd at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  Four screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke.
Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests + Osteoporosis screening for $149 ($139 with our member discount).  The screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.
In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount please call 1-888-653-6450 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitypartners  or text CIRCLE to 797979. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Talking Points for the United Methodist Church

Talking Points for the United Methodist Church

Since the close of the contentious 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, United Methodists from across the theological spectrum set to work crafting plans to resolve the bitter dispute over the denomination’s sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and ordination standards. The following points are as we understand them and will be put forward in 2020:

  1.  Differences in scriptural interpretation, theology and practice have pushed the church to the place where there will be a separation this year.
  2. According to the separation documents presented to us, we do not know what will actually happen until the general conference being held this May.
  3. According to the preliminary separation plans, Wesley members will need to vote to remain a traditional Methodist church.
  4. The current plan allows us to stay on the property and worship together as we have for decades, regardless of the vote.
  5. The proposed plan is the best means to resolve our differences, allowing us to remain true to our theological understanding while recognizing the dignity, equality, integrity, and respect of every person.

Local leaders of the Wesley Church are available to answer questions and will update the congregation in June regarding the conference in May. 

Chair of the Board                        Connie Pruitt
Lay Leader                                        James Pearson
Finance Chair                                   Gloria Rocci
Staff Parish Chair                           Jeff Davis
Trustees Chair                                  Brad Hubbard
Life Enrichment Center               Leslie Berlin
Children’s                                         Rochelle Mock
Youth Ministry                                 Nadia Nunez
Bridges                                              Jennifer Foster
Chair Council on Ministries         Tom Edwards
Pastor                                                 Ernie Post

Pack-a-Sack

Pack-a-Sack

WEEK 2 – How fun to see all the amazing food donations that the Bridges families are giving to ‘Have a Hear, Grab a Heart‘. It’s so wonderful to grab the Pack a Sack wagon and go around to all the classrooms to see how much they have collected. The photo shows everything we’ve collected so far – 2 weeks into the campaign.

A heart-felt thank you to all the teachers, families, Nadia and Jennifer for making February such a fun and exciting month for Pack a Sack.
If you want to participate, just take a heart and drop in one of the Boxes…all are invited to help.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

If you have any questions about Pack a Sack or purchasing items, you can always ask me at church on Sunday or feel free to call me Jamie Wright @ 813/967-3800 or contact Shaun Black.

To make sure Wesley is getting the 0.5% donation –

If you have any questions about Pack a Sack or purchasing items, you can always ask me at church on Sunday or feel free to call me Jamie Wright @ 813/967-3800 or contact Shaun Black.

Jamie Wright

Fellowship Feast Menu for March 2020

March Menu

March 4 – Spaghetti with Meat Sauce-Special Recipe Old World Spaghetti with Mama’s Secret Sauce. Served over Aldente Spaghetti. Finished with Shredded Cheese and served with Ceasar Salad and Bread. Dessert and Drink…$5.00

March 11 – BBQ Pork Sandwich Plate – Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder Cuts Chopped and Topped with Special Sauce and Pickles and Candied Sweet Onions. Served with Baked Beans and Coleslaw. Dessert and Drink.  $5.00

March 18 – Chicken Supreme – Boneless Chicken Breast Sauteed with Steamed Vegetables in a White Sherry Sauce. Served over Fettuccine and Finished with Romano Cheese. Served with Tossed Salad and Bread. Dessert and Drink…$5.00

 March 25Country Ham Dinner– Slow Cooked Smoked Ham and Mashed Potatoes served with Brown Butter Gravy and Green Beans with Onions and Bacon. Dessert and Drink  $5.00