Virtual Sunday School

Virtual Sunday School Starts on Sunday August 16

On Sunday morning August 16th, we will begin our Virtual Sunday School at 10:00 a.m.  Our prayer is that Children and Families will attend the Sunday school and then click over to the Wesley service Link!  We are continuing the Railroad theme as we learn about the MIRACLES OF CHRIST!
VBS was such a success and we had so much fun we’re going to “KEEP THAT TRAIN GOING!”  We will be sending the links out to those who have already signed up for VBS and we’re asking for kids that did not sign up for VBS to sign up on the link in the flyer.  
Again, if they signed up for VBS no additional sign up is required

Please visit our new website at:

The sets in the Promiseland room will remain up (may have to move them around a bit) but we’ll also be doing some on and off campus filming – we’ve all been inside a good amount of time, so we’d like to give some fun ideas on how to have safe fun outside!

Love you all, see you in SUNNNNNDAY SCHOOL!!!!
Team Promiseland!

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

Every year we have as a church participated fully in this ministry!  And nothing is going to stop our continued participation in this world wide discipleship effort!!!  Franklin Graham echos our own thoughts, that the world needs this effort NOW more than ever!  Shaun and her team have been collecting items and we already have shoe boxes to fill!!!  But we need your help, with school supplies in the stores abound and this weekend being tax free weekend scoop up some extra goodies to do one, two or a few boxes to share!  
If we can’t meet and do our normal box filling with the children, we’re planning an alternative!  We’ll have a drive through drop off!  So take some time, make it a family effort – you will be AMAZED at how much our wonderful children want to help other kids worldwide.  KIDS HELPING KIDS!!  Please let us know if you need any boxes and remember there are specifics on what CANNOT be sent.  We’ve attached the below link with helpful information  for your convenience.  We will need to have all boxes ready by November 13th, so that’s plenty of time right? 

As always we are so thrilled to serve our Lord and we so appreciate serving with you!
Thank you from Team OCC!!!!

Rochelle L. MockChildren’s Director
Wesley Memorial UMC
6100 Memorial HighwayTampa, FL  33615


News from the Shepherding Team

As we complete our fifth month of providing a link to the church family and friends, the Shepherds have grown and expanded to be one of many new and exciting communication arms of Wesley Memorial. 

Our Shepherding Team include:

Pastor Post, Tom Edwards, Susan Ivins, Jean Rowe, Nancy Blunk, Shaun Black, Mary Lynne Gonzalez/Louise Coster, Paula Walker, Terri Davis, Janis/Herman Small, Karen Marotz, Ginny Winters, Sandra Robb, Lyn Heinz.

The Shepherds had a great surprise when Pastor Ernie joined our last Zoom Meeting.

He provided some insights into shepherding and how important it is to stay in contact with the church family. He also mentioned that he would Zoom with anyone who needed a call. So don’t be shy, set up a meeting with Pastor Ernie by yourself or with other individuals who would like to meet together with him.

Now going back to the Zoom meeting, some of the discussion items centered on singing, staying close to believers, and praying. Pastor Ernie also counseled us to remember that singing and praising God is something that the devil doesn’t like. Since the devil prefers us to be divided and separated from each other, we should stay close to other fellow believers and join in prayer for all of us to be spiritually victorious over this world. Let’s be one in the Lord and open our hearts to His Holy Spirit. 

During the Zoom meeting, we ask for feedback from from your Shepherds and we got some that include:  

“I call and leave messages and sometimes I hear back from people and sometimes I just call again. I’m not giving up!”

“If a call, email, or text doesn’t get a response I send out a very special church card to stay in touch with my flock.”

“It has been so much fun talking with people and meeting new friends and just being there for some older people.”

“Sometimes they just want to talk to someone and know that someone cares for them.”

“I feel like I’m the first line of communications with our church family.”

If you haven’t thought about it, think about inviting your friends and family in your communication network and watch the Sunday Worship Service or Pastor Ernie’s Coffee Hour on Tuesdays! Like Fran Mobley told us during last Sunday Morning Service that early in her Christian life, she did not have a mentor or anyone to explain how to be a Christian.  This may be a way for you to help someone grow closer to the Lord and other fellow believers.  Also please go to our official Facebook site wesleymemorialtampa or Website and remember to sign up at the bottom of the website for your current and exciting Weekly Newsletter! It is also the place to Live Stream Sunday Worship Service.

If you would like to participate as a Shepherd to make calls, send emails, write personal note and cards, visit, and share the love of Christ, please give Tom Edwards a call at 813-624-3816 or

Tom Kersey, Cellist

Mark Your Calendars for Tom Kersey, Cellist

Cellist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Kersey is an award-winning veteran of the Tampa Bay music scene, and has earned his reputation as a strikingly passionate, versatile and eclectic (and a bit eccentric) musical force who defies classification. Kersey has nearly two decades of experience under his belt as a professional musician in many capacities, including performer, recording artist, composer, arranger and pedagogue. 

A consummate pedagogue with nearly two decades of experience, Mr. Kersey’s teaching style is a holistic approach integrating all aspects of musical study, including instrumental technique, music theory, ear training, improvisation, composition, kinesthetics, artistic interpretation and music history. In every aspect of Tom’s artistic life, in any role he plays, his fundamental goal is always to humbly give joy, enthrallment, beauty and healing to the world through the power of music. 

Tom Kersey accepted to join us as a guest musical artist on Sunday, August 16th during the 11:15 Live Streaming Worship Service. So Mark Your Calendars!

Line Life Screening

Life Line Screening To Be Offered at Wesley

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screens, will offer their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on Thursday, August 6th 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 or text CIRCLE to 797979.

Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.

Rocky Railway Finishes VBS Trip with Happy Kids!

Rocky Railway Finishes VBS Trip with Happy Kids!

Hello Everyone! 

Hey there!  We just wanted to let you know how much FUN we had during our VIRTUAL VBS and allowed you to share in the fun!  We had over 46 children sign up and 60 attendees’ what a fantastic way to deliver Gods word!  Our Theme was JESUS POWER PULLS US THROUGH.  And we all certainly can affirm that, we had a brand new computer crash, camera batteries died, external hard drives broke, and a laptop lock up.  But, we would not be thwarted and we would not be DERAILED – Jesus power helped us do hard things, Jesus power gave us hope,  Jesus power helped us be bold, we knew for certain Jesus power will let us live forever and be good Friends. 

We received e-mails, texts and online chats about the wonderful ways the kids were experiencing VBS at home!  Backyard gatherings, living room picnics and dining table conversations allowed all of the Kids (and Parents) to hear the word of our Lord.

So we thought you might want to enjoy it as well! We’ve attached the “link” document and all you have to do is click on each day!  We hope you have fun!

Team VBS!

Rochelle L. Mock – – Children’s Director
Wesley Memorial UMC
6100 Memorial Highway
Tampa, FL  33615

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

VBS plans are well underway!  After careful consideration and with an abundance of caution, we have decided to proceed with a virtual VBS.  Our theme is Rocky Railway!  We will still need help building sets and presenting each segment.  If you are interested in assisting, please let us know!

VBS will be held the week of 7/13-7/17/2020 and from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please make certain you register early so that we will have ample time for your child to receive the supplies needed to participate!  Click on the following link to register early – –

*This Form Above in the Link Will Take About 3-5 Minutes.
*There Will Be a Photo Permission Form Signature the First Day of VBS
*This Form is NOT for Volunteers (Parent/Youth) Please speak in person for Volunteer Information.
*Form Closes on 07/12/2020 at 8:00 pm.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  —

Rochelle L. Mock – – Children’s Director
Wesley Memorial UMC
6100 Memorial Highway
Tampa, FL  33615

Wednesday Night Live

Wednesday Night Live

The children continue to have fun on Wednesday Nights Via Zoom.  

Last week we played “Are you Smarter than a 3rd grader.”  It was a review of all they have learned about how the Bible influenced the Star Wars Movies…so much fun!  They earned God Rocks for every correct answer-we’re planning a God Rock Store so they can spend their rewards!

This week they searched for Jesus!  They had fun searching for objects in a “find these objects” puzzle.  They were quick to find everything in the puzzle, it was a bit more difficult to tell us where the object was.  Much like our relationship with Jesus, we can find Him when we know where and how.  But, do we know how to tell others how and where to find Him?  We explored all kinds of ways we can tell others about Jesus!  Good Job Kids!

Rochelle L. Mock
Children’s Director
Wesley Memorial UMC
6100 Memorial Highway
Tampa, FL  33615

Wesley’s Nurture Ministry

Wesley’s Nurture Ministry

The mission of Wesley’s Nurture Ministry is to show God’s love by providing communion, visitations, cards and prayers for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are experiencing trials and difficult times.  As difficult times are in abundance these days, there is plenty to be done. The Shepherding Team has put our mission into action on a large scale as they have faithfully reached out to Wesley members during this time of isolation. They have been able to make important connections with many who are homebound or shut-in at nursing or rehabilitation facilities. It is my prayer that we continue to strengthen and serve these connections.

We hope that providing communion or communion supplies to members who are not able to come to church is a service ministry that will continue to grow. With the new self-service communion “kits” we have stocked, the elements representing His body and blood are available to be delivered during the week prior to Communion Sunday (the first Sunday of the month). Members are then able to take communion with the congregation as they watch the service online. Communion servers are also returning to action, taking the elements into homes where desired in order to serve the sacraments to members in person.

If the Holy Spirit is leading you to help with this ministry, please let me know! If you or someone you know would like to have communion served or the elements delivered, please be sure I have that information.

I can be reached at 813-499-7167 or
Carol Dittmar