Announcements/Special Events

See the church newsletter, The Outlook, for more frequently updated announcements.

Lent Studies

Start off your season of preparation for East with a special Ash Wednesday service on March 5th at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary and then continue your Lenten journey with one or more of the following studies.

An Unconditional Yes

A Lenten study facilitated by Rose Lester will begin Wednesday, March 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the lounge. The study will be based on the book, "The Five Things We Cannot Change...and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them" by David Richo and viewed through the lens of scripture. This Lenten series will reflect on how the challenging "Givens" of life can be transformed into Gifts and Graces. Each week will include a time of quiet reflection on scripture, group sharing and a guided creative process to deepen the learning. Come to all five sessions or as many you can.

24 Hours That Changed the World

A weekly DVD will be shown in the Education Lounge on Sundays, 11:45am. The DVD will be shown at 12:30pm on Sunday, March 16. Continue the conversation online with our Conversations blog.

Walk During Lent

Pastor Karen invites you to join her in walking the prayer labyrinth at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church at 7100 Stockdale Highway on Mondays at 5pm. We will meet the first Monday of Lent, March 10. A carpool will leave Wesley at 4:40pm. There are signs directing you to the labyrinth on the St. Philip's grounds. Mondays in Lent we will meet are March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7. Pastor Karen will be out of town on April 14 with the youth in Salt Lake City. The group may meet and walk on the 14th, TBA.

Disaster Relief Through UMCOR

The members of the United Methodist Church pay for all of the administrative overhead costs so ALL of your donation goes to the project you specify. UMCOR has an "A" (top, excellent) rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. To find out more about UMCOR, see their "About Us" page and here's a direct link to their "Financials" page and FAQ page. UMCOR is among the first organizations into a disaster area and among the last to leave after several years of work—we're in it for the long haul, long after the situation leaves the media spotlight. See also Charity Navigator's evaluation of UMCOR.

Our church's United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) and United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) are the two best avenues for us to help those affected by the several recent natural disasters.

To join a UMVIM team, or create another UMVIM team, contact Susan King, at:

United Methodist Conference Center
1276 Halyard Dr.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 374-1582 or (916) 374-1525

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Rethink Church

Powered by the Holy Spirit, 'Rethink Church' serves as a catalyst that moves the denomination, and those we hope to reach, into dialogue -- and ultimately, into transformative, collaborative action. What if church were a verb? What would it look like? Go to "" for more about changes underway in the United Methodist Church.

See the church newsletter, The Outlook, for more frequently updated announcements.

Wesley United Methodist Church -- Bakersfield, CA