See the church newsletter, The Outlook, for more frequently updated announcements.
On February 6, 2016, Wesley UMC will be celebrating love with a dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Kern County's best jazz quartet "Dan and The Heartbeats" led by drummer Dan Murillo with Glen Fong on bass, Paul Cierley on guitar, and Doug Davison piano with vocalist Tracey Levens will provide music during the dinner and dancing. The silent auction will include items such as gift baskets, art, vacation rentals, and baskets of donation items for the Bakersfield Burrito Project, Homeless Shelter, and Alpha Canine Rescue. If you would like to renew your vows, Pastor Karen can do that too! Download the Flyer about the Sweetheart Dinner!
Tickets: $15/person, $25/couple, or $75 for a table of six. Call 871-3030 for tickets and let Pastor Karen know ahead of time if you would like to renew your vows. Location: Wesley UMC in The Gathering Place. Time: February 6, 2016 from 5 to 9 PM.
Our missionary in Nepal, Katherine Parker, with whom we have a covenant relationship is keeping us up to date on what the United Methodist Church is doing to help people in Nepal recover from the series of earthquakes there in 2015. She has occasional email updates but more frequent updates are posted on her facebook site at facebook.com/bokashi . Her June 11, 2015 email update is posted on the web here. Also see the stories, videos, and pictures posted by the UMN communications team at www.umn.org.np.
Those webpages have links to donating. Remember that the people of the UMC have already paid for the administrative overhead, so 100% of your donation to specific causes ("advance specials") goes to help the people needing aid.
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.
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
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 "RethinkChurch.org" for more about changes underway in the United Methodist Church.