This year Wesley offers two Advent studies. One study is “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph” by Adam Hamilton. Joseph's place in the nativity story is often overlooked but contains valuable lessons for all of us. As you read this book, you will understand how Joseph's story is much like our own. Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don't understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. Another Advent study is “Journey to the Manger” by Paula Gooder. This book explores the New Testament’s various accounts of the birth of Jesus: their origins in Old Testament prophecies, the genealogies, the angelic announcements, the journeys and arrivals, and the aftermath of Jesus’ birth for the powerful and the poor alike. The Advent study will start from November 25th in various locations. Sign-ups are available in the fellowship hall.
You are invited to purchase holiday poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary and Chapel. Poinsettias may be designated in memory or in honor of a loved one. Funds will benefit church ministry work.
Please return the form below to the offering plate or church office, or mail by Wednesday, December 20.
Those purchasing poinsettias are welcome to pick up their holiday plants at the end of the 5pm Christmas Eve service on Sunday, December 24.
(optional) In Memory
or In Honor of
Please turn in by Dec.20 (or while supplies last) to the church office: this completed form, and your check for $10/pot (checks payable to "Wesley United Methodist Church" with note "Poinsettias")
Wesley park ministry team will be handing out winter blessing bags to our homeless friends at St. James Park on the Christmas Eve after Sunday worship service. We have already collected and purchased pairs of socks, fleece, hand warmers, and toiletries with your kind donations. But we need your help to pack items as Christmas gifts for 200 homeless individuals who have to live in the cold weather. If you can help, please join us at the fellowship hall on Dec. 17th at 11:30am.
Posadas are an important part of Mexican Christmas traditions. These community celebrations take place each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16 to 24th. The word posada means "inn" or "shelter" in Spanish, and in this tradition, Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay is re-enacted. Wesley will celebrate our second joint Christmas Posada with Latino families from San Jose First UMC.
We will first meet at Wesley 6pm on Thursday December 21st. and have fellowship with Latino families. Then, we will walk together to San Jose First UMC (you can drive if you want) and have Christmas worship service as well as dinner (authentic Mexican Pozole—accompanied by coffee, tea, and water). Please join our second joint Christmas Posada with Latino families in our neighborhood!
Don’t forget to bring a flashlight!
Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday we will only have one Christmas Eve Service as compared to our usual two. It will be held at 5pm. Don't confuse this with our regular Sunday Morning Service, referred to as Christmas Service, at 10am.
And following the service (around 6pm) Cookies and hot cider will be served at Fellowship Time.
You are invited to bring cookies to share.
Because of Christmas there will be no monthly meeting on the last Tuesday.
Traditionally, the last Tuesday of each month has been designated as our Coffee Fellowship. During our gathering, we have many topics, projects, films, and information for our seniors.
You are invited to join us!
Mochitsuki is almost here!
- Place your phone orders December 18 through the 29th, Monday-Saturday 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. Call the church office 408/295-0367.
- Pick-up is Friday, December 29, 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. AND Saturday December 30, 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
- The cost of the komochi (regular round mochi) is $5 a pound; okasane is $15 a set.
Your help is needed
Friday, Dec.29 AND Saturday, Dec.30; 2 shifts: 7:45am-12:30pm AND 12:30-4pm
Set-Up: Thursday, Dec 28, 7pm-9pm
Put-Away: Saturday, Dec 30, Noon
Please sign up to help: Fellowship Hall bulletin board
Phone order-taking help needed at church: take phone orders at church: 9am-4pm thru Dec.28, 1/2 day shifts.
If you can help please call Ron Ogi or the church office 408/295-0367,
Wesley Men, mark your calendars now to attend the 3rd WUMC Men’s Getaway that will be held at the Koinonia Conference Grounds in Watsonville on Saturday February 3rd, 2018. This year’s theme will be “The Good Life.” It will be an incredible opportunity to get to know and hang out with other Wesley men for a day, have great discussions, enjoy some fun activities, and share meals together. Sign-ups will begin in mid-December so keep an eye out for more details. If you have any questions please contact Wayne Kamiya at <email@example.com>.
Yu-Ai Kai will hold A Mardi Gras Celebration, celebrating the Yu-Ai Kai 44th Anniversary at the San Jose Buddhist Church Annex
Please join us in support of Yu-Ai Kai's invaluable work for our community seniors. New Orleans Buffet Dinner with our popular Homemade Dessert Bar, and special entertainment by the Wesley Jazz Ensemble.
Online ticket sales at <www.yuaikai-mardigras.eventbrite.com> begins Dec.1. $55/person ($65 after Jan.19); tables of 8 are $400 (until Jan.19). Information 408/294-2505.
"Doors Open", the LGBTQ-themed musical-comedy by our own Mark Teagle, is coming back to Wesley. And you can be part of it. Performances have been set for Friday and Saturday, February 23-24, 2018 at Wesley as part of our "Reconciling Weekend". We will also be taking the show on the road to other churches about once a month for the next six months as part of this production.
Interested? We need actors/singers, sound and lighting techs, stagehands, publicity, and more. Come to the production meeting on Sunday, November 26 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm here at Wesley. Or contact writer/director Mark Teagle at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
We are in Advent, waiting…waiting for Christ’s birth. Come and take a walk in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Dec. 10 right after worship and
witness the various ways the birth of Christ is depicted in nativity scenes. “What is a Crèche Walk,” you ask? It is a time to reflect and ground our spirit on the true meaning of Christmas.
Everyone is invited to “walk” and browse the display of beauty, diversity, artistic creativity of the different expressions and magical scenes of the nativity. This meditative walk will help prepare our hearts and focus for the celebration of Christmas.