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Recent Updates


Wesley Staff Delighted by Surprise Easter Egg Hunt

Apr 17, 2014

Earlier this morning, Pastor Dan King Crede sent out a cryptic email requesting that, if possible, all staff gather in the Wesley building at 11:45am. It was quite a mystery, and everyone tried to figure out what could be going on. The answer? A first-ever (and, perhaps, first annual) staff Easter Egg Hunt.

Hijinks and hilarity ensued, as staffers darted about, picking up eggs and crowing over their finds. And then, once all 47(!) eggs had been found by our intrepid staff, we all sat down to see what was hiding inside. There was candy, of course, plus slips of paper with bits of biblical wisdom appropriate to the Easter season. Click to enlarge the images:

All in all, it was a surprise executed with impressive secrecy by Pastor Dan and enjoyed thoroughly by all the staff.

If you’d like to get in on the action yourself, there is an Easter Egg Hunt for children at 8:30am and one for college students at noon, both on Easter Sunday. Come join us!


Graduating in May? Get in touch

Apr 16, 2014

Wesley United Methodist Church and Foundation will recognize and celebrate high school, undergraduate and graduate students who have completed their respective degrees and programs on Sunday, May 11th, in both worship services.  We need your help to make sure we include everyone who’s celebrating one of these milestones this year.  (This includes individuals who received their diplomas at the end of the 2013 fall semester and who completed degrees any time during the 2013-2014 academic year.)  Please send names and information for both local graduates and for those graduates connected with Wesley who are finishing programs in other locations to Rev. Julie Dowler (jdowler@wesleyui.org or 217-344-1120) by Sunday, May 4th. It would also be helpful if you could indicate whether the graduate will be present in either the 9:30 or 11:15 worship service on May 11th.


Green Tip of the Week: Watch “A Fierce Green Fire”

Apr 16, 2014

Will TV’s PBS will have an American Masters presentation of a A FIERCE GREEN FIRE on April 22nd at 8 pm. The program gives a big picture presentation of the first 50 years of the environmental movement that ranges from conservation to climate change.


Celebrating God’s Gifts through the Food Pantries

Apr 16, 2014

Worship with us at either 9:30a or 11:15a (or both!) on Sunday, May 4th as Wesley Pantry volunteers lead worship through scripture, personal stories, music, and pictures. Contact Donna Camp before April 30 if you have a favorite verse or pantry story.


Midweek Report: April 9

Apr 15, 2014

Click here to read the latest report about Midweek Worship at the Wesley Foundation.


April Spire Now Available

Apr 14, 2014

Click here to read this month’s Spire newsletter.


Wesley Foundation Program Packages 147,162 Meals

Apr 10, 2014

Last Saturday, on the Community & Campus Day of Service, Illini Fighting Hunger (a Wesley Foundation program) organized an event at which volunteers packaged over 147,000 meals. Click here or on the image below to read more about their amazing accomplishment.


Wesley Building and Offices Closed April 21

Apr 10, 2014

Wesley Building & Offices will be closed on Monday, April 21st.


Your Favorite Place on Earth

Apr 9, 2014

Share your love of God’s creation: Help celebrate Earthday as we assemble a collection of some of our “favorite places on earth,” to acknowledge the God-created gifts which we are charged to protect and sustain.

Place a photo of your favorite place in the Green Team box in the Center Office or email it to to jeangpeters@gmail.com by April 25, for display on the Green Team and/or SAM bulletin boards on Earth Sunday, April 27. Please identify your photo, and tell why you love it (if you like).



Parkland Volunteers Serve at Wesley Pantry Alternative Spring Break

Apr 9, 2014

Click here to read about what students got up to at the Wesley Pantry at Parkland Alternative Spring Break!



Midweek Report: April 2 led by Rose Craig

Apr 7, 2014

Click here to read a report from one of the Wesley Foundation peer ministers about Midweek Worship last week.



Windows on Wesley: Grad Study

Apr 4, 2014

Check out what the Wesley Foundation’s Graduate Student Bible Study is up to. Click here or on the picture below to go to the story on the Foundation’s Tumblr page.


Sullivan Baby Shower April 8

Apr 2, 2014

Join us for a baby shower/potluck in honor of Brian & Elizabeth Sullivan. Please bring a dish to share. RSVP to Donna Giffen donna@wesleyui.org, Tuesday, April 8, at Noon. They are registered at buybuybaby.com and amazon.com


Church Women United May Friendship Day

Apr 1, 2014

Church Women United will celebrate May Friendship Day on Friday, May 2 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at University Place Christian Church 403 S. Wright St./Springfield Ave.  Wesley will be honoring Virginia Uhlig as our young church woman for 2014.  For more information call Evelyn Denzin 367-0643.


Midweek Report: Doubt Night 2.0

Apr 1, 2014

Over on the Wesley Foundation Tumblr page, you can find a report on the last Midweek Worship by peer minister Olivia Harris. Click here to check it out!


Annual UMW Plant Sale Set for May 4

Apr 1, 2014

Bring your extra shade plants, perennials, veggie plants, houseplants, bulbs, birdhouses, trellises, etc. to the church on May 4!  YES–there will be Horse’s Patootie Compost again this year!  A Master Gardener will be on-hand to answer any questions from 9:30 until Noon so that you can choose just the right plants to beautify your home!

Monetary contributions this year will go toward a well in Liberia, to provide clean water and toilets to improve living standards in communities. About 75% of Liberians do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.  Most residents drink from unsafe sources of water and do not have access to standard toilet facilities.

Your plants, etc. can be dropped off at the South Courtyard by 9:30 a.m. if possible, labeled with plant names. Call Kristen Dean-Grossmann at 840-7584 or email deangrossm@aol.com if you would like to make an advance order for compost.


Green Tip from the Green Team: BYOD & BYOLC

Mar 31, 2014

BYOD: Coming to a church potluck? Minimize use of plastic and/or styrofoam by BRINGING YOUR OWN DISHES, re-usable or biodegradable!

Eating out at a restaurant, where you might take home leftovers? BYOLC: BRING YOUR OWN leftover container.


Flower Fund

Mar 26, 2014

Our annual fundraising for the Flower Fund occurs during Lent. This fund pays for sanctuary decorations throughout the year. This year it will also help pay for the new sanctuary banners being designed. Please consider contributing, especially in Honor or Memory of someone special to you. Contributors can pick up Easter Lilies to take home after the 10:30 a.m. combined worship service. Remaining lilies will be delivered to our members who can no longer attend services.

For more information, email ministrysecretary@wesleyui.org or susanhaney1@gmail.com


UMW April Meeting

Mar 19, 2014

Join us for coffee and fellowship at 9:00am then the meeting at 9:30am on April 2. Kellie Anderson from Project READ at Parkland will speak on adult literacy.

Wednesday, April 2  |  9am  |  West Lounge


5 Wishes Potluck & Workshop on March 30

Mar 17, 2014

How would you answer these five questions?:

Wesley will be offering a workshop to explore these questions, based on the “Five Wishes.” The program will feature a video explaining the Five Wishes, followed by a panel of professionals who will speak and respond to your questions.

The free workshop will be held on Sunday, March 30th, in the West Lounge. A light finger-food potluck will begin at 12:30, with the program from 1:00-2:15. Get more information or ask questions at our Facebook event page.

Adults of all ages are encouraged to attend.