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Recent Updates


Wesley Pantry is Hiring!

Jul 23, 2014

The joint Staff-Parish Relations / Personnel Committee of Wesley United Methodist Church, Urbana, announces the following job opportunities available with the Wesley Food Pantries:


Assistant to the Director

Operations Manager

Volunteer Coordinator

Click on the links above for position descriptions. And visit wesleypantry.org/employment for application instructions.

Please help us develop a robust pool of applicants–share this announcement with friends and family in CU!


Conversation Partner Program Seeks Volunteers

Jul 22, 2014

Conversation Partner Program with Cunningham Children’s Home Youth

“Using listening skills to help a young person explore their values, relationships and goals”

The basic premise of the conversation partner program is that youth learn what they value through people who value them. This series of conversations is designed to help a young person develop a set of values to guide them in life, using the bond of a one-on-one relationship to help them explore specific questions. A few of the topics to be discussed are Courtesy and Service, Conflict, and Benefits of Forgiveness.

Those involved in this program will be partnered with the same young person each week.
The sessions will begin with an opening by the leader, who will introduce the topic of conversation for the hour. Then all partnership duos will commence their one-on-one conversations.

Qualities and Commitment of Participants
• Age: 20 and over
• Good listening skills
• Can pass background check
• Comfortable being fingerprinted
• Able and willing to attend training session tentatively scheduled for August 24
• Can commit to weekly conversations starting September 21 and ending just before Thanksgiving. Missing 1 or 2 weeks is OK.

Please contact Allie Jones (alliejones@roadrunner.com) to participate


Funding available for Holy Justice and Peace Conference

Jul 15, 2014

“Blessed are the peacemakers.” Matthew 5:9

Join United Methodist and Palestinian Christian leaders on Thursday and Friday, August 7-8, 2014 in Tipp City, OH for Walking with Palestinian Christians…for holy justice and peace, co-sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and Ginghamsburg Church.

Through prayer, fellowship and study, we as United Methodists in partnership with Palestinian Christians will seek to put God’s call to love all our neighbors into action for justice & peace.

Together we will:

“Where your treasure is, there is your heart also.” Explore how we can join in the growing efforts of nonviolent economic actions: shareholder engagement, boycotts, divestment and positive investment to seek an end to occupation and discrimination.
Learn more about the history of our United Methodist policies and practices in pursuit of just peace for all in Palestine/Israel.

Conference participants will covenant with one another to demonstrate love as action as we undertake ongoing educational and advocacy actions within our respective Annual Conferences and in partnership with Palestinian Christians.

Wesley’s Social Action Ministry has some funding to cover registration and at least partial travel expenses for an interested person or persons to attend the conference. Contact Jean Peters if you are interested in attending and would like more information about funding.

Find out more about the conference here: http://ginghamsburg.org/grow/ministries/books-conferences/palestinian-christian-conference


Volunteers Needed for Meals on Wheels

Jul 14, 2014

Volunteers are needed for delivery of meals during Wesley’s annual service commitment to Family Services. Wesley’s dates for delivery are September 15-19 and September 22-26 and serve persons on the Green and Purple routes in Urbana. Delivery takes approximately two hours. Volunteers may be scheduled to drive, to serve as a runner or substitute. The number of days to volunteer is flexible from one to ten. Additional information will be forwarded closer to the dates. Your interest to volunteer, inquiries and questions should be addressed to United Methodist Women’s coordinator Myrna Smith, 217-352-1281 or emailam90@sbcglobal.


Green Team Tip of the Week

Jul 1, 2014

BUZZ OFF!! Keep flies away NATURALLY with essential oils such as citronella, mint, eucalyptus, and clove.

BONUS!  Some of you wanted to know more about the “natural shoe polish” we mentioned earlier. Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of olive oil. This is enough to polish one pair of shoes. Allow a few minutes to soak in and buff with a clean cloth. It works!


Wesley Pantry Needs Volunteers!

Jul 1, 2014

The Wesley Evening Food Pantry and Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College served more than 1,200 people in June and just barely had enough rice and dried beans to serve everyone. July is historically a month with any even greater need for food, so we need lots of volunteers July 8-17 to package rice, unload trucks, and be a friendly face during food distribution. Sign up online at wesleypantry.org or contact volunteer@wesleypantry.org for more information.

Tues, July 7 1p Parkland truck unload & setup
5:15p Parkland new volunteer orientation

Wed, July 8 7a-2p Parkland food distribution
2p Parkland cleanup

Sun, Jul 13 4p Wesley rice packaging

Tues, Jul 15 6:30p Wesley pallet moving

Wed, Jul 16 12n Wesley pallet moving
1p Wesley truck unload
6:30p Wesley rice packaging & setup

Thurs, Jul 17 1:30p Wesley setup
3:30p-7:30p Wesley food distribution
7:30p Wesley cleanup


Vacation Bible School to be held July 14-16

Jul 1, 2014

Wesley will be hosting a Vacation Bible School from July 14-16 this year! From 9am to noon, kids from 3 years old through fifth grade will explore the Everywhere Fun Fair as they learn how to be great neighbors. (Nursery care is available.)

For more information or to sign up, call Wesley at 344-1120.


Program Evaluation Affirms Pantry’s Value

Jun 26, 2014

Click here to read about the results of a program evaluation of the Wesley Evening Food Pantry.


Green Tip of the Week: Drive Slower

Jun 19, 2014

Driving at 50 mph is 25% more fuel efficient than driving at 70 mph. And you are much less likely to wrap yourself around a tree.


Save the Date: 2014 Wesley Fall Seminar – October 5

Jun 16, 2014


The 2014 Wesley Fall Seminar will be held on Sunday, October 5. The title will be “The Reality of Poverty Here at Home: Impact on the Family, Community, and the Nation.” We hope to see you there, so stay tuned for more information.



Wanted: Bibles & Kids’ Books

Jun 16, 2014

We  frequently receive requests for Bibles from the Wesley Pantry clients. If you, friends or family members have extra Bibles that you are not using,please bering them to Wesley and leave them in the Center Office.They will be put to good use at food pantry!

We can also use children’s books (new or gently used) for kids (from infancy through adolescence) to give out at the Food Pantry. Our book supply is getting low, which speaks to how much the parents and kids are using this opportunity.


Green Tip of the Week: Make Your Own Shoe Polish

Jun 9, 2014

Commercial shoe polishes often contain environmentally damaging ingredients, such as trichloroethylene, methylene chloride, and nitrobenzene.  Instead, rub leather shoes with olive oil oil and a few drops of lemon juice using a thick cotton or terry cloth rag, leave for a few minutes, and buff to a deep natural shine with a soft dry cloth.


Coffee Hour Donation Recipients for June and July Announced

Jun 4, 2014

Donations to the coffee hour treats collection jar for the month of June will go toward ministry to the Roma people of Europe. In July, donations will support Africa University (Zimbabwe) scholarships. Please give generously!


New ESL Class to Begin in June

May 29, 2014

The Wesley Foundation will begin a new English as a Second Language class on June 6 from 3pm-4pm in the Wesley conference room, to be followed by the International Coffeehouse in Etc. The class and the coffeehouse will both continue throughout the summer.

And don’t forget American Classic Movie Nights–starting Tuesday, June 3 at 7pm–which will round out the summer’s international education programming at the Wesley Foundation.


Green Tip of the Week: Protect Our Water

May 22, 2014

The USEPA will designate the Mahomet Aquifer “our sole source of water”. This helps but is not enough. Peoria interests own the Clinton landfill and the local area disposal services still seek a permit to dump PCB’s over our Aquifer. Join the cause!

Click here to check out the Wesley Green Team’s Facebook page!


Join Us for a Craft Party on June 8

May 21, 2014
We’re having a CRAFT PARTY and everyone is welcome! Invite a friend and join us for a great afternoon of crafts, snacks and good company. Cost is $15. RSVP to virginia.uhlig@gmail.com. Click here to visit the Facebook event page.


American Classic Movie Nights Begin June 3

May 21, 2014

Every Tuesday, all summer long, the Wesley Foundation will screen a new classic American movie as part of its international education efforts. The  movie nights will introduce international students, visiting scholars, and their families to important (and just plain fun) pieces of Americana while providing opportunities for conversation about American culture and the English language. Oh, and there’ll be popcorn, too.

The first American Classic Movie Night will be on June 3 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome!


Sewing Kit Materials Needed for Mission Project

May 21, 2014

The children and youth Sunday School classes are participating in a United Methodist Committee on Relief mission project by assembling sewing kits which will be sent all over the world to those in need.

You can help the children and youth–and the eventual recipients of the sewing kits–by donating items to be used in the kits. Here is a list of items they need:

You can put items in special donation boxes around Wesley or drop them off in the center office by this Sunday, May 25.
Thank you for supporting our children and youth in their work!


Combined Worship at 10:30am Next Weeek

May 19, 2014

We will have a combined worship service at 10:30am next Sunday, May 25. We hope to see you there!


Green Tip of the Week: Recycle Printer Cartridges

May 14, 2014

Do you have inkjet cartridges that are cluttering your home or business?

Bring them to the Wesley office. The Green Team will take them to Staples and the refund given will be deposited in a Wesley account for the church’s use.