Christmas @UMC Merced

December 16 – 5:PM – La Posada – People Welcoming People – Wesley Hall 

La Posada is the Storybook Christmas that opens every heart to the miracle of Christmas. The village of Bethlehem doesn’t know that it can be open to pilgrims from far away places. They turn away a young family in need of shelter and security time after time until the miracle of welcoming is born in the hearts of the community. In this sacred moment, a savior is born – Christ Jesus.

Traditional Songs, Soup, Piñatas, and the warmth of a Welcoming Community, Celebrating the Birth of Our Savior. (we even have a donkey!!)

December 17 – 6:PM – Community Christmas Dinner – Wesley Hall   Join us in celebrating Christmas dinner with our neighborhood friends.  Bring a friend and a dish to share or simply join us for food, fellowship, and God’ Grace.

December 21 – 7:PM – Blue Christmas/the Longest Night – Sanctuary   The holidays aren’t always a joyful time for everyone.  Those who are mourning, lonely, or alienated may find comfort and acceptance in this service of hope.

December 24 – 10:AM – Christmas Morning Community Worship – Sanctuary – Welcome the arrival of the Christ child with songs of praise and adoration!

Christmas Eve – December 24 – 5:PM  – “New Star”  a Children’s Candlelight Program – Sanctuary –    The story of New Star presented by the children of our community. Old Star tells the younger New Star all about the First Christmas where it is learned he was the original Christmas Star. Along with New Star, we learn that Jesus Christ is the true reason we celebrate Christmas. 

Christmas Bazaar – December 9

The doors will open on Saturday, December 9 at 9am until 1:30pm for 87th Annual UMW Christmas Bazaar.  Come & visit:

  • our Bake Shop with lots of homemade goodies
  • the Jam & Jelly Room with a variety of homemade jams & jellies
  • the Christmas Room with all things Christmas
  • the Boutique Room with lots of handmade items
  • Candy Room with lots of homemade candies
  • Bake Shop with homemade cookies, breads & other goodies
  • the Silent Auction
  • Cheeseball booth
  • Attic Treasures and
  • Mattie’s Tea Room where you can purchase pie, cake, coffee & tea & spend time with friends.  
  • Lunch begins at 11:30 in the Wesley Hall.  

For tickets please call Joyce at 209 617–8119.

UMW Scholarships

The United Methodist Women of Merced will grant scholarship money totaling $1,000 per school year to one or more chosen applicants.  Each applicant is to be a woman who, after a lapse of time from graduating high school or attending college, is now ready to begin or return to college. Applicants must take at least six units per semester and be a member of the United Methodist Church of Merced.  Complete guideline and application forms are available in the church office.  Application deadline for this year is Wednesday, July 5.  2017 Guidelines-Application-Woman’s Scholarship by UMW


1 Pueblo 1 Fight!

Immigration Resources will be presented over 2 days:

Friday, June 2 from 4:PM to 7:PM 

Free immigration legal assistance – (as spaces are limited application must be made ahead of time)

Help completing applications for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) & citizenship.

For more information, please call 209 230-4128

Saturday, June 3 from 9:AM to 3:PM

Immigration Resource Day

Discussion: Understand Sanctuary

Lunch is included

For more information, please call 209 230.4128

Childcare will be available for both days.


Coming this Summer – Kids 4 Peace Camp

Save the Dates

July 10 thru July 14, 2017

9am – 12 noon

Lunch will be served

Stay tuned!  More details will be available soon. Meanwhile the.

2017 Peace Camp Registration Form is available here.


Save Our Environment – Purchase a Tote Bag

Earth BagThe Welcome Team is selling bright red tote bags with our Church’s name for use instead of plastic bags.  This way you are able to let people know about our church and ‘save the earth’ – one bag at a time.  The cost is $5 for a large bag with dual reinforced 20″ handles and a plastic bottom insert.  They are available at the Laurel Street entrance.  If you are writing a check please note the memo “earth bag”. Thank you for supporting your earth and the Welcome Team.

United Methodist Women’s Scholarship

United Methodist Women Scholarhip Applications are now available on the shelf in the Fireside Room.  This scholarship is awarded to a who has been away from learning and wishes to return to college. Deadline to apply is August 1, 2014.  Download the  2014 UMW Scholarship Guidelines & Application.

Service Auction is Coming


Sunday April 27 following worship

  Two years ago our church held this fundraising event and it was such a great success . . .we’re planning to do it again on Sunday, April 27th.   You are invited to the Wesley Hall for our 2014 All-Church Service Auction and Potluck directly after worship (approximately 10:45).  Lots of fun, lots of fellowship, and lots of money raised to support our church’s missions both here and around the world.  We will also tithe – 10% – made from the auctions will be our gift to “Imagine No Malaria” a UMC project to provide mosquito nets for individuals in sub-Sahara Africa where children die every minute from malaria.

We will also be having a Silent Auction and an Opportunity Drawing.  How can you be entered in the drawing you might ask?  Just attend worship on Sunday and you will receive a ticket to deposit in the cans.  There are movie tickets, Panera gift meals, and 5# boxes of almonds are the prizes available to win from the drawing.

Start thinking now, brainstorm, plan ahead.  What can you offer as a service to the auction?  Some favorites from before included cookie of the month, preparing your specialty meal for a group, lessons, vacation stays, driving, house cleaning, sewing, yard work, tax preparation, car maintenance, face painting, and much more.  Be creative and imagine something you can do or make or offer (for free) that others would bid on.

For more information, to offer your service, to offer to help in the many ways that will be needed contact: Joyce or Larry at, or Mike & Kelly at or Jim & Gwen at

Eat Dessert First!

February 9 from 3 -5pm in the Wesley Hall there will be special treats for all who attend.  For your pleasure there not only will be many kinds of sweet goodies but also fruit plates, delicious sugarless samples, hardy appetizers such as egg rolls and meatballs, and a chocolate fountain for dipping strawberries.

Some of the great items for bid at the silent auction are a week-end at Bill and Dorothy Bizzini’s home at Aptos on the coast, dinner at Jim and Gwen Marshall’s home, a family home game night including a pizza, a lovely picture, a wheat weaving, a chance to have Joel Shade come to your home to play your piano for an hour, income tax preparation and many other things.

There will be a time for an update on what is going on with the Wesley program at UC Merced as well as exciting pans for the future.  Entertainment will start at 3:45.  Pastor Jamie Michaels and Wesley student Karlyn Rahmgren will play their guitars and sing some harmony for us.  Our music director, Joel Shade will accompany his talented wife Nancy O’Bryan as she serenades us.

This evening gives you an opportunity to support Wesley Campus Ministry in a delightful way as you enjoy some time with friends you have known as well as add new friends to your list.

Tickets may be purchased from Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry Board members, Barbara Cameron, Larry Hall, Jim Marshall, Rachel Trumm,Donna Hall or at the Church Office.  They are $10.00 if purchased before the occasion or $12.00 at the door.



Holiday Gift Bag Project at Women’s Prison

It’s not too late to bring your donations to the church for the annual holiday gift bag project for women at the Chowchilla Prison We’ll be collecting right up until the time we pack on Sunday afternoon. December 8th.  Deposit your items in the designated box in the Sunday School hallway near the Cypress Way Entrance or drop by the office off Laurel Street.

Volunteers, junior high age and above, are also needed to help assemble the nearly 4000 packets.  Join us in the Wesley Hall between 1:00 and 5:00pm for an afternoon of service on behalf of an often forgotten population.   And to get you into the holiday spirit, there will be timely music and goodies.