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.

Service Auction in the Works

Two years ago our church held this fundraising event, and it was such a great success . . . we’re planning to do it again!! Lots of fun, lots of fellowship, and lots of money raised to support our church’s missions both here and around the world.  Start thinking now, brainstorm, plan ahead.  What can you offer as a service to the auction?  Some favorites from before included baking, preparing a meal, 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 and money goes directly to the church.  For more information, to offer your service to offer to help in the many ways that will be needed contact Joyce & Larry via email at , Mike & Kelly at or Jim & Gwen at  The date is yet to be determined.

D Street Shelter Meal for the Homeless

October is fast approaching and the is a need for “a team” to feed the clients, normally around 40, at the homeless shelter on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00pm.  By your actions, this is a way to commit to Christ to be that channel of God’s love in your community.  When you have decided on a menu we can check to see if there are items here you can use or obtain the items you need.  Otherwise this meal is a gift from your team to the homeless at the shelter that evening.  If October doesn’t work for you, then pick another month to be of service.  The sign-up sheet is on the shelf in the Fireside Room.  For more information contact the Church Office at 722-5777.

Habitat for Humanity Annual Dinner Meeting

The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity invites you to their 2013 Annual Dinner meeting on Saturday, Oct 26th at 5:30pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 2916 N. McKee Rd.  Join in for a potluck dinner, program, and raffle.   Last names beginning with A-G please bring a dessert, H-N please bring a main dish, & P-Z please bring a salad/side dish.  For more information, please call 726-0850.

Church Women United Annual Harvest Luncheon

Church Women United in the Merced area is hosting its Annual Harvest Luncheon fundraiser on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Hoffmeister Center, 1920 Canal St, Merced from 11:30am – 1pm.   Soup, salad, bread and dessert lunch all for $10.  Raffle tickets are $1.00 each. Enjoy the fellowship and wonderful luncheon.  Bring a friend.  Call Chris at 723-5609 for tickets.

Love INC Annual Rummage Sale

Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ) of Greater Merced will be hold their Annual Rummage Sale October 11 from 3-7pm, & October 12 from 8am – 3pm in the Wesley Hall.  They are now accepting donations in good working condition, please no clothing.  Volunteers are needed to help sort & price items beginning on Wednesday, October 9 at 8am..  Please call 209 383-7034 to volunteer.  If you need pickup please call 383-7034.  No items for the sale will be accepted here at the church until Wednesday, October 9.

LGBT Youth Health Forum

A LGBT Youth Health Forum will be held on Thursday, August 8 from 5-8pm at the Italo-American Lodge, 1351 W. 18h Street.  The free forum, including a light dinner, is sponsored by a variety of organizations and will focus on the vital role of families and the community in preventing suicide and other risks and in supporting the health and well-being of LGBT youth.  Dr. Caitlin Ryan will be the featured speaker.

Car Wash Fundraiser – August 17

                                                                     Saturday, August 17

                                                                          10am – 3pm

                                                        UMC’s Cypress Street parking lot

                                                                          $5 donation

Gay-Straight Alliance & Friends Community Picnic

The Gay-Straight Alliance & Friends are holding a Community Picnic on Saturday, August 31 from 11am – 2pm at the Soroptimist Shelter in Applegate Park.  Free BBQ for high school students and their families and friends.  Co-Sponsored by mylgbtplus an PFLAG Merced.