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OFFICE HOURS: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 302-678-9626 302-678-9627 (Fax)

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Summertime…

OUR VISION Historic Wesley Church in downtown Dover, Delaware is an open and welcoming congregation, which makes disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming God’s love through ✞A variety of Worship Services which speaks to both heart and mind, ✞Bible study, fellowship, and nurture which lead to meaningful and disciplined Christian living, ✞Christian outreach ministries which serve those near and far, ✞Combined activities which involve other area churches and faith communities. Wesley Church welcomes all individuals and seeks to minister to the spiritual and physical needs and concerns, as God reveals them to us. Members and neighbors of all ages and stages in life, the homeless, hungry, and hurting, employees of the various levels of government, including the military, people in the nearby education and business communities. Wesley Church’s prominent steeple is a sign of our commitment to our vision and is a beacon of faith, hope, and love in this state capital.

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is a good time for Mission This summer we have three fantastic mission and outreach opportunities planned. You are invited! The support of the whole church family is what makes these possible. Will you please serve? Perhaps you remember the one-liner I shared in worship a few weeks ago? “If you seek to be served, you will be disappointed. If you serve, you will be surprised. ” Where might you experience God in these mission efforts? I urge you to mark these on your calendar, and commit to be a part of them in large and small ways. Vacation Bible School June 17-21: This is a wonderful outreach for the children and families of our community. Support it by inviting children and families, serving in the kitchen, working at the registration table, acting as a crew leader to shepherd children to activities, working on the set, helping with set-up, tear-down, and cleanup. Registration is online at our website www.wesleyumcdover.com To serve contact Mardi Pyott Spangler 302-670-1019, mardi.pyott@state.de.us  Week of Restoration July 7-12: This is an intergenerational week of service in our local community. Our youth will be spending the night here at church and working on projects for church members and community partners. But this is not simply for the youth- this is a church wide effort. We need people to serve in transportation, meal preparation, supervising work crews, leading devotions, etc. Most importantly, we ask you to spend time building relationshipsamong the church family and throughout the community. On our last night together - Friday night - we will have worship, food, fellowship for everyone. Come and be a part of it. Contact Chris Countryman, 302-632-5416, pastor.chris@wesleyumc-dover.com  Volunteers in Mission Trip July 13-20: Deposits are due for those who are going to Endicott, NY to work on storm damaged homes. And these trips involve many more people in addition to the team members. We ask for prayer support, and financial support. Purchase a flock of pink flamingos to go in the front yard of a friend. Buy shares of “stock” to support the Week of Restoration and the Mission Trip. Then come out for our “stockholders meeting” to hear all about how God is at work among us. Contact Janet Krauss, 302335-3479, janetkrauss@comcast.net 

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United Methodist Women

Inside this issue: Pastor Amy’s Column

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Inside Story

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Inside Story

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Music Department Update

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June is usually a month where the circles meet for a picnic or choose a restaurant to dine out at as their last circle meeting until September. Come join the fun and fellowship with one of our circles. For more information on becoming a member of Wesley Church United Methodist Women contact Michele Dryda, Membership Nurture and Outreach Coordinator @ 7342911. Barbara Circle - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The ladies will enjoy a picnic to be at Mary Ann Dashiell’s house. Rosemary Circle - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. The ladies will enjoy eating out at Hall’s Restaurant in Wyoming, DE.

Pastor Amy’s suggested books to read

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Sylvia Circle - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The ladies will enjoy a picnic at Alma Yerger’s house.

Barratt’s Chapel

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Vacation Bible School

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Mary Circle - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. The ladies will enjoy a picnic at Mary Ann Evans house.

United Methodist Women

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Africa University Fund 5 Trustees Update

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Christian Education

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SAVE THE DATES

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United Methodist Men

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Shorebird Dates

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Why is your Pastor a Vegetarian?

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Youth

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Graduates

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Wesley Blog

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Evangelism

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VBS Registration

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Birthday Calendar

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Church Calendar

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Fellowship Shares

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Finance Update

By: Richard Satter, Co-Chair The General Fund has an annual budget of $576,735. Through the month of April, total revenue received is $196,484. This is compared to $197,027 received through April 2012. Through April, we are 1/3 through the church year. We have received 34.07% of our need. A few special line items on the budget through April are envelope pledges received of $125,963 or 34.08% of budget, and envelope GiftsUnpledged of $21,411 or 37.56% of budget. Our Easter Offering this year was $3,313, compared to $5,155 received last year. Faith Gifts, we have received $170.00 this year of the $1,000 amount budgeted. On the expense side, total expenses through April were $193,868. Our income has exceeded our expenses by $2,617.

Music Department Update By: Dr. James Wilson, director of music

In May we wrapped up a tremendous year of worshipful music. May 12th was the children's choir's last appearance for the spring. The handbell choir and chancel choir both completed their seasons on May 19th. Both of our final selections featured the masterful Stefan Xhori on violin. The Chancel Choir will resume fall rehearsals during its annual retreat on Saturday, August 24th, from 11:00 until 2:00 in the Wesley College Chapel. The fall retreat is the best time of year for new members to join. If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to the summer special music schedule please contact me at wilson@wesley.edu (302) 736-2466. Thank you for supporting our excellent music program! THE WESLEY CRIER

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Pastor Amy’s suggested books to read When You Pray Prayer is one of the most important areas of a Christian's life. In When You Pray, Bishop Rueben P. Job explores the daily practices of living a prayerful life with this thoughtful devotional. When You Pray is an excellent tool to use in daily prayer time and, while linked to the Revised Common Lectionary, non-lectionary users will feel comfortable reading this, as well.

When You Pray As a Family In today's world, families lead busy lives, with barely a minute to spare for one another. In all the juggling of schedules, one thing should remain constant - praying together. Based on the prayer guide When You Pray by Rueben P. Job, this 52-week devotional guide is designed to bring your family together as you explore Scripture, share and listen to each other, and pray. Each week, you and your children will begin to develop a practice of prayer that will lead to a lifelong journey with God

Do Hard Things The next generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution". With over 10 million hits to their website TheRebelution.com, Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge in a growing movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. Written when they were 18 years old, "Do Hard Things" is the Harris twins' revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential. Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life and map a clear trajectory for long-term fulfillment and eternal im-

pact. Written by teens for teens, "Do Hard Things" is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of revolution already in progress challenges the next generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.

Moving Miss Peggy When the vibrant, beloved Miss Peggy began the agonizing descent into the “darkness” of dementia, her family faced what an estimated 35.6 million people around the world live with each day. “Moving Miss Peggy: A Story of Dementia, Courage and Consolation” by Robert Benson is an intimate look at what dementia means for a family – how do you organize your mother’s new life, how do you move her from her cherished home… how do you come to terms with the fact that the woman who, as Benson writes, “once seemed to hold the whole world in her hands, now does not know the day of the week?” With his signature style, Benson’s artistic touch lends a warmth and softness to a harsh reality in this powerful story. THE WESLEY CRIER

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Barratt’s Chapel and Museum By: Barbara Duffin, Curator

The Commission on Archives and History wants you to know about an exciting new program this Summer at Barratt’s Chapel. Our special services at Christmas and Easter are very well attended. Over the years many people have asked us why we don’t have more regular worship services. Therefore, the Commission has decided to hold a series of informal worship at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings starting June 20 through August 29. We plan on using a variety of preachers and musicians from around the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. There are several ways you can help:  Letting the people in your congregation know and inviting them to attend  Volunteering to preach and lead one of the services  Suggesting musicians from your congregation or elsewhere to participate We hope you will be able to respond in one or more of these ways. If so please contact: Reverend Ed Kuhling - PastorEdK@mchsi.com

Escape to Athens with Paul! Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment, and chainbreaking earthquakes — all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul straight from Paul himself! In an ancient “anything goes” culture, Paul will inspire kids to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love today! Kids and adults "time-travel" back to ancient Athens in a small group (called an Oikos). Kids will meet Paul and learn about his jaw-dropping experiences, go to the Arena Games for fun Olympic “training,” and visit the busy Athenian Marketplace for snacks and activities. During Paul's Adventures, kids will visit with Paul, who gives a firsthand account of his dangerous journey to share the life-changing truth about God. In the Arena Games, kids and adults will play games as they “train” for the Olympics, discovering more about life in ancient Athens. Each day kids will explore shops in the marketplace where they will create unique crafts and creative activities based on Bible-times history. Vacation Bible School will run from Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st. Children ages 3 and up are welcome along with adults. Each night dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and our program will begin at 6:00 p.m., ending at 8:00 p.m. Come and join us and spread the good news. Registration can be done online through the church’s website at http://wesleyumc-dover.com/ or filling out the registration form on page 13, or by picking up a registration form from the office. We need volunteers to help out. Anyone that is interested should contact Mardi Spangler or Becky Gill at 698-3686. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have some fun, toga style! THE WESLEY CRIER

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United Methodist Women News

By: Barbara Rafte, Communications UMW

Dover Days Bake Sale Brings in the Dough! Our sincere thanks to all of you who contributed in any way to our Dover Days Bake Sale on May 4. There were bakers, buyers, packagers, and sellers, all committed to a great sales day. We raised over $650.00 from your efforts! Everyone involved was helpful and cheerful and Linda Randall, the Bake Sale Chair, wants to let everyone know that she appreciates your help and upbeat attitude. It made the event go ever so smoothly and helped her immensely in her first year as Chair. Summer Tea Party – Sunday, July 7 The United Methodist Women invite all women (age 11 and up) to attend the first Summer Tea Party here at Wesley. Indulge yourself by sipping a variety of teas, sampling delicious tea sandwiches and goodies, socializing and relaxing for the afternoon. We will serve tea in Grace Fellowship Hall from 2PM to 4PM. This event is FREE, but entry is by ticket only! We need your RSVP by June 27; call Mary Ann Evans at 653-6900 to reserve seating and your tickets will be mailed to you. We will not be seating people that day who have not made reservations. Please join us for this special time of fellowship and fun. Don’t miss out on this inaugural event. Retreat Repeat? For those of you who have been asking if we will be holding another retreat this year, the answer is yes! We are planning a mini-retreat to be held October 5 here in Dover (place to be determined). Yes, this coincides with the church retreat. We will be sending out more detailed information as the planning progresses, but please put this date on your calendar. You do not need to be a member of the UMW; all women are welcome. The United Methodist Women are always seeking new members. No matter what your schedule is like, there are Circles to accommodate you. We are involved in mission work locally and worldwide and host yearly events to fund our giving. Our Purpose: “…a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” Is this what you’ve been looking for? If so, please join us. Our Membership Chair is Michele Dryda (734-2911). Questions about United Methodist Women? Our President is Mary Ann Evans; 653-6900.

Africa University Fund Local churches affirmed their ongoing support for Africa University in 2012 with an overall investment in the Africa University Fund (AUF) of 93%. In total, 27 annual conferences invested 100% of their asking in the AUF and once again, the local congregations of the Wisconsin Conference showed incredible generosity by making a 169% investment in the fund. The efforts of the Wisconsin Conference, coupled with that of the other 10 annual conferences, gave the North Central Jurisdiction its first 100% overall investment in the AUF. In the Northeastern Jurisdiction, the Greater New Jersey Conference also went beyond its asking and invested 104%. Two annual conferences - Southwest Texas and Tennessee - set new records for giving to the AUF. For the first time, both conferences invested 100% of their asking. “The strength of Africa University offers the United Methodist Church the opportunity to continue to impact leaders across Africa,” says Bishop Billy McAlilly of the Tennessee Area. “Thirty years from now, we will look back and give thanks to God that the investment in Africa University was one of the keys in transforming the world through the people called Methodist,” added Bishop McAlilly. THE WESLEY CRIER

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Safety is Paramount for Trustees By: Dave Casto, Chair, Board of Trustees Recently, we had a practice fire drill after each one of our services. This event was spearheaded by one of the church’s trustees, Alex Vaughan. In addition to organizing and coordinating the fire drills, Alex and Lester Jones, our head custodian, met with the City’s Fire Marshall, Dave Truex. Alex and Lester discussed Wesley’s emergency evacuation procedures and then led Mr. Truex on a tour through the sanctuary and all the adjacent emergency exits, including the area leading to the new elevator. After the inspection, Mr. Truex gave Alex and Lester some of his observations and suggestions about how we can improve our procedures. Some of these suggestions are summarized below: The rear of the church should be the primary emergency exit and the stairwells behind the alter should be the secondary exits, to be used only when the primary exit is blocked. We should have two fire drills each year, one in the spring and one in the fall; one drill to use primary exit, and the other use the secondary exits. The congregation should be directed to meet at a designated area once outside, i.e., parking lot, where we can take attendance to make sure nobody was left inside. We should create a laminated Fire Evacuation Card noting the primary and secondary exit routes and place them in the pew hymnal racks. Announcements should be made during services periodically to inform the congregation of the evacuation route cards and remind them of the exits and procedures. Mr. Truex stated that it is fine to use the elevators during a fire emergency. There is a chance the elevator will shut off if smoke reaches a certain density in the shaft; however the elevator is a safe place to be until emergency assistance arrives. Ushers, trustees and pastoral staff should all be knowledgeable of the emergency procedures and exits. During an emergency they should also help in getting assistance to anyone disabled in moving them to the elevators. While there is more thorough and detailed information that needs to be reviewed, the Trustees will be working to implement the vast majority of Mr. Truex’s suggestions. We know that it may be an inconvenience or annoyance to go through these drills, but you never know what the future holds. Some day your life may depend on it.

Christian Education By: Chris Countryman

It is that time of year again everyone, summer is upon us and our Sunday school format is changing. Starting Sunday June 9th we will only have 2 classes during Summer Sunday school: Pre-K through Kindergarten and 1st grade through 5th grade. The Jr. and Sr. High children are encouraged to attend worship or they can be helpers with the two younger children's Sunday School classes. Classes will be held in Grace Fellowship Hall with the dividers separating the classes. Children are to be brought to the sanctuary with you. Just prior to the children’s sermon they will be asked to come to the chancel steps for the message. Following the message they will be taken to Grace Fellowship Hall by their teachers for Sunday School. If your child does not feel all that psyched about going down for the children’s sermon you can bring them down after it is over and they will follow the rest of the kids down stairs with their teacher. The children will be signed out and picked up in Fellowship Hall; we will make sure that they are all by the stage until their parent/ guardian is there to get them. If anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me and the next time you see your child’s Sunday School teacher be sure to say a big thank you for all they do to bring your child closer to the Jesus. We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, I Thessalonians 1:2. THE WESLEY CRIER

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SAVE THE DATE REMINDERS USHER TRAINING Calling all Ushers and those who would like to become an Usher. We will have a training/refresher course on June 9th at 11 a.m. in Grace Fellowship Hall. Please mark your calendars!

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUNDAY Join us on August 4th for breakfast followed by a joint worship service at 10:00 a.m. We will have a hymn sing prior to the start of the service and will be taking your requests for hymns you liked to sing as a child growing up in church. After the worship service take time to walk around Grace Fellowship Hall to look at the different informative displays regarding Christian Education and Spiritual Formation.

Covenant Discipleship: Making Disciples Who Make Disciples A Healthy Church Initiative Workshop. Sponsored by: The Spiritual Formation Team, The Dover District, and Wesley UMC Wesley United Methodist Church will host a one-day workshop on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., lunch included. Rev. Dr. Steve Manskar is the workshop leader. He is the Director of Wesleyan Leadership at the General Board of Discipleship and author of Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household, A Perfect Love: Understanding John Wesley’s ‘A Plain Account of Christian Perfection’, and A Disciple’s Journal 2013. Covenant Discipleship Groups Covenant Discipleship groups make disciples who make disciples through mutual accountability and support for discipleship. They are small groups of 5-7 people who agree to meet one hour a week. The agenda for the weekly meeting is a covenant the group writes shaped by the General Rule of Discipleship: To witness to Jesus Christ in the world and to follow His teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In the workshop you will learn the basics of Covenant Discipleship, group dynamics, the content and purpose of the group covenant and covenant writing, and how to introduce covenant discipleship to your congregation. For details contact Rev. Amy Yarnall at pastoramy@gmail.com or (302) 736-1968. DAY OF RETREAT Mark your calendar for a day of retreat on Saturday Oct. 5th from 9-3. Pastor Amy and the Christian Ed & Spiritual Formation Committee will be leading this retreat day locally, from 9-3. We are in the process of securing a location in Dover. This retreat day will be an opportunity for you to connect with God. It will also be a time to connect with others in our church family. The day will include study, prayer, conversation, and fellowship. There will be time spent together, and time spent in individual solitude. The United Methodist Women will be holding a mini retreat for those who have been asking. THE WESLEY CRIER

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United Methodist Men By: Ralph Deats, President The United Methodist Men want to thank all of the volunteers for their help at our Annual Dover Day’s Pancake Breakfast; with their help our meal was a success. Thanks also for those that attended. We served 490 breakfast meals this year. Our thanks to the Boy Scouts and leaders of Troop 100 from Dover Air Force Base, whom we sponsor, for bussing and clean-up of the tables, also for their help breaking down the tables and chairs. We gave copies of “Strength for Service to God and Country”, (Scout Version) as our gratitude for their service, to the Scouts and leaders who attended.

Delmarva Shorebirds Baseball Game The UMM are planning their annual outing to the Delmarva Shorebirds ballgame in Salisbury, MD. This year they have two choices:  Faith and Family Night, Saturday night, June 8th. The cost, $22.00, includes tickets to the game, a pavilion picnic, entertainment and fireworks.  Peninsula Delaware United Methodist Conference Night, Friday night, August 16th. The cost of $22.50 includes tickets to the game, a pavilion picnic and fireworks. We need a minimum of 20 attendees for group tickets. If you are interested, please call Ralph Deats at 734-7010. THE WESLEY CRIER

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Why is Your Pastor a Vegetarian? I answer the question about why I chose to become vegetarian fairly often. I am always glad to share. It’s a spiritual thing. I know that it is better for the body God has given me to limit my intake of animal products. (I am not a vegan -- I eat eggs and dairy.) The meat in supermarkets has antibiotics, steroids, and hormones from the factory farms in which that meat is raised. Add to this the fact there is a lot of research that limited animal products is a healthier diet, and I see vegetarianism as a way of being a good steward of my body. (Now if I could just be so disciplined about chocolate...sigh.) Eating a primarily plant based diet is better for Creation. Meat production requires far more water, and fossil fuels, than growing plants. More than a third of fossil fuel used in the U.S. goes toward meat production. More open land is required for animals-for grazing and growing animal feed. Manure produces massive amounts of pollution in the form of methane and nitrous oxide. The manure is also responsible for run-off in our waterways. If meat is not specifically labeled as organically raised, it is an exercise in animal cruelty. A small fraction of meat is not raised on a factory farm. Most, if not all, of what is in the average super market is factory farmed. If you do any research on meat production in this country, there’s a good chance you will lose your desire for meat for at least a while. I see being vegetarian as being a way of practicing a consistent ethic of life. I buy a lot of my eggs and dairy from sources that I know are humane, but I am not perfect on this score. One day in Nov. 2009, while I was driving and listening to an article on the news, I heard an interview that focused upon all of these points. I had been a “flexitarian” for a while, eating limited amounts of meat. But just before Thanksgiving that year, I decided it was time to make the change. I still miss bacon occasionally, but almost always I am glad I made the switch . I have been fascinated to learn that vegetarianism has a history of being rooted in faith practices, as well as practiced for ethical reasons. Below are some things I learned while researching the topic. Many early Christians were vegetarian, such as Clement of Alexandria, Origen, John Chrysostom, Basil the Great and others. Some early church writings suggest that Matthew, Peter & James were vegetarian. The historian Eusebius writes that the Apostle “Matthew partook of seeds, nuts and vegetables, without flesh.” Clement of Alexandria wrote, “It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals.” In late antiquity and in the Middle Ages many monks and hermits renounced meat-eating in the context of their asceticism. The most prominent of them was St. Jerome († 419), whom they used to take as their model. The Rule of St. Benedict (6th century) allowed the monastic Benedictines to eat fish and fowl, but forbade the consumption of the meat of quadrupeds unless the religious was ill. Many other rules of religious orders contained similar restrictions of diet, some of which even included fowl, but fish was never prohibited, as Christ himself had eaten fish (Luke 24:42-43). The concern of those monks and nuns was frugality, voluntary privation, and self-mortification.

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By: Chris Countryman This past year has been a blast and it is hard to imagine that the school year will soon be over. many kids they will be shouting an appropriate Hallelujah; others will enter into unchartered territory, college. The change is bittersweet, on one hand a sense of accomplishment and glad that High School is over, on the other hand, onto the next challenge, leaving the familiar and known and entering into the uncomfortable and unfamiliar: college. This is by far the most difficult part of being a youth pastor, having to say goodbye. It’s a challenging transition in youth ministry, not just for me and the graduates, but for the youth that remain. We are not building a club or some shallow small group, but a ministry, a ministry that is so deeply woven into the fabric of God’s heart for his church. We laugh, we have fun together, but we also cry together, share some of the most intimate and personal details of our lives together. We pray together, open up God’s word and search through His truth together; we have served alongside each other on missions trips, outreach events, Youth Rallies and at our friends’ homes. We are a family and it is always difficult to see members of our family leave. What makes it easier to say goodbye though, is that they never belonged to us, they belong to God. God has incredible plans for these young adults. God saw fit for them to be involved in this ministry for this time and for these seasons and now they move on to take the tools and resources they have developed and to use them wherever the Lord takes them. The greatest thing we hope you take away from this ministry is love. Love God and love others. Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to Him and make our home with Him.” John 14:23. Make your home in the heart of Jesus and do not be afraid of how He will use you to bring other people into that home as well. We say goodbye for now, but are encouraged by your growth in the Lord and the impact you have had on me and these remaining youth. We are excited for your future and eagerly await to hear how the Lord is using you on campus. On a side note the youth ministry will look a little different in the summer. We will not be meeting every Sunday, starting the week of June 9th we will begin to meet every other Sunday. Same time 6 -8 p.m. in the youth room. Don’t forget we have the week-long of Restoration July 7th-12th. This is our week long mission’s outreach in the Dover community. Please let me know if you and or your child plan on serving this week. The days there will be NO youth group are June 16th, 30th, July 14th, 28th and in the first 3 weeks of August. The youth ministry leadership team will be using this time for seeking the Lord’s will and vision for the next year in ministry. I will still be around, sending emails, hanging out with youth and looking for ways for all of us to grow in our love for Jesus. In His service, Chris

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Congratulation to our 2013 Graduates Robert J. Josefowski graduates from Caesar Rodney High School on June 1, 2013. Rob will be attending Delaware Technical Community College in Dover, DE studying graphic arts/ advertising, before transferring to a four-year college. Robert is the son of Larry and Donna Josefowski. Lauren Niezgoda graduates from Caesar Rodney High School on June 1, 2013. Lauren will be attending Wesley College in the fall, majoring in Education. Lauren is the daughter of Kevin and Brandi Niezgoda and the granddaughter of Al and Judie Niezgoda. Elizabeth Hazlett graduated from Calvary Christian Academy High School on May 25, 2013. Elizabeth will be attending Wesley College in the fall majoring in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music. Elizabeth is the daughter of Ed and Iva Hazlett. Hailey Curtis graduates from Campus Community High School on 1 June. Hailey will be going to Ohio State University in the fall to study zoology. Hailey is the daughter of Jim and Diane Curtis. Brett Jones graduates from Dover High School on June 5, 2013. Brett plans to attend a local college in the fall. Brett is the son of Cynthia Jones and the late Bobby Jones. Benjamin Matthew Petit de Mange graduates from Dover High School on June 5, 2013. Benjamin will be attending University of Delaware in the fall. Benjamin is the son of Michael and Beth Petit de Mange. Cody Taylor graduates from Dover High School on June 5, 2013. Cody will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall. Cody is the son of Bobby and Linda Taylor. His late grandmother, Nancy Taylor, and late Uncle, Bill Taylor, were members of Wesley Church, teachers by trade and strong Christian role models to Cody.

POLYTECH High School

Trevor White graduates from Polytech High School on May 30, 2013, with a High School Diploma and a Technical Diploma in Aviation with his Private Pilot's License. Trevor will have a Minor in Math. Trevor will be attending Delaware Technical Community College in Dover, DE this fall to get his Criminal Justice Degree to become a Police Officer with intent to be assigned to the Aviation Unit. This summer he will be working as a Seasonal Police Officer with the Dewey Beach Police Department. Trevor is the son of Chris and Cherie White. Dylan Hensley graduated May 18, 2013, from Western New England University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Dylan is the son of Evan and Leslie Hensley. Steven E. Hogsten graduated from University of Delaware with a Civil Engineer Degree on May 25, 2013. He was accepted into the Masters Engineering Program at University of Delaware which he will attend next year. Stephen is the son of JD and Debbie Hogsten and the grandson of Dick and Vicki Stoops. Jeremy Manwiller graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Career and Technical Education on May 22, 2013. Jeremy is the son of David and Stacey Manwiller. Eric Satter graduated from Delaware Technical Community College with an Associate in Science Degree in Website Development. Eric will be attending Wilmington University in the fall pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media Design – Multimedia. Eric is the son of Richard Satter.

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Wesley’s Blog A BIG thank you to Larry Josefowski and Larry Mayan for working on the blog found on Wesley UMC website. The blog is an area of our website that we plan on sharing topics and discussions that are a bit more in-depth and occasionally personal from other parts of our media reach. We have experimented with reposting meaningful and thoughtful work from other sites, but we want to shift more of the focus towards Wesley United Methodist Church's thoughts and beliefs, which means you will see more original work as we move forward. The blog area is in the lower right hand corner of the website, but we'll also post a link and a brief excerpt on Facebook. Your comments are welcome, and appreciated.

Evangelism- But I don't accost strangers! By: Larry Josefowski I'm leading an interesting course on "Serious Answers to Hard Questions", and one recent lesson was on Evangelism and Tolerance. It was one of the most well-attended classes in the series, I suspect because of the variety of experiences and feelings we have about this topic. I asked ahead of time on Facebook what people thought when they heard the term evangelism, and the responses were all negative. Visions of huckstering Tele-evangelists, or door-to-door knocking really turn a lot of people off. The lesson acknowledged the perception, but focused on the broader vision of what evangelism really is, which is that we are in the business of forming community - that we believe Christianity is good for you, it is good for people's lives because it gives them purpose and direction and in limiting the bad stuff we as humans tend to do. Evangelism is the whole range of loving, intentional activities that help people enter into Christian discipleship in response to God's wonderful reign. This explanation seemed to resonate with everyone...not a simple task, but a bit more encompassing and inviting. We all do a bit of it, although most of us did not consider the various ministries we do as evangelism. I, like most people in the class, do not consider myself an evangelist. The work on our social media outlets are certainly part of that, and I got it intellectually, but something still seemed missing. Later that day, I was picking up my daughter and a friend of hers from a meeting. The other girl had asked about coming over, and I asked my daughter about the Youth Group that evening. She indicated she would be going, and her friend asked about going, as well. It really wasn't until later, however, when I was picking the girls up and Pastor Amy was serving them Communion, that the evangelical aspect of it hit me. It included the person who made the snacks for the kids, it was Chris and the youth group volunteers, and of course it was Pastor Amy with Communion. It was also my daughter, who has had conversations about religion with her friend, and her desire for a faith part of her life. But...it was also me. A small bit, perhaps, and maybe only the first bit of the chain, but certainly it was, dare I say it, Evangelism. And I didn't have to knock on any doors, either. This and other of Larry's postings can be found at josefowski.wordpress.com. Longer/shorter versions of the posts for Wesley Church, snippets of information that may not, or may not yet fit into a full blog post, can be found there. THE WESLEY CRIER

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2013 VBS Registration Form Escape to Athens with Paul Monday June 17th - Friday June 21st

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June 2013 Birthdays Sun

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2 Peter Angstadt, Sr. Douglas Beish Caroline Benson Sean Ellis Herb Glanden Tina Holz

3 Eunice Craig Paxton Easton Smith Easton Bonnie Henry Robert Hill

4 Ellisyn Arthur Madelyn Gott Justin Mulford Laurie Shrader Richard Weyandt

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11 Leslie Hensley Mason O’Keefe David Teel II

12 Gina Atkinson Sherrie Cronshaw David Evans Amy Short Shirley Still

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18 Arthur Bennett Allison Bumgarner Brooke Lloyd Margaret Tisdell

19 Morgan Devine Barbara Warren Chase Warren Sean Wright

20 Kelly Anderson Jeffery Benson Charles Wicks

21 Stacey Manwiller Sophia Rotuno

22 Chris Downer Michael Gale Josh Gott Elizabeth Hazlett Laurie Leary Barbara Mercer

23 Lori Ebert Sherman Townsend Patti Webb Michael Yenchick

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25 Mary Balacco Valerie Capeless Dorothy Kilvington Preston Lyon Kylie Yiengst

26 Robert Haddick Brandon Hennessy Melinda Kowalick Julia Rotuno Jacob Svaby Carolyn Williams

27 Curtis Cole James Curtis Rachel Shaw

28 Caroline Arthur Joann Cohen Joyce Melvin Christopher Saxton James Yerger

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8 Robert Horsey Homer Hutchins Roxanna King Dakota Palchik

15 Justin Botts Ann Carroll Diane Curtis Julio Garcia Laura Yiengst

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30 Windsor Allen June Ellis Chase Maracle Millard Vaughn

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Harry & Lou Baxter

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Dan & Stephanie Briggs

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Josh & Laura Gott

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Joshua & Stephanie Stevens

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Chris & Lindsey Downer

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Dan & Helene Zeman

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Jeremy & Stacey Seilheimer

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David & Samantha Teel

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Steve & Ann Devine

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Ian & Jennifer MacDonald

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Wesley UMC 209 South State Street Dover, DE 19901

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Church Directory

After months of Do you want to support the Mission correspondence the trip or Week of Restoration and can’t new church directories be ‘hands on’? We have the perfect have arrived and solution. ready to be handed Buy ‘stock’ in our mission efforts by purchasing Fellowout. We have the diship Shares. It’s the only stock you will ever purchase rectories ready for all with a guaranteed 100% return on your investment. the families who comAll funds will be split between the 2013 Mission Trip mitted to having their and the July Week of Restoration. photos taken. We will Fellowship shares are $1.00 each. be adding to those in Please stop by Wesley Wall Street in Fellowship Hall the upcoming weeks and see one of our stock brokers to invest in our misthe remainder of our church families who sion efforts. would like to have a current copy of Wesley Fellowship Shares will be on sale in Fellowship Hall after Church Directory. each service from May 26, 2013 until July 7, 2013. If you scan this QR Barcode with your smart phone you will be taken to the Church’s web

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Pastor Amy Yarnall – pastor.amy@wesleyumc-dover.com Harry T. Baxter, Minister of Pastoral Care – pastor.harry@wesleyumc-dover.com Dr. James Wilson, Director of Music - jwilson@wesleyumc-dover.com Dave Wilkins, Organist - dwilkins@wesleyumc-dover.com Dan Briggs, Handbell Choir Director - dbriggs@wesleyumc-dover.com Chris Countryman, Christian Ed & Youth Director - pastor.chris@wesleyumc-dover.com

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