Welcome to Wesley United Methodist Church!
A Message from Pastor Ann
I am so glad you have taken a moment to look through our web page! As you browse through, you will notice that Wesley UMC is a unique congregation. Our goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus so outreach to our community and each other is our number one priority.
Also, here at Wesley UMC we understand just how important pets are too many of our own congregantís families so when the congregants asked to bring their dogs to service, we couldnít think of a good reason to say no.
We realize that having pets in church would not work for everyone, but in our congregation, pets are an integral part of the lives of the people. Animals have been and still are a part of our conversations each Sunday. You and your furry friend are welcome at service any Sunday service with us at 9:00 am.
We celebrate worship in a blended style with a casual atmosphere. You are welcome to grab a coffee or water as you come in and stay afterward for snacks and fellowship.
Please consider joining our family of faith and putting Jesus first in your life again!
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A Thought on Pets in ChurchBy Fred Shaw
Methodist Elder in the Ohio Conference, Director of Native American COS, and Shawnee Native
One of the threats we face today is that we humans drastically have separated God and God's creation in our minds and practices. We compartmentalize life so that we can manipulate "things" for our own benefit (real and imagined) and ignore the sanctity of their own being. That enables us to believe we can exploit what God has created, that it is less sacred than our desires. That breaks the circle, the balance, of all being. We can take more than we give and feel that we are justified in doing so. Hence, the present practice of focusing upon the bottom line of profit-and-loss rather than maintaining a sustainable balance for the future.
God’s being encompasses all that is and all that is not, which makes all life sacred. The Sacred personified itself in birth in a stable. Jesus spent his vision quest of 40 days among the animals and flora in the wilderness. Jesus' teachings often used the animals and the plants in making his point. The Apostle Paul indicated that all of the creation is waiting for the redemption that is in the Christ.
Will having pets in worship offset the imbalance of human practice? Should we turn the sanctuary into a barn? Of course not, but neither should we be concerned that God is offended by the presence of any of God's creation in worship. Maybe, just maybe, that small, dependent life that gives another person such unconditional joy and love will remind someone of how undeserving we are of the love of the Sacred, and that all being is sacred because God looked at it and said, “It is good.”