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Appalachia Service Project

The monthly mission project for June 2022 will be ASP or Appalachia Service Project.

The June mission will be ASP. ASP stands for Appalachia Service Project, which was founded in 1969 with the mission to make home in the Appalachian area warmer, safer, drier. Every year more than 15,000 volunteers from all over the country provide home
repairs for more than 350 families.

This year Wesley UMC plans to send 15 individuals on a mission trip with ASP. While in Appalachia these individuals will be performing home repairs for individuals that live in an
area that has an 29.8% poverty level according to 2020 census data. They will also be building relationships with individuals that can last long after the mission trip is over. The generosity of Wesley UMC has helped the youth take this trip for over 20 years. We would like to thank you for your past support and your continued support for the ASP mission trip.

If you would like to help with the ASP Mission trip, please make your check to Wesley UMC with ASP in the memo line or visit charlestonwesley.org and click on online giving.

Thank you very much for your support.

The Wesley UMC Missions Team thanks each of you for your continued support of our monthly missions and the love you extend to others.

Stephen Ministry

Are you feeling exhausted from all the disruptions to life brought on by the pandemic? Are you or someone you know struggling with challenges? Our Stephen Ministers are ready to listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support. A Stephen minister will meet with you privately- by phone or in person- to offer care and support. It is free and completely confidential.
For more information, call Stephen leader, Ruth Ann Craig at 217-276-7273

Welcome Pastor Bradley Shumaker!

Rev. Bradley Shumaker is in his 25th year of pastoral ministry, serving in the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference. After hearing his call as a junior at Galesburg High School in Galesburg, IL, he earned his B.A. in History from Illinois State University and his Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. While In seminary, Brad served three years as a student pastor of Walnut Grove UMC in Western Illinois.

In 2000, he began serving full time at Faith UMC in Champaign, IL, where he served for 15 years. Over the course of his ministry there, Champaign Faith built a building expansion to accommodate the growing number of young families. IN 2015, Brad was appointed to Coal City UMC where he currently serves as Directing Pastor and Chaplain for the Coal City Fire Protection District.

Brad is married to Erin. They met in high school when their two United Methodist youth groups gathered to talk about the Appalachian Service Project. Over the course of their 25-year marriage, their greatest accomplishments are their 3 songs: Andrew (21), Jacob (19), and Tyler (8). Brad and Erin enjoy trips to Florida, Chicago Cubs baseball, mission work in Mexico, and listening to Margaritaville Radio. If Brad is not at the church, you can find him on a baseball field coaching or watching his son play. 

Jesus is the center.

Jesus is central to everything we do. We sing, pray, and preach in His powerful name. Our past, present, and future are centered on Jesus Christ. Our purpose on this earth is to make much of Jesus Christ.

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1:16-17

Created to worship.

Worship is essential to God’s plan of redemption and provides a strategic avenue for God’s entry into an alienated world. An illustration of this is found in the Lord’s Prayer, which begins with worship: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” Then, it extends the invitation “…Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9, 10). When we pray in the manner that Jesus taught His disciples, we are first, with worship, reaching into the invisible realm and then, on the grounds of our worship, welcoming the entry of His divine authority, rulership, and power into this world.

At Wesley, we believe that a natural reflection of our love for God is worship. And that worship should invade every aspect of our lives.