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Welcome Home Afghan Project

The Wesley Mission team has selected the WELCOME HOME AFGHAN PROJECT for our May mission emphasis. This is a worthy project located in our own area. Three women in Arcola, Illinois saw a need to help some evacuees from Afghanistan. These Afghan men had been working side by side with American Special Forces until last September when the Taliban took control of the country. American planes were sent to evacuate those who needed to leave the country. Rather than surrender to the Taliban and face certain death, these men destroyed their weapons and boarded a plane to the U.S. 

Ilene Henderson, a 21-year Army veteran and a member of Special Forces, has worked to get 14 of these men to Arcola. They all now have jobs at MasterBrand in Arthur, a place to live in Arcola, and are learning English. Arcola has been very welcoming and very generous to these men. Wesley’s May Mission is to help the project buy a new or used van, preferably a 15-seat van, for use in taking all the men to work in Arthur in one trip. It will also be useful when taking them to the grocery store, mosque, and other outings.

If your heart is telling you to help these men financially, please put your check (with Arcola Afghan Project on the memo line) in the offering plate, mail your check to the church, or use the online service on the church website: www.charlestonwesley.org. Thank you for helping these men start a new life in Central Illinois.

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

Covid Updates March 1, 2022

With the downward trend in COVID-19 numbers locally and the consequent relaxing of mandates in the state of Illinois, the following updates are effective immediately for Wesley UMC:

  • Masks are no longer required in the building. 
  • In any group or setting, those who are at high risk or who prefer to may wear masks.
  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to continue practicing physical distancing in worship.  All other groups are free to determine the level of physical distancing necessary for their group.
  • Fellowship/Hospitality Hour between services on Sunday will return as soon as we are organized to provide it.
  • Consumption of food and beverages is allowed.
  • Sign-In sheets for contact tracing purposes are discontinued both for worship and for other meetings and groups.
  • We now return to the pre-COVID vehicle use policy regarding our church vans.
  • Offering plate and Communion procedures will be adjusted based on relevant variables.
  • We are resuming pre-COVID cleaning procedures.
  • Hand sanitizer will continue to be available throughout the Wesley building.
  • Our current Sunday schedule will continue as follows, adding Fellowship/Hospitality Hour when we are organized to do so:
    • Worship 8:30am
    • Sunday School 9:45am
    • Worship 11:00am

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.