UPCOMING WORSHIP EVENTS

SEASON OF LENT Lent is an opportunity to go deeply into our hearts and the souls of our communities, and to recognize the horror and depth of our estrangement from God. In practicing the disciplines of Lent, such as self-examination and repentance, we seek systematically to put things right.
Wednesday, March 1 6:00pm Ash Wednesday
Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday occurs forty days before Easter, not including six Sundays (which are considered feast days), and recalls the Israelites’ forty years in the desert and Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness.
Sunday, April 9 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am Palm/Passion Sunday
Our service begins with a procession of the palms to recall the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The palms we wave reflect the fragility of the celebration—since a mere five days later, the crowd’s adulation turns to hatred.
Friday, April 14 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service
On Good Friday, Christians recall the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Although Good Friday is one of the saddest days of the Christian year, many church traditions have continued to call it “good,” believing that Christ’s suffering and death were not in vain but served to liberate humanity from sin and death. Scripture tells us that the earth went dark at the “sixth hour,” or noon. We remember with deep sorrow the suffering and death of an innocent man who is revealed to be the Son of God.

Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” or “darkness”) is a solemn observance of Jesus’ passion and death. Tenebrae services generally occur between Wednesday and Friday of Holy Week. The service marks Jesus’ journey to Golgotha and allows for extended meditation through proclamation of the Word in scripture and through music, increasing darkness, and silent reflection. At Wesley, we gather on the evening of Good Friday to enter into the dramatic narrative of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion, and to reflect on God’s wondrous love as we meditate on the Stations of the Cross.
Sunday, April 16 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
Join us for festival worship as we proclaim “Christ is risen!” with the sounds of brass, timpani, organ, and choir at 8:15 and 10:45. Easter Sunday is the principal feast of the liturgical year—the day Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Sin, evil, and death are swallowed up in Jesus’ victory over the grave, and his atoning sacrifice has won for us eternal life. We are invited to place our faith in Jesus this morning, to receive his forgiveness, and to share in the glorious abundance of the resurrection life.
Sunday, April 23 10:00 a.m. Prelude Begins Wesley at 30: A Celebration of History and Growth
The congregation and guests will celebrate 30 years of ministry and worship at Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica. With many special guests, including former pastors, staff, and musicians, we will worship together in a single sanctuary worship service including Word and Table. The prelude will begin at 10:00 a.m. and move into the worship service. Following worship, we will enjoy Sunday dinner on the grounds at Wesley. Join us!
Sunday, May 14 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am Graduate Sunday
This day, we celebrate the high school graduates from our congregation as they move forward with the next chapter of their education.
Sunday, May 28 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am

Ascension Sunday
Forty days after Easter, the Church celebrates the Ascension of Jesus as described in Acts, Luke, and Mark. Today we mark this celebration. In many traditions, the Feast of the Ascension is one of the holiest and most celebrated moments in the liturgical year; it is also among the most ancient of Christian traditions. The Church holds that the day of Ascension is a day for celebration because all the work that Jesus came to do has been accomplished, and he returns to the right hand of God the Father.

Sunday, June 4 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am Pentecost Sunday
Today we celebrate Pentecost, often known as the church’s “birthday.” The name Pentecost comes from the Greek for “fiftieth day.” Its origins relate to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot, which commemorates God’s giving of the law on Mt. Sinai. Pentecost marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples in Jerusalem fifty days after Easter.

UPCOMING CONCERT EVENTS

Thursday, March 16 7:00pm Anderson University Chorale in concert (Anderson, IL)
On Thursday, March 16, 7:00 p.m., Music@Wesley welcomes the Anderson University Chorale (Illinois) to present a choral concert as part of their spring tour. Founded during the 1945-46 school year, the Anderson University Chorale began what has become a rich tradition of choral singing with national and international recognition. Each Christmas the Chorale and other Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance ensembles present the Emmy award-winning Candles and Carols program. The Chorale has visited every geographic region of the United States during spring tours, performing in a number of prestigious concert venues, including seven European tours since 1986.
Sunday, April 2 7:00pm Community Concert: Golden Isles Community Chorus and the Coastal Brass Choir
The GICC and CBC will present an evening of choral and brass music, titled "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs."
Wednesday, April 12 11:30am Holy Wednesday Worship at Wesley
The Glynn Academy Choir will present a 30-minute Concert Prelude in preparation for the Holy Week noon service at Wesley. They will also sing during the worship service, which is followed by a fellowship lunch. Join us!
Sunday, April 16 8:15am, 10:45am Easter Sunday
Join us for festival worship as we proclaim “Christ is Risen!” with the sounds of brass, timpani, organ, and choir at 8:15am and 10:45am.
Sunday, April 30 5:00 pm University of North Florida Chamber Singers in concert
On Sunday, April 30, 5:00 p.m., Music@Wesley is pleased to present the University of North Florida Chambers Singers, under the direction of Dr. Cara Tasher, in concert. The primarily a cappella choir will present a variety of choral repertoire, including the Requiem by 20th Century English composer Herbert Howells. Join us for our final concert of the 2016-2017 concert season with this remarkable choir from UNF.

CHILDREN'S CALENDAR

March 18 WAEL Color Run – 5K and fun run (fundraising event)
April 3 - 7 Spring Break Public
April 9 Easter Eggstravaganza (Family Egg Hunt and Picnic) Palm Sunday
3:00-5:00pm
April 16 Easter Sunday Public
May 14 Mother's Day
(Choir kids rehearse 4/30 and 5/7 during Sunday school)
Public
May 26 Last Day of School Sunday School Summer Movie Series Begins
June 12 - 16 Vacation Bible School @ Wesley Register: https://vbspro.events/p/wesleyvbs2017
July 10 - 14 Camp Kanuga @ Wesley UMC https://www.kanuga.org/camps-outdoor-education/local-day-camps/ ** Use Coupon Code: WUMCSSI to receive a discounted price of just $150! **
July 24 - 27 Student Life Kids (Club 345) @ Toccoa, GA Contact Maryellen to register
July 31 - Aug 4 Vacation Bible Camp with "Coach M" - St. Marks/Honey Creek Register: www.saintmarksepiscopal.com

SUMMER MANIA

During the Summer we still get together for some mid-week adventures! Check out these exciting opportunities to get involved below and email david@wesleyssi.org for more information.

June 8 Water Games @ Wesley 2:00-4:00pm / Free
June 15 Adventure Landing 11:00am-6:00pm / $50
June 29 Bowling @ The Strike Zone 12:00-5:00pm / $15
July 6 Dinner & A Movie 12:00-4:00pm / $20
July 20 Wild Adventures Theme Park 7:00am-7:00pm / $65

CONFIRMATION 2017 SCHEDULE

Sunday, Jan 29 Confirmation Kick-Off (Parents & Students) 5:00-6:00pm, Celebration Hall
Sunday, Feb 5 Know Your Story: Creation, Sin, & Redemption 4:30pm, Youth Room
Sunday, Feb 12 Know Your Story: Church & the Holy Spirit 4:30pm, Youth Room
Sunday, Feb 19 Know Your Story: Made New in Christ 4:30pm, Youth Room
Sunday, Feb 26 Confirm Your Faith: Grace & Salvation 4:30pm, Youth Room
Sunday, Mar 5 Confirm Your Faith: Worship & Sacraments 4:30pm, Youth Room
Sunday, Mar 12 Know Your Faith: Wesleyan Quadrilateral 4:30pm, Youth Room
Sunday, Mar 19 Live Your Commitment: Renounce, Accept, Confess 4:30pm, Youth Room
Sunday, Mar 24 CONFIRMATION RETREAT (overnight) 6:00pm, Youth Room
Sunday, Mar 25 CELEBRATION DINNER (Families & Students) 6:00pm, Celebration Hall
Sunday, Mar 26 CONFIRMATION SUNDAY (Families & Students) 10:15am, Sanctuary