UPCOMING WORSHIP EVENTS

Sunday, October 1, 2017 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. It focuses on an observance of the eucharist.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am Children’s Sunday
We will celebrate children in all services, including special music at 9:00 and 10:45. Children will serve as liturgists in worship, using child-friendly liturgy, including a special prayer for all children. The Chorister and Primary Choirs will sing, including a special anthem with the Chancel Choir. The Kindermusik Class will present a Sharing Time at 10:45.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am All Saints' Sunday
All Saints is a day of remembrance for the saints, with the New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregations.
We will commemorate this special day with music and liturgy as we light candles for our dearly departed Saints.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am Thanksgiving Sunday
Sunday, November 26, 2017 8:15am, 9:00am, 10:45am Christ the King Sunday
Today we mark the feast of Christ the King. It is a day for expressing our faith that, even though Christ was rejected and crucified, he rose and ascended, and forever reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit in glory. Jesus’ reign means that no mighty power, no tragic suffering, no evil force will have the last word; the last word is Jesus. It also means we may look to Jesus’ life – his humility, his sacrifice, his compassion for outcasts – for a model of true kingship. Our loyalty to this Christ goes before our loyalty to any other claim on our lives. Today is the last Sunday of the liturgical year: next week a new year begins with the first Sunday in Advent.
SEASON OF ADVENT The Christian season of Christmas begins on Christmas Eve and lasts for twelve days, ending on January 6 (Epiphany). The weeks before Christmas are a time of preparation known as Advent, which means “coming” or “visit.” During this season, we keep in mind both “advents” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come. Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus by remembering the longing of the Jews for a Messiah. We are reminded of how much we ourselves need a Savior, and we look forward to His second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming. Throughout the Advent and Christmastide seasons, the choirs and musicians at Wesley present special music in many worship services.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 10:45am (No 8:15 service) Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert
The Chancel Choir and musicians present music for Christmas during a combined traditional worship service at 10:45.
Sunday, December 24, 2017 10:45am (No 8:15 or 9:00 services) During a single, combined service, we observe the fourth and final Sunday of Advent. 
Sunday, December 24, 2017 4:00 p.m. Our 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service is especially designed for young families, with children. The liturgy includes the reading of the Christmas story from Luke, Holy Communion, and Carols by candlelight. Music is blended, including carols with organ and harp, the Children's Choir, and the Oasis Ensemble.
Sunday, December 24, 2017 6:00 p.m. Our 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service includes a full, traditional liturgy for Christmas Eve. The liturgy includes a full set of scripture readings for Christmas Eve, Holy Communion, and Carols by candlelight. Music includes selections by the Chancel Choir, carols with organ and harp, and soloists.
TBD 8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. Wesleyan Covenant Service
Around New Year's Day, we celebrate the beginning of a new year with the Wesleyan Covenant Renewal Service and Holy Communion, a tradition begun by John Wesley and intended to set the tone for the new year as we renew our covenant to be faithful disciples of Christ.
Sunday, January 7, 2018 8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. Epiphany Sunday
Originating in Eastern Christianity and later appropriated also in the West, the feast of Epiphany has traditionally been celebrated on January 6. “Epiphany,” signifies an appearance of God in religious contexts, or the birth of a king. During Epiphany, we celebrate the events of Jesus’ early life, including the Adoration of the Magi, Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan, and his first early miracles. In these events, God’s glory became manifest to us through the work of Jesus.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m. Baptism of the Lord Sunday
Come to the water, as we commemorate the Baptism of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels, we will reaffirm our baptismal covenant through the meaningful Reaffirmation of Baptism liturgy. “Remember your baptism, and be thankful.”
Sunday, February 11, 2018 8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.

Transfiguration Sunday
Today marks the end of the season after Epiphany, the last Sunday before Lent begins. We commemorate Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountain, as noted in Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, and Luke 9:28–36; 2 Peter 1:16–18 also refers to it.

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, February 14, 2018 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, March 25, 2018 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.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday: Holy Communion
Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the great Easter celebration. The word “maundy” is said to be derived from the Latin word mandatum, the first word of the Latin phrase, “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you”). Jesus uses this statement in John’s gospel to explain the significance of washing the disciples’ feet. Maundy Thursday is also the night that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper with the words, “Do this in remembrance of me.” As a way to remember that night, all the worship articles and adornments are removed from the altar following communion. This act symbolizes both the suspension of Holy Communion, which is not celebrated on Good Friday, and the abandonment and humiliation of Jesus Christ.
Sunday, April 1 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, May 13 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, May 13 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 20 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

Sunday, September 30, 2018 5:00p.m. Cameron Cody and Friends
Wesley's own former organist, Cameron Cody, will be joined by friends, Danielle Wojcik (soprano) and James Kelly (piano) in presenting a concert of vocal, organ, and piano music, certain to lift your spirits! This free concert is a benefit concert for Music@Wesley (Wesley UMC's Concert Series), and all money received in the freewill offering will go to fund future concerts at Wesley! Save the date, as this is a day you don't want to miss!
Cam will also be our guest organist for our 8:15am and 10:45am traditional worship services on that date!

Sunday, October 28, 2018 5:00pm Matthew Ganong, piano
Wesley's new Assistant Director of Music and Organist, Matthew Ganong, will present a varied program of virtuosic piano repertoire. Mr. Ganong studied piano and harpsichord performance at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University. This is a free concert. An offering will be taken to contribute to costs of future concerts at Wesley.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 3:00pm Handel's Messiah, Part I
Dr. Matt Caine conducts the Golden Isles Community Chorus, local soloists, and chamber orchestra in our annual performance of Part I of Handel's beloved Messiah. This is a free concert. An offering will be received to help support next year's performance.
Friday, March 1, 2019 7:00pm Cornerstone University Chorale
The Cornerstone University Chorale of Grand Rapids, MI, presents a free concert with a repertoire spanning classical, sacred music, folk music, spirituals, and gospel music. An offering will be received to support the Cornerstone University Chorale.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 7:00pm Birmingham-Southern College Concert Choir
The Birmingham-Southern College Concert Choir, under the direction of Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music Dr. Lester Seigel, presents a free concert that you do not want to miss. An offering will be taken to support the BSC Concert Choir. Birmingham-Southern College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
In many circles it is known as "The Harvard of the South." Its music department that grew out of the formerly independent Birmingham Conservatory of Music. This year's Concert Choir continues to uphold the high musical and academic standars of BSC.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 5:00pm Saint Simons Island Pops
In the tradition of the Boston Pops, a professional chamber orchestra conducted by our own director of music ministries, Dr. Matt Caine, presents a program of music specifically written for movies and/or the stage, along with beloved music from the classical canon that has made it way on the silver screen and the stage. This is a free concert. An offering will be received to support future concerts at Wesley UMC.


CHILDREN'S CALENDAR

August 12 "Super Sunday" Kickoff Event; class promotions Family informational and fun event
August 26 Club 345 Bible Presentations; New Acolyte Training 3rd and 4th Graders receive Bible in church services Acolyte training (4th and 5th graders) 12:00 - 1:30
September 5 W@W (Wednesdays @ Wesley) begins Kids ministry/music program 2:30 - 5:30. Adult groups from 6:00-7:00 (light supper and childcare available!)
October 10 Married People "Live" Date Night Event 6:00 - 7:00 in Celebration Hall (light supper available starting at 5:30)
October 14 Children's Sunday ; Parent Info Event Kids serve and sing in all church services; At 10:00, Info session: Parenting Kids to have Technological Responsibility
November 4 Wesley Round Up and Chili Cook-Off Family fun Western-themed event
December 12 Final W@W before Christmas Break NO W@W on last Wednesday of school (12/19)
December 16 Family-Style Christmas Program During the 9:00 Service, Celebration Hall - Jammies encouraged!
December 24 Christmas Eve Services 4:00 "Family Friendly" ; 6:00 Traditonal

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