The Yost Post: January 16, 2019

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Thank you … … for completing our survey … for making Christmas amazing! … for Advent outreach 2018 is over and 2019 has sped in fast and hasn’t slowed down! I have a few different items to share this week. We had more than 90 people take time to participate in the survey for our Preliminary Case statement last month for the upcoming Debt Reduction Campaign. Thank You all for investing in our church’s future by giving thoughtful and insightful information. The Wesley Administrative Board will be reviewing the survey this week, and I am sure will find it equally helpful. My first glance showed that 93% of you are “satisfied or very satisfied” with the direction of the church. You shared encouragement for leaders to continue decision making which will help people connect to Jesus Christ at Wesley summed up in one word: GROWTH. An example of suggested improvements is “to help people stay better informed of … Read More

The Yost Post: December 7, 2018

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O Little Town of Bethlehem The first section of this may be a little deep, so heads up and put on some hip waders… stick with me though. I hope to help us see the Advent and Christmas story from a fresh perspective. Enjoy! The hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem” presents a contrast of common life imagined for the town and Holy Family at the time of Jesus’ birth, with the divine drama unfolding in the midst of it. This back water town plays host to the opening act of reconciliation between the created Universe and the God who made it. The Word of God is born into the most humble of circumstances, to a young mother engaged to a man who is not her baby’s father. The contrast could not be broader. It is a smash up of the very real everyday life we may imagine and the … Read More

The Yost Post: November 15, 2018

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Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World Bishop McKee was at Wesley on Sunday evening to meet with our East District churches. Wesley, we did an amazing ministry hosting, with approximately 25 people volunteering to greet, usher, provide refreshments, and serve Communion. A particular word of thanks to our Board Chair Pete Haayen for rallying everyone and ensuring Christian hospitality was extended to all. Our staff team did an amazing job! Thank you to Judy London (Visual Media) for working out several last minute changes, to Natalie Pegg for creating effective signage to guide people and helping Judy. Thank you to Brock Johnson for leading worship. Chris Bullock and Al Cope did an amazing job providing worshipful music. A component of Bishop McKee’s address served as a word of encouragement and caution. He told the story of a person who was on a soul journey and … Read More

Christmas Candlelight Concert: November 29, 2018

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Candlelight Concert Featuring Dr. Brock Johnson Thursday, November 29, 2018 Texas A&M University-Commerce 2200 Campbell St Commerce, TX 75428 Join the JOY group for dinner and music on Thursday, November 29, 2018. We will have dinner at Luigi’s Italian Cafe followed by a Christmas Candlelight Concert at Texas A&M University-Commerce featuring Dr. Brock Johnson. Order from limited menu ($10-20 per person). The bus leaves at approx 4:45 p.m. Return time is around 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sign up at the church office if you want to join!

The Yost Post: November 1, 2018

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All Saints Day This Sunday, we will celebrate All Saints Day. The celebration of All Saints dates back to 373 AD and has been celebrated on November 1 since the early 700s AD. On All Saints, we remember all persons who have died in Christ and uniquely we recall the sacred memory of those of our congregation who have passed away since last year’s observance. The term “saint” is not narrowly defined by a person’s behavior; rather, it calls to mind the grace and power made real through a person’s life. Naturally, for those who have lost a loved one or dear friend in the past year, this can be a tender worship service. Our prayer is that our celebration is cathartic and helps to completely (as far as it depends upon us) turn our loved one’s well-being over to the hands of God who loves them. It is to … Read More

The Yost Post: October 18, 2018

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It Felt Like Home This week, I want to take a moment to celebrate. Over the past week, I have heard some things about Wesley which need to be told. At Welcome to Wesley, we had five guests who have been attending for awhile. One young family with two small children, an empty nester family with young adult children, and a grandparent were all there to find out how to make Wesley their church home. As we went around the table, each person described specific ministries, people, and experiences they have encountered which led to each person saying, “I just knew I was home.” To be “home” means you have found a place you can safely grow, know, and be known, to see yourself as a part of the story, which God is writing here. It tells me that you, the church, are being the body of Christ and people … Read More

The Yost Post: September 28, 2018

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You’ll Have to Ask My Neighbor Yesterday, a clergy friend of mine stopped me to say “Thank You” to Wesley for ministering to our grieving community at John Horn’s memorial service. He said the way we opened up the building to the community and the love people felt inside bore witness to Jesus’ love for us all. Even the people who sat in the lobby (where he sat) felt they were taken care of. Folks, I don’t know about you, to me that spoke volumes about the work of Christ at Wesley. A prominent business person here in Greenville approached me at a luncheon a few hours ago (as I write this). He recounted how he grew up Methodist and happened to have married a Baptist girl, “I go to church where I do because I like being married.” He has attended Wesley for a few funerals and other events. … Read More

The Yost Post: September 14, 2018

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We are Growing! With one “Listening Session” to go (September 18 at 7:00 p.m.), I want to say thank you to all who have participated. One item of feedback we received from several of our long term sages was to communicate about our finances more. This couples well with our time of the year, so I figured this week’s article I would focus on our financial goals of the church. Where are we fiscally? We are coming out of summer and the budget is in need of your help. While our summer shortfalls are less than in previous years, we need your help to ensure our fall programming stays on track. This is an expected cycle in the life of the church and this serves as an equally expected “we need your help” notification. What is out of the norm? We are growing! As of June 30, 2017, Wesley averaged … Read More

The Yost Post: August 30, 2018

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Why Labor Day? In the world described before “the fall,” God gave humans labor to perform. It was meaningful work which was not toilsome; rather it was fulfilling and done in the complete presence of God. As a result of humanity choosing our own way rather than God’s way (the fall), we find labor becoming toilsome, tedious, and draining. Labor and work, which God gave to be life-giving, became life-stealing in the hands of the selfish, greedy, and wantonness. The “system” devolved to view labor as a tool to be leveraged and exploited for gain for the few, instead of the expression of human dignity and purpose. Jesus Christ came and paid the price of our sin, opening up the possibility for us to live more as God designed us to live. When broken things are fixed, we call that action “redemption.” In the church, we work to bring redemption … Read More

The Yost Post: August 2, 2018

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A Casual Midsummer Musing for You This Week. Enjoy! I came across two quotes while on vacation the past 2 weeks. “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” – Abraham Lincoln The quote above was new to me. It came from a book about astronomy. On its face, I think for Lincoln’s part, I can see what he means. How many people live uninspired lives in lands all too familiar to them. They miss the glory of it all until they look up to the heavens. Okay, I get it. Then I went to the Grand Canyon and saw this quote on a building overlooking the South Rim: “O Lord, How manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast … Read More