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Faith in action for Jan. 7

January 7, 2011
By the Rev. Wesley Johnson

Wesley United Methodist Church

Wednesday nights at Wesley United Methodist Church have been hopping with food, singing, and learning. In September Wesley UM Church started Wesley F.R.O.G. night standing for Wesley Family Relying on God. It begins with a supper prepared and served by Sandy Untiedt, Jim Palmer and other helpers for anyone in the church who wishes to come at 5:15 p.m. The supper changes each week from pizza, to hot dishes, to soups, to tacos, to burritos, etc.

It has become a time for the church family to come together and enjoy breaking bread with one another. It has been especially helpful for families to eat together. Sometimes parents even come directly from work to meet up with the rest of their family and share in a meal together that otherwise would have been hard to accomplish during the week.

At 6 p.m. confirmation youth leave for class while everyone else joins together in the sanctuary for some fun music together.

They are often greeted by the baritone voice of Don Wilmert who announces it is time to hop, hop, hop up to sing. In the sanctuary they are led by Amy Munson and Rhonda Maker in a time of fun singing. Then it is off to classes for preschool through seventh grade. There is also a parenting class for adults with other adult classes being planned for the future.

The evening is topped off by choir or praise team practices and youth fellowship.

FROG night came about because of the difficulty of having consistent attendance at Sunday School classes for children because of families being gone on a number of weekends.

It also was developed because of the need for an intergenerational time to eat together and connect people who don't always spend time together. It has been growing a following and is anticipated to continue to keep everyone hopping around having a great time.



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