Welcome to Spring Semester!

Hey Wesleyanos,

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a fantastic break!¬† With every new semester comes opportunities to try new things ūüôā¬† Events at the Wesley Foundation kick-off officially this week and everyone is welcome!¬† Now (and well, anytime really) is a great time to check us out if you haven’t already.¬† Here’s what’s happening this week (New/Highlighted events in bold/italic):

Tuesday, January 19

1-4 pm – SCC Planning Retreat

Wednesday, January 20 (First day of classes)

2-4 pm – Deborah’s drop-in office hours, Email¬†her to meet at other times:¬† deborahATwesleyatuva.org
5-6 pm – FREE drop-in Yoga class in the living room

8:30 pm – Methodists with Muscles, led by Annie Bailey (amb9um) — fun sports activities paired with meaningful devotionals…a group for all! Meet in the Living Room at the Cottage, wear tennis shoes/gym attire, and bring your student ID.

Thursday, January 21

6 pm – FREE home-cooked dinner in the Dining Room
7 pm – FORUM: Speaker from PACEM
– “People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry (PACEM) is an interfaith collaboration of congregations and community partners in Charlottesville.” PACEM helps the homeless find shelter at night during the winter months.¬† The shelter rotates around the city, but is currently being hosted at Wesley Memorial UMC.¬† The Wesley Foundation will be offering several volunteer opportunities to help with the shelter in upcoming weeks.¬† This speaker will give us an orientation on how to best serve in a shelter setting.¬† This orientation will also be useful for those of us planning to go on the WF Spring Break Mission Trip.¬† More information about PACEM can be found on their website: http://pacemshelter.org/about/

Saturday, January 23

7:30 – 9:30 am – $5 ALL-U-CAN-EAT Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s on 29 N – This is a phenomenal deal — just $5 and we’ll bring you as many pancakes and sausage links as you can eat.¬† I know it’s early but it’s worth it.¬† Applebee’s is donating all of its proceeds to the Wesley Foundation — bring your friends!¬† Tickets will be available for purchase at most WF events this week or you can make a donation at the door.

Upcoming Events:
Sunday 1/24, 11 am Worship at Wesley Memorial, Informal Worship service at the Wesley Foundation at 6 pm
1/30 – Alternative Rush Party
PACEM Volunteer opportunities
Men and Women’s Small Groups
Lunch at the Pav and much, much more

Special Announcements: Calling All Musicians! Interested in helping out with the music at our worship services?  Contact Music Man/Director, Ryan LaRock (rsl4gp@virginia.edu).

Interested in our Spring Break trip? Miss the interest meetings? No worries! This year we’re headed to Washington, D.C. to work with an organization that will place us in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other locations for the week.¬† Join us for a spiritually focused week of mission work at minimal cost to you! For more information, contact Nina Ruhter (nwr2e@virginia.edu).

To close, I wanted to offer you a piece of this week’s lectionary that I found particularly meaningful.

2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.– Isaiah 43:2

As always, Let me know if you have any questions.  Best of luck with class this week!

Hope to see you soon!
Lauren Gilchrist

lauren t. gilchrist
school of architecture
class of 2010
university of virginia
wesley foundation scc president