This Week at Wesley…

Hey Wesleyanos,

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here’s what’s happening this love and Lent-filled week at the Wesley Foundation (New/Highlighted events in bold/italic):

Sunday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day!

11 am – Worship Service at Wesley Memorial
12 am – Lunch after Church – Everyone is welcome to join us for this time of fellowship!  We’ll be gathering up some folks in the Wesley Memorial congregation and heading out to lunch somewhere delicious.
6 pm – Informal Worship at the Wesley Foundation, followed by dinner on the town

Tuesday, February 16

Deborah out of the office for sermon prep and study
11 am – ~1:30 pm – Lunch at the Pav – Meet in the back room of Pavilion XI in Newcomb for fellowship and conversation.  Buy food there or bring a lunch.  Everyone is welcome!  Though lunch is starting earlier this semester, it will extend into the afternoon so show up when you can!
6 pm – Men’s Small Group led by Stephen Sholden (sks6p), Delta Force will be meeting in the Upper Room (upstairs next to Study Camp).
8 pm – Women’s Small Groups 1 & 2 – Pick the group that best fits your schedule! Group 1, led by Julie Kokinos (jak6t) & Lacey Williams (lsw5eg) will be meeting in the Living room this week. Group 2, led by Mary Lacy Grecco (mlg7nx) & Natalie Roper (nrr2bf) will be meeting in the Cottage living room.  We are having two groups on Tuesdays because of high interest in the group.  If you can’t attend on Tuesdays, come on Wednesday!  Women’s small group provides an opportunity for female students to discuss spirituality in a college setting.  Come find out what it’s all about!

Wednesday, February 17 – Ash Wednesday

7 am & 12 noon – Ash Wednesday Service in Wesley Memorial Sanctuary – Each service is about 1/2 hour long, designed to get you on the class or lunch with time to spare.  All are welcome!
2-4 pm – Deborah’s drop-in office hours, Email her to meet at other times:
5-6 pm – FREE drop-in Yoga class in the living room
7 pm – Women’s Small Group 3 – Sebrell Bryant (smb5kd) & Lauren Gilchrist (ltg6s) will be leading this group.  Join us!  We’ll be meeting in the Living Room to get to know one another and talk about what we’d like to discuss this semester.

8:30 pm – Methodists with Muscles, IM volleyball game.  Meet at Mem Gym at 8:30pm. Bring your student ID, wear athletic clothing, no jewelry allowed in the game. Come play or support the team.  No skills required.

Thursday, February 18

6 pm – FREE home-cooked dinner in the Dining Room
7 pm – FORUM: The Witness of the Martyrs

8:15 – New/Old SCC Mixer

Friday, February 19

Saturday, February 20

10 am – 4 pm – McDonald Lecture – Retreat with Jan Richardson –
“A Map to the Soul:  Exploring a Creative Faith
The journey of faith gives us few maps. Though our way may seem chartless at times, the Christian tradition gives us rich wellsprings that help us find our path and sustain us as we travel. In story, art, and scripture, we find gifts that engage our imagination, speak to our soul, and help us navigate the terrain. We invite you to join us for a day that will offer a fresh, challenging, and creative look at our Christian faith.  Our cartographer’s tools in this day of reflection will include writing, artwork, conversation in large and small groups, personal times of contemplation, worship, and experiences of the ancient art of lectio divina (sacred reading).
If you’re interested but new to Jan’s ministry, visit her at:
Registration is $90 ($20 for students).  Mail checks payable to “The Wesley Foundation” to:  Wesley Foundation, 1908 Lewis Mountain Road, Charlottesville VA 22903. Your space is reserved and registration is complete upon receipt of your check.  Register at:
5 pm – Iron Chef Competition –
You could be the next Wesley Iron Chef!  Compete for this coveted prize by e-mailing Jenny Burks (jlb7cn) by Tuesday, February 16th. Sign up with a partner or by yourself to compete against our other Wesley Iron Chefs!   The competition will involve designing and cooking your own dish (including a special secret ingredient) in 90 minutes.  Taste testers will also be needed!

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, 2/21 – both worship services – Jan Richardson preaching at both; 4:45 – 1/2 hour mandatory spring break pre-trip meeting

Special Announcements: **If you sold cookies, be sure to come and retrieve them this week.   You can turn in the money you collect with an envelope and voucher\.  We still have extras, so keep selling!

Calling All Musicians! Interested in helping out with the music at our worship services?  Contact Music Man/Director, Ryan LaRock (

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

12Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:12-17

As always, Let me know if you have any questions.

Hope to see you soon!
Lauren Gilchrist (ltg6s)

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

Weekly Meeting Schedule
  • Sunday
    • 11:00 Morning Worship at Wesley Memorial UMC (next door)
    • 5:00 Sunday Night Worship
  • Tuesday
    • 6:00 Tuesday Night Dinner
    • 6:45 Forum — Discussion/speaker on a variety of faith topics and student life.
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