Service Opportunities – Come on out and lend a hand!

There are many opportunities this month to serve Christ and others.  Here is a list of what’s going on:

Habitat for Humanity Saturday Builds: This is a one-time commitment if you don’t have the opportunity to build regularly and have a free Saturday. The site is about a mile away and the times are from 8:45 to 3:30, with a lunch break. You will meet up around 8:30 in the morning to ride together.  Sign up online at

Wesley Memorial Nursery: Wesley Memorial Church provides child care during it’s Sunday morning 11:00 worship services.  They have a hired child care provider but need to have at least one other person to meet the 2-adult requirement when working with children.  If you’d be interested in working at the nursery on a Sunday morning, you can sign up on a sheet in the middle of the sanctuary or email Renita at

Bike to Uganda: Join Building Tomorrow at Bike to Uganda, April 5 through 9, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., a fundraiser where participants will be cycling to raise much needed money to build schools in Uganda. Since Bike to Uganda’s inception, thousands of people across the country have biked more than 45,000 miles and raised more than $55,000. Help U.Va. contribute to this cause with a $3 donation per ride. Sign up to ride at their website.

Haiti Trivia Dinner: On Saturday, April 10 at 6:30, there will be an interfaith trivia dinner at 314 Rugby Road (White House on the Corner of Rugby and Gordon).  Donations will be collected at the door and the dinner will be a traditional Haitian meal with rice, chicken and beans.  All proceeds will benefit the Haitian earthquake relief.

Fast-a-Thon: April is Islam Awareness week and on Tuesday, April 13 the Muslim Student Association (MSA) is hosting it’s annual Fast-a-Thon.  Refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset and then enjoy a fabulous meal provided by the MSA.  The Emergency Food Bank of Charlottesville receives a donation for every non-Muslim that participates.  More details about signing up online are to come.

PURSUIT Conference: PURSUIT is a free, non-partisan conference that will be making its debut at the University of Virginia in April 17, 2010. The goal of the conference is to bring UVa students together to increase social awareness by hosting prominent speakers and informative workshops.  Sign up for the conference online at

Cavaliers Care Day: Cavaliers Care is a one-day service project on Saturday, April 17 sponsored by Madison House for all U.Va. students, alumni, faculty and family to volunteer together in the community.  Visit to sign up as an individual volunteer.

Wesley Memorial Church Clean-Up Day: Come out and help Wesley Memorial Church as they do some spring cleaning around the building on Saturday, April 24.

Plus Dollars for the Emergency Food Bank: If you have extra plus dollars, you can use them to buy non-perishable food and donate it to Charlottesville’s Emergency food bank.  Bring your food to Wesley Memorial Church and put it in the baskets in the hallway by the office.

I hope you are able to participate in at least one of these great service opportunities.  Check at “This Week at Wesley” for more specifics each week.

Nina Ruhter (nwr2e)
Witness Team Captain

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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