Wesley this Week…

Hi Everyone,

For those of you whom I have not had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Jacqui Chiminello and I have recently been elected the new president of Wesley! I am following in the steps of incredible, fearless leaders, but I am confident we will have a great year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or just want to chat over some lunch/coffee, I would love to have the opportunity to hang out with you!

Here’s what’s happening this week at Wesley. Please note our many celebrations of Easter tomorrow and the kickoff of Deborah’s new study, “Reading the Sacred” this upcoming Wednesday. Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Easter, have a great week!


Sunday, March 31—Easter!

Worship services:

6:15am—Sunrise worship: (Rainsite/time is 6:30am in the Wesley Foundation. Check the website before you come.)

9:00am – Easter worship at Wesley Memorial UMC.

10:00am – Breakfast at Wesley Memorial UMC.

11:00am – Easter worship at Wesley Memorial UMC.

5:00pm – Easter evensong worship

10:00pm – IM softball: Join us for softball, no skills or equipment required! Meet at the Foundation at 9:30pm and bring your student ID!


Monday, April 1st

Easter holiday for Deborah and Sharon – Wesley Foundation offices are closed today (but the building is still open).

7:00pm – Women’s Small Group 1: A small group for the women of Wesley to come together in faith and fellowship. Led by Aida Barnes (amb7hh) and Kate Thrasher (ket3mf), it meets in the living room.

8:15pm – Methodists with Muscles: meet in the game room for a short devotional followed by a sports-related activity. Wear athletic attire and bring your student ID.


Tuesday, April 2

Deborah is out today for sermon prep and study. If you’d like to set up office hours with her, email her at deborahATwesleyatuva.org

7:00pm – Women’s Small Group 2: A small group for the women of Wesley to come together in faith and fellowship. Led by Jacqui Chiminello (jrc2ef) and Alex Ziehm (acz7hd), it meets in the living room.

8:00pm – Delta Force (Men’s Small Group): A small group for the men of Wesley to come together in faith and fellowship. Led by Thomas Roehl (tmr9ad) and Matt Paysour (mjp3xy), it meets in the game room.


Wednesday, April 3

Deborah out of office.

5:15pm – Graduate and Young Adult Fellowship: a small group for graduate students and other young adults. Led by Aaron Stiles (aws6z), it meets in the game room.

Deborah’s 3-Week Class, “Reading the Sacred”

Begins tonight, 7:30-8:30pm in the Upper Room (next to Study Camp).  Before the first class, take a look at this blog piece, from which I have borrowed the title and this great quote:  “The minister’s job in this era is not just to instruct in scriptural literacy but to read the whole world as a sacred text.”  That’s what we will be doing together in this small group — looking at the world as a sacred text.  We will have some short readings like this but no book or long assignments.  The class is intended for deeper reflection and conversation about how we read the texts of our lives “sacredly.” 

  • Week 1: Language and spiritual formation – Why it just might matter which words you use
  • Week 2: We Have a Story to Tell to the Nations – Narrative, family history, the stories we tell ourselves – how does story convey or conceal truth?
  • Week 3:  What does compassion look like? In a complicated world the compassionate act is not always apparent.  How do we discern what’s compassionate and how to go about it?  Everyone is welcome to join us for any or all three of the weeks.


Thursday, April 4

6:00pm – Free home-cooked dinner in the Foundation dining room. Dinner will be coupled with our Annual Ministry Celebration with District Superintendent Brenda Biler.  We’ll have Board and Support Council members here to share in the broader work of the Wesley Foundation and celebrate our last year in ministry.  Please come learn more and meet some cool folks!


Friday, April 5 – Deborah’s day off


Sunday, April 7

SCC meeting 3pm

11:00am—Deborah preaches at Wesley Memorial

5:00pm Informal Worship—Ed Winkler preaches at Wesley Foundation


Special Announcements:

?Calling All Musicians! Interested in helping out with the music at our worship services or outreach events?  Contact Music Man/Director, Ryan LaRock (rsl4gp).


Let me know if you have any questions!

Jacqui Chiminello (jrc2ef), 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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