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Oh how Somethings Never Change!


Often, whether on purpose, on accident or due to pure spontaneity, we encounter places and people that change the course of our lives. Over the last 83 years, the LSU Wesley Foundation has been such a place for every generation of students and people who have approached its doors. Surely there is no doubt this place has changed over the passage of time from the building to the name itself (am I right, TUCM Alums?). Yet, it remains timeless. That same spirit of love, comradely, joy and fellowship that has enveloped the Wesley since its inception still breathes through the Wesley today; an ongoing atmosphere of familiarity and kinship that graciously connects us to this wonderful place. The same place that continues to be a home away from home. The same place that has nurtured and continues to nurture students both spiritually and creatively. The same place that creates a sense of community that is life-long and eternal. The same place full of stories of adventure, struggle, support, of laughter and tears, of belonging and acceptance.
 
We hope you keep in touch with us as we continue to the great legacy and story of this amazing place. Follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram). Check out our website periodically. Visit during the Fall football season (Game Day Parking) or during the few Alumni events of the Spring.
 
Grace and Peace!
 
Hello All,
 
Let me start off by saying hello and introducing myself to those of you who I have not had the opportunity to connect with. My name is Suzy Rivera, and I am the new(ish) Wesley Foundation Director. Here is a little bit about myself.
 
I can count the number of Sunday's I did not attend church growing up on one hand. But, it was not until high school that I began to really appreciate church and my faith community. In high school I was involved with the youth group at Mahomet United Methodist church in Mahomet IL. It was with this group that my passion for missions was born. In college I became highly involved at the Illinois State University Wesley Foundation, where I had the opportunity to live into my talents and passions by being a part of the leadership team that helped serve many aspects of the ministry. Following graduation, I got the opportunity to intern for ISU Wesley, where my passions for building authentic community, inviting new students to the ministry, leading small groups, and planning special worships and events came to life.
 
 It was  a wonderful year of growth and learning. It was during that year, that I knew I was called to a life in ministry.  It was also during that year, that I met my husband, Fernie.  Following the internship with ISU Wesley, I packed up my life in Illinois and moved to Louisiana to serve as the Youth director at FUMC Denham Springs…and to be closer to Fernie. While I enjoyed working with youth, my heart longed for the opportunity to work with college students again. As you can imagine,  I was over the moon when I was asked to apply for the director poison here at LSU Wesley, and thrilled to be offered the opportunity to serve in this position.
 
From day one, I have seen how impactful the Wesley Foundation has been for many generations. My prayer is that I can help this ministry continue to be impactful for many generations  to come, by helping this ministry define and live into the mission and Vision that God has for us. “To be a community of Students living the way of Jesus”.
 
Over the past 2 semesters we have lived into our mission statement in many different ways.  We kicked off the school year by participating in Thursday night live, an event hosted by the University Chaplains Association during welcome week. This was a great opportunity to put our religious differences aside to come together, to reach out and connect with new students! 

On March 7th we hosted and amazing outreach event; 16 Bucks & Food Trucks.16 Bucks is a local cover a band, that often plays at local venues near campus. It was cool to see the Chapel transform into a concert venue for the night. In addition to the band we partnered with City Gelato, City Slice, Highland Coffee, and Louisiana Lemonade to provide awesome food and treats for the event. Through this event we connected with 25 students who were not previously connected to The Wesley. We look forward to doing more events like this in the future.

During first semester our leadership team, sent letters to family and friends asking them to support us, as we raised money to replace the carpet in the student space upstairs. The leadership team was able to raise enough money to get our floors replaced over winter break, and they look great. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!

In April, 15 students will be spending their spring break working with Little Lights Urban Ministry. Little Lights provides services to children and families living in poverty in Washington D.C., through high quality after school and summer programs. We will be helping with their spring break programing!

Finally, and maybe the most exciting news of the year, is that the Wesley House is finally complete!  I know it has been many many years in the making, and I am so thankful to everyone who has supported the Wesley during this project. The house, is going to be a wonderful space to host small groups and meetings, as well housing additional students!
These are just a few things, that have been happening in the life of Wesley this year. We would love for everyone to come out and check out the house, and catch up with old friends, and meet some of our current students at Alumni Chapel on April 3rd, and our 4th annual Chimes Street Boil on April 27th!  I can’t wait to see everyone!
 
Peace,
Suzy Rose Rivera.
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