And it continues...

We have made it through another semester! We are looking forward to continuing our ministry this spring. Continue reading to check out some of the cool opportunities our students have gotten to experience. Don't for get to visit our LSU Wesley Alumni or our LSU Wesley Foundation pages to stay connected. Be sure to scroll down and check out our "Alumni Spotlight" section and a great opportunity to see some of your old Wesley Friends!

A note from the director:

Fall 2016 started in a way that none of us ever imagined, but when life gives Wesley students lemons, they make lemonade. Though the Wesley building was spared from the flooding that swept through Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas, Wesley students rose to the occasion and rescued people via boat, mucked out flooded houses, and joined in community dialogues to heal the rifts in our city. And this was before the semester even started!

This is just my second year, so it was my first one to welcome back both new and old faces. As I’m writing, we just transitioned our leadership team, cycling graduating seniors out, and welcoming new students into worship, campus involvement, and other roles that will forge the future of Wesley. We also hosted the first—hopefully annual—Professor/Student Barbecue, and are continually dreaming up new ways that we can bring students inside to our worship and community life at Wesley, and to also reach outside to make LSU a little better, happier, and more just for the fact that we are here.

Some big changes are afoot that will change our ministry at Wesley drastically, and in great ways. The bridge, out for nine years, will reopen sometime this summer, making our end of Chimes St. visible again, instead of being a dead-end street. We’re also in the final steps of moving a house beside Wesley to house more residents and provide another space for small groups to meet. I’m also hoping that we can connect with you guys, our alumni and friends, so that we can pour into these awesome students together. I wish you all a happy new year, and I hope to see you at one of our alumni & friends events this semester!
The Winter mission this year was very close to home. We felt we should help our local communities repair after the flood in August rather than go somewhere else. Working together with Habitat for Humanity and United Methodist Committee on Relief we got two families closer to getting back into their home. Missions chair, Clyde Miller said, "The mission was a great success, especially considering it was the first one I planned. Seeing the Wesley crowd helping the community was inspiring, showing what good we can do for God and his children." 
Are you missing your friends from when you were at Wesley? We have a great solution!  Wesley's annual Alumni Crawfish Boil on April 22!! It is the same day as the LSU Spring game so we will be a great day to watch a game and eat some crawfish with some old friends! Time will be determined soon, so keep a look out on the Alumni Facebook group. The Alumni Chapel on April 5th as well, so make your calendars for these once a year events!
The 2016 season of Game Day parking at Wesley was a great success.! Our gameday chair put a lot of time into making sure we were successful and also had delicious food for our volunteers. We were able to increase our number of season pass spots by reserving spaces in the front of Wesley and in total, we raised a little over $20,000! GEAUX TEAM!
David Buco is a fellow LSU Alum, attending the university from 2004 till 2008. While at LSU he studied political Sciences. David became active in the LSU Wesley Foundation his sophomore year by simple invitation from Claire Condrey, who was very excited about the ministry there and told him to check it out. Today he is a pastor serving a great congregation in the state of Nebraska. He says his favorite part of wesley was that "You could be yourself through thick and thin- and you did'tn have to be a holy roller to be a beautiful Christian!" 
How can you be involved? There are a few different ways! You know we're always providing a meal for our students. You can sign up on the "Take Them A Meal" website. Here you (and your friends, your Sunday school class, bible study group, etc.) can choose a Wednesday night to bring a meal. to our students. The last name is "wesley foundation" and the password is 2907. Another way you can help is by considering to contribute financially. Your donations provide ministry opportunities for our students through food, scholarships for trips, and supplies for Wesley events. Lastly, we always appreciate your prayers. Remember to lift us up as you are with your small groups, between errands, before bed, or breaking bread with great friends.
As Adam noted above, we have had our first official change in student leadership this January! We now have terms starting in January till December, allowing any seniors to focus on wrapping up their college career during the spring semester. Some of our new chair positions include hospitality, youth recruiting, and campus involvement. 
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