Save the Date! The fourth annual Wesley Foundation Alumni Reunion is scheduled for Sunday, October 27th, which is Homecoming Weekend. Make your plans now to attend. Plan to come for worship, enjoy a catered meal, learn about current programming and possibly tour the church and/or ISU campus.
Connect to the campus ministry, community and friends who helped make you who you are. Please take some time to share or update your contact information with us. We would love to hear what you are doing now, how Wesley impacted your life and to share your story with other alums.
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Wesley Foundation’s Future
Do you fondly remember your time in Ames with the Wesley Foundation? Maybe you were involved in Sunday Suppers, mission trips, Wesley Place, worship, Bible studies, choir, bell choir, study groups, peer ministry, retreats, Christmas caroling, progressive dinners, Wesley Players theatre group, clowning group, and vespers. Did you meet lifelong friends, and find a place where you belonged and felt comforted and safe? Did you discern a path to ministry? Many of these activities are still happening as part of our vibrant campus ministry at Iowa State University. Here is a list of some of this year’s activities and accomplishments:
- Cocoa and Canvas Kickoff
- Wesley Retreat
- Study Buddies
- Lunch on the Landing
- Spring Break Trip
- Small Groups
- Wesley Student Worship
- Finals Week Breakfasts
- Finals Care Bags
- Taco Truck Kickoff
- Choral and Bell Choir
- Students involved in Worship Leadership
- Wesley Place
- Ash Wednesday Service
- Open Prayer Time
- Wesley Christmas Party
This list is impressive, but even more impressive is the atmosphere we are providing for students. One of our current Wesley students, Priscilla Joel, puts it this way:
What I enjoy most about being a part of the Wesley Center is that not only does everyone feel welcome and accepted, but they feel as though they are already a part of the group, too. While I have been part of the Wesley Center for well over a year, it still blows my mind to see the involved students interacting with the newcomers. Whether people have been around for five years or five minutes, the welcoming atmosphere of the Wesley Center cannot be paralleled. No one feels like a stranger. I cannot imagine what my college experience would have been like had I not made the decision to join the group. I have made some of my closest friends and strongest relationships here, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.
Campus Ministry takes a tremendous amount of planning, effort, and financial resources. As recently as 2014, the Iowa Annual Conference distributed $228,070 to our Wesley Foundation. In 2018, the conference designated $137,587 for the Wesley Foundation at Collegiate UMC. Based on a proposed budget for 2020, the Iowa Annual Conference will reduce its financial support for the campus ministries in Iowa from $544,933 to $44,933. (This amount will be divided among four Wesley Foundations and four United Methodist colleges.) Going forward, all four Wesley Foundations in Iowa have been encouraged to partner with local churches and interested individuals to expand ministry to young adults.
As we work on that plan, we are contacting you to solicit contributions to continue the awesome work and legacy of the Wesley Foundation at Collegiate United Methodist Church. Your donation allows you to provide experiences like yours to current and future Iowa State University students. There are two easy methods you can use to donate:
- Submit the attached form and send it with your check (written out to “Wesley Foundation”) to Wesley Foundation; 2622 Lincoln Way; Ames, IA 50014.
- In the top menu, click on “Give.” On the Online Giving Page, scroll down to the Enduring Gifts section. The first choice is Campus Ministry.
Thank you for your support of the future of the Wesley Foundation at Collegiate United Methodist Church! If you have any questions about the financial future of the Wesley Foundation at Collegiate UMC, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-451-6033.
2018 Alumni Reunion Recap
Sunday, October 28th, we had our 3rd annual alumni reunion. Alumni and current students gathered after the 11 a.m. service for fellowship and a shared meal. Following the meal, our alums and current members, Mike & Patty King, offered building tours highlighting many of the changes to Collegiate/Wesley in the last 20 years. The alumni that were present enjoyed meeting and reconnecting with other alumni as well as learning more about current ministries. This year we had so many RSVP’s that we had to move the reunion form our student lounge to a bigger space. We had roughly 80 people present this year.