From the Board of Directors
In the Book of Isaiah, we are told that God is “doing a new thing” (Isiah 43:19). This semester at GreenvilleWesley, there is much newness in the midst of the return to some degree of normalcy. Wesley Wednesday, our weekly worship and fellowship gathering has returned to being an in-person gathering, but in a new location at Nucleus Uptown, just across from Five Points Plaza in Uptown Greenville. This has allowed students to get a taste of a variety of food from local restaurants during the fellowship meal that precedes worship. Likewise, Sweeter Than Krispy Kreme (STKK), a space for honest conversations about faith and life, is now meeting on the campus of ECU at the Main Student Center – but as the name implies, the doughnuts still come from Krispy Kreme.
The Board has also been busy discerning where God is doing new things in the midst of our life together both as a board and as a campus ministry on the whole. We continue to seek out new ways to support our students live out this vision of GreenvilleWesley to proclaim “the Belovedness of all student at ECU and PCC and to create Beloved Community for all students.” Here are some of the ways that the Board has been doing this work over recent months:
- It is a tale as old as time, but everything costs money. Thankfully, our United Methodist Connection continues to generously support the work of GreenvilleWesley. However, we as the Board continue to be in conversation about ways in which we can be faithful stewards of this campus ministry so that it can remain active in the lives of students at ECU and PCC. To this end, we continue to explore ways in which we can grow our ability to fundraise so that we can support our ministries for the long-term, no matter what may change at the level of the denomination or the Conference.
- As we all know, the cost of college seems to become higher every year, which puts a great deal of stress on students seeking a college degree. To help alleviate some of this burden, the Board is exploring the exciting possibility of creating a scholarship program to help students involved in GreenvilleWesley. Keep on the lookout for more news on this and on ways that you might be able to support this scholarship program!
- We continue to be involved with the students and in the daily ministry of GreenvilleWesley in a variety of ways. Whether it is helping with meal set up for Wesley Wednesday’s or participating in a “Holy Friendship,” where a student and Board member are paired together for the academic year to support that student, the board continues to seek to be faithful to our covenant to “sojourn with college students to help navigate young adulthood and faith on campus.”
We as the Board are excited to continue to experience the unfolding “new thing” that God is doing through and to GreenvilleWesley so that we can continue to bear witness to the Good News that all are God’s beloved!
Tyler H. Moore
Pastor, Rainbow UMC