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FALL - SPRING 2018 ISSUE

JUNE | 2018

WES-SIDE STORY THE STORY OF THE TSU WESLEY FOUNDATION

OUR LATEST VENTURES Get the exclusive update on what's been happening at the TSU Wesley Foundation  and hear about how God has been moving in our ministry. PAGE

                         The       TSU        Wesley               Foundation                       campus ministry extending the love of God to students of Tennessee State University and surrounding communities in the city of Nashville. Our ministry was brought to the TSU campus by United Methodist professor, Mrs. Ruth McDowell in the 1970's. Since then, it has continued to elevate into the present, rock the house ministry led by Reverend Michele Morton               since           2009.                          We currently have three weekly services with dinner following each evening. Every Sunday, at 6 pm, we come together for Worship and a Word from The Lord. On Tuesdays at 6:30 pm we gather for Bible study where we learn ways to apply Christian living in our daily lives. Courageous Conversation forums and discussions are sessions where we engage in conversations woven together with our unique stories, thoughts and opinions.  

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The Wesley believes in the spirit of community building. With our services, conferences, community service projects, and social outings; we come together and enjoy God's Love through each other's presence and gifts. The Wesley is a student lead ministry; from the beautiful sounds of the praise and worship team to the fresh cooked meal served after every service. The Wesley is a safe haven to all who inhabit it and we strive to expand our outreach and continue to build and restore lives in our city. The Vision: The TSU Wesley Foundation is a safe community where God’s love and grace is proclaimed, faith stories are experienced and shared, the Holy Bible is studied, leaders are groomed; and worship is vibrant and transforming. We become a mission post where young adults become disciples dedicated to the ministry of Jesus Christ.


COMMUNITY SERVICE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

The Butterfly effect TSU Wesley Community Service in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools engaging fourth grade girls in building positive self-esteem and practicing leadership and social graces. 

STOP THE HUNGER!

Feed the children The TSU Wesley Foundation partnered with the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to box pounds of meals with Feed The Children. Over 50 students from various organizations participated in this community service at the Wesley Foundation.

Help for the holiday The Wesley Foundation students came together for a Thanksgiving food drive where we were able to provide 10 local families with all of their grocery needs for the holiday. NEWSLETTER

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OUR LOCAL NEWS WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE WESLEY

615 ED Fest Our first annual Earth Day Festival was held on our campus, April 22nd. An anointed roster of local, regional and international talent graced The Wesley with their many gifts. We had TSU’s very own artist and graphic designer, Candice Gilliam,professionally known as “Designs By Dice” who shared her most popular artwork on exhibit. Also in attendance: student and rapper, ZAI from Chattanooga, TN, international recording artist, T-RAN and The TSU Wesley Ensemble. We accompanied the musical celebration with a powerful Word of God along with the dedication of ten beautiful heart trees and an apple tree from Dr. Matthew Blair, professor at the TSU Department of Agriculture, which have since been planted with love on our Wesley Campus. 

Jazz on the lawn Was held this spring 2018 semester featuring the TSU Wesley Community Jazz Band. This joyous event brought together alumni and  TSU band members to come together in a beautiful exchange of music under the direction of  Leonard Morton. The Word of God went forth and beautiful  instruments were exalted in love to set the perfect tone for the evening.

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CLASSIFIEDS the Wesley's Wishlist 50 inch flat screen TV

Reams of paper

New carpet for our lobby

Walmart gift cards

Sponsors for out annual

Upholstery for 8 chairs

iTunes gift cards

ED Fest

HeartStart home

Movie theatre gift cards

Dinner sponsorship for

defibrillator

New Apple computer

any weekly service

For all donations and sponsorships please contact Reverend Morton at revmortonwesley@comcast.net

GIVING

For mail, please address your donations to Rev. Michele Morton 3201 John A Merritt Blvd Nashville, TN 37209

For all online giving, please visit our website and click "GIVE NOW"

WWW.TSUWESLEY615.COM A special thank you to Rev. Shirley Renee Franklin for continuing to pave the way for the future of campus ministry. Rev. Franklin has made history as our first electronic donor from our website! When thanking her, Rev. Morton reminded her of her paving the way historically for the Wesley Center to be built under her former leadership, and now paving the way for others to support the Wesley by giving. Rev. Franklin expressed how easy it is to give and support campus ministry through online giving. Our prayer is that many will follow her lead and check out our website and become a friend of TSU Wesley!

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WESLEY CELEBRATIONS!

Congratulations! to all of the TSU Wesley alumni!

PORSCHA CLARK CHANTELE HAWKINS JASMINE PENSON JEFFERY SCOTT KAYLYNN MCGUIRE PORSCHA CLARK

PORSCHA CLARK

We are blessed to have been a part of your special journey and wish you all many blessings and favor as you go into your next level of greatness!

LOVER'S CORNER The TSU Wesley Foundation had the honor of hosting another wedding, officiated by Reverend Morton ! Two of our TSU students, Xingbo Wu and Ping Liang joined together in Holy Matrimony on January 20, 2018. We are grateful to be a part of this special day!

Xingbo Wu & Ping Liang

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Congratulations to TSU Wesley graduates, Randy and Karimah Lee! They met here on our campus and were two of the leaders of our weekly Courageous Conversations. The two married as one on, April 7, 2018!

Randy & Karimah Lee

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WESLEY VENTURES The Ebony Exploration held at Gammon Theological Seminary was LIT! The students of TSU were invited by SBC21's, National Network of Young Adults (NNYA) to the Ebony Exploration. Nathalie Parker, Program Coordinator welcomed students and all who are seeking to have the opportunity to explore the call on their lives and connect to other ministers on this faith journey.   We experienced thought provoking lectures that gave insight into the day in the life of an HBCU focused seminary school. The students left feeling encouraged, enlightened and refreshed with a new perspective on purpose and God's Call.  

NEWS FLASH! THE 2018 LIT CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

IT'S LIT! The 2017 LIT (Leading in Transformation) Conference was nothing short of it's name! Students traveled to Clark Atlanta University and joined prominent leaders and pastors in the United Methodist Church for workshops and engaging conversations on leadership development.  The night ended with a grand slam performance by The Walls Group and the Clark Atlanta University Gospel Choir

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LOCAL NEWS CONTINUED

Carvaughn Page, TSU Wesley residential advisor, continues to develop his advocacy on campus and his leadership skills  as he leads within the  National Education Association.

Praise Report This year, The Wesley Foundation was blessed with the great opportunity to upgrade our worship sanctuary! It is now newly equipped with top of the line stage lighting, an amazing sound system and new instruments, all for the purpose of enhancing our experience in The House of The Lord. The students love our rock-the-house worship and we continue to expand our outreach each week!

tree dedication from Dr. Blair, TSU professor in the dept. of agriculture

WE LOVE OUR CAMPUS MINISTRY!

We believe in operating in excellence, and as we continue to grow we are still in need of more items. If you are interested in becoming a donor to our cause please see our WISHLIST (page 4).  

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THANK YOU! Testimonials The Wesley Foundation has become my safe place while here in Tennessee. Working with Reverend Morton and other members of the Foundation  has allowed me  to be become a better person. I say this because everyone there has pushed me to become my best self and always believed in me and seen something in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Being a part of this organization is one of the best things that could’ve happened to me. I know that when I’m not feeling like myself I have people around to talk me through it and keep me grounded. I love my Wesley family.  - Jasmine Penson                                                                                                                   T   SU        Wesley Senior

From the first time I was introduced to the Wesley Foundation I felt that it was committed to the development of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. I especially felt a loving connection with Rev. Morton. I honestly feel like the Wesley is my home away from home. I decided to build a deeper relationship with God. When I made the commitment to get baptized at the Wesley, when I say that was the greatest decision ever, I mean it. After talking with Rev about my baptism, I was able to recognize the importance of spiritual growth. The Wesley recognizes the importance for spiritual understanding, direction, and expression in the life of all students. I never felt like I couldn’t be myself. I will never forget the fun or sad times that I had while being there. Even though I graduated, I still will be apart of the Wesley! - Chantele Hawkins                                                                                                                             TSU          Wesley Graduate 

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TSU WESLEY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER  

This newsletter highlights the history making moments that are taking place at The Tennessee State University Wesley Foundation

TSU WESLEY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER  

This newsletter highlights the history making moments that are taking place at The Tennessee State University Wesley Foundation

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