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Rev. Daniel Dennison, Director | Daniel@okwesley.org Jennifer Nath, Associate Director | Jennifer@okwesley.org Rev. Fuxia Wang, International Director | Fuxia@okwesley.org Kevin Andrews, Associate Director | Kevin@okwesley.org Gloria Ajino, FT Intern|Gloria@okwesley.org Pam Moore, Admin. Assistant | Wesley@okwesley.org
Thank You For a Wonderful Year
As we near the end of the year, Daniel reflects on the many blessings from 2016.
2.42 Worship is held every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. It continues to be our largest gathering of students and our main entry point into the ministry. We’ve welcomed over 150 NEW students at worship this semester and are getting most of them plugged into Family Groups.
Thanksgiving and Christmas is a season in which I like to stop and give thanks for many things. As we begin to wrap up 2016 and head toward Christmas and a new year, there are several things I would like to pause and give thanks for: • Personal: I’m thankful for a new house that my wife and three kids and I moved to in June. Despite a year with many minor medical challenges, I’m grateful for three wonderfully healthy kids. • The Wesley Staff: I’m incredibly grateful to our amazing full-time staff: Rev. Fuxia Wang, Jennifer Nath, Kevin Andrews, and Gloria Ajino. I’m especially proud of Fuxia for becoming a U.S. citizen this summer. Also, I’m thankful to all who helped us attain an R-1 visa for Gloria to continue serving in ministry with us for the foreseeable future. In addition to these full-time staff, we have eleven student interns and multiple support staff who help make everything we do possible.
• The Wesley Ministry: This place continues to humble me and encourage me. We had more than 600 students involved in the ministry, nearly 50 student leaders, over 100 students go on our retreats, eight professions of faith, 400 students in a small group, and so much more that numbers can’t even do it justice. • The Wesley Building: We were once again able to make multiple capital improvements to the building including a new coffee bar, all new flooring, and additional lighting. • Friends of The Wesley: Thankful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about the 100s of men and women who serve our ministry with their time and money. From board members, to donors, to alumni, to local churches, you helped take us to new levels this year from the budget, to the board, to the building, to the ministry. On behalf of the entire staff and student body of the OU Wesley, THANK YOU!
Announcements: Christmas Worship - Join us for our annual Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 6 at 9 p.m. Recommend a Student — If you know of a new student at OU who you’d like us to reach out to, please email email@example.com. Online Donations — You can donate online to The Wesley at OKWesley.org. We appreciate your gifts that help us continue this important ministry. Monthly E-Mail — Enjoy the Wesley Newsletters? Sign up for the monthly e-mail and get even more news! It’s a great way to keep up with the happenings at The Wesley. Sign up today by emailing Daniel at Daniel@okwesley.org and letting him know you would like to be added to the mailing list.
On Friday, November 11, we had our Second Annual Missions Dinner. More than 100 people attended and enjoyed an evening of dinner, entertainment from the students, and a silent auction. We raised over $3,900 to support student missions! In January, we will be taking a team of students to Rio Bravo, Mexico. Over Spring Break, we will be taking a freshmen only mission trip to Rio Bravo, Mexico and a second mission trip to Detroit, Michigan. All proceeds from our fundraising dinner allow us to keep the students’ cost at a minimum to enable more to take part in our mission trips.
A Place for Growth and Leadership In The Wesley, Justin has found a place to grow spiritually, but also a place to become a leader. When I came to OU, I was coming from a smaller town and an even smaller school. I needed to find a community where I could belong. The Wesley provided a place where I could root myself into a Christian community. Several people I knew from home attended here, and I had met with people from the ministry at the involvement fair, and I liked everything I had heard and seen. As soon as I started attending, I knew I had found my home on campus. My fellow students reached out to me, and I felt welcome from the first service I attended. This has never changed. The Wesley has remained a place that has poured into me, supported me, and facilitated my continued growth in Christ. I have made friends here that will last a lifetime. The Wesley has helped me grow in my walk with Christ. I have been pushed at The Wesley, both by the staff and other students, to live more like Christ every day. I love being able to go to worship every Tuesday, where I can praise God with my friends. Daniel’s sermons are always relevant and applicable to my life, (Continued on back)
A YEAR IN REVIEW AT THE WESLEY
Picture captions from top left to bottom right: 1. Our 2.42 Worship band continues to be entirely student led. They also frequently travel to local churches to lead worship. 2. Chinese New Year is always a great celebration at the Wesley. As the number of older graduate students involved in the ministry grows, so too does our children’s ministry! 3. Students participate in a scavenger hunt on this year’s urban retreat. We took 54 students on our retreat this semester! 4. Lifelong friendships are forged through the ministry of the Wesley 5. Students take a swing at our orange car at this year’s Bevo Bash.
(Continued from front) and are always presented in a way that is accessible to me. There also are a variety of other activities and groups I can partake in throughout the week. From Bible studies to book groups and football watch parties, there is always something going on. I have been able to have meaningful discussions about a wide spectrum of topics with my fellow students on a regular basis, which often result in closer friendships and personal progression. I have been challenged to dive into God’s Word more, to ask questions about my faith while seeking answers, and to showcase the love of Christ to OU’s campus. The Wesley has provided me opportunities for leadership. The second semester of my Freshman year, I joined the Catechumen program. This program helped me learn more about the inner workings of the Wesley, and also helped me narrow my focus on how I want to serve. I chose to be an Apprentice. As an Apprentice, I work with two Interns to lead a Bible Study.
Justin (pictured second from the right) joined fellow Wesley students to support their peers who were in the OU Ballet performance.
While they lead the lessons, my purpose is to help facilitate conversation and to plan fellowship and service events for our group. I hope to become an Intern in the future so that I can continue to give back to the Wesley, as so many other students do, which is such an important part of The Wesley’s community. The students realize that the mission and ministry of The Wesley will only be as great as they make it, and they
SAVE the DATE THE WESLEY’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
actively seek ways to further our goals of closer community and widespread outreach to the university. Thank you for supporting The Wesley. This is an organization that is changing lives and impacting the lives of students and the university as a whole each day. Justin Tisdale is a sophomore from Bartlesville, Okla. majoring in Classical Languages.
CELEBRATE THE PAST, GIVE THANKS FOR WHAT GOD IS DOING PRESENTLY AND CAST A VISION FOR THE FUTURE!
SATURDAY MAY 27, 2017 @ THE WESLEY Join us we celebrate all that God has done, and to ask God’s blessings and provisions as we begin to move toward a second century of ministry. More details to come OKWesley.org.