Monday, March 10 - Friday March 14
Reading Week -- no classes
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Lewis Center Fellows Reunion, 2 - 5 pm (chapel & Elderdice)
Wednesday, March 12
Staff Council, 10:30 am - 12 pm (boardroom)
DEADLINE for email announcements, 12 pm! (Please send nearly “camera ready” information in Calibri font, 12pt to email@example.com. Thank you!)
Lewis Center Fellows Reunion, 8:30 am – 7 pm (Elderdice)
Thursday, March 13
Lewis Center Fellows Reunion, 8:30 - 11 am (Elderdice)
Friday, March 14
Alumni Council, 10 am - 4 pm (K-105)
“Second Monday” (had been rescheduled due to snow!) / Paul Cho, lecturer, 3 - 5 pm (refectory)
Scholarship Weekend (various campus locations)
Saturday, March 15
Scholarship Weekend (various campus / off-campus locations)
Hungarian Reformed Church meeting, 10 am - 2 pm (TG-09)
Sunday, March 16
Scholarship Weekend, 8 am - 12 pm (boardroom & Elderdice)
French Speaking Protestant Church Worship, 10:30 am - 12 pm (chapel)
French Speaking Protestant Church Potluck 12 pm – 3 pm (refectory)
Monday, March 17
Faculty meeting, 9 am - 12 pm (Elderdice)
ASAH, 12 - 1:30 pm (Bess Jones)
Bizarre Bazaar, donations accepted after 2 pm (Bazaar items--Elderdice / Silent Auction items--front desk)
Tuesday, March 18
Texas Annual Conference representatives on campus, 9 am – 6:30 pm (Aiken)
Community Worship /Oscar Romero Lecture, Eric Barreto, preacher, 11 am – 12 pm (chapel)
Bizarre Bazaar, donations accepted--(Bazaar items--Elderdice / Silent Auction items--front desk)
Deacon Interest Meeting, 12 – 1 pm (Bess Jones)
Dean’s Forum re. Romero lecture, 12 – 1 pm (boardroom)
UM Students’ meeting, 3 - 4 pm (Bess Jones)
Bibliodrama Open Workshop, 4 - 6 pm (TG-12)
Diversity Event, 4:30 – 6:30 pm (KG-01)
INCLEMENT WEATHER & EMERGENCY CLOSING POLICY
There may be days when Wesley Theological Seminary will need to close due to inclement weather or other situations. On those occasions, a recording will be put on the seminary’s main phone line as soon as possible after any decision regarding closings or delayed openings is made. Every effort will be made to make closing information available by 6:30 am. When weather conditions change, the decision to keep the seminary open may be modified. Therefore, you are advised to re-check just before traveling to the Seminary.
The WTS Main Phone line is: 202-885-8600. Press 0 once the voice recording comes on (you do not need to listen to the entire message) to connect to the WTS opening/closing status line.
Additional means for obtaining information about closings include:
If a non-weather-related event occurs in the Washington, DC area that will impact Wesley Theological Seminary, we will use our primary mode of dissemination of information the main phone number- (202) 885-8600, press 0. We also will also use as many of the other resources listed above as possible. In the event that the Dept. of Homeland Security declares a Code Red that encompasses this region, the school will be closed until further notice.
Leadership for Change Scholarship
The Jeanne Audrey Powers Leadership for Change Scholarship is available to qualified United Methodist seminarians. It provides assistance of up to $3000 per year to students who are preparing for ordination as elders in the UMC and who are committed to promoting justice for gay and lesbian persons in the life of the church. Please see Mary Vibert, Director of Financial Aid for an application. Due May 1.
Scholarships are available through the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Please visit http://www.bwcumc.org/news/scholarships_available_bwc
GBHEM general scholarship
United Methodist students may apply for the GBHEM General Scholarship Application starting January 6th, 2014 through the final deadline March 5, 2014. To apply, visit: http://www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication
PMM INTERVIEW DAY
The PMM Interview Day will be held on March 9 from 4 – 8 pm in the Kresge building. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Desirée Barnes (Office K-107, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-885-8666).
Pmm Teaching Settings/Profiles Are Available For Review on Blackboard.
The course title is “PMM Ministry Setting Profiles 2014/15.” After clicking on the "ministry setting profiles" tab on the left-hand side of the screen, you will find site profiles from churches and non-congregational settings that include contact information and ministry descriptions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Desirée Barnes (Office K-107, email@example.com, 202-885-8666).
IMMERSION ORIENTATION SESSION
If you are interested in attending any of the Summer 2014 immersions, attendance at an Intercultural Immersion Orientation Session is required. Make plans to attend Monday, March 24 (9 am – 12 pm).
“SECOND MONDAY” AT WESLEY--THIS FRIDAY!
Please join us at 3 pm on Friday, March 14, for the program we missed in December because of inclement weather. This lecture explores the answers to the question: Does God change? Leading us in this conversation will be Paul Cho, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is (almost) open!
Registration for 2014 Summer & Fall classes opens Monday, March 17. Course schedules can be found online at www.wesleyseminary.edu/schedules and www.wesleyseminary.edu/summer. Students can register for classes online through WesleyWeb. Before students register, they should make sure they do not have any warnings or holds on their account which will prevent registration. The first two weeks of registration is the Limited Enrollment period, which means that certain high demand or limited capacity courses require students to indicate their interest in the course by adding themselves to the course waitlist. At the end of the two week Limited Enrollment period, class rosters will be sorted and students will be registered according to proximity to graduation. For more information visit www.wesleyseminary.edu/Registrar/RegistrationInstructions. If you have any questions about registering via WesleyWeb or have trouble accessing WesleyWeb, please submit a Registration Help Form or contact the Registrar’s Office.
CONFERENCE VISITS ARE HAPPENING (this week, Texas)
Annual conferences come to campus to have visits with students from their conferences and to recruit students to serve in pastoral ministry in their conferences. If you do not have a conference or are interested in moving conferences, this is a good opportunity for you to gather information and meet this folks who will be able to help you do that. Currently we have scheduled Texas Annual Conference March 18 in Aiken. Students interested in meeting with them should sign up ASAP on the bulletin board next to the mailboxes in Kresge.
BOARD OF ORDAINED MINISTRY INTERVIEW FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITYUnited Methodist students pursing ordination are invited to meet with Dean Robert Martin, Associate Dean for Community Life Youtha Hardman-Cromwell, and Dr. Doug Tzan on Tuesday, March 18 from 3 -4 pm in Bess Jones. This is an opportunity to share your experiences with your BOOM interviews and to provide feedback for ways Wesley might better prepare students for the commissioning process. Please RSVP to indicate interest to email@example.com.
DIVERSITY EVENT AT WESLEY
The Diversity Committee’s panel discussion “Love Thy Neighbor: What does the Bible Say to Us Today about Diversity?” originally scheduled for February 13, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 18, in KG-0, from 4:45 to 6:15 pm. The WTS community reflects the diversity of the society around us and we are diverse in race, ethnicity, age, gender, and class, as well as holding differing ideas about theology, politics, social justice, and many other matters. Please join us to hear from four diverse voices within the Wesley Community to help us think biblically and theologically about these issues. We won’t be trying to solve anything, but rather to suggest some approaches to talking about diversity that people might take in their own congregations. We look forward to seeing you!
Ministry of the UM Deacon
Who are deacons? Where do deacons serve? How do deacons find work? Get information and discuss your concerns with Jacqulyn Thorpe, Deacon Liaison at Wesley. Meetings will be on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 pm, March 18 in Bess Jones Dining Room and March 25 in Aiken Dining Room.
THE Bizarre Bazaar IS ALMOST HERE!
The Bizarre Bazaar, SILENT AUCTION, BAKE AND BOOK SALE IS NEXT WEEK! This unique annual event, put on as a gift of love by the Wesley Theological Seminary staff for our students, will take place on Thursday, March 20. All profits are given to the seminary’s student book scholarship fund that is distributed through the Financial Aid Office. Plan to stop by Elderdice and the boardroom to see the amazing display of items for sale at incredibly low prices as well as the unique assortment of items for auction and be a part of this 20 + years community-wide event that continues to benefit so many-- truly a “win-win” activity!
VOLUNTEERS NEDED (you don’t have to be a staff person!) Please contact Mary Vibert, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to volunteer--we need people to: help set-up, sort and price items; be present during the event; AND clean-up afterwards.
DONATIONS of items in very good condition for the Bazaar, specialty items for the silent auction and books for the book sale may be dropped off Monday (after 2 pm) March 17 – Wednesday, March 19 (bazaar items--please take to Elderdice; silent auction items-- please take to front desk). If you’d like to donate something/s for the bake sale, please contact Lyndon Orinion, email@example.com.
(The Weekly Announcements are designed to give information about Wesley sponsored events or those that take place at a Wesley Theological Seminary location. Other information of interest from the wider community can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Wesley Journal, space permitting. Occasionally, we can include brief announcements that may be helpful for our WTS community.)
Festival of Faith and Writing
Do you like to write about your faith? Would you like to network with other writers? Do you have book ideas that you'd like to pitch to Christian publishers? The biannual Festival of Faith and Writing is happening April 10th-12th at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Registration deadline is March 14. It's $85 for students and can be done at http://festival.calvin.edu. I am hoping to find some people to carpool together for a 10 hour road-trip. Please get in touch with Morgan Guyton at email@example.com if you're interested.
PREACHING IMPOWERMENT SESSION FOR WOMEN
Saturday, March 15, Rev. Melvin M. Maxwell, Senior Pastor of East Friendship Baptist Church (and a Wesley Alum) will be giving a presentation on "From Sermon Preparation to Delivery: The Importance of Writing and Rhythm" as part of an Empowerment Session for women in ministry. LOCATION: East Friendship Baptist Church, 4401 Brooks Street NE, Washington, DC 20019 (a few blocks away from the Benning Road Metro Station).
The Empowerment Session will be organized into three related "hours of power":
12 - 1 pm - Presentation and discussion on "From Sermon Preparation to Delivery: The Importance of Writing and Rhythm" by Rev. Melvin M. Maxwell, Senior Pastor of East Friendship Baptist Church.
1 - 2 pm - Iron Sharpens Iron Part 1 - Preaching and Feedback from the Group on brief 5-7 minute sermons based on the Seven Last Words (First Word - Deborah-Lynne Chambers, Second Word - Audrey McDowell, Third Word - Twyla Alston, Fourth Word - Darlene Green).
2 - 3 pm - Iron Sharpens Iron Part 2 - Preaching and Feedback from the Group on brief 5-7 minute sermons based on the Seven Last Words (Fifth Word - Valerie Lee, Sixth Word - Jackie Dudley, Seventh Word - Quanitta Favorite-Battle) and closing remarks.
If you are interested, please RSVP at PWHourofPower@gmail.com, and let us know which parts of the Empowerment Session you are planning to attend.
Note: While this Empowerment Session is primarily designed for "Preaching Women" (including those who are licensed / ordained / in the process of becoming licensed or ordained, who may or may not be Seminary-trained), we would also welcome any "Preaching Brothers" who are interested in listening to the Rev. Maxwell's presentation and/or helping to provide feedback on some draft sermons based on the 7 Last Words.
FAITH RALLY FOR FAMILY PLANNING & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Faith Rally for Family Planning & Religious Freedom happening near the US Supreme Court at 8 am on Tuesday, March 25. This is the day the Court will hear oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case challenging the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act. It presents us with a critical opportunity to show both the media and our secular coalition partners that there are people of faith who strongly support access to family planning. In fact, our allies have agreed that the main rally at the Supreme Court will start when the religious processional arrives from our pre-gathering! This represents a huge opportunity for us to show up and help write a different story about the relationship of religion to reproductive health and justice. Please share this invitation with your contacts in the Washington, DC, area. We are especially hoping for religious leaders to attend wearing the appropriate public symbols of their role. RSVP to tinyurl.com/FaithRally. Exact location and updates provided to those who RSVP.
A POISE OF THE SOUL-- YOGA AS LITURGY
Sweat it out - Talk to God - Have Fun! Go to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (3001 Wisconsin Ave, NW 20008) 6 - 7:30 pm on the fourth Fridays of the month. We practice as the faithful, the seeker and the doubter in community, joining through the transformation processes of breath, yoga poses and spiritual contemplation. Service led by Wesley seminarian Diana V. Gustafson and the Rev. Jim Quigley. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.facebook.com/PoiseoftheSoul. (A five dollar donation is suggested to help defray costs of the candles.)
SPIRITUAL SILENT RETREAT, APRIL 25 - 27, 2014
Enjoy a relaxing, meditative, and inspiring weekend in beautiful surroundings away from your busy routine, to quietly focus on your relationship with the Divine and renew your spirit. Come to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington Spiritual Silent Retreat to pray, worship, read, and rest. Held twice a year, these retreats are designed to be an opportunity for you to deepen your relationship with God in an environment that is peaceful, quiet, and healing. The Rev. Samuel Mason, St Paul’s, Alexandria, will be our spiritual guide for the spring retreat. Registration fee is inclusive of meals and accommodation. For a brochure, visit www.spiritualsilentretreat.org For more information, telephone (202) 241-2622 or email email@example.com.
CLERGY DAY AT VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
The Association of Anglican Musicians invites you to participate in the 2014 AAM Conference’s Clergy Day at Virginia Theological Seminary, Wednesday June 18 from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm. There will be a panel discussion around the theme of “Clergy and Musicians: A Shared Ministry” and several other exciting events. Give yourself this day to learn from some of the best teachers in the Episcopal Church! Register online at http://conference.anglicanmusicians.org/. The cost is $125, and $75 for seminarians.
Have an idea for the 2014 class gift? What can our graduating seniors do to make Wesley even better?
Submit ideas at bit.ly/wesleygift
THE MISSING MUGS MYSTERY
MISSING…..PLEASE HELP! Friends, many of the refectory mugs (sometimes referred to as “ugly” mugs), plates and silverware—especially soup/regular spoons-- are missing. In addition to the privilege of having free coffee/tea service, it is also a privilege to be allowed to take these items to classes; unfortunately, they do not always find their way back to their refectory home. PLEASE CHECK your dorm rooms & kitchens, cars, offices, and homes for these missing items and if found return them to the refectory. We had a wonderful supply of mugs that were donated to the seminary for individuals to use, but not for individuals to keep…almost all of these mugs are now missing! Thank you in advance for your assistance. (P.S. If you have any mugs you’d like to contribute, you are always welcome to do so—just leave them at the dishwashing window. Thank you!)
The exit between Kresge and the New Residence Hall is ONE WAY! There have been vehicles coming up the driveway going the wrong way. This is an area of high pedestrian traffic, and the safety of our students must not be compromised. Also, please prominently display your parking pass. Tickets are being issued.
TUESDAY CHAPEL WANTS YOU!
If you are interested in planning or assisting with Tuesday morning chapel in any way (including helping with Communion or reading scripture), please contact Dr. Carol Cook Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A WORD FROM THE BUSINESS OFFICE:
Students are required to pay all of their charges in full on or before the first day of the semester. Payment options:
· On the web: http://www.wesleyseminary.edu/Finances/PayMyBill
· Pay-by-Phone Service--1-866-498-4011. When using this service, please have your student ID number and the amount you wish to pay available before you begin the call. You can pay by check or credit card. We accept Master Card and VISA. This service is free of charge.
· For those who wish pay in installments, we also offer the Sallie Mae TuitionPay Payment Plan. The plan allows the student to pay semester charges for: Tuition, fees and housing in 4 installments. The fall payment plan begins in August through November and the spring payment plan begins in December through March. The cost of the plan is $30 per term. Click the link be below to enroll.Tuitionpay@salliemae.com
· You can also pay on campus in the Business Office. We accept Master Card and VISA.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES POSTINGS
There are a variety of church-related and other job opportunities listed on our website and on the bulletin board outside the PMM office that area churches and others in the community have requested we advertise. If you are looking for a job or some supplemental income, please check out this site: http://www.wesleyseminary.edu/Careers/CurrentOpenings
PARKING AT WESLEY
Please observe all parking instructions in the campus lot including the following notices:
· Violations along any yellow curb will result in an immediate $100 non-refundable ticket.
· Pick up your parking permits in the Business office ASAP (i.e. this week!)
· Left turns out of the main driveway onto Massachusetts Avenue are prohibited.
· Other parking restrictions will be marked by cones. Please avoid these spaces
Please remember that additional parking has been secured at American University’s Katzen Arts Center’s parking garage, Level P3, free of charge for cars with a valid WTS parking permit. The entrance to the garage is directly across from the Massachusetts Avenue entrance to American University.
BUSINESS AND REGISTRAR’S OFFICES HOURS
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 12 pm and 1 - 4 pm (closed during lunch)
(During Reading Week: )
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
(Regular hours: )
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 10:30 pm
Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
(check website, Library not open every Saturday)
Doors may be locked 10 minutes prior to posted closing times.
Call the Library at 202-885-8695 for the most up-to-date hours information.
MAILROOM & COPY CENTER HOURS
(During Reading Week: )
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
(Regular hours: )
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am – 12 pm & 1 - 6:30 pm
(closed during Reading Week)
(Regular hours: )
Monday - Thursday
Lunch: 12 - 1:30 pm (soup & salad $6.50; full meal $9)
Dinner: 5 - 6:30 pm (soup & salad $6.50; full meal $9)
Do you have questions about or problems with Blackboard? Our student support team can help. We are located in TG-05. Come by and see us. To contact Blackboard, call (202) 885-6091 or email email@example.com.
Meet with Kathie Hepler at The Writing Center in the library on Tuesdays 4 - 6 pm and Thursday 10 am - 1 pm or by appointment. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Get decked out with Wesley Theological Seminary gear this spring! Purchase sweatshirts, hats, t-shirts and mugs by stopping in Trott 211A Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm. Contact Kristin Schol for more details at email@example.com.
(The Weekly Announcements are designed to give information about Wesley sponsored events or those that take place at a Wesley Theological Seminary location. Other information of interest from the wider community can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Wesley Journal, space permitting. Occasionally, we can include brief announcements that may be helpful for our WTS community)
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