Wesley Weekend was a flurry of activity. It was a wonderful time of fellowship with students, alumni, and parents. To cover all the events this weekend, three seniors wrote from their own perspective.
Relay for Life, Jessica Dodson
Relay is one of my favorite Virginia Tech events, but also the most stressful. Managing logistics, recruitment and fundraising can be a challenge, and having Relay on Wesley Weekend adds another layer of planning. However, when the event starts all of that stress falls away and I'm reminded why we're there: to walk in support of cancer patients, caregivers, and individuals who have experienced grief from the disease. Truthfully, it's beautiful to see the Wesley community come together for this cause, and it's always special to invite family and alumni to join us at the track.
Relay has been a transformative experience for me, and been a large part of my role in Wesley. In the past years, I've seen our involvement grow to include fundraising instead of just fellowship at the event. This year we raised $3,500, with multiple students raising over $100. As a senior, I'm excited to see how this event will grow in Wesley in the next couple of years.
Matthew 25:35 Benefit Concert, Lizzie Fletcher
This year the Matthew 25:35 benefit concert was supporting MCEAP which stands for Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program. It was a great experience working with so many groups to raise money for this incredible organization. Every year we support a different organization whether it be local or international. It is always a fun decision for mission team to decide who to support. This year we decided that our local community really needed our help, so we choose MCEAP. They have many different aspects to their program and they help so many different people.
Our community was able to collect clothes to donate to the thrift store as well as collecting a monetary donation. During the concert we had 11 different groups perform. A few of our local church praise bands joined us as well as several smaller groups including soloists, duets, quartets, and choirs. It was an amazing night of mission and music coming together to make a difference. Throughout the night and all the craziness of having over 125 people in the auditorium; we were able to raise $800 dollars for MCEAP. This is a wonderful piece of our ministry and it will continue to support local, national, and international missions for years to come.
Sunday Morning at BUMC
The grand finale for Wesley Weekend is always leading worship at Blacksburg United Methodist Church. This year was no different! The Wesley Singers did a phenomenal job leading us in worship and had the whole congregation singing along. The first song they sang was “Homeward Bound” where they had two seniors with a duet and two sophomores towards the end of the song doing a duet. It was so meaningful (and emotional) for me to see the “passing of the torch” in this song. There were three seniors at each service that had a testimony to share about their time at Wesley and in the BUMC community. Each senior spoke of how Wesley has shaped their life, developed them into leaders, and prepared them for the road ahead. Many tears were shed during this part of the service because we all got the chance to reflect on our time at Wesley and how great has been.
At the end of the service, it is our tradition to sing “A Closing Prayer.” Again, you can imagine how emotional singing this would be for a senior! “The time has come oh Lord, for us to leave this place…” It was a time for us to sing with all of our fellow Wesley friends (alum included) and as always, this service was a great way to end the weekend we shared together!