February 22, 2014 11:38:56 PM
For Mississippi University for Women students away from families and home churches, the Wesley Foundation offers an oasis of spiritual support and fellowship. On Saturday, March 1 a pancake breakfast will support renovation of the chapel at the Wesley Foundation, located at 224 11th St. S., at the intersection with Third Avenue S.
The community is invited to stop in between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for pancakes, bacon, sausages and beverage, for $5.
"We're a nonprofit organization, and we're totally dependent on the support of the community and United Methodist churches," said Jessica Horton, Foundation administrative assistant.
The campus ministry provides worship and mission opportunities, programming and spiritual retreats for students during the academic year.
The chapel is undergoing a three-phase makeover. The first phase, ceiling and lighting renovation, is almost complete. The second phase is upgrading audio capabilities; the third will address visual equipment needs.
"And there are other general improvements this pancake breakfast supports," said Horton. "This is our big fundraiser for the whole year."
One of the ministry's signature weekly events is Wesley Wednesday, when anywhere from 50 to 100 students come for a hot meal provided by United Methodist churches, followed by a time of worship. The Foundation also hosts small group meetings during the week for topical study. A spiritual director is available for one-on-one discussion or Bible study.
"We really try to help students struggling with different things," Horton remarked. "Supporting the pancake breakfast and the Foundation is supporting a ministry that directly touches students' lives."
Wesley Foundation welcomes all students regardless of denomination. For more information, call 662-328-1998. Follow them on Facebook or visit wesley.com.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.