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On Top at Sharp Top Cove

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The annual event that is Freshman Retreat is a timeless Wesleyan Tradition performed every year that brings students closer together with their peers, teachers and most of all, God. It is an opportunity for the Wesleyan freshman class to meet new people, create new bonds and prepare for the upcoming school year in dynamic fashion. Freshman Retreat is started with the intense excitement and energy on the morning of Aug. 9, when the Staff and Students arrived on campus to welcome the freshman and hype them up for an amazing weekend full of fun, food and Jesus.

From the moment the students and staff were loaded on the bus, the enthusiasm was evident. The 90-minute journey to this year’s destination was filled with silly games, beautiful karaoke and meaningful conversations and connections. The time flew by and before they knew it, they had arrived at this year’s retreat destination: Sharp Top Cove. Upon arriving at Sharp Top, the students and staff were flooded with fun team building activities and games.  Some of the activities include basketball, beach volleyball, human pyramid building, swimming, zip lining and the messiest of all: shaving cream wars. So many activities made so many favorite moments and memories being created. Senior Chris O’Sullivan said, “My favorite memory was getting to know the freshmen in my peer group and having fun with them.”

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Christian Life Theme: Stories of the Kingdom

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One of the most important parts of Wesleyan is its strong faith and loving community, and this can be seen in each year’s Christian Life Theme. A new Christian Life theme is presented during the first All-School Chapel. Students and faculty always get excited for this big reveal, as the theme gives everyone a new way to look at the scripture and their faith, and it discusses a different aspect of the message each month.

Every Thursday, students attend chapel and listen to a speaker, usually a student or teacher, give a devotion focused on the month’s smaller message and connected to the year’s larger theme. The theme is chosen by Greg Lisson, Wesleyan’s Director of Christian Life, and when asked about it he said, “The theme for this year is Stories of the Kingdom, and the image that we’re using to capture the theme is the image of a tapestry. The quick version of the theme is that each month we’re going to look at different stories from scripture, stories and parables that Jesus told.” Keep Reading

Christian Life Theme: The Unity and Uniqueness of One

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Every year, Director of Christian Life Greg Lisson focuses on one central Christian life theme for Wesleyan to analyze, interpret and fully explore in order to better understand and live out daily. This focus helps Wesleyan as a community keep its central mission of a Christian atmosphere continually in view.

This year, the theme is ONE: Unity and Uniqueness. Every month, one aspect of the theme is broken down and examined by the middle and high school chapel speakers. Aug. 17 was the first chapel of the year in which Lisson introduced the theme to the school community.

He started off his sermon explaining why the theme was chosen. Lisson said, “In John 17, Jesus prays for all of His future followers, ‘that they would be ONE’ just as He and the Father are one.  He prays that all Christians would be ‘brought to complete unity.’  It was incredibly important to Jesus that we, His followers, be unified.” Keep Reading

Christian Life Theme for October

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Love is a topic heavily emphasized in the Bible, and while many hear about what love is and how to love better, people rarely hear about what love is not.

The verse for this month comes from 1 Corinthians 13:4 which says, “Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” It is a perfect example of what love is not, inspiring us to love better.

To truly discover what love is, we must first establish what love is not. This verse perfectly describes what love is by explaining to the reader the exact opposite. This verse says that love is the opposite of envious, boastful and proud. Which means it is not jealous or arrogant.

When the director of Christian Life Greg Lisson was asked how this quote relates to our lives he said, “The theme this month is most applicable to our lives. We live in a world where we think more about what we don’t have than what we do have. We strive for the next best thing and when what we have is not enough, we get envious. As humans, we are boastful and proud, but that is exactly what love is not.”

The theme this month is different than any other themes. Lisson said, “It circles back to what love is in a different way. It doesn’t focus on all the gentle and sweet aspects of love, it challenges you to be what you should be by saying what you should not be.”

Senior Ashley Godwin spoke to the entire high school in chapel on Oct. 6, and she believes this verse can apply to the daily life of a Wesleyan student.

“We can realize that all of our needs have been met in Christ. Therefore, we don’t need to be selfish. We do need, however, to understand that others’ needs might not be met yet, said Godwin. “We need to show people, whose needs have not been met, the love that Christ showed us.”

Love has a much deeper meaning than we as humans could ever begin to comprehend. But the Bible gives us a unique perspective on love.

Love is not arrogant, prideful or self-seeking. It is really the exact opposite.

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Christian Life Theme for September

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As the school year heads into full swing and we dive into the month of September, we also enter into a new Christian Life theme. The theme for this year is love, and specifically “love is patient and kind” for September.

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