U of A Wesley launches alternative Christmas giving campaign

UAWesleyfrontwithlogoWalls and trusses are rising from red clay along Lindell Avenue in Fayetteville as students and leaders anticipate the opening of the U of A Wesley College Ministry’s new Wesley House.

U of A Wesley College Ministry has raised $1.7 million toward the $2 million total cost of the Wesley House, thanks to numerous donors from Wesley’s initial capital campaign, the support of Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, a grant from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas and recent donors who have claimed naming opportunities in the building.

Now, only months away from moving in, U of A Wesley is focusing on furnishing its new home through an alternative Christmas gift-giving campaign called Making Our House a Home.

“Making Our House a Home is about filling the new Wesley House with everything that will make it a true second home for the students in our ministry,” said the Rev. Emily Burch, U of A Wesley’s college pastor. “The location on Lindell Avenue places us right on the daily path of students, and we are excited about having that daily touch with students between classes and on evenings and weekends.”

Students are just as excited as Burch about how the new Wesley House will expand the ministry and give peers a landing place.

“I can’t wait for our new building to be done!” said Camryn Clarke, a member of Wesley’s leadership team. “We can give students a place to be, a place to rest and a place to connect—not just with others, but with the Lord.”

Donors can purchase a piece of furniture or even furnish a whole room in the new house. Gifts can be made in honor or memory of a loved one, and a holiday acknowledgement will be sent to a designated recipient. To make a gift, or for information on Making Our House a Home, visit www.uawesley.com.