Saturday, May 26, 2012

Intern Discovers Real World Experiences

Louisville Presbyterian Student David Fugatt (purple shirt)

     Never underestimate the creativity and the resourcefulness of a student. Seminarian David Fugatt, a native of Knoxville, served admirably as an intern chaplain throughout 2011-12 school year.  During his time at the Mission, David tackled a number of duties and responsibilities with a healthy measure of enthusiasm and bravado.  Field education serves to prepare students for life in the real world--and there is no shortage of real world experiences when serving hundreds of women and men encumbered by poverty, substance abuse, and a lack of education and training.  Thanks to David's hard work and excellent organizational skills, many of those in our care have been enriched by his good efforts.   "I came to Wayside to teach the clients what I knew but instead I was taught by them. May God Bless all of the clients and the staff who made Wayside such a learning opportunity for me.  I really enjoyed my time there and look forward to coming back from time to time to continue ministering to the wonderful people that call Wayside home." 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Symbolic Meaning of Chai

Yesterday a community legend, Barry Bernson, climbed atop the WAKY Shack to broadcast his support of Wayside Christian Mission.  Barry, who has supported the mission for many years,  presented me with a donation in an amount which was a multiple of 18.  Barry explained that the amount may seem odd, but as a person who practices the Jewish faith, this was an expression of "luck or life".   Thank you Barry Bernson, your gift of financial support is very much appreciated, and your expression of life and luck as taught by your faith will always be remembered.

The Symbolic Meaning of Chai

Judaism is a religion that emphasizes the importance of life. Jews are encouraged to be good, ethical people (mensches) and enjoy the time they are given on Earth. A common Jewish toast is "l'chaim!," which means, "to life!." It is said at celebrations in anticipation of all the good things to come.

Because it means "life," the Chai is consequently a symbol that captures an important aspect of Judaism. According to the gematria, which is a mystical tradition that assigns a numerological value to Hebrew letters, the letters Het (ח) and Yud (י) add up to the number 18. The Het has a value of 8 and the yud has a value of 10. As a result, 18 is a popular number that represents good luck. At weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events Jews often give gifts of money in multiples of 18, symbolically giving the recipient the gift of "life" or luck.

Friday, May 11, 2012

WAKY Homeless Shack

WAKY Homeless Shack 

Becomes New Fundraising Headquarters

     David Aroh and has father Les are retired home builders, but the Arohs came out of retirement--at least temporarily--to build a rather rickety looking shack on the northwest corner of Wayside Christian Mission's Hotel Louisville's parking lot.  And an eyesore it is, but that's okay, for the makeshift shelter will soon be headquarters for our matching grant fundraiser!  Working with Leonard Moisan of Covenant Group, board member David Will, and WAKY Radio's Mark Strauss, the unsightly shack will be the new epicenter of a matching grant fundraiser to bring Wayside Christian Mission's cooling and heating system up to date.  Thanks to a matching grant opportunity from the J. Graham Brown Foundation, our donors will get more bang for their buck, so to speak, with the matching grant!  As an example, a $100 donation becomes a $150 donation with the matching grant!  The J. Graham Brown Foundation will match fifty cents for every dollar donated to updating our rather antiquated cooling and heating system. 

     And though this is serious business, we expect a lot of fun by teaming up with WAKY Radio!  Their on air personalities will broadcast from the WAKY Shacky and plenty of local celebrities will be dropping by!  And all this is for a very good cause!  The WAKY Shacky will open for business from Friday, May 18 at 6 AM until Sunday, May 20 at 6 PM. But you don't have to wait until then to donate--write your check today and send it to Wayside Christian Mission, PO Box 7249, Louisville, KY 40257-0249.  Please indicate "matching grant" on your check.   Today, your donation dollar has more power thanks to the matching grant opportunity from the J. Graham Brown Foundation.  Together, we can make this a better community for all--and that's not such a wacky idea!

Tim Moseley M.Div., MSSW
Wayside Christian Mission


Direct Email Address

Mailing Address
PO Box 7249
Louisville, KY 40257-0249

Hotel Louisville Campus
120 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Jefferson Street Campus
432 East Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Wayside Christian Mission's Annual Fundraising Dinner

Event:  Wayside Christian Mission's Annual Fundraising Dinner


When:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 5:30 PM, Reception and Silent Auction, 6:30 PM Dinner Begins


Where:  Hotel Louisville 120 West Broadway Louisville KY 40202


Tickets:  $25 each


Phone:  502 345-7080 or email



     Once again, Wayside Christian Mission's Annual Fundraising Dinner promises to be an affair you won't want to miss.  We are pleased that Mayor Fischer has announced he will be attending our fundraising dinner, so come meet our mayor!  Besides being treated to a first-rate dinner, our guests will enjoy the company of other like-minded supporters while being brought up to date as to the innovative ways Wayside Christian Mission is battling homelessness in our community. There will be engaging speakers and a silent auction to make the evening more memorable--and all this good fun will help our homeless neighbors in need!  There are a few tickets remaining, so reserve your place and come join us this Tuesday for a wonderful dinner banquet at beautiful Hotel Louisville! 

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Wayside Expressions Gallery

Wayside Christian Mission
Wayside Expressions Gallery
Linda J. Nelson, Oil Painter
"Fanfare of Horses" Exhibition
Opening Reception,  First Friday,  May 4, 2012 - 5:00 to 9:00 PM
There will be a second reception on the
Third Sunday,  May 20, 2012 - 2:00 to 4:00 PM
This exhibition will be on display through  May 29, 2012
Gallery will be open Monday through Friday
 11 AM to 1:30 PM or by appointment.
This event is free. Open to the Public.
Wayside Expressions Gallery
Hotel Louisville
120 West Broadway
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
For an appointment or information call – Randy Webber, Development
Wayside Christian Mission - 502-836-7661 or 502-584-3711