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2017 NE Ohio FCA Banquet


         We are excited to announce that our 3rd Annual NE Ohio FCA Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm. Guest will enjoy a delicious dinner, local FCA ministry celebration and updates, an awards presentation to our FCA Athletes, FCA Coach, and FCA Huddle Coaches of the Year, and an inspiring message from our Keynote Speaker, Lee Rouson. There is no cost to attend this great evening, but we want you to know that you will be given the awesome opportunity to partner with FCA financially and we hope that you will prayerfully consider joining our team. There will also be a silent auction and all attendees will be given free admission to tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame either before or after the event! You can register online at neohiofca.org. There are also opportunities to serve as a Table Host or Event Sponsor. Please contact Natalie Roberts at nroberts@fca.org for further information on these opportunities or if you have any additional questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuslaw Student Leaders Stepping Up



Tuslaw students gather to listen to a speaker at a FCA huddle.

Tuslaw has about 80 students that meet weekly from grades 5-12. They have taken 25 student leaders to 3E Leadership at Malone. Five of those students have stepped up and have been leading huddles this year! Jim Kurzen is the leader at Tuslaw and he has been involved in FCA for about 27 years. So far, Jim’s favorite part of FCA has been the result of 3E Leadership. It has been a long-awaited answer to his prayers that students would take the lead. After being faithful, 3E is just the right atmosphere that has given students the nudge to step up and lead their peers in huddle.

Dover High School's FCA is Growing!

Dover High School has 15 student leaders who meet monthly to prepare for about 80 students attending bi-monthly huddle meetings. Tim Smith has been leading this group of students through FCA for 16 years.

Dover hosts bi-monthly meetings that feature a variety of guest speakers who can share Biblical messages that apply to both sports and life.  They have 70-90 kids at every meeting.  Also, Tim is excited to watch our student leaders take on the challenges of leading small-group discussions at our Huddle meetings, and even presenting a message to their peers during our Friday Large group meeting.  These same leaders have invested time and prayer into planning the annual FCA March Mayhem (5 years running).  This is a fun night where DHS students can come and play games and also here a gospel-based message that will inspire them to trust God with their lives. God is on the move at Dover High School and we are proud of the FCA huddle there!

Welcome baby Harper to the Calhoun family!


Baby Harper Jo Calhoun was born on March 17, 2017 at 7:53am. She weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. She and Hannah are doing great and they are adjusting to life as a family of four. Titus has proven to be a great big brother as we all knew he would be! Congratulate Hannah the next time you see her on her sweet new baby girl!

How He Loves Us

God has been hitting me hard recently with a simple message.  It’s a message that I think we all know in our heads, but something that very few of us feel in our hearts.  It’s a message that has the power to transform everything about us, yet few of us live out its truth.

It all started as I drove to a meeting early one morning.  These lyrics came on the radio: “I am not living for applause, I’m already so adored.”  For some reason, even though I have heard this song many times, those words stuck out.  I started to ask myself...do I truly believe that I am already adored?

As I thought about it, I concluded that this is something I know is true, but I don’t think I really get it.  There is scripture after scripture that talks about God’s love for us.  We hear all the time that God loves us.  But, I don’t think many of us REALLY get this truth!  If we did, I believe our lives would be radically different.

I know for myself, the performance mentality is something that is driven very deep within me.  So deep, in fact, I hardly even notice the damage it does.  There is a deep, buried whisper within me that repeats this lie: “I only matter if...”

I find myself completing that sentence with all sorts of things.  I only matter if...FCA Ministry continues to grow.  I only matter if...I am the perfect wife.  I only matter if...my kids turn out well.  I only matter if...I am in great shape physically.  I only matter if...I am impressive to others.  I only matter if...my house is clean.  The list could go on and on!

How are you completing that sentence?

It only makes sense that this performance mentality carries over into our relationship with Jesus.  We work hard to perform for Him too.   This overshadows the powerful truth that Jesus loves us JUST AS WE ARE.  We serve a God that looked at us and loved us, before we were even born, before we even had the chance to do anything for Him.  A God that looked at us at our absolute worst...and said “You are worth dying for.”

I think about the way that my own father loves me.  I am the youngest of three, and the only girl.  So, I have always been Daddy’s little girl.  He loves me no matter what.  He is proud of me.  And most of the time, I can do no wrong in his eyes!  However, the truth is, this love is NOTHING compared to the way that God feels about me.

What if we truly believed that God adores us just as we are? 

What if we stripped away all the ways that we perform, all the ways that we try to matter, and simply rested in the fact that He loves us more than we could ever fathom?

How would our life look different?

Often times, I think our struggle to trust God and to surrender all to Him is not because we don’t love Him enough.  But rather, because we do not truly comprehend how He much He loves us.

Here is my prayer for you and for me as we try to drive the truth of how much God loves us from our head to our heart:

Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)
For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Staff

Hannah Calhoun

 Multi-Area Director for Akron, Canton, Wooster, Youngstown and surrounding areas

hcalhoun@fca.org 
 (217) 202-4347

 

 

Natalie Roberts

Administrative Assistant

nroberts@fca.org


Join FCA as a staff Area Rep! 

We have an opportunity for additional FCA staff in NE Ohio and we are praying for God to send laborers into His harvest field. Is He calling you? Check out this great opportunity here!

Prayer Requests:

  • Baby Calhoun #2 – Arriving March 17th, 2017.
  • For our student leaders on each campus – pray that they would use the powerful weapon of prayer to spur on the “impossible” in their own lives and in their schools
  • For continued open doors as Tristan, Tyler, and Bob pursue their financial partnership goals
  • For God to order our steps as we pursue some amazing partnership opportunities with local organizations
  • For God to raise up additional staff for our area so that our ministry may continue to grow both deep and wide.