Fellowship of Christian Athletes group flourishing 12.16

Written by David Green.

Morenci Middle School teacher Doug Rupp wasn’t sure how well a Fellowship of Christian Athletes “huddle group” would go over at this school.

That was two years ago and he was surprised when attendance hovered around 45 students.

Participation certainly hasn’t fallen. Sometimes as many as 70 students show up for the twice-a-month meetings.

One meeting a month is during the lunch period, with students bringing their meal to Mr. Rupp’s classroom. The other meeting is during the seminar session when students have the opportunity to prepare for other classes or get a jump on homework.

“It just seems to be getting better every year,” Mr. Rupp said.

Activities include hearing about well-known Christian athletes from college and professional sports, and using other materials furnished by the national Fellowship of Christian Athletes  (FCA)organization.

The local club sponsors a dance every spring to earn funds.

“We’re hoping to use some of that money to send kids to FCA camps,” Mr. Rupp said.

The camp involves sports activities, Bible studies, Christian rock bands and more. Scholarships could help pay the cost for students to attend.

“Our goal is to get some churches involved, too, as we continue to grow,” Mr. Rupp said.

He’s assisted in FCA by colleague Dan Hoffman.

Two leaders are hoping to help organize some community service projects in the future. He’s also been asked about starting an FCA huddle group at the high school, but he would need some high school staff members to participate, unless meetings were scheduled in the evening.

Mr. Rupp belonged to FCA when he was student at Wauseon. He thought about organizing the group in Morenci for a few years and finally made the move, with the help of Wauseon’s FCA advisor.

“It’s been a good thing,” he said. “I’m glad I did it.”

 

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