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Building Relationships on Campus

On September 29, the FCA Huddle at Kathleen High School held it's annual Fall Sports Breakfast. Over 200 student athletes and coaches attended.The goal of this event each year is to recognize the hard work and dedication of the athletes, while challenging them to think about spiritual things. Justin Barnett, youth pastor at Trinity Life Church of God, shared words of encouragement from God's Word. Ten students made decisions that morning to trust Christ as their personal Savior, while countless others indicated that they would appreciate prayer for difficult situations that they are facing in their lives. Praise God with us for what He is doing on this campus. 

"See You at the Pole" Student Leadership in Action

Last week students all across the county met at the flagpole on their campuses to pray. This annual nation-wide event called "See You at the Pole" is an opportunity for students to lift up their school and nation to God in a very public way. We are thankful for the FCA students leaders who helped organize this event on their campuses. It is a powerful thing to see young people crying out to God for their friends and families. We know that where two or three are gathered together in His name...He is there!

Huddles forming Now!

The 2016-2017 Campus Ministry year is off to a great start. We are excited to report that God has opened doors on several new campuses. Huddles are forming now.  You can contact us about specific Huddle meeting times.

Pray for our volunteers and the student leaders on campus! 

Impacting Campus thru Teamwork

It takes teamwork to accomplish great things. Recently, the youth leadership from Trinity Presbyterian and First Presbyterian Lakeland teamed up to provide a pre-game meal for the middle school football team from Lakeland Christian School. The athletes and coaches were not only fed physically, but spiritually as well. 

" What a fun and easy way to be an encouragement to a team and coaching staff.  A few sandwiches, some highlight replays, and a short conversation about the greatness of God and His love for us in Christ. Such a great way to communicate that we love you and we are here for you" -Shayne Bass TPC Youth Director

"It's a great privilege to represent the local church and show the athletes and coaches that we support them and want to encourage them to represent Christ well, on and off the field. It's important for them to see church leaders get involved in their lives outside of Sunday mornings. I hope FPC can contribute tangibly in serving the team, while developing deeper friendships and strengthening the body of Christ." -Brian Morgan FPC Youth Director

If your Church or Business would like information about  how you can partner with FCA to minister to athletes and coaches contact our office @ 863-602-8949.

8th Annual Jim Ryun Invitational

The 8th Annal Jim Ryun Invitational was held on Saturday, August 27 at Holloway Park in Lakeland, Florida. The FCA staff was honored to be part of this event which kicks of the cross-country season. There were 2100 runners registered (60 High school and 19 Middle school teams) making this the largest meet in the state. 

A great morning of competition was wrapped up with an awards ceremony where Jim and Ann Ryun spoke to runners, coaches and parents. Ann challenged the crowd to consider, not just the physical and emotional aspects of their lives, but the spiritual as welll. Jim shared his story and encouraged each person to ask God to direct their lives.

FCA friend, Dr. Jeff Duke was also a special guest at this year's meet. Jeff, is the author of "3D Coaching" a valuable resource for coaches looking to develop relationships with their athletes that transcend their performance on the field and prepare them for this life and the life to come.

Special "thank you" to Paul White for his amazing work to make this meet possible!

Campus Ministry Highlight

Faculty, staff and students alike are drawn to the smiling face and encouraging words of Coach Anthony Troutman. Coach Troutman has been part of the Kathleen Senior High family since 2004. He and his wife, Tuesday, have three children and worship together as a family at Word Alive Ministries.

He has been involved with FCA on campus since his arrival, but took on a bigger role as the FCA sponsor on campus in 2007.

Kathleen Senior High School has a student-led FCA huddle that meets every Thursday morning at 6:30 in the Choice Room. 

"Campus ministry can be tough, because there is a mindset that Jesus belongs in church. We need to share Christ outside of the (church) building" -Troutman

His vision for Kathleen Senior High School is to see coaches, athletes, and those they influence come to know Jesus. He wants the campus huddle to be a light.

"FCA gives Christ a voice on campus."

                                                                                           Coach Anthony Troutman

There are many ways that you can be involved in this campus ministry.  If you feel God leading you to be involved with FCA, contact us!             


Lakeland Leadership Camp 2016

Praising God for an amazing week of camp! Thank you to all of our donors and those who gave special gifts to the scholarship fund. Your generosity made it possible for campers to experience growth and encouragement in their walk with Christ. 

"...I've devoted my entire life to the one and only Lord and Savior." - 17 year old camper from Frostproof

" helped me open up and see the other people dealing with the same things as me" -16 year old camper from Lake Placid

" had brought me spiritually closer to God by having a close personal relationship with Him." -12 year old camper from Altamonte

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