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Central Magnet FCA Huddle

Central Magnet School FCA Huddle had the opportunity to hear an awesome speaker during huddle time recently.  Anne Marie (Lanning) Brentz, a former Middle Tennessee State University basketball player, met with the group to share her testimony and talk to the students about how wonderful it is to have a relationship with Jesus.

Annie Marie started with the verse from Romans 12:2, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing, and perfect will."

She explained to the group, "If you continue to look for satisfaction from earthly things, you will just continue to be disappointed, but if you take up your cross and follow Jesus, you will be fully satisfied and live everlasting, eternal life."

She further told the athletes that God didn't intend for them to face everything all alone, that's why He sent his only son, Jesus. However, she said, He steps back and lets us choose to have a relationship with Him."

"He's always there, leaning in with open arms. He said I will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). Life is about choices," she explained, "and there will be struggles, and we aren't always going to make the right choices, but when we feel like we've gotten ourselves in too deep, we must look to Jesus for forgiveness. And he meets us right where we are, no matter what our brokenness or sin looks like. He longs to have a relationship with ALL of us and promised he would bring us hope, strength, and truth in every season."

 She asked the students to think about that for a minute, and then asked, "How many friends do you have that will love you no matter how bad you hurt their feelings or disappoint them? It may take awhile to get over it, huh? Well, it's not like that with Jesus. He loves us beyond measure.  It's an ALL THE TIME type of love, NEVER temporary."

At the end of the meeting, Annie Marie shared her personal testimony with the group, an example of true brokenness and then restoration to life by the love and grace of our Lord and Savior. 

Thank you for your transparency and for constantly pouring into students Anne Marie Brentz. 

Liberty School FCA

Liberty School FCA in Shelbyville, TN meets every second and third Thursday morning to gather as a school wide huddle to grow closer to the Lord. They also meet the first Thursday of every month to gather around their school flagpole to pray for their school, the students, faculty and their community. Liberty is a wonderful example of how the passion that a few people have for Jesus can spread throughout an entire school and the community.

There are many wonderful ways that churches in Bedford County support and promote FCA in their local schools. Recently The Loft Church held a chili supper in effort to raise money for additional FCA Bibles for the students at Liberty that attend the FCA huddle meetings. Liberty School Huddle Coaches Jordan Tatum and Tonya Donegan are passionate to ensure that every student that desires to own a bible is given that opportunity through FCA. To date this school year, Liberty FCA has given away 80 FCA Bibles to students who desire to have God’s Word. Special thanks to churches, businesses and individuals that support FCA!

FCA Strong Sisters In Sports

FCA Strong Sisters In Sports

What do you get when you gather over 400 female athletes and coaches from different schools all over Rutherford, Cannon, and Bedford County? Answer: A great night full of excitement, energy and best of all eternal investments!

Monday, October 15th was our FCA Strong Sisters in Sports Rally at the Experience Community Church here in Murfreesboro.  FCA Staff Chel Dill, Christa Lanier, Angela Harrell, and a host of female FCA Character Coaches lead an exciting night for all who were in attendance. The athletes enjoyed a time of fun and games with the Oreo Cookie Challenge and the Great Paper Airplane Air Show. Mo Isom, our special guest speaker shared her testimony and presented the Good News of Jesus with the athletes as well. Many of the athletes and coaches were touched and challenged by Mo's message and made commitments to live their life and play their sport for the Glory of God. Mo reminded the girls that God can use any circumstance and situation in their life to draw them closer to Him and to His purposes for their lives.

We would like to thank our sponsors for the evening: Tracy Jones, E. Allen Boutique, and TC3Fit. We would also like to thank the Experience Community Church and their incredible staff for all their help with the night as well.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors for the night!!!

               Tracy Jones

Siegel High School FCA Leaders

Activity abounds at Siegel High School where early morning meetings before school include brainstorming about how to share Christ with fellow students.

Christa Lanier, FCA huddle ministry leader, recently met with Siegel High student leaders about ways to share Christ with their fellow teammates. As she arrived to encourage the students, she herself was encouraged when these students excitedly announced that their huddles were going strong.  

 Abby, a senior on the cheer team, had already been speaking with her FCA character coach, Mrs. Courtney Mobley, about ways to help "get my squad to know Jesus and to come to the huddle!" And Spencer, a baseball player, chimed in about how awesome his character coach Danny Hardy is and how he's making an impact on his fellow players.

The huddles seem to be going strong at Siegel High School as the character coaches share the Good News with the teams and encourage the Christian athletes to share what Christ has done in their lives with their fellow teammates.

Scoring with Stewarts Creek

The Red Hawk football team in Stewarts Creek recently had a life-changing night "at the creek" as 22 players prayed to receive Christ during a meeting at the high school with their character coach, Dan Dale. Dale has served as their FCA Character Coach for about a year and is the pastor at Stones River Baptist Church in Smyrna. All of the athletes who became new Christians were freshmen and sophomores.

Dale says Coach Martin, the Red Hawks football coach, is working with him to find a follow-up day to talk with the young players further about getting plugged into a church and following through with baptism. Dale also had the support of some of the other football players on the team who were already Christians. The night of the meeting, several of the junior players were present to provide encouragement and support.

"I knew we were going to do this," says Dale, "so I talked with them about encouraging these young men to get plugged into FCA and to encourage them. They said they would be glad to. Isn't God awesome!"

FCA is growing daily to reach young athletes like these freshmen and sophomores on the Stewarts Creek football team. We want to thank all of our FCA character coaches like Dan Dale who take time to share how Christ is working in their lives and how He cares for each of us. 


Raider soccer player visits Siegel & Oakland FCA

MTSU soccer player, Amber Hoot, recently was a special guest at the FCA meeting held at Siegel & Oakland High Schools. During her visits, Amber shared her testimony of how Christ has changed her heart and life. Amber says the visit brought back memories of when she was a high school student and how God revealed His Son to her during that time.

"I was a junior in high school when God changed my heart," says Amber. "Being able to pour into kids around that same age just makes me excited because I've seen some of what God can do even at such a young age."  

"The FCA students had such sweet spirits about them," she adds. "It was awesome being able to see the leadership and excitement they had in being part of FCA. It made me excited to see what God has in store for them as some of them move into college. As a college student, it was really sweet to be able to hang out with some brothers and sisters in Christ who are about to step into the environment I'm in right now. There's so much we can learn from one another, and it is truly a sweet grace from the Lord to be able to encourage one another.

"FCA is such a blessing because it helps to lay Christ as our foundation while we are still in school -- whether it's in Middle School, High School, or college. Having one another to share with and encourage is such a gift. I am so thankful to have had the chance to hang out with the Siegel and Oakland FCA students. Hopefully, we will be able to stay connected and maybe they can even come to visit us at MTSU's FCA chapter sometime."

We are so thankful for athletes like Amber Hoot who give of their time to visit with our younger FCA groups in the surrounding community to show encouragement and support for one another.

Riverdale FCA Huddle Eager to Learn

Riverdale High School has a strong legacy of focused and intentional student leadership. RHS is one of very few schools that has a FCA Huddle that meets each and every school morning. This school year they have 15 Junior and Seniors who are passionate about being organized, communicating well, holding each other accountable, being open and transparent. With such a strong student leadership team, the RHS Huddle has grown tremendously. These student leaders are a blessing in their churches, their community, and in their classrooms and teams at Riverdale High School.