Sports and Recreation Ministry resulted from the generous gift of one of Carmel UMC’s church family members. That financial gift has been invested over the last 9 years in programs and people who have discovered a connection at Carmel UMC. The gift has now been almost entire invested, leading the Governing Council and Pastor Patti to make the difficult decision to allow the umbrella of the Sports and Recreation Ministry to close while recognizing that several of the programs that found their beginnings in it still have vitality. Effective April 1, 2017, the leadership and ministry of these programs will shift away from a centralized structure and ownership will rest primarily with the individual lay leaders with support from the church office staff as needed.
The offerings of the Sports & Recreation Ministry have recently included Adult Volleyball, Ballroom Dancing, Fitness Classes (Zumba and Yoga/Pilates) and Children’s Basketball. For the foreseeable future, the adult programs will continue. The Children’s Basketball program will be most impacted by the change and the possibility of future events will be contingent on significant volunteer leadership and/or a reformatting of the program under the direction of Children’s Ministry. At this time, there is no formal plan for Children’s Basketball to continue.
I want to thank volunteers and participants alike who have engaged in programs over the years and believe that God has used this ministry to form significant bonds. I continue to believe that God can use it for His great purposes in this church and community. While the leadership structure will be changing, the purpose of these programs remain “to leverage sporting and recreational activities as a platform for members of the Carmel UMC family to build intentional relationships with persons without a church home toward the goal that they become connecting, growing and serving followers of Jesus Christ.”
I pray that as programs of Carmel UMC continue, leaders and participants will recognize the priority to love God with our entire being and to love others as much as we love ourselves. As we do both well, God will honor our investment in His Kingdom and we will continue to see spiritual fruit grow in our midst.
For information regarding individual programs, please contact the respective lay leader:
Adult Volleyball, Gary Smith,
Ballroom Dancing, Katie Kessler,
Fitness Classes, Jenni Carrillo,